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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
2346 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here, what looks to be a nice broken leaf assam. I have gone through a few tins of this now and have always enjoyed it, especially for the price: $6.25/4 oz.

I also like their organic assam so when this runs out maybe it’s time to re-order both? lol…

This is a nice malty tea that’s good with (soy) milk and sugar. The weather is dreary and foggy again but my sweetie and I are going on an overnight camping trip, which is nice. It will be good to get a change of scenery, i think. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
boychik

Have a great time!

yyz

Have fun!

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82
drank Citrus Blend by Harney & Sons
871 tasting notes

The work day yesterday was dreadful, but I had a lovely date afterwards, sushi and the theatre.
However that means I got very little sleep, and I have my morning class to teach.
I think I brewed this too long today. Its a little bit astringent. But its still quite drinkable, so that’s what I will do.

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78
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
2346 tasting notes

Tea of the morning here. I have had this for sooo long and I know I could just throw it away but it still tastes fine, I’m just sick of it. I should make it a goal to finish this off by the end of next month! This morning I decided I would add some cardamom to it, it’s actually pretty good that way (if you like cardamom).

I hope everyone is having a nice Friday so far!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

More Golden Globes chez sherapop this evening.

Hmmm… I wonder whether the Golden Globes were named after chamomile buds? Somehow I doubt it…

Marzipan

I have always thought they were named after fake, tanned boobs. You see a few of them there.

sherapop

Ha! Good one, Marizpan! ;-)

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65
drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
136 tasting notes

This smells like wood while steeping….
I’ve only had English Breakfast one other time…when last year my friend from England made me a “traditional English” cup of tea with milk and all. Didn’t like it then, but can’t remember what it tasted like. Don’t remember it tasting like wood though.
I like the malty black teas…need more malty black teas to try. I keep finding all these woody teas…
I would think maybe my taste is just changing. But then I try black teas that I have that I love and thought were malty and they taste the same. Maybe I just keep buying the wrong teas…I don’t know.
If anyone has any really good malty teas to recommend, let me know! Because I really wanna find a good, malty tea!
This one, however, is not as bad as expected.
It’s like half malty and half woody. It’s initially a light malt flavor but then changes to wood. It’s weird. But not actually that bad. I would drink this again. Wouldn’t buy it, but would drink it again willingly.
Harney & Sons sent me 4 tea bags of this as free samples. xD Guess they really wanted me to try this one-haha! As I’m finishing the first steep I actually can see this tea growing on me. But I guess I will see what happens with the next three tea bags. :P

Flavors: Malt, Wood

TheTeaFairy

Have you tried Tiger Assam from Andrews & Dunham? That’s a malt bomb!

(And Yay! You’re drinking tea again ;-))

Ost

I haven’t! I’m kinda skeptical of buying from them because it’s in such large amounts! Wish they had samples. ><

(Haha yah! I hope it stays! :P)

TheTeaFairy

Yes, same here, I haven’t ordered any of their teas yet because of the quantity issue. I was lucky cause a friend sent me a sample of Tiger Assam and I really like it!

Ost

Ah well I will have to try that one sometime! Gotta hunt down someone who has it and will send me a sample of it haha!

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79
drank Capri by Harney & Sons
871 tasting notes

I am exsausted, and its not even noon, and I have a lot more to do today. Sheesh.
So I warmed up the kettle, got my pot and a cup out, and I am taking a minute to sit and sip.
This tea has a wonderfully thick and rich mouthfeel. It makes it filling, and very satisfying.

TeaBrat

I know the feeling, I am ready for a nap myself!

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75
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
366 tasting notes

Sipdown! (120)

I think I’m just really picky when it comes to chocolate-flavored teas. I’ve only found one so far that I’ve really loved, and that’s Three Friends from Butiki. In all of the others I’ve tried, the chocolate flavoring is weird or it’s just thin and watery, like drinking a really watery hot chocolate. Not a fan.

That being said, the hazelnut is nice in here. Drinking this last cup with hazelnut coffee creamer, yums. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

Its been hard to wake up this week. I’ve been spending too long reading in bed, I think. I cant help it, there are such good books to read!
I’m almost out of this. And I’ve logged it 50 times now. So I think that’s a good idea of how much I like it.
That said, I think its aging faster than I can drink it, so its a bit less potent now.

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65
drank Da Hong Pao by Harney & Sons
979 tasting notes

I just read the entry on Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) in The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea. I concur that this is more the “old style” of oolong, which is probably why I don’t like it nearly as much as the greener, less-oxidized oolongs I’ve been drinking of late. For years, I shunned oolong because it made me feel queasy. My concept of the genre was exhausted by the highly oxidized, dark-roasted kind, and I probably only tried inexpensive, low-grade varieties (filterbags and restaurant tea), so I knew nothing about the broader oolong horizons.

The flavor of this tea is very toasty and cooked, not fresh and creamy. Yet it is not as dark and rich as a full-fledged black tea.

Fortunately, this Da Hong Pao from Harney & Sons did not make me feel sick, but I won’t order it again, now that my sample is exhausted. This is probably very good, for what it is, but it’s not really my style.

A chacun son goût…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
boychik

DHP is better short steeped;)

sherapop

Thanks for the tip, boychik! I have a Steepster Select sample of that tea, so I’ll follow your advice and see how it goes. :-)

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86

A blend of China black tea and currants, this one has a very fruity aroma. Its totally delicious. The fruitiness is balanced and not overpowering. I dig. Would drink again for sure.

Flavors: Black Currant, Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Lemon Herbal is a blend of lemongrass and lemon rind. This one is more bitter than sour, but unmistakably citrus. It tastes the way you would imagine lemon rind to taste. I’m huge on bitter teas, but I find this one such a stark contrast to the lemon herbal I’m used to (Lipton… not high quality, but I dig the red color and the body) that it was hard for me to enjoy. There isnt much body to this one, and that’s probably what kills it for me. If you prefer light bodied teas and citrus teas over fruity ones, you’ll probably enjoy this one!

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Lemon, Lemongrass

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C

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73
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
272 tasting notes

This is very very chocolatey with a roasted note that must be the hazelnut coming through. It is tasty, but I have to admit, chocolate teas aren’t quite my thing most of the time. I always find myself then seeking out the real thing…which could be seen as awesome or awful, depending on how you look at it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
145 tasting notes

This is the last of the Paris. I am officially out. How on earth did I let this happen? Why don’t I monitor my tea tins better?

Tuscanteal

Je t’aime Paris… I am also out!

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82
drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
55 tasting notes

This is an enjoyable afternoon tea. It is quite sweet with guava and strawberries added. It is mild with little bitterness or astringency. I will try it iced another time. The sour taste of the guava does a good job of offsetting the sweet taste of the strawberry. I steeped this with 2.5 tsp of leaf for 3 min in boiling water. I would have used 190 degree water but I forgot it was a mix of black and green tea. It looks like just black tea. It has very dark sweet smelling leaves.

Flavors: Guava, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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87

I am not a fan of black tea, or tea that is not organic, at all, but the tea here was awesome. Cinnamon is definitely a key player here, but it’s annoyingly spicy. The citrus is muted, very muted, but I noticed it more on the second steep. I don’t really taste the black tea, but that was okay because this was just a nice to tea have on a day of overcast. Someone compared it to leftover cinnamon toast milk, another compared it to liquid red hots, but to me its somewhere in the middle. I would drink this again.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Honey, Nutmeg, Orange

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
871 tasting notes

I’m never quite sure where I stand with white tea, but I’m making an effort to have more of it. I think, once I’m more comfortable steeping it, that it could be a delightful collection of light and delicate teas.
This is tasting very much of almond today, which is splendid in my book. This is really enjoyable right now.

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82
drank Citrus Blend by Harney & Sons
871 tasting notes

I went to a sewing night last night. I’m excited, I’ve got a few patterns I want to make, and some costumes I want to do, and I’ve just been a bit too lazy to do it, so this is turning into an excellent thing to make me actually get some things done.
I need to go buy fabric!
I got to sleep in a bit this morning, which was glorious. Hooray sleep.
This is a bit less citrus-y than usual, but I don’t mind at all. Its still quite nice.

Jennkay

Ooh, what kinds of things do you sew?

Rosehips

I’m learning, but I’ve sewn a few dresses. I’m working up to historical costuming.

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78
drank Kangaita OP by Harney & Sons
2346 tasting notes

Still trying to finish this one off. It isn’t one of my favorite plain black teas for sure so that’s one reason I’ve had it for so long. It’s definitely on the brisk side which isn’t sitting too well with me this morning. I added both soymilk and sugar but it still needs to be on the mellower side… anyhoo hope everyone is having a nice morning :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
261 tasting notes

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80
drank Yellow and Blue by Harney & Sons
979 tasting notes

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78
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2441 tasting notes

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79
drank Capri by Harney & Sons
871 tasting notes

I cant readily remember when I had a quiet weekend. Eeesh. So it means that Monday rolls around and I wonder what the hell happened. Where did my weekend go?
And its too early. Bleh.
I keep hoping its going to be fall, but it stays hot around here. Not a fan.

Stephanie

Weekends are NEVER long enough. I totally feel you.

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