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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My obsession with tea really started around October 2012 when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed going out to afternoon tea with my mom. I was really into An Afternoon to Remember’s creme brulee tea, since they had an afternoon tea place at that time, which has since closed…so sad and I haven’t found a good replacement.

So, I kinda went nuts when I discovered both DavidsTea and Lupicia in the SF mall, and I still frequent them, though my tastes have substantially changed over time from wanting to try all the teas to being a bit more particular.

Once I discovered steepster, literally by looking up reviews of a DavidsTea tea, I was hooked! So many tea companies I never heard of and everything sounding so delicious!

I found I still love dessert teas, like flavored black teas, but I also really enjoy oolong (both green and roasted). I occasionally enjoy flavored rooibos and white teas. I’ve had a rough time with puerh, and still think it tastes like leather. Recently, after having some really amazing teas from Teavivre, I can now say I love unflavored Chinese black teas and green teas.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Teavivre, Golden Moon, Butiki, Lupicia, and DavidsTea.

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