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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

This was the second tea for the tea party/tasting today. As always, I am stunned by how rich and caramel-y this is – it actually SMELLS thick in the cup! It was delicious, as always!
A “favorite, absolutely can’t run out of this one” tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Lori

One of my favorite teas…

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I am getting back on the Green Tea Horse with this one :) This silken sachet was included as a freebie in my latest Harney & Sons delivery.

The green tea is pretty palatable. Not bitter and gentle in flavor. I’m not tasting much citrus, just a little lemon candy taste, and the ginkgo tastes like sage or some similar savory herb. If I had to drink green tea, this is a nice one to drink. Would I ever purchase this? No way! Medicine, medicine, medicine! Maybe if I were sick, but I have an herbal that has this lemony medicine taste that I actually like better.

Well, one thing is for sure. My feelings for green teas have not changed any in the past year! I like ‘em French or froofed up the wazoo with cherry blossom or jasmine, but that’s it!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Do you like Bangkok?

JacquelineM

The day I tried it, my hot pot at work broke, and I forever associate the two, even though one has nothing to do with the other! I do want to pop some samples in my next order of other H&S flavored greens because I felt very cheerful after my cup – it’s such a nice afternoon pick up!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
108 tasting notes

A grey morning calls for a bright tea.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Hao Ya 'A' by Harney & Sons
1112 tasting notes

Happy Steepsterversary to ME!! Yes, on December 1, 2009, I joined this cool looking tea site thinking maybe I’d check it out every once in awhile. Who would have thought that it would become such a rich source of happiness and fun for me! :) Thank you Steepster Overlords – you’ve created something wonderful :) and thank you Steepsterites! It’s been so great to read what’s in your cup each day and talk tea. I like you guys enormously!!! :)

I chose Harney & Sons Hao Ya ‘A’ for my Steepsterversary cup, because it typifies how my tastes have changed AND stayed the same over the year I’ve been on here. What has stayed the same? My favorite place to order online was Harney & Sons when I joined, and it still is :) (and I ordered A LOT of tea from all over the place to come to this conclusion). Also, I loved black teas the best when I joined, and that still holds true.

What has changed (dramatically!) is that I used to favor Assams and flavored teas with lots of milk and sugar, and now my absolute favorites are Chinese teas taken without milk and sugar. Now take this Hao Ya A. I think I would have just about died if I drank it on December 1, 2009. Now, I’m swooning over the dark roasty chocolate notes, deep sweetness, and slight smoke. It’s absolutely delicious and so satisfying. I adore it! It reminds me of Queen Catherine alot, but richer and more…single minded. Catherine has quite a few things going on, but Hao Ya A is a laser beam of roasty chocolate smoke. I think now that I’ve had both, I understand better why I thought Catherine would make a good afternoon tea.

Ah, I’m a happy Steepsterite today :)

Two more funny facts before I close this note. 1. One year ago today, I didn’t know that you could resteep tea! 2. Since December 1, 2009 I have had 552 cups of tea (NOT counting resteeps!).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
wombatgirl

Congrats! Happy Steepsterversary!

ashmanra

Happy Anniversary! Steepster-ites are enriched by your presence here!

gmathis

If I could, I’d pour it up for you in the December Cup of the Month. (Holly, of course.)

JacquelineM

gmathis – Awwwww!!! :) I am imagining it :) :) :) We can pour yours in your birthday month cup :) I made some scones too! ;)

LENA

YAY! Happy Steepsterversary! :)

Jaime

Happy Steepsterversary!!! Loved reading about how things have changed/stayed the same!!

LadyLondonderry

Happy Steepsterversary, Jacqueline! Maybe someday I’ll evolve to the point you’ve arrived at!:)

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
108 tasting notes

Tomorrow marks the first day of December. Therefore I had to buy this year’s supply of Holiday tea. It isn’t the holiday season without it. I am always surprised on how light the flavor is compared to it’s aroma. And of course I am not bothered by it one bit. Very ‘spicy’ smells/flavors don’t always go well with my palate, so the light flavor of this tea makes my taste buds happy.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
63 tasting notes

This peppermint herbal (from Oregon) has an exquisite and sweet taste. Some peppermint teas taste like a stale candy cane, but this one is delicious and refreshing. The aroma is wonderful. Expensive but tasty.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
63 tasting notes

The black tea is between light and medium bodied, with a fruity and floral taste. It is advertised as a fruity black tea with lemony bergamot, but I didn’t taste the lemony bergamot. I must point out I bought this on sale. It might have been “sitting there”. I will try this again and I’ll avoid “on sale” tea.

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100

I was wary of this, but it was surprisingly nice! I didn’t steep it to the recommended time, and it was a smoother cup than the bitter one I had before (my fault, though, let the tea steep too long.) Very tart, but with the addition of honey it becomes a well-rounded tea with a pleasant flavor.

Tabby

I loved this one unexpectedly, too. :)

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drank Lychee by Harney & Sons
108 tasting notes

Had this tea this morning. It’s been a while. It was a nice light flavor to wake up with. I think I am going to try to make this an iced tea. I feel like that would make it even more refreshing.

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Stopped by my mom’s house for an hour before picking up my girls at daycare today (they were still napping), enjoyed a cup of this with her. I have the regular Hot Cinnamon Spice at home so I was anxious to try the Decaf version. It was good… not quite as strong as my regular (it could be the amount of tea or brewing time my mom used) but delightful taste without the caffiene. I am already planning on ordering a tin of this with my next Harney order!

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drank East Frisian by Harney & Sons
6 tasting notes

This is my go-to tea for a tired Monday morning. Assertive enough to wake me up and to get going.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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I am absolutely lovesick with this Earl Grey!!! That excellent tea base makes me swoon. Round and full of flavor – today it was just the slightest bit chocolatey, and that flavor mixed with the subtle bergamot!!!??? Oh boy, it’s GOOD! I also love the fact that you can get two excellent steeps from it. That tea base!!! Did I mention the tea base? ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

My very favorite Earl! I love those Ceylon silver tips mixed in this.

Alannah

I will have to order some of this… I’m in desperate need of a really good earl grey blend!

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drank Decaf Ceylon by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

Still have a sore throat, still can’t taste things the way I want. So tonight I brewed a pot of this, added a more than heaping helping of Tang (there! I said it! go ahead and judge me if you will!) and 15 twists of the cinnamon mill into each cup. Sore throat is somewhat mollified, vitamin C is in my system, and oh boy did I ever taste that last sip with the Tang and cinnamon grit at the bottom! Yee-ow!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
gmathis

There are just some times you need your processed food (she writes as she greedily eyes a Pop-Tart lying unattended on her desk).

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Made this for my travel mug today. It was the perfect pick-me up through my work shift. The smokey flavoring never gets old from sip to sip. The only problem was that i forgot that green tea tends to boost your metabolism a bit. I got hungry for my dinner break way too fast.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1112 tasting notes

Again :) So satisfying in the evening. I could have had 5 cups tonight it was so good. I find it’s just to my taste when steeped for 4 minutes with 2 heaping teaspoons of leaves.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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93

Tried this with a few ounces of skim milk today and it wasn’t for me. Finished the rest of the pot off with just a pinch of honey, so much more to my liking this way. The tea seemed to fall flat on flavor with milk as an additive, whereas with honey the tart cranberries and orange flavor comes alive.

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drank Hot Cinnamon Spice by Harney & Sons
63 tasting notes

This is an extremely satisfying cup if you enjoy cinnamon. There are three types of cinnamon, with cloves and orange. The base is a delicious medium-bodied black tea. I received this as a gift and I’ll never forget that Christmas. Try this cheerfulness-inducer.

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93

After yesterday’s lackluster attempt at Golden Blend, this morning’s wake up cup had to be Assam Golden Tips. Oh so good. :)

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec

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Still stuffy-headed. I can’t taste my tea!!! WAAAAH! And for some reason I just didn’t want my usual morning teas. I went for this one because it would be quick and easy. It is a very good tea, but I must say that Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme is my favorite Earl!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85

Another year, another cup. It’s good, and more citrusy than I remember. I got a boatload of new teas over the holiday, so I’m looking forward to a bunch of taste tests this week!

synthetique

Ooh, Holiday Tea sounds so good right now! I’m going to go scrounge around in my tea chest and see if I have any with me…

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92

Finished this up earlier today…it will be missed!

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