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drank Green Hot Cinnamon by Harney & Sons
109 tasting notes

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drank Gunpowder Green by Harney & Sons
42 tasting notes

Sadly its a sipdown, no more gunpowder in my little cupboard. I always have liked gunpowder but I don’t buy it much. This is a mild various with just a hint of smoke and wood, more vegetal, and sweet tastes. If you brew it longer you get more smoke but also more astringency! I’ll buy this again some day but hopefully I’ll find other gunpowders to sample first. I love watching the little balls explode so I tend to overbrew!

Flavors: Hay, Roasted, Smoke, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
514 tasting notes

Another abundant sample from Lala. I’m all about the white teas lately. :) The dry leaf aroma is questionable. I can’t really tell what’s in this. The flavor is actually surprising. First, a strong assertive Bai Mu Dan hits my tongue followed by a slew of flavorings that linger into the aftertaste. Hmm, what’s in this? I’m out of practice identifying notes. I think I detect something floral and something fruity. Wow, I feel like it’s four years ago and I’m just starting to drink loose leaf teas. How has my tongue returned to noob status after a short three month hiatus? Maybe it’s pregnancy tongue? Is that a thing?

I digress. I cheated and looked at the ingredients: almond, coconut, vanilla, and rosebuds. Duh! LOL! There’s a lot going on in this blend. The coconut and vanilla are probably the strongest flavors. It’s good but probably not something I’d want to drink all the time. It strikes me as a special occasion tea you’d serve at brunch to ladies in fancy hats. It’s a little too potent for an everyday kind of tea. saaaaaaaaaaaaaaz Well that’s what happens when a kitty tries to sit on your lap but there’s a laptop there. Silly kitty. There’s no room for you here.

Anyway, where was I? This tea turns a little bitter as it cools. Might be the coconut. I find that some coconut flavorings have a tendency to go bitter. On the whole, it’s a good blend. But again, not something I’d reach for all the time. And that’s why it’s great to have awesome friends on Steepster who will share their stash so you don’t go out and buy a buttload of tea that’s not your favorite. Big thanks to Lala for this sample!

Flavors: Coconut, Rose, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Capri by Harney & Sons
868 tasting notes

Its grey and raining! That is very weird. That does not happen in the summer here. However, we desperately need it, so I cant complain too much.
A slower morning. Its time to have a rich pot of tea and some hot toast. Yum, hot toast.
This weather is making me dream about fall weather. I cant wait.

ashmanra

Ooo, on Sunday we had hot toast with a spread made from 1T honey mixed with 1T coconut oil. So yummy! Simple pleasures…

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This tea is tasty. I brewed it at 175 degrees with three teaspoons of leaves for 18 oz. I gave it 3 min. The jasmine flavor is quite prominent. There is both a taste and separate aftertaste of the Jasmine. The flavor of the tea itself is just a little weak, not exactly off, just weak and missing some flavor. Still, I am glad I bought it.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Citrus Blend by Harney & Sons
868 tasting notes

The agony of a Monday morning. I am very tired, as I was out late at a going away party for a dear friend. Its weird that she’ll be so very far away.
So I’m tired, and today its weirdly overcast and somewhat unpleasant. Come on, self. Lets do this Monday thing!
Citrus! Today its a bit bitter, but a lemon bitter, not a black tea bitter.

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
50 tasting notes

I immediately notice the taste of the berries in this cup. It is nice and full bodied. The flavor of the tea itself could be a little stronger but it is good. It is worth buying again.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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Being a huge fan of the David’s Tea Cherry Blossom (I look forward to its seasonal release each Spring), I held off on trying this for a very long time. I credit a hint of laziness on my part (I was looking for a tea sachet, over looseleaf), regardless, this only recently found its way into my cup.

Although far more subtle than the David’s Tea version (a LOT less sweet), it is quite enjoyable. A chief differentiator is also that this is a green tea, as opposed to DT’s being a white tea. It’s this soft grassy flavor, with a hint of cherry florals.

A simply delightful cup.

Flavors: Cherry Blossom, Floral, Grass

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
868 tasting notes

Needed another cup of tea before I figure out whats for lunch, and heading off on my errands. Paris in loose leaf is better, but I like having the sachets around for just such a quick cuppa.
I love this stuff.

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drank Capri by Harney & Sons
868 tasting notes

Sunday is lovely. Its the only day of the week that is completely off for me. (Unless I take on some Freelance, which I do sometimes….), but today its just relaxing and calm. I’ve got a lazy day scheduled. Theres a book to read, a farewell party for an old roommate tonight, and perhaps a craft fair to attend. That sounds like just the right sort of Sunday.

Tealizzy

That sounds like an awesome Sunday! Sundays for me end up being chore days, but maybe I’ll fit in some time to read my book (with tea, of course). ;)

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
868 tasting notes

Backlogged from last night. I had a quiet night, reading the tea mystery (Which I am reading for the tea, not for the mystery. I actually do read mysteries, but this is obviously a “cozy” which is more about atmosphere than crime. Which is fine, I need that every once in a while).
I finished my huge bag of this. However I already have a new tin of it. I like having Comoro around. Its a good standby.

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Whoa this is GOOD! The LTF advised me to make it in a big mug and I’m so glad I did. If it got cold here, I would have this every single cold morning (and night). Comforting roasty yumminess. I followed LTF’s advice and added a little maple and a little almond milk and this is like drinking breakfast. Love!

Also, is it weird that I dumped the tea into a wee cup and added a little maple syrup and ate it?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TheTeaFairy

Lol, You did good kiddo ;-) It’s all pure goodness.
And it’s dexter who introduced me to this…I am so grateful!

MzPriss

I’m still nomming this – while making my grocery list to go get buckwheat pancake supplies

TheTeaFairy

Bluberry buckwheat pankakes …that’s my favourite.

MzPriss

I will see if they have any organic blueberries at the co-op – which I am off to as I am hungry now.

TeaKlutz

This sounds like a great comfort tea!

MzPriss

It really is TK

ashmanra

My son brought me some that his Chinese roommate left behind when he moved back to China. It is good! I drank it plain, but you make me want to try it other ways, too!

Christina

Whenever I make sobacha, I try to save the grains for breakfast the next morning. Put the grains in a little bowl, mix them with yogurt, and you’re good to go.

Ubacat

I like cooked buckwheat cereal but never thought about tea grains.

MzPriss

It’s good!

Sarsonator

Ooooohh lovely! Sounds deeeelish!!!

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drank CTC Assam by Harney & Sons
259 tasting notes

This is another sample from Ost, generously included to further my assam education. As this is a CTC, you will not be surprised to learn that it consists of tiny brown pellets. The smell is quite tannic and it brews up a mahogany color. Everything about this tea is BOLD, including the taste. It’s also a bit bitter, quite tannic, and has a scratchy feel to it on the tongue. I much prefer RiverTea’s Assam Beast of the East, but both a kind of “meh” to me. Ok, but not amazing.

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drank Dong Ding Light by Harney & Sons
969 tasting notes

secret butterfly
trapped in a parched brown cocoon
spreads its golden wings

mj

I LOVE this one :)

ashmanra

Another one to read to group!

sherapop

Thank you, mj and ashmanra! ;-)

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
100 tasting notes

Every time I have this tea (which is not often enough), I forget why I ever bother with any other breakfasty black tea blends. It’s just that good. The occasional find like this is also why I’ll never swear off flavored or blended teas completely.

I ordered a tin of this along with the sampler from Harney and Sons, and it was so filled to the brim that it almost exploded upon opening this morning. Good on them!

(increased rating)

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drank Capri by Harney & Sons
868 tasting notes

I swear there must be vanilla in here. This is just so creamy. It seems impossible to believe that there is no flavoring in this.
I don’t get a lot of the lemon or fig today, just a rich and lovely creamy cup of tea. That’s lovely.

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Refreshing and tasty :)
Both mint and chocolate are noticeable. I enjoyed this more with milk.
Probably couldn’t have this everyday but it’s nice once in a while

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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drank Decaf Sencha by Harney & Sons
110 tasting notes

Aroma: Light straw
Liquor Color: Darker yellow
Liquor Flavor: Smooth, light straw/grass
Notes: Not as flavorful as a regular good quality sencha. Not much of a taste going on. Very light. I was hoping for a pow of sencha flavor but this didn’t do the trick. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Gunpowder Green by Harney & Sons
110 tasting notes

Aroma: Roasty, wood
Liquor Color: Deep yellow
Liquor Flavor: Slight bitterness, smokey, woody, roasted
Notes: I got this to make Moroccan mint tea, and I can see how this works well with mint and sugar. It’s not something I would drink alone, this reminds me of yerba mate with the smokiness.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Aroma: Toast, light body
Liquor Color: Golden red
Liquor Flavor: Bitter, brisk, bold
Notes: I can’t say I like this at all, it’s pretty strong but it could take on cream and sugar quite well. Anyway, I bought this to make iced tea, and it works well for that purpose. Once sugar is added it’s quite smooth with minimal bitterness. Not something I’d drink plain, but decent with mix ins.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chinese Flower by Harney & Sons
50 tasting notes

This tea tastes of citrus and flowers and is quite good. It is not bitter or astringent.

Flavors: Citrus

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Darjeeling Blend by Harney & Sons
110 tasting notes

Aroma: Caramel, crisp, light malt
Liquor Color: Golden amber
Liquor Flavor: Caramel like sweetness, light malt, slightly bitter
Notes: I ordered this as a sample with my order and it wasn’t too bad. It was a little bitter but I may have over steeped it. I got a citrus undertone with some sweetness. I think this would take on a little sugar very well to balance it out.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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