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drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
1995 tasting notes

I’m taking a break from Earl Greys this morning and decided to try this black currant tea that I got from SimplyJenW. Thanks so much for sending a sample of this! I really love black currant flavored things, but I haven’t had too many black currant teas. I recently found out randomly that the reason black currants and the flavoring isn’t popular in the US is because currant farming was banned in the 1900s because they were a vector of a disease that affected pine trees. They are still banned in some states!

Anyway, the dry tea has that characteristic black currant aroma, rich and berryish. It’s carried over into the aroma of the steeped tea, along with the black tea base. Harney is somewhat inconsistant in their black teas when it comes to my taste buds, so it’s almost a toss up whether I will love a tea or not. Fortunately this one is a winner for me. The black currant is nice and strong, and it pairs well with the black tea base, which supports the black currant flavor and doesn’t steamroll over it or stick out. I find myself really wanting almonds in this blend, like Harney’s Boston but with black currants instead of cranberries. I do have a black marzipan tea that I could try it with…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

I would take a break too. That was Earl-Overload!

K S

Is there such a thing as Earl-Overload?

TeaBrat

I don’t even like Earl Grey – lol

Dinosara

Nah, Earl Grey is one of those teas I could never really overload on.

Charles Thomas Draper

Just kidding….

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Charles Thomas Draper

I would take a break too. That was Earl-Overload!

K S

Is there such a thing as Earl-Overload?

TeaBrat

I don’t even like Earl Grey – lol

Dinosara

Nah, Earl Grey is one of those teas I could never really overload on.

Charles Thomas Draper

Just kidding….

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

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