drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Enjoyed this tea more yesterday. I think I was expecting it to taste like Nutella, and was disappointed when it didn’t. However, I am comparing it to the Nutella available in the U.S., which I think may be different than the Nutella I became acquainted with when I visited Europe. That was more than 10 years ago, so I can’t remember, but it’s probably less sugared-up than the U.S. version, which, btw, I eat frequently. ;) So now that I’ve changed my expectations, I like this tea. It’s really good with milk and sugar and steeped 4 minutes. I think steeping it at 5 minutes, as directed by the label, makes it too bitter, astringent.

whatshesaid

Agreed! I did not enjoy this the first time and was sorely disappointed because I expected more of a dessert taste. Steeped at 3.5 minutes vs 5 made me really appreciate it!

Dinosara

Yeah, I find European nutella to be better than its American counterpart, but I prefer “off-brand” European hazelnut-chocolate spreads even more… Like Nutkao, or the Greek version Merenda. A lot of them have more hazelnut flavor and are divine.

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whatshesaid

Agreed! I did not enjoy this the first time and was sorely disappointed because I expected more of a dessert taste. Steeped at 3.5 minutes vs 5 made me really appreciate it!

Dinosara

Yeah, I find European nutella to be better than its American counterpart, but I prefer “off-brand” European hazelnut-chocolate spreads even more… Like Nutkao, or the Greek version Merenda. A lot of them have more hazelnut flavor and are divine.

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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