671 Tasting Notes

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drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
671 tasting notes

Yesterday was grocery shopping day. While shopping is not my favorite thing, I do like that the Wegman’s I go to has its own little tea section. It’s always fun to look around and see if any new teas have been added. This tea, however, was in the coffee section tucked in a small shelf under the flavored syrups. Odd. Still, I was glad to see it and snapped it up even though I had already put two other teas in my cart.

So you know, I’m drinking the bagged version of this tea. It is a nice green tea. Pineapple is the dominant flavor with the grassy notes of the green tea being very subtle underneath. It’s sweet, but not overly so. Definitely did not feel the need to add sugar. I think I might add a bit of mint to my cup next time. I’m a sucker for mint and pineapple together.

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Last night all I wanted to do was curl up with my book (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall), my blanket and my cat. I made myself a cup of Honey Vanilla Chamomile because I didn’t want to pay close attention to preparing my tea. Is that bad? Anyway, it was a decent herbal tea. It was sweet and comforting, and it smelled lovely. Between my tea, my book (which is really, really good) and my cat curled up next to me it was a nice relaxing evening.

TeaBrat

sounds like a great evening to me!

Bonnie

I have this tea in my cupboard too! Smells really good!

Veronica

Now I like this tea even more… My daughter woke up feeling sick, and this tea is all she’s been able to keep down today. I’ll have to remember to keep a box of it in my cupboard for sick days.

JacquelineM

I have to add that to my to-read pile. I haven’t read any Anne yet!

Veronica

Jacqueline~ This is the first time I have read any work of hers. Anne’s style is so different from her sisters, but it is just as good.

JacquelineM

I am going to load it on to my e-reader this weekend! I can’t contain myself!!! :)

Veronica

Enjoy! Let me know if you want to compare notes after you’ve read it. I love talking about books!

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I’ve been cold all day and wanted something to warm me. As soon as I saw this in my cupboard I knew it was exactly what I needed. Warm cinnamon-y goodness. One cup took away the chill. I’m thinking a second cup will warm me completely.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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83

I made myself a cup of this last might as a way to unwind from all the Easter celebrations. I followed JacquelineM’s advice to use 6 instead of 8 oz. of water and the end result was a fabulous cup of chai. Thanks, Jacqueline!!!

The tea smelled strongly of vanilla while steeping. The spices were there as well, but they were no where near as intense. This made me hopeful since I really want to taste the vanilla. I took the first sip sans sugar and milk. All I could taste were the licorice and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla at the end. Once the milk and sugar were added the vanilla jumped to the front. Thankfully the licorice mellows significantly, and the amount of spice complements the vanilla well. It was so good. So, so, so much better than my previous cup! This will be the perfect late afternoon tea when I don’t need to snack but I’m desperately craving something sweet.

After a few sips I realized this tea taste like a vanilla spice cake my roommate in college use to bake before final exams. She would bake while quoting economics definitions to herself, and once finals were over she and I would celebrate with cake while we rejoiced or despaired at how we felt we had performed on our tests. Good times.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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83

Maybe it ‘s because I have a cold, but I’m not getting a lot of spiciness from this cup. In fact, it taste watery and dull even though I let it steep for the full five minutes. I added sugar and then cream trying to coax the flavor out, but I’m still disappointed. Because I have a cold I am going to hold off on rating this. Hopefully once my sense of smell returns I’ll be surprised by a much more pleasant cup than the one I just tried (and failed) to drink.

JacquelineM

How much water did you use? Zhena’s teas taste weak to me unless I use 6 oz of water per bag like recommended. They taste very weak when I use 8oz as usual.

Veronica

I did use 8oz. instead of 6. Of course I was also silly and did not read the instructions. :p I’ll try it again using the correct amount of water. Thanks for pointing that out! I really want to like this tea.

JacquelineM

I was stubborn and used 8 oz even though I read the directions! Now that’s stubborn.

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88

I drank this all weekend. I drank it hot. I drank it iced. Both were great. This is, by far, one of my favorite tisanes. I think one of the only draw backs is that the smell of the dry tea is so strong. My entire house smelled like blueberry for a while. I didn’t mind it so much, (there are much worse things a house can smell like!) but it bothered my husband. Even so, this will be a mainstay in my cupboard. I’ll just do my best to make it while my husband is at work. ; )

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88

I had a cup of this while browsing at my local bookstore. Very nice tea. I’ve never been a big coconut fan, but it works well in this tea. The ginger, vanilla and coconut blended together nicely with the green tea being the steady note under it all. One more tea to add to my next Harney and Sons order.

CHAroma

Sounds like an interesting combination of flavors.

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97
drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
671 tasting notes

I had Queen Catherine and a slice of blueberry lemon bread for lunch today. I consider such choices one of the joys of being an adult. The tea was as wonderful as always. There seemed to be more chocolate notes today, and the smokiness was far more pronounced. It could be that I brewed it slightly longer than I normally do (closer to 5 minutes than 4). No complaints though! I enjoyed it very much.

CHAroma

Blueberry lemon bread! Wow, I’m jealous!!

Veronica

It was really good. :) I picked it up at a farmer’s market that is heck and gone from where live, but they have such delicious things that I keep going back.

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I cold brewed this tea, and while it is good it’s not great. I enjoy the tartness of the raspberries, but there is a strange aftertaste – from the hibiscus maybe? – that I do not like. Also, this tea reminds me of Celestial Seasons Lemon Zinger. Given the difference in price the next time I’m in the mood for this type of tea I’ll just pick up a box of CS and find my caffeine elsewhere.

Invader Zim

I find that hibiscus ruins a lot of teas. It’s not nearly as bad as I found licorice root to be, but still, it’s not pleasant.

TeaBrat

I really don’t like it either.

Veronica

I have a friend who loves hibiscus, so I may pass this tea along to her. I’d rather drink the blueberry bliss anyway.

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88

This was my afternoon iced tea. Delicious and nice to sip while watching my kids play at the park. I added a bit of sugar this time, but the tea is sweet enough on its own. Next time I’ll leave the sugar out.

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.

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