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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!
Dry: Medium length black, dark bronze, and golden-tipped black loose leaf. Nicely aromatic and malty with a tiny hint of smoke.
Steeped: Clear medium-brown liquor. Rich and balanced aroma with honey and smoke undertones in the steam rising from the teacup. I’m not getting any spice, but that works for me because I am not a fan of pepper notes anyway.
Taste: I only ordered a sample of this one, but I am kicking myself because I really like it. This is smooth, balanced, and flavorful without being too potent for a peaceful Sunday morning. Malt and soft smoke meets subtle cocoa and rich honey for a lovely tea experience. I definitely note the contributions from the Keemun and Yunnan, but this blend is very nice and doesn’t need anything added to make a great cuppa. If you like Chinese blacks, this one might be a good choice to try out. I will be ordering a full-size tin next time I place a Harney order for sure.
This tea was pretty good! It’s definitely an assam, it has all those assam-y flavours. It’s fairly light and thin, but very flavourful.
Not really a tea I’d go for again. I tend to prefer my assams to be in your face strong, taking milk and/or sugar well. I think this one would be overwhelmed with milk. If you like assam teas, definitely give this one a try.
The second steep sat for about half an hour (oops?) and it’s definitely drinkable. More sharp and tannic, yes, but it’s not overwhelming.
my it’s been a couple of days! brilliant because of classes winding down and very satisfying grades being locked in place…. but sad with the death of nelson mandela. i wonder if it would have hit me as profoundly before one of my majors had me studying people and the influence that we outwardly have on one another on one another in my human geography class….. there is no way for me to answer.
perhaps it is a lack of faith on my part, that as the old guard ages and passes (mandela, the dalai lama, mother theresa) that while there will always be good people, i don’t see any obvious stand ins for these outstanding individuals. brangelina? bono who got a TED award? i don’t think so……
SO i wrote that bit about 9 hours ago. stopped after the dot dot dots. dropped. wound up in an ambulance and at the hospital. KIDNEY STONES.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? so, surgery on one eye coming up…. and a stone IN ONE KIDNEY???? they’re asking me about pain levels in the ambulance ‘out of 10 sir’. 10? make it 20 and it would still be 21!!!!! OMG.
the tea. okay…. this was more of a frustrated rant and less a review. i don’t remember the tea. but i have another sample from stephanie.
I think I’m just in the mood for comforting teas tonight. This is soooo good!!! I still think it’s like drinking warm puffed wheat. A touch a sweetener, and a splash of milk and it’s like hot cereal in a mug. Devine….
Thanks ifjuly for sending me some of this wonderful tea.
Tea #3 from Another TTB
I have tried to post this about 6 times and steepster keeps eating it up…:(
Anyways, this tea.
I so so so so soooooo wanted to love this one. It smelled of holiday in a cup! I brewed it as per instructions on the tin it came in….5 mins! I should have known better!! It smelled heavenly steeping… Of a cold night sitting by the fire. To taste… Bitter and notes of clove. I will have to try this again but at 3 mins. I’m sorry little tea. You deserved better.
Well Cavocorax, it might just be the water. Or it is me. Having this cup today, it didn’t taste like the amazing chocolate coconut treat I had the first time back in Montreal. Instead, it almost had a fake banana quality to it (which is super strange given there is no banana in this whatsoever). I suppose it could have just been an artificial sweetness that I associate with fake banana. Either way, I was not a huge fan. I guess I will have to get through the 4 oz I ordered while still in Montreal because whatever happened to the cup here was not something I enjoyed.
On a happier note, I learned today that I am spreading the tea love. After sharing the TARDIS tea with a friend on Wednesday, he decided to branch out from the Orange Pekoe he usually drinks. He has since gone to DAVIDs to pick up some new flavors to test out.
BrewTEAlly Sweet included some awesome “bonus samples” with the teas I had bought – thank you so much.
This is one of my favorites, that I’ve been out of for quite awhile. Enjoying this tonight, it’s like revisiting an old friend…
Backlog from this morning, since I didn’t have time to write a tasting note.
I’m glad H & S sent me a sample of this; I wound up being sad that I didn’t order it. It was in convenient sachet form. Of course I read the Steepster item descrip that said, “One sachet makes a 12 oz. cup of tea” right as I went to take a sip from my mug that is most definitely not 12 oz…
It’s hot! It’s cinnamon! It’s spice! All in most emphatic terms! It really DOES live up to its name!!!
The cinnamon is a very sweet cinnamon, almost cloyingly so. Unlike a lot of flavored teas (Vaguely Autumnal Rooibos coughImean Pumpkin Spice, I’m looking at you), that “spice” in the title is no joke. The comparisons to red hots are fairly accurate. Still, this is closer to what I really, really had wanted the Holiday Tea to be like: bold, in-your-FACE flavor that simultaneously comforts you, gets you in the holiday spirit, and kicks you in the boofoo.
Very impressed. Has a chance of becoming a restock since it resembles nothing else in my cupboard.
Oh its been a long day. A cold one two, and it started to rain.
So I came home and brewed this up right quick, which was just the thing for a cold and rainy night.
my first of 5 tea orders arrived! between all the orders PLUS 2 new tea cups i’m obviously preparing for the coming winter months. tea and kindles is all i ever need. ever.
i’m so in love with this stuff.
i ordered this one especially for my sister. and lucky her, they sent me two 3oz tins for the price of one :) she loves earl grey and she loves rose teas and i just know for sure that she’s gonna love this one. i anticipate that half of it will be gone within 2 weeks time, easy.
IDK why but i added honey and milk to this first cup. things are going to crazy!
i have all this new tea to taste and i finally figured out how to get steepster working on my work computer again. everything has fallen into place.
here is a list of other things i want to tell you
- i am still reading all the Avengers and Sherlock fan fic
- i got into the Berlin Marathon so i will be going back to Europe in september
- at the encouragement of a friend, i now get monthly massages