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This was from a sample kindly sent to me by another steepster to aid in my quest to find black teas that I wouldn’t need to add sweetener to.
This one was not at all astringent but the level of tannin still sent me to the sugar bowl. Still, the tea was delicious and got me going this morning!
Flavors: Malt, Tannin
I just purchased Harney and Sons Scottish Morn last week, and can’t rave about it enough.
First, I like a strong, bold tea in the morning. This tea delivers all that and more.
It brews a dark liquor after 5 minutes, and will help you wake up in the morning without making you twitch like a squirrel after more than a cup or 5.
It takes sugar and milk wonderfully and I intend to stock this regularly in my cupboard.
If you like strong tea, this is MUST!
I am new to Harney and Sons, and just bought their Earl Grey Supreme, Scottish Morn and Millerton Blend.
My exposure to Earl Grey was changed forever when I bought Twinings Strand Earl Grey in London last year. As we all know, the Twinings that we get in the USA is a waste of money. The Strand Earl Grey is super strong, has lots of bergamot and is very full bodied.
The Harney is very good, but I find it far more mild in comparison. On it’s own, it’s a light taste, with a slight dry and bitter after-taste on the sides of the tongue. It doesn’t take milk very well, but used in moderation it’s ok.
I intend on purchasing Harney and Sons other Earl Grey(s) in hopes of finding one that I truly love.
I would recommend this tea to someone who likes a light to medium bodied tea.
Flavors: Lemon, Orange
I ordered a sample of this tea from Harney and Sons a couple months back, and in a concerted effort to reduce the number of teas I have left in my cupboard, I decided to take a break from oolongs and give this tea a chance. Those of you who read my reviews have probably noticed that I do not review Ceylon teas all that frequently. There is a reason for this-I don’t tend to like them as well as many Chinese, Indian, and Taiwanese black teas. Still, I wanted to give this tea a fair shot, so I did my absolute best to ensure that my bias against Ceylonese black teas did not get in my way when it came to reviewing this tea.
I prepared this tea using a one step Western infusion. I steeped approximately 1 teaspoon of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 212 F water. I tried a couple different steep times when making this tea, all in the 4-5 minute range. The specific preparation I am reviewing utilized a 4 minute steep time. I thought that one was the best and most balanced. Note that I did not resteep this tea. Again, I generally do not resteep black teas unless specifically recommended by the vendor.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the little tea pouch was that this tea contained not only leaves, but intact stems and flowers as well. It was a nice touch and really added to the aroma of the tea. The infused liquor was a rich golden amber with a slightly brownish tint. On the nose, I picked up pronounced aromas of herbs, toast, malt, leather, orange, lemon, and honey. There was also a faint tea flower scent. In the mouth, I detected distinct notes of orange, lemon, herbs, toast, malt, cream, roasted nuts, leather, honey, apricot, molasses, and tea flowers. There was also what I thought was a mild spiciness, but after trying this tea a couple different ways, I still could not be sure. Maybe it was just me. The finish emphasized brisk floral, citrus, and toast notes with a pronounced astringency that imparted a lingering dryness.
If I can say one thing about this tea, it is that it is unique. The inclusion of intact stems and flowers gives it a little extra something visually, on the nose, and in the mouth that is hard for me to explain. It almost gives the tea a rustic quality that is very endearing. Otherwise, the mix of aromas and flavors is good, though nothing I wouldn’t expect from a typical Ceylonese black tea. If you are a fan of Ceylonese teas and looking for something a tad quirky, I could see this being up your alley.
Flavors: Apricot, Cream, Floral, Herbs, Honey, Lemon, Malt, Molasses, Orange, Roast nuts, Toast
Hold on to your socks, this tea is strong! This blend requires 5 minutes of steep time according to the tin, but next time i’ll try 3 minutes. As with other English Breakfast teas, the milk and sugar compliments this tea very well. This would be great as a coffee substitute for most people :)
Flavors: Clove, Honey, Lemon
Not too bad of an iced tea but not as fruit tasting as I would have liked. I ended up mixing a few cups of lemonade with this batch in a pitcher and it balanced out the taste a bit. I’ll give it another go next time and see if I can steep it longer since it is an herbal tea.
Flavors: Blood orange, Honey
I really loved the smell of the tea from the tin and was hoping for that sweet peachy flavor. Unfortunately I can barely register the taste of peach and got mostly a strong black tea base instead. I brewed this in a large pitcher for my guests last weekend and they see to like the taste at least. I’ll try steeping for a less minutes next time to see if it makes a difference in sweetness.
Easy to notice that this an old tea for sure. Smells quite old and looks old (brewed and unbrewed).
Taste is dry and yet it has depth when makes it enjoyable. I find the color, taste, and resteep ability to make it a worthy tea to purchase. Love the deep notes that come with this. Just needs to be brought back to life where the dryness takes over.
This tea is “a black tea made from an oolong varietal tea plant.” (What does that mean? I need an adult.)
I ordered this sample in addition to the other things I was ordering because I decided to “treat yo’self.” I decided I wanted to try something that was expensive. I sifted through all the $100+ items, then chose the one in stock that sounded best ($133/pound, sample $4).
What are classy, high-end people drinking? When people make tea in movies, is this it?
When I stuck my face in the mug, it smelled amazing. It had a smell I’d classify more as “apricot” than “peach,” with maybe a tinge of vanilla and/or cinnamon. Sniff sniff. I felt like my beagle.
The taste is definitely black tea. There’s a slight maltiness and maybe a dash of metallic taste here. I wrote down the phrase “werewolf blood,” so take that as you will. There are, as I swallow, a bunch of mild fruity and creamy tastes. I get the peach, but that might be because I was primed to think of the peach from the site’s description.
This would be, unfortunately, a great daily drinker. It’s delicious, but not attention-grabbing. I say “unfortunately” because I am obviously not going to be buying $133 of this little number. I have a mortgage.
But this is super-tasty, and I recommend, should something like this come your way, you try it.
Flavors: Apricot, Cream, Malt, Metallic, Peach
Going through my tea cabinet, I was surprised to find a sample of this first flush Darjeeling. I remember tacking it onto a larger order back in either April or May, but had pretty much forgotten about it. Needing to take a break from oolongs, I decided to spend a very hot, hectic Sunday drinking this every chance I got.
I prepared this tea using a simple one step Western infusion. The suggested brewing temperature of 175 F that Harney and Sons often recommend for their first flush Darjeelings always seems low to me, so I almost always up the temperature to around 190 F. I did that in this instance and did not notice any significant issues, so I suppose it’s okay. I steeped 1 teaspoon of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 190 F water for 5 minutes. Due to the extended steep time, I did not attempt any further infusions.
The first thing I noticed about this tea was that it is incredibly light in the cup. The infused liquor showed a clear, pale gold with little sediment (I normally do not use a strainer as I do not mind a little sediment in my tea). The nose presented delicate aromas of lemon zest, straw, herbs, and Muscat grapes. In the mouth, I picked up an airy mix of herb, grass, straw, lemon zest, Muscat grape, toast, wood, and cream notes with a finish that really heavily emphasized lingering notes of Muscat grape, lemon zest, and cream.
In the end, I rather liked this first flush Darjeeling and kind of wish I had purchased a larger amount of it. I would have enjoyed playing around with the water temperature and steep time a little more. My only real qualm with this tea is that it is rather simple. It is also a little on the sweet side for my taste-I generally prefer my first flush Darjeelings a little toastier, a little more herbal, and a little more subdued. Still, I wouldn’t steer people away from this tea. I definitely think people who are fans of greener first flush teas would appreciate this one.
Flavors: Cream, Grass, Herbs, Lemon Zest, Muscatel, Straw, Toast, Wood
I am once again trying to sip down old tea, and this one has a few years on it. I have purchased two of the Harney tea chests and plan to get the the third some day. This came from the adorable little one that is $15 and makes a gorgeous gift. I have been hoarding the tea that is in it but I must drink it.
I was having Asian food for lunch a few days ago and chose this to go with it. I got two good steeps out of the little bag, about seven ounces each. It is probably weakened with age but it was still good, with a fresh, grassy taste that wasn’t sour. I even horribly oversteeped the second go ’round but it was fine.
I don’t drink much Sencha as I usually prefer Chinese green teas but this was good and I would have no trouble buying more. It is more of a daily drinker than the rare euphoric green, but perhaps that was due to the age.
I wanted to like this tea because I love green tea and coconut and lemongrass and ginger, etc. I guess I just don’t like them all together. The lemongrass is over-powering to me. I think there just might be too many flavors going on. Also, I’ve only ever had it hot so maybe it might be better iced. Either way, I won’t be purchasing it again.
The best. Absolute best.
I first experienced the delicious smell of this tea at a friend’s house. She called it her “fancy Sunday morning tea.” Boy, was she ever right.
The smell of this tea kept coming back to haunt me so I ordered a tin from Harney & Sons. (the TINS though! They’re so cute, I keep all of them for planters for succulents.) And then I ordered some for my best friend. And then I ordered a box of 50 for myself because I no longer wanted it as a treat yoself tea. I wanted to have it all the time!
By the time this arrived in the mail, I had forgotten what it was, and from the name thought it was bound to have flowers in it. I opened the package to a marvelous fragrance of pure tea, a little evocative of darjeeling but mostly a nice “golden raisin” scent (it’s easier to just call it muscatel but that’s what it smells like to me). This turned out to be a great light-bodied Ceylon, crisp and just a little sweet and everything I hoped it would be. Delicious iced, and also quite tasty hot, which is good because we’ve been having a mixture of very hot days and cool, overcast ones!
My experience with Ceylon (as with most non-Chinese teas) doesn’t go very far back—only a couple of years ago, when I started wondering why the iced tea served at a particular cafe tasted good compared to everyone else’s, did I even learn the name of this tea. There’s a lot more to explore, but this is one of the good ones I’ve encountered so far!
I’ve been having a great tea week!
A tiny part of me wishes I weren’t. I’m able to come up with MUCH FUNNIER stuff to say when reviews are dire. Alas, the stuff in my mouth tastes good, which doesn’t leave a lot of hilarity fodder.
So I’m going to tell you this is a tasty chocolate/vanilla blend with a bit flowers and coconut. If you like those things, you’ll probably like this thing. The only negative thing I can say is that it tastes a tiny bit artificial, but it’s so good overall, I’ll probably be buying more. So there’s that.
Miss my negativity? I do have a negative review about Wendy’s disruption of the Strawberry Fields salad. It was strawberries, chicken, bacon, onion, and bleu cheese crumbles gaily dancing upon greens.
It came every summer and left every fall like glorious clockwork. I spent all 9 cold months pining for it.
This year, they introduced a Summer Berry Chicken Salad instead. It’s not the same and it’s not as good.
It’s like walking into the school cafeteria on Taco Tuesday only to be handed some Sloppy Joe. What is this? Why are you deviating from schedule? I don’t want this. I want the other thing that should be happening right now. I mean, this is fine. It’s not poison; it’s just not what I want.
You want to reach across and bitch-slap the counter-lady, even though you know it’s not her fault. You want to tear off her hairnet, light it on fire, and go streaking through the woods with it aflame.
But you must stay calm and order something else.
Don’t let anyone see your lip quiver as you hold back tears.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coconut, Cream, Flowers, Vanilla