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For the St. Patty’s day free shipping deal I picked up a few sample packs I had been eyeing for awhile. I figured it was a good way to get these without conning myself into ordering more tea. This is one of the free samples that Harney and Sons threw in for me to try. This is a no fuss, good cup of Assam. Nothing fancy about it. It hits some of the usual notes, malty and a tad fruity. This cup seems to add just the right about of astringency to make you remember you are drinking a strong cup. Well done! I would be interested in trying this in loose form at some point.
Thank you Blodeuyn for this delicious present!
I am not a fan of bagged tea at all. This is the one area of tea where my “tea snobbery” comes out prominently. I don’t like being a snob, so I’m trying to change that. I was given this as a surprise present. I have never brewed anything in a “silken sachet.” I thought it was very elegant and unique. I brewed this in my night mug before dinner to calm me down a little. The aroma of this sachet is amazing. I poured my steaming water over it and the sweet aroma of Thai delicacies filled the air. This brew has a dominant silky vanilla tone with coconut beefing up behind it. If I sat and took a long inhale I could taste the lemon undertone. The flavor is a calm fresh ginger. It goes down real smooth and is actually helping my sore throat out a bit. The green tea adds a grassy base for all these flavors to sit atop of. I enjoyed this, and I think i might actually like tea bags. Might. haha.
Flavors: Coconut, Pastries, Vanilla
I received a sample of this from Zack. Thank you!
So Lychee. I guess I had no idea what Lychee tasted like. We have never really met before. I am going to have to say this is not a favorite of mine. I think the lychee would blend much better with say an oolong or a green. With the black base it was a floral black tea which for me wasn’t great. Not bad, but not something I would go crazy about. Glad I got to try this one, and glad I finally got to try Lychee.
Best white tea I’ve had. Smooth and relaxing. Just enough floral scent and flavor to make it interesting.
Truly worth the price!
Nothing more needs to be said. Relax and enjoy!
Addendum: 1.5 tsp in 10 oz. (Steepster is changing my entry to 1 tsp, which isn’t right.)
I had a tea party and somebody had opened a new tin of this and I thought to myself, “dangit… I really wish someone didn’t bring cinnamon tea let alone a bagged tea”. However, I was surprised by how sweet and tasty this tea was. It’s not a cinnamon spice flavor but rather it is a cinnamon candy flavor and I find it very enjoyable, but cinnamon is still not my kind of flavor in a tea.
This is a nice black tea with a strong taste of chocolate. Don’t really taste the hazelnuts though, too bad.
Brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 miin.
Had this tea last night. Thanks to Dex for sending this in a swap!
The dry leaf smelled like rich dark chocolate with a hint of something deeper behind it. Almost like chocolate mousse. The liquor was also very chocolaty, but as it cooled, the hazelnut note came to the fore.
I was hoping for more of a rich nutella flavour from this, but I think I was a bit shy on the steep. I steeped it for 3.5 minutes in freshly boiled water, but I think I should have gone for 4 minutes. Luckily, I have more than enough left to try again.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Nuts
I tried a sachet of this tea this past weekend. It was quite tasty. Almost creamy, very flavourful! The ginger and vanilla-coconut were very well represented. Tasted very Thai. I quite enjoyed it. I’d like to pick up some of this, though I would most likely de-sachet it. :)
Flavors: Coconut, Ginger, Lemongrass, Sweet, Vanilla
Another of the samples from Harney and Sons. Wow. I’m blown away. I’m still fairly new to tea, and this is the first time I’ve had loose, unflavored, unblended Assam. I was expecting glorified Lipton, if I’m to be quite honest. But instead I got rich burnt sugar, like molasses rich, with the slightest astringency so the taste sticks in my mouth. I may never drink my beloved twinings breakfast blends again. I love this so much.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Molasses, Vanilla
I did not expect to like this tea. I just ordered a bunch of tea from Harney and Sons and they were nice enough to send me some sampled. This particular sample was lovely, like a rooftop flower garden in Paris in the spring, if that’s even a thing. If I had to describe the taste, I would have to say flowers. No flower in particular, just a nice round floral. Absolutely delightful.
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Salt
Next time use scanter teaspoons, I think. It’s understated on the bergamot and a bit bitter in the finish, but I think that might be due to brewing the pot just a little strong. I like that it’s not over the top, but I’ve had Earl Grey’s I’ve liked better. Probably a good base for lavender.
Harney was the second tea purveyor that I explored during the beginnings of my journey with the cup of brown joy. I thought I’d managed to taste my way through most that I was interested in, but after reading a few reviews recently, I realized that I’d never flirted with the Queen. Thanks to a swap with TeaTiff, this is now in my cup and I’m quite pleased it is!
My go-to cup from Harney is Malachi McCormick. I love the way the earthy deep blend conjures up visions of Dublin in late winter for me. Queen Catherine is quite different. There is still a light earthy keemun flavor here that creates the base note for the tea, but it is lighter than my beloved Malachi. The flavor profile is more mid-palate…a bit dusty hay, a touch of raisin and a lighter malt than you find in assam. Lurking at the finish is a slight touch of gentle smoke. The description of this tea states that it’s all Chinese tea, but it certainly has the lighter profile of a ceylon, without the drying astringency that comes with most ceylons for me. If Malachi reminds me of Dublin in late winter, Queen Catherine reminds me of London in late spring. The light smooth profile is an invitation to a cup of tea that would even be welcome on a warm day. She is not cloying, this Queen. She is gentle and graceful….and lovely.
Flavors: Earth, Hay, Malt, Raisins, Smoke