89 Tasting Notes

77

A nice classic Earl Grey. I find that I like the bergamont that Harney uses much more than others I’ve come across thus far. Medium strength, preferring this blend without milk. Solid black base, slightly malty.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Lala

Totally hate tea ninjas. I have certain teas that I hide from family members/guests, not to be rude but because I don’t want it all to go missing while I’m not looking :P

Alphakitty

They went through a whole tin without asking? How rude!

Miss Starfish

My issue was the lengths they went to, to hide everything. I would have been happy to open it and share if they had asked. Oh well.

Kittenna

I feel like I missed something here….. O.o

Miss Starfish

Yeah, I removed the negativity from my review. I had some house guests who opened my tin of this without asking, and went through all but one bag, while purposefully hiding that they were doing so. I don’t understand why they felt the need to be sneaky, but figured people who were looking up tasting notes for Earl Grey Imperial didn’t need to hear me rant ;)

Kittenna

Ahh. I am not nearly as thoughtful as you! That would drive me crazy, btw! I’m lucky that nobody steals my tea here (granted, it is in my room, which is technically off-limits to my roomies).

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78

I’m not really a fan of Chamomile. By not really, I suppose I mean…at all. In fact I’m normally a “nose wrinkler” when it’s mentioned. Yup, afraid so. That being said, I actually liked this. Perhaps I’ve just been drinking poorly blended, low quality Chamomile previously… who knows!

This is smooth. I certainly don’t get the apples that Harney mentions, but I don’t feel at a loss because of it. Lots and lots of large chamomile buds in the sachet. I’m starting to feel less gypped at there only being 3 sachets in this tag-along vs the normal 5.

Okay Chamomile, I’ll concede. You may just earn a spot in my permanent cupboard yet! Although I’m still not a fan of your natural musk.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Lala

I also am not a fan of chamomile. But I think I will have to try this after reading your review.

Shmiracles

noooo really? chamomile was okay? idk, … skeptical shmiracles is skeptical. (but i’ll consider it i suppose) ;)

Miss Starfish

I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome of this. It’s great that it comes in tag-a-longs for the chamomile hesitant among us. ;)

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100

This is a lovely black with a melange of stone fruits that remind me of the orchards in the south island where I grew up. I’m getting apricots, nectarines, plum, maybe a touch of fresh dark cherries. The stone fruits come through more strongly in fragrance than taste. When it’s raining and dreary, like it is today, and I’m after something comforting, this is my go-to cup with milk. Sometimes with sugar, but not often.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
ClassieLassie

I picked this up on my most recent tea acquisition spree. Can’t wait to try it out – Your review sounds so yummy!

Miss Starfish

I absolutely adore it. Hope you enjoy it and I’ll keep an eye out for your review!

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78

I blind purchased this because I absolutely love coconut. My first 3 cups at longer steeping times (+3 mins) were all disappointments. Very bitter, no coconut – just floral and sickeningly sweet. Blerg!

But, when steeped for 3 minutes or less, I get coconut reminiscent of coconut ice, and a slight chocolate hit. Very sweet. When milk is added, the creaminess of the coconut comes out a titch more but not much. When cooled, it becomes very floral. A nice medium-light dessert tea.

I’m on the hunt for a great coconut, and while this isn’t bad, I don’t think this is it. So may not replenish this one once I’m out. We’ll see what future cups bring.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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67

Full disclosure, I’m not normally one for Breakfast teas.

BY THE BEARD OF ZEUS! THIS IS STRONG!
Wow, wow, wow, wow! SO strong. Smooth. and STRONG. Is this Assam? Seems like it might be Assam… DAMN IT’S STRONG. People really steep this for 5 minutes?

OKAY, LET’S ADD SOME MILK! BETTER! Less strong! More creamy!
Milk was a good choice.

Edit: This review is the result of 7 different cups of black tea on an empty stomach. I’m going to leave it as is to warn about the dangers of writing reviews while highly caffeinated. Oh, the shame.

Stay in school, don’t do drugs, moderation in all things – even tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Mercuryhime

That was great!

ClassieLassie

This was one I almost picked up on the most recent tea spree. I decided I had enough “breakfast blends”. I put myself on that particular shop’s list for when they get another shipment of Birthday tea in; now I think I’ll go ahead & grab this when they call me that Birthday is in.

Miss Starfish

Let me know how you find the Birthday tea ClassieLassie. Harney NZ will be importing it soon and I’ve been eying it curiously.

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93

I always have a small box of this handy. My guy likes to over eat a lot, so this comes in handy when the moans start. It’s always seemed like a great quality peppermint tea, is easily available in most supermarkets here, and is reasonably cheap. Winner winner, [following] chicken dinner! ;)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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83

This is a nice mild green tea. I get more of a sweet orange or tangerine, than normal orange, which is quite nice. The tea itself is more of a light-medium green base. Nothing is overpowering. Overall I can see why it’s suggested by Harney as an introductionary green tea

Nice to have in a tagalong for when I’m in the mood, but I wouldn’t go through enough for it to be a staple. For me, this is a lovely once-in-a-while tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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85
drank Green Peach by t Leaf T
89 tasting notes

I bought a large bag of this a couple months ago from my local tea shop and have been enjoying it off and on. The leaves have quite large chucks of dried peaches mixed in and smells delicious. The green roiboos base is a good match and isn’t dominant at all. There’s a great peach flavour, but I wouldn’t call it “juicy” or overpowering. My steep times are generally 5-7 minutes, although it can go for ages without becoming bitter.

I generally make a cup of this, thanks to it’s forgiving nature, if I’m feeling especially absent minded and am afraid I’ll forget about the tea, haha!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Shelyteadrinker79

I want to try this

Miss Starfish

I think the company ships overseas, or I’d be open to swapping some (since the smallest size available is a 100g bag) with you once things quiet down here. :)

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94

I’ll admit, I was a little afraid to steep this for 6 minutes, having only ever steeped Oolongs for much much shorter times, but it came out absolutely lovely. Sweet, soft, beautiful. Mmmmm.

The second steep was much less sweet with more of the oolong leaf flavor coming through, but very nice with a light floral fragrance and taste.

Having never had an Oriental Beauty before, I was quite interested to hear how it was made. Here’s a blog post (To which I am not affiliated) on some basic history – http://teamasters.blogspot.co.nz/2007/02/study-of-oriental-beauty.html.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 6 min, 30 sec
Vida pour Tea

Thanks for this rating Miss Starfish! Always looking for a great oolong!

Miss Starfish

You’re most welcome! It’s quickly becoming one of my favourite Oolongs.

Kasumi no Chajin

sounds lovely!

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I’m actually wondering if the tea I have received is off or old. I smelled the dry leaves and…nothing. No scent. My nose is extremely sensitive too. I’ve never had a tea that hasn’t smelled like something before. I ground a few of the curls up and there was a little scent, but barely.

I steeped this tea for just under 5 minutes. It tasted a bit odd. Slightly malty, but mostly just something I couldn’t put my finger on and it wasn’t very pleasant. Surprisingly weak for such a long steep.

Overall, I think I may have got a bad batch – at least, I hope so! Very disappointing. Not leaving a rating.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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I generally take my tea straight, although occasionally blacks may end up with a splash of milk if I’m after a certain comfort factor. I’m enjoying expanding my tea palate, and am so far favoring whites and greens the most, although oolongs and blacks aren’t that far behind. Still deciding on rooibos, and have yet to try honeybush.

Likes: Coconut (addict), Peach, Honeydew, Various Melons, Lychee, Nectarine, [Blood and normal] Orange, Tangerine, Berries in general, but specifically Strawberry and Raspberry, Chocolate, Pumpkin, Caramel, Pecan…

Dislikes: Licorice, Coffee, Grapefruit…

I haven’t perfected a rating table as of yet, so here’s some bad tea jokes instead!

What is a baby teapots favorite game?
Pekoe-boo.

What does a teapot say to it’s lover?
O, dajarling!

How long does it take to ship tea from China by slow boat?
Oolong Time!

What does a tea bag do when it’s tired?
It seeps.

What do lady teapots like to wear?
String of Earls!

Why did the tea get away?
Because it was loose.

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New Zealand

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