259 Tasting Notes

78

After a long hiatus from posting, I return with Harney & Sons’ Supreme Breakfast.

I find it to be a balanced tea, not too spicy and not too smoky, and just a little bit of the English Breafkast “old farmhouse wood” body. This tea is more of a chord of flavors, rather than a distinct, clear tone from a dedicated Assam or what have you. Balanced, as I said. It was quite welcome on this gray, overcast morning.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100

Put on some soothing music, close your eyes, inhale deeply, and be transported to a place of relaxation.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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67

A classic flavor, not dolled up with hints of this or essences of that. A splash of milk, and a gray morning if you can manage it, adds to the experience.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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91

Burning midnight oil, pausing to prepare and consume a cup of sencha. A calming but energizing flavor, and preparation in a kyusu provides a refreshing break from the computer screen.

The tea itself is grassy with a slight astringency at the finish, a pleasant aroma, a green-gold liquor. Amazing quality for the price.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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78

Brisk, with a little bitterness, but not overpowering in bitterness. A great “get me through this mess of an afternoon” pause.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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91

Trying this with a breakfast of haiga rice topped with an egg. I am finding this much more comforting and stimulating than black tea this morning. Maybe I should have this with breakfast every day instead of a black tea. But, I’m not sure how it would match up with my usual oatmeal breakfast.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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67

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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75

I now have a little Irish in me.

Get your mind out of the gutter!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100

Heaven in a cup. The jasmine scent is fantastic, the white tea is delicately flavored. Breathe deep, savor the aroma, experience the flavor before drinking it down. Peace, rest, another world, away from life. A slight breeze rustling through trees, echoes of nature rebounding off a hilly valley. If I say any more I’ll embarrass myself (even more than I already have).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67

A classic flavor that gently wakes me up without unexpected surprises.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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