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drank Bohea by Harney & Sons
520 tasting notes

Co-worker and I split this sample today. We both quite liked it. Neither of us got any smoke at all, but that’s not a bad thing for me. :) Definitely got the dark fruit flavors. This was a much lighter cup than either of us expected, given the description. There was something in the background – co-worker suggested maybe a flavor like a green tea – I’m not sure what I think it was but there was an unexpected note for sure.

I will say that this is pretty forgiving. I started steeping, forgot about it, went off to have a short meeting with someone and came back about 8 minutes later. Not a bit of bitterness.

Neither of us thinks we’d keep it around on a regular basis, but if there was a super sale… maybe. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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I added this one as a different tea since the other full leaf Nahorhabi said 2010 on it and the notes were all from a year ago. I believe this is the batch for this year based on Harney listing it with their new teas about a month ago or so.

This was deep, rich and malty to the extreme. So malty I felt a bit furtive while drinking it at work. Almost like I had a no-no beverage in the workplace! As it cooled, a buttery texture infiltrated the cup and made it even better. The only downside to this was that the second cup was not as punchy.

This is a sample that will pay off. I can justify the price of this one. :) Next time they do $25 free shipping and I haven’t just placed 2 other orders…a tin of this one will be mine. Oh, yes. It will be mine.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Sil

July, we are totally doing a swap…if i have to go buy teas to find new things you haven’t tried! lol I feel like you just might be at least a half tea sister to terri and i grin

Nicole

Girl, you have rated like 4 times the teas I have. I’m pretty sure you have things that are new to me. :) I’d hate to be the reason anyone buys new tea… /snort. :) I have a pile set aside to make sure I have to send you. July it is!

Sil

YAY! yeah..uh that would be totally terrible to uh have to uh by teas so share with you…uh yeah… grin

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drank Panyang Congou by Harney & Sons
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Holy smokes, Batman!

I got a sample of this to share with a co-worker who also likes the Golden Monkey/Yunnan types of teas. Made up a pot this afternoon and at first sniff I wondered if they’d put Lapsang in the bag by mistake. I just can’t do Lapsangs. That smell of charcoal and smoke – nothing my brain thinks I need to be drinking. I made myself take a sip and good grief – there’s a whopping ton of smoke in here!

There may have been other notes to get but I couldn’t get past the heavy, ashy smoke. Co-worker also thought it was smoke heavy but he didn’t find it quite as unpleasant as I did. I would not call this a medium body nor is there anything subtle about it. As it cooled off I could get a bit of sweetness but it was a deeply smoky sweetness. From the descriptions and reviews here and on the Harney site, I was pretty disappointed in this one. I’m glad I only got a sample and I’m glad we used it all making a large pot of it. I hate to throw tea away.

Rating is low not because I didn’t like it personally, but because I don’t feel that it measured up to the description.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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96

Everything stands from my previous note. Just adding that this is Freakin’ Awesome as an iced tea. :)

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96
drank Sungma Darjeeling by Harney & Sons
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I split a tin of this with a co-worker on my latest Harney order.

Our first shared pot smacked me in the face with… cinnamon?? I took a guess that I had forgotten to take the infuser home to scrub clean after the last pot of chai that we brewed up. We rinse with near-boiling water at work, but especially after chais I like to take it home and really scrub at it, let it stand in bleach water, etc. to really get those spices out. So I steeped a single cup with my own infuser and no cinnamon. But this time around I noticed a buttery, oolong-like quality to the feel of the broth. Wowser, that’s impressive.

And honestly, the faint buttery cinnamon wasn’t that unwelcome. Might have to do some novice tea blending and see what I can come up with. :)

Oh, Sungma, how I’ve missed you. I may regret splitting that tin.

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

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drank Golden Yunnan by Adagio Teas
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Another swap from Aurelia Fish, thanks!

I haven’t had that many Adagio teas, but I have been going hog wild with the yunnans lately. This smells smokier than it tastes. Somewhat harsher than I like. A harshness that I associate with cheap teas but I see from browsing the website that the cost isn’t what I would associate with a cheap tea. :)

I wouldn’t call what I tasted “peppery” like many others but maybe that is the harshness. While this is an okay yunnan, and the sample will certainly be used up, it won’t go on a list to buy in the future.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
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Thanks to Aurelia Fish for this swap sample!

This was a good Golden Monkey. Mild, a tad smoky, middling malty with an average to thick body.

I’ll have to try this next to Harney & Sons when I get another sample from there to see which one I prefer. It was good and I enjoyed it but even after reading my tasting note for the H&S I can’t remember what prompted me to rate that one so highly.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Walter Bishop Honeybush by 52teas
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We had this iced today at our tea party. It went over really well. I cold brewed it overnight and it was perfectly yummy by lunchtime. Not a bit of sourness and deliciously strawberry. Iced, I can see that Walter might approve, even without hallucinogens added. :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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I am a fan of frozen mango. :) And I like Della Terra’s mango tea.

I like this blend. I have no idea if I taste papaya or not – I probably can’t swear that I’ve ever had papaya as a fruit. It’s a good blend with the tea base. Smells wonderful.

The rest of this bonus sample that was generously included with my order will likely be served at the summer tea party on Thursday. And I may serve it iced.

When I order again from Mahamosa, I think this will probably go on the to-be-iced list.

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So this wasn’t too bad. Those of you who are on a quest for natural tasting raspberry probably won’t find what you are looking for here but if you just want a decently strong black base with a fairly strong raspberry flavor, this is it.

I love raspberries. I am usually not a fan of it in teas. It almost always ends up being too tart. I think the cream flavor balances out the tart in this blend pretty well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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