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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
911 tasting notes

This tea makes me think of Japan. What? Yeah, I know. Florence. Italy. Europe. Nowhere near Japan. And yet. But perhaps this clarification will help: this tea makes me think of Japanese snacks. Specifically Toppo, a little sweet pretzel-like tube stuffed with chocolate. (It’s basically an inside-out Pocky but (for some reason) so much better.) There was something about that tube that balanced the chocolate so nicely. Which meant that I wouldn’t get sweetness overloaded and would eat way too many at a time.

This tea is like Toppo. The chocolate is balanced nicely with the hazelnut and tea tastes so it doesn’t feel like plain old chocolate. Instead it is rich, decadent, adult-type chocolate. Given the mood I was in when I had the tea (an oh-please-someone-kill-me-and-put-me-out-of-my-misery-preferably-before-I-maim-you mood), I went ahead and added sugar and half & half because I wanted needed the full-on dessert tea experience. And boy did this tea deliver. Delicious! No single flavor is overpowering so I didn’t sit there and think “Oh, this is a chocolate tea” because it is really much more than a one dimensional taste like that. The flavors are so bold, rich and sweet that I ended up thinking it tasted like a fancy flavored coffee. (Is it sacrilege to say that?)

Anyway, enough people have gushed about this little beauty that I probably should have stopped a hundred words ago but I just can’t help myself. Through the power of this tea alone, I will be able to refrain from killing someone today.

Thanks to Doulton for the chance to try this lovely beast!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I certainly miss this one from my stash…

~lauren.

YUM – a favorite of mine!

SoccerMom

I love this one too. I’m glad it stopped you from going postal.

LENA

LOL…it’s a Florence day for sure. I drank a few cups of it this morning and posted too. I was impressed!

Miss Sweet

Oh this sounds so lovely. I hope to have a fresh bag of this soon to try!

Lori

Hmm,,I am almost finished the sample Doulton sent me and I will need to order this one. It is the best chocolate tea!

Auggy

Yes to everyone – such a good tea that could easily be a favorite! I’m definitely going to have to get some of this. Yay for Florence Day! :)

Ewa

OMG, so this note is from a month ago, but I just have to say…Toppo is the BEST THING EVER. The use of pretzel like crispy outside instead of boring old biscuit makes it superior to pocky in EVERY WAY.

(Just tried Florence and was reading other people’s notes, fyi)

Auggy

Toppo is totally superior to Pocky! It’s awesome-ness in stick form!

Stephanie

Walgreen’s sells Toppo here! I have to try it. I love Pocky!

Auggy

Okay, that is officially awesome. I wish my Walgreen’s sold Toppo!

Ewa

For serious. Fortunately, there’s a Japanese import store right next to Trader Joe’s, hopefully there will be Toppo!

Erin Hurley

Your review made me buy this. It’s brewing nowwwww!

I bought it at a Japanese import store :3

Ashley Bain

Okay I totally want to try Toppo now.

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TeaEqualsBliss

I certainly miss this one from my stash…

~lauren.

YUM – a favorite of mine!

SoccerMom

I love this one too. I’m glad it stopped you from going postal.

LENA

LOL…it’s a Florence day for sure. I drank a few cups of it this morning and posted too. I was impressed!

Miss Sweet

Oh this sounds so lovely. I hope to have a fresh bag of this soon to try!

Lori

Hmm,,I am almost finished the sample Doulton sent me and I will need to order this one. It is the best chocolate tea!

Auggy

Yes to everyone – such a good tea that could easily be a favorite! I’m definitely going to have to get some of this. Yay for Florence Day! :)

Ewa

OMG, so this note is from a month ago, but I just have to say…Toppo is the BEST THING EVER. The use of pretzel like crispy outside instead of boring old biscuit makes it superior to pocky in EVERY WAY.

(Just tried Florence and was reading other people’s notes, fyi)

Auggy

Toppo is totally superior to Pocky! It’s awesome-ness in stick form!

Stephanie

Walgreen’s sells Toppo here! I have to try it. I love Pocky!

Auggy

Okay, that is officially awesome. I wish my Walgreen’s sold Toppo!

Ewa

For serious. Fortunately, there’s a Japanese import store right next to Trader Joe’s, hopefully there will be Toppo!

Erin Hurley

Your review made me buy this. It’s brewing nowwwww!

I bought it at a Japanese import store :3

Ashley Bain

Okay I totally want to try Toppo now.

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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