542 Tasting Notes
A bit back, my mom and I placed a Harney order to keep at her place and we got a tagalong tin of this tea in sachets because they were out of normal-size tins of it in sachets and she had wanted to try it and we were trying to meet the amount needed for free shipping. She tried it yesterday and said the flavors were very light and so was the tea base but she could taste both the cranberry and orange.
When I steeped mine this morning, I noticed that the tin said it was a ceylon base tea so I am thinking that’s why she thought so. I found it an enjoyable cup, similar to Harney’s Boston Blend but different. I could taste the cranberry more but also the orange, which was like a tart orange rind effect rather than orange juice or orange candy.
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This tea was noticeable worse than Liptons to me. I don’t know why my Dad got this instead of his usual Liptons that is all he always drinks. Maybe they were out. I finished my cup but I decided not to drink it again anymore.
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My Mom brought this one on her own which is a little bit odd considering she really only drinks black teas with the occasional green tea. But I like vanilla and I like rooibos so I’ll go with it.
Steeped up in a large mug for the maximum recommended time, I get vanilla and rooibos but nothing, you know, stellar. It’s a nice solid cup for before bed and I’m glad to add it to my nighttime rotation there. Since I finished off the Mandarin Green Tea last time I was out here, I’ll need to be getting a few more of non-black teas to add to it.
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Also my first cup of the day. Basic and yummy.
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I remember that I drank this one in the morning. Mmm, chocolate before breakfast!
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I steeped the other half of my sample in a 10oz mug and it came out not watery at all and it was nice. Unlike last time, I did not set a timer on the second steep (since it has hibiscus) and just put it on to steep and walked away as I’m prone to do on my 2nd/last steeps of a tea and it was crazy tart but oddly appealing.
I do not think this is something I’d buy but if/since I got some to try, it is something I could easily drink.
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This was the last of my Caravan. It’s not something I could drink every day, but when I wanted it, I wanted it. I’m sad to see it gone. But thankfully, there is a sequel (Caravan Resurrected), which I will be next trying out. Though, I may wait a month or so until the weather cools. This is not really a summery tea and as it’s very hot out here still, I’m not drinking a ton of tea period either.
Plus there is the dilemma of the A&D three packs. I do not need an Assam or a black blend at the moment, but you basically get the third tea for $8 instead of $20. I may be able to push it off until I finish Captain Assam then order the other three pack instead. I will not be finishing off my black blends or Earl Grey anytime remotely soon, despite the fact that I’ve been iced tea-ing the Earl Grey this summer. (Thanks mom for not understanding that 8oz is a lot of loose leaf tea! Though seriously, I love when she gifts me tea. I give her/her house tea too.)
Alright, so I’m still happy with my rating for this one ultimately. It was a great tea! And yes, as stated above, I want and will be buying more of this one.
Alright ! We’re on to The August Tealog Catchup ! (Which will hopefully be completed in August instead of mid-September. =P )
My first cup in August was of this one as an iced tea. Well, actually no, it was a cup of Rishi’s Wuyi oolong leftover from the night before. But, this one was my first new tea of August.
Okay, so this was my second time hot steeping this Earl Grey and chilling it for iced tea. This time I steeped 3 slightly rounded teaspoons in 16oz of water then added 14oz more. I made two steeps and combined them. I think this is pretty close to the right process for hot steeping this for iced tea for me, with maybe some minor tweaks if needed.
It came out stronger. Maybe a touch too strong. I’m unsure yet. Distinctly Earl Grey and refreshing.
This will prolly be the way I use most of the rest of this Earl Grey up. It’s definitely less my cup of tea when hot. I’d had other Earls I prefer more, though this one is just fine itself. But I down it iced!
Alright ! Last tea of July for sure !
My mom brought this at the Savannah Bee Company shop downtown. It’s loose leaf. I’m sure they didn’t make it but it’s not labeled who did. It’s not even on their website online. I tried Google as well. I’ll add the ingredient list to the product description next time I’m at my parent’s.
What I remember is good chai, heavy on the ginger, especially on the second steep. I’m pretty sure I drank with some milk on the first steep, second steep unsure.
Alright! I’ve found two more teas from July misplaced on my jotted down page of notes on what I’ve drank. These should have gone between the Earl Grey iced tea and the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie tealogs below. Then it’ll be on to August. My Steepster slogan should be: Tealogging! I’m always 15 notes or so behind!
So this tea, this time I let it cool accidentally until it was a little warmer than room temperature and god was it amazing! It was very malty and I could taste stone fruits – peach, apricot, and cherry. As it cooled further, those tastes gave way to a honeyed floral.
The second steep was juicy, malty, and a bit drying but not astringent, and also lovely. I’m afraid I might hoard this tea; it was so good this time.
I don’t know if it’s my taste buds or slight changes to the way I steep and drink my tea (lower end of the steeping range, more leaf, letting the cup cool until very warm but no longer hot), but I can really taste more in my teas. I used to just be able to distinguish between different black teas or green teas or what have you. Sometimes I could taste a general descriptive term or find a flavor I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Increasingly lately, I can pick out distinct and nameable tastes, and multiple notes of flavors in my teas. I love it! Even though, I’m drinking less tea in the hot South Carolina summer, I’m enjoying every cup so much.