869 Tasting Notes

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drank Peach Iced Tea by Harney & Sons
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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.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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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).

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

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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.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

oh man… sounds soo good!

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84
drank Lady Grey by Twinings
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Surprisingly, this is my first Lady Grey. Thanks to Ellen for this in a swap!

Overall this is a good tea. Differs from Earl Grey in that there is less bergamot flavour and more of a citrous-lemon flavour. I think I prefer Earl Grey though. I heart bergamot!!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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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.

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drank Blueberry Bliss Rooibos by Teavana
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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.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Anyanka

I’m with you. Fake blueberry is repulsive to me and I stay away from blueberry teas because I’m worried that even if they used real blueberries, they’d try to kick it up a notch by adding some extra flavoring.

Chizakura

Yuck. Lipgloss tea. Blech. I’m seriously thinking that Teavana literally doesn’t have a single flavored tea that doesn’t involve artificial ingredients.

Even DavidsTea has multiple options without.

Nxtdoor

You have a teavana membership? I thought of it but I don’t know if I want to commit since there’s so much other tea I’m tempted by.

Lala

I subscribed to the blissful moments tea of the month club for 6 months. Every month you get two 2oz packages of tea that you can enjoy individually or mixed together. It is supposed to be caffeine free but some months I have gotten white tea. I wanted to try it just because you could blend the two teas together. I don’t think I will renew it but it was nice as it forced me to try some teas that I normally would have never bought, and I ended up liking them.

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84
drank Black Buckwheat Tea by Tiger Line
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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…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

haha magic mystery tea win! On a side note lupicia has some barley/wheat type teas that aren’t bad and i think Azzrian had found a couple a while back as well.

Lala

ha ha thanks! I will have to check that out. Harneys also have/had a soba cha tea I will have to check into. I wonder if drinking carbs is better than eating them ? ;)

Sil

LOL you let me know…except in this case you also ate them :)

Lala

Hmmm…you have a good point. Damn carbs get me every time!

jessiwrites

I ordered a sample of the Soba Cha from Harney & Sons… sounds delicious!

Lala

I look forward to your tasting note to see if it is good or not.

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94
drank Blue Ginger by Harney & Sons
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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! :)

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

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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.

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

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97
drank Eve by Nina's Paris
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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.

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

This sounds seriously delicious. Wow!

Lala

Of the few Nina’s Teas I have tried so far, this is my favorite.

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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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