552 Tasting Notes

drank Jane's Garden by Harney & Sons
552 tasting notes

Got a sample of this tea from my mom. I’m still hesitant about green teas, because of their grassiness, but I do like toasty ones. I guess this is bancha, which I’ve not tried yet. The tea reminded more of squash than grass. Like zucchini. It also had a slight floral flavor, and was slightly sweet. I’m not sure why, but I got a little spiciness from it…maybe as a side effect of the floral note? Not sure I’d buy this one, but it helped to educate me a little more on the green tea realm. :)

gmathis

Zucchini tea—I like the thought of that.

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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
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SO FREAKING GOOD!! Okay guys, now that it’s here, after 2 days of me worrying that it was lost, I am in heaven! I did a little happy dance when I finally got it! The tin is really elegant. I just wish I could read the French that is written on it (although that makes it even more special)! I couldn’t for the life of me remember how long I steeped this tea when I tried the little one cup sample, so I went with 4 minutes.

OMG, totally met my expectations, and every bit as good as the sample!! The most noteable aspect of this tea is how silky smooth it is! I actually think I will steep this next time for 5 minutes, because I don’t think I really need to worry about astringency here. The raspberry and red current are complimented by the caramel and vanilla. Perfect balance of flavors! I am SO happy I bought 100g of this! Now, I think I need a scone! Haha!!

ashmanra

Yay! I plan to order this one in the future. It was my fave of my samples!

Tealizzy

ashmanra – you won’t regret it! I’m curious, what is your favorite Nina’s tea?

ashmanra

That is a tough question! Grand Amour is definitely way up there at the top of the list, Demain is very nice hot and cold, and Nina’s Japon was the surprise love. I had not had genmaicha before and didn’t think I would like it, but this is smooth and so beautifully and artfully flavored that it really won a place in the top three for me. Magicienne was very good, and Eve has a lovely peach flavor. But there are so many I haven’t tried yet. I liked Thè des Anges, too. So I would have to say right now that Grand Amour and Japon are my top two, with Demain not far behind.

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Drinking this again after upping the quality of chocolate hazelnut spread that I buy. Wanted to see if it compared better to the new spread versus the sugary Nutella I was buying before. The result….maybe. It’s a little closer to the new spread. I really like the new spread…far more nutty, with a more crunchy than smooth texture, like there are real nuts in there! Anyway, I still like this tea, but the spread is better! Ha!

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Double sipdown! So, I didn’t really have a full cup of this left, so I added the last of the vanilla comoro, and it turned out pretty good! Only steeped it for 3 minutes, since the vanilla comoro gets astringent quickly and the banana teas tend to come out better with less time also. Yay for enjoying the last cup, and yay for clearing more tea out of my cupboard to make room for new tea!

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drank Grand Amour by Nina's Paris
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First let me say that the little sample of this that I got awhile back was amazing, which lead me to today, where I was supposed to receive my “giant” order (100g tin) of it, but I am tea-less! :(

So, instead of me writing a great note about how happy I am to finally get this tea, I am super bummed out. The postal service “missent” my tea, so who knows when I’ll get it. It was supposed to be here today, but it didn’t come with the regular mail, and then I finally saw the update that it was “missent.” I really hope that it was just placed on the wrong mail truck, that it is still in my city, and that it will show up tomorrow.

This was a major disappointment to me, because I’ve been wanting this tea for months now and finally ordered it. AND, I had a difficult meeting to lead today at work, and I told myself that once I got through it I would have this tea to look forward to!! Super bummer!!

I really hope it comes tomorrow. New tea is supposed to decrease stress, not increase it! Stupid postal service!

UPDATE: Still no tea :( I hope it’s not lost!

UPDATE 2: It’s here! It’s here! Finally! I snooped through the blinds to see if the postman was putting a box in my mailbox, and he did! My husband was nice enough to go out and get it because I’m still in PJ’s, cuz I’m off work today. ;) It smells delicious! Gonna have some now! YIPPEE!!

Chizakura

Ohhh, that’s really upsetting. :( Fingers are crossed that this’ll appear in your box tomorrow.

Tealizzy

Thanks, Chizakura! I just couldn’t believe that the one time I actually am planning to reward myself with it, it doesn’t arrive. I usually don’t have too much trouble getting stuff when they say it will arrive.

TastyBrew

Bummer!!!!! Can you call the usps? I’ve done that before. They were reasonably helpful!

Tealizzy

Ya, I think I’ll see if it comes tomorrow, and if not, call them.

ashmanra

Oh, this was my favorite from them! Hope you get it soon soon soon!

ashmanra

YAY! Let us know how it is! Two of us got some Nina’s and it was a bit strong, stronger than the samples, but after a short airing it was very very nice!

Chizakura

HOORAY! :D Lost tea would be a very sad thing indeed. So glad you didn’t have to wait weeks on end for it!

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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So, I tried three steeps of this tea. One with milk and sugar, one without, and tonight, one steeped for less time (3 minutes). My mom gave me a sample of this tea, because I was really interested in having a delicious tea in the evening that had all the characteristics of my favorite black dessert teas without the caffeine. This tea isn’t it. Bummer.

There are a couple of reasons. First, the vanilla is not my kind of vanilla, although it’s not terrible. Second, the astringency is too much. Even the 3-minute steep had astringency. Blech. It’s really too bad, but I’m glad I didn’t just go for it and buy a tin of this. I guess I’m stuck with naturally caffeine-free teas for the evening.

jessiwrites

It’s lovely with a sprinkle of peppermint tossed into the infuser. Yum.

Tealizzy

That sounds like a nice combo.

whatshesaid

Aw that’s too bad, I really enjoy this one as a caffeine free option!

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Another tea that would be made better by the new variable temperature kettle I am waiting for. Last time I made this tea, all I got was cheese. This time, I steeped it with cooler water and for 3 minutes, even though the instructions say 4-7 minutes. The result was MUCH better! It tasted milky, and I thought I tasted a little peach in there somewhere. Nice! BUT, still not as good as Della Terra’s. ;)

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Drank my second to last cup of this tea. It’s good, but still doesn’t live up to my expectations based on its name.

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Steeped this first thing with cooler water and it was better. I think I am now impatiently waiting for my variable temperature kettle. So much experimenting I’ll be able to do!

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Got my first full bag of this is the mail yesterday! I noticed a lot more blueberries, which has to be good, right? I liked it so much when TastyBrew sent me a sample, that I had to get some. I think I messed up my cup this morning, though. Forgot to put down the little whistle on my kettle, so the water was probably way too hot. Still tasted good, but not as good as before. I just ordered a variable temperature kettle (YAY!), so that should prevent those types of mistakes in the future! I also got an iced tea steeper and finally ordered Nina’s grand amour tea! I feel a little spoiled right now! ;)

TastyBrew

I had this tea this morning too! That variable temperature kettle will be awesome. The best I’ve made this tea is at 185 for about 2.5-3 mins and then resteep for about 6 and it’s still very tasty.

Tealizzy

That’s funny! Thanks for the temperature! I can’t wait to get my new kettle!

Chelle

I have this in the mail. I love anything blueberry and can’t wait to try it.

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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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