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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!
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!).
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.
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.
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!
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? ;)
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!
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.
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.
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!