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Mellow and sweet with just enough tang from the grapefruit to provide balance.. This is a very nice tea. Easy to relax with, and easy to enjoy.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Hot Cinnamon Spice by Harney & Sons
1474 tasting notes

Thump, thump, thump… Another one bites the dust… that’s right a sip down. This is good. It is sweet and heavy on the cinnamon but I don’t find it overly hot. It reminds me of my early days with Bigelow Cinnamon even though they taste nothing alike. I always had a box on the shelf but I seldom craved it. I think a box of this in bags would be nice to have around or just a sample size of loose. A full tin would go stale long before I would use it all.

Not been able to post much lately as I am battling a rootkit (since last Saturday). If you don’t know what a rootkit is, you should learn or prepare to spend a lot of money with a computer diagnostics person. Your anti-virus will likely not catch these things. This one is a nasty little booger buried deep and was hidden in my master boot registry. It is on the move. I’ll get you my pretty… and your little malware too!

SimpliciTEA

Sorry to hear about your tech woes, but your review definitely made me laugh!

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drank Hot Cinnamon Spice by Harney & Sons
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Brought this home for the weekend and added brown sugar. Didn’t really add anything. More importantly, I have figured out how to make tea brewed with microwave water taste like it is supposed to taste. I heat the water in my mug then pour it into my press. I make sure to pour it so that it splashes against the glass. This puts the oxygen back in the water so I get full flavor. My kettle at work is still faster but I have conquered the microwave.

gmathis

Saw an episode of Good Eats with Alton Brown some years back that suggested throwing a wooden chopstick in your cup when you microwave your tea water—-helps the water oxidize, and I do believe it works.

LiberTEAS

The chopstick will also help to break the surface tension so that it can achieve a bubbly boil, rather than super-hot water that might explode all over you when you remove it from the microwave.

@gmathis – I love Alton Brown, Good Eats is my favorite show on food network.

ashmanra

Good to know!

K S

You would think the patina (as I prefer to think of it) on my cup would be enough tension breaking surface but apparently not! Saw an episode of Alton a while back about chocolate that was really good. Love Food Network.

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drank Hot Cinnamon Spice by Harney & Sons
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Backlogging from Friday – Started the day with this one. The others in the office always comment on the smell. They like it but I have only gotten one of them to accept a cup. I keep trying. Today I am noticing the black tea in the aftertaste more than before. Could be the cup of rice I had with it bringing it out. If I can remember at quitting time, I am going to take this with me and add some brown sugar. I know its already pretty sweet but brown sugar cinnamon just belong together – I hope.

SimpliciTEA

One is better than none, though, right?

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drank Hot Cinnamon Spice by Harney & Sons
1474 tasting notes

This kept calling me yesterday. I was right to wait. Perfect sip on this cold day.

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drank Hot Cinnamon Spice by Harney & Sons
1474 tasting notes

A loose leaf act of kindness from ashmanra. I could smell this the moment my wife brought the envelope in the house. Intoxicating aroma. Heeding ashmanra’s warning I quickly surmised this should not be stored in the drawer with my other teas. I only thought the Peach Apricot green tea I had from Empire Tea Services was aromatic.

When I first started drinking tea I bought a lot of Bigelow Cinnamon. I had a love hate relationship with that tea. I really wanted to want it but it never delivered. HCS is what I wanted out of the Bigelow – a cup of liquid Red Hots.

I was not sure how much leaf was needed. I used the scoop that came with the French press and filled it almost to the top. There is a LOT of cinnamon in this and I was concerned it would need a bit more leaf. It was fine. This really smells spicy but my system craves spicy so to me it isn’t hot. Did two steeps. Actually enjoyed the second more than the first. This leaves a lot of sediment in the bottom of the cup but you have to expect that will happen. The pot still smelling strong of cinnamon I tried a third steep but it was a bit flavorless. I almost added a good quality black to give it some oomph but didn’t. It would have been tasty – note to self add more tea next time.

The difference between this and the sachet is subtle. The loose is a bit fuller and more alive. Of course this is not in a paper cup at BN. I enjoyed both but this I enjoyed more. The best part was the people stopping at my office door and asking, what’s that smell?

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drank Hot Cinnamon Spice by Harney & Sons
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Started off my day by going to Steak & Shake and ordering the portabello mushroom sausage skillet, bagel (cream cheese of course) and Darjeeling tea. Very good start but left me with onion breath – go figure. Then off to the pet store before swinging by Barnes & Noble. Ordered a cup of this in the cafe.

I was so excited that it really did smell like red hots and big red gum. HOWEVER, the tea was so hot I burned my tongue and I was still dealing with onion breath. Sat in the window stirring for like forever trying to cool this down. Cinnamon, orange, & clove – some of my favorite add ons for tea all in one cup. I really enjoyed this. Can’t say I could taste the black tea – which was CTC in the sachet – and I probably wouldn’t want this every day but will definitely add it to my Christmas list.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

What a luxurious morning!

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drank Keemum Mao Feng by Harney & Sons
2656 tasting notes

Another sampler packet from Harney and Sons. Steeped Western style for 3 minutes with boiling water. A little afraid of oversteeping after yesterday’s Kenya experience.

This is delightful. Medium body tea with a definite strong fruity finish, a bit of caramel. Naturally sweet. Comparisons to wine are pretty appropriate for this leaf. Probably more of a spring/summer than a fall/winter tea for me but I am adding it to the Shopping List as something to remember for the future.

Charles Thomas Draper

This is one that I am going to send you. It likes a long steep….

TeaBrat

Good to know. how long do you steep it for?

Charles Thomas Draper

maybe 6 minutes or more…

ScottTeaMan

EGADS I’ve never steeped even a Black tea for 6 min, unless I forgot about the steeping tea. I tend to steep Black teas 3-5 min.

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91
drank Hao Ya 'B' by Harney & Sons
101 tasting notes

This tea has a special meaning to me. I remember it like it was yesterday…waking up to one of the most beautiful September days in memory. Such bright sunshine and clear, deep blue skies. Such a gorgeous, picture perfect day, only to be scarred forever by the horrors of Septeber 11, 2001! Such a deeply sad day, I still get sick in my gut, and can’t watch the events of that day.

I first drank Hao Ya B on that day, and this tea offered some solace as the events unfolded that day. I remember liking the tea immensely, noting a mildly smokey, dry leaf with chocolate notes, while the cup was medium brown with a smokey less chocolatey aroma. The flavor was mildly smokey & smooth, with chocolate notes in the back end or aftertate. A great tea!

I ordered this new lot before 09/11/2011, and wanted to review it and experience this old friend in remembrance of that day….but alas, the tea order arrived late….:((. So I decided to take my time with the review. I’ve had ten cups since Oct 21, 2011. My first two cups on that night were hindered by clogged sinuses, so I wasn’t detecting any chocolate notes at all, just a mildly smokey aroma and flavor in the leaf, cup, and on my palate. My 3rd & 4th cups (10/28/11), and 5th & 6th cups (11/04/11), were similiar in smokiness, with some chocolate notes detected in the leaf, cup, and palate (to varying degrees).

My last two cups on Mon., 11/07/11 will sum up the review. Chocolate notes were detected to varying degrees, but most notable in the dry and wet leaf, less so in the cup, and in the back end or aftertaste….again less noticeable than in the leaf itself. Smelled more like burnt caramel smokiness. A solid, smooth, earthy, mildly smokey tea that is very enjoyable! I forgot to mention HY B is a small leaf, with some white tips, which lend to the smoothness of the cup.

NOTE: 11-15-11==> Here’s a comment I posted on LiberTeas Hao Ya B review page: ScottTeaMan " I thought I noticed some wine like notes once or twice when drinking H & S HY B, but didn’t note it b/c those “notes” seemed to be playing hide and seek with me. :))" So yes, there you have it, occasional somewhat light, wine-like notes, without the alcohol. :))

This is one of my favorite teas, and if I didn’t pace myself, my 4 oz tin would be gone already!

Reviewed on Sat., 11-12-11.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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97

I am just loving this tea this summer. It is surprising, refreshing and perfect for summer sipping. Sadly, it is also about all gone…

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97

Sadly, finished off this package of tea today. Happily, a new package arrived this evening! Magical!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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97

Still loving this tea, it is pale in color but suprisingly complex and flavorful. I think I will go prepare another cup right now!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Rooibos Chai by Harney & Sons
2656 tasting notes

This came as a free sample from Harney and Sons, I still don’t like it that much. All I taste is rooibos and cinnamon. I tasted it a while ago and still don’t like it. :-P

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Rooibos Chai by Harney & Sons
2656 tasting notes

Received it as a free sample from Harney and Sons in my last order. I am sorry, but the Rishi rooibos chai totally blows this out of the water. It’s way too rooibos-y and not enough spice at all. Not sure I even want to finish the cup.

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drank Kenya Milima by Harney & Sons
2656 tasting notes

Another sample from the Harney batch. Not really a favorite of mine – I steeped this for 4 minutes per the instructions of H & S. I fear this may have been too long. The website says this tea is light in body and a mellow brew. I am finding it to be fruity but quite astringent and with a bitter aftertaste. Reminiscent of a Ceylon to me and not an Assam.

I would like more of this to do some experiments on the steeping time but all I have is this one little pot and I won’t be getting more I suspect.

ScottTeaMan

I’ve never tried the Milima Estate, but I really like Kenyan teas. I’m curious as to how you prepared it?

TeaBrat

Steeped western style for 4 minutes with boiled water in a cast iron teapot.

ScottTeaMan

How many ounces is your teapot? Did you dump the entire sample in it?

TeaBrat

U know, I never bothered to check but I think it’s a 10 or 12 oz teapot. I did use the entire sample but that strategy has served me well for the other samples I tried of the same size.

ScottTeaMan

HHmmm……H & S sample are usually enough for 3 or 4 cups. Let’s say 3 good cups at 7 oz each, or 21 oz. Shorter steeps probably would have resulted in a nice experience, esp for a 12 oz teapot. I always start with shorter steeps, then adjust as necessary. Sometimes though my cups are too weak, say for White teas. For Black teas I like to do shorter steeps, usually 3 to 3.5 min.

Is your teapot a Tetsubin? I’ve been wanting a blue one of some kind. I would use it for green teas.

TeaBrat

yes it is a Tetsubin, I’ve had it for years and I love it. Recently I was told you should just use them for holding boiled water or the teapot will pick up the flavors of the last tea you used, I have not noticed much of a problem with that, but maybe using it for green tea only is a good idea.

ScottTeaMan

What shape/color is it?

TeaBrat

It is shaped kind of like this one but it’s dark green with maple leaves on it. I often think about buying another one. http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/teapots-teapot-sets/cast-iron-teapots/p/japanese-goldfish-cast-iron-teapot

ScottTeaMan

Someday I’ll get one. My fav color is blue, so I was looking for a blue Hira Arare with a hailstone pattern, or a blue moon (tsui) teapot

ScottTeaMan

yeah that looks nice

ScottTeaMan

Here’s a black 14 oz Hira Arare….perfect for me…….except I want a blue one:

http://www.necessiteas.com/storename/necessiteas/Image-10292925.aspx?

Here’s the Blue moon (Tsuki) shape I like:

http://www.holymtn.com/catalog/teapots-japanese-tetsubin-c-114_118/ebu-tsuki-tetsubin-0-55l-p-1143

ScottTeaMan

I should’ve gotten one a few yrs ago….they were at least $20 cheaper. I love Holy Mtn…..they have great tea, teaware, and here’s a nice Japanese Teacup I use for senchas mostly—Japanese greens.

http://www.holymtn.com/catalog/cups-gaiwans-japanese-ceramic-cups-c-121_122_172/sushi-cup-kakuzushi-hi-no-mai-p-958

I just love it. To see it and feel it and use it…..the picture doesn’t do it justice. Anywho I recommend Holymtn, plus they are in San Fran too! :))

TeaBrat

You should go for it, the prices will just keep getting higher and higher. I also have a matching trivet… :))

ScottTeaMan

if I don’t get one of those Tetsubins, I want something in a midnight blue, or dark green.

ScottTeaMan

I also like Tokoname teapots….there is something about Japanese teaware….I’m drawn to it.

ScottTeaMan

I’ll check back later. Comment or msg me if you want to talk more about this…Peace Amy. :))

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My first cup of this ever as a loose leaf, and WOOOOOW is it strong. And this is coming from someone who LIKES strong teas.

I bought this (again – this one’s a restock for me) hoping to recreate the vanilla cinnamon blend I had at a tea house last week – the cinnamon part of that tea strongly reminded me of this, but since my favorite vanilla teas are no longer sold (RIP Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam..) I thought maybe I’d try my luck with a vanilla bean or and the paste blended in. So I took 3 of my 4 oz, added 2 vanilla beans and we’ll see in about 3-4 weeks I guess.

I figure I can’t really lose – the beans were getting on in age and I’ll like this tea even if I can’t pick up the vanilla.

Meanwhile I took my remaining ounce and couldn’t pass up a cup for old times sake. A nice cozy winter tea, for sure.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Found some of this in my locker at work – it was a great tea with my dinner last night.

Since I’ve had it at work so much it is no longer a “relaxing” tea for me at home, if that makes any sense…it triggers work related thoughts and stressors. It is one that I like to share with coworkers and parents who look like they could use something to calm them down, though. It’s nice to feel like I’m helping in some small way.

Sweet and spicy as always…I’ll probably always keep it as my emergency rations for the hospital. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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95

I’m one of those people who logs a tea every time she has it. I do it to keep track of which ones I do drink over and over again, and how far apart between cups I go, etc. I’m a data nerd, and this is a fun way of collecting it!

All that is to say I’m sorry you’ve seen so many notes on this. But it is my work tea and so every once in awhile I’ll make it to get a nice few minutes of relaxation in before I go finish my shift. I’ve not yet figured out a way to make loose leaf conducive to a hospital so until I do you can pass these logs right on by.

I will say that if you like cinnamon this in sachets is about the most convienent tea for traveling anywhere, a little hot water and you’re good to go. I must really try and find some more teas like that, really…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Charisma

I do the same thing – logging every tea I drink ;)

Sil

heh i’m in there with you as well..it’s rare that i forget to log something, though it happens on occasion

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95

Nothing like a cup of this at 3AM when your energy is flagging.

I have a coworker who always perks up when she smells this. I usually always share because I have plenty and today she finally asked me where I got it. Is it wrong to feel so…victorious? :)

Anyway, good as always, though it’s only relegated to work now. I love it forever!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Haha. I know that feeling. I’m always trying to get people to enjoy tea that I like.

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95

I’ve officially moved this tea to my work since it is one of the hardiest teas I own. I have it in the sachets, and it will steep the length of the cup, and be good without sweetener or milk. It’s so wonderful to drink at 1:00 AM for my lunch break.

Since I’m the one drinking it I tend to not notice how fragrant it is (probably because I’m too busy tasting it!) but a few of my co-workers have asked what it is, and one tried a sachet last night and LOVED it, especially the part about no sweetener needed.

So I guess I’ll just go ahead and order a bunch of sachets, as I’ll probably be sharing this one a bunch. Yay for fabulous tea!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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95

Tea of this morning…

I’m home! Back to all of my precious teas!

But I’m also out of milk – so I had to make due without and find a tea that stands on its own. Which of course would be this one!

Hmm..that reminds me, I really should see if Harney has a Cyber Monday sale because I have a feeling I’m really missing out on a lot by limiting myself to the bagged version…

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I haven’t had this one in a while! Actually, I have only really started tea drinking again, so most of my teas I haven’t had in a while. :) But on the plus side, I don’t really have to go shopping for anything – I have tons of variety right at home!

This is still fantastic – sweet and spicy all at once. Boyfriend went to bed early for the night so I just put on the kettle and am enjoying the solitude. This is the perfect companion.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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95

Backlog from this morning -

This tea woke me up fast and helped me fit in a last hour of studying before my test. Whether that hour made a difference or not remains to be seen….but it tasted sweet and spicy, like always- and that’s never a bad thing.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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