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88
drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
2168 tasting notes

Another tea I picked up from Harney, I wasn’t expecting to be blown away by this but I do enjoy a good Irish Breakfast tea every so often.

I steeped this for only 3 minutes and I was glad. It’s a fairly brisk and hefty assam with a bit of astringency and a winey-like aftertaste. I definitely needed milk and sugar with this one but that’s about what I was expecting. I don’t really think this is any better than the Twinings brand I can get in the grocery store but it is certainly acceptable to me. I managed to sleep for 11 hours last night and I’m happy about that! Definitely going to try avoiding coffee today…

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Last weekend I had the Mint Fields by Republic of Tea so I decided to try this for comparison, the price was certainly right. A mix of peppermint, spearmint and lemongrass, the peppermint was not too overpowering which was definitely a relief. A nice soothing herbal. I had a cup hot yesterday and then brewed some and stuck it in the refrigerator so I could enjoy it iced. This will be great for the sunny days we sometimes see here in the foggy city.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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The first of a few samples I purchased from Nepali Tea Traders. I had some ambitious plans for today but right now I am drinking tea in my bathrobe and that seems okay with me. :)

These are gorgeous slender leaves that are a mix of dark brown and white. My cup brewed up to be a medium reddish-brown color that smells of walnut and oak. This is slightly reminiscent of a second flush darjeeling but with some mellow character. At first I did not notice the floral character at all, but as the cup cools I am finding it.

To me the flavor of this tea is nutty with a bit of astringency and the fruitiness really comes out in the finish. I used boiling water for my tea but on the website they suggest using water that has cooled off for one minute, so I will have to try that next time. I will update my tasting notes if I find anything has changed. I do seem to get better results with teas from this region and darjeelings with water that isn’t quite so hot. It is easy to drink this plain due to the mellow quality but it would also be nice with a touch of sweetener, definitely no milk.

Overall I was pleased with this, it seems to be a fine Nepali tea.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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93

Backlog- yesterday afternoon’s tea. This came in my last Harney and Sons order. I always liked the original Paris from H&S so I thought I’d try this.

I steeped this for 4 minutes and I think it came out just right. For a decaf it is pretty tasty, I got the vanilla and caramel but I thought I also detected a berry type of flavor. I didn’t pick up much bergamot, which is fortunate since I’m not really a fan. I did end up adding soymilk to this and quite happily finished it. It’s hard to find decaf teas that I really like but this is quite nice. I need to address my insomnia problem and I think cutting back on the caffeine will certainly help. I’m looking forward to cuddling up with this tea one afternoon and reading a good book. :)

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Nice, H&S seems to do decaf well.

TeaBrat

I would agree…

LadyLondonderry

Me too. Harney is my go-to for decaf. I’ve gone through one-pound bags of Decaf Paris, Decaf Ceylon and (decaf) Vanilla Comoro, and am currently working my way through one of Decaf Assam.

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70
drank Anniversary Blend by Harney & Sons
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I’ve been having problems sleeping this week, I seem to keep waking up at 3 am for some reason. Part of it could be due to the fact that I’m getting older now but I think my lifestyle could use a bit of revamping and I’m thinking about cutting caffeine out after 12 pm again.

In any case, I am tired this morning so I needed this! The anniversary blend came in a large 7 oz tin and is a mix of ceylon and assam. This blend is very smooth but perhaps a bit brisk and slightly bitter for me, which I assume is due to the assam. Some assams are so mellow I could drink them straight but evidently this is not one of them. I needed soymilk in this tea to make it drinkable for me. Not destined to be a favorite, which is too bad since I have a lot of it now!

I will certainly finish off the tin someday. Might try steeping at 3 minutes instead of 4 to see if I like it better that way.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I just give it three minutes.

TeaBrat

good to know. :)

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85
drank Relaxing Tea by Chopra Center
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Whoa, apparently I am the first person on Steepster to log this particular blend, amazing!

I got this with my latest Harney and Sons order. I tend to get stressed out easily and have problems sleeping so I though this would be a nice herbal tisane to try.

In the tin, the tea smells very aromatic and the teabags are made of paper. I steeped this for around 5 minutes tonight but I had a cup at work earlier too.

I am definitely liking the mix of spices here. I adore both cardamom and ginger and there is plenty of both. Licorice root can sometimes be a bit too overwhelming but this isn’t too bad. It’s a very spicy brew which seems a bit better with the addition of a touch of sugar. I do think it is helping me to relax as well which is great. I liked this but it is very pungent and has a lot of strong flavors. Might have a favorite new herbal bedtime tea here.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I got a tin of this today with my Harney and Sons order, I am lazy for using teabags but they sure are easier to use at the office. :)

Now this tea says it is a blend of Ceylon Kenilworth and Kenya Milima. I did try a sip just plain and I found it to be very smooth and almost velvety in flavor initially but the aftertaste is strong and kind of snuck up on me over time. I ended up adding soymilk because that’s normally what I would do with a breakfast tea. It is indeed mellow but I’m not so sure about the full-bodied part. It has some nice cocoa notes but it is a bit high on the tannic side for me, or I would have given it a higher rating. I’ve found some other African tea blends to be a bit on the tannic side as well.

This won’t be a repurchase item for me, but I’m glad I tried it.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been trying not to buy a lot of tea lately to focus on finishing off my stash but I did get a small order of mostly black teas and this was in it – the tagalong small tin with 5 teabags.

My first impression upon smelling this was it reminded me a bit of “Florence”, their chocolate hazelnut tea.

The tea brews up to be a light reddish brown cup and I suspect it is a ceylon of some sort. I’m finding the flavor to be a bit thin and only vaguely reminiscent of chocolate. I do detect a brazil nut type of flavor especially in the finish of this blend. I was not blown away by it but will certainly finish off what I have at some point. It benefited from the addition of some soymilk and sugar.

If anyone wants to try this I would certainly consider swapping…

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Mint Medley by Bigelow
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It’s at work and it’s free, what more can I say?

This is a blend of spearmint and peppermint, I guess you would either like something like this or you don’t. It’s kinda hard to mess this up, I’d imagine. Might be better if it was organic. I still like the Mint Fields by Republic of Tea due to the lemon balm added.

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Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Momo Oolong Super Grade by Lupicia
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Tea of the afternoon here. I can’t believe I’ve never logged this one before because it seems like I’ve had it a bunch of times already before I bought this latest batch.

I am really liking this! It’s buttery, slightly vegetal with a light peach and floral quality. Sometimes Lupicia teas can be a bit artificial in flavor but this particular blend is quite lovely. I’d recommend checking it out if you’re into flavored oolongs…. I steeped mine for around 4 minutes only because I forgot about it. :)

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185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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My profile pic is of a pink dahlia at Golden Gate Park.

Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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