30 Tasting Notes

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I am in love with Harney & Sons. They have swept me off my feet, I want all their tea…..

I bought this yesterday and made an iced tea jug…..have to say, I didn’t love it iced. It may just be that I am not at all used to black tea iced, or ?maybe I steeped too long….in any case, I found it bitter…..

I thought I would try it this morning as a hot tea….ok newbie steepster question……any reason this (iced) tea would not make a good hot tea? It comes in those big bags for iced tea, so I just cut one open and brewed up as I would any flavoured black…..very….nice….hot……smooth, tart berries, crisp and very flavourful…..love it hot……

Harney & Sons…..come to Canada…..have another online sale…..please…..

canadianadia

Hmmm…that’s a good question. I don’t see why any tea intended to be iced would not make a good hot tea. It seems your experiment has already proved this, but I suppose it may not be true of all iced teas? hmmm…sounds like a fun experiment

OMGsrsly

When I ice black teas I use a lot of leaves, and much cooler water for less time – usually I let the kettle cool 10 minutes (2 litre kettle), then steep 2 minutes. It helps with the bitter/astringent components. Also, a teensy pinch of baking soda in with the tea leaves can help. IDK how stores can make such delicious iced black teas, because I struggle to make them at home.

Oh, you could also cold steep..

Cavocorax

I’m glad you’re enjoying them. Also, yeah… I wish they had better shipping to Canada or something.

Lilysmom

My H&S order shipped today!

Lilysmom

I made this again as an iced jug, after reading all the raves about this tea on the Harney site. But, as an iced tea, it’s just too bitter for me. Maybe I steeped too long or not the right water / tea ratio, coukd be. Or I think black iced tea just might not be for me.

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I haven’t had a lot of iced tea, but this is my favorite so far. Really rich red colour and very tart raspberry flavour. Just bought this today at Chapters on a whim and have to say, I am impressed. The few other iced teas i have tried have just seemed like very ( very ) watered down juice…..this has something to it….
The big tea bags made prep super easy. I am going to play around with this one, try doctoring it up with some added fruit, etc. And now I want to try more Harney and Sons……and more iced tea…..I hope they are all as good as this….

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drank Glitter & Gold by DAVIDsTEA
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I realize that I have a lot of tea that I tried ( or bought ) in my very early tea drinking days ( ie. 6 months ago ) that I may not have really tested out…..because, there was so much tea in the world and I was a bit overwhelmed, and tried so many things so quickly…..

So, found a package of glitter and gold i had purchased a while ago, and brewed a couple of cups in the breville. I like this one….I bet I will drink it a lot around the Christmas holidays….the black base is smooth, mildly spicy, I taste the cinnamon and a bit of orange…..very nice, the flavors blend well……I will re-buy this at some point……with a bit of half and half and a tiny bit of rock sugar …. Nice treat, but not too sweet…..

It is cool and gray in vancouver…..I had the heat on, how can that be when it is almost June? Well, this is a good cool day tea……I am trying to make “doings chores” more enjoyable by sipping tea as I go……burning a nice “s’mores” candle …. It feels like fall! This is a nice tea!

TheTeaFairy

It’s so cold and grey also here in Quebec! Thank goodness for hot tea!

Lilysmom

I know, what is with the weather? I want to begin my explorations into the wonderful new world of iced tea…..but it’s too cold! I am thinking I could shop online for some iced tea stuff tho….then I would be ready…..when/if warmer weather finally arrives…..hot tea on a cool day while online shopping for summer tea and teaware……I like the sound of that!

TheTeaFairy

Me too :-)

canadianadia

It’s funny to read back on this log and see that it was only 9 days ago (possibly even less) that it was so cold out. It’s definitely warming up now. Back then I was also drinking teas with Fall and Winter themes, and now I’m drinking more of the fruity summery flavors. Gotta love that there’s a tea for every type of weather.

Lilysmom

I know, it seems summer might finally be appearing, at least for me on the west coast. As a tea newbie, I am excited for my first summer full of ( a lot! ) of iced fruity tea! Sounds good to me!

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Murchies is in my ’hood, but their shop is busy, and I thought if I asked for tons of small samples of tea, they would be ( slow ) and aggravated…..so I ordered about 14 small samples of flavoured black tea on- line…..worked ok……still trying them out, but none have jumped out yet as needing to be quickly repurchased……except this one……my favorite murchies tea so far……I went back and purchased a small bag ( 114 grams )…..it really tastes like coconut banana cream pie…..a great desert tea, flavours taste natural…..as an aside, I highly recommend the murchies biscotti…..I thought it would be hard and dry, but it is almost like a shortbread, great quality and very fresh…….they have white chocolate, cranberry…..very nice with tea……

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drank Mint Julep by DAVIDsTEA
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Finally made it into DT to check out the summer collection. The staff said they had “tons of stock” ( I was worried they would sell out, if I really liked it ) and I did like the minty smell, so I got 50 grams.

Brewed up and really taste the mint! I loved Santa’s Secret, but this one is cool tasty spearmint. Lots of spearmint! I didn’t get any coconut or fruit…..but that’s ok. I had it with a little rock sugar and a splash of half & half…..very refreshing……think I am going to make another cup…..this would be a good " drink at work" tea, I think……

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I have been on the hunt for a nice caramel black tea…..I thought this might be the one……unfortunately, I don’t get enough caramel……it is a nice smooth black tea, but if I didn’t know it was caramel tea, I don’t think I could tell from the taste……sad face……….I high hopes for this urban tea merchant caramel tea….but I think there is a better one out there……so…..the caramel tea hunt continues…..

CHAroma

I really like DAVIDsTEA’s Salted Caramel.

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drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I had tried this tea very early in my intro to the world of tea…..which is recent, I only started dring loose tea in early 2013….,I didn’t love this tea, but only tried a cup or two…..I was in Davids recently, and thought I should give it another try……I love black, flavoured sweet tea……this should be right up my alley, right?
Well, the smell is wonderful….it is cakey, buttercream…..a scent I love for candles btw……but the tea……it is just too sweet for me……and I get an oily sort of mouth feel…..it is ok, overall, but it does taste to me like drinking a hot, runny cake batter……too hard for me to drink that, at least other than the occasional cup, when I really want something sweet…..
As I let my unfinished half cup sit, the whole room smells like I lit a buttercream candle…..maybe I won’t use this one as tea, but as room scenter….wouldn’t rebuy this one……

Lilysmom

Meant to say ‘re-buy’ ( not rebut )……

OMGsrsly

Rebut is more fun! :) You can edit if you go to your “Tasting notes” page.

Lilysmom

Ah, thank you, good to know! Took me a while to find the “tasting notes” page……I am such a “newbie”!……

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drank Licorice Twist by DAVIDsTEA
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I love black licorice. When I was little, one of my best friends was from Holland, and she would share her “double salt” black licorice….an acquired taste, but I came to love them! Now, I love also love the sweeter twizzlers, the all sorts mix…..licorice…..I like it.

This tea was one of my first purchases. I dug it out of the cupboard, looking for something decaf on Sunday night. It smells “herb-y”…. This worries me, but the first sip is good…..strong sweet powerful licorice flavor….it’s spicey too, with ginger, cloves…..but the licorice is the predominant taste…..it stays in your mouth like a black hard candy…..not bad……sweet, you don’t need to add a thing…….perfect for late evening sipping, sweet strong and satisfying…….I think it is out of stock at the moment……hope it comes back, I would re-buy…..a good choice for licorice lovers…..

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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This was a sample from one of my DT orders. I was kind of hoping I wouldn’t like it much…..since I do not need more black tea! …..but……it’s good! I like licorice and chocolate so…..I didn’t stand a chance! The licorice is soft flavor, kind of spicy, like a melted twizzler?……a nice milky cocoa taste too….sometimes I think Davids mixes too many flavors together……but in this case, it all works ! Licorice, spice, cocoa creamy good!

I have a ton of black tea, and many on the “need to try” list, so won’t rush to buy this right away but would be great morning or work day tea that I would buy again sometime for sure!

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drank Napoleon by TWG Tea Company
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My first tasting note!

Made my first visit to the lovely Urban Tea Merchant shop in downtown Vancouver yesterday. What a lovely shop! (Did not realize it was right beside my dentist – will have to pay a visit now each time I go for a check up!)

Was thinking I wanted their caramel black tea, but the staff guy suggested this one – Napoleon smelled a bit sweeter, so i chose it instead, and I love it! Very smooth black base, can taste the creamy caramel and mocha. Having it with cream and a couple of swirls of the rock sugar wands they also sell….it’s very good! So good, I am drinking it at 930 at night….lets hope I sleep! A wonderful tea, highly recommend.

Anyanka

If this means you’re new, welcome! If it doesn’t, hi anyway! :)

Lilysmom

Hi Anyanka, thank you and hello too! Yes, I am new to steepster and loose tea! Just started with loose tea a few months ago, but am enjoying it so much. I think steepster looks like a great place!

Anyanka

I’m new to loose leaf too, and steepster is a wonderful place to learn more about tea. I like the tasting notes because all
the tea runs together eventually and it helps remind you which ones you like.

OMGsrsly

Hi! I’m in Vancouver as well, and am hoping to plan a couple tea meets this summer. Would you be interested? I found you searching for the Urban Tea Merchant, because I was considering going there today. :)

If you’re ever in the area, I highly recommend Steam Tea House at Nanaimo and Hastings. It’s a tiny counter, but they are awesome, and have some lovely teas. If you like maple, they have the mapleyest maple tea that I’ve ever tried.

Lilysmom

Hi OMGsrsly! Thanks for the tip about Steam House Tea – had not heard of it, but will for sure check it out. Maple tea sounds yum- (wish i had some right now!) Summer meet up sounds fun! It is great to find out about all these new places, people and tea!

OMGsrsly

It’s a bit of an addiction, to be sure. Since I discovered Steepster in the fall, my tea collection has tripled. Oops? I want to try them all! :)

CHAroma

Welcome to Steepster!

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Vancouver born, and love the city. Fairly new to tea, I found Davids Tea in early 2013 and that is where everything started. So far, my favourites are flavoured black teas, I am on a serious hunt for the perfect black caramel. I also like fruit herbals and tisanes. So far, I have mixed and limited experience with white tea and oolongs – the jury is still out. I don’t like green tea; maybe that will change.

I have tried most of the Vancouver area shops, David’s, Murchies, Granville Island Tea, UTM, and more. Just starting to branch out and order on-line. My initial experiences with Harney&Sons have been great, and I look forward to trying out many other tea brands.

I work as a research nurse, with cancer patients. Sometimes stressful but rewarding work and tea is a nice break for me. I love my cat ( that’s Lily) shopping, candles, lush baths, reading, cooking, home reno stuff and going for a relaxing massage. I like checking out new tea shops and learning more about tea. I try to go to the gym and swim when not working or drinking tea.

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