1113 Tasting Notes

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drank East Frisian by Harney & Sons
1113 tasting notes

I picked up a new tin of this, and I couldn’t wait to start using it. It’s a wonderful blend of Assam, Ceylon, and Darjeeling, and today I added the tiniest amount of Lapsang Souchong in as well. It’s delicious. There’s malt, bread, honey and light citrus notes, and then there’s the slightest hint of smoke from the LS. So good. I often add cream and sweetener to my cup when drinking this one. It’s full bodied enough to get me up and moving, but it’s so delightfully tasty that I want to sit and savor each sip. Given that today is a Saturday and I have no plans but to decorate my front porch for fall, I think I’ll opt to sit and savor another cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Good choice! (Tea and activities both!)

ashmanra

That sounds like a perfect Saturday!

Veronica

My daughter and I had quite the debate about what a “September appropriate” porch looks like. According to her it should be mums and welcome fall type stuff. I’m all for having pumpkins out from now until Thanksgiving. There are pumpkins :)

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71
drank Shui Xian Oolong by Made Of Tea
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This is a very basic oolong. The dry leaves were broken and smelled of hay and charred wood. I did a three minute steep at 195 degrees. There are notes of mineral, dry hay, and wood. There’s also a strong flavor of toasty leaves. It was pleasant enough that I did a second steep, which was also enjoyable but not memorable.

It has been quite awhile since I’ve had oolong in my cup. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed, but for whatever reason don’t seek out when I’m placing a tea order. This has made me want to do a little research and perhaps add an oolong to my shelf. It won’t be this one, but I’m glad I’ll have the rest of this sample to enjoy while I’m deciding on the next one to try.

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Char, Hay, Mineral, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
gmathis

This definitely leans to the side of the oolong spectrum I like best.

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70

I did a thing. I decided to get a Sipsby subscription as a way to keep trying new teas without getting overwhelmed with a huge amount of tea. My monthly box should be a good mix of black, green, oolong, and herbal (all things I enjoy). Of course, I then proceeded to pick up their pumpkin tea box, one of the seasonal boxes, so now I have lots of new teas to try. My hope is that I can keep my “core” teas to around 10, but still try something new each month.

This tea… it’s bagged and very powdery. I brought it to work with me this morning, and I’m not mad about it. The tea is light with a faint spice smell. Unsweetened this had a note of nutmeg and clove. The base tea was… nothing. Sweetened there were notes of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and apple. It reminded me of spiced cider but muted. Easy to drink, but nothing I feel deserves my time and attention which makes it a perfect work tea.

Didn’t love this one, but I didn’t hate it either. I’ll bring the other three tea bags to work with me and use them up.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Red Apple

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

Sipdown.

I enjoyed this one. There are notes of apricot at the beginning of the sip, and a sweet hay note that lingers at the back of the throat. There’s also the muscatal note that is present throughout the cup. Easily one of my current favorites. I’ll pick up more in the near future, so this isn’t so much “goodbye” as “see you soon”.

Flavors: Apricot, Hay, Mineral, Muscatel

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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84
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
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This was a repurchase for me, and I continue to enjoy it. The pineapple flavor is fresh and sweet, and the green tea base is slightly creamy and a bit grassy. It’s a nice combination that works well hot or cold. I’ll probably get more of this for summer even though I know I’ll blow through it as a cold brew.

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90
drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
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I have to admit I’m sad to see this one go. This company no longer sells tea, though they do sell beautiful tea accessories. This was a favorite tea of mine for a long, long time. It was rich and malty and full of decadent cocoa notes. So good. This one’s going to be missed.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I don’t know whether you’ve tried the Fengqing Dragon Pearl black tea from Teavivre, but it’s a really nice and satisfying malty cocoa tea.

Veronica

Thank you! I haven’t tried that one yet, but I definitely will. I’d love to get some Teavivre teas in my cupboard again.

Cameron B.

Feel free to let me know if you’d like to try before you buy!

Leafhopper

I loved their peppermint tea. I remember liking a couple of their black teas as well, though I’m not sure I had the pearls. Too bad they’re no longer selling tea.

tea-sipper

Yeah, this was a favorite of mine, too! More like a “snail” than a “pearl” though. I don’t see many tea shops carrying it.

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80

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I never did get toasted rice and sesame notes from this tea, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. The coconut and caramel flavors made this a nice dessert tea. It was a tasty mid-afternoon pick me up. It was nice hot or if it cooled down (on those days when work kept me away from my mug). I don’t see myself buying more of this since there are other coconut teas that I like more, but I would happily accept a cup if someone offered it to me.

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85

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Oof. I blew through this one. To be fair, it was delicious, and it hit all the right notes for me. Lately I’ve been wanting orange and vanilla teas, and I’ve also been liking ginger and rose flavors. This tea has all that and more. Given the wide variety of flavors you’d think this tea would be a kick in the throat, but it’s not. It’s gently and almost soft while still having a variety of flavors that work well together.

If H&S ever gets more stock of this I’ll happily buy another tin. Although I do wish they would sell this as a loose tea. I believe it’s only been offered in sachets so far.

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

Sounds really good!

gmathis

This sounds delicious! One measure of tea quality is flavor, one is the moment you look at the empty thin and wonder why it’s already gone!

Veronica

It was definitely tasty! And gmathis, you are so right! When I open a container of tea and realize it’s almost gone I either think “ thank goodness!,” or “ I’m going to miss this when it’s gone”. That’s the moment when I know for sure how I feel about a tea! :)

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87
drank Hot Apple Spice by Harney & Sons
1113 tasting notes

Sipdown!

I’m sipping on my last cup of this while I scroll through tasting notes and catch up on what everyone has been up to. I hope you are all well! I have to say I’m happy it’s Friday, and I’m happy that I have no plans this evening. For my own sanity I’m taking the weekend off from studying, so I’m almost giddy with the thought of having a weekend full of nothing to do. Except write tea notes… and read a book just for fun… yep, that’s all the excitement I require for the next few days!

Ok, tea note… This could easily be a fall/winter staple for me. It’s a lot like Hot Cinnamon Spice but with a bit of an apple note at the end of the sip. It’s perfect for cooler weather although I’d happily drink it year round. That said, there’s nothing overly special about this tea. There are a million cinnamon teas out there, and while this one is nice I do wish the apple was more flavor forward. I think that would take this from being a run of the mill tea to something truly special.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

I’m totally with you, more apple please! But a little apple is better than no apple at all, I suppose. ;)

ashmanra

Enjoy your weekend to the hilt!

tea-sipper

Yep, that was my Saturday — FUN reading a novel and reading tasting notes. :D

Veronica

Isn’t reading for fun the best? I love a good story that takes me completely out of my own head.

Martin Bednář

I wish I could read anything else but coursebooks!

tea-sipper

One day soon, Martin!

Veronica

Martin, a teacher told me years ago to read 25 pages of a novel while eating breakfast. It doesn’t take long, and even though it’s just a few pages it adds up quickly. That’s how I read most of my books that aren’t work or study related. I’ve found that it motivates me to get out of bed on time, it starts my day off in a relaxing way, and I’m able to finish between 15 to 24 books a year (depending on length). It’s such a simple thing, but it’s been great for me!

Mastress Alita

I’m a librarian, and I’m also a very slow reader! I find just using the 15 minute breaks at work help move a book along; admittedly, I now read a lot of graphic novels because I can read them quicker than novels (and have just been in sort of a “mood” for them!)

Martin Bednář

Veronica that sounds like a good idea :) I will certainly think about it. maybe some easy-reading books to come. But how I can choose books from library, when I can’t look into the books? (Libraries closed down here, curbside pickup possible)

Mastress Alita

We were on curbside for a long time (though open to public once again, but on slightly reduced hours). Our entire catalog is online and our bibliographic records have Library of Congress subject headings for each item, as well as (usually) the summary of the book (the same one you’d read off the back cover or the Amazon page). Holds could be placed directly through the website with a library card # (or we’d do it on behalf of a patron if they weren’t tech savvy and just called us). We also offered “surprise packs” where a patron could just say, “I like cozy mysteries!” or “I really like John Grisham novels!” and our reference department would pull 4-5 random items for that patron based on that info for pickup or delivery. That turned out to be a hit!

Martin Bednář

My library have catalog online as well, but I like picking the book from the shelf and decide there. Based on the cover, letter size, considering thickness of the book and so on. It is certainly harder to choose online.
Surprise packs are interesting idea and I think it was here for a moment too, but unfortunately often they have only one copy and they couldn’t offer it in hold. \So, hard to say what is best opinion… but certainly I will try to read something but coursebooks :)

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Sipdown.

I finished off my little tin of this, and I enjoyed every sip. When I have this in my cupboard it’s my go-to night time tea. Why would I reach for anything else when I have this vanilla caramel-y decaffinated goodness waiting for me? That said, I’m not going to repurchase this right away. I’m going to drink some of the other teas and tisanes on my shelf for a while. I usually place a H&S order in the fall, so maybe I’ll pick up more of this then.

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