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SIPDOWN! (103)

Meh, returning to this tea after trying many Yunnans over the past couple (few?) weeks and finding it sub-par. I have clearly been ruined by all of those lovely tippy, golden Yunnan teas I’ve ordered and received (all Nicole’s fault). This just can’t compare. It’s very harsh and somewhat bitter compared to what I’m now used to. I’m not really getting honey, just strong malt and “tea” taste. I tried this one yesterday with the 1/2/4 steep method and while it was improved, it was nowhere near my new favorites…

Oh no… I’m a snob!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
mj

LOL sneaky snobbery

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Tea snobbery is a sneaky little thing, isn’t it?

TheTeaFairy

(Haha! Had not seen your comment mj, we said almost the same thing!!!)

mj

Well, you know what they say, great minds think alike. This proves it :)

Cameron B.

I’m just an incognito tea snob… Like a ninja. ;)

TheTeaFairy

Haha! NinjaCam, sounds great!!

whatshesaid

Oh no! ;)

(The way I look at it is my money can go towards teas I love instead of “meh” teas)

Cameron B.

I jump from roof to roof! …and get my friends free cable. Badass.

mj

Can you please come jump to my roof then because I pay way too much for internet!

boychik

What does it make me? This tea is GROSS. Period. Enough said.

Cameron B.

boychik I thought it was the Tippy Yunnan that you despised. :P And I totally got a little fuzzy aftertaste from this one this time.

boychik

Oh my bad. You are absolutely right. Not enough caffeine, should drink something ASAP.

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95
drank Hojicha by Harney & Sons
41 tasting notes

This is one of my absolute favorite teas. I love hojichas in general, but adore hoji-kukichas even more. You can oversteep for what seems like days and never encounter any bitterness. Just a beautifully roast-y, caramel-y, toasted brew. Because of the low caffeine I often choose this one at bedtime or later in the night when I can’t sleep and I’ve never had trouble falling asleep afterwards. This is one of my always-on-hand teas that I just can’t imagine being without.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
340 tasting notes

I do a good chunk of my tea drinking at work, but for some reason I have convinced myself that I should only drink flavored teas, or teas that can take a beating here, leaving a lot of the wonderful oolongs and blacks at home. This tea however sits in a tin in my desk at work and I keep finding myself going directly to THIS tin. My 3oz tin is over half gone in less than a month. Maybe I need to rethink my tea strategy?

This tea is so comforting. A great morning cup, a great post lunch dessert it is all around perfect. Thanks for getting me addicted MzPriss

MzPriss

You’re welcome Tiff. I find this really comforting as well. I think it’s cuddly tea

whatshesaid

I cannot wait to buy this tea. I hope H&S has some sort of Canadian sale at some point

Suziqzer

I can understand why you would venture to flavored when your at work… However I do think there are a probably a few non-flavored that would fit the non-fussy, always good category… Good find!

MzPriss

Also the Wee Snaily Yums (Golden Snail) from Whispering Pines is a nice work tea I find

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92

My little brother and his girlfriend are in town. We’re all going to a baseball game tomorrow, which will be fun, and we all had dinner last night.
My father likes to wonder where he went wrong. Of his three children, none drink coffee. None can even stand it! My sister, my brother and I are tea drinkers for life! Ha. And my dad is a confirmed old coffee drinker, so its extra funny.
But I don’t even like coffee flavored things. Nope! Bleh. Tea, please.

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85

I have determined that traveling with loose leaf is not for me, too messy. Not to mention the odd stares I get from the non tea drinkers. In order to get through the next few weeks of travel I ordered some sachets from H&S. I am beginning to love H&S. They are reliable, decent priced, and so many options.

This tea came in a HUGE beautiful tin. I brewed up a cup this morning and it smells wonderful. This tea taste malty, slightly sweet, slightly astringent. It is full bodied and rich. I am really enjoying this. I look forward to spending the week with you 30th Anniversary Blend.

MzPriss

I love H&S. I may need to order some of this for the same reason. I have a teastick that is not optimal for travel – it’s hard to get the tea into it without spilling. I want some of their soba anyway so maybe I’ll just order some of this. I WISH their Golden Monkey came in sachets.

TeaTiff

Oh Golden Monkey how I love thee. I almost placed an order for another tin when I put in this order, but held off. I do wish the GM came in sachets for travel. That would be really nice. I looked at the 1lbs price for GM to order next time, but that truly would be a “shitload” of GM.

Cheri

I’ve been there. I’ve done both, traveling with tea and things were fine, and traveling with tea and I had no good way to deal with leaves and messes, and people looking at me funny.

TeaTiff

Cheri – yeah it the depends on the kinds of accommodations. For my trips coming up I will be living out of the bags on my bike or backpacking, so taking the extra stuff to make loose leaf happen is not worth it:)

sherapop

I love this tin, too!

Nicole

I would split a pound of GM with you if you wanted. :) Eventually. When I can buy tea again. :) I was going to grab the 30th Anniv but put my foot down about another order so soon. Glad to hear it is good. On the list it goes!

MzPriss

A shitload of GM would be beautiful, beautiful thing

TeaTiff

Nicole I would take you up on that! I can totally justify half a lbs if GM. Sherapop. It is soo big, but a great addition to the tins. MzPriss a beautiful thing indeed.

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Really tragic sipdown (135/142)…

It’s heart breaking to finish this one off, again. I want to have it stocked up SO BADLY! It’s the perfect mug of hot roasty goodness (plus it’s good iced to) and the best late night comfort cup. Thankfully I’ve really stretched out the samples I’ve received of this one and managed to get so many good cups!

And, I know I’ll have this one in my possession again eventually! I can’t justify a Harney order right now, but as soon as I can you just know this is going to be included! In fact, it’ll probably be the first thing I include! So. Damn. Good.

Flavors: Cocoa, Roasted, Toasted Rice, Toasty

Dexter

I have 250g of what I’m hoping is something similar from Yunnan Sourcing enroute to me right now. If it’s as good as this I will pass some your way. :))

TheTeaFairy

Dex, I hope it will be as good and roasty as this one. I always think of you when I drink it :-)

Dexter

LOL Here’s hoping, if not I have 250g of cereal….

Cheri

This is one I really want to try. H&S has a lot of teas on Amazon, but not this one. (I can sneak in a tea on an Amazon order on occasion.) I’ll have to wait until I place a H&S order to get this one, but I really, really want to try it.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1294 tasting notes

MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #13
I’ve heard lovely things about this one! The dry leaves are dark with hints of gold. Before taking a sip, the fragrance was chocolate followed by smoke. It’s a smoky chocolate tea! There isn’t much info in the description for this one but the milk chocolate flavor seems like there could actually be some sort of chocolate flavoring, but there isn’t. No dark chocolate here. There is a fresh, bright flavor, if that makes sense. Smoky chocolate with a bit of malt: seems like the perfect tea for me! The second steep wasn’t as magical.. it seemed to lose much of the chocolate and smoke.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 10 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 4 min

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
34 tasting notes

This tea was left to me by a visitor some time in the last year. Its bagged and doesn’t smell that fresh but still I get a lot of vanilla. Its a decaf tea and the tea base seemed a little light but pleasant its an orangy color (orange pekoe like) the vanilla is very present in both scent and taste even though its probably pretty old. After the previous vanillas this one has much more but it doesn’t have the more robust flavors of the ones with carob and other ingredients. It was my night time tea so I didn’t get to posting about it until now. I like it enough to plan to get some more from Harney, I hope it comes in a loose leaf! The second steep wasn’t very interesting but again that could be bagged tea & age!

Flavors: Orange Blossom, Vanilla

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drank Hojicha by Harney & Sons
41 tasting notes

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July 15th came and went, and unfortunately sherapop was not the winner of the Harney Fest sweepstakes! That’s okay, because my consolation is having purchased a tin of this fine black blend in a gorgeous black and gold embossed tin, complete with a raised escutcheon!

The dried tea in the sachet is beautiful with all of the different kinds of leaves. One might say that this is something of an ecumenical blend, since it combines Ceylon, Assam, Yunnan Gold Tips and China Silver Tips. Well, they left out Africa, but as a British legacy version of an ecumenical blend, this is a pretty good effort.

The scent of the brew is malty like Assam, but this is not just another English breakfast blend. For one thing, I am drinking it au naturel, while I generally drink Assam-rich blends with cream. The liquor is not reddish but golden amber, a clear indication that there is Ceylon and Yunnan in the mix.

I like this blend and am grateful to John Harney and Family for all that they have done for the world of fine tea! May Mr. Harney rest in peace.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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Thanks very much boychik

This is SUPER BOLD! Quite delicious too. Not the sort of thing I’d reach for every day but it is hitting the spot this morning :)

boychik

You are welcome. I have to ask hubby bring this baby to me. Left it at home:(

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
143 tasting notes

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
832 tasting notes

I am very tired, and need to go to bed, because its very early up tomorrow, but I had to have some tea. And I had a bit of milk left, so milk tea day is apparently a thing!
I cant say that I find that this brought much to the tea. It doesn’t detract, but its not a noticeable improvement.
Tea, and then bed.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
5 tasting notes

First question for myself: Why drink tea when it is 30 degrees Celsius out?

Answer: Harney and Sons.

This particular tea has been sitting on my wish list for a tad too long. So following an afternoon at the office, I braved an arduous bus trip (who am I kidding, I’ve survived 10-hour Greyhound trips) to East Vancouver to pick up this baby, along with a second box of Clippers White Raspberry.

Classy box aside, this is positively the most deliciously-scented tea I’ve had the fortune to come across. I followed the instructions on the box and steeped for 5 minutes (well, 7 to be exact), and the result was delicate but flavourful. Another 5 minutes of steeping and I had myself a strong black brew. DO NOT OVERSTEEP!

Given the steep price (*slow clap) of the box, silk sachets and all, I’ll probably save this for special occasions and stick to Twinings for the daily cuppa.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

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drank Bohea by Harney & Sons
1294 tasting notes

MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #11
The leaves here are dusty, dark and twisty and have a fruity fragrance. It’s always a surprise when the brew turns out so light. The flavor does have hints of fruit: I want to say blueberry but there is also a tiny hint of a bakey flavor and also tangy. Very sweet and juicy. I noticed the syrupy texture first and foremost. It’s very funny that this reminds me of 52Teas Blueberry Danish. The leaves are similar too… at least with my older pouch. It’s almost like most of the flavor of that tea could be in the leaf itself: sweet, blueberry and bakey. The second steep was almost the same as the first. No muting of flavors on that one. I’m not sure if I steeped this one correctly, but I wish I could experiment more. But it’s another tea from the teabox with one teaspoon left!
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 3 min steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min

Edited to add: Oh my gosh, I just checked the price of this one on Harney’s site and now I’m wishing I didn’t dump out the last half inch of this from my second steep!

TeaTiff

Wow! I had no idea Harney even sold such fancy priced teas! Yikes.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Pomegranate Oolong by Harney & Sons
321 tasting notes

I went with my sister to her friend’s wedding and while we were in Honolulu, we went to the Kahala Resort & Hotel for afternoon tea at The Veranda. It was nice, we were seated outside and had a really good view of the beach side and dolphin pools so that was entertaining. I had the pomegranate oolong and it was good. A little fruity and tart but went well with the little sandwiches and desserts. Our service was good, they were out of the Hamakua Springs Farm Mushroom Turnover so we were sad because it’s what my sister wanted to try but then our waitress said they could make them if we were willing to wait. It was really good. My favorite was the Blue Hawaii Macaroon though. I was hoping they’d have a bigger selection of tea but I’m happy I got the pomegranate oolong. I looked it for it when we went shopping but luckily didn’t find it… Haha.

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85

Sipdown!

I half expected this to come out horribly bitter, since it was the bottom of the packet and there was quite a bit of dust. But it didn’t! It’s quite lovely, and the bergamot is subtle but I can still taste it (unlike Paris). However, after trying Nosy Bey, the peach and vanilla elements are just nowhere near as amazing. Although I do concede that this has a slightly different flavor profile, I wouldn’t feel the need to stock both of them. And Nosy Bey definitely wins! This is a lovely tea, but sometimes those Frenchies just can’t be beaten! ;)

I will, however, increase the rating to 85 (previously 83).

Edit: After finishing this, I realized it was mysteriously missing from my Steepster cupboard. And thus I was denied my moment of triumph! Poop!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank New York Blend by Harney & Sons
832 tasting notes

This is from last night
I had an upset stomach, and this tea has ginger, peppermint and chamomile in it, so its perfect for that.
Last night was frustrating. One of those days where nothing seemed like the right thing to do.

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85

It’s funny because it seems that so much effort is put into complicated chamomile blends, when straight-up fresh loose leaf is really the best! I don’t think that I’ll ever tire of this golden infusion. And now it is time to retire…

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec 8 g 30 OZ / 887 ML
Cheri

I’ve never had straight up chamomile….hmmmm….

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #8
Oh the first cup of this was what I had wished the Single Origin Nilgiri tasted like the other day – very sweet, mid-level depth of flavor, mostly cherry with a hint of hay. So delicious and thirst quenching! I would love to have this in stock in my cupboard. But the leaves sat over night and somehow the second steep was really odd… it had a plastic note to it and everything from the first cup was gone. I don’t think I steeped it in a weird way. Such an odd flavor I didn’t find in any tea before. The rating is for the first steep!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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