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Earlier this summer I got in a straight black tea blend mood. I ended up purchasing a few blended blacks for H & S with my order. I then attempted to drink all blends for H & S next to each other and try to compare. I am not sure if it was the day, or the way I was making tea, or the tea itself but all of the blends tasted so similar I couldn’t pick out anything to distinguish them. Usually when doing side by side comparisons you can definitely tell. On that day I tasted :
Eight at the Fort
The only teas I remember being able to somewhat pick out were the 30th Anniversary and Queen Catherine.
I am sitting down with this tea now. No comparison. I am enjoying it, but there is nothing jumping out at me. It almost taste like there could be an oolong blended in here? It is more smooth and not harsh like some breakfast blends. It has sweet rounded edges and not the astringent finish. I am glad I was able to try this one, but this not a tea I need to have a tin of.
I never realized how much this song was about rebirth and transformation, but aren’t all soft rock songs? I’m not actively seeking to reinvent myself right now, but Boston by Augustana just seems to fit Harney & Sons’ Boston Blend.
Now, there’s one line in the song that is completely out of place. Let me transcribe a few lines for you:
I think I’ll start it over, where no one knows my name,
I’ll get out of California, I’m tired of the weather,
I think I’ll get a lover and fly him out to Spain…
Oh yeah and I think I’ll go to Boston,
Did you see it? It’s just barely audible, but apparently Augustana couldn’t find any adequate rhymes for name – except Spain. And how does everyone associate with the Spanish? Well, clearly lust and escape and sex and gigolos and the sexual revolution of the 1980s.
Unfortunately, the boys seem oblivious of their own city’s claim to fame on the erotica game: “Banned in Boston”. Indeed, the fabled city on a hill and critically acclaimed Protestant haven, Boston has tirelessly defended against the ever-increasing lewd and licentious dangers plaguing modern society. Much like our aforementioned guardian, Iggy Azalea, of sexual purity, Boston’s long-standing Watch and Ward Society censored the likes of the evil Upton Sinclair, Faulkner, HG Wells, and Ernest Hemingway. Thank gourd Harry Potter wasn’t around to plague the youth of Boston!
Thus, adding another page to our Caulfield-like repertoire, we see the boys of Augustana desire to return to a period of innocence since lost. See no evil.
Here’s a Creed song: http://youtu.be/iBBqjGd3fHQ
Flavors: Bergamot, Burnt Sugar, Vanilla
Thank you The Cookie Lady!
I love the H&S teas. Rarely am I disappointed. This is one of the few tea companies that make sachets that I like. They really seem like loose-leaf.
Dry has a light bergamot scent. I am not a white tea drinker in general so I certainly can’t pick out specific white tea flavors.
Brewed I am enjoying the gentle white tea blended with the bergamot.It’s not a strong bergamot. I love bergamot and Double Bergamot tea is a favorite. However, this lighter level of bergamot works well in this tea. This is a relaxing light tea that would be enjoyable while sitting reading or watching a favorite TV show.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrusy
I’m fairly certain this is the tea I just drank. I got a couple of sachets from a stash sale.
This was weird. I got some green tea flavour and a lot of perfume that was bordering on soapy but not quite. No coconut, ginger or lemongrass. I dunno…
This is tasty, but I admit, I don’t get a ton of sesame from this. I think it is a good thing, because I wouldn’t like it if it were overwhelmingly seedy, but this is just a hint. I don’t think I would repurchase, because I am not super into sesame flavor, but a lot of people would love this. There is no bitterness at all.
Backlog… it’s amazing how these can build up.
As will almost all Harney and Sons tea it’s black and green is nicely balanced. They always see to get their bases very well done.:) I was surprised by the guava but it is good. The floral perfume -y scent and taste were hard to get past. Not sure if I would take a cup if offered.
Thanks The Cookie Lady!
This was good, but it wasn’t what I’d call special or even memorable. I think it’s great if you’re just wanting tea. However, I pretty much never find myself with such vague cravings. This was the most plain chamomile tea I’ve tried so far, so at least now I have a truer sense of what chamomile is like. I’ve been wanting to try this one since the first time I perused the Harney & Sons website. Thanks, carol who, for giving me the opportunity to try it!
I need more tea like a hole in the head but I found myself unable to resist when I saw this at Target. I have some tea bags of varying qualities, and I usually save them for when I am doing house sitting gigs and want to keep my tea as simple as possible.
But, this tea might convince me to invest in good sachet bags more often. It is a bit citrussy but basically cinnamon overload which is exactly how I like it. Red hots in a tea. I see lots more of this in my future, and the awesome tin is a bonus.
I don’t have a lot a data left for my month so i will be recording all of my reviews over a couple days, and then i will be logging them when I am able to at my local Library.
Sipdown Time (10/13)
I am an oolong kinda guy. I do believe it is in my blood. I have found a few i am not fond of but this isn’t one of them.
One of the things i really like about this is that instead of covering up the flavor of the oolong, this blend works to accent its wonderful flavors with light pomegranate sweetness and acidity. Very Juicy and full of flavor, I think i detect a hint of blueberry or acai. The aroma is astounding… I adore this tea. I also know that i have been siting on this tea for about a year and it is still wonderful.
When I sniffed the packet, to me it was more nori than grassy. I’m ok with that. Nori = good, in my books. I started off with a one minute steep, I find 30 s too light in flavour.
Taste, I get the grassy notes that other people found, but I also found a touch of nori and brussel sprouts at the end of the sip.
Second steep I let go for about 2 minutes and I found more bitter vegetables with some hay notes thrown in.
I like this quite a bit and will probably order bancha in the future. Thanks to Cameron B. for providing the delicious sample.
I have no idea where this tea bag came from. I think a few years ago we received Harney and Sons tea bags from an outfitter on a canoe trip, my first experience with H&S, and this was one of the flavors they had. The war with caffeine continues. Something isn’t right and I am not sure if it is what I am eating or drinking so to keep it simple, today is another day with low caffeine. I grabbed this from the work drawer to start the morning off. I had it in my head that I hate chamomile, but thought what the heck, if I hate it I can dump it. It is a surprisingly nice cup. Sweet, floral, chamomile-ish:) I could drink more of this. I started looking at H&S for low caffeine choices and I saw yellow and blue? Sounds like an interesting combination to try. Anyway no caffeine until I get a good meal in the tummy.
I’m not in the mood for a narrative, but I haven’t posted a tasting note in a while so… here’s a tasting note. My impressions of this tea seem to differ wildly from those of other reviewers.
The dry leaf smells all pumpkin spicy. The most dominant scent is nutmeg. So. Much. Nutmeg. It’s not bad, just… strong.
Speaking of strong, the scent of clove wafts out of the mug and smacks you in the face about three seconds after the water hits the leaf. By contrast, the flavor is actually quite well balanced. The pumpkin leads, strong but not artificial, followed by cinnamon and clove. Not really getting any nutmeg taste though. The cinnamon lingers long after the sip, along with a hint of sweetness. It’s very similar to the after-taste of HS’s Hot Cinnamon Spice. Not sure how I feel about that. It’s a bit…much.
Overall, the actual sip is nice and well-balanced, but the scent and aftertaste are a bit too strong and one-note for my liking. I’ll just add it to the collection in my office drawer.
Got this one as a birthday gift from the lovely Albertocanfly! She also sent me a small box of Corn Silk Tea (which sounds weird, but is actually super good!), a 2oz bag of the amazing Snowflake from Georgia Tea Co, an adorably small teapot that I really should post a pic of, and a few tea samples.
Tea friends are the sweetest! ^^
It’s not that bad. It has a bad rating here on Steepster, but it’s not horrible.
No sign of pumpkin in this tea, but it’s more of a cinnamon spice tea. Wouldn’t get more of this, but I’ll definitely finish it. Will be nice on the rainy days, I’m sure.
Would be better if I could taste the pumpkin though! If only. :S
Still like the cute tin though. Thank you for the tea, Albertocanfly! :D
Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices