2204 Tasting Notes

drank Lychee by Harney & Sons
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I am pretty sure this sample came from SimplyJenW. If I am right, many thanks! Several people are now using QuiltGuppy’s type of packaging so it is hard to keep track!

I did not expect to like this tea. I did not expect my guest at tea today to like it. When my eldest daughter came home from Hong Kong she wanted us to try Lychee fruit and in addition to looking like eyeballs I thought it tasted like strong bathroom cleaner. Maybe we had bad ones…

This tea….not so! In fact, I really felt like I was drinking Harney’s Rose Scented Tea, easy on the rose and with a touch of lemon. It was truly delightful and light and very, very smooth. Surely this is a Ceylon base? This is probably going on a future shopping list.
This was my guest’s favorite tea today, and I enjoyed it very much!

JacquelineM

This sounds delightful. Must go on my list!!!

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I have wanted this ever since Quiltguppy sent a sample! I drank the sample hot, but I really wanted to try this iced. FINALLY! My order is here, and I have a little pot made up! I usually have a cup hot and then ice the rest, but I changed it up a little and had it iced first tonight. I am so excited to be drinking delicious iced tea and not having to worry that it will keep me up all night. This is delicious. I had purchased this for a friend who loves it several times, but hadn’t tried it myself. Thank you, QG!

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Upper back stiff and painful. Drinking this until I can get on floor with heating pad. Quite bracing. Oh so thankful for Keemun tea!

SimplyJenW

I hope it gets better soon!

mpierce87

I hope you are feeling better!

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drank Passion Fruit by Harney & Sons
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I love this one iced! This is the main reason I wanted to try this tea…since I can’t get any more of Frank’s Mango Black iced tea. I added a wee bit of sweetener. This was steeped the normal way, not cold brewed, as I wasnt sure if the real tea flavor would come through in this one if I cold steeped it. It is nice and fruity. I have ordered the decaf iced tea version to see if it is much different, and also so I can have it at night if I wish.

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drank Passion Fruit by Harney & Sons
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After receiving a passion fruit tea from Quiltguppy a while back, I wanted to see if I would also enjoy the one by Harney and Sons. When you open the tin the aroma is quite strong, but the tea itself is just right in my opinion. I am drinking it hot and sans additions right now but I am eager
to try it iced and lightly sweetened as well. The tea base is smooth and the passion fruit is nice and juicy!

SimplyJenW

I do prefer Harney’s Passionfruit over their Apricot. But I am kind of leaning more toward Lychee….

ashmanra

I still haven’t tried that one. Tomorrow!

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In a hurry, but right off the bat I will say that this tea reminds me a bit of Golden Snail.

The dry leaves have a very strong scent of raisins or molasses. There is a rich, deep, dark aroma and I was almost afraid this was going to be TOO strong for me. The tea itself, however, is quite another story. It has a similar profile to Golden Snail but is milder, and I think there is an Assam-like note but with no astringency at all.

I think we have a winner. SimplyJenW, keep an eye on your mailbox!

SimplyJenW

Yippeee! How did you know this one was going in and out of my shopping cart due to indecision?

Uniquity

Hmm…a potential Golden Snail replacement. Good to know!!

JacquelineM

OMG! I’m making a H&S order this coming week (I have, like, a tablespoon of Vanilla Comoro left!) and this is going in the order for sure!

ashmanra

Jacqueline, I will pop some in the mail TODAY so you can try it before you order. I say this because Gracie likes Golden Snail but not Hunan Golden Twist.

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drank Countess Grey by Fortnum & Mason
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This was another great tea today at tea party, again thanks to SimplyJenW!

Just as Earl Grey Supreme by Harney and Sons is the pinnacle of Earl Grey teas for me, so this has become the benchmark for Lady Grey type teas.

Lady Grey by Twinings is the only other one I have had, and I do enjoy it. It really FEELS like a foofy, holdyourpinkyintheair kind of tea. This is the same, but polished and with a rich daddy.

My guest today has not cared for ANY Earl Grey I have served – it just isn’t her thing, and it isn’t just the bergamot because she LOVES Paris. Yet this tea gained her approval today. Her main remark was how citrusy it was, and indeed it is. They do not mention lemon, but I did think I picked up some lemon notes. That may have just been the Ceylon base though, as they really just mention orange and bergamot in the flavors.

I will be in Raleigh again soon, and I will be hitting Williams-Sonoma and putting this in my basket!

Thank you, Jen, for another lovely addition to Wednesday tea party!

SimplyJenW

Alas, this one is not available in the US. I have a friend who went to London and picked this one up.

ashmanra

Hmmm, daughter’s Irish boyfriend is coming before too long. I expect he would like to score some points by picking up a tin for me, especially since he loves Lady Grey and I would definitely make him a cuppa for his trouble!

SimplyJenW

You could order, but shipping to the US for 5 items is like $20. The good thing, the tea itself is quite a bit less expensive. For example, Earl Grey Classic 125g in a tin at WS is $15. They don’t have an exact comparable on the website, but a 125g refill bag is just over $6. And a 250g tin is $12.63. If you were a fan of F & M it might make sense to order from them. Or else go in with friends!

SimplyJenW

Oops…shipping is more like 20 pounds…so more like $30ish.

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Whee! I got new tea in the mail from SimplyJenW today! I couldn’t wait to try this one, so we served it at tea party just an hour after it arrived.

The dry leaves smelled AWESOME! I love that scent. The tea smells sweet and the fig adds a wonderful note that is both a high fruity note but is warm at the same time. I really, really like this! No additions, and I really must finish the pot so I can stop sitting here sniffing it and move on to other things! No additions…this is too good just as it is.

Thank you, Jen!

SimplyJenW

I must not have had any clue what flavor to be looking for!

Dinosara

Mmm, can’t wait until I’m back in the states and can get my sample of this as well! :D

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This is a sample from the ever-so-lovely and generous JENN! Thank you, Jenn!

I wanted to sample some honeybush teas because I am not a fan of rooibos but wanted some caffeine free options for evenings. I have never had lemon lime cheesecake so I don’t know how this compares, but I can say it tastes very good! The lemon is the most prominent note for me, with the lime close behind. Though the lemon aroma is there, the tisane is not tart at all, but very smooth. Think of lemon drops hard candy but without the pucker. I tried it hot, then iced and lightly sweetened, then just cooled off to room temp but not iced, which is how I really enjoy a lot of teas, especially oolongs and some flavored teas! It was enjoyable every way I tried it, and I am so glad to have another option for those times when I need to limit caffeine but want something flavorful.

Thank you, JENN!

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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I haven’t had tHis one in quite a while. I bought it because youngest loved the IB from Southern Season, but this one was too strong for her. Yesterday we had Malachi and it seemed a little weak so I decided to give this another try. I didn’t say what brand it was, just told her it was IB and she drank two cups! It is much better than I remembered! Milk and sugar!

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