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The lovely TheTeaFairy was kind enough to send me a tin of this.
It’s really nice cold steeped. I think it’s a nice balance of citrus and passion fruit – there might also be a hint of berry hanging around.
This is pretty tart and I did add some sweetener, but I like iced teas a little bit sweet so that’s ok with me.
Thanks Fairy – I will continue to enjoy this one as long as this heat continues.

TheTeaFairy

Yay! Glad I found a nice home for it :-) i hope the heat doesn’t last too long though so you can enjoy a great hot cuppa!!

scribbles

I thrive in heat…jealous!!! :) Felt like autumn in TO for the last couple of days.

Dexter

Then you should have been here today. It was sunny 33C with humidity something like 39C, I don’t mind warm, but it was suffocating hot :))
I will be happier tomorrow with a more reasonably 27C.

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drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
68 tasting notes

Holy crap. This is the best smelling tea I’ve ever come across. If they made a candle in this scent I would snatch it up in a millisecond.
Once I got my nose out of the bag I stuck 1tsp in my infuser and used less-than boiling water and steeped for only 3 minutes as I’d read that others found it bitter. Sadly it doesn’t taste quite as good as it smells, but it’s still pretty yummy. It’s light with a nice bit of lemon and some creaminess. I wouldn’t have guessed there was supposed to be caramel, but it’s not bad overall. I’ll probably finish my sample, but I don’t think I would pick up a tin. Admittedly I don’t have much of a taste for Darjeeling, so grain of salt.

Flavors: Grapefruit, Lemon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
68 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83
drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
690 tasting notes

From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

Simple and good. The flavor is spot on apricot with a nice medium body black tea that has a slight biscuit note. I drank half of my cup unsweetened and then added sugar and cream to my cup. I enjoyed this tea both ways, and I’m thinking I’d love having this in cupboard as an afternoon tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank White Christmas by Harney & Sons
268 tasting notes

Can’t make up my mind about this one. I’ve been wanting it since last year when I saw it at Chapters as part of a package. I didn’t buy it then because I wasn’t interested in the other teas that would have come along but I’ve been eyeballing it ever since. Well, now I have it.

Smells divine. Taste is decent but not what I expected. A lot of notes say “chocolate”. I’m not getting chocolate at all. I’m getting vanilla and cardamom, but I think I’m getting chamomile at the end of the sip, and that’s what’s turning me off a little. I will try to mask that in later cups, maybe with some almond milk but I’m hesitant to add that to a white tea. So yeah. That’s my take. I’m drinking it out of an blue glass mug so I have no idea what color it brews.

I also wasn’t sure how much water to use for 1 sachet so I went with 8 oz, which is half the mug. 177F, 3 minutes.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
335 tasting notes

This sample i got from ifjuly loong time ago.

Today I decided to run side by side with Golden Monkey Paw by California Tea House
http://steepster.com/teas/california-tea-house/3166-golden-monkey-paw

H&S version is heartier, maltier and earthier. its very rich cup but today I think it was too rich for me. And earth flavor distracted me for some reason. some peppery notes emerged as it cooled at the end of the sip.

i resteeped both teas at@5min. Meh. Didnt care for either. Kinda flat and boring.

Im glad i finally tasted both, long overdue.
Thank you ifjuly for the awesome samples you sent me. Still havent finished your endless box ;-)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
JC

Nice! I love side by side tastings. I often discover things I didn’t notice before in separate tastings.

boychik

while i did lame comparison i realized that i dont care for GM at all. Now i need to find a home for Teavivre’s GM (not that anything wrong with it;)))

TheTeaFairy

Very nice!

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93

What a lovely tea! I purchased this in a Tagalog tin and took this on a trip with me to use in the hotel room. This was such a comforting, rich blend. It was just the pick-me-up I needed with its rich, vanilla flavor and warm citrus undertones. I will definitely repurchase this in loose leaf if it’s available the next time I place an order. I would recommend this one if you like a sweeter black tea blend.

Cameron B.

I always have issues with this tea, which makes me sad because I love vanilla. Sometimes it’s weak, sometimes it’s bitter, sometimes it’s astringent… I guess it just doesn’t like me! :P

I’m glad it behaves for you, though.

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This tea was such a disappointment. I generally like a lot of the Harney & Sons blends I’ve tried, but this one was just too weak for my liking. When I steep it, I normally have to steep two bags to derive any sort of flavor from it. It’s also quite lacking in the spice department as well, so at best you get a a faint hint of pumpkin and maybe a hint of spice if you’re are lucky. I don’t like to doctor my teas, but I typically add a bit of raw organic honey, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg to this and turn it into more of a latte to make it more palatable. I think for the price, there are better pumpkin spice blends on the market.

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100
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
12 tasting notes

One of my very favorites! I tried this tea in a sample bag of loose-leaf, and as soon as I finished that bag, I immediately bought a tin. This is just an all around excellent tea! I love that it is never too bitter or smokey. It had just the right hints of citrus and black tea to enliven you, and a hint of a caramel undertone for the perfect hint of sweetness. I drink this tea straight, and can easily go through multiple cups a day of this! Highly recommend! If you have the chance to try it in loose-leaf form, go with that.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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100

A fellow tea love hot me hooked on this tea, and nearly three years later, it’s still a staple in my tea cabinet! It is like a liquid hug in a mug! This one warms you up and is so rich and decadent. The cinnamon in it is just perfect, without being overpowering. I don’t add anything to this tea when I drink it because it’s perfect on its own! I also love the cinnamon in it for the added health benefits as well. I especially enjoy this tea after meals.

Cameron B.

I like this one a lot, too. It’s like liquid red hot candies! :D

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What an odd tea! When I first opened my sample of this, I was honestly a bit repulsed at the cloying, scent. It smelled like a mixture of decaying flowers and children’s cough syrup…blahh! However, I’m glad that I didn’t let the scent alone dissuade me from brewing it anyways. I figured I had paid for a large sample, I may as well brew it before I throw the towel in. Let me just say that this one is much more pleasant to sip when brewed, than to just sniff in the bag! Once brewed the cloying scent dissipates a bit. It tastes like a rich fruity floral blend when served hot. The hibiscus in it is a bit overpowering, so when I blend this tea, I typically steep a little less than usual, and don’t allow it to become too strong and overpowering. Overall, this is a tolerable tea, but not an enjoyable one. I find there are much better fruity blends on the market, but this is still a fun one to try just as a sample.

Flavors: Hibiscus

Cameron B.

Hibiscus is evil. :o

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87

I adore this tea. It’s a nice melody of green tea, infused with citrus and a hint of floral. It’s not too grassy, yet not overpowering with floral either. It’s just a nice, lovely balance. If I’m in the mood for a green tea blend, this is the one I reach for. It’s an uplifting tea that leaves you energized and refreshed.

Preparation
2 tsp

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71

Dry: Short black tea leaves. The overwhelming smell from the tin is of too sweet, almost “powdery” (and sadly fake smelling) dessert instead of extract or even a creamy vanilla custard. I was hoping for luscious, complex nommy vanilla, but this is not the case. I really love some H & S teas, but at times it seems like some of the flavored teas are questionable when some of their straight teas are fantastic.

Steeped: Dark brown clear liquor. The fragrance of the brewed tea is less artificial than the dry leaf straight from the tin, but still too sweet for a straight vanilla. It is almost like they were going for vanilla, had trouble, and ended up with a questionable bakery item. The Harney description mentions simple vanilla, but also baking sugar cookies. Not trying to be overly picky here, but sugar cookies don’t usually smell like straight vanilla too much- but they are super sweet like this blend smells.

Taste: Not loving how this turned out. Not vanilla and the base doesn’t lend to a very notable sip so it can’t be saved by being really awesome tea even if the flavoring is meh. This could have been marketed for children’s tea with the overly sweet sugary/bakery thing it has going on. I made it a second time blended with English Breakfast by H&S and it was much more pleasant. Definitely not a repurchase for me though either way.

Flavors: Artificial, Powdered sugar

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sample cube 18/18!

This one had a very intense citrus aroma as soon as I opened the package. The sachet contains not only green tea bits but also very finely chopped pieces of something lighter, which I think is lemongrass in spite of it not being labelled on the package. (Later I checked the website and lemongrass was indeed one of the ingredients). The brewed tea still has that very strong citrus scent, almost like lemon drop candies. The flavor is quite mellow, not really sharp or vegetal for a green, with that familiar lemongrass zest. It’s not bad, though not something I’d seek out often.

And that’s it for the sampler! Now back to being busy…

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drank Diamond Jubilee by Harney & Sons
261 tasting notes

You guys were right. Blodeuyn was so nice and sent me some fresh sachets of this and it is quite nice! I am really enjoying it and definitely get the citrus flavor this time.

Blodeuyn

So glad this batch is better!

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drank Diamond Jubilee by Harney & Sons
261 tasting notes

From HH TTB 3

I had this last night, honestly I didn’t get any citrus flavor from it at all, but it was a fine cup of black tea. Not weak at all, just pretty middle of the road. I think I have had so many awesome teas lately that I am getting a little spoiled.

Update on the textbook situation. As it turns out, only ONE of the three listed materials is required! So yippee! Problem is, there’s no info in the course material description to help me know why one would be chosen over another. Professor emailed. Now we are looking at about $200 max – that’s more like it for one class.

boychik

it might be old. also its sachet, right? i have loose leaf, very strong grapefruit.

Marzipan

It’s loose leaf, but might be old – or adulterated.

boychik

i should send you some. i like it. mine is fresh ;)

Cameron B.

I’m spoiled too, dear. Curse you, TeaVivre, Yunnan Sourcing, and Whispering Pines! Those three have ruined me for other black teas… ;)

Marzipan

I love Grapefruit so I was disappointed. I mean I LURVE it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-Ir153t7Eg

boychik

i love Woody Allen movies no matter what. the more i watch them i pay attention to every phrase, every facial expression

yyz

Thank goodness! One of my calculus profs did that. He had a preferred text, but another prof had one he regularly used so the prof assigned exercises from both books. You only had to do one set obviously but it was kind of nice to have the other option when studying and it was good for the used textbook market. It might be worth it to email the prof to see if he has a preferred text. Or for your daughter to look at the books either in the library, or at the bookstore if she is going to school in town to see which is easier for her to work with.

Blodeuyn

Marzipan, I’ve only had this in sachet form and can send you a couple sachets if you’d like. Mine tasted good, sounds like you might have a bad batch. I also have 1tsp of Adagio grapefruit if you would like to have that.

Marzipan

That would be great!

Mandy

I usually wait until about a week after the class starts to see if the professor will say the book is necessary, or just encouraged. Most of the time in my experience it’s been encouraged. The main exceptions tend to be humanities and philosophy type classes. Especially if the class has a web component (most at my university use the web component for quizzes homework and tests) most of the time the info you need is there and the book is more like a supplement.

I’m a broke college student paying for everything myself so I look to save money when ever possible (;

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
62 tasting notes

This tea was bitter, astringent, and very malty in a bad sort of way. I will eventually brew it again with lower temperature water and see if it improves. I won’t be buying this again in any case. I wish I hadn’t bought 4 ounces. Brewed it with boiling water, five minute steep and three tsp tea for 18 oz water.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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80
drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
378 tasting notes

Sipdown! (143)

I was around here much yesterday! I wrote that note on Troika in the morning, and then we went to lunch. I had a yummy peanut butter burger (burger with peanut butter, honey, bacon, and tomato jam). Then we came home and took a nap, hah! After that the roommate and his girlfriend were taking up the whole couch so I was at my desktop and I got distracted playing Wildstar. :P Most of the teas I drank yesterday weren’t sipdowns and weren’t new teas anyway so I suppose I wouldn’t have felt the need to write about them regardless. I’m sorry, I didn’t meant to neglect you, Steepster! :P

So, this tea. I used about a teaspoon and a half because I didn’t want to have a random half teaspoon left over. So unfortunately it came out a bit bitter, as some teas do when overleafed. I added a little bit of sugar, which I never do with straight teas, and now it’s better with just the tiniest hint of bitterness near the end. I’m getting some very lovely fruit notes from this tea today, yum! Still probably not something I would purchase, but it’s pretty good. :)

It’s getting harder to get sipdowns just because a lot of the teas I still have are samples from TeaVivre, and you guys know what their sample size is like… So I foresee it becoming harder for me to stick to just the sipdown teas soon. :(

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

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drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
378 tasting notes

This sample came from the lovely Nicole. I was unsure which teas are in this blend, so I looked it up on their website: apparently it’s golden monkey mixed with Assam. I don’t really have any experience with Assam, but it seems like (judging from other people’s notes) that it’s generally a very bold and strong type of tea. The dry leaf here looks similar to other less-tippy Yunnan teas – small, thin black leaves with just a few tips included. Normally, this would make me less excited to try it, as generally the less-tippy Yunnan teas have that heavy earth/mineral flavor, but since I know it’s golden monkey, I know this won’t be the case. Hooray! I don’t get a ton of dry scent from the leaves, just a sense of sweet stonefruit. I did my usual 3 minutes at 200 degrees.

Hmm, I can definitely smell the Yunnan here, the brewed aroma has plenty of malt with baked bread and apricot notes. It’s been a while since I’ve had Golden Monkey from Harney, but I remember enjoying it quite a bit.

This tastes chiefly of raw, chewy grain to me, which is not a bad thing! I’m reminded of all the Shang teas I’ve tried lately. There’s definitely malt and a little bit of a stonefruit essence. I get quite a bit of earthiness, but it’s not mineral or smoky, so it’s a nice mellow earth taste. There’s just a little bit of a rich molasses flavor that pairs nicely with all of that graininess.

Overall, I can’t really differentiate between the two teas, which I guess means they go well together. It’s been too long since I’ve had the Golden Monkey plain! Someday, I’ll explore Assams… ;)

Flavors: Earth, Grain, Malt, Molasses, Stonefruits

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

Yes! Come on an Assam Trek with me! :P It will be funnnnn!

Cameron B.

Well technically I did order two Taiwanese Assams from Butiki! :)

Ost

That’s a start! XD

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drank Green Hot Cinnamon by Harney & Sons
109 tasting notes

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drank Green Hot Cinnamon by Harney & Sons
109 tasting notes

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drank Gunpowder Green by Harney & Sons
43 tasting notes

Sadly its a sipdown, no more gunpowder in my little cupboard. I always have liked gunpowder but I don’t buy it much. This is a mild various with just a hint of smoke and wood, more vegetal, and sweet tastes. If you brew it longer you get more smoke but also more astringency! I’ll buy this again some day but hopefully I’ll find other gunpowders to sample first. I love watching the little balls explode so I tend to overbrew!

Flavors: Hay, Roasted, Smoke, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
514 tasting notes

Another abundant sample from Lala. I’m all about the white teas lately. :) The dry leaf aroma is questionable. I can’t really tell what’s in this. The flavor is actually surprising. First, a strong assertive Bai Mu Dan hits my tongue followed by a slew of flavorings that linger into the aftertaste. Hmm, what’s in this? I’m out of practice identifying notes. I think I detect something floral and something fruity. Wow, I feel like it’s four years ago and I’m just starting to drink loose leaf teas. How has my tongue returned to noob status after a short three month hiatus? Maybe it’s pregnancy tongue? Is that a thing?

I digress. I cheated and looked at the ingredients: almond, coconut, vanilla, and rosebuds. Duh! LOL! There’s a lot going on in this blend. The coconut and vanilla are probably the strongest flavors. It’s good but probably not something I’d want to drink all the time. It strikes me as a special occasion tea you’d serve at brunch to ladies in fancy hats. It’s a little too potent for an everyday kind of tea. saaaaaaaaaaaaaaz Well that’s what happens when a kitty tries to sit on your lap but there’s a laptop there. Silly kitty. There’s no room for you here.

Anyway, where was I? This tea turns a little bitter as it cools. Might be the coconut. I find that some coconut flavorings have a tendency to go bitter. On the whole, it’s a good blend. But again, not something I’d reach for all the time. And that’s why it’s great to have awesome friends on Steepster who will share their stash so you don’t go out and buy a buttload of tea that’s not your favorite. Big thanks to Lala for this sample!

Flavors: Coconut, Rose, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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