694 Tasting Notes


Had a tea filled weekend but nothing new so I’m just going to log them here. :)

Harney & Sons – Golden Monkey, Nahorhabi Assam Full Leaf
Yunnan Sourcing – Yunnan Black Gold Spring 2014, Pure Bud Bi Luo Chun Yunnan Spring 2015
Mandala – Pure Buds
Teavivre – Superfine Tan Yang Gong Fu (sipdown after making a pot to share on Saturday)
Golden Tips – Assam Gold
Chai Me – Chocolatey Chai
Verdant – Golden Fleece

They were all excellently nommy.

And on a side note, this is how I know I have a problem. http://tinyurl.com/hqz239q
This box is stuffed full of Yunnan Sourcing & Mandala Teas, all with very similar flavor profiles. And one Yunnan from Silk Road Teas. :) For size comparison, that silver thing in the lower left is my scale and the cup in the upper left is about 10 ounces. I feel proud of myself that I did not place an order with any of those 3 companies this weekend. :)


Ahhh, but look how organized all the pouches are! That makes it ok.


I like your thinking. ;)


is your problem that your box is so small? ;)


And there’s only one! ;-)

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Discovered this at the Italian restaurant at our hotel this past week. I was surprised as the other, less expensive restaurants in the hotel (all owned by the same company) offer Bigelow or an off brand oddity. The other expensive place offers Harney & Sons loose leaf. I guess I was expected H&S bagged for this mid range place.

I was truly pleasantly surprised. The bag has steeping instructions and actually notes that it is a Ceylon base tea. It smelled great, but a lot of EG’s do, so that’s no indicator. It tasted quite nice. The bergamot was strongly present but I could still taste the tea itself. It was a nice, moderate strength tea that seemed to be well suited to the lower temps you get in a restaurant. I’d pick some bags up to carry with me if I ran across any.

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Not actually a review here but more of a heads-up to Nahorhabi lovers and hoarders. I asked on Harney’s Facebook page and they said that it is coming back in stock soon!


Ooh, thanks for the heads up, sounds good! I noticed their English Breakfast loose leaf tea at a local store…says it’s 100% Keemun. Have you had it?


I have not. Both of their English Breakfast blends are on sale right now on their website.The HT: English Breakfast is not Keemun. Keemuns and I are not the best pals. Usually they tend to be smokier than I enjoy. But looking at the reviews here, it looks like it may not have much smoke to it. Maybe I should throw in a sample with my next order.


The HT one sounds good too! I like their Ceylon and India tea, so I’m sure I’d like that one too! I think I’ll grab that Keemun at the store this weekend and give it a try…let me know if you try it as well! :)


Oooh yum. I think my stash is good for the time being. I love the HT English breakfast. It is my, I need a strong cup but am too lazy to mess with leaves tea.


Great news! I want to stop hoarding it


Exactly. It is back in stock now. :)

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We had this yesterday at a clean-out-my-freezer tea party. I had prepared tea treats all through October for 45 people for an Alice in Wonderland Halloween tea I was doing for this charity I am involved in. I was socking them away in the deep freeze so I didn’t have to do a lot all at the end. Then the party was cancelled due to the hometown team making it into the World Series. I scheduled a tea at work to use some of the leftovers that couldn’t freeze and that turned out to be the day of the celebration parade. Not that I wish we hadn’t made it, winning after 30 years certainly is nice, but I got really tired of sports messing with my tea!

Anyway, so I could free up some freezer space for the holiday season, we had a little tea yesterday with my mom’s friends. This was one of the teas I served.

One of the ladies was a friend of a friend and I had never met her before. She took a sip of this and said “Oh my goodness, this is amazing tea! I don’t even need sugar or milk!” Later I made a pot of Assam Signature Malt from Golden Tips and she didn’t add anything to it either. She was just stunned that she liked teas without additions or flavorings and she just kept raving about Jabberwocky. Makes me happy when that happens. :) Now, she did add cream to the Flowering Black Tea Cones from Yunnan Sourcing but to be fair, they had sat in their little glass pot for awhile before she tried them and I probably used a cone or two too many for the volume of water. But she said she still liked it a lot.

Then I got to whittle down my stash by giving the ladies a basket of assorted teas to shuffle through to take home. So that, along with excellent tea that was well enjoyed, tasty food and good company made for a good day. :)

But now I need to get more of this tea since I almost used it up!

Maddy Barone

I’m glad the home town team won (since the MN Twins, as usual, fell short) but it’s too bad that all your hard work wasn’t rewarded as it should have been. Still it’s lovely that you were able to help that woman find glorious new teas, and whittle down your stash.

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I get a mild malt with tanginess from this and a bit of honey. There isn’t anything that makes me say “Ooo, have to have this over similar Yunnan Sourcing teas” though the price is certainly right. It is close to some honey blacks, but the mouth feel afterward is much more drying than those have been for me and not as much honey sensation.

I hope I got this entered correctly and not in duplicate. There are so many names for this company. I searched through all of them I could find and didn’t see this listed.

This is my first tea from Berylleb. And honestly, their name makes me smile every time I see it. I want to pronounce it Bellyreb and that makes me think of a good ol’ boy in overalls with a round pot belly. Not the most PC of associations, I grant you. But the picture of that drinking tea from a China cups tickles me.

I am glad to have tried this. It was a pleasant morning cup. Thanks again, Liquid Proust!

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Om nom nom. Onto the permanent YS wishlist this goes. Sleek golden spires for my cup.

This was ever so tasty. Lots of malt, baked goods notes, not much in the way of tangy notes. Smooth? Like a baby’s behind.

Beautiful to look at, delicious to drink, and very forgiving on steeping parameters. This is a keeper. Thanks, Liquid Proust!

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This was a fairly decent cup of breakfast blend. A bit of bite with some woody notes and a little tang in the background, I mainly get the Ceylon tastes. I was careful not to oversteep as breakfast blends lend themselves to astringency, in my experience. I don’t remember what I thought of Harney’s Scottish blend so I can’t really compare at this time, but I do still have enough left of this to do it next time I snag samples from Harney.

I found nothing objectionable here, though as with a lot of breakfast blends and me, nothing to especially recommend it over the non-blended versions of the teas that comprise them. I think it would stand up fine to milk and sugar if that’s how you take your blends of this type. :)

I got this from, I think, Marizpan so thank you!

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Like cocoa bread in a cup. Not chocolate bread, mind you, but cocoa bread. The kind that doesn’t have sugar added to it. Reminds me very strongly of Golden Fleece. A cup of pure wow. Thanks to whoever included this with a swap or a stash purchase – I’m thinking either Marzipan or Liquid Proust.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Witch's Brew by M&K's Tea Company
694 tasting notes

Chamomile is strong with this one. I do taste honey but no toffee. I can tell there is tea in this and not just herbals but I would be hard pressed to pick out Assam as one of the teas. Normally licorice root is something I avoid because it makes my lips unpleasantly sweet after drinking. Maybe the roasting changes it somehow. I noticed it in the back of my throat but not as strongly as I would have expected and none on my lips.

It wasn’t horrible but it also wasn’t anything I’d purchase. Glad to have been able to try it! Thanks, LP!

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Another from Liquid Proust’s Secret Pumpkin box! This was surprisingly (to me anyway) very good. The leaves unfurled pretty big and the light greens mixed with browns were beautiful to see. I get the floral notes with a little bit of buttery feel but definitely the gunpowder green as well. I like this one. Maybe enough to order some some day…

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Tea afficianado & founder of the Midwest Tea Festival. I wish I could make a living creating and serving tea parties, but alas, bills prevent that possibility. :) So I make do by catering tea parties for friends and co-workers and drinking tons of tea with my cats on my lap. :)


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