drank Black Peony by Art of Tea
1112 tasting notes

I was a huge fan of Harney’s Golden Mudan, but it is no longer offered :( I saw these at the Art of Tea and thought they looked similar, so I popped them into my cart for a recent order.

I brewed up my first puff this morning! I am finding that Black Peony is darker and molasses-y-er than GM. GM is honey :) I’m on my second steep, and as with most teas made into a ball, it’s even better than the first. Really smooth and rich. Heavy on the tongue almost like a syrup. Amazing. I am so glad I sprung for them! I would order these again and again (and again). I gave half of them to my husband, and I have a feeling that we are going to drink them so quickly!

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes


Collingswood, NJ



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