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558 Tasting Notes

drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
558 tasting notes

I think this is the tea I received from AmazonV in a recent swap. It was labeled Holiday Spice, but the picture looks like what is inside the bag.

I found this tea rather weak with one sachet/8oz water steeped it for four minutes, it had a mild cinnamon and clove flavor, but not much black tea flavor.

I doubled it to 2 sachets for 8oz water and steeped for five minutes. I think I shouldn’t have steeped it for an extra minute, it brought out a bit of bitterness and there are some smoky notes to it I never would have imagined after the first brew. The cinnamon and clove are certainly more apparent, the scent of almond is hanging around the tea. The hint of smoke is intriguing.

Kashyap

average wt. of a Harney and Sons tea bag…1.5-2g…normal ‘cupping’ standard on 6-8oz water is 3g…most people use 12-16oz coffee cups/mugs…in other words…way too little tea for standard use….your doubling up was about right :)

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drank Sally's Secret by Harney & Sons
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Enjoyed a cup of this with some Lupicia’s Earl Grey Honey today. I noticed it was sweeter, but didn’t notice a stronger earl flavor. I’ll pay more attention next time. I drank this cup quickly as it was freezing in my apartment!

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drank Yamamoto by Demmers Teehaus
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I love the murky green color this is when brewed. Almost a neon happy smily face. This tasted delightful with my leftover orange chicken with rice. There was so much ginger flavor in my orange chicken I needed the citrus of this tea to calm it down. Much enjoyed.

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Stronger on the lemongrass than I remember, definitely not a sweet herbal tea. The hibiscus adds great color, and a lightly tart taste. Tastes a bit medicinal, but refreshing today.

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Finishing up the sample from Adham. I enjoy the brisk, assertive flavor of this tea. I tried a little sugar with it, and personally enjoy it better without. It does hold up to milk well. I think I prefer it plain, the spicy vanilla flavor is stronger that way.

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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
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Ahh, bliss. I haven’t had other teas in quite awhile. I’ve been so busy I wanted one I knew would relax and uplift me rather than one I would have to think alot a bout. YUM!

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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
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This tin is nearly half full…(half-empty). I must order more soon. Enjoying with a few pieces of rock sugar and a splash of milk. Tastes much better with half and half, but didn’t want to run to the store in the snow just for the half and half. Ahh…I love this tea. Bumped it up several notches in rating, because I have no clue why I rated it so low!

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Ahhh…

Boy does it feel good to relax with a cuppa tea. This is one tasty evening treat. I am happy to have an enjoyable decaf black tea in my cupboard, especially one that smells like vanilla cupcakes. Yum.

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec
Rabs

Mmm…vanilla cupcakes…

ashmanra

Now I want a cupcake with vanilla filling and frosting on top.

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drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
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Glad to have this earl back in my life. The only earl I have ever craved. I could be very happy if this were the only tea in my cupboard. So very happy to have this back in my cupboard.

ashmanra

Wow! High praise indeed to say you could be happy if this were the only tea in your cupboard. It must be magnificent!

LiberTEAS

This is an awesome Earl Grey!

Kristen

Ha ha I still can not get past my Hot Cinnamon spice craving, I have been having some everyday… I will soon need to reorder!

Meghann M

Ever since Ricky(I think it was Ricky) sent me a sample of this in a swap back when I started on steepster I have been hooked. I CRAVE this tea. I drink other Earls, but this is the perfect, non floral, non cream earl. Surprisingly I haven’t sickened of it, although I am only on my second 50g bag of it. With cream or without it is my tea.

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Received a few teabags of this from a swap with French Vanilla. I love the aroma the dry leaf produces (dry bag of leaves produces). It is grape-y, sweet and full of black tea scent.

This tastes like a lighter less astringent black tea sweetened with sweet red grapes and cheap sweet wine. I suppose it doesn’t have to be cheap wine, but it reminds me of the boones farm wine and tea. I wonder if this would make a good tea cocktail if one would use a tea concentrate with vodka or rum. Hmmm…I think I best stick to a satisfying tea. I’m glad I have the opportunity to try this tea.

gmathis

I like fruity teas that aren’t acidic and hibiscusy, so this is toward the top of my fruit list for that particular reason.

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Live in the cornfields of IL, but not too far from the city. Expecting a baby any day now (due Oct 24 2011). Sticking to mainly herbal and low caffeine teas for now. Trying to encourage my husbands tea drinking, but he adds so much sweetner he may as well just drink diet pop. I love trying new teas, and will try any tea once.

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