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64
drank Chamomile by Harney & Sons
5 tasting notes

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60

Herbal and Decaf TTB.

This tastes almost exactly like Bengal Spice from Celestial Seasonings, but with the addition of rooibos, which makes it not as good. I’m a little surprised by how many of Celestial Seasoning’s teas I prefer to similar teas by other companies. I don’t like their whole lineup, but the ones I like, I really like.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

When I first tried a Lapsang Souchong, it was too smokey for me. Then gradually, after a while of mixing it with other teas, I got more used to it. Now it’s at the point where I can drink it by itself, and it’s even one of my regular morning teas! In terms of this Lapsang, it’s got wonderful flavor. I like my teas to have a heavier mouth feel, so I often blend this with just a little bit of Harney & Sons East Frisian, which I definitely recommend.

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94
drank East Frisian by Harney & Sons
12 tasting notes

This is one of my regular morning teas. It’s a hearty tea that stands up extremely well to milk. I like a lot of milk in my morning brew, and this is the best tea I’ve found for handling it. Pouring the milk in, I was kind of amazed – it looked more like coffee than tea, which gives you an idea of how robust this tea is!

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92

Yum! I love cinnamon, so I was a big fan of this. However, the flavor is very aggressive, and for people who don’t like that, try blending it with a vanilla tea. I blended it with a little bit of Adagio’s Vanilla tea, and that toned down the aggressiveness without compromising the delicious cinnamon. This could also potentially be AMAZING blended with an apple tea. I need to try that next!

I drank it without milk.

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75
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
12 tasting notes

I was a little disappointed when I first tried this. My usual way of drinking tea is with milk, and in my first cup, the flavors just felt muddled and indistinct. I tried it without milk on my second cup, and while it was better, I didn’t really care that much for it. Then I forgot about it and it got cold. And wow, I’m glad I did! It actually tastes pretty good cold. So it went from disappointing to delicious, so long as I make it as an iced tea.

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90

I ordered a sample of this with my most recent Harney & Sons order, and I’m definitely not disappointed! I like black teas that can stand up to a good amount of milk, and this one does the job. Reminds me of some Irish Breakfast teas I’ve had.

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89

On a quest, I found this at the town market. Thankfully I’d brought enough gold. It has a nice berry scent. And is pretty fruity in general. The flavour is a mild berry, but really good. Have with scones before going on adventures.

Flavors: Berries, Berry, Black Currant

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100

I adore this. It’s comforting, warming, soothing. It’s gotten me through multiple bouts of strep throat which should give it negative associations, but no. Strong true cinnamon taste.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Passion Fruit by Harney & Sons
254 tasting notes

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80

I’m a sucker for Christmas and teas called White Christmas. Whatever. Fight me.

Mom aka ashmanra had been holding out on me for this one because I don’t really care for artificial almond flavored stuff or amaretto and this has almond flavor, both natural and artificial, but eventually she gave in and showed up with it one day near Christmas.

You may notice that the flavors on the rating for this tea are allll over the place. Yeah. You have to make it exactly right. If you do, it’s great. It’s warm and smooth and cozy and there’s vanilla and something a little nutty. It tastes like twinkly Christmas tree lights, the pretend fireplace on, my favorite ugly blanket, and Bing Crosby music. Until it gets cold or if you didn’t make it right.

So don’t touch it once it gets cold and make sure you make it right. Think of it like a mogwai. Totally worth it.

Flavors: Almond, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
335 tasting notes

Malty, fruity, slightly creamy. Yum.

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Another sample from Ost, yay. :) I don’t think I have much of a palate for jasmine teas, in the sense that I tend to just go “yup, that sure is a jasmine tea alright”. I mean, I’ve had cheaper jasmine pearls that tasted soapy to me, and this tea definitely doesn’t do that, so that’s a point in its favour. The base green tea must be pretty smooth and sweet because I’m really getting no bitterness or astringency in this at all. Lovely jasmine aroma and flavour. Why do I keep forgetting that I like jasmine tea? I do. It reminds me of going for dim sum, which I haven’t done in a really long time. Mmmm. Still waiting for spring to really kick in up here, so at least I have a nice floral green to get me in the right frame of mind. :)

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82
drank East Frisian by Harney & Sons
24 tasting notes

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Flavors: Bitter, Malt, Nutty

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68

Sipdown (134)!

Opened up the teabag rapper for this today only to find that the teabag had a giant slit in the side! And not even the side I’d opened it from? Took advantage of that though and brewed this up in my divination cup, letting whatever cuttings/fannings floated out of the slit hang out in the teacup to be read afterwards.

Flavour wise; this is definitely kind of typical Ceylon flavour notes: it’s simple, has a medium body and smooth enough flavour with a lot of floral notes and then a bit of a malty finish. Nothing fancy at all, and would probably take milk super well. I do like that it’s caffeine free – it let me break up a day of tea drinking pretty easily without feeling like I was taking a pause for something herbal or a rooibos blend. Didn’t blow me away, though.

As for the reading, I wasn’t really able to pick out any shapes or patterns from the settled tea leaf, so instead I opted to read to teacup based on the largest concentrations/deposits of tea leaf. As far as the tea leaf around the rim goes, most had settled between the cat and the sunrise positions; the rim represents your immediate or near future and the interpretation for those two symbols are as follows:

The Cat: Your free spirit seeks an outlet; you may feel like behaving unpredictably. Follow your heart and be adventurous!

The Sunrise: A new beginning or sense of rebirth!

Then I looked at the leaf that had settled around the inner circle of the cup. The inner circle represents important events coming in future weeks or months. For me, most of the leaf had clustered around the Mercury symbol which means that the coming future shall be lively and social for me and showcase communications, conversations, and travel in some form. Hmm, things to keep in mind I suppose.

Anyway, thanks VariaTEA for the sample!

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60

I didn’t find any of the flavors of this tea particularly pronounced. It was very much a mild green tea with a faint hint of coconut. I loved the pink tin, but wouldn’t purchase this again.

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83

Smoke and brimstone. If you like breathing in deeply during a barbecue or campfire and feeling the hot smoky air in the back of your throat you’ll love this tea.

Flavors: Meat, Smoke

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85
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
9 tasting notes

A beautifully sweet black tea, one of the few flavored teas I can respect and appreciate. Tasting this tea is like watching a busy waiter in a Parisian restaurant, a cacophony of flavors brushing past each other and speaking their voices mixing into the sounds of metropolis.

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80
drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
1118 tasting notes

This is a tasty green tea. You get a nice combination of the grassy note of the green tea base, along with a sweet note from the caramel, along with a nutty sort of note from the sesame seeds. It is good. Got it at the Coffee and Tea Festival NYC for only $5 so it’s even better.

I rewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 175 degree water for 3 min.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Teatotaler

Yes! Tokyo is one of my favorite greens!

AllanK

It was a convention special, all their 4 oz tins were $5.

gmathis

Haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve always been intrigued by the description.

R.F. Hill

I gave this tea a low rating the first time that I tried it (I purchased a sample of it a few months back). However, I think that I’d give it a higher rating now that I appreciate Green tea a little more. It’s odd on how much my palate has changed in just a short time!

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100
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1 tasting notes

I really love this tea. It has a fruity, floral background without it being overpowering. Very lovely tea.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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65
drank Decaf Ceylon by Harney & Sons
23 tasting notes

Free sample I got with an order.
A decent nothing special black tea. Not bitter or astringent but not weak either.

Not something I would go out of my way to get, but something I wouldn’t mind drinking.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90

Its Abril 3 and yup its still snowing in Chicago. Had this lovely warming tea at Barns and Noble today while i checked some books out, This tea is cinnamon in a cup LOVE IT left with the hole tin of tea and no book lol. It really reminds me of Big Red gum back in the days

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84

This is another old sample of unknown origin. It’s a really solid blend, but I think my interest in smoky teas has wanted since I requested this sample. Fortunately the smoke isn’t too overpowering; there’s a lot of earth and malt and cocoa and maybe even a hint of sweetness. It reminds me a bit of a smokier Keemun. I’m enjoying this cup, but at this point it’s not a blend I’m likely to restock. Maybe someday my tastes will swing back to the (mildly) smoky, though, and if they do I may give it another go.

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92

Delicate and simple. More complex than your usual chamomile, but a smoother ride with a little added fanfare. Thanks so much for this taste, slb222. Really enjoying this first cup of our exchange.

Flavors: Floral, Lavender

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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