869 Tasting Notes
I had to make an order from Harney and Sons because this tea was on sale. I had wanted to try it for a while. I like to make iced tea and cold brewed teas but I have never actually bought tea specifically designed to make iced tea before.
The tea comes in huge tea bags. There is a gentle smell of sweet fuzzy peach over the black tea.
I brewed this as recommended on the Harney website, 1 pouch of tea in 2 cups of boiling water for 15 minutes, remove tea bag and squeeze out liquid, add 6 cups of cold water. I also added a few tablespoons of sugar to sweeten it. I made it last night and then put it in the fridge for today.
It tasted like a medium black tea base with gentle notes of peach. It feels like a thick liquid, with a vegetal aftertaste. It is refreshing and cooling. This makes a delicious iced tea. Right now the weather where I am can be described as winter storm, despite being the middle of April. I had planned to keep this tea and use it through the summer. But I might have to make a few pitchers of tea just to dream of the summer that will hopefully come.
Made this one again this morning as my first cup of the day. The packaging recommends 4 minute brew which I did the first time. It turned out good. But for a black tea I usually do a 2 minute steep. So I tried 2 minutes this morning. The spice of the tea is a bit more predominate with less orange flavour on the 2 minute steep. It tastes more creamy on the shorter steep. I think I like this one with a longer steep just because there is more orange flavour. Also with the 4 minute steep, I did not find the black tea base to get too overpowering (which is why I normally stick with a shorter steep for black teas).
This tea smells AMAZING! Its one of those teas that can double as pot pourri. It smells like candy strawberries. So good. There is green tea leaf with chunks of papaya and strawberry. I am assuming the papaya gives it the candy scent.
The brewed tea smells very close to real strawberries. Almost like fresh homemade strawberry jam.
The taste of the brewed tea is a cross between real strawberry and candy strawberry flavour. It is the closest to real strawberry tasting tea I have tried. This was an impulse purchase, so I am super happy it is delicious!
I could have added some sweetener but chose not to for the first tasting. Will probably add it next time depending on my mood.
I mixed this one with blueberry bliss. I did not like the blueberry bliss on its own. When brewed together, it makes a beautiful light pink-orange liquor. The smell is strongly of the peach bellini. The taste is peach bellini with a little bit of blueberry in it. To me it makes the blueberry bliss more palatable. However, the tea tastes a bit watered down when the two are mixed together.
Although blending these teas makes the blueberry bliss more tolerable, I still prefer the peach bellini blush on its own.
I will start out by being very honest, I hate blueberry flavouring. I like fresh blueberries, but I hate blueberry flavouring and scents. So I knew outright I was not going to like this tea. It came as part of my tea of the month club.
I think the best I can say about this tea is it does taste exactly like artificial blueberry flavouring. Like the kind they use in cereals, ice cream, lip gloss, etc.
I do not like it.
Super excited to receive this in a swap from Sil.
My granparents are farmers, so growing up I would often eat raw/whole wheat, barley, buckwheat, etc. To this day I love chewing on raw, fresh grains. Hello (natural) carbs!
This tea smells and tastes like heavy bread or pretzels. Definitely a buckwheat taste. I actually ate the buckwheat after it was steeped. So good. The tea is also slightly sweet on its own which is nice.
I have been looking for wheat/barley teas like mugicha and soba cha at asian/international grocery stores. Haven’t found what I am looking for just yet. Although I am sure I could call up my grandpa and source it for free…
Totally bought this tea solely due to its name. Marketing works! Ha ha.
The dry tea smells like those little gelatin type desserts you can get at asian restaurants. Definitely smell ginger and floral lychee. The floral scent is not perfumey, more like what candied flower petals taste like. Also sweet, like candied ginger. The ginger is not overpowering.
The tea tastes strongly of sweet, candy like lychee flavour. The have never actually had a lychee fruit. I would like to buy one but have no idea how to eat it. Ha. So I avoid them at the grocery store. But I have had lychee flavoured foods and desserts and I would definitely say this is lychee flavour. There is definitely a ginger flavour but it is very light. Blends well with the lychee. There is a sweet taste to the tea. Moreso sweet like how fruit can be sweet and not sweet like sugar.
Glad I tried this one. Am impressed with the tea, even after falling for a brilliant marketing ploy! :)
I got this in a swap from Ellen.
I love blackberries. This is the best time of year, because they tend to be “in season” in the grocery store.
The dry tea bags definitely smells like blackberries. More on the tart side. I don’t smell any sage.
The brewed tea smell reminds me of sweet tarts. Definitely get that not quite ripe blackberry taste.
The liquor has that kind of sweet tarts taste. There is sage in the background. There is a sweetness to the tea, but more of a tart sweetness than a sugar sweetness. Mostly, you can taste the black tea base. It is a bit artificial tasting.
This tea was on my shopping list for a long time, so I am happy I had the chance to get it in a swap. Thanks again Ellen.
The smell of this tea is intoxicating to me. It is like sweet dried apples, but not too tart.
The smell of the brewed tea is amazing. I can’t quite put my finger on what it smells like. It is almost like those sprinkles that you put on hard sugar cookies, the ones that look like glitter. I can smell apples, peach, vanilla, white chocolate, very sweet but not overpowering. Almost like icing.
The taste of the tea is similar to the smell, but not as complex. You can taste the strong black base, the apples and possibly the apricot, or it might be peach. You can also taste the vanilla.
I think I like this one better than Marie Antionette.
I find that Nina’s Paris teas taste best when brewed for shorter periods of time, around 2 min. Otherwise the black base gets too strong.