1000 Tasting Notes
I love Earl Grey and my purchase of this Earl was a great decision! I’ve noticed that Harney’s teas (at last the ones I’ve tried) have an air of sophistication to them that I haven’t come across often in my tea adventures. This Earl is not heavy on the bergamot and the bergamot is not like perfume. It is a nice, light citrus flavor that is paired with a delicious tea base. This is one of the best tea bases I’ve had, especially for an Earl Grey since it seems many versions pair extreme amounts of bergamot with a tea base that has much to be desired.
This tea is very relaxing and smooth. I am noticing very little, if any, astringency and I am so glad that this tea arrived at my door today.
Absolutely delicious pot of evening tea with honey and a splash of dark chocolate cream. This is a great ending to a Wednesday!
This is another tea from the lovely JacquelineM! Thanks again!
This tea was one that I was a bit afraid to try. I am just beginning to appreciate smoky notes in tea, but I am always worried that the next smoky tea will be the one with too much smoke going on. This tea is strong, slightly smoked, and has a smooth dark cocoa aftertaste that lingers after the sip is long gone. This tea helped me get a lot of work done today – Catherine does not allow you to sit around and wallow about being tired. She demands that you get over it and get to work – which is exactly what I needed today.
I really do like and perhaps am growing to even love this tea. Queen Catherine will definitely stay on my shopping list!
2nd infusion: Perhaps a bit less malty, but taste is more caramel and honey than before. There is a note of astringency that I didn’t notice earlier, but I also added a bit of milk to the previous cup. I am still really enjoying this tea.
Thomas is also really great with cookies! Perhaps it is a good thing that I don’t have a whole tin of this lying around….
For the last year that I’ve spent on Steepster, I have read numerous posts raving about Thomas Sampson. Unfortunately, I never got the opportunity to give him a try…until now! Many thanks to JacquelineM for sending me a generous package full of teas that I’ve been eying!
This tea has a gorgeous aroma and the taste is completely full-bodied and malty! This is definitely a tea worth waiting for. There is caramel, malt and honey all mixed with a hearty, balanced black tea. This has truly turned my day around. I love when tea packages come on days that you need them the most!
I was a bit apprehensive of this tea because honestly, orange and gingerbread don’t necessarily sound like a good combination to me. However, after brewing this for a good long time I actually like this tea! I don’t know if I love it, but with a little honey it is smooth, rich, and only slightly citrusy. I’m not getting a ton of gingerbread but I am getting just enough to understand the name of this tea. The orange is really juicy and delicious though! I would definitely recommend at least trying this tea.
I’m winding down my night with a big cup of Neapolitan Honeybush. I let it brew for an extra long time and it is now almost thick like real melted ice cream. It is just yum!
Well, I just had to make this tonight! I found a Dark Chocolate Breve Creme at the store earlier and when I saw it, I knew that the creamer and this tea were a match made in heaven. This is really good. The mint is still prevalent, but now there is an extra dose of chocolate. Wow, I’m really enjoying this tea tonight!
I decided that a day like today called for the Emperor. Unfortunately, I probably only have enough for one more pot of this delicious tea after today. But, I’m determined to enjoy it while it lasts.
This tea is, as always, a true delight. Very much a roasty, chocolate, and tangy tea that is amazingly unique. I would never have imagined that the combination of those flavors could create a tea that was so delicious.
On a side note: I used a bit of this tea yesterday to make tea eggs. I’d never made them before, but I have to say they turned out pretty tasty. There is a definite chocolatey, tangy presence in the eggs that I’m attributing to this tea.
First of all, thanks to threewhales for sharing this tea with me. This is really awesome! I couldn’t believe the smell of the dry tea: very floral and sweet. After pouring water over the leaves, the honey aroma exploded and I seriously stood over my teapot enjoying the aroma for the entire steep time. This tea is a very rich, honey color, but not at all what you would expect from a black tea. My first sip made me think I was dreaming. This tea couldn’t possibly be that delicious, right?
No, actually it is that delicious and perfect. I love this tea. As others have mentioned, this tea is naturally sweet and light. The taste of orchids is present throughout the end of the sip with the honey sweetness taking over at the beginning. I love that there seems to be a texture to this tea, almost biscuit-like yet smooth. This is certainly a treat and I’m looking forward to subsequent infusions.
This tea does remind me of the Honey Orchid Phoenix oolong from Tao of Tea, but this tea from GM is MUCH, MUCH better! Wow, I just can’t believe how delicious this is!