Stanley's Blend

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8 Tasting Notes View all

  • “I was expecting this to be harsh for some reason so the smoothness and lightness took me by surprise. It tastes like a breakfast tea but is oddly light (I mean, there's thickness from the Assam...” Read full tasting note
    ifjuly 613 tasting notes
  • “Good morning Steepster. I was up early and I've already had a pot of Kangaita OP and a fruit smoothie with cheesecake matcha in it. I thought I'd revisit the rest of this sample I got a few months...” Read full tasting note
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    amyoh2 2542 tasting notes
  • “Just a short note for this one! This is a good blend, but there's not much complexity to talk about (well, not that I can pick up). I had a little sample of this today - like the Malachi...” Read full tasting note
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    hammaryn 148 tasting notes
  • “Backlogging this from a week ago (I had written it down, but then ended up at the hospital and had a baby). I can't remember having a pure assam before (or even a blend with assam in it), so this...” Read full tasting note
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    Megsablue 20 tasting notes

From Harney & Sons

Stanley’s Blend is a simple blend of Assam and Darjeeling.

“Before learning from Stanley Mason, tea was just a nice drink. He showed me how to make great teas and also taught me the traditions of tea. What he gave to me, I passed on down to my sons. Please enjoy this simple blend of Assam and Darjeeling." – John Harney

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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.

8 Tasting Notes

613 tasting notes

I was expecting this to be harsh for some reason so the smoothness and lightness took me by surprise. It tastes like a breakfast tea but is oddly light (I mean, there’s thickness from the Assam but the Darj lightens everything considerably) and kind of straightforward; there isn’t any complexity to the flavor, but it’s not a bad flavor…just straight up “classic black tea” taste with the edges sanded off. Better than I was expecting because there’s no bitterness or astringency, didn’t mind drinking it at all, but I wouldn’t restock because it’s also kind of boring, light on interest. Not bad though.

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

Really wishing I had chosen ‘The Darj’ as my alias now. ;)

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2542 tasting notes

Good morning Steepster. I was up early and I’ve already had a pot of Kangaita OP and a fruit smoothie with cheesecake matcha in it. I thought I’d revisit the rest of this sample I got a few months ago from H & S but first I had to use a nasal spray and now I cannot taste anything.

I am sorry Stanley — whoever you are — I guess my previous tasting note will have to suffice.

Sami Kelsh

And here I am all curious about this tea because when I hear the name Stanley, all I can think of is Stanley from the US version of The Office, and so I’m picturing a tea that tastes of crossword puzzles and indifference.

DeliriumsFrogs

I just laughed out loud, Sami Kelsh. Lol

TeaBrat

ha, I never really watched that show but now I may need to ;-)

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148 tasting notes

Just a short note for this one! This is a good blend, but there’s not much complexity to talk about (well, not that I can pick up).

I had a little sample of this today – like the Malachi McCormick, this is quite decent! It’s got plenty of malty body thanks to the Assam, with just a hint of Darjeeling to brighten it up. This does get really astringent as it cools, though.

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

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20 tasting notes

Backlogging this from a week ago (I had written it down, but then ended up at the hospital and had a baby).

I can’t remember having a pure assam before (or even a blend with assam in it), so this is one of my first (if not first) forays into the assam world.

I brewed according to the directions on the tin (boiling water, 5 minute steep) and the resulting liquid was so dark it almost looked like a poorly brewed cup of coffee.

The first sip is smooth, with a hint of malt and a dry finish. I didn’t find it overly tannic, but there’s definitely some tannins in there. I also bought a tin of Harney & Sons Organic Assam, so it will be interesting for me to compare the two. I like this tea, but it’s a little strong for me right off the bat. I think I’ll end up tinkering with amounts/brewing time, etc to get it just right, but it’s a great everyday tea for sure.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

“but then ended up at the hospital and had a baby” – I assume this wasn’t a surprise to you, so congratulations! : )

Indigobloom

Congratulations!! may the babe grow up to adore tea ;)

Megs

Thanks! Yes, it wasn’t a surprise, though a couple of days earlier than we thought. I sure hope he learns to love tea too! ;-)

SimplyJenW

Congratulations! I hope mom and baby are doing well!

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121 tasting notes

Malty, yummy. I don’t think I’ve tried straight Darjeeling yet, so I can’t notice the effect it has on the blend here, besides the blend being slightly less robust than I would expect.

Don’t know how I haven’t logged this tea before. I suppose I do most of my steepster activity while at work, and this is an at-home tin, for now.

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41 tasting notes

This is a well balanced blend of Assam and Darjeeling with a bright, crisp taste. It is full, round and extroverted like Assam but polished, polite and refined like Darjeeling. It is an earthy, hard-working Assam freshly showered and dressed in a Darjeeling tuxedo. It has a slightly sweet finish. This tea is delicious on its own without cream or sugar but takes both well.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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157 tasting notes

Another one of our tea flights for the weekend, Stanley’s blend has a smooth malty flavor of Assam, lightened by Darjeeling.

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

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