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The first thing out of the PTS box that I simply HAD to try as soon as I could. I want my world to smell like this tea does. So lovely. As for flavor, its mild and easy to drink if you like lavender and chamomile, but nothing outrageous. I still might buy some to keep on hand for nights when I need to calm down.
Tea & Cards TTB
I woke up this morning feeling like complete crap. Sinuses are out of whack, this week continues to be a cluster of stress, and I despite what was an actually decent night of sleep for the first time in a few days, I just felt exhausted 5 minutes after opening my eyes.
This was one of the teas I had set aside from the Tea & Cards TTB to try at work and I’m really glad I chose it this morning. Very refreshing. Tropical, fruity and just what I needed. It reminded me a bit of the Mighty Leaf Tropical Green Tea, but with a lot more flavor and complexity.
I marked this one as maybe for my next Harney & Sons order. Though who knows when that order will be… I have a lot of tea to sipdown before that can happen!
I’ve had several good and several not so good teas from Harney and Sons. I am delighted to say this is definitely a good one. I have become a chocolate and hazel nut fanatic and this fits the bill so well. Lovely chocolate, creamy hazelnut, black tea base. The dry leaves smell wonderful and they do not disappoint. The aroma is even more lovely than the dry scent. It has caffeine to help start the day or have that pick-up we need mid afternoon. Something to keep in the cupboard!
Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Hazelnut
Tea #5 from the (Mostly) Unflavored TTB
There was just a tsp left and the desc here sounded pretty good, so why not.
Malty, fruity-ish scent to the brew. Taste wise I get very slight smoke (nothing near the amount that I’ve gotten from the Keemuns I’ve been drinking lately), a bit of fruit and malt. I don’t get any bitterness from it and there’s really no astringency that I can really tell. Maybe I’ll just need to sit with it a bit, but at the moment, it’s pretty tasty. I want to add a bit of Truvia to it (since I do to practically all my teas), but I actually like it just as is. Maybe when I get halfway done I’ll add some anyway. Dunno.
I’d consider adding this to my cupboard…until I saw the price tag and nearly choked on the tea I was sipping at. Holy cats! I’d probably consider tossing a sample in my cart if/when I ever get around to ordering from them, but I sure as heck am not gonna pay that much for 2 oz. Yeesh. I can get a nice yixing for that price, right? XD
This smells like wood while steeping….
I’ve only had English Breakfast one other time…when last year my friend from England made me a “traditional English” cup of tea with milk and all. Didn’t like it then, but can’t remember what it tasted like. Don’t remember it tasting like wood though.
I like the malty black teas…need more malty black teas to try. I keep finding all these woody teas…
I would think maybe my taste is just changing. But then I try black teas that I have that I love and thought were malty and they taste the same. Maybe I just keep buying the wrong teas…I don’t know.
If anyone has any really good malty teas to recommend, let me know! Because I really wanna find a good, malty tea!
This one, however, is not as bad as expected.
It’s like half malty and half woody. It’s initially a light malt flavor but then changes to wood. It’s weird. But not actually that bad. I would drink this again. Wouldn’t buy it, but would drink it again willingly.
Harney & Sons sent me 4 tea bags of this as free samples. xD Guess they really wanted me to try this one-haha! As I’m finishing the first steep I actually can see this tea growing on me. But I guess I will see what happens with the next three tea bags. :P
Flavors: Malt, Wood
I just read the entry on Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) in The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea. I concur that this is more the “old style” of oolong, which is probably why I don’t like it nearly as much as the greener, less-oxidized oolongs I’ve been drinking of late. For years, I shunned oolong because it made me feel queasy. My concept of the genre was exhausted by the highly oxidized, dark-roasted kind, and I probably only tried inexpensive, low-grade varieties (filterbags and restaurant tea), so I knew nothing about the broader oolong horizons.
The flavor of this tea is very toasty and cooked, not fresh and creamy. Yet it is not as dark and rich as a full-fledged black tea.
Fortunately, this Da Hong Pao from Harney & Sons did not make me feel sick, but I won’t order it again, now that my sample is exhausted. This is probably very good, for what it is, but it’s not really my style.
A chacun son goût…
Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Lemon, Lemongrass
This is very very chocolatey with a roasted note that must be the hazelnut coming through. It is tasty, but I have to admit, chocolate teas aren’t quite my thing most of the time. I always find myself then seeking out the real thing…which could be seen as awesome or awful, depending on how you look at it.
This is an enjoyable afternoon tea. It is quite sweet with guava and strawberries added. It is mild with little bitterness or astringency. I will try it iced another time. The sour taste of the guava does a good job of offsetting the sweet taste of the strawberry. I steeped this with 2.5 tsp of leaf for 3 min in boiling water. I would have used 190 degree water but I forgot it was a mix of black and green tea. It looks like just black tea. It has very dark sweet smelling leaves.
Flavors: Guava, Strawberry
I am not a fan of black tea, or tea that is not organic, at all, but the tea here was awesome. Cinnamon is definitely a key player here, but it’s annoyingly spicy. The citrus is muted, very muted, but I noticed it more on the second steep. I don’t really taste the black tea, but that was okay because this was just a nice to tea have on a day of overcast. Someone compared it to leftover cinnamon toast milk, another compared it to liquid red hots, but to me its somewhere in the middle. I would drink this again.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Honey, Nutmeg, Orange
I got a sample of this tea from the generous Ashmanra.
I had been wanting to try this one since hubby is a big fan of blueberry and partial to a nice fruit flavored green as well. The flavor here is pretty light. I wouldn’t say that it particularly reminds me of blueberries. It’s kinda chalky and more floral than fruity.
The green base was not so impressive either. It tastes like cheap Chinese sencha. Harney usually delivers but not this time. It wasn’t awful but I’m glad it was just a sample instead of a tin.
Thanks for letting me try this one out!
this tea bag + honey = nice evening relaxing tea. This is another teabag i took from the hotel lol and i’m glad that i did. It’s nice to be able to try a few more harney teas without committing to a whole tin! this is lemoney and refreshing and mostly just warm and comforting tonight. Clearly i’m crashing a little after 36+ hours on 2 hrs of sleep heh
I might have bought this at Target because the tin appealed to me. Maybe. I love my little Harney tins and recover them with other companies’ labels to reuse them. WP bags are a great size for that. If only they locked together when stacked!
Anyway, my tummy is a bit unhappy tonight so I made some of this and I am really enjoying it! I don’t know what about the peppermint makes the brew tea colored, so that was a surprise.
I received a sample of this from the wonderful TheTeaFairy. Thank you so much.
This is just weird to me. Fig, vanilla, lemon, black tea. Not sure what it is that I don’t like, maybe the lemon – or maybe it’s just the combination of flavors.
Whatever it is – this doesn’t work for me.
Sorry Fairy, I know you like this one.
T&C TTB 22/23
When I had this TTB I was about to make a H&S order and felt it was the perfect time to try this before buying it. It was good, so I bought some. I kept waiting for the Queen to speak to me before writing a note but she has not and it is almost gone. All I can say is I’ve enjoyed it in the mornings when I’m looking for caffeine and taste good with and without milk. I may order it again sometime, not sure.
Made up a cup of this after digging through my cupboard for inspiration. :) It had to be a hot-steeping tea due to me automatically setting the kettle for 95C. This one caught my eye, as I’ve had it for coughcough and it was sitting there unopened.
It’s pretty good. It’s better (more flavourful) than the Yunnans I’ve picked up locally, although it definitely leans towards astringency. I do like it, with the honey baked sweet malty flavours, but I’m unsure I’d pick up more of this one. I think I prefer the Taiwan Assams, because they mix my favourite (Assams!) with the honey baked sweet flavours.
Still, I am enjoying this mug and I’ll happily resteep it and finish up the sample.
(~2.5 tsp in 16 oz)