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Heaven in a cup. The jasmine scent is fantastic, the white tea is delicately flavored. Breathe deep, savor the aroma, experience the flavor before drinking it down. Peace, rest, another world, away from life. A slight breeze rustling through trees, echoes of nature rebounding off a hilly valley. If I say any more I’ll embarrass myself (even more than I already have).
I love the aroma of this tea! It tastes very good even without additions. Tonight it had the unfair trial of being tasted right alongside The de Cigales by Dammann Freres. The Boston won in the aroma category, but the Dammann Freres has more flavor. Granted it is a different flavor tea, but with the same “mood” of cup in my opinion. They are warm contemplative cups. A very good tea with a heavenly aroma.
I’ve never had Darjeeling before, and I would have chosen a more premium variety (sample) if I could have (I wanted to sample first flush), but H&S didn’t have such samples available.
However, out of all the standard classic (black) teas I’ve tried, this is probably one of my favorite. It isn’t as bold or strong as the Keemun, EG, or other black tea blends that I’ve had, and for that reason I think I like it. It is more fruity?, lighter, smoother… more like green tea almost (though, it doesn’t really taste like it).
I detected almost a bit of spiciness (like pepper) in the cup for some reason too.
I’d really like to try a high quality Darjeeling now, but don’t really want to buy a whole lot. Maybe someday I’ll buy a sample from somewhere else…
Compared to the EG by H&S I had recently, I like this a lot more.
Enjoying the last of my sample from ashmanra! Eee ee eeee!
Every single sip of my three steeps was sooooooo enjoyable! I just simply love this style of tea (smooth, golden, great sans additions), and this tea in particular. I know I really love something when I say (in my head) “Wow! I could drink this EVERY DAY!” and yes, that is exactly what I said (in my head) during my sips.
I thought I would do a State of the Palate addition to this tasting note…it’s been awhile!
Emperor’s Red/Imperial Red style teas
English/Irish Breakfast style teas (with milk and sugar. Soooo comforting!)
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Various flavored black teas, every now and again
Jasmine teas (especially Jasmine Pearls!)
Dark oolongs in general
Green oolongs every once in awhile, but when I am in the mood for them, I LOVE them
Flavored green teas (especially FRENCH flavored green teas!)
52 teas Black currant Bai Mu Dan (but that is really it with the white teas)
(Herbals are by necessity :) Even when they are delicious, they do not excite me (I guess that’s the POINT!)!
Since I drink this several times a week, I don’t usually tealog it every time. However, for a big change I will make a new post about a tea I drink often. The big change…..I am no longer adding milk and sugar! This is a route I never expected to take, but between George Orwell’s admonitions about sugar in tea and my two friends who take theirs straight when we drink it together, I was ashamed to keep adding it all the time! I won’t say I will not add sugar ever, or that all teas will be without it from now on, but the list is getting longer of teas I take straight now. Maybe I am growing up?
This is one of my favorite tea companies in the world! It is truly a family-run company, with John Harney Sr.’s sons traveling to India, China & Japan to find tea to bring back to their cafe, tasting room, and wholesale business.
I was at their tasting room in Millerton, NY, and had to get this tea (along with a few others).
Being from Darjeeling (most Earl Grey varieties are from Assam, Keemun, or Ceylon, depending on the brand), this Earl Grey is delicate yet crisp. It has no smokiness like some Earl Greys, and the bergamot is suitably balanced. Not too much on the citrus, but certainly detectable.
All around, this tea hit the mark. It’s a great tea to get the morning started, to continue the day, or to lounge around at night. It feels appropriate always. This tea is fantastic without any additions. Try it!
Today’s tea party teas were Golden Luo by Harney and Sons and Boston. Boston was the hands down winner among the folks who drink their tea with no additions. This tea is…sigh….a hug in a cup. I really don’t want to talk to anyone while I drink it because I want to keep my nose in the cup, sniffing the lovely aroma. This one is already going on my reorder, and I have only had it for one week, but the tea guests all love it! Must have more….pound bag, here we come!
These leaves are neat-o! I’m showing my age when I say that, aren’t I? But they really are nice to look at. The big shocker came when I poured the tea. Wow, that is DARK! Well, darker than I expected this to be when it had so many golden pieces in it. And it smells like……coffee? Just a bare hint of coffee, but probably what I am detecting is the unsweetened cocoa present in lots of Chinese black teas. Still, that is a surprise for me. This was sweet enough to drink with no additions, and while not as good as Golden Monkey to me, it might be nice if you have a day where Golden Monkey is just a little too sweet and honeyed for you. A very good tea.