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Loooong day at school. This has been the looooongest week in history, while last week was the shortest wk known to mankind(spring break vs back to work).
I am really tired and the tea that seemed right was the Earl. Love the smoothness of this one. The citrus notes are just right and the tea base is in balance:) Astringency is low to null. Taste is high to perfect.
This is definitely a must order tea for me!
I am really enjoying this tea. The description of the blend, from H&S does not indicate the 8 teas used in the blend, but from looking at it, it is lovely, colorful and I see various types of leaves. I can definately see white tea, probably green and oolong. Assam is there.
Drinking this is like a pleasant puzzle to solve. There are multi-levels of flavor including some, but not a lot, of fruityness that brings sweet tones. You don’t need to add sugar, but try it occasionally to see if you can bring out any certain fruit flavor.
Celebrating being two-thirds of the way through radiation with a pot of English Brekkie and an Everything Bagel! Harney’s English Breakfast is not the same as their Royal English Breakfast. Both are good, this one is my favorite. English Breakfast is 100% keemun while REB has assam blended in it.
I like this one with milk and sugar. It has nice cocoa notes and is soothing, smooth, and fairly light. On a “rough” morning it isn’t quite strong enough for me, and I have Queen Catherine instead. But I like this one well enough to buy it by the pound!
I’ve actually tasted all the recent tea samples I got! Well, the ones I have at work; I left the rooibos at home and haven’t gotten to them yet. In any case, I had to turn to my tea drawer for the first time in a while, and Tower of London was calling out to me. It’s been a while since I’ve had it, and it’s interesting to taste it again in light of all the other teas I’ve had lately. Still a fantastic blend!
First tea log;
I got a small tin of this back from the lovely Tabby, being one of her favorite tea’s and a snowy march evening I thought I’d run at this first.
I ran the water all the way up to boiling then let it sit for a good 5 and a half minutes in a flush stainless infuser, the first thing I noticed was the sharp scent, all deliciously tangy with the heavy scent of the black tea behind it, I almost felt bad dropping in a small amount of agave sugar.
The taste of it is really hard to put into words, especially this late at night, simply put on a snowy night in what should be spring, it makes living in new england almost bearable, the sweet touch of cranberry and orange is perfect over the black tea, I LOVE black heavy mean tea’s so I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this but it really is quite a perfect contrast, just tart enough over the lovely body of the black tea.
Highly recommended for anyone who hates snow, and or just wants a nice cup of tea.
Going to try tomorrow without the agave honey, which might of been a little too much sweetness.
Here’s the riddle of the day. How can someone who really dislikes vanilla love Vanilla Comoro so much?
Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer, but fortunately, I do have the tea. I bought this on a stroll through Royal Oak. I had stopped at Goldfish Tea and made my way (with milk oolong in my cup!) to a chocolate shop. There, they had a tin of this. I bought two bags to take home and make. I love that it’s decaf and was looking for something nice to sip at night. The smell was amazing. I can pick out the rich vanilla scent and something else, like ooey, gooey cookies.
205/4 min. Now, my whole kitchen smells like a bakery. It tastes sublime, like freshly baked sugar cookies, with a moderate black tea base and… vanilla. Can it be true? I actually really like a vanilla tea? Yes, yes, I do.
Thank you to Fairyfli for sharing her Harney Son’s Chocolate Tea with me. This tea has been in and out of my cart at the Harney’s website so many times….and now she has put me out of my indecision! What a relief!
The base seems very similar to Florence, but I can taste more chocolate than from Florence (which is kind of obvious, right? As there is not any hazelnut in this blend…) It does taste like chocolate and tea together, but nothing like hot cocoa. I do like this, but will hold off on a rating for a few more cups since she sent me a healthy trial! The only addition was sweetener. I am finding milk just ruins smooth teas for me. I will have to reserve the milk for the bolder teas…..
Ahhhh. Queen Catherine to the rescue. My previous tasting note was about a black tea that did not very much appeal to me. Now my palate is happy again, and restored. The Queen is good and reliable. She is the perfect amount of boldness, and reserve. That may sound contradictory, but she is perfect in how she fits the occasion, no matter what it might be.
Had a steaming pot of this for breakfast this morning. We established that the beau prefers his with a splash of milk – He found it a lovely improvement. I left mine “black” as I tend to do. The dry smell is amazing, as always. Reminiscent of caramel, vanilla, marshmallows and maybe even syrup. Steeped, I lose a lot of that depth (I find this tea does best with a bit of extra leaf – Though I never remember that until it’s too late). Good base, good flavours, good tea!
This is a nice tea to jump start your day with. The boldness of the Assam is smoothed out by the Keemun. The Assam gives the tea a bit maltiness while the Keemun gives a bit of smokiness. This is tea is great on its own without the need for additives. Definitely one of the better breakfast blends I have tried. I often switch between this and Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme for my morning brew.
This was my tea of the evening at my knitting group meeting. I took it in sachet form, as I keep a small tin in my purse for tea emergencies, and it is so convenient. And all of my fellow knitters call me the resident tea pusher of the group……
Perfect as always. Sweet, with a warm, creamy vanilla scent and flavor. Yum! The sachet was definitely good on a resteep. I am sure it was a 12 or 16 oz cup, too.
Sometimes in the morning I want more than just a straight cup of black tea — I want something with some extra flavor. This tea is perfect for those occasions. I have it in the pouches, so it’s great for travel or to take with me to the office. I’m fairly fussy about flavored blacks — I can’t stand anything that has an artificial taste or is overly fruity. This tea is perfect in that the flavors enhance the black tea; they don’t overpower or overshadow it. Also, the bergamot note is not overdone.
I especially like to make this one into a tea latte (in a 16 oz mug, using two teabags, brew 8 oz. of tea, then fill the rest with steamed/foamed milk). This goes particularly well with a waffle and some preserves. Yum!
Overall, a nice Genmaicha.
This blend provides a good balance of vegetaliness from the bancha and toastiness from the roasted brown rice.
A nice daily drinker, the flavors are present, however, they are as deep or as exciting as they are with other Genmaicha variations, particularly those that use Sencha.
Pairs well with sushi!
My daughter brought this sample to me saying “I think you will like this EG”
I have tried it this morning and have decided that this must be what Picard was drinking on Enterprise. This is smooth, not perfumey(I am so glad, I hate drinking perfumed teas and I can’t imagine Picard liked perfume either:), the citrus notes are light and flavorful. This is like a cross between a mild EG and Blood orange Black: the base contains Ceylon(I am a huge fan of Ceylons) and the citrus notes are present(not as strong in this tea as the Blood Orange) but I do like it. My search may just be over for an EG. I have found a few others that I liked, but they were out of my price range due to shipping to the US.
I think if you really liked a traditional EG, you may not like this too much. But for me, it is the perfect ratio of everything. Now I can say “EG hot” and get a tea that is very much drinkable!
Thank you Mrawlins2 for the sample:)
Good basic China black. I see my basic black collection expanding, lately. Could it be this is where my loyalties lie? Don’t get me wrong, I love the flavored stuff. However, a good China black really makes me go weak in the knees.
This one is fairly bold as far as my tastes go, and completely satisfying. Slightly smokey, slight cocoa notes, but not as sweet as Adagio’s Fujian Baroque. This one has a slight bit more bite to it.
I am definitely liking Harney’s packaging (mine is a 4 oz tin). Very classy, and it does not add to the cost of the tea. Prices are still comparable to similar quality teas if not better. Overall, a great company in my experience.