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Good morning Steepster! I ordered some black tea samples from Harney & Sons a week or so ago when they were having free shipping. I love it when I can get away with some samples for just a few bucks and not have to pay for shipping! Anyway, one to the tea! I picked up a few lower-priced straight blacks that sounded interesting, this being one of them. I’m not too familiar with Vietnamese teas, but the leaf looks similar to an Assam to me. Dry scent is a combination of malt, hay, and dried fruits.
This does remind me of Assam. It’s a somewhat generic malty tea with some earthy tones as well. However, there’s no astringency, which is a nice change of pace. I can taste very light bread and raisin notes. Sort of like an Assam with a touch of Keemun? Not bad!
Flavors: Baked Bread, Earth, Malt, Raisins, Smooth
I am glad this ended up being pretty tasty – reviews suggested that it was assam and darjeeling melded. Which is funny, given how much I am drinking both and how I am finding they are often not for me, at least not without milk. I brewed this short and cool to make sure it didn’t get bitter and that worked well. Still not my favorite, but a pleasant cup.
This is my first Harney & sons tea!! Exciting! I saw they were selling it at my local bookstore and since the ratings were so good and they were almost out of stock I could not resist getting a tin of this yesterday… I’ve been meaning to order from their site for quite a while but shipping to Canada is too expensive :(
So this was great as my NYE tea while I was waiting for midnight. I’m not a fan of berry teas usually but this one is not too artificial and may very well change my mind. It reminds me of St Petersburg by Kusmi teas which reminds me that I should add some Kusmi to my cupboard… They are perfect for winter, maybe some Prince Vladimir or that new Tsarevna one which has such a beautiful tin… Anyway, happy new year fellow steepsterites!! :D
Thank you for the swap a while back, TeaTiff! Gray days mean Earl Gray. Haven’t tried this one yet! The blend looks like it has some sort of white tea that isn’t on the ingredient list. The scent has a very strong citrus but sadly the flavor does not. The black tea is on the lighter side, and the citrus is subtle at first, but then gets stronger and more enjoyable as the cup cools. There is a touch of flavor that reminds me of grapefruit. I was a little worried there would be more grapefruit, as I don’t love it. So acceptable grapefruit level here! I’ve been Earl Grey spoiled though, so I think they have to be special at this point. And I love STRONG bergamot. The second steep was light as well but still had the same amount of bergamot.
Steep #1 // 8 min after boiling // 3-4 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 7+ min
My only set in stone plan for toady is to drink tea. Other things may or may not happen, but there will be tea. For my first tea of the day I chose this because I wanted something that was both fruity and malty. There are a nice apricot and berry flavors as well as a good malt note here, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s sweet with a kind of jammy goodness going on in my cup. I approve!
I order from Harney and Sons on a pretty regular basis, and as I was drinking this I was amazed that I had continuously passed this one by. The mix of stone fruit flavors is delicious. It’s so juicy and summery. I really like it. After I drank half of the cup I added a little sugar and gave it to my daughter to try. She liked it, too. As I suspected she would, she asked to keep the cup. Looks like I have another tea to add to my next Harney order.
This one also came from cookies’s lovely holiday package. I’ve heard good things about this blend, so I’m happy I finally get to try it. For some reason, I never seen to be too tempted by straight tea blends, and I always end up ordering single origin teas instead. Not sure why that is! Anyway, the leaves here are very thin and somewhat small, and they’re more than a little broken. Dry scent is sweet and hay, and it’s comforting in a way. It makes me feel like I’m snuggling into a floofy pile of dry, sweet-smelling hay.
This is quite nice! It’s a good combination of earthy with a touch of smoky and some malty/raisiny Assam goodness. I don’t know what teas are in this, but I’m assuming the earthiness is probably coming from some kind of Chinese black, whereas the malt and raisin-ish notes come from an Assam. Overall, it’s good, and it would be tasty with sugar and milk or even maple syrup. No astringency at all!
Flavors: Earth, Malt, Raisins, Smoke, Smooth
A pleasant tea that reminds me of a Giovanni Cocoa powder I had in my cupboard for awhile. This double chocolate cocoa powder smelled great but was kind of crappy as a hot chocolate – I’m NOT saying this is crappy as a cocoa tea, but they remind me of each other. Basically the taste of THIS reminds me of the aroma of THAT. Get it? Don’t feel bad if you don’t – I don’t fully get myself either.
I’m more of a cocoa in tea fan than I used to be. It can be so hit or miss. I prefer when it’s mixed with OTHER. The sample I am using now is pretty old, so I may not be getting the full effect. Have some more ordered and on the way so will do an updated tea taste note then. For now, the taste is very good and has cocoa coating the tea. The two aren’t particularly distinguishable but blended. Nice stuff.
I’m kind of curious about this mixed with other teas or maybe some tea latte.
For some reason, I haven’t felt very . . . festive this year. It was kind of disappointing, because Christmas is my favourite holiday, and I felt we let each other down this time around. Just a bit. The general blah feeling has carried over to New Year’s eve, which is fine and not unusual, because I don’t really understand the pomp and excitement of New Year’s anyway. Shrug. The point, though, is this: I woke up and decided I wasn’t going to continue being pre-Who-singing Grinch for the last of 2014! I wasn’t, damnit!
So I bought tea! Tons of tea, actually. And gifted my sister with a 3 month subscription. Because it felt like the right thing to do. And then I brewed up a cup of this tea, because I figure 3/4 of the way through my 4oz tin, I really should have logged it a bajillion cups ago. As always, this tea is soothing and decadent and comforting, full of roasted nuts (and that lovely puckery nut-skin note) and cocoa. It’s not the best nutty or chocolatey tea I’ve ever had, but it’s reliable and simple, and sometimes, mornings just call for something good and easy.
I’ve never been a huge fan of Darjeeling’s and I can’t say this one completely converted me, but I can see its appeal after drinking this. The cup was pleasing. Rich and strong flavors, which I like, and just a bit floral and bitter on the end. I think if this was to join my daily rotation, I would add a bit of honey and it would be perfect.
My grandmother tried this on Christmas while I was baking cookies. I took a couple of sips and immediately kicked myself for not having taken advantage of the buy one (or two….I forget) get one free deal they had for this tea recently. It’s really lovely and much more successful than White Christmas in my opinion. I definitely get the apricot and hazelnut notes, along with some sort of vanilla creaminess that may also be a result of the nuttiness. Really good and super satisfying as either a dessert tea or a morning tea on a relaxing weekend.
Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Hazelnut
Wow! I have only had this cold-brewed so far, and I have to say I adore it that way! I can taste the creamy coconut and a touch of lemongrass, which is decidedly NOT lemon. It is really lovely. I should also note that I only used one bag for a quart of tea. So, although it’s weaker than others may like, I’m not left feeling like it’s missing something or like I’m just drinking water. Even the mouthfeel is changed. Yum! Definitely feels like a tea to enjoy with lunch!
Flavors: Coconut, Lemongrass
Thank you for the sale, Ali! This one seemed interesting (and also unavailable on the site anymore). The leaves seem finely chopped, a little turned in on themselves, if that makes sense and more gold than black. The leaves have a dried grass scent. The flavor is like one of those lighter, sweeter, grassy, malty assams. It’s nice enough, but I think I was expecting something special? Also, when I want a black tea I think I want something big and bold most of the time. I guess the golden leaves should have tipped me otherwise. The second steep was too light!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // few min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // couple min a.b. // 4-5 min
Thanks for passing down the rest of this, Lala! I love the smell of the dry leaf. Wow! Is it ever citrusy. It’s mostly bergamot and grapefruit, with strong citrus peel notes. I cold brewed it while the bast got a little chaotic for me, the citrus made a nice touch, although not nearly as strong in flavour as expected. It’s one I wouldn’t buy but I’m glad I got to try it.
Can’t believe I haven’t had this before. Hm. Since the white tea isn’t very strongly flavored, the bergamot really comes to the forefront and pops up in your face. This is a super highly perfumed tea. I generally like EGs but I also like to taste tea with them. I don’t think I’d choose a white EG over a black, based on this experience. Thanks for the sample, cookielady!
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Oh goodness, two tea boxes right in a row is probably not the best idea ever. Anyway, I had the last (only?) sachet of this last evening. I needed something a bit spicy since my sinuses have been bothering me which is strange since all it’s been doing is raining; almost seems like there has been no sunlight (well that’s a bit depressing). Anyway, this is actually pretty darn good. A fairly basic rooibos chai. Nothing fancy, not too gingery (which is sometimes a problem) and rooibos to boot. I added sweetener to mine. I would totally consider picking this up in a future H&S order.