Eight at the Fort

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Citrus, Malt, Plums, Apricot, Leather, Orange, Caramel, Honey, Peppercorn, Plants, Tannin
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200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 10 oz / 295 ml

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  • “Sample Sipdown! (SRP #14) Special thanks to Scott for the tea, and the fact that he sent enough so that I could try it a few times. I really like this one, and will likely buy some once I get a...” Read full tasting note
  • “Well that’s the end of this sample packet unfortunately. This is another one I’m adding to my get-again list; I’m completely in love with the smoothness and the complexity of this tea. It’s rare...” Read full tasting note
  • “I’ve had this one before and found it quite pleasant. QuiltGuppy included it in my recent package, so I’m reunited and all that. I couldn’t remember anything about it though, so I went back and...” Read full tasting note
  • “Eight at the Fort, you win. I dropped the temperature like it was hot [hahaha, I crack myself up] down to 180 and the difference was exponentially better. There’s still some bitterness to it that...” Read full tasting note

From Harney & Sons

June 20-27, 1997, marked a special time in world history. President Bill Clinton of the United States and seven other world dignitaries met at The Fort in Denver for a world peace meeting. Harney and sons were quite honored to be asked to create a special blend of tea to be served to the world leaders at their summit. Imagine the busy luminaries pausing just long enough to sip this special blend of eight teas. This is one of the most historic blends they have created.

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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.

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Eight at the Fort by Harney & Sons is a bold, straightforward black tea. Paired with heavier foods, e.g. Chicken Gorgonzola and Pesto Tortellini, the tea’s flavor profile did not get lost in the palate. Instead, the complex yet pleasing blend of Yunnan, Assam, Keemun and others complimented the food well.

My surprise came in preparing Eight at the Fort: the 5-minute steep time was ideal. I also enjoyed this tea with a very rich tiramisu, so I drank it sans cream and/or sugar. It’s a tea that adds sensibility to indulgence.

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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53 tasting notes

I’ve been wanting to try “Eight at the Fort” ever since I read about it:

In June of 1997, President Bill Clinton hosted a G8 (Group of Eight) summit in Denver. One of the events was at a friend’s restaurant: the Arnold’s The Fort that is high above the city. We were commissioned to do a special tea for that event. So we carefully chose eight special teas that would combine together in the hope of a better future.

I decided to dig around on the interwebs and see if I could find this restaurant, and I DID! It hardly has the looks of anything elegant, and at first I found it hard to believe that a G8 was held there … but it’s true. I am very impressed with this tea. Smooth, almost velvet-like. Just a really good cuppa. WONDERFUL.

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64 tasting notes

I’m rather liking this, which is a good thing, since I ordered the 8 oz. tin and they accidently shipped me a whole pound. This strikes me as a great choice for those days when I stand in front of my tea mountain and I can’t for the life of me figure out what kind of tea profile I want to revel in. On first sip I’m getting the malty Assam, but then it breaks away into the subtle smoky, chocolaty keemun. I understand from other posters that this can go bitter in a hurry if it’s not watched, so I stuck with four minutes for the steep, and I’m glad I didn’t go over that. My initial impression is that this is a good, sturdy start-to-the day tea without being overly malty. This morning I’m drinking it hot. This afternoon I might make some iced in my Takeya pitcher, and perhaps stick a mason jar of cold brew in the fridge. Might as well try it all kinds of ways. It’s not like I’ve got a shortage!


Before I read your last sentence, I was already thinking, “Ooh…bet it’s good iced!”


I did some in the flash-chill pitcher. It was pretty good, though I might lean toward liking it hot a little bit better.

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This got better as it cooled… brewed at 212 there wasn’t much flavor… but as the tea cooled the malt and honey characteristics started to shine through. Not something that I would rush out to buy, the flavor profile just doesn’t stand out to me as something special… nice but not a favorite

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334 tasting notes

Trying this again with a Darjeeling fresh in my memory, and I can definitely sense its unique and floral presence in this blend, more so than before. The “backbone” of the tea also seems more Keemun-like to me this time. My perception of this blend probably tends to change not only based on steeping conditions but what other teas I have to compare it to in recent memory. There are so many types of tea in here that it’s a sort of harmonious chaos, and what comes to the forefront might be a surprise each time.

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1732 tasting notes

I’m told this is a breakfast tea. They are often too malty for my tastes. This one is not overly malty. There is a very nice, mild malt flavor, not meaning chocolate malt. This is backed up by a very strong sweet flavor that I think I would describe as plums, or perhaps stonefruits, but I think plums is the best description. It also says citrus which is a good description too. Harney and Sons did not have this in the 4oz t tin so I had to buy the half pound. Considering the price, and the taste of this tea I am not at all unhappy having a lot of it. This and one sample was all I bought from Harney and Sons Black Friday sale, but then again their only promotion was free shipping on all orders. It did enable me to buy only one tea from them and avoid shipping charges.

I brewed this once in an 18oz teapot with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 min.

Flavors: Citrus, Malt, Plums

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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726 tasting notes

So, I don’t know why I was so eager to try this one…but I was, and I figured since H&S had a free shipping deal the other week, I’d get a few samples.
When I opened the package it smelled strongly of citrus, which, as some of you know, I am NOT a fan of AT ALL. Like….I detest oranges, and things orange flavored.
I almost decided not to try it at all.
But, since I did pay 2 bucks for it, I figured I’d give it a shot.
While steeping, the orange smell went away, and was replaced by a strong leather smell. And when I finally tried it, all it tasted like was leather.
And then it got weirder. The aftertaste just tastes like apricots.
But the tea itself wasn’t even slightly fruity!!
I don’t understand. I really do not get this tea…
But I really hate when teas taste like leather.
Clearly the orange smell was a warning-haha!
Anyway, glad I know. Just…was definitely not worth those 2 bucks. :P

Flavors: Apricot, Citrus, Leather, Orange


I wish Harney would offer something between a sample size and 4 oz. I find it hard to justify $2 for a sample when 4 ozs of most blends are around $7


Yeah, I’ve noticed on some teas they offer sizes in the middle of sample and a lot of tea. xD But it’s never the teas I want haha!


Of course :)

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636 tasting notes

Earlier this summer I got in a straight black tea blend mood. I ended up purchasing a few blended blacks for H & S with my order. I then attempted to drink all blends for H & S next to each other and try to compare. I am not sure if it was the day, or the way I was making tea, or the tea itself but all of the blends tasted so similar I couldn’t pick out anything to distinguish them. Usually when doing side by side comparisons you can definitely tell. On that day I tasted :

Irish Breakfast
Supreme Breakfast
Elain’s Blend
30th Anniversary
Queen Catherine.
Eight at the Fort

The only teas I remember being able to somewhat pick out were the 30th Anniversary and Queen Catherine.

I am sitting down with this tea now. No comparison. I am enjoying it, but there is nothing jumping out at me. It almost taste like there could be an oolong blended in here? It is more smooth and not harsh like some breakfast blends. It has sweet rounded edges and not the astringent finish. I am glad I was able to try this one, but this not a tea I need to have a tin of.

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166 tasting notes

This blend of 8 teas makes a very smooth and pleasing cup. As always, I sweetened with some stevia. Glad I ordered this sample (along with several others that I look forward to trying).

4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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8941 tasting notes

mmmmm another from keychange that i’m enjoying this morning. I love my mornings where i get to actually drink tea out of a mug. I’m working from home a bit this morning and then it’s in to work for literally one meeting, before we leave for the weekend. It’s super annoying, but needs to be done because i’m too committed to my customers, even if everyone else seems intent on making their lives miserable. ugh.

loving this one! I may actually need to add this to my cupboard in the future. thanks keychange!

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