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I wanted to like this tea because I love green tea and coconut and lemongrass and ginger, etc. I guess I just don’t like them all together. The lemongrass is over-powering to me. I think there just might be too many flavors going on. Also, I’ve only ever had it hot so maybe it might be better iced. Either way, I won’t be purchasing it again.
The best. Absolute best.
I first experienced the delicious smell of this tea at a friend’s house. She called it her “fancy Sunday morning tea.” Boy, was she ever right.
The smell of this tea kept coming back to haunt me so I ordered a tin from Harney & Sons. (the TINS though! They’re so cute, I keep all of them for planters for succulents.) And then I ordered some for my best friend. And then I ordered a box of 50 for myself because I no longer wanted it as a treat yoself tea. I wanted to have it all the time!
By the time this arrived in the mail, I had forgotten what it was, and from the name thought it was bound to have flowers in it. I opened the package to a marvelous fragrance of pure tea, a little evocative of darjeeling but mostly a nice “golden raisin” scent (it’s easier to just call it muscatel but that’s what it smells like to me). This turned out to be a great light-bodied Ceylon, crisp and just a little sweet and everything I hoped it would be. Delicious iced, and also quite tasty hot, which is good because we’ve been having a mixture of very hot days and cool, overcast ones!
My experience with Ceylon (as with most non-Chinese teas) doesn’t go very far back—only a couple of years ago, when I started wondering why the iced tea served at a particular cafe tasted good compared to everyone else’s, did I even learn the name of this tea. There’s a lot more to explore, but this is one of the good ones I’ve encountered so far!
I’ve been having a great tea week!
A tiny part of me wishes I weren’t. I’m able to come up with MUCH FUNNIER stuff to say when reviews are dire. Alas, the stuff in my mouth tastes good, which doesn’t leave a lot of hilarity fodder.
So I’m going to tell you this is a tasty chocolate/vanilla blend with a bit flowers and coconut. If you like those things, you’ll probably like this thing. The only negative thing I can say is that it tastes a tiny bit artificial, but it’s so good overall, I’ll probably be buying more. So there’s that.
Miss my negativity? I do have a negative review about Wendy’s disruption of the Strawberry Fields salad. It was strawberries, chicken, bacon, onion, and bleu cheese crumbles gaily dancing upon greens.
It came every summer and left every fall like glorious clockwork. I spent all 9 cold months pining for it.
This year, they introduced a Summer Berry Chicken Salad instead. It’s not the same and it’s not as good.
It’s like walking into the school cafeteria on Taco Tuesday only to be handed some Sloppy Joe. What is this? Why are you deviating from schedule? I don’t want this. I want the other thing that should be happening right now. I mean, this is fine. It’s not poison; it’s just not what I want.
You want to reach across and bitch-slap the counter-lady, even though you know it’s not her fault. You want to tear off her hairnet, light it on fire, and go streaking through the woods with it aflame.
But you must stay calm and order something else.
Don’t let anyone see your lip quiver as you hold back tears.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coconut, Cream, Flowers, Vanilla
I decided to order this because I needed something added to the usual bland flavor of chamomile other than honey or lemon and this tea has not disappointed me yet. It has helped with indigestion numerous times and tastes good to boot. The orange peel is strongly represented but not all too tart at the same time. The chamomile base is still present, but evens out the citrus taste in general.
Flavors: Citrusy, Flowers, Orange Zest
If you absolutely love peppermint, this one is definitely for you, but be warned it is very strong. The satchels are filled very liberally which is great for at least 2 cups worth of tea, however the peppermint is very potent. I may need to give mine away soon after I review it on YouTube because it is not only is it too strong for me, but being a sufferer of GERD, I recently found out I should avoid peppermint in general >.
It’s not anybody’s wedding (that I know of), but this was a nice little sample to try. It has a soft lemon and vanilla aroma that translates into exactly those flavors when brewed. The blend also contains plenty of flowers, which would make it look quite festive and wedding-appropriate, though they don’t really add to the flavor. The mild, creamy lemon flavor of this tea reminds me of one of my favorite blends, Lemon French Macaron by Butiki Teas, which is no longer available but remembered fondly. Unlike that blend, though, the tea leaves in this one are smaller and more crushed, perhaps due to being in sachet form. This creates a more astringent brew, but overall the white tea base is good and quite fresh. A nice little treat that reassures me that while it’s hard to get a flavored white tea right, it can be done!
I had this yesterday, and refrained from leaving a note because it tasted weird. I thought that maybe the genmaicha I’d had previously had tainted the gravity steeper and/or mug I was using. So I scrubbed both out and left them to dry.
Today, I used my strainer ball and a totally different mug on this mix. As a control. For science.
And the conclusion is: this is a totally weird mix that tastes nothing like cranberry, nuts, or basically anything resembling food.
It’s like the sugary byproduct of some kind of food manufacturing process. Like maybe if you went to a Fruit Roll-Up factory and licked the floor.
So I tried icing it. If you ice it, you can kind of taste the nuts. I guess. But it’s still not great.
I daresay it’s… not my cup of tea.
Flavors: Artificial, Candy
It’s malty; it’s tannic. It’s not a bad tea, but I have sipped from the Fountain of Knowledge that is Yunnan black tea, and now I can’t return. This tastes pretty one-dimensional to me now. I find it better than Twinings, but that’s about all I can say for it.
I might still enjoy it oversteeped with some milk and sugar.
Flavors: Malt, Tannic
My buddy Mookit knows me really well. She recommended this tea, and lo and behold, it was in my samples. AND I LOVE IT.
This is a rich sweet berry concoction. Leading the way is a super-strong berry. Then you’ve got some sweet caramel/vanilla traipsing behind.
This tea is like the end of a movie, where everyone’s dancing. The camera slowly rises up, pointed below at our victorious protagonists. They twirl. The camera lifts, lifts, lifts, until everything is a blur. Cue credits.
This tea is ALSO notable because I broke in my Brand New Mug with it:
I saw the mug and I gasped because it was everything I needed. I didn’t even realize a new mug was in order until I saw this mug. Then I realized everything about my current situation was shabby and bad, and only the new mug would rectify the situation.
I will now be posting from a happier, better-mug state of mind.
Flavors: Berry, Blackberry, Caramel, Creamy, Molasses, Orange, Vanilla
This tea is super-complex for something so simple. It’s just a chocolate-hazelnut black tea. But there’s a variety of other notes. A creamy note, a mossy note, a molasses note. And, of course, the hot-chocolate almond-hazelnut tastiness.
This reminds me of Disney World. Did you know that, underneath the Happiest Place On Earth, there is a labyrinth that the staff use to get from place to place? It’s why you don’t see them traipsing around in between shifts. Or why Mickey appears in one spot, them shows up later in another. You’ve got all that joy on top, and then a bunch of solid inner workings underneath to make sure it functions properly.
Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Creamy, Hazelnut, Molasses, Moss, Vanilla
Viennese Earl Grey is the smoothest EG I’ve ever had. The bergamot is perfect – Not overpowering or perfumy at all. The Darjeeling base is wonderfully fruity. Indeed, it compliments the citrusy bergamot fabulously, adding a bit of sweetness. This medium body tea stood up well to a bit of milk and honey – Not that it needed any! I was just feeling a little decadent this Saturday evening.
Based on a blend by Demmers Teehaus in Vienna, Austria, this Teutonic take on the British classic is definitely my new go to EG. Heavenly with my chocolate chip cannoli for desert!
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrusy, Fruity, Smooth, Sweet
One of the handful of Harney samples I got recently. This one has the chocolate flavor similar to their Florence blend. I wasn’t too fond of Florence, but the chocolate works much better in this one. As for the coconut, I honestly thought this blend was supposed to taste like some kind of alcoholic drink before I read the description. There’s a definite heady, boozey aroma to it! While teas that taste like a dessert aren’t everyone’s…wait for it…cup of tea, this one is quite decent instead of just being a mishmash of flavoring.