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Can I use iced tea as a way to use all this up? (My mom gave me 8oz of it after she brought it on sale at William & Somona.) Why, yes, I think I can!
For my first jug of it, I cold steeped 2 rounded teaspoons and 1 heaping teaspoon in 32oz of water for 8 hours then re[cold]steeped the same leaves for another 24 hours and combined the two steeps. It was very light in color and faintly orange, faintly tea, and a bit floral.
Now I hate the taste of water. I know, how can I hate the taste of water? It tastes like nothing, right. I know, but I do. So even a tiny bit of added flavor makes it palatable to me. I will drink hot tea/liquids all winter long. But summer hot weather is another story. I rarely like things very cold and am picky enough to add only 2 ice cubes when at home. But where this was going is that I can drink chilled water with only a drop of Mio added just fine. So the faintest tasting tea works well for me, and was quite good.
But I still want to try hot steeping this then chilling it because I think it will take less time/work or something. That doesn’t actually make sense now that I’ve typed it out. But I think the iced tea will be stronger that way too.
Backlogging. 2 days ago. Tuesday morning.
I had been thinking the previous day about trying to make a cowboy earl grey again since I was starting to run low on Caravan. My previous attempts came out more smokey obscuring the bergamot. So this time, a normal amount of leaf of earl grey and a pinch of Caravan.
First steep came out like earl grey and a cigarette on some sips and I’m-just-not-sure-what-this-tastes-like on others. Second steep came out more like I thought/expected this combo to taste like. I will have to experiment more.
Backlogging. 11 days ago. Wednesday morning.
I’ve been reading about people blending two teas to create the smokey cowboy earl grey. But I’ve put off trying it even though I was intrigued. I did this as a half and half with DFT’s Caravan and that was all I could taste. The resteep was odd and not all that enjoyable.
2nd steep: 6 mins
Yet another tea that I cannot believe is not in my cupboard and I’ve never logged. =P The general overview is that this is a solid enjoyable Earl Grey with a black tea based that gets too strong and bitter for my tastes if steeped much over three minutes.
Yesterday morning, I steeped it 30 seconds over that with the intention of making a London Fog and wanting the tea a bit strong to counter the addition of some milk. But when I went to make it, I discovered I had no vanilla. =( It’s on the grocery list now. And the Earl Grey with still quite nice with just a splash of milk.
2nd steep: 7 mins.
Early afternoon. No milk.
Additional notes: ICED! MMM… this one is my favorite iced so far… except for, you know, the tea that was actually an iced tea (52Teas Plum but that may have been because it had more flavor from the cut-tear-curl). But this takes on a whole nother flavor profile when it is iced! I want to try it hot brewed, double the water, and then added to the fridge too. This way it was two teaspoons in a mason jar for two days. Very nice!
Additional notes: So I ordered EIGHT ounces of this from a shared order that Yssah did a while back. (thank you!) Yes, eight ounces is a lot of tea for me, since I love my small samples with only a few teaspoons each… or two ounces of the same tea at the most. But I LOVED the other sample of Paris I tried. But this one isn’t quite the same as the other batch. It doesn’t have quite as much of a buttery, pastry, berry flavor. It seems a bit off… a bit tangy. I remember Yssah said Harney was taking a while to mail the order since they were waiting for a few ingredients and had to make some of the teas fresh. So I think they might not have let the tea sit a while, since they didn’t want to wait to mail it any longer, so the flavor isn’t quite the same. My guess! I heard from 52Teas that a tea might taste better after airing it out. I don’t want to air out my full eight ounces, since I’m paranoid about dust or bugs or moisture getting in the bag, but I put a teaspoon in my infuser and had it out for about 24 hours. That seemed to help the flavor a bit but it still isn’t quite the same. How sad! I still love this blend, just not as much. It just shows how even different batches of the same tea can be so different.
Thanks so much to WillWorkForTea for sending this along! I REALLY appreciate it. This is one I’ve wanted to try. First, the color of the unsteeped leaves is very very dark. The flavor of the black tea isn’t too strong, which is good because it lets the other flavors stand out. It’s like a buttery pastry with blueberry/raspberry jam on it! So so good. Now I wish I had one, but this tea will have to do! Don’t let the ‘bergamot’ description scare you. I was worried too.. but the bergamot isn’t strong. It’s barely noticible and what is there probably enhances the pastry-like flavor. The second steep was just as tasty. There really wasn’t any flavor loss for me. I LOVE this tea and now I feel like I have to try everything from Harney & Sons! (Like I didn’t already want to…) One of my favorite teas is Hot Cinnamon Sunset from them! And these two are the only two I’ve tried, so I have work to do!
I was so excited to try Dragon Pearl Jasmine after getting recommendations of Harney and Sons teas from fellow Steepsters,when I first joined. I must admit the first cup that I brewed, I wasn’t too fond of it. I felt that it tasted too perfumey,if that makes any sense. I actually got a headache from drinking it. Since then, has been stashed in the back of my cupboard for a few weeks. So I wanted to give it another chance and I finally did!
I brewed the Dragon Pearl Jasmine to 195 degrees Fahrenheit. I steeped it for approximately five minutes. I found it fascinating how the tea leaves were rolled to look like pearls.
The aroma is a nice fragrance of jasmine that reminds me of a nice soft perfume or being in a beautiful garden filled with jasmine flowers on a beautiful warm and sunny day.
The taste was a very floral taste with sweetness.
The liquor was a golden color.
Overall, the Dragon Pearl Jasmine has a great flavor and great quality tea especially for tea lovers that enjoy floral teas,including jasmine. I found that while I was drinking the tea, it felt very calming and soothing.
Eight ounces of boiling water; five steeping minutes.
After waking up feeling like I’d become a sword-swallower in my sleep, I thought this would be a wise tea choice. I had drunk plenty of powdered ginger teas in the past, so what-the-hay, Blue Ginger made sense. I’d already soothed my throat with half of a banana popsicle so my palate was optimistic.
The tea is nice and dark. The ginger isn’t overpowering. The tea has a strength to it but in no way is it bitter. Wondering if there is another steep in this bag.
Second steep was lighter, but still plenty flavorful.
A resoundingly fresh Japanese green evidenced the moment the foil bag within the signature H&S tin is opened. This tea has an unmistakable scent of concentrated spinach and greens, and is supremely vegetal, perhaps one of the most I’ve tasted. Given the pricing of this premium tea, one should be judicious with their cups and savor the flavors.
I use 170 degree water for steeping with a metal mesh top strainer so the leaves could expand freely rather than being constrained in the t-sac bags I often use. I let it go for about 3 minutes. H&S recommends 155 degrees but the extra heat seems to bring out more of the sweetness in the tea, and I prefer just a hint of sweetness. The taste is more mild than the scent of the dry leaves but is wholly vegetal and rich.
I do not think this is a tea for beginners, but rather those who appreciate the spectrum of green teas and understand the difference between Japanese and Chinese green teas.
Thank you Nicole for this sample!
Earl grey wafting in the air….sniff….smells delightful. This is a nice and light EG with nice bergamot flavouring. A little more lemon than most EGs probably. I actually like that this is decaf because I love black tea but don’t always need that caffeine kick.
I also think this would be great as an iced tea.
This is a quite mild green tea. More sweet than vegetal. There is nothing offensive about this tea and that is why it is so unexciting. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good. But, it simply doesn’t take any risks that might make it exceptional. It’s super forgiving to brew — almost impossible to make bitter from oversteeping.
My favorite tea in the world, but definitely an acquired taste. Also it’s a great deal. After having this tea at Samovar Tea Lounge while in San Francisco, I was hooked. I was determined on getting some of my own. After looking on their website I saw that the tea was $13.00 (on sale from $16.00) + $7.00 shipping for the 3.5 ounces. However when I was ready to purchase the tea a week later it had disappeared from the website (discontinued?). Either way, I decided to look for another option and found Harney and Son’s Lapsang Souchong at $19.00 for a pound of tea, (4.6X’s as much tea for only $6.00 more). It’s every bit as good as it was at Samovar and at a great price.
However, a warning to first-time drinkers, this tea taste exactly how it is described: smokey. Tea connoisseurs much like wine snobs always insist that a tea/wine “has a hint of” this or that, but sometimes it takes a pretty refined and trained palate to know what they’re talking about, without just nodding your head in skepticism. Not so with Lapsang Souchong, it literally is like drinking a campfire. As a vegetarian I like to refer to it as my “bacon tea”.
This is a super old tea, a year past its “best before” date but it is still so good, I just can’t bring myself to throw it out. I could go to chapters and get a new tin but I guess I am a bit of a hoarder. I also might save those harney tins and use them for windowsill herbs!
Anyway, I wanted to try this as a cold brew because I really have to use this up and figured I might as well try it. I used 2 bags for my Aladdin tumbler. It was of course, delicious!! It tastes sweeter somehow? than the hot brew….I think. I will have to do a side by side comparison I think.
This review is for the bagged version. I couldn’t find a different listing, so I will just review here. Not much attention was paid to steeping parameters today because I brought this in a restaurant (yes, I am THAT person!). It was delicious even without proper parameters, or maybe I was just so tea craved I would have drank anything! Lol…long night.
This is probably one of the best bagged teas that I have tried. The bergamot isn’t too strong, the currant tastes fairly natural. I wasn’t able to pick out vanilla or caramel notes specifically, but there was a sweet/creamy note. Those notes might be more prevalent with better steeping parameters.
Thanks to Emilie and Will Work for Tea for these samples.
4 minutes is where it’s at. Last time, I steeped this for 5 minutes and found some astringency. At 4 minutes, no astringency!
Upping the rating a little! Delicious!
EDIT: I put the remainder of my cup in the fridge to cool. It is actually pretty good chilled.
Thanks to Emilie for this sample.
There was a note on my sample sent from Emilie that it smells like it got contaminated by a lapsang. It does smell like a lapsang along with an earl grey. I guess we will see how it tastes!
So tasting now, this is a nice earl grey, but not the typical earl grey. A lot of vanilla taste, a tad bit of caramel and berries. The bergamot is definitely there in end of the sip and in the aftertaste. It is a tad astringent. Maybe a shorter steep next time.
I don’t think that I am getting any lapsang taste, but I can’t seem to get it out of my mind. lol, I am over-thinking it!
I really like this and have my eye on a H&S order sometime in the future when I don’t have so many teas in my cupboard….if that ever happens.
Apparently not to be confused with the gold/black tinned “English Breakfast” tea from Harney and Sons, this one is in a silver tin and is labeled as “HT Blend” on both the tin and their web site and is different from the gold/black tin which is 100% Keemun. The silver HT tin says it is a blend of Ceylon and African teas.
Steeped this for quite a long time – 5 minutes or more – after which it became more tannic. However, even at 4-5 minutes the tea is not as strong as some other English Breakfast teas I have tried. It’s quite good, though, and I love the nice tin it comes in and the high-quality pyramid sachets. However, I have now seen this on the web for between $5-$6 (US), but I bought it at a Biggby Coffee shop for $9.99… clearly marked up more than it might be at a grocery store or online shop. I would say that I prefer Twining’s English Breakfast Tea over this tea, but I like my tea relatively strong with milk/creamer and sugar/Splenda.
Overall on my scale of common English Breakfast Teas I have tried, I would rank this somewhere between Republic of Tea and Stash at the bottom end of the scale, and Twining’s at the upper end of the scale.