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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
750 tasting notes

Did a side by side this afternoon with this and Teavivre’s Golden Monkey. Harney on the left, Teavivre on the right.

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I warmed the gaiwans, put in the leaf and covered while the water was heating. Visually, there are more golden tips in the Harney tea. The scent of the warmed, dry leaves: Teavivre has a smell of hay and dark molasses. Harney’s aroma is malty brown sugar.

About 200F was water temp. 1:30 steep time.

Scent of steeped leaves: Teavivre was sweet dusty hay, Harney was a smell of cooked, wet leaf and rock.

Taste of cup: Teavivre was hay with some malt, mild with a minor, not unwelcome, sour note at the end of the sip. Harney was maltier than TV and sweeter in that brown sugar way, liquor is lighter in color by a touch.

Conclusion: I like the Harney better. Granted, however, that the Harney is fresher (2015) and the Teavivre is older (2014). So this wasn’t an optimal taste comparison, probably. I’ll still enjoy both. :)

Fjellrev

Gorgeous teaware!

Nicole

Thanks!

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Had this tonight in my fishy tea set. I wanted to use a different, new gaiwan but I realized I don’t have a cha hai to go with it and everything I did have wasn’t hitting my happy spot tonight – the horror! Now I’ll have to look for more tea ware…

Anyway, this is still a great tea. Thankfully I still have a good amount of it. I think I prefer this Western style but it’s fine this way, too. After 3 rounds it starts to lose potency, at 4 rounds it’s essentially lightly colored water.

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Okay. Revisiting this one. Still not exactly my thing. However, trying the Assam trick of letting it cool a bit before drinking makes it a cup more to my liking. The smoke is still there but blending nicely instead of shouting down everything else like the woodiness. Still not getting a lot of bread from this blend but it will be sufficient to ward off the Elder Gods this weekend.

Sil

love this one.

Nicole

Well, you lemme know when your stash is at acceptable levels. :)

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90

Hope this is the right spot for this tea. This is a pretty nommy Assam blend. Steeped at just below boiling for 2 minutes. Tasted hot and it was drinkable but nothing stand out. Let cool for about 5 minutes, then that sweet spot hit for Assams and me. Malt notes become more present, liquor becomes sweeter. Nothing I need to pick up over other Assams in my cupboard that are more accessible to me, but super happy to have tried this. Thanks, SIl!

Oh, and Assams pair nicely with fruity candy, just in case you were looking for a food pairing. Starburst and Skittles and Assams. A good breakfast.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

you got it! also i had this one today as well heh

Zennenn

Just had my first straight assam today and enjoyed it. I’ll have to look for some of your other notes for other leads. ;)

carol who

Ha! Candy as part of “food pairings”. You are just plain evil! :D

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drank Vanille by Dammann Freres
750 tasting notes

I think with the addition of some cream, this would be a great dessert tea. As it is, without any additions, it’s a really strong vanilla tea. The tea isn’t lost but certainly isn’t the forefront in taste next to the vanilla. It does seem more like a Ceylon than a China black, though the site says it’s a mix – it’s softer than a China black, if that makes any sense. This is a solid vanilla tea. Obviously it uses flavoring but not in a nasty way. So happy to have had this and to have enough to try it again with cream! Thanks, Sil!

Sil

i tend to brew these a little cooler and a little longer than my usual 3 mins, boiling

Nicole

I’ll try that. I did this at just off boiling for about 3 minutes. I’ll go cooler and longer next time!

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Western style, big mug, sweet T-Rex but this is awesome tea! Smooth, thick, sweet, gorgeous leaves, superior scent both dry and steeped liquor. One of the maltiest teas I’ve ever had. This is just a superior tea. Whoever processes does a phenomenal job and the plants must be excellent to produce this kind of a tea. Gorgeous. There is absolutely nothing bad I can say about this. If it ever goes away I will be heartbroken.

Oh, and a picture of my little work tea pot. Developing some nice color after a short time.

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TeaTiff

Looks like I need to get on trying my sample of this…..

Nicole

Only if you want to have a powerful need to place a What-Cha order soon. :)

boychik

Nice crackles

Fjellrev

Lovely!

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100
drank Black King 2015 by Harney & Sons
750 tasting notes

Tried this in a little clay pot a couple of nights ago. I have also tried this gaiwan/cha hai style. I can say definitively that I prefer it Western style. I lose the heavy, savory notes and the buttery nuts in this somehow doing it the other ways. It’s not that it’s a bad tea gongfu-ed, it just isn’t fly me to the moon tea steeped that way.

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Oh… this is so good. Beautiful leaves. Sweet, buttery and thick liquor with the smell of spring moving slowly into summer. Just a phenomenal green tea. Really one of only a couple of green teas I reach for.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

Put a bit of this in my little bat pot last night. Had to try out the newly arrived pet and geyao cup from Teaware.house.

This is still a purely awesome tea. Still a malty, caramely, smooth, sweet, bready perfection of a tea.

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And today I took the little bat pot and another Teaware.house cup into work. Figured There’s no reason for a cubicle to not have some beauty in it, right? :) Think I’ll take in a second small cup tomorrow. Small enough volume to feasibly offer to share a cup with someone who visits for work related reasons. Tea converts ahoy! :)

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Can’t imagine how I haven’t reviewed this yet. It’s sweet and deep and savory at the same time. Longer steepings bring in that not unpleasant sour note along with a deeper savory nature. Maybe a little ash in the background. And I am not buying more tea this year. Which makes me really sad to note tonight that my supply of this is getting dangerously low.

Having tea with all the pets tonight and using a repaired pot. I didn’t get all the crack sealed, apparently, as it is still leaking a bit. I don’t like the JB Weld repair much since it is shiny. But, it’s better than never using this pot. Maybe if I get back out to Seattle some time, the Market Spice Tea shop will have another one that might not be cracked. :)

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