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This tea reminds me of the Golden Spring from Adagio that I like so much, with a slightly darker, slightly less savory flavor profile, but definitely more fruit, and a lot of depth to the fruit flavors you can detect. It has a lovely aroma. In terms of taste the ‘ripe cherry’ quality they tout is not difficult to find at all. Neither is the prune, though there isn’t as much here of that flavor as I’ve noticed in other blacks, perhaps because the malt quotient here is slightly less. There’s something else here in the flavor that I’m trying to identify and having a difficult time placing a name too. It isn’t bread…oh, what is it? It drives me a little bit nuts when I can’t place a subtle flavor with its analogue! Something roasty.

I like it quite a bit. There’s enough savory sweetness to the cup that I could easily drink this all of the time. In fact, if I hadn’t ordered quite a bit of Golden Spring, I would probably be content to consider making this my default Easy Drinking Black for a while.

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Harfatum

Bready and roasty? I might have to try this one, even though Irish Breakfast teas are often too harsh for me.

sophistre

I think I might modify ‘roasty’ to ‘bake-y’, after discovering that Auggy found the same note in her cup that I did. It’s definitely behind the fruit, but it kept popping up as I worked through it…subtle enough to make me wonder if I was going crazy, but there! Everybody has been saying it’s an exceptionally mild Irish Breakfast (I don’t have much experience with Irish Breakfast generally, so I’m taking them at their word), so you might find it a good option. :)

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Harfatum

Bready and roasty? I might have to try this one, even though Irish Breakfast teas are often too harsh for me.

sophistre

I think I might modify ‘roasty’ to ‘bake-y’, after discovering that Auggy found the same note in her cup that I did. It’s definitely behind the fruit, but it kept popping up as I worked through it…subtle enough to make me wonder if I was going crazy, but there! Everybody has been saying it’s an exceptionally mild Irish Breakfast (I don’t have much experience with Irish Breakfast generally, so I’m taking them at their word), so you might find it a good option. :)

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Ohhh, I dunno. I like tea but I’m kind of a tea newbie. At this point I can say with authority that I may never be anything else, no matter how many teas I try…there is always something new out there.

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I also play way too many video games.


Ratings! (Bout time, wot?) This is a new arrangement, so…subject to change!

1-10: Not potable. First-sip disasters.

11-30: Intensely unpleasant…won’t catch me finishing the cup.

31-50: I really don’t like it…but maybe somebody else out there would.

51-70: Drinkable, but probably not the first thing I’m going to reach for.

71-90: Pretty good tea, and stuff that there’s a good chance I’ll have on-hand. Will do in a pinch at the low end, all the way up to regular visitors to my infuser on the high end.

91-100: Teas I really do not want to be without.

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