2029 Tasting Notes

If ever I found that it was impossible to get Harney and Sons Golden Monkey again, this would be a really close second that I would be happy to buy. Golden Mudan has the sweetness and honey notes of Golden Monkey, but lighter and not as full-bodied. I don’t really get roasty or toasty from it, but it has delightful charms of its own. It is still absolutely delicious! It was particularly good today with the fudgy brownies we baked and served with sugared strawberries from a local farm. Yummy!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
2029 tasting notes

Taken with milk and sugar, though this is one of the few breakfast teas that I find palatable without. I am trying to enjoy a pot of this pure keemun this morning in spite of realizing that I haven’t heard “my” birdies today and I can’t remember hearing them yesterday.

Oh, Canada! Must you take them ALL back in the summer? The little white-throated sparrows make me smile every morning with their sweet, breathy, reedy song as they scratch the ground ’neath my feeders and toss leaves about. Their adorable little striped heads and yellow lores will be sorely missed, but their return is one of the few things I look forward to about winter. They have rescued many a low morning just by singing outside my window.

Meanwhile, my pot of English Breakfast will have to brace me for this busy day. Hmmmm. Maybe I should have made Queen Catherine. She is the most consoling and bracing!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Dinosara

Our white-throated sparrows aren’t quite gone yet; we’re just on the edge of their year-round range, so they hang around for quite a while. The orioles and warblers are back now, though!

Uniquity

We want it all! I’ve noticed an upsurge in birds recently. Some extra birds around, pigeons mating, blue jays being adorable. There was a fun owl last time I was at my Aunt’s cabin.

ashmanra

Our finches have already raised one nest in our front fern and there is a new nest with four eggs. The bird bottle out back has already fledged its little sparrows, and our nuthatches, Carolina wrens, brown thrasher, and mockingbirds have all had babies! I just put in a new side bed with a third birdbath ( the other two are in the backyard ) and I am having fun watching all the splashing, plus all the dust bathing going on in the newly softened soil! This is the BEST time of year!

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drank Emperor's Red by Premium Steap
2029 tasting notes

Drinking Golden Snail has had me thinking about Emperor’s Red! I hadn’t had any in a while and wanted some today. Yes, it is just as good as ever. It is a milder tea than Golden Snail, but still roasty toasty delicious!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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A friend and I shared a pot of this today. It was her first time tasting it, and she really liked it. She said that as a former coffee drinker, she likes the depth of flavor this kind of tea has. Although it was advertised as a replacement for Mao Feng when it sells out each year, it has more of the character of Hao Ya A to me, but at less cost. This is a staple for us now! So smooth, so flavorful, no milk or sugar needed!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Keemun Mao Feng by Harney & Sons
2029 tasting notes

I made a pot of this yesterday but was trying another tea at the time and got aalllll full of tea and drank only one cup. That’s okay. That means I have a pot to warm up today.

I drink this with no milk or sugar and it is so smooth, with wonderful cocoa flavors. It has nice body, but isn’t strong like Keemun Hao Ya A, which I like very much. This is just…different. More elegant and refined, I think!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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Many thanks to Harney and Sons and their fabulous customer service! I wanted my daughter to try this as a replacement for her breakfast tea that we are having trouble finding, and this doesn’t come in a sample – just a 50 count sachet bag. I added the note “Do you have a sample of Dorchester Breakfast?” at the bottom of my internet order, and when my order arrived they had sent a loose leaf pouch of this at no charge!This is a very good breakfast tea if you like modern-British style breakfast teas as opposed to the earlier pure keemuns or smokey Dutch teas. It is most decidely made to be taken with milk and sugar. It is more astringent than the teas I usually drink, but the addition of milk smooths it out completely. This is a true eye-opening breakfast cup! I agree that you can compare it to PG Tips that grew up in a better boarding school. All that said, I still prefer English Breakfast 100% keemun, Queen Catherine, Royal English Breakfast, and Supreme Breakfast (yum!) for my breakfast teas.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
SimplyJenW

I love Harney! I was looking for loose Midsummer’s Peach in less than one pound amounts. My online inquiry was forwarded to the Millerton shop, and they can send amounts of loose tea over 2 ounces. I am just thrilled! There is a shipping fee, and I have no idea at the cost per ounce, but I am planning on giving it a shot next week.

Uniquity

Glad to hear that they’ve provided you with such good service..they could do with a little redeeming. : )

ashmanra

Wow! That is fantastic news about the Millerton store because there are a few teas I would love to get loose leaf but don’t necessarily want a whole pound, and online that is the only way they are listed.
My tea usually gets here in three days, and they often include free samples. I have seen Mike Harney do special sizes twice – once for a guy who wanted 50 count bags of green tea sachets, once for me when I requested a larger tin of Florence, AND he made Tower of London available after I begged shamelessly for 6 months. :)

They will sell you the “baby” tins for 60 cents each (empty), and those are great for giving samples to friends or for keeping small amounts of tea at hand.

ashmanra

Uniquity – that is terrible that you had shipping issues! You are in Canada, did it just take a really long time to arrive or is the shipping cost prohibitive?

Uniquity

For my own experience (which wasn’t that bad, but very annoying) it was a combo of cost and time. If I am going to pay the 7 or 8 dollars (I think it was in that range) to get it here, I don’t expect to wait a month for it, especially if over one week of that time, nothing was being put together on my order. Ladykittykatt (another Canadian) has also chronicled her Harney shipping woes on Steepster, though in her case she ended up cancelling the order after 2 + plus weeks waiting for it to even be shipped. I have heard many rave reviews about the tea and the customer service though (within the US) and I am glad for that…but I think that if it’s such a hassle to ship outside of the US, maybe they shouldn’t do it!

On the flip side, I love my vanilla comoro and I have a selection of their blacks being graciously sent to me by SimplyJenW, so they do the tea right, and that’s important too!

ashmanra

I understand that must be frustrating! I am fortunate that I have a couple of friends who like their tea and we put our order all together and we always qualify for free shipping. If I order by Wednesday night, I am drinking my tea by Saturday afternoon most of the time. I hope you get to enjoy some great tea from SimplyJenW!

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This is what it says it is. Organic. And breakfast. When I opened the tin I smelled the assam right away. (I am accustomed to Harney’s English Breakfast, which is 100% keemun.)
With milk and sugar, this is a very drinkable tea, but nothing out of the ordinary. It doesn’t really have any of the light smoke you get from a keemun, but it has sufficient heft to make me happy. I enjoyed my pot of it this morning well enough as I really just wanted a sturdy pot of tea beside me while I read.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
gmathis

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drank Lomi Lomi by Souvia
2029 tasting notes

Thank you, Paul M Tracy, for this sample!

This tisane has a wonderful aroma. Slow down and enjoy it, because even though it is bright and tropical it is mellow, smooth, and relaxing. I agree with Paul, let it cool a bit, too, so you don’t miss anything – but that is a good idea with any tea or tisane. I think banana and lemon were the forefront aromas to me, but there is a mellow, vanilla-like note that keeps the lemon from being jarring or overly bright. This is a nice relaxing cup between walking the dogs (Hi, Sandy!) and more yard work!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
2029 tasting notes

This is my youngest child’s favorite tea! We shared a pot at tea party today, and it was smooth and rich as always. I drank it plain, she adds milk and sugar. I think I like it better than Mariages Freres Vanille des Iles.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
2029 tasting notes

This was one of the four tea party teas today. I was very surprised that it wasn’t my guest’s favorite, though she liked it. She loves loves coconut so I thought it would be the hands down winner, but the smooth sweetness of Rose Scented Black by Harney won her heart. Right now it is a tie for me. This is a great white tea, and the coconut, vanilla, and almond flavors balance nicely. It is smooth and sweet, needs no additions to be enjoyed, and goes well with food.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Doodleology

I was surprised by this one myself. The flavors in the blend are not usually compatible with my taste buds, however I really liked it!

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