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drank Lemon Herbal by Harney & Sons
1165 tasting notes

Lemon tea, very pretty! Ok, I know it’s an herbal blend but I had Peter, Paul and Mary bouncing against the inside of my brain repeatedly and I had to let them out.

It’s a pretty mixture that smells more than anything else like fresh hay. There’s really not a lemon scent until it steeps, and then it’s a very gentle aroma, neither tart nor sweet, with a bit of a cookie reminder to it. I have had lemon cookies that are a very intense lemon flavors and those that are just a whisper. This is the latter.

The tisane is a peachy color, and its taste is quite different from other lemon blends I’ve had that had a heavier fruit content, and also quite different from the original lemon I’ve been looking to upgrade from, Bigelow’s I Love Lemon.

The H&S is a quiet, subdued, smooth lemon. It tastes refined (not in the processing sense, in the deportment sense). It doesn’t shout about its lemonness. It’s less like lemonade and more like… something else. Liquid lemon whisper cookies.

It’s not soapy, it’s not too tart. It doesn’t require sweetening up. It’s also not really sweet. It actually has something that hints at bitterness around the edges, but dissipates as soon as you start to really think about it.

The thing that keeps it from being my perfect lemon is exactly what makes it so good. The perfect lemon I had in mind isn’t this quiet.

While it may not be perfect, it is definitely a fine alternative. Maybe there isn’t a single perfect lemon after all. Maybe there are a number of almost perfect lemons that can become part of a rotation.

I’m going to work my way through this sample to be sure I don’t change my mind about this one (I’m still a little spooked on the lemon front from my myrtle experience), but if it continues to taste as it did tonight, it’ll become a staple as a quieter alternative to the Teavana Strawberry Lemonade.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
JustDuckyInNE

And the lemon flower is sweet/ but the fruit of the poor lemon/
is impossible to eat! Cha-cha-cha! Cue the band and the dancers!
Just be glad I wasn’t singing it. Now I’ll have to call my sister in the morning to pass the mental virus on to her.
Great write-up; just the inspiration to try another interesting and tasty tea.
Thanks Morgana.

__Morgana__

Thanks, Ducky — sorry about the virus, but enjoy the lemon! They have it in a sample size, which is nice.

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JustDuckyInNE

And the lemon flower is sweet/ but the fruit of the poor lemon/
is impossible to eat! Cha-cha-cha! Cue the band and the dancers!
Just be glad I wasn’t singing it. Now I’ll have to call my sister in the morning to pass the mental virus on to her.
Great write-up; just the inspiration to try another interesting and tasty tea.
Thanks Morgana.

__Morgana__

Thanks, Ducky — sorry about the virus, but enjoy the lemon! They have it in a sample size, which is nice.

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I got obsessed with tea in 2010 for a while, then other things intruded, then I cycled back to it. I seem to be continuing that in for a while, out for a while cycle. I have a short attention span, but no shortage of tea.

I’m a mom, writer, gamer, lawyer, reader, runner, traveler, and enjoyer of life, literature, art, music, thought and kindness, in no particular order. I write fantasy and science fiction under the name J. J. Roth.

Personal biases: I drink tea without additives. If a tea needs milk or sugar to improve its flavor, its unlikely I’ll rate it high. The exception is chai, which I drink with milk/sugar or substitute. Rooibos and honeybush were my gateway drugs, but as my tea skills and tastes developed they became far less appealing to me. I do not mix well with tulsi or yerba mate, and savory teas are more often a miss than a hit with me. That said, I’m not entirely a purist, and I enjoy a good flavored tea, particularly flavored blacks.

I like all kinds of tea depending on time of day, mood, and the amount of time I have to pay attention to preparation.

Since I find others’ rating legends helpful, I added my own. But I don’t really find myself hating most things I try.

I try to rate teas in relation to others of the same type, for example, Earl Greys against other Earl Greys. But if a tea rates very high with me, it’s a stand out against all other teas I’ve tried.

95-100 A once in a lifetime experience; the best there is

90-94 First rate; top notch; really terrific; will definitely buy more

80-89 Excellent; will likely buy more

70-79 Very good; would enjoy again, might buy again

60-69 Good; wouldn’t pass up if offered, but likely won’t buy again

Below 60 Meh, so-so, iffy, or ick. The lower the number, the closer to ick.

People have sent me tea on occasion, and I was once persuaded to send some Tazo Om to AmazonV. I’ve also done at least one group buy here on Steepster, the famous Doulton-led Dammann Freres experiment years ago. But mostly, I don’t swap. It’s nothing personal, it’s just that I have way more tea than any one person needs and am not lacking for new things to try. Also, I have way too much going on already in daily life and the additional commitment to get packages to people adds to my already high stress level. (Maybe it shouldn’t, but it does.)

That said, I enjoy reading folks’ notes, talking about what I drink, and getting to “know” people virtually here on Steepster so I can get ideas of other things I might want to try if I can ever again justify buying more tea. I also like keeping track of what I drink and what I thought about it, though I don’t put samples in my cupboard and not everything I have at any given time is showing in my cupboard. I do try to remember to remove things from my cupboard once I no longer have them.

I was an early internet adopter and have been online in various environments since around 1990. Steepster is one of the nicest online environments I’ve ever been privileged to participate in and that is saying something. :-)

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