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First day back at work after a little vacation is always a bit of a tough day. But it could be much worse.
However I have aquired a headache. Tea! Hopefully tea can help!
Continuing to go through all the amazing teas that ifjuly so generously sent me.
I took this one to work today. Not sure what I expected (I hadn’t even looked it up) and was a little surprised at how smokey it was. Smoke is ok, doesn’t bother me – just wasn’t expecting it. This was deep, malty with some subtle chocolate notes, the smoke, and a touch of astringency.
I liked it, still have enough for a couple more cups – will continue to enjoy it. Not sure I would buy a tin, but it’s a nice blend. Really glad to have gotten to try it.
I brewed this up in my smaller timolino to take to work today, because as I was rummaging through my stash to put together some packages this weekend, I realized that i’d been neglecting this one for a while, and I really shouldn’t be doing that, as this is an ideal winter tea. I know there are so many variations on a good cinnamon tea, but I think I struck pay dirt with my first go at one, so I’ll only try others if they happen to make an appearance.
I couldn’t drink this until about five hours or so after preparing it, because I was out with my boss all morning. This is just as cinnamony, warming, and spicy as I remember it. I thickened it up a bit with some cream and it tastes as though it could have come directly from cinnamon toast crunch cereal! I’m glad I got 4 oz of this loose though, as I’ll then be able to brew it up in my large timolino!
Tea of the morning here, it’s a sample tea packet that I got from Harney and Sons. A simple blend of assam and darjeeling sounds good to me and the dry leaf is very floral smelling.
This is definitely malty with a floral brightness from the darjeeling. I steeped mine or 5 minutes and thought that was a bit excessive since the tea got a bit bitter and muddy. this was definitely better with milk and sugar added and that seems to be the way Stanley would have liked it, according to the Harney website. I think I will try steeping the remainder of the sample for 4 minutes next time.
Not a bad breakfast tea but I do not think it is destined to be a favorite of mine.
This has been on my wishlist for quite awhile. Thank you ifjuly for this sample.
Hmmmmmmm, this is just happy tea. Curl up on the couch with the cat and a cup of comforting tea. This isn’t fancy, and it’s not complicated, it’s just a nice cup of cranberry almond tea. It’s might be a touch too sweet, and a hint acidic – if I had hibiscus in the house I’d be tempted to add just a touch. A little fussy, I over leafed the first cup – much better with less leaf. This is just really nice, and I will enjoy this sample (and the stuff I have on order). Thanks ifjuly – another great tea.
Tonight wound up being a bit of an experiment. I did TWO sachets for a cup instead of just one! And I got busy responding to an email from Stacy of Butiki and wound up steeping it raaaaaather long. Ah well.
The flavor’s a little fuller bodied tonight than it usually is. It’s a bit on the spicy side, though. Not like “ow that’s spicy!” but enough to define the flavor of the tea. Next time I’ll have to be a little more careful with the steep time.
So I’ve got orders coming in from Harney & Sons and Butiki, both of which are new companies to me (excepting this tea… OK and a couple of Butiki black teas too) and I’m quite excited. I was going to get some teas I’ve liked from a few other companies as well, and maybe try one or two new ones (I really REALLY want to try some French teas)… but I wound up getting a rather large and unexpected bill from my health care provider last night. I’m not sure it’s not my fault, since I didn’t really read the fine print to see what would and would not be covered before I scheduled this thing I’m paying for. But it is still unexpected. Guess who’s going to be on the phone tomorrow… sigh
Decided to have a cup of this once I decided I wanted to place a Harney order in case I changed my mind and determined I wanted more than the sample I got from Cavocorax. This one is sweet and citrus-y and all around just a nice cup of tea. Though I think this is delicious, I am not so in love with it that I would want to own 4 oz. So it is not being added to the order but I will cherish the sample I have left. Thank you Cavocorax!!
I was reading Rosehip’s review of this tea and decided it was exactly what I was in the mood for. Today the almond seems a bit stronger than usual, but I’m fine with that. It works well with the slight bready flavor of the tea. Add the tartness of the cranberry and I have the perfect cup to sip on while I put the fall decorations away and get ready to decorate for Christmas (Yay!).
So I actually drank this earlier but my internet cut out when I tried to post my tasting note and I guess it got deleted. Anyways, this is yet another from Cavocorax and I am really glad I got to try this one. I don’t think I would have jumped on this tea if I saw it online or in store and I would have missed out. I can’t exactly put my finger on why, but I think this is an amazing cup of tea. No flavor really shines as the star but rather they work together to make the perfect cup of tea pleasant for any day of the year. It is a mild flavor as well so it can be enjoyed at any time or while I am in any mood as opposed to the more decadent dessert type teas I usually reach for. All in all, I am definitely going to be getting some more of this delicious tea. Thank you Cavocorax for sharing with me!
Since I decided I really liked SoHo, I decided to give this a try and see if maybe I did not like it initially due to steeping instructions. I dropped the temperature of the water and steeped for 5 minutes. Though the chocolate flavor came out more in this cup, it is still not the nutella tea I was hoping for. Thank you Cavocorax but me and this tea just don’t seem to be compatible.
Dry: This is made up of light and fluffy shorter black leaves with numerous golden tips. It smells pleasantly malty and sweet in the bag.
Steeped: Clear medium brown liquor. Still has that lingering sweet aroma from the teapot with hints of malt and honey.
Taste: This is a lovely tea, with a nice malted burst that becomes honeyed on the tongue with a light lingering almost sweet potato sweetness in the aftertaste. It is subtly complex and makes a nice cup. That said, I don’t plan to buy a larger tin of this. I’ll stick to some of my other H & S favorites like Paris and Scottish Morn. I tried Teavivre’s Golden Money first before I ever sampled this one and they are very similar, but Teavivre’s was my favorite of the two. It seems more flavorful and had a higher quality dry leaf, so there we go. :)
I have some problems with anxiety, and this tea is a godsend. It is so relaxing, it makes it so I can keep calm and keep working if I need to work, and sleep peacefully if I need to sleep. I’ve tried a couple other lavender teas to compare, and for both the relaxing effect and the pure lavender taste, nothing beats Harney & Sons super blue.
Lavender is probably one of those polarizing, love-it-or-hate-it flavors. I personally love everything about it, down to the sharp minty-herbal quality it can have. This lavender is more floral than herbal, and if it’s brewed lightly it’s pretty soft, but it does have that cool camphorous edge to it, which I enjoy. It has a lot of natural sweetness to it as well, and adding just a smidge of sugar gives it a nice anise-like herbal sweetness. It has such a gorgeous floral aroma, I almost want to make the tea just to smell it.
Don’t let the color fool you though, it is strange looking. It can range from an oddly alluring dusky purple-blue to a dingy, off-putting gray to pale green, I’m sure there’s some trick to controlling the color, but I don’t know it.
This was much better than I was expecting it to be. A lot of times I find black tea to be too astringent. This Earl Grey was lovely! It still had that strength to it, and the citrus was just right. Maybe all those “tippy” tea leaves made all the difference! Anyway, I really enjoyed this and am glad I got a bag or two from my sis.
This is the Harney & Sons tea for me!! Thank you Cavocorax so much for sharing this amazing blend!
The smell is heavenly. Sweet and coconutty! The taste is akin to a delicious chocolate dipped coconut macaroon with just the perfect amount of black base to keep it from being too sweet. This is the perfect dessert cup and I am so glad I brewed it up. I will definitely need to get more of this in the future. Thanks again Cavocorax!
ETA: Having this resteeped and it is just as tasty as the first cup!
Tea #22 from HHTTB2
Very pleasantly rose flavored without being perfume-y or liquor-y. There’s more body to this one than the other rose tea I really enjoy (La Vie en Rose from American Tea Room), but in a good way. The actual tea flavor seeps into the aftertaste and mingles with the rose. The cup has the transporting, luxurious quality I’ve come to expect from rose teas.
I like the mouthfeel on this one, but I prefer the better balance of tea and base in La Vie.
Its not official, but I always feel like the last day of November is the end of Winter. So I thought it would be appropriate to finish off this autumnal tea today.
Sob. I love you Boston, I dont want you to go. But it wont be forever! You’ll be coming back to me, and maybe even before next autumn.
Wow, we pass Black Friday and suddenly I’m sipping them down like nuts.
Just when I thought I’d never get a free minute to start logging the teas I’ve sipped in the past few weeks…
I received a sample of this tea from Courtney and I knew this would be one I’d fall in love with. I really love anything cinnamon: candy, cookies, toast, but I only expected a slight cinnamon taste behind a nice green tea. WRONG! This tea tasted very much like cinnamon heart candies, which has always been a favorite candy of mine.
I couldn’t taste any amount of green tea, but since I felt like I was sipping liquid cinnamon heart candies, I’m not really complaining.
I believe this was my first introduction to Harney & Sons and it gave me a very good impression of them. I noticed some of their teas at an online book store I order from quite often, so I’m very excited to try some of their other teas.
The dry leaf smells so pleasing like a vanilla cupcake. It’s a soft, natural vanilla aroma that carries into the brewed cup. The first couple of sips didn’t deliver anything but white tea. I wondered what happened to the vanilla and I wondered where the grapefruit was in the first place. But after the third sip, it all came together. The grapefruit was just late to the party I guess.
I really like this tea. Pleasant, balanced flavor; a good comforting cup for a quiet day. :)
Another one of my standbys… I have this one in sachets as well (though not wrapped), and brought a small tin packed of them home. I haven’t had this one in a really long time and I don’t know if I’ve ever had it back to back with Paris. I always thought I loved this one more, but now I think I love Paris more! By a small margin, haha. Still have to have both of them around always.
Saaad sipdown, 98. On of my favorite teas ever. The last time I bought this I bought individually wrapped sachets which were perfect for tucking into my purse and taking around with me, and I tore through them. I put in an order to Harney today for a gift but I decided not to restock this one just yet… when I start traveling a lot again or run low on other sachets I will likely pick them up again.
I tried a few new teas yesterday thanks to my well meaning family. Unfortunately they dont know my taste in tea.
This tea was jammy – it felt like it should have been a hibiscus/zinger tea, but its not. Its black, I didnt feel that it worked.
This tea is very pretty and fragrant. It can be quite common as it is mainly composed of chamomile and lavender, but somehow the two together makes a very pleasant aroma that contains the two, yet very different compared to each of them separately. The corn flower leaves actually add accent to the color of dry leaves rather than the lavender. The product was very fresh, the scent was pretty and full bodied, and the taste was comforting and satisfying. When you open the product you can see that the tea satchels are fully filled. Brew about 1 minute the first time, leave out the bag and a little bit longer second and third time around. For me it was okay to brew up to 3-4 times. Quality wise, this tea is great. However, I suspect the satchels are made of nylon, and even though this is a very pretty tisane blend that is healthy, I didn’t give it a full 100 because I don’t think it takes extra creativity to come up with this blend. Chamomile + lavender blend is something I made often at home on my own using the stock tea I had at home. Purchasing of this product was more for convenience rather than trying something new or to add to collection.
I had to yell that because I’m now at 80 teas, but with what I’m expecting from Black Friday purchases, tea swaps, and whatever Sil has, I’m looking at 40-50 new teas for my cupboard. So, with that in mind I figured it best to drink this last sad little bag of Vanilla Comoro.
I went through a period where I didn’t care for this tea as much – it fell flat – but I realized it was because I was under-leafing by using one bag for a 16 oz mug. Yeah, no wonder. Now I’m using more like 10 oz, and just a tiny little bit of milk and this is just wonderful. Creamy vanilla that just soothes and relaxes you.
I will restock this eventually, but the earliest would be in the spring.
thank you to ifjuly for this sample….
it took me a minute to switch gears! i’ve been caught up with french apothecaries since my mammoth swap with ysaurella few months back!
i like the layers in this. there’s a sweet smoke— not a lapsang, almost a hickory dipped peach, an earthy warm tobacco, and then a crisp straightforward black. i like the fact that each layer is distinct but also mutually flattering.
thank you ifjuly! a lovely experience! i would say it’s nice to get back to basics but this really isn’t basic, lol! sneaky is a better descriptor!