We've been buying Harney & Sons teas by the pound for years now. We drink a LOT of ice tea in our family and prefer to brew our own. While Palm Court has been our go-to for awhile for good ice tea, we are switching to Queen Catherine for a nice change. This makes an excellent cold tea - nice and strong but with some character.
I wouldn't describe this tea as smokey at all.
It is, however, a family favorite––amongst many Harney & Sons black teas. We all take our tea with milk, and this one goes particularly well with a sweet treat of some kind (scone, cookie, teacake...). Just lovely. A strong brew, but not as intense as Eight at the Fort.
This tea has an exquisite flavor that is enhanced by brewing for an additional 5-10 minutes, then adding a generous amount of milk and sugar. I'm not sure how to describe the flavor--it's subtle and intense at the same time, with hints of things I've never tasted before. I would not describe this tea as "smokey."
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