7 Tasting Notes

91

Malty yet bright, this is definitely a crowd pleaser (in a good way) and a great way to start the day. As with most breakfast teas, I take it with a little sugar and a little milk. At least at the low end of the steeping time recommendation (4 minutes), this is well within the range of astringency for a breakfast tea.

Flavors: Malt, Mocha

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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89

I love the scent of jasmine, both in perfume and in real life. And even for me, the first whiff of the unbrewed tea was overwhelmingly floral. Another reviewer likened the aroma to Juicy Fruit, and that’s about right.

Luckily, after brewing, the jasmine settled down and played better with the flavor of green tea. The tea has a nice sweetness, a very pleasant lingering finish, and a silky mouthfeel. In short, it’s a lovely jasmine tea. I will be curious to try Harney & Sons’ Jasmine tea to compare and see how it compares on quality/price ratio.

Flavors: Jasmine, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95

Malty with notes of bread, yams, raisins, and a hint of tobacco leaf, this black tea is delicious. (For beer lovers, the flavor reminds me of a Belgian Quad or Strong Dark.) Adding a bit of sugar enhances the fruit flavors. It’s my first Golden Monkey but definitely not my last.

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Raisins, Tobacco, Yams

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
ashmanra

This was my first GM as well, and it is one of the best ever!

GracieSD

Good to know – thanks!

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85
drank Milky Oolong by Harney & Sons
7 tasting notes

My first time tasting a milky oolong. The liquor is a pale gold. The strongest note in the first steep is that of hot milk, which is very pleasant and provides a lingering finish. There is a hint of stone fruit as well. It’s only slightly sweet and not at all vanillic, unlike cream versions of teas I’ve tasted. In the second steep (4 minutes), the milk flavor was more subtle, allowing the green oolong to come through more.

Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Milk

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I’m new to discovering teas in a more in-depth way. I’m currently enjoying oolong and black teas, both unflavored and flavored (when flavors are handled nicely). In terms of flavors, I love florals but not so much fruits or vanilla). Working on my appreciation of green and white teas.

Please forgive any forays into wine terminology – my background is in wine tasting (cork dork, here).

My Rating Scale

90-100 Excellent/outstanding
80-90 Very good/would buy again
70-80 Decent/would drink again if offered
Sub-70 Blurgh
Unrated I don’t know enough about this type of tea or otherwise can’t offer a fair judgment

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