890 Tasting Notes
(From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box)
Tea of the morning. I’ve been sipping on this one for hours now. It’s so pleasant and… clean. It steeps into a light liquid – much lighter than I was expecting. The taste is slightly grassy at first with citrus-y notes following and getting stronger in later steeps. The sweetness of this tea took me by surprise, but I have enjoyed it from cup to cup. Even in later steeps as the lemon/citrus flavor becomes more dominant there is still an overall sweetness to the tea. Very refreshing and calming.
I cold brewed this, and I thought I would love it, but I don’t. Apparently my taste are changing/have changed over time. I have tried several teas lately that I know I would have loved a year or so ago, but now they’re just… meh. That’s not a bad thing. Heaven knows there are a lot of teas I’m enjoying right now, and exploring new teas is too much fun to get too stuck on one set of teas!
Anyway, this tea… the jasmine overpowers both the mint and the green tea. I don’t get a Moroccan Mint flavor in any way. This is jasmine tea from start to finish.
Now that I’m almost out of this one I’m starting to like it a lot. Go figure. Tonight’s cup had a very good balance between the pear and the spice. The pear was the main flavor with the cinnamon and nutmeg acting as highlighters to the fruit. Delicious.
I’m still planning on ordering straight pear tea with my next DAT order, but I’m upping my rating on this one because this is a cup of yum.
(previous rating: 74)
This was my morning cup. I picked up several samples from H&S, and I chose this one because I’m a big fan of a good Irish Breakfast tea. The description on Harney’s site said this tea was even more robust than its Irish counterpart, so into my cart it went.
This is in fact a very robust tea. Strong and malty, it has enough of a caffeine kick to get you going on a Monday, but it’s smooth and rich enough to do it in style. It takes milk and sugar very well, and while it isn’t a complicated tea it is absolutely enjoyable.
Nice. The peach flavor is fresh and juicy, and the oolong has a thick roasty taste. The combination is very pleasant, and I can see myself drinking this a lot this summer. This is another tea I want to try iced or as a cold brew. I bet this is even better cold than it is hot.
I don’t love this. From the description I thought I would. In fact, I was sure I would, but the chocolate has that strange fake flavor that leaves a funky aftertaste. The hazelnut is nice, but there’s not enough of it for my liking. Oh well. This just isn’t a me kinda tea.
I’m pretty strict about the amount of caffeine my kids consume after school. They are both natural night owls, so giving them caffeine after noon is just asking for trouble. Since they are almost done with school (they still have a half day on Monday) and the first day of summer is tomorrow I decided to break out the SBT bag and let them choose a flavor. This eventually won out.
This tea does taste a lot like rainbow sherbet! It has a kind of mixed fruity sweetness and a creamy note that gives it a sherbet vibe. Both of my kids loved it immediately, and I have to say their mom downed her glass pretty quickly, too. Looks like this will be a reorder.
Tea break! I was needing something decadent, and this chocolate-y minty goodness fit the bill. Because I was being decadent I added some sugar and cream. The result is a tea that reminds me so much of Thin Mint cookies. There is the dark chocolate note followed by a kick of mint. It’s nice to have a tea that satisfies my sweet tooth enough to keep me away from the junk food that’s lurking in my pantry. ;-)
This was my bedtime tea. Still my favorite decaf tea, and one of my favorite vanilla teas, too.
I loved yesterday’s tribute day. Thank you mj1851 for suggesting it. I thought it was a nice way to honor Mr. Harney. Also, after reading so many lovely tasting notes on H&S teas I’ve yet to try, I ended up placing an order for a bunch of samples. :)
Continuing with the tribute to Mr. Harney (a great idea from mj1851!) I decided this would be perfect with my late lunch. I made a Kenyan dish called Sukuma Wiki (braised collard greens and ground beef). I’m not sure the flavors in the food and the tea pair perfectly, but I like that they’re both from Kenya. :)
The tea is fruity with a tobacco flavor at the finish. As the tea cools there is a bit of a woody flavor – maybe some leather – and a bit of astringency. I like this one a lot. I can see the comparison to Assams, but this is unique enough that I can see myself buying a tin of it and enjoying it as an afternoon tea.