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Hugo Tea Company

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This is a generous sample from TeaTiff – thank you !!!
1tsp 8 oz 205F
This tea is everything I need for a morning. It’s full bodied sweet malty dark bitter sweet chocolate with rye bread notes. So many flavors in a cup everchanging. Amazing!!!
Thank you so much TeaTiff for giving me the opportunity to try this fabulous tea!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tea Pet

Boychik….. I just placed a tea order…. why are you making me place another?!?! XD

boychik

I learned abt this company when they had a break. Then last summer I’ve seen a post on FB they are back n business. So kinda long wait to try but im not dissappointed. I like it a lot . and i placed some orders recently too. What did you order ?

Tea Pet

Based on your glowing review, I just ordered Full-Steam! I’m very excited about it!

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82

I had an early, exhausting morning of teaching and now I’m in a semi-awake afternoon slump. I needed tea! Not just any tea, though, tea to get me going! Full steam ahead? Thanks to Sil for a sample of this one!

At first I was a bit meh about the flavor of this one. While it was still quite hot it was a bit flat and had a bitter edge. As it cooled to warm it got better and better. Suddenly the bitterness is gone and instead there is a nice depth of flavor. It reminds me of a black dragon pearl, except not pearl-ized, so I would guess that this has its roots in a Fengqing black tea. A bit chocolatey, a bit malty, a hint of grains. Overally quite tasty once it cooled, but I am going to ding it a bit for the not so awesome hot flavor. We’ll see how the next cup goes, maybe it’ll get adjusted. But definitely a nice tasty black tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

Yum this sounds good.

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Note that this tea is for: "For feeling stately, wearing top-hats, and building empires.”

Well, it’s Friday and I plan to be productive. Yep. Any minute now I’ll log off Steepster and be productive. Yep…

Sooon.

(This is better than that time I click on tumblr instead of twitter and lost an hour though)

This is a great tea. So smooth. Bold but not sour/astringent. I’m looking forward to this tin! Also, I should compare it with my Kenyan EG and Mount Grey from Andrews & Dunham. Yes… Eventually EG sipdown – this should happen.

See, I can be productive?

MissLena

Aren’t we all so productive at work on a Friday? :D

Sami Kelsh

Productivity comes in many forms. Today, I got back out of bed and resteeped my oolong before the sun went down. Triumph!

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95

People were talking about darjeelings yesterday and that reminded me that this blend has darjeeling in it too (and it might be my only darjeeling…). So, with that in mind, I had to have this tea. It’s so brilliant and good.

Sami Kelsh

Mmm, darjeeling.

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92

I just love Hugo Teas. I haven’t been disappointed by any of them. They just really know how to do straight black tea blends so well!

They might be awesome for other teas too; I’ve only had their black teas. OMG.

I’m celebrating hitting 210 with this cup. It’s a cup I can savour and enjoy; steep and resteep. I’m not drinking it because it’s in a ziplock bag that’s taking up room, or because I want to decrease my cupboard. I’m drinking it because it’s a vibrant and flavourful tea that feels like an appropriate reward for dropping my cupboard down 35 teas since the 19th and the *Sil*pocalypse.

Now that my cupboard is physically smaller (less fiddly bags around) I’m no longer in sipdown mode. I’ll try and focus on drinking some of my older teas now – I have 7 teas that will be in my cupboard for 1 year in the next two months, and it’s time to drink them to keep things fresh! (Except for Tardis. I still have 3 .5/6oz of that and I doubt it’s going anywhere fast. Mmmmm… Tardis.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

haha go you!

juliebeth

congrats!

Dexter3657

Sil pocalypse. LOL that’s funny – appropriate but funny. Good job on getting down to 210!!!

Cavocorax

Thanks guys. :D

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91

I have been sharing this in every swap, but have yet to write a review. I am always really excited when I find something local that is awesome! This is one of them. I can walk a block and pick up a tin and support a local business. So this will be a constant in my cupboard.

This is really hitting the spot this morning. malty, honey, without being to astringent. This tea makes me want to snuggle up with a book right now instead of working, but such is life. I can’t have the book, but I can drink this all day long!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Thanks go to TeaTiff for a sample of this! The aroma is marvelous! It’s bold with sweet dark chocolate notes. The flavor is bold, malty, and has notes of dark chocolate with a sharp sweetness. This made a wonderful morning cup! Thanks again :]

Terri HarpLady

Yup, this one makes me wonder whatever it was that I saw in Organic Morning’s Journey, cuz this one is SO much better. :)

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88

A sad sipdown. This was a wonderful morning tea, and I will certainly miss it. A smooth, gentle wake up in the mornings. I have yet to try out the tea that replaced it (I think it’s called Full Steam?) but I do plan on getting a tin once my tea stash has gotten a little more under control.

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Part 2 of my Hugo Breakfast Blend comparison…
Whew, much better! The leaf material in this one was much darker, long, & twisty. That alone made me feel better. The resulting tea was a deep mahogany. The formula:
1 tsp + 8oz X 4min
Sweet, smooth, malty, with elements of chocolate, red wine, caramel, & even a twist of orange. The texture is smooth & full, with a bright tingle on the tip of the tongue. It’s also much easier on the tummy!
Full steam wins over Organic Morning’s Journey, without a doubt!
Thanks to TeaTiff for sharing a generous sample of this tea!

looseTman

“Sweet, smooth, malty, with elements of chocolate, red wine, caramel, & even a twist of orange. The texture is smooth & full, with a bright tingle on the tip of the tongue. It’s also much easier on the tummy!” – Sounds yummy! Is there quantity discount?

Sil

for some reason i thought you had purchased this one terri..

Terri HarpLady

good Q, lTman…
Sil, I purchased the A & D screech hawk, lol, which I need to remember to include some of in your BOX ;)

Cavocorax

Maybe it was me? I can give you samples if you’d like!

Sil

I’ve tried this one :) I liked it betterth an the one they discontinued….

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I wanted to compare Hugo’s Organic Morning Journey, which is no longer available, the their replacement, Full Steam. Thanks to TeaTiff, now I can!

I had just enough of this tea for one final steeping, so I brewed them side by side. I had assumed the Full Steam was the replacement to OMJ, as if they would be similar blends. As soon as I took a look at the leaf, I knew they weren’t going to be the same at all. OMJ has a high level of Darjeeling, so much so that once it was wet, the leaf was mostly green.

For this tea, the directions call for 1T + 8oz X 3 – 4 min.
This resulted in a dark brown cup. I used to really love this tea, but today the cup was literally screaming, “Wake up!!!”, and I did!
Bright, Astringent, bitter, floral, & lemony tart.
I can’t drink another drop until I eat!
It’s funny that I previouslly enjoyed this tea, but in comparison to the FS, I don’t know why!
And gratefully, it’s a sipdown! 329!

Anna

329! 0_0

looseTman

1T + 8oz @ 205*F X 3min works for me.
For the first steep, I find 4 minutes is too robust.

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90

Man, this is some good tea. The blend on this is just fantastic. And with the addition of some cream – madly good.

This is a dangerous sipdown. I have sworn off buying any more for a loooong time – I don’t have a problem with having a large stash of tea, but I don’t need to spend any more money on tea. This one will make it hard to stick to that vow since I can just pick up a tin locally. Such a problem to have. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
carol who

I think that we all have that problem. Just a little more tea, just a little more tea, repeat ad infinitum. Should we adopt the old anti-drug slogan “Just Say NO” Yeah, right :)

Nicole

Yeah, I have made it a week without buying tea. I consider that a victory since I have made out 3 online orders in that time and not followed through with them. :)

Terri HarpLady

Good girl! You have much more restraint than I do. I received a couple of nice payments on paypal last night, & the next thing you know I’m perusing yixing pots, tea, etc… I haven’t spent anything…yet…I might allow myself a small present…or not!

This is how you end up with 400+ teas in your collection, BTW, although due to good behavior I’m somewhere below 350 right now, I think.
I did place a Verdant order a few days ago, because I had tea cash to spend by the 28th, haha

Nicole

LOL… I always feel better when I hear about some of the stashes others on Steepster have. I haven’t counted but most of what I have is in my cupboard here and I’m not even at 100. I just feel excessive since they are almost exclusively blacks… My last order was a must place though so it doesn’t count – I had to pick up Golden Fleece while it was still in stock. So my most recent order was with Verdant as well. :)

Terri HarpLady

My stash is very Black Tea heavy as well.
Now I’m sitting on Camellea Sinensis’ website…lol

looseTman

“I just feel excessive since they are almost exclusively blacks…”
“My stash is very Black Tea heavy as well.”
Is there a problem with that? :-)

Terri HarpLady

Nicole, I didn’t realize you were in KC!! We’re neighbors!

Nicole

I know! And some time I’ll make it over your way. Coworker is having a wedding reception over your way in April I think… not sure when exactly though. I can bring a tin of FS for you when I come. :)

Terri HarpLady

That would be awesome!
Tony comes to KC for a few days each month. He keeps inviting me to come with him, so one of these weeks I’ll have to come & meet you & TeaTiff!

Nicole

That would be schweet! :)

TeaTiff

A tea party :)

Nicole

You read my mind!! I have been contemplating having a tea party and inviting all the KC Steepster peeps. I see no reason why the St. Louis ones can’t be included. :) We’ll have to think on timing… :)

Terri HarpLady

Who else is in KC?
As far as I know I’m the only Steepsterite in St. Louis, although I brag about steepster to my friends all the time, LOL.

Nicole

Me, TeaTiff, Amanda Wilson, JustJames & used to be wombatgirl but she hasn’t been online in ages. Not sure if there is anyone else.

Nicole

Gah, make that JustJohn. :)

Nicole

Oh, and Azzrian is within driving distance but also hasn’t been online in ages.

Terri HarpLady

Cool! When I decide to come over there with Tony, I’ll let you guys know. He usually drives there on a monday, meets with clients tues & weds, & then comes home on a thurs. The hardest part for me will be scheduling make up lessons for all of my student, but it would be nice to get away for a few days.

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92

This tea is suited “For Tiger-Taming, Early Mornings, and Getting on with it.”

Yes please! I definitely need some of that – we are going to switch our drivers license over and start the process of transferring the car, and maybe get Ontario health cards too… Uugggh. I hate bureaucracy stuff. I totally need some tiger taming.

This tea helps me feel a little prepared for the day; it’s rich and dark and beautiful. OMG. I get malt, and honey and maybe even a little bit of a spice, like nutmeg or cinnamon that adds a little but of sweetness against all this malt.

Wow. It’s incredible.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Ms. Theresa has decided our next tea drinking protocol will be to linger over various tea varietals, to determine which ones are worthy to be in our cupboard. She described it as an Olympics of teas. We’re starting this today, with a couple of different pathways, the first one being “Breakfast Blends”.

The protocol here is that we’ll be drinking a different breakfast blend for awhile, as the first cup of the day. There is no rhyme or reason to the order of teas drank, or anything like that, we just want to try all of our breakfast blends, & there are several, enjoying each one for what it is, culling out any we don’t really care for (as if there will be any), & if any of them stand out as superlative, they will be elevated to some level of glory, although that may or may not really happen, LOL.

This one is interesting, in that it seems to be a little different every time I have it. Sometimes I adore it, & other times it is a little too bright. Today it’s been very satisfying: A bold bass, a grapey brightness, a little more astringent than I tend to like, but with an earthy midsection as it cools that I love. I don’t have much left, & I still really want to compare it to the newer version. I guess I need to do something about that.

Tea Sipper

Fun project!

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“What’s in your cup?” This morning it’s a favorite – Organic Morning’s Journey. Today I brewed 1 tbsp. (5g) / 8 oz. / 205*F / 4 min. and found it to be SO ROBUST that I added more water. Then I remembered, I typically steep 5g at: 3, 4, 6, & 8 minutes. It pays to check one’s stepping notes before brewing. (In my defense, it was the first cup of the morning.) This black tea is the definition of full-bodied!

I’m going to miss Organic Morning’s Journey. Since this cup puts us half way through our 4 tin stash, of which there is no more, I’m genuinely interested to see how Hugo Tea’s Full Steam compares.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Sometimes you drink a tea sample, and only have enough to enjoy two cups, and then poof! It’s gone. And months go by, and even a year goes by and you’ve had hundreds of cups of different teas in between, and yet, you still find yourself thinking about this cup. This one that got away.

And then you email the company to see about ordering something similar and is there a way to make the shipping to Canada more affordable, and they reply back that they can offer you a custom black tea package deal and throw in that tea that got away since they can see you’re such a huge fan of it…

And it finally arrives!

And the tins are beautifully packaged and the box smells amazing. There’s no question which tea to try first. And it’s just as good as you remember! Your memory doesn’t fail you. Everything is so amazing!!!

(And I highly, highly recommend ordering from Hugo Teas due to their incredible customer service. I did the entire transaction through Facebook and they were very quick/responsive, as well as adding several dashes of humour.)

Flavors: Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Courtney

Tea companies with great customer service and great teas are the best!

OMGsrsly

Oh, that’s so awesome! So glad to hear about another company with superlative customer service. :)

looseTman

Cavocorax, Agreed, Organic Morning’s Journey is excellent and Tyler obviously cares about customer service. Have you also tasted his Full-Steam Black Tea?

Sami Kelsh

This is such a beautiful story. wipes a tear

Cavocorax

I haven’t tried it yet, but I bought it! I told him that I was interested in his tea, but couldn’t see hitting the free shipping threshold due go the limited selection of black teas, and he loaded me up with four different ones. :). Maybe I’ll go back for some non-black teas in the future. I’m just so impressed!

Terri HarpLady

That’s cool!

Cavocorax

:) I feel really lucky! I’m so happy I facebooked them!

TeaTiff

So when you posted pictures of your orders today in the mail thread I had to look. I saw KC, MO and thought man another tea company here in KC I didn’t know about. I am going to have to hunt down where he sells his tea and pick some up. Shang and Hugo in the same city, who would have thought. I am really interested in trying this now.

Cavocorax

I haven’t heard of Shang, but I hope you enjoy Hugo!

Hugo Tea Company

This is all quite wonderful.

If we still carried Morning’s Journey (aside from the heavily guarded private stock), then we’d post this nice bit of prose on the website—but that would be rather rude for everyone who can’t enjoy it like this.

Thanks for the support.

-Tyler

Cavocorax

Awww. I was hoping you wouldn’t mind my review. I can’t wait to dig into the rest!

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Still feeling a bit stuffy, blah, and icky. I can’t taste my Premium Silky Green so I made this to go with lunch since son said he would like green tea instead of lemonade. (Let me squeal with excitement here over that statement. The two eldest kids used to HATE all tea including sweet iced tea and now they ask for it for Christmas and birthdays!)

This one had the guts to go with our meal and not disappear. It is also a SIPDOWN, which is probably good since it is now just over a year old. I am beginning to think that it is time to seriously pare down my cupboard and keep a small number of dearly loved teas…and then I get on here and find ten more I want to try.

Fjellrev

Nooo, hope you feel better soon!

Terri HarpLady

I keep thinking I’ll narrow it down to ‘just the teas I really love’, & then I order more teas. At this point the number of teas I love has grown tremendously! LOL!
I hope you feel better!

gmathis

I still contend that tea packets mate and multiply in the dark when when we’re not watching.

Terri HarpLady

I think you may be correct GG

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Yes, this tea is no longer available.
Yes, I still have some, LOL.
Yes, I want to get Hugo’s newer black breakfast blend.
No…sigh…I have not done it yet…
I need to do it before I drink all of this, just for comparison’s sake.

So, I accidentally oversteeped this today, which really brings out the Ceylon aspect. I need to not do that next time.

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Thanks Sil for another interesting sample.
This one is interesting, but more of a miss for me. I was expecting a bold breakfast blend, and this is more gentle and subtle. I don’t think it’s really bad…. just not what I was expecting. It’s ok, but nothing special for me. I don’t think the flavors are jumping out at me. It’s just too mild for my tastes. That’s ok, can’t love all of em… :))

Sil

i like the new one better

Hugo Tea Company

I’m terribly sorry that you didn’t care for it.

Better luck next time? Thanks sincerely for trying.

-Tyler

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The lovely Nicole sent this to me and I figured having both Hugo blacks in the house was a good excuse for a sipdown and a comparison :)

I prefer this version to the mornings journey, if only because this has more oomph. I only steeped it for 3 mins because I didn’t bother to look anything up. Haha. This is malty and robust…it’s not bitter, it’s not astringent. There’s a flavour hidden in the brew that makes it different from your average every day malty cup. It’s somewhere between sweet and sour and makes my mouth tingle haha. Thanks so much for sharing Nicole!

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Nicole

Woot! Glad they got there and you enjoyed this one. :)

Terri HarpLady

I need to get some of this to sample, especially while I still have a little of the Organic Morning’s Journey to compare it to, just for fun.

Sil

Terri – they’re both delicious in my opinion…i like this one a little more, but if they were both around still, there would be room for both in my cupboard because they’re different

Terri HarpLady

That’s good enought for me!

Cavocorax

Good to hear you like it. I’ve had my eye on it since Hugo told me that this one was a good replacement for Morning Journey.

Terri HarpLady

Group Hugo order?

Sil

Cavo – they are two different beasts…

Nicole

Or you can have me pick them up for you gals at the store. Don’t know how much Hugo charges from their site but shipping is probably about $8 US for me to send them (and I’ll send them in exchange for swaps…) :P

Nicole

Er.. I can pick up Full Steam since Morning’s Journey is discontinued. And any others you want to try. :)

Sil

haha ok i’ll keep that in mind nicole :)

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77

This one hit the Sweet spot this morning. I thought it would be fun to compare this older version from Hugo tea with the new version. The orders one was se nt my way by Terri. The first time I had it there was a weird note to it….this time, it’s smooth And delicious with just a slight kick to it. There’s no bitter after taste and on the whole an enjoyable cup, though I won’t bemoan the fact that you can no longer get it. Just happy to have tried it and enjoyed it :)

Terri HarpLady

It is a tasty morning cup, & I love the name :)

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77

just for cavo…. finishing off the day with a cup of this tea. :)

Terri was kind enough to send some of this my way and while i’ve been drinking this tonight i’ve been perplexed. I’m not sure how i feel about this tea. It’s smooth…and then there’s this weirdo mid taste and then i’m confused again. I like it..but it’s going to need another few cups for me to land on where i feel about this one. Still glad to be trying it out though!

Cavocorax

Hahahaha.
<3

Terri HarpLady

Did I send you enough to get a decent sampling of it? If not, * can always send a little more. :)

Sil

I have lots! :) I can drink normal ppl cups too haha

OMGsrsly

You might need one of the new DavidsTea Latte mugs, Sil! 24oz of tea! (I want one…)

Sil

Haha

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Another tea I needed this morning!
Thank you Tyler!
I know this one is no longer available, & I do want to get some of the newer one, but it may be awhile, as I am short of funds. Luckily, I have enough tea here to last for the rest of my life. Although I’m sure there will be purchases made during the upcoming HoliDaze season.

Now, to my harp to practice for the choir rehearsal I have today at UMSL.

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90

There we go. More leaf at 3 minutes is the sweet spot for a practically perfect cup for me. Upping the rating to reflect that. I don’t think I mentioned last time how pretty the dry leaf is. A wide range of colors – reminds me of a Darjeeling just from the look.

Malty, smooth, a bit dusty, dark and mildly sweet.

This needs to stay in my cupboard. It was a perfect tea to be the first one after a 20 hour fast so I could have some standard tests done. I seriously missed my tea all day today. Unfortunately I needed to get this done quickly and 4 in the afternoon was the first appointment. Which meant that I ate last at 8 pm last night. I missed tea more than food. I need help.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

I’m looking forward to trying this one soon-ish heh
Hope your tests went ok and everything is good.

Nicole

Oh, they are just yearly physical type tests that I haven’t had since… mumble… years. Won’t know for a week or so. I’m just hoping they don’t say “cut out caffeine and sugar.” I might die.

Ysaurella

they won’t say that :)

Nicole

Your typing to the Tea Gods’ ears, Ysaurella. :)

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