drank Boston by Harney & Sons
333 tasting notes

Tried this again today as one of my “cold brew things I wouldn’t regularly cold brew” experiments. The result was sweet. Really, really sweet. Just opening the container gave me a full whiff of sugary aroma. The flavor was also quite sweet, with a bit of lingering cranberry, but not as tea-like or rich as it had been when brewed hot. However, the somewhat astringent finish of the hot brew was gone in this preparation, and it was silky smooth.

Overall, I’m not sure I’d try this one cold again. This does seem to be a method for finding out if a blend has more flavoring than I would like.

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I grew up in a tea-loving family, and tea has always been a part of daily life. I’m still astounded by the amount of tea and teaware back home every time I visit! While I’m most familiar with straight Chinese teas, I’m growing to explore and appreciate other types of tea, including blended and flavored ones. A good blend can reflect the thought and creativity that was put into making it, instead of being too sweet or busy in a way that gives the “genre” a bad rap.

-most black teas (even lapsang)
-most oolongs, especially Fujian teas, baozhong and dancong
-straight white teas

Variable (some are great, some not so):
-most green teas
-tie guan yin
-flavored white teas

90-100: definite repurchase if possible, recommended
80-90: enjoyed, possible repurchase
70-80: fair to good
60-70: fair with some shortcomings
50-60: there’s still a chance I’d take this if it were free
under 50: absolutely not


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