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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
123 tasting notes

It’s hot and muggy here today so will need some iced tea later. I decided to use the last couple teaspoons of my sample to brew and let cool as I liked it so much last time. In the meantime I drank a precious cup hot – yum! I wish I drank it more slowly to savour the deliciousness as now it’s all gone, but at least I’ll have some cold later.

My husband likes this one also, so for sure this will have to be ordered in a much larger than sample size. I am really glad I decided to try this one – a definite favorite!!

And now… I think I’ll try re-steeping the leaves one last time to see if I can get the very last flavour out of them.

Rosehips

Agreed on the deliciousness! I was surprised how much I liked this one, though I shouldn’t be. I have not met a H&S fruit blend I did not like.

ashmanra

They have free shipping today if you are in the USA but their website is down. You have to call!

caile

I got an email for that but didn’t even check the website – I’m in Canada so no free shipping for me – otherwise I would have ordered right away as I was so excited when I first saw the email. :-(

Cavocorax

Yeah, I really like H&S teas, but it’s hard for Canadians to get. I think my last two orders had shipping of $15 and $20. :( I did it when they had a sale so basically it evened out, but that’s still not great.

caile

That’s what I did also – there was a discount which covered about half the shipping of $15. I just ordered the max amount before shipping increased on the order – up to $50 or something like that.

ashmanra

Someone on here mentioned wanting to try a certain tea and I looked to see where they were from. I was going to send a sample. I put in their area of Canada in the USPS calculator and it was going to be about $20! I wonder why it is so high to ship to Canada? I also asked a German tea company about shipping to the US or Ireland, and the US was cheaper. You would think that being on the same continent would count for something.

Cavocorax

You would think! But maybe our postal workers get paid a lot?
I guess another issue with Canada specifically is the amount of rural population that needs to be supported with mail – that must be expensive.

It sucks though. How come I can get tea fresh from China for $4 (Teavivre), and it shows up quicker than my H&S order?

caile

Yes, shipping with Canada Post has always been a lot, and USPS increased their rates quite a bit in the past year.
Hehe – I received another free shipping email from H&S this morning and thought maybe they decided to include Canada!..no, just extended a day in the US.

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80
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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I bought some of this to try and also to take to work to share with one of my co-workers who likes chocolate mint ice-cream. We each had a cup (mine with milk, hers with sugar and milk) and both enjoyed it very much. It does taste like chocolate and mint and sweetness – exactly like I was expecting. I’d definitely drink this again occasionally – maybe trying a bit longer steeping next time to see how that goes.

Fjellrev

This one could definitely handle longer steeps. It only gets mintier.

caile

That’s good!

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80
drank Le Digestif (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I tend to drink this as a remedy when my stomach is upset like today, or occasionally as a late night herbal for something minty to drink.
The flavor is mostly sweet and minty with a very slight bitterness from the fennel perhaps but it is tasty and not unpleasant. I do like this blend – it tastes fine as a herbal tea and hopefully does help in some way with settling mild stomach issues.

JustJames

fennel and mint are both used in gripe water for babies…. should work! hope you beel better!!!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

hmmmm… maybe I should pick up some of this. My stomach is completely off lately.

JustJames

ginger is also a natural anti nauseant (which is why gingerale works so well) and dill as well.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Thanks… I usually turn to chamomile or peppermint. Sometimes ginger. I didn’t know dill was an anti-nauseant though.

caile

Thank you JustJames! I did feel better later and made it through work. I didn’t know about the dill either but have had have mint or ginger before. I like this blend better though as it has a few different things in it – you should try it Fuzzy_Peachkin!

JustJames

glad you’re feeling better, sometimes knowing that there’s empirical evidence to why you’re improved and that it’s not some random placebo effect is helpful! three kids and 2 with colic =0P

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85
drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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So…drinking the cold tea left in the fridge overnight. And this is it! My favorite flavored-black iced tea! Delicious plums and apricots so rich and juicy blended with the smoothest light tea, and a delectable aroma.

I think I like it better than Tower of London and Paris even… although they are all good and a bit similar in a way.

I wish I made more because this won’t last long!

Nightshifter

I must try this! :)

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85
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Malty, nutty black tea with mild bittersweet chocolate. I think I made this cup bit weak but it is still satisfying and tasty. Will have another cup with a bit more dry leaf added.

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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On my quest of iced tea making, I saved a couple cups to have hot which I enjoyed this afternoon.

I drank half a cup plain, half a cup with a bit of milk and a cup with sugar.
I didn’t like it plain so much but with milk, I found that the plum and apricot flavors were fantastic and in harmony with the smooth, light tea. Plain just didn’t seem as tasty and smooth to me somehow (perhaps I should have let it cool ever so slightly). It does seem odd that I’d like milk with this tea as I don’t like milk and fruit together at all but I guess fruit flavored teas are the exception.
Then, to be really adventurous I had a cup hot and sweetened with sugar, and wow, it was really delicious! The plum and apricot flavors were so sweet and the aroma was rich with fruits. And again it is odd as I never have sugar in hot tea but I loved it in this cup.

This is a lovely, rich fruity tea and I can see why H&S’s calls this a dessert tea.

Looking forward to the chilled version tomorrow!

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This makes quite a strong, full bodied cup of fragrant and creamy tasting tea with a hint of bergamot. I drink it with a dash of milk and re-steep the leaves once with no real change in flavour.
I like the fact it is organic, and would say it is my favorite earl gray tea to drink once in awhile, although I have to admit I haven’t tried many.
I have tried it iced but found it to be somewhat astringent and unpleasant when chilled.

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Re-steeped the leaves from my morning cup earlier, added a teaspoon of sugar and chilled, which made for a deliciously smooth glass of iced tea. Well, without the ice actually, so really a glass of cold tea but I like that best sometimes.

This turned out better than I expected. Simple, plain and absolutely refreshing with a touch of sweetness from the sugar (which probably wasn’t really needed).

This has turned out to be a nice versatile tea and I’m quite happy with it – a tin of this would be nice to have in my cupboard.

ashmanra

Someone recently asked Mike Harney what tea they could buy to drink hot that would give them a similar flavor to their Organic Plain Black Tea sachets. He recommended this one!
I had a one pound bag but have only a few ounces left. I need to try it iced.

caile

Are the Organic Plain Black Tea sachets those large ones specifically for iced tea? I haven’t tried those.
You must have an amazing cupboard! :-)

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85
drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
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This has been one of my favorite teas this summer and probably one of the first white teas I have enjoyed.

The tea flavour is light and smooth but the main taste is the coconut, which is soft and clean, and there is a freshness to this which is so delicious.

I have had this hot and cold and love it both ways, but probably end up drinking it most at room temperature which is my favorite .
I did try cold brewing the dry leaves in water but found it somewhat astringent which I didn’t enjoy, so I make it hot and then let cool before putting in the fridge. Oddly, if I put the once or twice brewed leaves in a jug of water to cold steep that way, it turns out delicious with no bitterness, so I re-use the leaves that way for a second small jug of cold tea.

A lovely, refreshing coconut tea!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

This one is a nice one!

caile

Yes! I’ve gone through a lot of it!

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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Dry leaf smells fresh and delicately floral. Brewed taste is also a smooth, light floral tea – quite delicious without any bitterness. I drank this cup with a bit of milk and like it a lot – a good everyday tea.
This was a loose leaf sample I purchased but would certainly buy a larger quantity.
I wonder how it would be as sweetened iced tea and I’d also like to try it like that.

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Love loose-leaf tea. My favorite right now is black, both plain and some flavoured. I mostly drink teas clear or will have certain ones with a small dash of milk or cream.

I am enjoying finding favorites and what I like to keep in my cupboard.

Recently I discovered that I enjoy some green teas so am exploring those a bit also.

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