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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
695 tasting notes

Second cup of this from the sample that Janelle sent me. :)
The first cup was had when my nose was pretty stuffy from allergies, which I feel are getting a little better. The tea has that fake chocolate and nutty scent to it. The tea base has a little malt to it on the sip which merges into a hazelnut flavor at the end, met with a tiny touch of chocolate. I’m not getting much of an aftertaste at all. Adding a little cream and sugar really brings out the nuttiness of the hazelnut. I’d say the chocolate could do with being amped up a bit, but I really dislike the chemically taste I get from H&S’s chocolate flavored teas. I’m enjoying this cup, but I feel like there are better versions by other companies. I think this concludes my venture into H&S teas, which gets a thumbs down from me both in flavor of the teas and customer service in their store. :/

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
695 tasting notes

Allergy season is super bad right now and I’m suffering! My sense of taste and smell is flickering in and out today as I sip this tea. Sometimes I get a bit of nutty chocolate and other times nothing. It isn’t quite a nutella taste, which is always my comparison with chocolate and hazelnut. I have enough of this sample from Janella to have another cup and will have to save it for the return of my senses.

I kinda wish I could hibernate through the spring allergy season. :/

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I have been wanting to try this tea for a while and thanks to Janelle, I finally get to! I have been so busy lately with school, work/business and home life that I have only had time to drink tea on the go and no time to log. Today the marching band festival is in town, so I’ll be darting off to go see that shortly.

The first few sips, I taste mostly malt. I just ate sourdough french toast and wonder if that is influencing flavors. I get a little more depth to the malt flavor… maybe a little toastiness, but no chocolate. Maybe on the aftertaste if I think about it. It is really nice tho! I’m trying to remember what my experience was with the Laoshan black and how it compares, but it has been so long that I’m not sure which I prefer. Super glad to have gotten to try this tasty tea!

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Steeped at 175 for 3 minutes and poured over ice!
I’m liking this cup! The ginger is there, but is mellow. I still don’t get the juicy orchards, but the tea in the background is really well balanced. There is something a little more in the immediate after sip, but I can’t put it into words. I think I’m going to become well acquainted with this tea as the weather heats up!

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
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Sounds like a perfect summer tea!

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Holy crap, I’m loving this tea! I cold steeped it in the fridge and added a little soy creamer to it… amazing! I’m getting creamy blueberries with a danish flavor that matches it well. I could drink this all summer long and summers last about half the year here in Austin. I really hope they bring this one back. DO YOU HEAR ME 52TEAS?! BRING THIS ONE BAAAAAAAAACK!
Please. :)

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drank Happiness by Lupicia
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Grapefruit and peaches translate to lychee to me! Sample from the Lupicia newsletter. It tastes good, but pretty similar to most of the green tea fruit mixes. I wouldn’t buy it, but I wouldn’t turn down a cup either.

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175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Smoked Earl Grey by The Tao of Tea
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Pulled a serving of this out of one of the traveling boxes. I’m wondering if this is the right tea. It is a little smokey and not really EG like. A few sips in and the tea base is what I mostly taste. It’s mellow and smooth, a little bit of dry grass/hay flavor on top of malt. But that isn’t right, is it?! I feel like I need to walk away from the cup for a few minutes and come back later. Nope, still not what I would expect with the name, but also a very enjoyable cup.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Black tea & Thyme by HYLEYS
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Got this in a swap with Kaylee. Thanks Kaylee!

I tried Fauchon’s thyme tea and really liked it, so I was excited to try this version. I’m definitely getting a nice mouthful of thyme! Pretty strong for a three minute steep. I get a little tea taste on the aftertaste, but the thyme rules the sip for sure! It isn’t quite as well rounded as I remember the other tea. This one has more high notes in the sip and lacks the mid and base notes that my favorite teas have. Still, it’s pretty good if you are looking for a slightly savory thyme tea!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Awww, sipdown time. I have been avoiding this. It has that nice mellow malt to it. It’s really smooth and has a slight grassy tang at the end. I’ll have good memories to keep of this tea.

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I bought this a couple years ago now and when I first bought it, it tasted sharp and unbalanced. Now that it has had time to mature, I’m liking it much more! The orange has mellowed out and is even with the chocolate. It makes for a much smoother cup!

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My name is Dustin and I like tea.

I’m an added flavor kind of tea fan. I want my tea to remind me of cookies and cakes with coconut and almond slices with a hint of chocolate drizzled on top. I want dancing ponies and flying monkeys shooting off fireworks! I like a little sugar in my tea. I love caffeinated tea, but since I limit myself to one cup a day, I have been exploring more rooibos and honeybush teas. Rooibos now = meh and I have upped my caffeine tolerance. BRING ME CAFFEINE!!!!

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