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Some SoHo Blend from Dexter3657!
Thank you, Dexter. :)
This tea is very similar to Florence, but it has pink flowers in it and also coconut. It’s pretty good, but I am not completely enamoured. I might be having an off day though, so it’s good I have more from VariaTEA so I can try again!
Not sure how I feel about this one. I’m going to have to try it again to do a real rating or tasting note. Maybe I’ll just go take a nap because I’m feeling really out of it now, and I don’t even remember what this tea was like only that it was so-so. Shrug. I’m tired of being sick. I know I’m better than I was only a few days ago, but I’m still not doing great. It’s times like this that I realize how sick I still am, when I can’t really remember the mug of tea I just finished.
This tea deserves a second review because it is just that good! It is just dreamy- mostly coconut with great chocolate notes as well. The tea blend itself is just gorgeous and the aroma is fantastic. I’m obsessed. I bought a pound of this tea. If anyone wants to try it, and I think everyone should unless you don’t like coconut, hit me up for a swap!
Saturday morning + SoHo blend + catching up on Scandal = perfection
Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut
In an attempt to warm up my heat-less house yesterday, I whipped up a big batch of pumpkin-rice-coconut milk pudding, which requires baking for an hour or so. It also tastes delicious. I add a liberal amount of pumpkin pie spice and extra ground ginger, in addition to brown sugar. This time I used palm sugar from Thailand because I could not find my molasses brown sugar.
The perfect tea accompaniment to my pumpkin comfort food is … drum roll … Harney & Sons Green Tea with Thai Flavors. Who am I kidding? This tea is the perfect accompaniment to nearly anything, provided only that one enjoys the rich flavor of coconut, which I obviously do! Coconut ranks way up there with salmon, eggs, and bananas, among the rare foods which ALWAYS elevate my mood. I wonder what the explanation of that is?
I’ve had this before (ordered a sample with my last Harney box…), but was very delicate with the steeping, after hearing from ifjuly that this could be a bit tricky. I liked it very much that way (steeped 4 minutes at about 185°F), but wanted to see what it was like done how Harney recommends…
Before I get there, I need to say that I love how this tea smells… it’s like no other tea I’ve tried (admittedly, I’ve got LOTS more to try…). The heady honey aroma is really my thing…
Anyway, to the ‘full throttle’ tasting… My first sip and I knew I couldn’t drink this on its own. That’s ok; I was expecting it. Wayyyyyy too strong for me. So, doing what I never do, I reached for the milk and sugar, and adding that to the cup turned it into the most comfy, interesting sweetened tea I’ve had. The astringency was toned down to exactly how I like it in a milk/sugar tea (when I drink them, which isn’t very often….).
While I wouldn’t order a full tin of this, it’s something I’d want in my cupboard for those moments, however seldom they may be, when I’m looking for a milk tea.
So, I’m rating it based on that…. it’s a finicky tea, and needs to be played around with, but when I get it where I like it, I love it. :)
This tea brews up to a rich ochre tinged orange. There is a sent of an orange-lemon citrus , and muscatel over a deeper slightly malty base and something that reminds of that slightly jammy fruity plastic scent they used to scent strawberry shortcake dolls once upon a time. Overall it smells very fruity and slightly spicy. It has a nice medium body with a moderate amount of astringency. The flavour is dominated by its fruity spicy top notes. The fruity notes lie more towards a more spicy grapey note with a hint of spice, lemon rind and lemon.
Underneath the flavour is quite sweet, with a hint of floral, which overlies a malty astringent note. Quite a nice after noon tea.
Thanks JustJames for the chance to try this tea!
I’m still disappointed in myself for not actually drinking this on April 15th. I had it with me at work and everything.
Anyways, that disappointment aside, this is one of my favorite black teas. I don’t add sweetener or milk to my teas at all, and this one really doesn’t need anything anyways. It’s full bodied and malty with a great warm scent. The blended black teas play off each other well and the result is something very smooth. I can definitely see fancily dressed millionaires sipping this in the breakfast room, haha.
I think this would make a great iced tea latte… a little milk or almond milk, a bit of sweetener. I’ll have to give it a try.
In retrospect, with the benefit of hindsight, I recognize that it was marginally insane of me to spend two whole days organizing my tea in preparation for my historic move of 2014. I must say, however, that it paid off in this case. I found my Harney stash and will be drinking my old faves in the days to come. Tonight’s selection is the straight-up chamomile in sachets from the Palace Gardens tin. Just what I needed!
I received a very generous sample of this from boychik in her “Explore Darjeeling package”. Thank you!
This is really hitting the spot this afternoon. I am working on my second cup. After the TTB I am a little burnt out on flavored teas. For the last day or so I have been sipping quite a few of my straight black teas. This tea doesn’t have much spunk. There is nothing notable about it, but it is very enjoyable. It is a light cup, with a very dry feeling. It has hints of fruit and a tad bit of that muscatel (sp?) taste at the end of the sip. I will have no problem finishing this sample but the verdict is still out on a repurchase.
I just got come from one of those wine and painting events (so fun!). I’m not very skilled, so I claim to be an impressionist ;). Not that impressionists are not skilled! I just can’t replicate the example in perfect detail. Anyway, I have to be at work at 7am tomorrow, but I have time for tea, right? Right. I’m extremely limited in my selection of caffeine-free teas and I accidentally bought this when I was in a hurry, not noticing it was a rooisbos. It’s not unpalatable, which is saying something since I hate rooisbos. It mainly tastes like cinnamon. I guess I’d drink it if I was desperate. I need suggestions for caffeine-free teas please!
I was looking to make a quick cup of tea this afternoon, so I grabbed my tin that’s chocked full of random tea bags and quickly decided upon this one.
Since this is called Earl Grey Supreme I was expecting to get hit in the face with a lot of bergamot. I wouldn’t consider this a bad thing. I like bergamot and the citrus in pretty much any Earl Grey. I was pleasantly surprised however when it wasn’t an extra dose of flavoring that made this tea supreme but rather very nice ingredients that were expertly balanced. The base tea was smooth and more robust than I expected. All of the citrus flavors were evenly balanced and melded together beautifully. It was such a good cup.
If this is what Harney and Sons can do with the bagged version of this tea then I can’t wait to get my hands on the loose leaf version. My next H&S order is going to be huge!
Oh Steepster, I’ve been kind of neglectful these last couple weeks. I hope you can forgive me. You know I can’t quit you, baby.
This was the last of my sample of this, but it’s a very nice cup. It’s slightly sweet, and a but nutty and very vegetal. I never did pick up the caramel notes, but it’s still a comforting and satisfying cup.
I had time for a leisurely breakfast with my friend before I had to go to work, and she had to head off on other adventures. So it was time for two pots of tea, favorites of mine, new to her.
Started off with a classic, with the fruit and honey goodness of Tower of London. (It does seem to be all I’m drinking lately, too, which is funny). She liked how obvious the honey note was. Yay for tea friends!
I don’t really know what to think of this tea. I am a big fan of Harney & Sons and until now have not found a tea I didn’t like from them. I guess there always has to be one.
The smell of this absolutely socked me in the face the first time I opened it and I was not a fan of the smell. I didn’t even try it for a good month after we got it (my fiancé is the one who actually picked this one out). I finally got around to trying it this morning and I was pleasantly surprised by the scent once it steeped. It was much more pleasant and smelled like something I actually wanted to drink.
I grappled with how to even describe what it tasted like to me. The initial flavor I got was decidedly black tea and then it sort of moved on to what (and I really hesitate to call it this, but) tasted chemically. The finish was pure apricot to me and was a nice flavor to be left with, but in the end I actually poured out the last third of this cup.
I will let the fiancé finish this one, or pass it on to someone who will appreciate it more than me, as it does seem to get pretty high reviews from most people. Just not a tea for me.
Thanks goes out to boychik for sharing a large sample with me!
I had a bit of insomnia last night. The brain gets churning and all the relaxation techniques in the world sometimes just don’t do the trick. So, I did what I am not suppose to do when I can’t sleep, drank caffeine and watched the boob tube. I know, I should stick with caffine free warm drinks and I should do house chores instead, but oh well.
Boychik sent along so many Darjeeling to try. This is the first of many. This was very nice. It was medium bodied. The first part of the sip was sweet followed by a hint of fruit, and then a musky finish. This is only my second or third Darjeeling and I am not sure how to describe them yet. As I work my way through these Darjeeling I am interested to fully understand what taste profile defines a Darjeeling and what sets them apart. For now this was an enjoyable cup!
I received a sample of this from boychik! Thank-you!
This is a wonderful cup! Before reading the description of the tea, I had a slightly sweet, lemony cup, which matches the description pretty well. This makes me very warm and happy inside as I settle down to do a little bit of reading. This will definately stay on the wish list and be added to my next H&S order!
This has been my work tea for a while- it satisfies my need for something sweet in the afternoon and wakes me up! My body’s circadian rhythm insists that around 3:30pm is nap time, but this tea helps me to not sleep at my desk and get kicked out of my lab. The main flavor you get is peppermint, peppermint, peppermint. I normally dislike peppermint teas because they’re a little too intense. However, the chocolate tones really mellow this peppermint nicely. The peppermint to chocolate flavor ratio is more York peppermint patty than thin mint. All in all, a very pleasant tea that I have bought again and again!
In a travel mug at work with me. At first it was too hot for me to really notice anything aside from my singed tongue. Then as it cooled, I got more smoke than I’ve ever gotten. Then it cooled even more and accompanied me while I ate my tuna sandwich lunch. But ultimately, I’m thinking she is best enjoyed in an ordinary mug. Also, as a few of us have mentionned before, I think she doesn’t age particularly well, because I’m noticing a difference in the complexity of the tea as I near the bottom of the tin. It’s ok though. Nothing really diminishes her perfection ultimately. Long live the queen!