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The tea of the morning. The first thing I noticed about this tea is the slight smokiness and he more savory feel to it, than the East Frisian I have been drinking for the last few days. This is a combination of Assam + Keemun. This is smooth, more so than I would have thought. I am getting very little astringency surprisingly. After a few sips the cocoa notes from the keemun kick in and the Assam rounds out the flavor with a tad hint of malt. This is good, but I don’t think this is my favorite breakfast blend form H&S.
I got up today at 5 and ran out the door to head out apartment hunting again so I didn’t get a chance to do a sipdown today but as the day wound down I stopped by Harney’s and picked up a cup of Golden Monkey for the train ride home (spoiler alert: I finished it well before I got on the train.)
I don’t want to rate this just yet because it was definitely oversteeped. The flavor was bitter and tannic over the usually malty flavor. It was really a let down because I wanted to give Golden Monkey a fair shot before I picked up a larger amount of it but it seems like I’ll have to pick up a sample when I order online again because they seem to set their timers too long for steeping :( (My friend also had that problem with the White tea she got, so it definitely wasn’t a normal property of the tea :/)
Drinking this at work right now. I’m not at all impressed. The leaves are small and broken, whereas other yunnan blacks, even the chinatown bulk variety were whole larger leaves with lots of golden tips. I’ve tried it western style and gong fu and everything in between and it comes up sorely lacking.
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Flavors: Fruity, Guava, Strawberry
slb2221 kindly sent along a sample of this one in our recent swap! I don’t think I’d pay $8/ounce for it, as I’ve had plenty of black teas that were just as good and cost a lot less (such as TeaSource’s Black Mao Feng). But cost aside, this is a very enjoyable black tea! It’s super smooth with no bitterness or astringency and lots of rich, sweet flavor. I’m picking up malt and sweet potato and maybe just a touch of honey on the first steep. Guessing this will also re-steep well!
Flavors: Honey, Malt, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes
Sipdown 8 of 2016. H&S Sample. Purchased 7/2014 – Finished 1/2016.
This tea has been good to me the last two mornings. I no longer have East Frisian to compare it to, but right now it is what I need. I originally rated it a 75. I am bumping this up. I am enjoying it quite a bit this morning. I don’t think I would ever purchase a full tin of this, but if I ordered from the store again I might throw in 2oz. A good breakfast tea.
Well this is a nice slap in the face this morning. Damn that has a kick. I have learned as an adult to get up when the body tells you to get up, that maybe an hour before your alarm clock goes off, it maybe 30 mins. Never ever go back to sleep b/c you have an hour before your alarm will go off. This morning I ignored that tried and true logic. I am paying dearly. Waking up mid sleep cylce is pretty much like trying to start a car in -1000 degree weather. This cup is doing a great job of jumping starting the engine. Its got a kick but this is one of those cups where I think a little milk would make it a better cup. Not a love but a great cup.
Sipdown 2 of 2015. H&S Sample Pouch. Finished 12/2015 – Purchased 3/2015.
This is the last of the sample pouch. This is a great morning cup. This will definitely be in my next H&S order. Bold, complex, and delicious with or without milk. I like the blend of the teas that make up this one. I have enjoyed all 4 cups that the sample provided so it has withstood a small test of time:)
This is a great cup this morning. I have really been craving hearty teas in the mornings these days. I am done to one assam in my cupboard minus a few samples. I have seen a lot of good things about this one on the chat boards lately so thought I would bust it out. I am really digging this one. It is a tastey blend of assam and ?. I could definitely see picking up a tin of this sometime soon.
Mine is loose, and apparently older then god because I can’t remember who I got this from. The flavors a little tame, probably because of its age, but its still quite drinkable. Trying to get my stash worked down because its seriously built up on me and the summer/fall being so mild had me drinking more coffee then tea. Goal is to get it whittled enough by new years to cash in on some of the good sales after christmas without any guilt!
I picked up a tin of this tea with my most recent Harney order. Very enjoyable and very interesting!
The tea steeps a medium brown. The scent and the flavor are hard to characterize, and very different from a typical black tea. I think the closest comparison is Teavana’s Golden Dragon yellow tea. A nice, full mouthfeel. “Buttery” is the best way I can describe it. Very smooth. A great tea for sipping and savoring.
The Harney & Sons site says it has a “predominant” honey aroma and “honey flavors”, but I disagree. Not very sweet, but I suppose you could argue that there is a floral note in there. Definitely more buttery. (Ironically, their description of Top Chingwo Congou is “buttery”, while I thought it was chock full of honey flavor. Go figure.)
A great tea for a cool fall afternoon. I don’t recommend it as a breakfast tea; it’s not strong enough, in my opinion. (Plus, I like to start my day with some sweetness!) If it’s on sale again, I would buy it again.
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Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Earth, Floral, Honey
This is the last of the Harney samples I ordered.
I think this is a tea that’s flavor changes each sup or even each sip. I’ve had it before and it tasted more caramel-y, and this time it tastes more like a spruced up Earl Grey Cream with some Black Currant notes. It’s also a bit tannic which I’ve never encountered with a Harney blend before, but I’ll have to try steeping for a shorter period of time.
Flavors: Bergamot, Black Currant, Cream, Earl Grey, Tannic, Vanilla
So I doubled the leaf this time around, and the orange flavor is still not as strong as I remember from my first sample teabag. Either this pouch is old and some of the flavoring has dissipated, or they are stuffing a boatload of tea into those sachets.
Tried this once in a sachet and liked it enough to order a sample pouch. The orange makes a nice combination with the green tea. This isn’t as strong as I remember though, which makes me wonder how much tea they’re stuffing in those sachets. Think I will add extra leaf next time and see how that turns out.
Another sipdown that I don’t know what day of sipdowns it’s from :P
This is growing on me, if I get it in a swap I won’t be upset and I might get a cup to go sometime, but I probably won’t buy more loose leaf in the near future. It’s definitely a spiced plum flavor – similar to apple cider but plum and hibiscus. It’s weird. But good. I have mixed feelings on it :P
Flavors: Hibiscus, Plums, Spices
When I opened this up and smelled it, it was much more.. savory. No fruity scents, just a bit of spice.
After steeping it, it’s still not my favorite. It’s almost like a mulled plum juice. I can taste the cinnamon, clove, allspice first which gives it a great autumn warmth.. but then the plum ends it making you feel almost confused. It’s tart, a bit dry, and reminiscent of wine.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Plums, Red Wine, Tart