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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
423 tasting notes

As a latte? This is simply superb. It’s really a very good vanilla tea without any additions, but with cream? Oh, such heavenly bliss.

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This was nice and hearty for my breakfast tea while waiting for a flight last week. The bag was a pyramid sachet, which was part of why I thought it might have been originally Harney & Sons. That and they had an Anniversary Blend tea on the menu along with some other names that reminded me of H&S. But then again, there are only so many tea names out there, I suppose. :)

This tea was hearty, bold and tasty. Well worth it.

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I had this as my second cup while waiting for my flight home from Vegas last Tuesday. It reminded me quite a bit of the Harney Apricot black but not quite as good. Could always have to do with steeping parameters, etc. since I wasn’t making this. :)

It was good. And it was in a sachet rather than a standard bag which was a nice surprise. It was worth the price I paid for it. Not really bitter but not amazingly smooth either. Good flavor.

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Okay. I have now tried this at work with purified water. It makes a difference for the better. Either that or my mouth is reset from “smoke default” finally. :)

I could smell the peach and the blueberry very strongly and the peach flavor was absolutely noticeable. The jasmine not so much, but that’s okay. Shang’s are still the only whites that I notice having a flavor of their own as a white tea so I still can’t really speak to that. :) The longer this one stays in the pot, the more bitter it gets, though. In a way that kind of defeats the beauty of the flowering tea – having to remove the tea before finishing the pot.

I was going to serve this on each of 3 tables for my mother’s upcoming surprise 65th birthday tea party but I have now discovered a teapot that keeps the flower on the bottom and I only have one of them. And no need to buy 2 more. That’s not saying that I won’t and then try to sell them to guests after the party… :) It is an upside down teardrop shape. It worked really well and it has a strainer in the spout already!!

This is also one of the only flowering teas I’ve had that I can clearly see the separate flowers and the tiny white flowers actually floated out above the pink one. Just lovely!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I’m not sure what to say about this tea. I didn’t expect to notice much tea flavor since it’s a white but I didn’t get any jasmine or peach either. I got smoke. This is what I was talking about the other day when I said everything had smoke in it to me lately. I’m super confused. If anything I have should not have smoke in it, this is it.

My teapot was a clean glass one – never before used in fact, so I’m pretty sure it isn’t any leftover taste. Going to try it again tomorrow at work with filtered water and see if maybe it was my water here at home.

As another note, how do you keep flowering teas on the bottom of the pot like the pictures always show??? Mine always, always, always float to the top and I can’t see the flowers. :( I have 2 small glass pots I use, one is bubble shaped and one is cone shaped. Neither are more than about 4 inches tall.

TeaBrat

I love glass teapots but always break mine.

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drank Assam Gold by The Tea Merchant
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Sooo… I’m halfway through this package already and no notes! How did that happen?

Not a whole lot to say I guess, other than this is a really good, smooth Assam. Simply excellent and I’m glad I got it with my last order from The Tea Merchant.

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drank Jin Pin by Yezi Tea
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I got this one as a sample with my last order from Yezi and I’m very glad that I did. It’s smoky, malty, earthy, sweetish and oddly enough, creamy. It’s almost like I added cream to this but I didn’t!

At first I was sort of put off by the smokiness, but it mellowed out quickly and the smoke subsided to a light level and the earthy creaminess came to the fore. I probably wouldn’t order it again, but I’m glad to have tried it!

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drank Jin Jun Mei Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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Such a pretty tea. The leaves are just lovely before steeping.

As normal for me, I completely ignored the 15 second steep time – I just don’t get much out of these short steep teas when I do them as recommended. I steeped 2 teaspoons in 8 ounces of water that was just off boiling. It was fantastic! Lightly malty and sweet with a bit of dust.

I have not tried any Jin Jun Mei from any other companies so I have no basis for comparison in that regard. I have other malty teas that I am equally pleased with so it wouldn’t be a must keep around tea, but if I were placing an order from Yezi, I’d certainly throw this into the cart.

I’ll try resteeping later and see if my unorthodox steeping method harmed the potential for resteeps. :)

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

it looks like an interesting tea

Nicole

Well, unsurprisingly perhaps, it doesn’t resteep as well when you do it for a long time on the first go. :) It’s still good, but definitely less malty and less sweet. Still a smooth tea with no bitterness or dryness.

yyz

Short times for blacks often scare me too, but I have one Jinjunmei for which this is my preferred brew time boiling water, 5 second steep, than a slow pour from my yixing sized pot. It resulted in a rich red brew and a caramel like flavour.

Nicole

I shall have to try as recommended. Sometimes the merchants might know their product I suppose… :)

Ysaurella

;) sure but I’m like you, I am suspiscious with short steeps for black teas

yyz

I always try it with a small amount first, ie. make 1/2 a cup or less, so that if it doesn’t work out for me I’m not that disappointed. I find it tends to work best with very tippy blacks, but that is just my experience so far.

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drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
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This one was really good. I got the bready flavors without any problem. I took it on my recent trip to Vegas and it steeped up very nicely in subpar temperature water in the restaurant. Now I need to try it in more controlled conditions! :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Bready? Hmm, odd!

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Not really sure what to think about this one. I asked for it as a free sample and holy cow, is the sample ever huge! I’m impressed.

It seems at first taste like there is too much going on. But I also think I used water that was a bit too hot. So I’m going to go again before I really review it. So far I’ll say that it looks very neat and interesting after steeping. It smells a bit smoky but somehow everything has been smelling a little smoky to me so maybe I’m just going through a smoke-sensitive/imagining phase. :)

One thing for sure – I have plenty to try again!

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