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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
2244 tasting notes

Last of the three tonight from Alphakitty! (Ok, I lie, I brought down a couple others, but in this series it’s the last of the three :D)

Ok… now this one smells like chocolate raspberry too! My nose is so confused! Doesn’t help that I seem to have developed a bad case of the hiccups in the last few minutes. Bugger. Does not make it easy to concentrate on flavours.

Well, whatever this one is, it’s definitely my favourite! It’s smooth and without astringency, with a tasty fruity flavour. I want to again say there’s chocolate, but it could easily just be the black tea. Ok…. time to look!

Huh, cranberry and almond. I wouldn’t have guessed it, but the cranberry definitely fits – I was getting a tart sort of fruit, which is why I went with raspberry. Not really getting the almond, but that could be coming out as a nice creaminess. Given that there isn’t chocolate in this blend, I have to say that there’s a great base tea here! And this is definitely my favourite of the three, probably the one I’d most likely seek out again as the flavour is distinct and blends wonderfully with the tea. Thanks again Alphakitty!

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

I think this is my favorite of the three you just reviewed from Harney and Sons!

Kittenna

I can’t say I’d ever had a cranberry black before, and it was a good experience! I think it’s in part because the cranberry definitely was not overwhelmed by the (delicious) base tea. Mmm.

ashmanra

Cranberry Autumn is also good, but is a brighter blend. This one is mellowed out by the almond flavor and makes me feel cozy!

Kittenna

Definitely does! I need to look at (aka stay away from) H&S’s website… getting so curious!

CHAroma

Hiccups usually means you’ve overeaten (or in this case, drunk too much tea!).

Kittenna

Hahaha, I can’t recall if they actually could have been attributed to too much tea at this point, since I usually write tasting notes within the first few sips of a tea. Can’t be sure though, as I only vaguely remember the day. Usually when I get hiccups, I get them throughout the day randomly for a few days at a time, then they’re gone for quite a while. It’s odd.

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ashmanra

I think this is my favorite of the three you just reviewed from Harney and Sons!

Kittenna

I can’t say I’d ever had a cranberry black before, and it was a good experience! I think it’s in part because the cranberry definitely was not overwhelmed by the (delicious) base tea. Mmm.

ashmanra

Cranberry Autumn is also good, but is a brighter blend. This one is mellowed out by the almond flavor and makes me feel cozy!

Kittenna

Definitely does! I need to look at (aka stay away from) H&S’s website… getting so curious!

CHAroma

Hiccups usually means you’ve overeaten (or in this case, drunk too much tea!).

Kittenna

Hahaha, I can’t recall if they actually could have been attributed to too much tea at this point, since I usually write tasting notes within the first few sips of a tea. Can’t be sure though, as I only vaguely remember the day. Usually when I get hiccups, I get them throughout the day randomly for a few days at a time, then they’re gone for quite a while. It’s odd.

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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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