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drank Tilleul by Harney & Sons
764 tasting notes

Well….
Hmmm….
Ummm…

I received this one as a free sample in my recent Harney order. They actually gave me two free samples, both this tea. The description of the tea on the package doesn’t sound too bad. This was the usual Harney sachet.

The dry tea looks like crushed up chammomile. So I brewed it up. The tea smells like frozen fish sticks. No jokes. It is very pu’erh, fishy. Also very deeply woody. But unfortunately like the old rotting wood and pine needles that have been laying on a forest floor for a few years. The kind when you step on it, you kind of sink in a bit.

Before I tasted it, I added some honey, lots of honey. I don’t usually add honey to my tea but I just couldn’t stomach the smell of the brewed tea.

To be honest, it is a bit hard to tell the taste. I also just ate a piece of pickled garlic because I am getting a sinus infection. Garlic works wonders for my immune system. I also love garlic. Mmmmm.

Ok back to the tea. Even though I have garlic lingering on my palate, I am getting a very woodsy type taste. More like cedar mixed with pine. There is a tingling feeling that I sometimes get with mint but there is no mint flavour. Even though I put about a TBSP of honey in the tea, it is only minimally sweet. This tea is very reminiscent of chamomile and chrysanthemum teas. Neither of which are even close to being on my “meh” tea list.

I think this is a good herbal tea, its not fruity, not spicey, definitely different. But I am not liking different tonight.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Anna

Tilleul? That’s linden! Tree tea? Urgh.

Lala

Tree tea! Ha ha, that is awesome. It is supposed to be a blend of linden tree flowers and leaves (according to the description anyway).

Anna

Ugh, just EW, why? Why would I want to drink a LINDEN?! Squirrelbrew!!!

Also, mmm, garlic. I cannot get enough of it.

OMGsrsly

It’s supposed to be really good for you! Kinda like.. why would any one drink stinging nettles? But I do, and I actually have come to really like the flavour.

Anna

I love nettles. So tasty, so versatile.

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Anna

Tilleul? That’s linden! Tree tea? Urgh.

Lala

Tree tea! Ha ha, that is awesome. It is supposed to be a blend of linden tree flowers and leaves (according to the description anyway).

Anna

Ugh, just EW, why? Why would I want to drink a LINDEN?! Squirrelbrew!!!

Also, mmm, garlic. I cannot get enough of it.

OMGsrsly

It’s supposed to be really good for you! Kinda like.. why would any one drink stinging nettles? But I do, and I actually have come to really like the flavour.

Anna

I love nettles. So tasty, so versatile.

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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