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drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
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Another sample from Alphakitty!

This is definitely an interesting blend! I’m drinking it cool because I got distracted by a few things after it was brewed, so I will still need to try it hot (or at least warm). I can taste the lemongrass but it’s not overpowering, and there’s a coconutty sort of creaminess that lingers in the aftertaste along with the lemongrass. The base tea is quite present and tasty, which is great. I’m not sure what else is in here, but everything is really working quite well together. Although I like it (proof: cup finished while writing this review), I’m not sure it’s a tea I’d drink too frequently, so the very generous sample I received will probably do me for a while. That is, unless this is one of the ones that is fantastic iced (gah!! This is why I need Steepster! To check on such things!) Thanks again, Alphakitty!

ETA: Second infusion, 175F for 3 min, is pretty good too. Lemony and a bit less creamy. Lovely aftertaste. I should really get on that cold-brewing. I love that you sent me enough to experiment with, Alphakitty!!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Try it iced…….it is AWESOME!

Kittenna

Ok, this was one I’m supposed to try iced!! Will have to do that soon. Cold steep or hot then chill?

ScottTeaMan

I used 1 heaping TBSP for 18 0z. I did wash the leaves with 170-180* water for 30 seconds (just covering the leaves). Immediately filling my press with cold water and put in fridge for 12 hrs. I washed the leaves just to open them up. Cold brew.

Kittenna

Thanks! Hopefully I have time to try that tonight. I actually just recently read about the method of a quick hot steep followed by a longer cold brew and wanted to test it out :)

ScottTeaMan

If you like this hot, you’ll really like it cold. I only wish I made more. :))

Alphakitty

It’s definitely better cold brewed!

Kittenna

Sold. Cold-brewing imminent. Until I read fridge for 12 hours. Do you think 5 would be enough? Or ~24 too much??

ashmanra

Five might not be enough, but I don’t think 24 would hurt. There are a few teas I have left a really long time and they did okay, other than maybe getting a little cloudy if I didn’t put a pinch of baking soda to clear them. Mostly Assam blends do that, though.

Kittenna

I still haven’t brewed any real teas other than a couple whites, so am worried about astringency, but I suppose that 12 hours is already a pretty long time…!

ScottTeaMan

Some greens get bitter or astringent if left that long-this one would not. I found 12 hours to be quite enough.

ScottTeaMan

Bancha is a more mild green, so it will be good at 12 hours…….cold brew it while you sleep. :))

Kittenna

Haha, yes, I hope I remember to try this out tonight! Should also do a couple others the same way. However, my fridge is currently being completely overwhelmed by massive amounts of asparagus since I’m into my cooking trials (so not much room for other food or tea!)]

CHAroma

What’s this about washing the leaves before cold steeping?

Kittenna

Hmm, I definitely didn’t wash the leaves so much as leave them in hot water for 30 before adding said water to a larger volume of cold water, but I haven’t tried the results yet… ScottTeaMan??

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ScottTeaMan

Try it iced…….it is AWESOME!

Kittenna

Ok, this was one I’m supposed to try iced!! Will have to do that soon. Cold steep or hot then chill?

ScottTeaMan

I used 1 heaping TBSP for 18 0z. I did wash the leaves with 170-180* water for 30 seconds (just covering the leaves). Immediately filling my press with cold water and put in fridge for 12 hrs. I washed the leaves just to open them up. Cold brew.

Kittenna

Thanks! Hopefully I have time to try that tonight. I actually just recently read about the method of a quick hot steep followed by a longer cold brew and wanted to test it out :)

ScottTeaMan

If you like this hot, you’ll really like it cold. I only wish I made more. :))

Alphakitty

It’s definitely better cold brewed!

Kittenna

Sold. Cold-brewing imminent. Until I read fridge for 12 hours. Do you think 5 would be enough? Or ~24 too much??

ashmanra

Five might not be enough, but I don’t think 24 would hurt. There are a few teas I have left a really long time and they did okay, other than maybe getting a little cloudy if I didn’t put a pinch of baking soda to clear them. Mostly Assam blends do that, though.

Kittenna

I still haven’t brewed any real teas other than a couple whites, so am worried about astringency, but I suppose that 12 hours is already a pretty long time…!

ScottTeaMan

Some greens get bitter or astringent if left that long-this one would not. I found 12 hours to be quite enough.

ScottTeaMan

Bancha is a more mild green, so it will be good at 12 hours…….cold brew it while you sleep. :))

Kittenna

Haha, yes, I hope I remember to try this out tonight! Should also do a couple others the same way. However, my fridge is currently being completely overwhelmed by massive amounts of asparagus since I’m into my cooking trials (so not much room for other food or tea!)]

CHAroma

What’s this about washing the leaves before cold steeping?

Kittenna

Hmm, I definitely didn’t wash the leaves so much as leave them in hot water for 30 before adding said water to a larger volume of cold water, but I haven’t tried the results yet… ScottTeaMan??

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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