Organic Morning’s Journey Black Tea – 2012

Introduction:
Per The 2012 Hugo Tea 2.6 oz. (75 g) tin:
“Behold friends! This is the 100% organic black tea blend you’ve been seeking. Morning’s Journey is my private blend of three black teas from three countries. This loose blend holds unparalleled balance and flavor, ready to sustain your adventures—no compass or knapsack required. Keep it close and brew it often.”

Blend of three black teas from three countries:
Fellow Steepster members have guessed Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling, and perhaps Pu-erh. (However, since the teas come from 3 different countries, it can’t contain both Assam & Darjeeling.)

Per Hugo Teas (from review comments):
• “We hope it wouldn’t ruin your day if we told you that there isn’t any pu’erh in our Morning’s Journey—rather, there are only 100% Organic black teas here. But there are certainly pu’erh-like flavors.”
• “It does have darjeeling in it! Nice work! The other two teas are Yunnan and Ceylon :-). Happy Tea-Drinking.”

liberteas has an excellent review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2012/11/02/organic-mornings-journey-black-tea-from-hugo-tea/

“Amount: 1 Tbsp / 8oz water Temp. 205*F (96*C) Time 3-4 min.”

Technique:
1 Tablespoon – 5g (My Weigh Durascale D2 660), 8-oz filtered water (TDS: 72 PPM), heated to 205*F, brewed with a Finum tea basket in tea mug without sweeteners, milk or cream. Three steeps: 3, 4, 6, & 8 minutes.

Fragrance: Woody, warm, relaxing, pleasant, and moderately-strong
Dry leaf: Color – A few gold tips with amber, green, & dark chocolate brown < 1mm long twisted wiry leaves and small pieces.
Liquor: Clear, moderately dark copper
Aroma: Wonderful, relaxing, with a distant hint of cinnamon
Infused Leaf: Color – Mostly milk chocolate and some rustic brown leaves with some larger pieces of green leaves
Body: Full-bodied for the initial infusion and the first re-steep. Subsequent re-steeps require longer infusion times and result in a medium-bodied cup.
Caffeine: Invigorating without being aggressive like Irish-Breakfast can be.

Impression:
I’ve been enjoying multiple cups of the Organic Morning’s Journey recently. The flavor profile includes malty-ness, muscatel, and a mild caramel notes. Organic Morning’s Journey has a natural mild sweetness combined with a creamy smoothness that provides a mellow and relaxing yet invigorating cup without any hint of bitterness tartness, or astringency. This is one of the very few teas that my wife will substitute for her all-time favorite tea – Earl Grey. Very well done Hugo Teas! It’s easy to see why this was such a highly-rated tea!

Tyler,
How will your 2013 Full-Steam Black Tea compare to Organic Morning’s Journey?
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Hugo Tea Company

Hey there,

This review is wonderfully thorough. I appreciate your attention to detail with the serving instructions. Alas, if only all tea-drinkers were this exacting.

Thanks so much for your support!

looseTman

You’re welcome. Thanks for helping me locate some 2012 O.M.J.. I look forward to tasting your 2013 Full Steam later this year.

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Hugo Tea Company

Hey there,

This review is wonderfully thorough. I appreciate your attention to detail with the serving instructions. Alas, if only all tea-drinkers were this exacting.

Thanks so much for your support!

looseTman

You’re welcome. Thanks for helping me locate some 2012 O.M.J.. I look forward to tasting your 2013 Full Steam later this year.

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My wife & I are passionate about teas that are full-bodied, rich, thick & creamy smooth. I joined Steepster to explore Multiple Infusion Teas (MITs). Currently, our focus is on ripe pu-erh teas.

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