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It’s Saturday, and that, in itself, is quite wonderful.
But, on top of that, I’ve got a cup of this right now. :D
ifjuly sent me some of this (she supplies me with the most wonderful teas… That woman, I tell you…), and I’ve been loving every cup of it that I’ve had.
It’s sweet, and bright, with notes of honey and fruit. This is definitely one I’d like to have around…
Seriously…I can’t stop sipping to type. ;)

http://i.imgur.com/UzOsEjP.jpg

(and yes…that is a Santa mug… still. lol)

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Backlog from last week, and sipdown!

Many thanks to VariaTEA for sending me part of her dwindling supply of this tea. The buckwheat grains were much darker and larger than those of the other buckwheat teas I’ve tried. I think I might have used a mug that was too large for the sample that VariaTEA sent, but that’s okay.

It was roasty and nutty, but since H&S doesn’t do free shipping to Canada and since I have a whole bunch of sobacha from Yunomi, this was really just a chance to hear what the fuss was about.

One less tea in the cupboard!

VariaTEA

I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Having a cup of this while I try finishing the knitted scarf for my husband that was SUPPOSED to be a Christmas gift, but I just didn’t have time to knit (and, this double seed stitch, while super easy, seems to take me longer than other patterns have…)…..
I love the brightness of this tea, along with that brisk lift at the finish. It’s not my favourite Darjeeling I’ve had (and, admittedly, I have not had too many…), but I really do like this tea. I swear I was picking up an almost cinnamon thing going on, but it was fleeting in each sip…enough to make me feel a bit of spice in the note, though.
Really lovely.

Cameron B.

Pictures of the scarf, please! :D

Fjellrev

In a way, you’re stretching Christmas out. :)

DeliriumsFrogs

I am always one for stretching Christmas out. lol
Here are some pics of the scarf (it’s super simple, and nothing fantastic… just a plain ol’ thing for keeping one’s neck warm. lol)
http://i.imgur.com/qrtoSiH.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/VF1bNsU.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/2770u0U.jpg

I wanted a stitch that didn’t scream out “KNITTED ITEM OVER HERE!”, since it’s for my husband…. I, on the other hand, am all over those types of items, especially in the form of leg warmers. ;)
http://i.imgur.com/2770u0U.jpg

DeliriumsFrogs

(and, I have no idea why that last image posted twice in my comment…. :p )

Anlina

Leg warmers are the best.

That’s a beautiful scarf.

Cameron B.

I love the seed stitch! And the color. :)

Fjellrev

That is so beautiful! I wish I could do something that intricate. Nice colour too.

DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, you could Fjellrev! Knitting is one of those things that seems intricate, but when you do it, you realize everything is basically just 1 type of stich, done different ways. And, if my clumsy fingers can do it, anyone’s fingers can. :D

Red Fennekin

I agree with the others – that’s a really beautiful looking scarf and a great looking stitch! It looks so neat and “professional”, if that makes sense…! XD

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drank Sally's Secret by Harney & Sons
403 tasting notes

I had not read the tasting notes or anything and the package did not say what was in it, so… it was a complete surprise when I opened it up and smelled the bergamot. I love bergamot and the roses were a nice addition. This was a nice cuppa but I think I like some of the other EG’s a bit more. My favorite is #69 from TeaGschwender. (I have to look up the spelling EVERY time I want to write it!!)

Flavors: Bergamot, Rose

DeliriumsFrogs

This sounds lovely!

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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I received a tin of sachets of this tea for Christmas. I’m pretty happy I did.

The two dominant flavors are citrus and cinnamon. There is a stronger cinnamon aftertaste that feels like it doesn’t belong, but it’s not particular unwelcome either. The tea reminds me of Constant Comment overall, if that’s helpful.

In short, not the best spiced tea I’ve ever had and I’m not sure I’d buy it for myself, but I wouldn’t be sad to see it under the tree again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Cherry Blossom by Harney & Sons
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This tea has such a unique combination of flavors! The base is very smooth and mellow and stays in the background for the most part. As I sip, I get a strong coconut flavor and a little hint of herby citrus from the lemongrass. But at the end of the sip, the ginger takes over and lingers in the aftertaste. I don’t think this is something I would have chosen for myself, but I’m actually really enjoying it. I’d also be curious to try it iced. Thanks for the sample, Kyla!

Flavors: Coconut, Ginger, Lemongrass, Spicy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
182 tasting notes

Wow, this stuff is SPICY! I smell the orange, but the flavor is mainly lots of cinnamon and clove that warms up my whole mouth and leaves a tingly aftertaste. Black, I’m finding it a bit too spicy for my tastes, but I’m guessing it would make a nice chai latte! Thanks for the sample, Kyla!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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As I was making my daughter’s breakfast this morning, she was setting up our episode of Sailor Moon Crystal on Crunchyroll, so I grabbed this sample sachet out of my tea drawer for a quick cup of morning tea.
Sitting down to this epic, drama-filled episode (seriously, this series is opera-like, compared to the original…), I was finding myself feeling quite underwhelmed by this cup.
Honestly, it tasted pretty watery and insipid to me.
As the cup cooled, however, the flavour became more present, turning into a pretty drinkable cup of tea.
I even steeped for a second time, so the cup held enough interest to warrant that.
While I wouldn’t purchase this on my own, I didn’t feel the need to dump it out, either.
It was just ok.

Fjellrev

Sailor Moon and tea sounds like a good time!

DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, it is! :D

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I knew I’d love this tea when I read the box. The bold flavor of the Assam is smoothed out nicely by the Ceylon. I think this might become part of the regular rotation.

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Thank you to Kyla for sending me a sample of this delicious tea! I think this is the best Earl Grey I’ve ever had! The base is smooth and flavorful and perfectly balanced with just the right amount of bergamot. It takes milk beautifully, but this is one of the few Earl Grey teas that I would consider drinking straight. Absolutely delicious!

Flavors: Bergamot, Malt, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is a very good fruit tea. I ordered a full tin of it. I do prefer PARIS as a fruit tea but they are out of stock. This one is strong on the banana flavor, it’s definitely the predominant taste. I am not as crazy about banana flavors. This is smooth and clear, a nice black tea when one is in the mood for fruit blends. Strong and not subtle. Not unnatural. I guess if I ever want to make a smoothie type tea, this would be the perfect tea.

Flavors: banana, Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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The was a welcome addition to a cold Friday evening. It reminds me a little of DavidsTea Cinnamon Roobois, but this was a much better price and had a stronger flavor. I mean I smells intense, and it really is all about the cinnamon, if you’re ok with that then this a great tea. It tastes sweet without the addition of sugar or honey due to the massive cinnamon flavor! Ths is a win for me! Not something I wouod drink every night, but I’d like to have it on hand!

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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My first tasting note! I received my first Harney order yesterday, and was so excited I woke up at 6:30am to make this…odd, I know!
I made this in my breville one touch, and considering this very strong black tea I’ve been having(Yorkshire gold) this was a welcome start to my day. Malty, smooth and was great with milk and honey. I must not have cleaned the breville well enough last night after I made a pot of Hot Cinnamon as there was a faint taste of cinnamon, which actually worked quite well.
A great start to Saturday!

Flavors: Honey, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Harney & Sons
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I haven’t tried very much from Harney and Sons yet, so I was excited to see lots of H&S samples in the package I received from Kyla today. Unfortunately, I’m afraid that Butiki’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee has forever ruined me for every other pumpkin tea. This one wasn’t bad, really. There was actually some pumpkin mixed in with all the spices! But it was a sharp flavor like raw pumpkin, not the sweet, creamy cooked-pumpkin taste I was hoping for. It was also a little heavy on the cinnamon for my tastes. But on the plus side, the cinnamon completely drowned out that nasty rooibos aftertaste that I dread!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is my go-to when I need a soft classic vanilla taste. Not too sweet, just perfect. I like that there’s a creamy blend to this flavor. It’s not overbearing. When I’ve had a long week of Paris tea, a burst of sweet flavor, I relax with this one.

Flavors: Cookie, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
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I just put my Black and White Cheesecake in the oven (Dorie Greenspan recipe), and I totally licked all the remaining batter out of both bowls and off of all used utensils…
So, wanting to pull myself out of that sugar coma, but not in an aggressive way, I decided to go for this one… It’s one of those flavoured greens that I always come back to.
Sesame seed, caramel goodness!
I’m a bancha lover, too, so this tea is all around great stuff to me.

LiberTEAS

OK, that sounds totally yum. I’m coming over.

whatshesaid

You are always posting enticing things about making delicious foods

I was actually sad when I got home that there was no rice for rice pudding

DeliriumsFrogs

COME ON OVER!! lol
whatshesaid…that rice pudding was the best. :)

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I just finished off the last bit of this that I had….
Knowing I’ll miss it in my cupboard, I’ll have to add it to my ‘restock soon’ list.
While I can’t quite distinguish all the fruit flavours in this (it’s more of a just ‘fruity’ flavour to me), it’s a mixture of fruit that I really do like… nothing too forward or obnoxious in the cup; all just blending really well together.
This morning I added a little bit of milk, which I don’t normally do, and it was exactly what I was looking for, as my daughter and I watched Sailor Moon Crystal. She’s introduced me to Sailor Moon over these last years, since it wasn’t something I watched growing up… and as far as anime goes, I’ve always been a more ‘Rurouni Kenshin’, ‘Cowboy Bebop’, and ‘Trigun’ sort of fan, so it’s been fun watching something with her that I never would on my own. :)

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This tea wasn’t horrible, but it was pretty average and had a bitter touch. I love golden teas but this didn’t seem golden to me. Won’t be something I’d order a full size of. I will try one more brew with less of a steeping time.

Flavors: Bitter

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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It took me most of the morning to settle on the flavor of this tea, which was odd given how strong the flavor was. Then it hit me, cigar! This tea tastes like your drinking a cigar, especially ironic given lung is in its name. This was not for me, nor will I be revisiting it in the future.

Flavors: Tobacco

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 500 OZ / 14786 ML

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A nice sencha. Lighter and brighter than others I’ve had. Tastes like spring. The leaves in my sampler had some longer full pieces on top of the batch, but as i scooped down, most are small grains like ground up tea. That makes it hard to steep using anything but a bag because it’s so fine it can dust through the filters.

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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