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This morning’s cuppa. I really like the lapsang element in this and I don’t know why I can handle that and not keemuns as much. Yes I am weird!
Anyway I was working on a new blog post all morning and here it is. I wanted to add my new dragonwell tea to the database but Steepster is acting up once again so you’ll have to read about it over on Tea Trade. :)
I got this because I was missing my Russian tea from the Covent Tea Garden. It smells smoky in the tin but not overwhelmingly so.
There is a bit of lapsang blended in this tea. It has a slightly smoky flavor but is very slight so it reminds me of the Scottish Breakfast blend from Peet’s I like so much. This is an easy one to drink plain. I am finding it smooth and mellow with not a lot of astringency. It’s true this tea is a bit on the lighter side so I might try a 5 or 6 minute steep next time. I found it very enjoyable, nice for the morning time. I wonder what else is in here, someone mentioned keemun perhaps. It isn’t as sweet or intense as the Baker Street Blend or Hu Kwa for sure, but whatever it is, I like it…
I used to not be a fan of smoky teas at all, I guess they are growing on me a bit. I do find the lapsang blends to be less intimidating than a straight lapsang.
Update: I did try this with soymik and I don’t recommend it that way, seems a lot better plain.
Harney makes a terrific formosa oolong and I love ginger so I had higher hopes for this one. Smells weird in the package and even weirder as a tea. I don’t have much else to say about it except I’m glad it’s only a sample. I will try steeping maybe with less time and see if I can improve upon my icky feelings.
This is a no doubter, I don’t see how one is complete without the Monkey in the cupboard. If I had to take only a few things with me on a trip, this would be one of them.
This is a full flavored, absolutely delicious tea. It is the tea you remember clearly and look forward to savoring. The leaves are fluffy and elegant, with golden bud strands running through the large dark leaves, best brewed around 205 degrees for around 3.75-4.00 minutes. The aroma is almost instantaneous and unmistakeable – a high entropy laden mixture of chocolate honey flavor that brews strong and dark, and tastes much like a pastry in the morning, or dessert in the evening. Despite the declarative nature of this tea, it is soft and pleasantly round in the mouth, something noticed frequently with Fujian teas. Why anyone would put a milk or sugar of any type is beyond comprehension, this is a self-drinking tea (ok, ok, to each his/her own) with a delicate sweetness and aftertaste. While not a low cost tea, this is perhaps most worth the premium price – it is truly a premium tea
I have no idea why Harney does not have ALL of its’ tea available in loose leaf forms instead of these goofy sachets, but anyway I digress…
I only got a tagalong tin to try so there’s 5 sachets. This is drinkable but I do not think it is destined to be a favorite. It’s a mild green tea which really reminds me of tangerines more than orange. The flavoring seems to totally obliterate the flavor of the green tea… I think perhaps this would be better iced. It isn’t bad, just kind of boring. As far as flavored green teas go, I seem to be more of a Lupicia fan than any others I have tried lately…
Tea of the afternoon……
Yes, I know. All the complaining about the amount of tea I own and here is a new one. I had a friend who needed a pound of tea, and I have had my eye on this one ever since Harney announced it. So, we ordered together. This was all I ordered.
The whole Titanic story has a place in my heart because my Grandmother was born on that night. I can remember her talking about it, and how she felt like she had some kind of connection to that tragic night. I did not even realize she would have been 100 this year had she still been alive. When I saw this tea announced, I knew I would be buying some. It kind of represents a moment in time of beginnings for our family amidst the tragedy for others.
My tin of tea says it is a blend of Keemun, Assam, Ceylon, and Oolong. I think the description is kind of vague regarding the middle two teas in that list. Maybe I read it wrong. Anyway, it is good, smooth, and rich tasting. It makes a very well rounded cup of tea. No real earthiness, or maltiness, maybe a hint of cocoa, just very rich. There is not a break in the flavor from the front of the taste to the end. You know how there are some things that are almost all aftertaste (I kind of feel that licorice root is all sweet aftertaste) and others are all in the front notes (I have had some Keemuns like that). This one is good all the way through. I will definitely enjoy this tin of sachets.
I received this tea as a birthday present and I am enjoying it quite a bit. After it steeps it has a very pleasant aroma; floral and fruity, very soft but extraordinarily tantalizing. It tastes of cranberries oranges, and some sort of flower. I can’t exactly put my finger on it but it’s pleasant.
It seems that I am discovering a newfound love for Ceylon teas so please excuse me while I drool over this for a while, a delightful sample pack from H & S which I received yesterday. My first Ceylon from Kenilworth as far as I know.
I steeped this via regular teapot method this morning. The leaf of this tea smells absolutely fruity, cherries, berries, a red wine type of juicy fullness. I decided I had to drink the first cup of this plain to see how it is by itself.
Holy Wow Batman! My cup is an exceptionally smooth, dark and chocolate-y elixir with a slight malt aroma. I might have used a bit too much leaf because this is quite strong, but good. If I made this again I would definitely use a bit less leaf. I am picking up on a bit of briskness at the end, a slight bit of tannin, but it does not seem overwhelming. I did take off a few points for the tannins (because I am a wuss with acid reflux) but this could be my fault for the overzealous water to leaf ratio. More experiments clearly need to be done!I guess there is a reason why the Kenilworth Garden is so very famous. I’m a little saddened that I only got the sample pack of this but luckily I know where to get more. A definite yum in my book.
Well, is’s a sipdown. I am officially out of this one. I think this is the 2nd or 3rd tin I’ve gone through already, I completely lost track. Too bad no other Steepster-ites seem to like this?! Come on, I know you must be out there. Coconut, lemongrass, cinnamon and ginger! It’s good! :)
Anyway I am enjoying this tonight with soymilk, stevia and a hint of tulsi. I’ve really been trying to focus more on drinking tulsi, and also doing more yoga and meditation. I do feel better and I haven’t broken out in hives for a few days now. I know the hives must be stress related. It’s been a lazy day for me, but that’s okay. I need to give myself permission to relax and enjoy life. Yes, looking for work is stressful but I don’t need to fall into the trap of needless suffering!
I went to see Anna Karenina tonight and liked it. It got some pretty bad reviews, but I was in it for the costumes, jewelry and the set design all of which were amazing. I thought they made Vronsky look like a laughable dandy and I was more drawn to Levin. Makes me want to go back and re-read the book someday (it’s been 20 years).
When I got home I wanted some Russian Caravan tea but decided to have this instead. It’s still exotic and spicy, just a different part of the world, right? Ginger and cinnamon with lemongrass. I do like this! A very warming brew which will send me off to sleep with good dreams. :)
Had a cup of it this afternoon. I enjoy this as an alternative to a Rooibos Chai, good with soymilk but not for the spice adverse (see previous notes). I already have a back-up tin so I must like this. :D
Also, this will be my 1,000 tasting note right along with Ashmanra! Steepster addicts unite!
Looks like I am the lone dissenter here so far with the reviews of this, but damn, I thought this was tasty. I love the way this smells: coconut, ginger and lemongrass totally wafting into my nose the minute I open up the tin. I can see this is very strong on the herbs, it appears to be about 1/2 herbs and 1/2 rooibos.
This was steeped via regular infuser mug method and provides quite a kick – definitely reminds me of a spicy chai mix. The cinnamon and ginger are both quite strong here, although not quite as potent as the hot cinnamon spice this is for sure cinnamon-y. The lemongrass is very mild in the background but you can tell it is there. It is true that the coconut gets totally overshadowed though…
This seems like it would be a very healthy digestif or after dinner drink. Definitely recommended if you like very spicy potent tea…. yum
I have begun to combine this tea w Russian Caravan, by Peets Tea, to enhance its smoky taste and aroma. Sometimes, I brew this tea w Numi’s Aged Earl Grey, instead. For some reason, I can’t drag my steep time, below. I combine 2 rounded t pu-erh w 1 rounded t Russian Caravan in 2 cups water & steep at 212, for 5 minutes. Or, I combine 2 rounded t pu-erh w 1 tea bag of the Numi, using same temp and steep time. This amount of Bergamot is about right.
I was browsing Barnes and Noble today and was excited to see that they had a few Harney and Sons teas for sale in sachet form, and I decided to try this one. I was expecting it to be a darker oolong but it turned out to be a tie guan yin, but I was still just as excited. It’s pretty good, nothing remarkable but solid. The oolong is lightly floral (much less so than Teavivre’s tie guan yin) and there’s the slightest touch of juicy tartness that goes well with the floral aspect. Not sure if it’s gonna go on my list to re-purchase, but it’s good.