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Yesterday, my Japanese party was canceled on account of the snow. (Not that much, but more than we were expecting.) When I got home, I had this with miso soup and roasted seaweed snacks. It smells nicely green, with some scent of rice cakes/ popcorn. There is a light toasty flavour, with a hint of seaweed. Thanks to cookies for the sample.
This seems to be my winter tea. Had a cup of this one with my breakfast yesterday. There a is a nice nutty scent. The flavor is the usual roasty nut and grain. It is a bit lighter than the last one I had, but good for cold mornings. Thanks to cookies for this sample.
Flavors: Grain, Nutty, Roast nuts
Overboard TTB #13
I got a HUGE dried blueberry in my scoop of this tea which got me super excited… unfortunately once brewed it smells exactly like sweet nerds candy to me which is a little off putting… taste wise its a little chemically and although I get a significant fruit flavor I wouldn’t necessarily say that it was blueberry… or maybe I would but I would say its chemical blueberry.. Afraid this wasn’t a win for me at all… my search for the perfect blueberry tea continues…
I’m uh. Glad I didn’t read the reviews before drinking this or I probably would have been scared off.
I actually really like it.
It tastes like honeysuckle with extra honey. Very delicate, sweet and floral.
I didn’t get any of the weird smell either. To me, it smells a bit like a less potent chamomile.
Probably better suited for a before-bed affair, but it’s working as a soft cup to relax into this afternoon as well.
This is one of those perfectly respectable but also perfectly un-noteworthy teas. I got a small sample of it from H&S — I wanted to get samples of ALL their orange pekoes and have a steep-off but strangely only a few were available in that size? — and though I’m happy to polish it off, I feel no need to order a tin.
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Flavors: Spinach, Vegetal
The large chunks of ginger inside the silk sachet are aesthetically pleasing, and then once it’s sat in the hot water for a good long time, it’s almost brothlike both in consistency and in how it made me feel after I drank it.
Ginger is a magical herb. It tastes good, but it also helps with sickness, both physical and spiritual. It’s helping me fight winter depression tremendously. This particular blend is extremely high-quality, with just the perfect twinge of lemon to neutralize the spicy edge. Warms the body and the soul.
Thank you for this wonderful experience, H & S!!
Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Lemon, Spicy
I really kind of dig this one.
Don’t be afraid to let this one steep for a while. The black base is awesomely mild and doesn’t mind a little extra time in the water.
I’m getting a lot more of the chocolate this time. I think it’s because I let it sit longer. But the mint is definitely the stronger of the two flavor components. Nothing wrong with that! Mint is lovely and good for lots of things.
Soothing, flavorful, dessertlike.
This one smells heavenly! I’m drinking it instead of coffee this morning because I need less caffeine and more comfort.
I get earth, snappy peppermint, and chocolate from the dry leaf smell and the steeped liquor smell. I can tell already that this is a very well-balanced blend.
Sipping… I taste mostly mint, with the chocolate kind of winding up in the undertones. I bet if I added milk and a bit of sugar next time, it would punch the chocolate up a bit more.
Still a highly enjoyable cup!
Flavors: Chocolate, Mint
Umm….what did I do wrong? This was so not delicious to me. I think I steeped it correctly, but I had it at work and might not have been paying as close of attention as I thought I was. I wasn’t reading the flavor description when I drank this, and all I got was that maybe it was supposed to be some kind of vanilla or almond kind of flavor. I’m really glad Ost sent me two bags of this to try so I can give it another go because I really though I’d like this one. I won’t rate it until it gets a second chance.
Remember about 3 months ago when I was wondering about why Harney & Sons couldn’t make a decent chai? Well, here we go. Rest in peace, Indian Spice, you have been replaced by a spicier newcomer.
The first thing I notice is that the spices have been ground very finely. So much that I feel like I need a coffee filter to steep it. A lot of the cinnamon falls right through the holes of my infuser to the bottom of my mug.
Flavor-wise, this is a pretty standard, no-frills chai. Cardamom is the strongest spice in the bunch, followed by cinnamon and ginger. I added a splash of 1% milk and they hold up well against it. The black tea base is pretty muted by the in-your-face cardamom. Anyway, while it is well-blended and balanced chai, it’s not my favorite. It’s just really… standard.