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I was cleaning out my tea cupboard when I came across a whole set of Harney & Sons samples I had forgotten about from ::mumblemumble:: years back. So I might be reviewing a bit more in the near future. However, I must note that even though the packets are air tight, this tea is a few years old and therefore maybe not the most accurate.
Not a lot to say about this tea. If it were my first smoky tea, then I think that I wouldn’t be very impressed. It’s fine and held up after I oversteeped it a bit. It has a distinct earthy aftertaste — not bad. It’s fine, but I won’t order a full tin. NE
This is somewhat disappointing as the blueberry flavor is not as strong as the aroma. Still it is a good tea, very floral in taste with a mild blueberry flavor. There is no noticeable bitterness or astringency to it. It is a nice relaxing morning cup of tea.
I brewed this western style in an 18oz teapot with 175 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 miin.
I got a sample of this along with my recent Harney purchase and it was one of the teas I was most curious about. Now that I’m making tea in my dorm and not in the comforts of my own house, I realized I haven’t been drinking as much tea. So I had to fix that. (Buying five shipments of new tea might have been a bad idea though, or so my wallet says).
I’m not really a oolong drinker, as straight oolongs tend to taste a bit bland to me. However, this tea had just the right amount of fruitiness and it didn’t even overpower the taste of the oolong base. I don’t know if it’s just me but I also tasted a kind of milky aftertaste that reminded me of milk oolong. But I’m just weird.
So yes, this is a fairly light tea that I probably wouldn’t go to except for when I am craving a light cup to finish my day.
mmmmm another from keychange that i’m enjoying this morning. I love my mornings where i get to actually drink tea out of a mug. I’m working from home a bit this morning and then it’s in to work for literally one meeting, before we leave for the weekend. It’s super annoying, but needs to be done because i’m too committed to my customers, even if everyone else seems intent on making their lives miserable. ugh.
loving this one! I may actually need to add this to my cupboard in the future. thanks keychange!
This is a delicious, dark, rich cup with a really intense flavor and aroma. The cherry scent of the dry leaf mellows out in the cup as the honey and vanilla flavors get stronger with heat. The cup finishes a little like Earl Grey, with the bergamot hitting the back of the palate.
Flavors: Apricot, Bergamot, Honey, Plums, Vanilla
Tea #6 from the (Mostly) Unflavored TTB
So because I had this a few days ago and Steepster was totally down, I didn’t manage to get a review written up. And I was too tired/it was too late for me to think about how I should just write it down somewhere instead.
Mostly what I remember from this was that it was kinda fruity and a bit malty I think. It was good, I drank the entire cup, but I don’t remember it being a tea that I have a burning need to own for future drinkings. Lol.
Yum! Rose is delicious! This is a lightly scented tea with elegant presentation. I think I like teavivre’s more since I enjoy the tea base more but if I hadn’t had that first this would probably be my favorite black rose tea. I wish I could go on with more of the flavors I picked up but I enjoyed a cup of this after having Korean food for lunch so everything tasted a little like garlic. :)
In any case, this is a great rose tea. Thanks for sharing Ashmanra! I’ll definitely try this again before garlic overload.
I had a really hard day. Frustrating, long, and I was near my wits end for a lot of it. Work is hard, and I’ve got more and more responsibilities. Most of the time I can handle it, but sometimes it kinda wears you down.
But, I came home to find that a hat I ordered had arrived, that Steepster had ordered itself, and that I had a cup of ginger tea.
I love ginger. When out to sushi I eat up all of my ginger, all of my boyfriends ginger, and all of the ginger they will give me. So I found this tea in target I could not resist.
And tonight, its warm and spicy and is making the day just a little less bad.
The first thing out of the PTS box that I simply HAD to try as soon as I could. I want my world to smell like this tea does. So lovely. As for flavor, its mild and easy to drink if you like lavender and chamomile, but nothing outrageous. I still might buy some to keep on hand for nights when I need to calm down.
Tea & Cards TTB
I woke up this morning feeling like complete crap. Sinuses are out of whack, this week continues to be a cluster of stress, and I despite what was an actually decent night of sleep for the first time in a few days, I just felt exhausted 5 minutes after opening my eyes.
This was one of the teas I had set aside from the Tea & Cards TTB to try at work and I’m really glad I chose it this morning. Very refreshing. Tropical, fruity and just what I needed. It reminded me a bit of the Mighty Leaf Tropical Green Tea, but with a lot more flavor and complexity.
I marked this one as maybe for my next Harney & Sons order. Though who knows when that order will be… I have a lot of tea to sipdown before that can happen!
I’ve had several good and several not so good teas from Harney and Sons. I am delighted to say this is definitely a good one. I have become a chocolate and hazel nut fanatic and this fits the bill so well. Lovely chocolate, creamy hazelnut, black tea base. The dry leaves smell wonderful and they do not disappoint. The aroma is even more lovely than the dry scent. It has caffeine to help start the day or have that pick-up we need mid afternoon. Something to keep in the cupboard!
Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Hazelnut
Tea #5 from the (Mostly) Unflavored TTB
There was just a tsp left and the desc here sounded pretty good, so why not.
Malty, fruity-ish scent to the brew. Taste wise I get very slight smoke (nothing near the amount that I’ve gotten from the Keemuns I’ve been drinking lately), a bit of fruit and malt. I don’t get any bitterness from it and there’s really no astringency that I can really tell. Maybe I’ll just need to sit with it a bit, but at the moment, it’s pretty tasty. I want to add a bit of Truvia to it (since I do to practically all my teas), but I actually like it just as is. Maybe when I get halfway done I’ll add some anyway. Dunno.
I’d consider adding this to my cupboard…until I saw the price tag and nearly choked on the tea I was sipping at. Holy cats! I’d probably consider tossing a sample in my cart if/when I ever get around to ordering from them, but I sure as heck am not gonna pay that much for 2 oz. Yeesh. I can get a nice yixing for that price, right? XD
This smells like wood while steeping….
I’ve only had English Breakfast one other time…when last year my friend from England made me a “traditional English” cup of tea with milk and all. Didn’t like it then, but can’t remember what it tasted like. Don’t remember it tasting like wood though.
I like the malty black teas…need more malty black teas to try. I keep finding all these woody teas…
I would think maybe my taste is just changing. But then I try black teas that I have that I love and thought were malty and they taste the same. Maybe I just keep buying the wrong teas…I don’t know.
If anyone has any really good malty teas to recommend, let me know! Because I really wanna find a good, malty tea!
This one, however, is not as bad as expected.
It’s like half malty and half woody. It’s initially a light malt flavor but then changes to wood. It’s weird. But not actually that bad. I would drink this again. Wouldn’t buy it, but would drink it again willingly.
Harney & Sons sent me 4 tea bags of this as free samples. xD Guess they really wanted me to try this one-haha! As I’m finishing the first steep I actually can see this tea growing on me. But I guess I will see what happens with the next three tea bags. :P
Flavors: Malt, Wood
I just read the entry on Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) in The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea. I concur that this is more the “old style” of oolong, which is probably why I don’t like it nearly as much as the greener, less-oxidized oolongs I’ve been drinking of late. For years, I shunned oolong because it made me feel queasy. My concept of the genre was exhausted by the highly oxidized, dark-roasted kind, and I probably only tried inexpensive, low-grade varieties (filterbags and restaurant tea), so I knew nothing about the broader oolong horizons.
The flavor of this tea is very toasty and cooked, not fresh and creamy. Yet it is not as dark and rich as a full-fledged black tea.
Fortunately, this Da Hong Pao from Harney & Sons did not make me feel sick, but I won’t order it again, now that my sample is exhausted. This is probably very good, for what it is, but it’s not really my style.
A chacun son goût…