Eight at the Fort

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Apricot, Caramel, Honey, Peppercorn, Plants, Tannin
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 8 oz / 236 ml

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  • “Sample Sipdown! (SRP #14) Special thanks to Scott for the tea, and the fact that he sent enough so that I could try it a few times. I really like this one, and will likely buy some once I get a...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Well that's the end of this sample packet unfortunately. This is another one I'm adding to my get-again list; I'm completely in love with the smoothness and the complexity of this tea. It's rare...” Read full tasting note
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  • “I've had this one before and found it quite pleasant. *QuiltGuppy* included it in my recent package, so I'm reunited and all that. I couldn't remember anything about it though, so I went back and...” Read full tasting note
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  • “Eight at the Fort, you win. I dropped the temperature like it was hot [hahaha, I crack myself up] down to 180 and the difference was exponentially better. There's still some bitterness to it that...” Read full tasting note
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From Harney & Sons

June 20-27, 1997, marked a special time in world history. President Bill Clinton of the United States and seven other world dignitaries met at The Fort in Denver for a world peace meeting. Harney and sons were quite honored to be asked to create a special blend of tea to be served to the world leaders at their summit. Imagine the busy luminaries pausing just long enough to sip this special blend of eight teas. This is one of the most historic blends they have created.

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Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

52 Tasting Notes

9 tasting notes

Eight at the Fort by Harney & Sons is a bold, straightforward black tea. Paired with heavier foods, e.g. Chicken Gorgonzola and Pesto Tortellini, the tea’s flavor profile did not get lost in the palate. Instead, the complex yet pleasing blend of Yunnan, Assam, Keemun and others complimented the food well.

My surprise came in preparing Eight at the Fort: the 5-minute steep time was ideal. I also enjoyed this tea with a very rich tiramisu, so I drank it sans cream and/or sugar. It’s a tea that adds sensibility to indulgence.

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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4923 tasting notes

mmmmm another from keychange that i’m enjoying this morning. I love my mornings where i get to actually drink tea out of a mug. I’m working from home a bit this morning and then it’s in to work for literally one meeting, before we leave for the weekend. It’s super annoying, but needs to be done because i’m too committed to my customers, even if everyone else seems intent on making their lives miserable. ugh.

loving this one! I may actually need to add this to my cupboard in the future. thanks keychange!

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353 tasting notes

This tea is a tribute to Mr Harney.
It’s a sample I got with my recent order ( I blame ifjuly for having super taste buds and suggesting me to try)
This cup is a masterpiece combining 8 different teas. It’s bold and balanced. Thick malty some astringency creeping but it’s welcoming. Smells intoxicating of honey, dried fruits and some florals from Darjeeling. Excellent breakfast tea.
Thank you Mr Harney for sourcing and blending such wonderful teas.
205F 1tsp 8 oz 3.5 min

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Sounds so good! They have so many wonderful teas to explore!

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451 tasting notes

I woke up with a stomach that was out of sorts, felt nauseated, stood outside for a while and inhaled the (temporarily nice) fresh air, and came to work. Now I’m sitting here nauseated again. How annoying. I think I’m just going to try and hang in there as long as possible, but I really hate stumbling into my boss’ office and letting her know I won’t last the day. I just feel I should generally have better discretion than that, and just not go in as opposed to going in to try your best and just look as though you’re trying to prove a point. ugh I’m overthinking things. What else is new.

Anyway, this tea is just lovely. A touch of astringency in the most refreshing way possible, and I never thought that a straight black tea could taste refreshing. But there’s also a fair dose of malt and sweet, and a hint of apple woodiness from what I’m assuming is the Darjeeling. This tea really does taste quite complex, but is so effortlessly beautiful in your mouth. I got 8 oz of it (what? it didn’t come in smaller amounts!), so am happy to share, but also don’t anticipate having any issue at all finishing it. I like it a lot better than Scottish Morn, because I just found that tea to be astringent and strong but not much else. And I don’t know that I really like very strong but otherwise uninteresting teas. This is a lot more complex, while still having enough strength to be a legitimately awesome morning tea. Absolutely recommend!


I hate that feeling of making it to work and then feeling sick and having to leave as well :( I hope you getting feeling better soon!


I know! It’s just so awkward. Like, if you didn’t feel well, why’d you come in? but I just thought I might feel better as the day progressed, you know? Anyway, thanks. I hope this just goes away.


Mmm, that sounds wonderful! Bold AND beautiful!


This tea is absolutely fantastic!!

Sami Kelsh

This sounds super fancy and delicious! Sorry your day is going a bit rubbish, though. Hope you feel better!


It is wonderful! and thanks. I’m trying to see if I can’t find some sort of bland lunch option that won’t turn my stomach.


I hope you feel better!


Thank you! I’m starting to feel hungry, which I’m interpreting as a good sign. :)


Hope your day ended up better than it started :-)


Thanks :D

Hallo Chillie

I enjoyed reading your tealog, but sad you were struggling with being sick. Hope you are feeling better.


Thank you. I was hit hard by crazy weakness today, so ended up sleeping the entire day. Hopefully that helps some. And I’m so glad you njoyed reading my tea log!

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132 tasting notes

Thank-you to whomever suggested sweetening this with a little maple. <3

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9 tasting notes

I’m more of a Chinese Black Tea drinker but decided to get to know some English Black teas. I tried this tea, along with a couple others, from Harney and Sons. This tea was a bit strong for my taste (or perhaps I wasn’t brewing it correctly). I think I prefer Darjeeling over this tea.

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1 tasting notes

i bought it in a store,without knowing anything about it——-i’m not a huge darjeeling fan,and that taste seems dominant—-i might try at a slightly cooler temp——i like the strong hit —-but making it with boiling water as i did might not be kind to the green components

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14 tasting notes

I tend more toward flavor and quality than “name,” but this delivers on all counts. Eight black teas carefully blended to produce one amazing cup of tea. I also tend toward single source over blends, but this breaks the rule again. Caramel-like sweetness, loaded with aroma, and a subtle kick that pleases. The blender deserves an award, or at least a meal at The Fort.

190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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41 tasting notes

This tea has a very nice, full and almost sweet aroma. The flavor is not as bold as the aroma, and not as sweet. It has a dry, almost slightly metallic finish. Adding a little cream seemed to drown out the tea flavor but left the dryness. I can tell that it is a good blend, however, leaning a little to the dry side. Those who prefer Keemun will probably enjoy it more than those who prefer, say, Assam, but it’s worth at least trying if you enjoy black tea.

Update 2011/08/31:
I reduced steep time from five to four minutes which made the brew a little less dry. It still needs a little cream and sugar, but otherwise it’s pretty good.

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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6 tasting notes

Brewed it too hot this time and it came out bitter.

Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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