167 Tasting Notes

79

One of our flights of tea this weekend, it wafts aromas of honey and sweet floral notes of violets, with a vegetal undertone of wet hay and steamed green beans. Unfortunately the taste isn’t as sweet, being overpowered by the vegetal beans.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88

Risheehat is a medium bodied tea; brisker than most Chinese teas, filling the mouth with sensation, but not offputtingly puckery like many other Darjeelings. It is a lively tea, with suggestions of bright fruit flavors like pineapple and grapefruit. In Japan, First Flush Darjeelings are offered to colleagues as tokens of respect, very cool!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

A blend of cooked stone fruits such as baked apriots, and the dry but slight sugariness of semisweet chocolate. It has a mellow, nutty finish of raw pecans. For a tea developed less than two decades ago, it’s developed a very large following, with good reason!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Opera Tea Maiden

YES YES YES YES YES!!!!! All lovers of black teas are encouraged to try Golden Monkey, especially from a trusted source like Harney & Sons (they didn’t pay me to say that, I swear). Golden Monkey is a wonderful “gateway” tea to the shape-shifting flavors of well-made China Congou teas.

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97

Wenshan Baozhong is one of the most fragrant Taiwanese oolongs. It’s full of honeysuckle and gardenia notes, with a butter viscosity.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

A full bodied tea complete with signature brisk mellow toasted flavors, much like a light molasses.

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

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67

This is a wonderfully smooth blend of Assam, Nilgiri, and Darjeeling teas that makes a perfect morning tea.

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

Agreed. I feel like my day goes by smoother after a cup of my favourite tea.

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92

A nice basic Oolong. Nutty with subtle vegetal notes.

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

Is your version a heavily fermented or a lightly fermented oolong?

Harney & Sons The Store

Hey Jillian! Tea actually isn’t normally fermented, the only fermented teas are Pu-erhs. Most teas are oxidized. Our Formosa Oolong is oxidized approximately 45%-60%, a bit more than most of our other brown oolongs. If it’s too oxidized for you I’d recommend checking out our Da Hong Pao or fruitier Fenghuang Shuixian!

Jillian

Yeah, oxidized was what I meant to say, sorry.

I’m not very familiar with the different types of oolongs so lately I’ve been experimenting with trying different types. This was one of the ones I’ve been eyeing actually – maybe on my next H&S order. ;)

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95

This is definitely an exquisite Assam. When brewed correctly it can emote notes of buttery caramel, malt and sweet fruity notes of papaya and mango, without being robust and overpoweringly roasty like other Assams.

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

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67

UVA Highlands is a brisk Ceylon tea with hints of Wintergreen and background notes of Ceylon tea flavors

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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