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Harney and Sons sent this as a generous sample to try. I didn’t know how generous until I looked it up just prior to steeping – $36 for two ounces! But all it took was opening the pouch to know that this was no ordinary black tea.
I am reminded of a tea that JacquelimeM and I fell in love with several years ago from them. I believe it was called Golden Snail and yes, I bought it because it was worth it. Sometimes you need to buy a really special tea. Just make sure that it IS really special and makes you feel magnificent when you drink it. You can have ordinary any old time.
There is a generous sprinkling of gold among the rich, black leaves. I followed their recommendation of four to five minutes with boiling water, going just over four.
The aroma is thick and full-bodied, as is the mouth feel of the tea. The nutty notes are high ones, they say pecan but I also am reminded of walnut. There is an incredible smoothness to this naturally sweet tea. (Remember all those golden tips!) It goes down so easily! My youngest daughter and I drank this at breakfast and she said, “Mom, I can tell this is really high quality tea.”
As I drink this, the thick body almost comes across as a creaminess, and the nut flavors lend a high note to the rich caramel smooth midtones. Think of the midtones of their Golden Monkey, specifically theirs because I have had Golden Monkey from places like Teavana that tasted nice enough but were more like a lower grade Keemun. The rich and creamy sweetness that I taste and feel is probably what they refer to as caramel, and I get that.
This may be going on the next shopping list, and I am pretty excited that my eldest and my youngest girls will be at the Soho Harney and Sons on Saturday! I can’t wait to try the other samples. Thank you, Russell and Harney and Sons!
One of my weekend guests so generously shared her nasty cold with me, so I’m binge drinking the teas in my house in an attempt to feel better. In all fairness, I’ve had this tea before but just never managed to write a review. Now that I’m laid up with this horrible illness, I’ve got plenty of time! First time I had this tea was at the H&S tea room in Soho, and I ordered a pot of it on a whim. Such delicious fruitiness! I was happily surprised. I’m not really getting any apricot – just plums and cherries, but that’s just fine – it’s delightful. Kind of my idea of a perfect fruity black – almost sweet with lots of beautiful aroma. No need for sweetener nor milk, it’s just perfect on it’s own. And not at all medicinal, which is amazing considering how often flavors like this end up. Would I try this iced? Maybe, but it’s so good hot that I don’t feel compelled to change a thing. Maybe when the weather gets really warm. For now, it’s doing me a lot of good just as it is!
Flavors: Cherry, Plums
Honestly, my first thought about this tea was that it tastes like Trix cereal. It could almost be a breakfast replacement, what with the cereal taste and the caffeine content needed to get my engine going in the morning. I take it with a splash of cream, and it’s fruity to begin with, but finishes with caramel and vanilla notes. The only downside is that it only produces 1 good infusion (the 2nd is very weak), but I’ve found this is a common trait among black teas.
Flavors: Black Currant, Caramel, Vanilla
Sooo the second time my boyfriend came to visit me, I let him try a Harney & Sons tea-the SoHo Blend, and he loved it. Also this year him and his bro and his bro’s gf came out as a birthday surprise for their mum (my boyfriend and his bro lived in England at the time and his parents live in NY, where he is now), so I sent him a package full of some tea samples I’d wanted him to try for the longest time-I had to get him off of the classic English Breakfast tea with milk. :P He can’t go back anymore! Muahahahahahaha!
Anyway, one of the samples I gave him was Paris, and he loved it too!
So he finally graduated Uni about a month ago and I get to see him on Monday, he’s coming for a short visit-Monday to Saturday since he’s planning to come for this Christmas anyway. Had to place a H&S order for his graduation present. Got him the SoHo blend and The Tower of London-but the 5 satchets little tin. Oh my goodness, When I opened the package I almost missed the tin because it’s so tiny! XD
But anyway, since it’s like Paris I thought he’d like it. (: I just gotta finish a cross stitch for him and then his graduation gift will be complete! :D So excited!
Got three samples with that order. Two were the same old boring teas, like the chai one and the pomegranat one plus an iced tea pouch. This one was the only new one-so I had to try!
And all I really gotta say is that it was minty. Very very minty. Tried really hard to find another flavor or something, but no. It was just a crap load of mint in that mug for both steeps! It wasn’t bad-I mean, I had two cups of it. But it wasn’t amazing either. Was a fine tea, just not something I’d buy or drink again. Kinda a boring tea to be honest :P But hey, better boring than bad!
I only had a sample of this that I ordered with my last restock of Florence, Paris, and Scottish Morn, so this is already a sipdown. A pleasant one for sure though- at least for people who like strong black teas. This blend is more in line with Scottish Afternoon if I had to pick another Harney tea to compare it to, but I still prefer my beloved Scottish Morn to either. I think it is the Darjeeling- I just tend to gravitate away from it towards Yunnan, Ceylon, etc. If you love Darjeeling though, then this might be perfect with the soft hints of it around the edges. East Frisian is traditionally enjoyed with cream and rock sugar from what I understand, but I only added milk and it was quite tasty. A touch of citrus and strooooong malt to welcome the new day. Yum!
An uplifting black tea that has that little extra something that’s not possible to put into words. Drank my last sample of it tonight, golden. Smooth and bold enough to work but not harsh at all, it’s calming but invigorating at the same time. For me sugar really spiced it up and revved up the tea’s energy.
I am frantically running about, drinking tea and throwing things about. I’m about to go on vacation, my first proper one in two years, and I am so excited.
But I have a lot of strategic packing to do (what tea do I pack!!!) and a lot of cleaning and other things that need to be done.
Enter the soothing teas.
Many, many thanks to Ost for being so generous with this sample. While I started out skeptical and a little afraid of the Wedding Tea, I’m now won over to its creamy and lemony charms.
A sipdown, I’m trying to pack in the sipdowns, so that I might be able to do a little tea shopping on my trip!
Alright, wedding tea, lets do this again!
I really, really want to understand white tea. I think there could be a whole world of teas and tea flavor combinations that would be spectacular with this base, if only I could get the hang of it!
Today, I must say, I have been more successful with the brewing of this, and I’m getting a lovely creamy lemon flavor. So good! So light and appropriate for hotter weather! I’m so glad!
I’ve still got to do a back to back trial with Royal Wedding and this. They might be the same thing!
The kind Ost gave me this to try a while back, and I’m just now getting around to it.
Could Wedding Tea be the same as the Royal Wedding Tea? Maybe. I’m not sensitive enough to white teas. In fact, I know I am not. More experimentation is needed!
But the general opinion is positive. This is an interesting tea.
Their best cinnamon related tea yet. I’ve tried their ultimate cinnamon tea but it was too water taste with red hot candies for me. Their chai was okay but not the best chai. This Holiday tea was a great, smooth, even black coated with a nice dusting of cinnamon – also pretty to look at and great smell. I ordered a sampler pack so not much left, but will have to keep in mind when the holidays come up again.
Considering that this is a tea from Harney & Sons, a company who has been known for quality tea for more years than I’ve been alive, I knew going in that I was in for a treat. I wasn’t disappointed, this is one of the better bottled teas that I’ve tasted. The high-quality back tea that was used as a base for this drink isn’t drowned out by flavoring, even though there is a strong peach flavor. Occasionally I could even pick up hints of honey. The flavors from the sweeteners were light and not overpowering like I find most bottled teas to be and allowed the peach-like flavor to really come through.
You can read the full review on my blog:
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.