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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!
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 :)
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!
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.
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.
Now I’m working on a pot of this! It’s a very different, much brighter profile, than the double knit, but equally delicious. Of course, it’s no longer available, but Tyler’s new breakfast blend, Full Steam, is!
You can get some here: http://www.hugotea.com/
And check out this article, featuring Tyler & some other innovative young people: https://www.facebook.com/HugoTea/posts/534394656639739?comment_id=3244126¬if_t=comment_mention
Okay, so I was bad on Saturday and grabbed a tin of this as well while I was at Green Acres. :)
The scent about knocks you out when you open the first lid on the tin. Talk about strong bergamot! And it doesn’t let up after steeping. If you like your bergamot in your face, this is the blend for you. It’s not harsh, but easily might become so if oversteeped. I hope this tin wasn’t an over bergamotted bunch because if this is consistently representative of the Grey-Line, it could well become a staple Earl in my cupboard.
Me Friends, twas Morning that I set sail alone,
on a Journey to parts unknown.
Twas early, twas dark, & without me compass I’d be lost, but for this cup of grog.
She’s a real eye opener, this one, both bold, malty, & bright. Onward through the fog…
I do wish there was more information about what kind of tea is in this blend. Ah, well. Maybe someone with a more educated palate than I can identify. :)
I finally saw Hugo Tea in a local shop. I had stopped by this place before looking for it and there wasn’t any. When I stopped in for another reason a few days ago, they had a whole line of it on the shelf!
This is pretty good. Strong and warm. I have tried it with 2 different steeping times – 4 minutes and 2 1/2 minutes. At 4 minutes, it got a bit harsh, in my opinion. At 2 1/2 minutes, it was good, but maybe a bit lacking? I think have yet to find the sweet spot with this one. Maybe more leaf at 2 1/2 minutes. I like my teas hefty. :)
Organic Morning’s Journey Black Tea – 2012
Per The 2012 Hugo Tea 2.6 oz. (75 g) tin:
“Behold friends! This is the 100% organic black tea blend you’ve been seeking. Morning’s Journey is my private blend of three black teas from three countries. This loose blend holds unparalleled balance and flavor, ready to sustain your adventures—no compass or knapsack required. Keep it close and brew it often.”
Blend of three black teas from three countries:
Fellow Steepster members have guessed Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling, and perhaps Pu-erh. (However, since the teas come from 3 different countries, it can’t contain both Assam & Darjeeling.)
Per Hugo Teas (from review comments):
• “We hope it wouldn’t ruin your day if we told you that there isn’t any pu’erh in our Morning’s Journey—rather, there are only 100% Organic black teas here. But there are certainly pu’erh-like flavors.”
• “It does have darjeeling in it! Nice work! The other two teas are Yunnan and Ceylon :-). Happy Tea-Drinking.”
liberteas has an excellent review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/11/02/organic-mornings-journey-black-tea-from-hugo-tea/
“Amount: 1 Tbsp / 8oz water Temp. 205*F (96*C) Time 3-4 min.”
1 Tablespoon – 5g (My Weigh Durascale D2 660), 8-oz filtered water (TDS: 72 PPM), heated to 205*F, brewed with a Finum tea basket in tea mug without sweeteners, milk or cream. Three steeps: 3, 4, 6, & 8 minutes.
Fragrance: Woody, warm, relaxing, pleasant, and moderately-strong
Dry leaf: Color – A few gold tips with amber, green, & dark chocolate brown < 1mm long twisted wiry leaves and small pieces.
Liquor: Clear, moderately dark copper
Aroma: Wonderful, relaxing, with a distant hint of cinnamon
Infused Leaf: Color – Mostly milk chocolate and some rustic brown leaves with some larger pieces of green leaves
Body: Full-bodied for the initial infusion and the first re-steep. Subsequent re-steeps require longer infusion times and result in a medium-bodied cup.
Caffeine: Invigorating without being aggressive like Irish-Breakfast can be.
I’ve been enjoying multiple cups of the Organic Morning’s Journey recently. The flavor profile includes malty-ness, muscatel, and a mild caramel notes. Organic Morning’s Journey has a natural mild sweetness combined with a creamy smoothness that provides a mellow and relaxing yet invigorating cup without any hint of bitterness tartness, or astringency. This is one of the very few teas that my wife will substitute for her all-time favorite tea – Earl Grey. Very well done Hugo Teas! It’s easy to see why this was such a highly-rated tea!
How will your 2013 Full-Steam Black Tea compare to Organic Morning’s Journey?
Made a cup of this for the morning. I may have oversteeped it in my sleepiness, but it’s still a very smooth and malty cup with just a bit of astringency! I’m impressed. I hope Hugo Tea’s website comes back up in the near future, since the bottom of the tin is slowly creeping up.
Next week is sure to be crazy (the university I work at starts classes, and I also start my class!) so I used this morning to cook some things for the week so that we have food on hand — black bean stew, Indian lentil stew, German potato salad, mini meatloaves with pasta, roasted hot peppers — one less thing to worry about! I’ll only need to made a few side dishes. I also made some mustard and BBQ sauce.
My reward? A nice sit down with a giant cup of this tea. It’s magical. So smooth, malty, raisiny-sweet and flavorful. Invigorating without being strong like your typical breakfast tea. I’m having some milk and sugar with it and it’s comforting and delicious this way. Those of you that have been around for awhile — I do believe it has an echo of Thomas Sampson to it :)
Many, many thanks to ashmanra for this tea!!!
It’s been a long time since I’ve written any notes here, mostly because I’ve been on a tea buying hiatus since May and have also been interning/shadowing at my local hospital, which has been very exciting. Anyway, I hope all you wonderful Steepsterites are doing well!
I had a cup of Morning’s Journey with breakfast today, and wow, I’d forgotten how delicious it is! It’s so malty and smooth, and gently pokes my brain into waking up. I need to drink it more often.
I made Asian food for supper tonight and we HAVE to have green tea with that! I picked this one because it has been such a magnificent complement in the past. I made two 18 ounce steeps, and they were gone in a flash.
This is a fantastic tea. It has great body, wonderful flavor, pairs beautifully with food, tastes delicious on its own. I have the old style tins that I…..I mean, my hubby…..ordered for me as a Christmas gift. They have revamped their packaging and it is gorgeous! A fitting delivery for such gorgeous teas. Go on their website and check it out!
I under leafed this Hugo Tea offering a bit at lunch today but it was still really good with my Asian buffet leftovers. There is a noticeable freshness to the two greens I have by them, and they both pair very well with food. I find Steamed Cloud to be a bit milder than Pan Fired Pagoda.
The teas from Hugo Tea have been consistently good, and I like that they are organic. They are redesigning their packaging and it looks pretty sharp! I don’t work for them, and I have no agenda other than believing that this is young company shows a lot of promise and I hope they succeed!
Like Grace Rare Teas, they carry only a few teas but concentrate on quality. I wish them well.
We had a giant tetsubin full of two steeps of this with our Asian buffet takeout tonight. It was very nice and a great complement to the food. We made 22 ounces with three teaspoons and then resteeped, adding that to the pot as well. I think the directions call for one tablespoon per eight ounces but I have found it strong enough with less leaf. Combining the two steeps gave us a nice green tea with good, deep color (for a green) and enough flavor to hold up to the food, which makes it a great buy as well.
I am really glad this is organic. The news regarding pesticides on Celestial Seasonings teas and the newer report about lead in green tea leaves (but not in the tea itself) has me looking at my cupboard a little more closely. Almost all of my tea is from Harney and Sons or Teavivre, with four Hugo organics and a smattering of other teas. Almost all are loose leaf, and I try to buy high grown teas when I can as there is supposed to be less pollution there. I am thankful for Garret finding us high grown, pristine puerhs, too. It would really be a bummer to drink tea for our health and then find out it is making us sick!
Does anyone know how this new info on lead relates to matcha? Are the matcha leaves tested for lead since we consume the whole leaf?
Found myself in that situation where there’s a little more than needed for one cup, not enough for two, so I dragged out a big mug and made with lots of leaf and a shorter steep (3 1/2 min). Lots of malt and cocoa, less of the raisin-esque character I noted the first time around. I’m thinking this is one of those rare and wonderful breakfast teas you just can’t ruin.
I have officially survived midterms and our move to a new apartment! We went from the Sunset district to a lovely place by Dolores Park. Our neighbors are very friendly and the kitties are excited by all the birds they can see outside the window.
I’ve been having this in my thermos for the past two weeks and it’s really lovely. Very smooth blend, good amount of body, and not at all bitter. A lot of full unbroken leaves in this tea and I am really impressed by the quality for the price. Hugo Tea, if you want to sell this in a larger tin, I would certainly not complain!
This little sample from ashmanra arrived providentially. Someone must have told her last week that I would have insomnia last night and need something substantial to prop me up this morning before heading to church and facing a roomful of fifth graders hopped up (pun intended) on Easter candy.
This is a wonderful breakfast tea. I’ve been smiling at the descriptors in other reviews: Fruity. Apple. Malty. (Oh yeah.) Rich. Smooth. All true. “George Clooney in a tux…” not sure about that one :)
I think this will get me out the door.
Happy Easter, tea friends. May it be a day that brings lasting joy.
Good heavens, why haven’t I had this one in a while? I had leftovers from our Asian Buffet takeout and decided to myself a small pot of this to have with it. Good choice, me, good choice.
This was so excellent with my food. When I have green tea with food I usually perceive it very differently. Not so much with oolongs, but definitely with greens. This one was so mouthwateringly fresh that I felt like I had springtime in a cup. Delicious.
I ordered a sample box from Liberteas and was delighted when it showed up today! She managed to stuff 23 samples in there, and nearly half of them were from 52 teas, so now I’ll have a better idea of what those crazy blends are like. Each little bag is nicely labeled and has the brewing instructions too so I don’t have to worry about not knowing what the heck I’m doing. I don’t know how often she does these little sample boxes, but I highly recommend it as a great try-me package – you can check her profile for the link if anyone is interested.
I should mention that I had a good amount of say in what I wanted her to send but I decided that besides trying some 52 Teas, I’d like to be surprised.
I ran out to check for mail before I made any tea, so once I opened this treasure chest up, I picked this one because of the name and I am off to a great start on this sampling journey!
I have a really hard time describing it – it’s very complex but I guess it’s a blend of three different teas and each are contributing something to it. I love how smooth every sip is, and slightly malty, but more and more into the cup I’m getting fruity notes and cream too! I think I have enough in my sample pack for at least two giant 16oz mugs so I look forward to trying to puzzle this tea out.
Hmm – maybe Assam and Darjeeling? Not sure of the third.
I really love this though. Guaranteed that if I ever order from Hugo, I would get this!
Eight days ago it was 70F and we were sitting outside on a blanket reading. This morning it is 25F. I opened the door at 6 am as the pup I am dog sitting today was being dropped off. Then I had to go to the storage room fridge to get more milk…barefoot. Then I had to go back out to hunt in the freezer for English Muffins. We’re out. Sigh. I should have put on shoes.
Anyway, I was feeling pretty frozen so instead of my usual toast and chocolate milk breakfast, I made grits, bacon, and an egg to go with the chocolate milk and tea!
The lemony high notes of this tea make me think there is a bit of Ceylon in here, but I really taste more Assam. This is quite drinkable without milk or sugar, though, and for me most Assams are not.
I talked my youngest daughter into trying this one today. She likes a few black teas – mostly Lapsangs and Assams, but I thought she would enjoy this one since it reminds me of one of her favorite Irish breakfast teas. And she did! We are now warming up nicely, I had the sense to put socks on, and we are wrapped in blankets ready to begin school. (The furnace is set to seventy but we are total wimps when it comes to cold weather.)
I was going to have a black tea this morning, but I noticed I had not opened this final tin of tea from Christmas.
The directions call for one tablespoon of leaf per eight ounces of water and a two to three minute steep. It always makes me a little sad when directions call for more than a teaspoon per six to eight ounces because that means I am going to run out of tea sooner!
This produced a pale liquor that was richly scented of garden peas with a bare hint of root vegetable – rutabaga, I would say, possibly turnip.
The taste was strong, and I considered it somewhat grassy and a bit sour, but good. I drank the whole pot so it couldn’t have been bad. It did create a slow rising sweet aftertaste that bubbles up way behind the sip.
For the second steep I used a lot more water. I kept the steep at two minutes. Ah! Now I found my tea happy place! Everyone likes different things, so other people may very love this at the suggested parameters. I prefer it this way. And this means my tin is going to last longer, bwahaha!
There is still plenty of flavor in this, and though I finished it about ten minutes ago I am still enjoying the sweet rising aftertaste. I think this would be excellent with food, as in a hearty meal or nice Asian dinner.
I am drinking a huge pot of this today! I made a steep in my small pot, poured it, and made another and this is still plenty strong, so hooray for all us resteepers!
The nice thing about this tea is that it is strong enough for morning but doesn’t make you feel like you need to do CPR on your tongue. I am awake, oh yes, but I am not traumatized.
And why did I make so much? To try out a new teapot! My doorbell rang just after eight this morning and I saw a FedEx truck. There on my doorstep was a huge box. Ike the puppy had sent me a tea service for six as a thank you gift for taking care of him while his master was in the hospital! Ike will be here again tomorrow to share my English muffin at breakfast, as he usually is, on Tuesdays. He may get jam on his piece tomorrow!