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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
221 tasting notes

Florence, you absolute bastard. After a very disappointing and costly experience with old (literally) Florence, I managed to procure a mere teaspoon of this to see what it was supposed to taste like. Heaven in a cup is what it is supposed to taste like. A perfect chocolately nutty blend of decandance, especially with milk. A definate 100 or a smiling licky face rating on Steepster. I would even go so far to say that if Frank Sinatra’s voice were a tea, it would be this. You better believe I savoured every single moment with this heartbreakingly singular cup of tea, while glaring my pretty but useless and tasteless tin of Florence I had purchased earlier.

As an aside, I do wish you could give the same tea different ratings each time you try it. I am leaving my rating as is because I don’t want to give my first legit bad tasting note for this a 100.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
S

You could still up the rating, and people would see this note alongside the older one and understand why the first tasting note doesn’t match the high score :)

Stephanie

Boo for old Florence!!

Harfatum

Or just add a note to the older post about it being old! Seems to me that one’s rating ought to reflect one’s opinion of the tea in a decent state.

Miss Sweet

I’m still undecided about the rating, seeing as the company is at fault for being unable to maintain the quality of the tea their customers are purchasing. Plus this note was a one teaspoon one-off and my rating reflects the $20 I spent on a dud tea. LOL rating dilemmas~

S

Did H&S sell you the tin directly, or did another store just keep an old tin in stock? I guess I wouldn’t want to hurt a company’s credibility just because someone else selling their tea is did a bad job of making sure their tea was fresh, but that’s just me—I feel guilty easily :)

Miss Sweet

From a store, but the tin has the NZ H&S sticker on the bottom proclaiming it doesn’t “expire” until August 2010. I need to send the NZ H&S another passive aggressive email about it, getting to taste proper Florence really just made me more annoyed about the whole thing (I’d almost forgotten about it tbh) haha.

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S

You could still up the rating, and people would see this note alongside the older one and understand why the first tasting note doesn’t match the high score :)

Stephanie

Boo for old Florence!!

Harfatum

Or just add a note to the older post about it being old! Seems to me that one’s rating ought to reflect one’s opinion of the tea in a decent state.

Miss Sweet

I’m still undecided about the rating, seeing as the company is at fault for being unable to maintain the quality of the tea their customers are purchasing. Plus this note was a one teaspoon one-off and my rating reflects the $20 I spent on a dud tea. LOL rating dilemmas~

S

Did H&S sell you the tin directly, or did another store just keep an old tin in stock? I guess I wouldn’t want to hurt a company’s credibility just because someone else selling their tea is did a bad job of making sure their tea was fresh, but that’s just me—I feel guilty easily :)

Miss Sweet

From a store, but the tin has the NZ H&S sticker on the bottom proclaiming it doesn’t “expire” until August 2010. I need to send the NZ H&S another passive aggressive email about it, getting to taste proper Florence really just made me more annoyed about the whole thing (I’d almost forgotten about it tbh) haha.

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