1014 Tasting Notes

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drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
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I received this tea in the mail today (along with my beloved Queen Catherine!!) and just had to try this first. I was hoping that it would be similar in taste to Chicago Tea Garden’s Golden Bi Luo (especially because this one from Harney is much more reasonably priced). However, this tea isn’t the same – but it is at least just as good. I initially tried this without additions and it was toasty, slightly malty and really does remind you of unsweetened cocoa. This tea is actually more similar to Premium Steap’s Emperor’s Red which is great since that is one of my favorite teas ever. I added a bit of sweetener and milk, but I think this tea is a bit too delicate. The milk really overpowered the tea, but it was still drinkable. I am working on the second infusion now at 7min and although there is a little less body, the flavors are still present without any bitterness. I really am enjoying this tea and I have to say that the small, delicate rolled leaves are so cute.

On a side note, I really thought that Harney and Sons only used black tins like the one in the photo, but my tin is gold! I have to say that was a nice surprise and a little fancy which may have influenced my choice of drinking this before the Queen.

ashmanra

Sounds like we placed similar orders! I, too, received Golden Snail and Queen Catherine today, as well as Chocolate Mint, Rose Scented Black, and Vanilla Black. I agree completely on your assessment of this tea as well. So smooth and sweet!

mpierce87

I’m thinking that you, JacquelineM and myself really do have similar tea interests. I only purchased Queen Catherine and Golden Snail this time around. I’ll be looking forward to your review on the Rose Scented Black as it is one I’ve considered before.

SimplyJenW

Can I join your little group of China Black love?

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93
drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
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I needed something quite bracing this morning and Irish Breakfast fit the bill. I steeped this one up for about 15 minutes and added a healthy amount of sugar and milk to help with the bitter edge. This tea is strong yet smooth and was a welcome accompaniment to my grilled goat milk gouda and fresh raspberry sandwich that I had for breakfast.

Cofftea

I love goat cheese (drunken is my fave)… but cheese and raspberry?

ashmanra

I like Twinings Irish Breakfast! Your brekkie sounds wonderful – I had a baked brie with fruit jam once and it was so good. Tea would be the perfect pairing with it – we had punch at the time.

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81
drank Caramel Cream by TeaFrog
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I pulled this out of the back of the cupboard where many of the forgotten samples lie. I let this steep for at least 20 minutes and it came out amazing! In the past, I had trouble getting much of the caramel flavor from this tea – the rooibos overpowered everything. However, this time, the only thing I am getting is sweet, rich, slightly thick caramel excellence. A great way to spend an evening!

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93
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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It has been several days since I’ve able to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea. I’ve been so busy that every cup of tea has been on the go. Boston is tasting amazing today. I am really enjoying this cup with a bit of honey and half and half. Since this tea is better tonight than ever before, I’m upping the rating on this one.

Paul M Tracy

I think this is one H&S city that I haven’t visited. (I really like Florence and Paris) How would you describe the taste?

ashmanra

Paul, I will let mrawlins answer that but I wanted to put in my two cents worth! This is lovely, a very quiet and contemplative cup not at all like Cranberry Autumn (which is good but a completely different mood). I think the amaretto or almond aroma and flavor is what makes it so very soothing to me. Florence is rich and chocolate-y, Paris is bright and full, Boston is an intimate companion.

mpierce87

I do agree with ashmanra on the contemplative qualities of this tea. To me, this tea is very smooth with a nice sweet tart cranberry flavor (more sweet than tart though), the almond is very understated and helps with the smoothness I think. The black tea is smooth and noticeable, but this isn’t a morning wake up tea. This is one tea that I seem to like more each time I drink it – but it also requires the right mood to fully appreciate it.

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96

I picked this out for my morning tea today and I would say that it went surprisingly well with my spicy bell pepper omelette – the mint is helping to soothe my mouth after adding a bit too much hot sauce.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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96

Another day, another delicious Earl Grey Supreme tea latte – I think a rating increase is in order!

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86

After this morning I will be officially out of this delicious tea. Although this hasn’t been an everyday tea for me, or even a very often tea, when the mood hits, this tea is absolutely perfect. I’m not getting much of the white chocolate today, but I’m really enjoying the nutty flavor that is coming through.

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95
drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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Enjoying a quick cup of grown-up hot chocolate before work this morning and taking the rest in my Thermos for a mid-day fix. I love the kick that mate gives and I hope that it is enough to keep me going on my first day back after Spring Break!

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97
drank Mayan Chocolate Chai by 52teas
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I’m finishing up the last of my stovetop chai that I made earlier today and it is just awesomely spicy! This chai is my go-to chai for stovetop preparation each Saturday or Sunday morning.

Cofftea

I miss this. I haven’t had the finances for this for quite some time.

Jesse

I feel if I don’t buy this tea, I will never be a man…

Cofftea

I’m very much woman and love it though.

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Formally known as mrawlins2

I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.

Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.

Rating Scale:
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.

11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.

21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.

31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.

41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.

61-70: Okay, nothing special

71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.

81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.

91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.

96-99: Terrific, very impressive.

100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.

Perfect Teas so Far:

Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton

Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres

Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap

Location

Texas

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