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drank Blue Ginger by Harney & Sons
117 tasting notes

Slightly tainted tasting note, sorry. I didn’t get a chance to try the unadulterated tea as Mum was waiting for her steaming cuppa, so these are my thoughts on my remix…

I’m getting a lot better about not sticking my nose in the whole tin/packet. Still, the fragrance is off-putting. This doesn’t smell like lychee and ginger to me. At all. It smells really quite like perfume, which isn’t something I seek in my food or drink. The brew also smells perfumed, but less so, thank goodness.

Flavour-wise, the lychee-ginger combination is really nice. Overall, the tea tastes pretty good, but every once in a while that perfume sneaks in and casts a pall of artificiality over everything. (Note that I don’t know whether in fact any artificial flavour has been added. It could be that this is just a side effect of the combination of natural flavours in the tea.) It has a really nice black tea-lychee aftertaste. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, be careful with this one, it’s hitting me pretty hard.

In the end, I like this tea enough to finish it, probably not enough to buy it again. I do really love both lychee and ginger, though, so I’m looking forward to trying other blends. If I can find a flavourful, natural-tasting lychee blend, I can always grate fresh ginger into the infuser. The ginger is easy, it’s the lychee that’s hard to get right.

Tea amount: 1 sachet
Water amount: 6oz/~175mL
Additives: ¾ tsp/~3.5g Demerara sugar and a few thin slices of fresh ginger

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

This is on my list to try! I actually love Harney’s plain lychee black, so I feel like I will dig this one

Nik

If you’re not planning to pick this up for yourself, care to swap some of this for some of the plain lychee black?

Dinosara

Unfortunately I don’t have any of the plain lychee black right now, but if I had some of it I would totally swap with you.

Nik

No worries! You want some of this, anyway?

Dinosara

Sure, as long as you let me send you something back. I have some lychee blacks from Simpson & Vail and DavidsTea that I could send you some small samples of, if you’d like. PM me!

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Dinosara

This is on my list to try! I actually love Harney’s plain lychee black, so I feel like I will dig this one

Nik

If you’re not planning to pick this up for yourself, care to swap some of this for some of the plain lychee black?

Dinosara

Unfortunately I don’t have any of the plain lychee black right now, but if I had some of it I would totally swap with you.

Nik

No worries! You want some of this, anyway?

Dinosara

Sure, as long as you let me send you something back. I have some lychee blacks from Simpson & Vail and DavidsTea that I could send you some small samples of, if you’d like. PM me!

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2012.10.07: I hear people like to understand other people’s ratings, so here’s a loose guide:

01-29: Dear God, why.
30-49: I’ll finish this cup, I guess, but no more.
50-59: Meh.
60-69: Decent. Maybe I can blend it with something else and make it better.
70-79: Heeey, this is quite good!
80-89: I love it, but I’m not in love with it.
90-100: Permanently resident in my Happy Place.


Update: I have steeped, and it was good. =] Still a tea-ophyte, though.


This is a tea site, so I feel like “well, I’m Indian” should be enough of an introduction. Because, I mean, it’s kind of in my genes, right? But the fact of the matter is that I’m an absolute tea-ophyte.

I’ve just discovered a world beyond Celestial Seasonings. I’ve just discovered “sachets” instead of “normal” tea bags and bought my first loose tea sampler. I don’t get the whole water temperature and steep time thing yet, nor that if I want to get a yixiang tea pot, I’d need one for each type of tea. I have this infuser ball thing, but I haven’t used it yet.

Don’t cringe, but right now I’m still just boiling water and pouring it over a teabag, adding some sugar, and drinking a nice, hot cuppa. I’d like to learn more, I think, and I’d like to train my palate. I figure participating in this community is the best way to do that.

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