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Another sipdown. I thought my cupboard was pretty much at full capacity, but I realized going through it today that I am nearly out of several good teas. Glad I have some new ones on the way to try!
I overleafed a little bit to use up the last of the loose leaf and it was even more enjoyable than last time with bolder flavors. Not getting any cocoa or fruit, but the lovely malt and honey goodness is just right for a chilly winter afternoon. Wonderful!
Good-bye, Florence! We shall meet again as soon as I return to Canada and I can place a new Harney order.
I have been denying myself cups of this because I had so little left. But today I needed a good mug. Nothing too finicky and nothing too fancy that would make me break out the more delicate (read:tiny) cups. I wanted to curl up with a comforting mug not a posh saucer and teacup and not those bubble cups. You know how certain teas you drink out of certain vessels? I would never make a big mug of a red robe or other oolong. Big mug for me means dessert tea. So with a sigh I picked up the near empty tin of what continues to be my favourite chocolate tea and settled in for the afternoon. Book, American horror story season 1 (Dylan McDermott, yo!), Skype with my mom…
I am leaving next week so I can’t order any tea. I’m also starting to worry about my Black Friday order. I thought it had plenty of time to get here but alas I am down to four business days left and no package. Not to mention that I’m drooling over those teas (eight candles!) and am so disappointed each day I get home to find them not here. Sigh.
PS. Anyone else still waiting on BF orders? It seems everyone got theirs but me.
A nice cup of this one with a tiny splash of soy milk this morning. I’m still not feeling that great due to the gluten (UGH), but I feel well enough to head to work in about an hour, I think. YAY! I have Things To Do™. I’ll probably end up working all weekend as well. Whatevs. As long as I’m feeling better, it should be fine.
Oh, right. The tea. Delicious as always. I’m starting to swing back towards really liking Earl Grey teas, and this one is nice because it’s not just bergamot. There’s other fruits and sweetness and I like it a lot.
I’m under the weather — scratchy throat, stuffy head, achy, everything but the fever, cough and sniffles — and so I’m making therapeutic use of this one today and it is really hitting the spot. I took a quick look at my last tasting note quite a while ago and mentioned that I wasn’t getting lemon, which I think must have been mentioned in the official description. I’m still not getting it, really, but my out of practice palate is noticing something that could be confused with lemon. Just a touch of a fresh tartness. If the taste had a color, it would be yellow.
I had this lovely tea again this morning. I think it has blown every other unflavoured black I’ve ever had right out of the water. I’m afraid, however, that i’m going to need to stagger this tea, because I’m scared that I’ll drink it every day and then lose my admiration for its perfection, and I just don’t want to get desensitized like that, not quickly, anyway. But it’s such a perfect combination between smokey and sweet, mellow and brisk, and even verges on being savoury. I am inclined to give this tea as a gift to other people I know who love black tea, because I know i’ll be able to promise them that they will never have had a tea quite like this. Although I know that this tea wasn’t actually made for Queen Catherine herself, I can’t help but imagine it being presented to her and her drinking it, although to be honest, this tea is versatile enough to be served to the people with the most wealthiest and most modest of lifestyles alike. it can demand your attention and captivate you, or stand gracefully in the background as you guzzle it down distractedly, always assuring you of its completeness. It’s wonderful with a banana nut muffin, although I’m dying to try it with an everything bagel and cream cheese like one of the reviews says. Oh my gosh, I’m craving this all over again.
i haven’t tried this tea yet, but i wanted to document that this morning marks the very first time that a new full tin of tea was spilled all over the floor.
I CAN’T BELIEVE IT DIDN’T HAPPEN SOONER we both said as we started to clean up.
we figured what with all the early morning groggy tea making this should have happened well over a year ago.
don’t worry, half the tin was still very full and the oz we did lose was actually scooped up and we may still steep it. i mean, it is boiling water after all. and i ate a donut after dropping it on the floor just a few days ago. so eh.
nooooooo my note just got erased :(
- i love lapsang blends when i feel like drinking a lapsang blend
- this is an uber drinkable lapsang blend. it has poetry.
- meaning it makes me wanna read a book and tuck the quilt under the bottom of my feet to keep the heat in. this tea is like the honesty of paper.
- so glad i decided to order it.
Mmmm… this is pretty good. I initially thought I overleafed or oversteeped – it was a super dark mahogany color. I was a little skeered and my first sip was with the anticipation of pucker your cheeks bitterness. Nope. Not much of it at all. I still think I probably over-somethinged it, but it’s pretty tasty. It is smooth and deep and robust and calming all at the same time.
The only thing off about this for me is that it smells somewhat odd when I sip it. I can’t pinpoint what it is I’m smelling though. It’s not offputting enough for me to not drink it but it won’t be a favorite tea to smell. At this point, after 3 cups, I’d reorder this if I were needing something to make it up to a free shipping level though I might not seek it out specially order it.
Got this one as a free sample with the order that arrived today. It was in sachet form.
Nice and medium in body and bergamot, tending to slide toward the lighter side of Earl. It’s good but there are other EGs that I prefer. Not sure though. Maybe having it loose where I can increase the leaf amount as I want would help since I err on the side of more leaf usually.
I think I’m done getting teas for awhile. My Butiki order arrived today as well. Yet… my aunt emailed today and said she had a BOGO coupon for Harney’s Royal Palace tins at Barnes & Noble… I suspect there is more tea to come my way. But if it’s a gift it doesn’t count, right?
sample with my recent order. Delicious. Ive noticed some cranberry but when i read the description its black currant. doesnt require any additions for me. on my list when im going to visit SOHO shop
Dry: Finely chopped bits of black tea (looks CTC for the most part) with bits of soft green peppermint mixed in. Smells overwhelmingly of mint straight from the bag, so no skimping on the minty side of this for sure.
Steeped: Clear brown liquor with bits of tea floating on top. This is very finely shredded and the tiny holes on my infuser couldn’t keep them all in. Smells very nice though, like dark chocolate and mint.
Taste: This is a nice afternoon or after dinner tea! It is supposed to be chocolate mint and that is exactly what I get with each sip. It is heavier on the mint than on the cocoa side, but both are present for sure. It is smooth, refreshing, and I like it particularly with a dash of milk. I’d like to keep a tea like this around as a staple, but I will have to compare this to some of the other mint/choco teas out there in the future. Right now though, it is a fine addition to the cupboard.
This tea is perfect. I am hoping so, so hard that I never get sick of it the way I can with many a tea, because it really is as perfect as its “back story” makes it out to be. I read the back story last night (about how it was part of a project to improve Portugal’s image and is the only Western tea to be featured in the Chinese tea museum) and dreamed really, really big.
Last night was perhaps the first night in a long while that i’ve had decent sleep, and although I’m still feeling a bit tired this morning, I actually slept through the night and woke to the sound of my alarm, and excitedly got out of bed because I’d planned for this tea this morning.
The dry smell of the leaf was actually a bit misleading. It sort of has an earthy, barn-yard-esque quality to it that was reminiscently evocative of the keemun I sampled from art of Tea and didn’t quite like, although the barnyard factor was significantly less pronounced in these leaves. I brewed it up as per keychange, so about five minutes and my usual cream and sugar, and was blown away.
This is perhaps the first tea I’ve ever tried that tastes sort of like a campfire, with sweet hints of maple and a fresh, rain-soaked wind that has whipped through a dense forest. It is not astringent in the slightest, and I can absolutely see what all the fuss is about (which is a relief, let me tell you. I always feel like a bit of a failure when I don’t get what the fuss is about over a beloved tea on steepster).
Seriously, if any of you guys want to try some of this, let me know. It’s amazing. I want it in my collection forever!
Another sipdown. I finished the last of my organic Dragonwell from Teavivre yesterday and forgot to review it, but I hope I will meet it again in a future order. Not so much with this H & S tea, unfortunately.
I know that a lot of folks like this one, but it is just too artificial on the cranberry for my palate. I was longing for any of my other better blacks the whole time I was drinking this. I will stick with Paris when I am looking for fruity and wonderful. Goodbye, Boston Blend! I will not miss you! :)
Like it seems many others, I got this as a free sample with one of my recent orders.
It’s okay. It is relatively smooth and not really bitter. I think milk and sugar might drown the tea taste, though, since it really isn’t very strong, even after about 4 minutes steeping. It’s nothing I’d turn down, but nothing I’ll stock up on. Which is probably a good thing, considering that I still have at least 2 Black Friday/Cyber Monday orders to arrive… I don’t need to discover any more must-have teas! :)
This is part of my birthday shared teas from my daughter.
Upon sniffing the dry leaf, smoky notes waft…brewed it anyway. This is good. I have been in a tea slump here lately…I don’t like what is in my cupboard.
This is very tasty plain, which is how I am drinking tonight. I think I will try it in the morning with milk and raw sugar. It is not smokey when you drink it. I think I like the Queen:)
So delicious, as always. I can’t wait to try this in loose leaf.
I got a free sample of this with my last Harney & Sons order. It smells much sweeter dry than it is brewed, and it’s much mellower than I was expecting from the description, but it’s pleasant.
I mostly taste coconut and green tea, and the lemongrass gives it a slightly grassy, almost savory aftertaste. I don’t get any ginger from it at all. It’s an interesting one to try, but I’m not sure I would buy it. I’d like the flavors to be a little bolder, or for something else to be added to it to round it out better.
I can’t quite articulate how cold it is in my office this morning. I have a hot timolino full of this delicious and warming tea, but I’m desperately wishing I had more. I keep unscrewing the lid just so I can stick my freezing cold nose in to inhale the scent of cinnamon and warm it up for a bit!
I’ve been sleeping so incredibly fitfully for at least the last week or so, and i’m irritated about that but really happy overall, because my Dellaterra bf order arrived yesterday! yup, delivered on a Sunday in true holiday fashion. There’s nothing quite like opening your mailbox and finding a box inside!
Also, I must add that I love our mailbox; it’s huge! My rather large h and S order fit in it perfectly, and I was afraid it wouldn’t. I pretty much don’t ever want to leave this place.
Anyway, this tea was a wonderful tea to wake up to this morning. I’m still using the sachets, because I somehow neglected to order the loose-leaf version with my h and s haul, but as I prepared my tea this morning, I realized that it’s actually really handy to have some sachets on hand for those mornings when you can’t be bothered to fuss with strainers and measuring spoons and all that sort of thing. I’m nearly finished this tin of sachets, and am glad I have another tin ready and waiting that I picked up from Chapters!
The best lemon-mint tea I’ve had. I haven’t had many mint teas(4-5)but this was great. I probably haven’t been introduced to a high quality mint yet :p. First tried it at a local Crepes and Grapes with a soup and sandwich and I knew it was great from the first sip. The leaves fully unfurled in the pyramid satchet with an astonishing weight for a teabag. The liqour was not very murky at all compared to many bagged herbal teas Ive had, and the taste was more pleasant than astringent; lemon verbena present but maybe not as much in taste than aroma. Enjoyed every last sip and was able to resteep it for a second cup. Would recommend to lovers of mint herbal teas.
A very finely chopped CTC. It’s a really good breakfast blend though. Sweet and richly flavored. Malty. Not as earthy in the flavor as the aroma might suggest. This has that wonderful bakey-cakey kind of taste to it, the kind of flavor that you want in a breakfast blend.
I think I’m falling in love with h and s. I’ve received my box, and actually was able to guess which tea was which with just my sniffer! (well, and Mr. Keychange also helped because I was struggling a bit to decipher the fruits d’alstace from Boston blend, but he’s got a good sniffer too, so we won!).
Anyway, we had this tea with banana nut muffins this afternoon. I find that sometimes, the cinnamon taste is a bit muted as compared with the intensely sharp smell, but that’s not entirely a bad thing. I don’t think I’d actually want to drink very hot cinnamon hearts anyway. We also used sachets today, and I’ve got a few more of those to use up before I break into my 4 oz tin! woohoo!