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A few months back I wrote a review for this product on the Harney & Sons website (harney.com). In the review I wrote that I have observed on multiple occasions the color of this White Christmas tea after steeping to be a maroon-red and not the pale yellow color that is pictured on the Harney & Sons website. The Harney & Sons website never posted my review. Be wary of the suspiciously disproportionate one-sided reviews on the Harney & Sons website (harney.com).
I decided to cold brew this one. I think it’s impacting the flavour of it. It is a bit unusual. Must be gingko. I’ve never had gingko before, and I’m not sure if I’ll try it again. We’ll see. The citrus comes out in the aftertaste. It was ok. Maybe it would be different if it was hot brewed then iced.
It’s finally hot enough outside for iced tea!! This was my choice to brew up while I bathe in sun. It was so refreshing with a lemon tang combined with smooth vanilla and coconut. The sencha added a light green base that lifted these flavors up. I placed a lemongrass and mint sprig stir stick in my glass and enjoyed this beautiful day.
Flavors: Coconut, Freshly Cut Grass, Lemongrass, Mint, Vanilla
Tried cold-brewing this one this afternoon. I’m not a fan when it’s hot—too bitter and grassy with lemon so strong it’s a punch to the face. Cold it’s less grassy and smoother but there’s still a slight lemon peel edge (although keep in mind that I’m very sensitive to bitter tastes). I’m not tasting much floral here, and anything that’s there is overpowered by the lemon. It could use some sweetness (or the missing flowers!) to balance it out.
Flavors: Lemon Zest
I ordered a sample of this with our most recent Harney order and while it is tasty for a bold straight black, the TLDR version is that I prefer Scottish Morn still.
In the measuring teaspoon, it looks like CTC black pieces with small greenish flecks. It brews a rich dark brown and the aroma is straight up malt. I don’t look for complexity in teas like this, so I am not at all put off by the simplicity in the scent. Unfortunately, while the addition of Darjeeling to this blend adds depth of flavor in my cup, it does it in a way that takes from the briskness and body of the Assam and Ceylon.
This kind of tea (like Scottish Morn) is meant to be enjoyed with milk and I added a good dash to my cup, which helps to give the tea a creamy balanced profile and highlights a hint of muscatel and citrus. While it is still a decent tea blend and I like what they had in mind for it, my personal preference will forever go to my favorite CTC for when I want a bold wake-up and I will reach for Scottish Morn, not Scottish Afternoon every time.
Flavors: Citrus, Malt, Muscatel
Tea of the morning. This was a sample in my recent H&S order. It smells super malty and just full of flavor. The steeped leaves smell of more malt and hints of honey. There’s a nice little kick on the finish to get you moving for the day. Might have to pick some up next time I place an order.
Flavors: Honey, Hops, Malt
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Flavors: Berry, Earl Grey, Vanilla
Tea of the morning, I didn’t get to make anything before I left the house this morning. Thankfully I had this on hand at work. Not much to say about it. It’s good and it certainly wakes me up. But it was hard to place any distinct flavors in this one.
I had a little sample of this one lying around. I think it may have been from the first round of the T&C TTB, so I’ve had it for a while. Even though I usually prefer unflavored teas, I’ve been having straight blacks and oolongs at work daily for a while now, so it was time for a little change. I thought that the vanilla flavor was nice, and not too overpowering or reminiscent of pure vanilla extract. However, the base tea seemed really weak. I don’t know if it is because it is a decaf tea or just because the base tea is otherwise weak. I expect a black base to be bolder and complement the flavor of vanilla. Anyway, I only have about 1 tsp left, so perhaps next time I’ll try blending it with another strong black base as a non-decaf cuppa.
An invigorating mid-afternoon pick-me-up. The flavor is not overpowering or spicy. It’s actually quite smooth and refreshing. I attempted to steep it a second time, but didn’t get much out of it. Oh well, still very tasty. I also own the Harney & Sons Earl Grey. It might be my imagination, but both teas I have by this company seem much more mellow than I was expecting. The tins are lovely though.
I am astonished not to see a previous note on this tea. I had it a long time ago and I am sure I logged it. We are still trying to reduce the number of older teas in the cupboard and this one only had two servings left so it goes next!
I love both Li Shan and Alishan oolongs. When I first started drinking tea I went back and forth between preferring green or roasted. Now I love both, just happen to have different moods at different times. Since youngest is drinking an Assam this morning, I made my own pot so I could have something a bit milder.
This is rather old but still tastes nice. You can tell it isn’t fresh and that is entirely my fault, not the tea and not Harney and Sons. The tea is smooth, not astringent, lightly sweet, vegetal but not strongly so, and a little creamy. The liquor itself is pale and clear. Even though it is several years old now, I will enjoy it as I whittle away at my backlog of teas that need to be finished!