221 Tasting Notes

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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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drank East Frisian by Harney & Sons
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Huh, perhaps I have come across yet another old and dusty tea on the shelves of my local tea store because this tasted fairly bland and not robust at all. Perhaps I am expecting too much from the description, but I found it to be a rather weak tea that wouldn’t benefit from the addition of cream and sugar. Unless you are seeking hot sugary cream that is slightly tea flavoured, therefore you are also insane.

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Doulton

Maybe the tea was off? I had this recently and thought it was excellent; quite strong (although not the strongest but a vigorously strong morning cuppa and decided I liked it best with milk and a touch of sugar.

Miss Sweet

This wasn’t strong at all, it reminded me of a weak teabag english breakfast really. Gutted, that makes the second Harney & Sons tea I’ve had that has been stale. The NZ distributors must be really slack :/

Ann Rein

Oh my, this is my favorite morning cuppa. I find the flannel nice, honey and milk and it’s just perfect.

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drank Chocolate Tea by Harney & Sons
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Chocolate is divine. Chocolate flavoured things however, tend to be that weird seemingly token “artificial chocolate flavour”, so I had rather low expectations for this one. The aroma is very much Proper Chocolate, but I having been deceived by the smell of dry leaves before, I kicked my expectations back down again. My poor mistreated expectations really needn’t have been abused so readily, because this my friends, is what all other chocolate flavoured black teas wish they could be. Rich in chocolate flavour and thankfully not artificially sweet tasting, I think this is perfect with a splash of milk and several pieces of buttery shortbread still warm from the oven.

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Veri-Tea

That sounds fantastic, would love to get my hands on some… not easy in the land of Oz though…

Miss Sweet

Haha how strange! We actually have a NZ based distributor for Harney teas which I thought was incredibly surprising (given that its impossible to find anything from overseas here).

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drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
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I just can’t make up my mind about this one. On one hand, it is a decently flavoured apricot flavoured black tea. On the other hand, I’m not entirely sure this flavour actually works with a black tea base. Overall I found the experience confusing and unsettling…

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I love chocolate, can just manage mint and absolutely loathe the two flavours together – so I was really bracing myself for this one. The smell is deceptively rich, you get a perfect mix of both chocolate and mint and it was like burying my nose in a box of after-dinner mints. Fancy after-dinner mints mind, not those crappy chocolate mint biscuits Arnotts put out.
Unfortunately, the peppermint completely overwhelms all the other flavours. I couldn’t pick out the tea base, let alone the chocolate. This made for a very strange cup…

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

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drank Spiced Plum by Harney & Sons
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Plum flavoured tea instantly makes me envision some fantastical exotic infusion, an explosion of brilliance on the palate, something probably involving druids and gold plates. You don’t (well I don’t) often come across plum, usually when one is creating a fruit tea or tisane. Far more lowly or common fruits are considered such as apples or berries. But plum! And blended with my Favourite Spice Of All Time: cinnamon? I knew it would be a winner before I even took that first sip. This is like a plum flavoured chai, with a surprisingly bold flavour – especially considering it is merely a herbal blend.
Congratulations Spiced Plum, you have the honor of occupying a permanent spot on my tea cabinet!

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100

Ohhhhhh yeah. I have no other words, so it seems appropriate to leave you with this delightful ode that my best friend wrote for me:

An Ode To Bergamot
Oh bergamot, the one the true
So many things I owe to you
The mighty zing you give to tea
Enlivens something within me
Like crack or coke or maybe hoes
You make me smile from top to toes
And just like crack we can’t give up
That swish of joy within in my cup
If you were to be a man
I’d stalk you as much as I can
I’d marry you and bear your child
And in the bedroom be so wild
Oh bergamot don’t ever change
Don’t wear Ed Hardy and start a “band”
Because dear friend my love for you
Is so old fashioned, fair and true

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195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Erin

‘Don’t wear Ed Hardy and start a “band”’ Love it!

JacquelineM

Hee! I have to drink an Earl today – and recite your ode as I sip!!!

Miss Sweet

Haha glad y’all like it, my friend has a natural talent for writing odes :D

Doulton

I love it! I’d marry Lapsang Souchong and have a child. Maybe this is a new concept in mating. I also wouldn’t mind marrying a nebbiolo vineyard.

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drank Lady Grey by The T Shop
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For about the last two weeks, every time I brewed a cup of Earl Grey Excelsior aka The Fierce-est Earl Grey That Ever Earled, I made a mental note that I needed to buy another packet. Today the unthinkable has happened: I have run out completely!
A thorough and frantic rummage through my cupboard thankfully unearthed this sad wee forgotten packet with a single teaspoon left inside.
Perhaps I have an earlier version of this earl grey, as the ingredients only list bergamot and lavender in the blend. The resulting infusion makes for a very mild cup – too mild for my tastes and similar to a bagged earl grey with the smallest hint of lavender. At least I don’t have to wait too long for a proper bergamot fix!

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Rijje

The Fierce-est Earl Grey That Ever Earled lol

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drank Matcha by t Leaf T
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I have been craving a cup of matcha since I watched that teashow.tv episode, but knowing that I really don’t like the taste of the only matcha I can get my hands on, I had a look around for different ways of drinking it. Of course the answer lies in adding two of my favourite things: Milk and honey (not Frank Sinatra and Christmas, I’m not that insane). Whisking warm milk and matcha together with a spoonful of honey made for a delightfully creamy, less grassy, sweet and comforting cup. It definitely gave me the kick I needed to make it through the rest of today in one piece.

milkspoon

I’m trying to find some matcha tea here in New Zealand, would you recommend this one (I can buy it in person) or that I order some? I’d probably mainly make matcha lattes :-)

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The smooth and mellow characteristics of this really surprised me – I didn’t realize the peppery bite in the kawakawa version of this blend was entirely from said kawakawa leaves. I know its a classic duo, but much like Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, I prefer the ginger root and lemongrass seperately.

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195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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