479 Tasting Notes

drank Florence by Harney & Sons
479 tasting notes

My mom got us some of this to split in her last Harney’s order. I picked it up last weekend, when we had tea for her and my grandmother’s birthdays. Tea was so fun…had scones, cupcakes, and chocolate covered strawberries! Delicious! We also drank a bunch of my favorites, because my mom hadn’t tried them yet. We had blueberry crumble, ceylon star, and maple pecan oolong! Yum! We drank them in cute little teacups, which, for me, was not enough tea! I need my large 12-16 oz. mug! Crude, yes, but, I get more tea!

So, this tea….I think my expectations were too high. I really thought it would taste like Nutella. My mom warned me that the smell was better than the taste, and she’s right. It was good, but not as great as I was expecting. I’m also finding that I don’t like a lot of chocolate teas, which is a bummer because I really like chocolate! I can taste both the chocolate and the hazelnut, but wish the flavor was stronger. Maybe I need another cup to really appreciate it. I’ll try that! ;)

whatshesaid

I’m with you! Though I didn’t find it very chocolatey. Which was the problem :)

Alysha

Yum that tea party sounds awesome!

Fjellrev

I personally don’t find this chocolatey OR nutty enough. Glad I’m not the only one.

TastyBrew

Sounds fun! What was your mom and grandma’s favorite?

Tealizzy

Well, my grandma can’t drink caffeine, so she drank vanilla comoro, and tried a teaspoon of each tea. But my mom seemed to really like blueberry crumble and Ceylon star….she even asked for another sample of the latter.

TastyBrew

Nice! Your grandma sounds cute.

Also, I’m with you. I haven’t mastered sipping tea, I guzzle, so I’m also a fan of the mug vs the cup. Although for trying a bunch at a time a cups the best way to go. Although I’d still guzzle. My days of chugging beers. I don’t know how to drink any other way :-)

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TastyBrew sent me a sample of this in a surprise package! Thanks, TastyBrew! I was a little worried because there have been mixed reviews on this reblend, but it was delicious! It’s a very bold tea, with blueberry and pastry flavor. Kind of like the bold cousin of blueberry crumble. I definitely still love blueberry crumble, but when I want a stronger black tea, this is perfect. This was exactly what I needed to start my day today! Btw, it resteeps well. I hope Frank reblends another batch, because I’m sure to pick some up!

Chizakura

Ooh glad to hear this! :) I had very excitedly snapped up two pouches, but was beginning to worry about what people were saying about his most recent blends/re-blends. Hopefully my pouches will be fine too when they get here! :D

Fjellrev

Luckily, I love the reblend as much as I loved a much earlier batch, so you never know!

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I liked this! It’s like a nice earl grey with some sweet fruitiness. Thanks for the sample, Bluebird!!

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Now THIS is a good milk oolong! TastyBrew sent this to me in the surprise package. Thanks, TastyBrew!! This was a perfect choice for me as I’ve been thinking about getting this tea for a long time, but wasn’t sure I wanted to get stuck with 2 oz. if I didn’t like it. (They don’t sell a smaller size).

This tea has all the milky, buttery flavor that I was expecting from a milk oolong, and a nice sweet finish! I do have a sweet tooth, ya know!

Getting this sample from TastyBrew was also perfect timing, as I was already planning on ordering a large amount of blueberry crumble with the latest promotion, so I added this one to the list! Yay!!

TastyBrew

Nice! I’m glad you like it. Doesn’t it just taste like melted butter? I did it gong fu style and it stayed buttery for about 6 or 7 steeps before turning a little more vegetal. Butter then buttered vegetables. Yum!

Tealizzy

Yum! I need to do it gong fu style! I always feel like I don’t have time for gong fu though…I guess it’s time to make time for tea!

TastyBrew

I thought that at first too, but it doesn’t take any time at all since you barely steep the leaves. I like doing it because of the instant gratification! And I can actually taste the different flavors that my unsophisticated palate can’t discern when I drink tea western style.

Tealizzy

That’s a good point! Ya, I have trouble discerning flavors too.

Fjellrev

Blueberry Crumble is really that good? I just got this one in but won’t try it until I finish off a couple other teas. Glad you like it!

TastyBrew

Blueberry crumble is definitely that good! I just ordered a big bag as well!

Tealizzy

Yes, blueberry crumble is that good!! Would love to hear what you think!

whatshesaid

It sure is!

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TastyBrew sent me a surprise package! She’s so nice!! This was one of the teas she included. Thanks, TastyBrew!! Btw, she has adorable labels for her tea packaging!!

This was one tea I thought about picking up, but wasn’t having the best luck with their chocolate flavoring, so didn’t. It actually is pretty good. Much better than love in a cup or dubbele chocolade IMO. I’m not in love with it, but enjoyed it. The chocolate was a lot more to my liking :)

TastyBrew

Yeah, I like the chocolate in this one. Very roasty. I bought a small bag of this cause I crave that roasty malt flavor every so often.

TastyBrew

FYI- Super good with just a bit of raw honey and milk. Tasted just a like a whoppers.

Tealizzy

Okay, I’ll try honey in my next cup! :)

Kittenna

I agree with TastyBrew. A bit of sweetener in mine made a world of difference!

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drank Brazillionaire by DAVIDsTEA
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This was not as good today, but I can’t really fault the tea. It was really just me having a very lame tea day. I was so busy at work, that I only managed to have two cups of tea. This one, I steeped while talking with a coworker, so who knows how long it steeped for. On top of that, I started drinking it while continuing to talk, so it wouldn’t get cold, but I didn’t get the chance to add any sugar. So sad. I did, however, buy more tea on my lunch break! And TastyBrew sent me an awesome surprise in the mail! So, not a bad tea day after all!

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Had the strange urge to drink one of my bagged teas this morning, so I had this. Meh. I really think it’s true that once you drink better tea, you can never go back. Now what am I supposed to do with my bagged teas?

OMGsrsly

I bring them with me when I’m travelling. Anything I bring is usually better than what’s offered, and then I get free tea!

Tealizzy

Good idea!!

TastyBrew

I always use them for making tea for my husband. He can’t tell the difference so why waste the good stuff :-)

Tealizzy

TastyBrew – LOL!

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I just saw that Stacy already ran out of her new caramel vanilla assam and it wasn’t even online yet!!!!! Nooooo!! I want some so bad! Stacy – when will you have your next batch? Please save some for me!!!!

On THIS tea….OMG! I’m running out! And I want to bring some to my mom this weekend so she can taste how amazing it is!!! I had some this afternoon and almost lost a leaf on the floor. 5-second rule! C’mon, I couldn’t waste that!! This tea makes me feel warm and fuzzy all over. I’m not sure if there is another one that does that to me. I really need to make a spreadsheet now so I can keep track of my favorites! This tea will be included in my next order….that will hopefully also include caramel vanilla assam!!!

jessiwrites

CARAMEL VANILLA?

I had no idea this was being created. GAH.

TastyBrew

She said it would be back later this week. :-)

I’m trying the maple pecan oolong tonight. Sounds so good. 5 second rule no probelm, afterall, you’re soaking them in hot water, that’ll kill any germs, right?

Rachel J

ACK! I have been checking on the website to see when it would be available! I guess I should have contacted Stacy directly!

Chizakura

I agree, this one’s delicious. :) So disappointed that my last three cups worth of leaves were ruined. Someone used cleaner WAY too close to the pouch, so it absorbed this weird sour flavor. DX; I didn’t die, so obviously it wasn’t poisoned, but it sure poisoned the nice flavor D:

And Caramel Vanilla Assam? I’m so very intrigued! Wish I knew about it sooner so I could’ve requested it too D:

Tealizzy

TastyBrew – can’t wait to hear what you think of the maple pecan oolong!

Chizakura – that must’ve been some strong cleaner! Bummer!

Butiki Teas

The Caramel Vanilla Assam will be back later this week but there is a chance it could run out again before we receive an ingredient that we are low on. If we do run out of the second batch, I expect that it will only be for a week or two.

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drank Love Potion by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Another sample from Bluebird! So, this tea smells heavenly! Very much a fruity cocoa smell. I didn’t see any hearts in my sample…bummer :( This is another Bluebird tea that I think is better without milk. Strange, since I usually take my black teas with milk. The cocoa note is really nice!!! It is also fruity, but I couldn’t really discern which fruit. There’s a little floral note too. Overall, it was good, but not my favorite combination. I think people who like fruity chocolate teas will really like it though.

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Wow, first reviewer! So much pressure!! This tea smells amazing! Like a combination of caramel apple and apple pie. yum! The taste, however, was a little too subtle for me. Even though they say you can have it with milk, I think milk kinda ruins it. I added milk to the first steep, and the taste was definitely not as strong as the smell. Tasted okay though, but I wanted more oomph! So, for the second steep, I didn’t add milk, and I think that was better. I definitely get a sweet apple flavor. Not sure if this was a winner for me, but that’s coming from someone who’s not all that into apple teas. Oh, for those wondering about the smokiness, I didn’t really get a smoky flavor, or at least it was very subtle.

TastyBrew

Shoot, I was hoping your review would make me take the plunge and order. I guess I’ll wait for now. Do you think it’d be better overleafed?

Tealizzy

Ya, it might be better overleafed. Can’t try it though, because, I only got a 1 cup sample. :(

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I thought my profile needed a facelift, so here we go:

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.

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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