117 Tasting Notes
Dry: Very dark green tightly rolled leaves, somewhat glossy. Lovely light slightly floral and sweet green fragrance. Fresh is the word I would use to describe this tea right out of the bag.
Steeped: I steeped 7g in my large infuser. Like other oolongs, this one needs a lot of room to expand and the large whole leaves unfurl nicely. Lovely clear yellow (tinted towards olive) liquor. Smells sweet and light with a floral-fruity oolong note.
Taste: Smooth and sweet from the first sip with a silky mouth feel. A little bit drying on the tongue, but not in an unpleasant, sour, or bitter way. Fresh and fragrant oolong with a slight fruity note. Not tasting anything buttery, vegetal, or roasted in this tea- just a light, pleasant, and enjoyable oolong. Holds up to several re-steepings, though I stopped after three to move onto something else. I have really been enjoying my Teavivre order- everything has been wonderful so far.
Dry: This one smells just like sweet and tart passionfruit. Really deliciously fragrant! Lovely dry blend of fruits, leaves, and flowers. As much as I like Harney, right off the bat this one blows the Harney raspberry herbal from last week right out of the park.
Steeped: Bright pink-red slightly cloudy liquor. Smells just like juicy passionfruit. I made this one hot, but I think it would be divine iced.
Taste: Lovely tangy blend where passionfruit meets apple. Tiny hint of sour hibiscus, but really everything goes together nicely to my palate. As it cooled, I was getting more of an apple juice note and less passionfruit, but still very good. I am apparently picky about tisanes from previous experiences, but if you like passionfruit flavors like I do, then this one is a keeper for sure. Not much of a fan of artificial ingredients, but happy to have found a caffiene-free herbal that I like so much.
Dry: I was excited to try another Harney tea after enjoying Florence quite a bit. As soon as I opened the tin, a wonderful aroma met my nose that reminded me of some sort of tart berry confection. Black tea meets black currant or maybe tart cherries, with a touch of citrus and sweet vanilla. Really wonderful dry scent- love at first sniff.
Steeped: Clear dark brown liquor for the first steep. Second steep was medium brown liquor. The amazing fragrance of this tea carries over nicely.
Taste: This one reminds me a little of the creamy Earl Grey blends, though with more complexity. Lovely black tea with a tart fruity scent and lingering note. A touch of vanilla and perhaps caramel rounds it out nicely. I really like this. Nothing overwhelms the blend and it may become one of my daily staples. I tried it with and without 2% milk and I found that I preferred it without. I plan to try it iced as I am sure the fruity notes would be delightful in the long summer afternoons.
I only had a sample size of this, but my husband and I both loved it as an afternoon iced latte. We made it according to the instructions with 2% milk as the base. The matchaccino powder blended right in without any fuss and it made the kitchen smell like creamy caramel goodness in the process.
The latte itself was a beautiful bright jade green, very attractive color. When I first sipped it, I was kind of braced thinking the caramel might taste artificial. I shouldn’t have worried though, it was delicious! This was my first matcha experience and it was a good one. For my household, this could easily substitute for dessert, though I am sure it will also be a sweet matcha treat whenever the mood hits. Yum!
Dry: Downy jade-colored tea buds. Fresh, soft, delicately fragrant, and notably sweet.
Steeped: Lovely clear gold liquor. The steeped aroma is more subtle than the dry buds, very slightly floral in a pleasant way.
Taste: This tea is a lovely experience. I am having a difficult time describing the taste because it is so mild and pleasant. I picture a dewy wildflower meadow, green with lingering sweet aromas and subtle floral notes. This is very fresh and delicate. I can see how some people are tasting melon or cucumber. All I can say is that I am really enjoying it!
It’s my birthday and my husband gave me a variable electric kettle (yay!). This is my first tea brewed with it! :)
Dry: Oolong rolled loose tea leaves and large chunks of dried pineapple. Smells like candied pineapple straight out of the sample bag, very sweet and delicious. My husband (who loves pineapple) said, “What is it? Smells good!”
Steeped: The pineapple fragrance dry smells more like dried apricots with a floral note steeped. Lovely unfurling oolong leaves always pleasant to watch in the infuser.
Taste: This is a nice light and fruity tea. The floral oolong note is lovely, with the dried apricots and pineapple really shining through. If you are looking for something with a lot of complexity, this is not it. Very pleasant oolong though overall. I think this would really shine as an iced tea in the summer. This was sent as a sampler, but I might need to pick up a bag at some point.
I had this one during a lovely breakfast at J. Christophers in Atlanta today. I was pleased that they had Harney and Sons teas as I really love Florence. Sadly, I couldn’t have anything caffeinated as I needed to go back to sleep before work overnight and this was one of two or three decaf options they had. Anyhow, this tea was in a bag and steeped in boiling water for about four minutes. The bag smelled like a tart berry blend prior to steeping. The steeped tea had a bit of a sour/tangy note in addition to the berry aroma and a deep red color in the mug. The taste was tart, tangy berries with perhaps a hint of apple, if these fruit were completely lacking in sweetness naturally. It wasn’t horribly unpleasant, but could have probably significantly benefited from a sweetener. I don’t drink many herbal teas, but this one was average to me. I’m glad I tried it, but nothing I’d order for myself to sip regularly.
Dry: Pretty loose black tea blended with white and semi-sweet chocolate chips along with red and white sprinkles. Has a wonderfully rich, sweet, and decadent aroma right out of the bag- this is a dessert tea for sure!
Steeped: Dark red-brown cloudy liquor with slight film on top. Not the prettiest tea liquor, but I attribute that to the chocolate and sprinkles melting into the brew during steeping. Smells like caramel cupcakes to my nose straight from the teapot.
Taste: After drinking primarily unflavored teas for a while before this one, I was a bit taken aback by how rich and sweet it is. I made it a few more times though and each cup was more appealing than the last as I started to pay attention to the nuances of the flavor, tea, and wonderful cake-y aroma. I get maple, vanilla, caramel or brown sugar, and chocolate notes and they somehow work together beautifully. Now this is probably my favorite dessert tea and I enjoy it for breakfast on days I am craving something sweet as well. This blends nicely with other breakfast black teas if you want to dilute the red velvet cake sugary notes and holds up to at least two steeps pretty well. I prefer it with a dash of milk and my only complaint is the artificial ingredients, though I guess some are required to make a tea that really does taste like a bakery creation. Yum!
Dry: Rich aroma of vanilla and lemony bergamot! This was one of the original teas that encouraged me to make the switch from coffee in the mornings. Pretty loose leaf black tea blended with cornflower petals.
Steeped: Deep brown clear liquor, no oily sheen noted. Smells wonderful! The citrus bergamot flavour can be too much for me in some Earl Grey blends, but this one is rounded out in a lovely way with straight-up vanilla and black tea.
Taste: I’m sure it will change at some point, but this is my current go-to morning tea. On the tongue, it is just as described: creamy vanilla meets citrus bergamot in a lovely organic black tea. It does hold up to multiple steepings, though it tends to lose creamy vanilla notes with the 2nd and 3rd. I like it with a dash of milk or without, hot or cold- very versatile. I don’t tend to add any sweetener, though if you have a sweet tooth then it may be just the thing. Overall, this blend is one of my go-to favorites and is also a lovely selection to introduce a friend or loved one to loose leaf tea.
Dry: Smells very buttery! And with a strong rum note as well, just as described. Pretty loose black tea with coconut flakes and cornflower petals.
Steeped: Brown clear liquor with a slight oil on top, presumably from the coconut flakes. Potent buttery-rum aroma, stronger on the butter note after steeping.
Taste: Hot buttered rum! I really think they nailed this one. I’ve made traditional recipes in winter and variations thereof, but I like this even better than the real thing (and it is a lot healthier, too). As this cools, I get notes beyond butter and rum including vanilla and coconut. I’ve found that I prefer this with a dash of 2% milk and a touch of something sweet to really bring out the flavor. To add more of a robust tea note, I’ve blended it with David’s English Breakfast for my morning cuppa. I’ve also tried it as suggested with rum and brown sugar and it was also exactly as described. This one doesn’t really hold up as well to multiple steepings in my experience (loses notes), but overall completely meets my expectations for a Buttered Rum tea and an added bonus is that it is organic.