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I bought this to tide me over until my Harney order arrives. It is more astringent than Harney’s but for the price it isn’t bad at all, and went well with my bagel. It smells absolutely awesome when I open my tin. With food, the astringency is subdued and not at all unpleasant, but I do prefer the Harney and Nina’s versions to this one. It is a great value, though.
It’s baaaaaaaack! After two years of not being able to buy this one, they have it on shelf at A Southern Season again. The bad news is, it has gone up to $14.95 an ounce. O.O But hey, I can buy one ounce, resteep like mad, and hoard it until I can afford more.
When I first tried this one I was rather new to oolongs. This tea fascinated me, and it still does. It doesn’t seem quite as alien to me now, though. For a long time I was convinced that something had been added, like perhaps licorice root. (The staff vows that nothing at all has been added.) But now that I have had some really fine TGY teas, mostly thanks to Teavivre, I recognize that this is somewhat similar to those. It is much stronger though, and has a cooling flowery presence that swells each time you inhale, and it doesn’t stop after your finish your tea. I can continue for quite a long time.
This is one I will only drink when I have time alone with my kettle and cup.
My son and godson agreed to do a tea pickup at A Southern Season for me today. I got just two ounces of this for $3 to tide us over until out next Harney order as my youngest loves their Vanilla Black and Vanilla Comoro and we are out of both.
I guess I under leafed this. I steeped for four minutes at 203F and when I poured the tea it looked like a decaf resteep! I am drinking it plain and it is fine, not great, not bad. The tea is a little weak, the vanilla flavor is pretty good. I think with hotter water, longer steep, or more leaf, this could be very good. It isn’t Nina’s Je T’Aime by any stretch of the imagination, but should get us by until I place a big Harney order for my daughter.
I am most excited that Wild Forest Oolong was back in stock by the ounce! I will be having some later this weekend. The bad news is that it has gone up to $14.95 an ounce so I only got the one ounce.
I kept this from the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box, originally as a present for Tony, because he really enjoys Plum Oolong. It sat on his table for a couple of weeks, waiting…
So I’m drank it with dinner. His teas are my teas, so there!
Sipdown! i like this one quite a bit. it’s plumy with a bit of spiciness to it but not overly so. Theres a sweetness to this and a bit of tartness at the same time. I am digging this one!
From the HHTTB
This is actually very nice, especially with a pinch of stevia added. Tony adores plum oolong, & there are only a few cups left, so I’m keeping this one!
There are several teas I want to order from Harney and Sons but I won’t let myself until I sip down some more teas.
I got an email a few days ago from my husband. It was titled “Tea Disciple.” It turns out that a fellow he met at work has travelled extensively and loves tea from all over the world. He is presently drinking Celestial Seasonings Fast Lane as a replacement for coffee and wants recommendations for a good black tea blend with boosters like mate. Anyone know of some good ones? I recommended that he go to Tin Roof Teas and buy his mate and try some of their loose leaf black teas and mix it himself.
He mentioned that he had been in Sri Lanka and found some teas there that he loved, so I took my two high grown ones that I don’t care for and sent them to him. That reminded me that some of my other Ceylons are getting old. I need to drink them up. These past two days I have been drinking this one from the Fine Tea Wall at A Southern Season. You purchase these by the ounce and there is no minimum.
This is an enjoyable Ceylon, though I do like their Ceylon Extra Fancy even more, and I like Harney and Sons Kenilworth Ceylon and Ceylon and India teas more also. Once I sip this one down I will not be replacing it, but rather I will stick with the ones that I like better.
Hubby started out only wanting Ceylon teas with TONS of milk and sugar. Now he mostly drinks oolong, green, and white tea plain, so I have a big backlog of Ceylons to finish off! But it is a great problem to have! I was delighted when his tea tastes expanded and changed!
This has a beautiful color in the cup. It is dark and shiny with a red tint around the edges. Lightly malty. Nicely fruity. Bold but not too bold. Not bitter or harsh. Assam based teas are not likely to ever be my first choice when thinking what to sip, even so, this one is very enjoyable.
This is so much more aromatic than the Harney version I started the day with. So nicely fruity. It does not have the face jolt astringency either. Just a beautiful fully developed cup. I imagine A Southern Season is a reseller of this tea. I wonder who actually blends it. Very nice.
sipdown! a pleasant enough cup to go with my very late breakfast!
thank you kittylovestea for this one. Overall not a bad little blend. It’s nothing magical but it’s a smooth blend that isn’t overly sweet but has a really pleasant nutty taste, though it does remind me more of hazelnut than pecan (similar to what kitty found) Happy to have tried this one
Thank you Josie Jade for this sample.
Good morning everyone! The sun is shining in the UK today :) I hope the weather stays like this, I shall be going to Brighton on Friday and wont be back on Steepster until Monday. Also HAPPY ST GEORGES DAY!!!
In raw form this tea has visible long, thin pieces of black tea leaves including stem mixed with yellow sunflower petals and small pieces of pecan and white chocolate drops. It has a sweet yet dry nutty scent.
Once steeped this tea is red/brown in colour with a sweet and nutty cocoa aroma.
Flavour is light with gentle earthy elements, a touch of cocoa sweetness and a dry nutty finish. There is also something slightly sour about it too. It reminds me of hazelnut more than pecan. It’s nice and very nutty but for me it lacks depth, perhaps it’s something you would love if you were a nut fanatic. I remember trying something similar from Della Terra but can’t remember which one.. I think it was their white chocolate one that was similar.
Thank you Josie Jade for sharing some of this with me!
I brewed some this morning, and it was pretty decent. The dry leaves look and smell good, I like the marigold petals. Nice touch, though I have no idea if they greatly add to the taste.
I did taste it before adding anything, it was pretty subtle so I decided to sweeten it a bit. That made the caramel flavor come out. I am still on the hunt for a ‘perfect for me’ caramel tea, but am glad to try this and will enjoy the rest of my sample for sure!
(85 degrees, 3-4 min)
This is the last new tea that I purchased last week from A Southern Season. I shared some with my Mom in her Easter basket, and had a cup on Easter afternoon while we were cooking. I’m really loving this one. The dry leaves smell just like lemon cake, and the tea liquor has a sweet, creamy lemon aroma. The flavor is tart lemon and there is a rooibos, honeybush and sweet lemon aftertaste. You can definitely taste the rooibos and honeybush in this one, but I actually don’t even mind because it blends so well with the other flavors. Adding a little sweetener brings out some of the cakey notes, and a little milk makes the cup nice and creamy. This is really delicious tea, and I am so happy that I can have a cup right before bed! :)
-Dry blend has red rooibos and honeybush with blue and yellow petals and pieces of dried lemon.
-Dry blend smells like lemon cake. Tea liquor aroma is of sweet and creamy lemon.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium reddish brown color.
-Tart lemon flavor and finish. Rooibos, honeybush and sweet lemon cake aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Excellent tea. A creamy and sweet dessert tea. Reminiscent of lemon cake.
This is another tea that I purchased from A Southern Season. They also sell Mariage Freres and I was SO close to purchasing a tin. I had it narrowed down to two of them, and then pulled up Steepster quickly on my phone to help me decide. Some of the reviews that I read for both teas made me think that I wouldn’t like them. I couldn’t justify spending $24 for tea that I didn’t know if I would love, so no Mariage Freres this time. Next time I will definitely be doing my research beforehand about which blends I would probably like so I know what to get!
On to this tea . . . it smells heavenly – all cinnamon and nutty. The flavor is fruity and nutty with a really fresh nutty aftertaste. It’s a little sweet on its own, but I added a little sweetener and it brought out a tiny bit more of the fruit flavors. Then I added milk, which made it a little creamy and comforting, but definitely dulled some of the flavors. After reading the list of ingredients I thought this tea would be more fruity, but nuts are really the main taste in this cup. This is one of those teas where it smells so much better than it tastes. I just wish the flavor was a little stronger. Smelling it you think it’s going to be overwhelmingly flavorful and it’s actually a little weak with the mellow, nutty taste. I think this would be a nice cup for the wintertime.
-Dry blend has red rooibos with pieces of candied fruits, coconut and nuts.
-Dry blend smells sweetly of cinnamon and nuts. Tea liquor aroma is of warm spicy fruits.
-Tea liquor is a clear dark reddish brown color with an oily sheen on top.
-Fruity and nutty flavor and finish. Fresh nut aftertaste.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Good tea. A fresh nutty flavor with just a hint of sweet fruit. No rooibos taste.
I picked up this one on Thursday also. I’m not sure why I wanted to try it so bad, but it was one of those things where I would pick it up, look at it, then put it back down and move on to another tea. Then come back to it again. I eventually just decided to get it. The dry leaves smell like sweet marzipan and coconut. The flavor is a lot stronger than I expected, with vegetal and nutty notes and a strong, fresh coconut finish. I think this would be a good iced tea during the summer also, since it tastes a little tropical and is refreshing. Glad I decided to purchase this one!
-Dry blend has large long flat green tea leaves with slices of almond and small pieces of coconut.
-Dry leaves smell very sweetly of marzipan and coconut. Tea liquor aroma is of fresh green tea and sweet nuts.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium yellow color.
-Vegetal and nutty almond flavor with a strong fresh coconut finish.
-Best with sweetener.
-Very good tea. A strongly flavored cup of sweet almonds and fresh coconut.
I purchased this tea on Thursday when I stopped by A Southern Season. We had it yesterday at our afternoon tea, but for some reason I didn’t love it. I had another cup this morning and did love it, maybe because I paid more attention to the steeping time. Anyways, without milk and sweetener it’s a strong black tea with just a really light hint of vanilla. With milk and sweetener it becomes rich, creamy vanilla. It’s more of a sugary dessert vanilla taste, rather than an authentic vanilla bean taste, but nothing artificial in the flavor. A nice dessert tea!
-Dry blend has medium black tea leaves and twigs.
-Dry leaves smell like rich and sugary vanilla. Tea liquor aroma is of vanilla and black tea.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium brown color.
-Strong malty flavor with a hint of creamy vanilla.
-Best with milk and sweetener.
-Very good tea. A malty cup with a creamy rich vanilla flavor.
This dry tea smells wonderfully of sweet plum, and the tea’s aroma is rich and earthy. The first sip is of a nice, tart plum. Then out of nowhere comes this nasty artificial aftertaste, yuck! There’s very little oolong noticeable, the flavor is mainly of plum. Everything leading up is wonderful, but I can’t get over that aftertaste. I actually didn’t even finish the cup. Sad!
-Dry blend has large black tea leaves with pieces of dried fruit.
-Dry leaves smell lightly of sweet plum. Tea liquor aroma is of rich and earthy plum.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium reddish purple color.
-Tart plum flavor and finish. Strong artificial aftertaste.
-Best with sweetener.
-Poor tea. Tart plum flavor with an unfortunately strong artificial aftertaste.
Glory be, it’s a SIPDOWN! Why am I excited? I wasn’t letting myself buy any more Keemun until I finished the ones I already have. I am pretty sure this is the last of my last one. The little pile of empty tins is growing. The list of what I can order now is, too!
This was the first tea served because I wanted something fairly neutral to go with our first treat at tea party time. It was Orange Creamsicle Ice Cream, home made. Oo, it is yummy. I just made the basic vanilla ice cream in the Cuisinart book and added a tablespoon of Penzey’s orange extract.
Now I want to search for the perfect crunchy bits to add to it, like chopped almonds or toffee bits. I think it will be good as a float this summer, too. Maybe I will put it in ginger ale or cream soda.
I wanted a good black tea to pair with….a spoonful of frosting. Yes, that is my shameful mid-morning snack. My youngest daughter just made birthday cake number two – with four kids in the family and my godson plus hubby and me, one birthday cake isn’t enough! She did a beautiful job, and now as the birthday person I get first choice on beaters and pans. I chose the frosting bowl! Heh heh. But I really only scraped out about two teaspoons worth or a tad more.
I am really trying to sip down some teas and I am trying VERY HARD not to order more, but I can’t say I have had much success with that part! I have even given away two big boxes of teas lately! And still we have way more tea than food in this house. And way more tea than money. LOL!
I have enough leaf left now for one more pot, and I won’t be replacing this one. I thought I would back when I first bought it. My daughter liked it and it was not bad, but I have had Keemun Mao Feng from Harney and Sons and Organic Superfine Fragrant Keemun Black Tea from Teavivre, and those are superior.
I don’t regret purchasing this. It has served us well and is pretty good, but I am glad to open up space on the shelf for some other, more treasured teas to come in. It was really good with my cream cheese frosting, though!
This herbal tea smells heavenly – full of cinnamon sugary marzipan amazingness! And even better, this tea is a pretty, perfect reddish-pink color! I can’t help but get excited every time I see that pretty color come out of my little teapot. This is a soothing tea, with a nice almond flavored finish. It’s hard for me to have just one cup of this tea, I always want to brew some more. A perfect tea to have in the cupboard for an evening cuppa!
-Dry blend looks like a trail mix with large pieces of apple and beetroot and sliced almonds. Ingredients plumpen and float to the top during steeping.
-Dry blend smells like cinnamon sugar marzipan. Tea liquor aroma is of warm almonds.
-Tea liquor is a clear reddish pink color with an oily sheen on top.
-Cinnamon nutty flavor with a sweet almondy finish.
-Best with sweetener.
-Very good tea. A caffeine free cup of sweet almond flavor!
This is a sip down, and the end of my very first Puerh purchase ever. I remember smelling the Puerh at A Southern Season and giggling with Sandy over the smell. When I finally bought some we were both a little apprehensive about tasting it, but in spite of the fishiness, we liked it! And I definitely recognized almost immediately the beneficial effects Puerh tea had on my digestive system, relieving the miserable overstuffed feeling after having pizza with crusts dipped in garlic butter.
I ended up buying all three types of puerh sold there, and got another friend really hooked on shu puerh. Now that this has aired out a bit, it is much more pleasant. It makes a really black cup of tea, but I do enjoy my puerh that way so I often steep it for at least three minutes.
Now I have found so many other puerhs that I like much better than this one. I am decupboarding it, and I do not intend to buy it again. When I want more mini Tuocha they will come from Teavivre or Mandala Tea. I am grateful to this little Tuocha for introducing me to puerh, though!
I needed a black tea for tea party today to go with homemade chocolate chip ice cream and this cake: http://thenonpareilbaker.blogspot.com/2011/09/chocolate-cake-with-cream-cheese.html?m=1
Paired with such sweet food, the tea seemed to become even more roasty, more chocolatey. Oddly, I felt like I tasted vanilla with the chocolatey flavor today, no doubt some function of the pairing. Great stuff. So glad I skipped lunch…