Havakai Frost

Tea type
Black Tea
Black Tea
Guava, Mango
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Average preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 oz / 236 ml

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This tea comes from the mountain of Nilgiris in southern India. Although this area is in the tropics, the mountains’ elevation makes for cold nights. So the tea plant grows very slowly and the flavor is concentrated. This tea is highly withered and lightly oxidized, makes for a very bright and brisk cup.

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216 tasting notes

I’ve had this a few times previous, but delayed writing a review as I’m having trouble describing what I am tasting.

I tend to only steep my teas for a few minutes and re steep them multiple times. It just seems like a waste to not do so.

So the first steep on this tea is kind of . . I would have maybe said harsh, but I see someone else described it as sharp, and maybe that might be a better word? Its also astringent though I would not describe it as sour at all. It seems mostly on the back end of the sip and after swallowing.

Second steep, is a little more mild, but still astringent. I wish I had a better description for the actual flavor, but I am severely lacking the words.

Overall, this is not something I am enjoying, though I may try it a few more times. Might work better as iced or cold brewed.

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103 tasting notes

This is a wonderful tea and I hope it remains in the Harney and Sons lineup. Brewed for a short steep of two minutes it is perfect. Gives some basic lighter black tea notes like a Ceylon afternoon tea maybe, but with the oolong-like addition of some tropical fruitiness of guava or mango. Definitely some vanilla in the aroma as described by Harney and sons. At 2 minutes of steeping you should get a really nice, deep, and balanced cup. But be warned that this one will get bitter quickly if steeped for longer times.

Flavors: Guava, Mango

Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

Finally got around to reviewing this tea like I said I would. Only 9 months later, LOL. Sometimes you need to have a tea around for a while before you know how you feel about it.

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1751 tasting notes

Perhaps I overstepped this, but it is quite offensive. It’s extremely sharp, sour, and dry.

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2262 tasting notes

I may have underleafed this one a bit, but I didn’t want to have too much caffeine today. To me, the flavor isn’t very interesting. It’s a bit astringent. I feel like I can taste a bit of maltiness. I would have liked if it were bolder. It was okay, but not for me, and definitely not the best in its category.

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