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Yesterday was grocery shopping day. While shopping is not my favorite thing, I do like that the Wegman’s I go to has its own little tea section. It’s always fun to look around and see if any new teas have been added. This tea, however, was in the coffee section tucked in a small shelf under the flavored syrups. Odd. Still, I was glad to see it and snapped it up even though I had already put two other teas in my cart.
So you know, I’m drinking the bagged version of this tea. It is a nice green tea. Pineapple is the dominant flavor with the grassy notes of the green tea being very subtle underneath. It’s sweet, but not overly so. Definitely did not feel the need to add sugar. I think I might add a bit of mint to my cup next time. I’m a sucker for mint and pineapple together.
I can’t get enough of this tea. It is vegetal, sweet, and not bitter at all. Sadly, I’m running out. I’ll have to buy some more.
Just a side note: The tea tastes even better with the second steeping. Nice floral notes come through, and the leaves smell wonderful. More teas will be coming in soon, and I’ll write about them later on, as I’m on vacation again.
I have only tried several China Famous Green Teas. This is one of the best ones I’ve tried. However, the flavor was very vegetal, and light. The aroma was very good with this tea, and I enjoyed the different look of the flattened leaves. However, I was disappointed that this tea only came in 0.5 oz. I was also very confused as to how much tea leaves to brew, as the leaves were larger than normal (and much more flat & brittle). Despite this, I enjoyed the tea. It was quite new, and refreshing. I would recommend this tea for Green Tea lovers.
I’m having another cup of this (see older notes). I think I drink this pretty much every week. It is so good! I’ll be getting a new shipment of teas from several companies soon.
I love the maltiness of this tea! It is very light, and I have an aftertaste of a strong honey. The leaves look almost the same hue of gold even after I brew it. More notes will probably come next week (I know I keep saying this), but I’m off to Colorado in the morning. Maybe I’ll even catch some good teas there!
I love drinking Assam teas- especially when “Tippy” is in the name. When I saw the golden tin, I was excited to discover the tea inside. The color of the leaves was just as the name describes: Golden. The tea itself definitely tasted like an Assam, but with a different undertone; It is hard to describe. It was lighter than most Assams, and not as earthy. The brewed tea was a nice amber-gold color which is new to me for most black teas. Over all, the tea was excellent, and I will be getting this again.
*It has been a little hard to give proper reviews to the teas I’ve been tasting lately, so temporarily I’ll give quick notes instead of my fully detailed ones. In a month or so I’ll go back to my previous format and revisit all of these quick notes.
Anyways, this tea is delicious. Previous Da Hong Pao’s I’ve tasted tend to go on the overly toasty flavor, but not this one. This one is lightly smoky, with hints of dried fruit, and a really subtle mineral tingling sensation in the mouth. My go to Da Hong Pao, especially for the price.
Just a short tasting note, you can see my previous notes for more info.
I was finishing off the last of this one from ashmanra and forgot how good it is. I will need to get some more one of these days. If black teas had personalities, this would be a well-mannered and handsome gentleman. :)
Special thanks to ashmanra for sending me this sample which is making my morning quite delightful!
Most often I drink single black teas instead of blends, because I find I don’t care for the blends. However, this is delicious! I am just getting used to drinking black teas straight, and if I can drink a black tea without dumping milk and sugar in it, I find that to be a good sign. ;-)
This is a very rich and round tea. Others have said it’s a blend of assam, ceylon, keemun and oolong. I am not picking up on smoky flavors but I am definitely getting the oolong here in the finish. This would be a nice breakfast blend for myself although I could also see serving it as an afternoon or evening tea. It’s exceedingly smooth and elegant and would go well with sweets or heartier fare. I can see wanting to have this in my cupboard at all times, so now I am kind of bummed I just placed an order with H&S a few days ago!
I couldn’t help myself and I googled the Palm Court, it looks rather posh:
I couldn’t tell if they were serving this Harney tea from looking at their menu, but it does seem like quite an experience! Dreaming….
Backlogged from yesterday.
I had 5 sachets of this in the neat little tagalog. This is a nice, reliable green tea. I love the orange scent to it, but I don’t think there is actual orange oil in it. Typically when something has an oil added you can see it floating at the surface of the infusion. I didn’t get any, but I definitely got the scent.
The orange citrus doesn’t overpower the green tea in scent or taste. I couldn’t tell you what kind of green tea was used in this other than that it was probably a Chinese green tea. I wouldn’t consider the green tea high grade or anything special. Nothing made it really stand out aside from the added flavor.
The description says there are marigold petals in there, but being in the sachet I don’t see any, then again I’m not ripping the bag open either. I’m assuming the marigold is where I’m getting the slight creaminess from, mellowing out the citrus a little.
I can get about 3 steepings out of a single sachet, the first two being the only ones really worth it. Every time I brew this up it tastes exactly the same. It’s not like other teas where one day you may get grassiness and the next day you get buttery notes. Because of this I found it’s quick useful take take along when traveling. The only thing that makes it taste different is using too hot of water, then it just gets bitter, but that’s to be expected from green teas.
This isn’t a green tea I can find myself craving, but if I’m craving a generic green tea with no frills this will do. I found it to be a crowd pleaser for those who are not big into teas, and for those who occasionally drink tea.
I attempted to cold-brew a small batch of this tea (2 teaspoons for 10 oz, steeped and put in the refrigerator for about 10 hours). I added a bit of sugar, since I was in the mood for a lightly sweetened iced tea.
The cranberry flavour dominates the tea, with a hint of something vanilla-y in the background. I’d imagine this would be very refreshing on a hot summer day.
Sorry for the brevity/curtness of my latest notes— some are backlogs and I’m running on about two hours’ sleep at the moment.
Dry leaf smells like cranberries and vanilla to me, but I occasionally thought it smelled almost cherry-like, too. Asked a suitemate about it and she could also pick up on something that seemed similar to cherries.
Aroma while steeping became much more cranberry-like with something vanilla or almond-y in the background. Taste was very similar, too, and left a slightly tart feeling on my tongue, though that may have been my imagination.
Tried this one again this morning with a proper infuser so I wasn’t bothered by twiggy bits at the bottom of my cup.
Still. Obviously I need an afternoon taste-off among my various black teas. That’s the only way I’m going to be able to tell the difference between Assam, this African tea, and the Ceylon. When I drink each of them in the morning, with nothing to compare, about all I can manage is “tea good” or “tea not good.” So far, all have been “good” but I still can’t detect the tobacco-like aroma others have mentioned.
Brewed long and strong, my first cup of the day. Possibly my mistake. I think I need something more ordinary to wake up my taste buds. I didn’t get any of the tobacco or smoky scent others have mentioned when I opened the tin or when I tasted it.
Which is not to say I disliked it. Not at all. I’m going to give it another chance after I finish this cup of Assam.
I did see grainy bits in the bottom of my cup. That may be the fault of my mesh strainer, but, hmmm. I examined the wet leaves from the strainer after >5 minues steeping and they were still firm and twiggy. I purposely used a larger tea ball than needed to give the leaves plenty of room to expand, and I wasn’t expecting the result I got.
I went to a friend’s house and had this. It was delicious and I enjoyed the coconut and ginger. I’m not a huge fan of green teas since they always turn bitter for me, but they always seem easier to steep when they are in a bag. I didn’t need to put honey or sugar in it.
What I have doesn’t seem to exist — not here, not on Harney’s site, not on the Internet. It’s a sample packet of a “single silken sachet” and it’s labeled “Enlightening Ceylon Medium and Mellow Bodied…a smooth black tea from Sri Lanka.” It doesn’t say anywhere that it’s decaffeinated, or that it’s a blend.
I’d have added a new listing if I could prove it exists! At any rate, it was unimpressive. It was smooth, but not flavorful, and when I opened the packet no strong tea fragrance greeted me. I prefer the Taylors of Harrogate Pure Ceylon I had earlier today.
Backlogging from yesterday. Shared some of this with a suitemate who doesn’t usually drink tea, but seems to enjoy the citrus-y/bergamot-y teas I’ve offered before. She smelled the leaves from the sampler pouch and seemed to have been just as in love with this as I was with smelling the Florence tea (also a H&S tea).
Unfortunately, I don’t have much else to offer in this note. The aroma after brewing was very fruity. It’s a very light, clean, palate-cleaning tea with a berrylike flavour that’s followed by a hint of citrus near the end. I don’t recall picking up on vanilla or caramel like what others have mentioned, but I admittedly wasn’t paying very much attention to the tea as I was drinking it at the time (aforementioned suitemate and I were venting about having a second fire alarm going off in less than a week while sipping this tea).
Jenn was good enough to send this to me a while back. I’m finally getting to it after sorting out the tea cabinet at home. The dry leaves are golden and dark in color and smell very much like honey! This excites me a little because I love honey. But I hate having to add sweeteners to my tea. I’m finding I like my teas straight up these days. As the tea steeped I continued to get the notes of sweet coming out of the cup. This almost reminded me of a Yunnan I have a large amount of. (Again another good thing!)
The taste? Very rich and very bold! I really like it. I have to say I was planning on a nap this afternoon, but I have a feeling this tea will keep me from that. Honestly I’m ok with this, this time. I have a lot to do and a nap would just get in the way. There is the slightest hint of honey to this tea which makes it perfect when matched with the rich malty flavor I’m also getting here.
Ohh… Paris… The one time I was there, I fell in love with all of the art and architecture. No matter where you look, everything seems to be beautiful. The best dessert I have tasted in my life was a creme brulee that I had in a small restaurant there. Paris is an amazing experience.
I had been reading some people’s post about this tea and it sounded like something that would be tasty to me. Since I was able to have my Mom bring it to me from the US, I got to receive it earlier than I imagined I would have! I am so happy! Every time I get a new tea it feels like Christmas did when I was a little girl. It has a bit of magic to it. Logically, it makes no sense to me, and explaining the experience to non-tea people is really hard. But I do know that new tea will make me smile and even more so if it is good new tea! Everyone should have a special something to make them happy. I am glad that my special something is tea! : )
OK… Back to the review….
The leaves in the tin are very dark, almost black. The scent is invigorating. It is a mix between a Cream Earl Grey and a Caramel Chew (I love those candies…). The black tea base shines through strong in the scent. Overall delicious.
Once brewed the dark liquor smells just like the dry tea but smoother. I get a little more vanilla, which is extra points in my point of view. I love vanilla everything. Unsweetened it is smooth and creamy with the bergamot being the major after taste. The black tea base holds up really well and mingles with all of the flavors in each sip. Sweetened I get more vanilla and caramel taste mixed in well with the bergamot. In a way, I feel it is a very good Creme Earl Grey. But I really can’t complain. It is very tasty.
I admit that I had to have two cups, the first one didn’t last me long enough… Yummy…
Smelled so lovely when I opened the packed – mostly fruity. Smells lovely in the cup, still mostly fruity but with the currant scent more pronounced — winey, almost. But like sherry, not table wine. I added half and half, no sweetening.
The caramel taste comes at the back of my throat after swallowing. A bit cloying if I sip/swallow too rapidly.
Verdict: not as spectacular as I was expecting. I would like to try another sample, though, and experiment with steeping time. Giving it a middle rating for now.