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I read at the Harney & Sons website that Fruits d’Alsace is “Paris on steroids.” Well, it isn’t for me, because there is no vanilla, as far as I can taste. I also found the brew to be quite a bit weaker than Paris. I first infused a heaping teaspoon, and then was unhappy with the light color of the liquor, so I added another teaspoon and reinfused the tea. The end result still did not have the density of Paris. The fruit flavor is nice, but from the scent of the dried tea, I was expecting raspberries in the line-up.
I prefer Boston and Paris to Fruits d’Alsace, at least based on today’s pot, but I’ll certainly be experimenting with amounts and brewing methods, as I have a 4 ounce tin!
The dry leaf smell in this has mellowed out to be a lot more pleasant than I remember. It is mostly coconut and vanilla with a lot less of the chocolate (which I believe was the part I didn’t like).
Steeped at below parameters with creamer added. Taste wise it is mostly toasted coconut with chocolate on the swallow. Perfectly palatable with additives, though not so much plain, and the fact that its bagged is always nice for convenience.
Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut, Vanilla
This tea has a pleasant malty aroma. It has a malty taste that is rich and sweet. I was really liking this tea, but it lost me with the aftertaste. Kind of like a movie with a great beginning and a bad ending (similar to any M. Night Shyamalan movie made after “The Sixth Sense”).
My last tea pot worth of filtered water went into this pot. For my next act, more water.
Ah, the Tower. I’ve been thinking about the Tower of London, the place, as I’ve been watching a documentary about Richard the Third, who is a favorite historical figure.
And its all grey and rainy, and this tea seems to suit this tea.
My best friend send me a “get well” care package, including a few new teacups, one of which I am using to sip this lovely blend.
This tea is starting to grow on me a little bit and I raised the rating a little bit today. I still find it to be really strong but when you add milk and sugar it’s a fairly decent breakfast tea. I’m still trying to wake up but I have some new teas I was going to try today.
I absolutely despise cinnamonny herbal teas soooo LET’S SEE WHERE THIS GOES!
Gotta be up early and I need my herbals. Dude. I need to stop buying black teas and buy more herbal/rooibos teas because I drink a whole lot of them at night.
But I looooove my blacks!
But then again, I’m on doctor’s orders to try to cut down on my caffeine intake so.. I should get rid of my black teas.. BUT THEY’RE SO GOOD.
Okay. This tea.
It was originally rated 50 because I remember not enjoying it the last time I had it. But, I did try TeaForté’s Apple Spice whatever, which I got around the same time I got this Harney order and I hated the Apple Spice, but I tried it again not too long ago and I ended up liking it sooo let’s see if I like this one!
This is a sipdown though. A very very happy sipdown :)
Happy to get rid of it because I didn’t really like it before? But noow… I’ve got another 2 minutes to brew so I don’t even know.
1 minute left…
It smells like… cinnamon. WOW WHAT A SURPRISE.
Trying it for the first time in about 2 months and… NOPE NOPE. NOPEITY NOPE.
DO NOT LIKE.
I’ll try to finish it was much as I can tonight?
I have an idea.
Imma throw this in the fridge and see how it tastes like iced.
It has like a weird bite to it so… maybe that bite will go away chilled?
Okay. Will edit this tasting note tomorrow when I try it cold :)
Hot: 3.5g / 12oz. / 3:30sec / boiling
TTB Tea 5: Right now, my tea is the only thing keeping me warm in the poorly insulated building where I work for one of my jobs.
I really like mint, so I was very interested in trying this one, and seeing how the other flavors play with the mint. Unfortunately, I’m getting mostly mint and not much else. If I had more, I’d be interested in playing around with the parameters to see what brings out the flavors that aren’t mint
Edit: Wow I said the word “mint” a lot in this very short review. Mint mint mint mint mint
This one was strange for me. OK I’m not a huge Darjeeling fan, and I’m not a huge lemon fan – so it’s not surprising this isn’t my favorite.
It is strange though. This isn’t what I think of as a “lemon tea”. This is really subtle, almost like a straight black with lemon notes. I didn’t get any caramel, and it wasn’t as astringent as I feared being a Darjeeling.
Thanks MissB for including some of this in with my BF stuff. Interesting, strange, glad I tried it…..
The loose leaf is bancha sprinkled with sesame seeds. It looks pretty lovely, even though it doesn’t smell like anything.
The resulting liquour doesn’t seem to be much more engaging when it comes to the aroma. Actually it smelled like it was going to be very bitter. And there was this other note that I find I dislike in teas – and what I am guessing is caused by the caramel flavoring – that smells to me like old and forgotten socks that you find at the bottom of your laundry basket (Can you tell I was doing spring cleaning today?).
The taste… I really wanted to like this tea. I don’t know why, but I really did. Me and the Tokyo blend, forever. That’s how I imagined it. But it ain’t gonna happen.
Because, lo and behold, it tastes just like some average sencha (or in this case – bancha) with no flavoring whatsoever. It does taste smooth, much smoother than a straight sencha would, so I am guessing that would be the result of the supposed caramel. I think I got more hint of sesame and caramel in the first two or three sips. Then the whole brew just started to turn bitter, although not overwhelmingly so.
Next time I am going to play around with the steeping time – perhaps a minute would be enough? I’ll see how that goes. It is not a bad tea, it just doesn’t deliver what it promises, in my opinion.
Thanks Boychik for the sample of this. I’ve really enjoyed drinking it as well as the convenience of having it in sachets – and it’ll be missed pretty greatly.
However the plus side is I’ve finally found something worth ordering from H&S in addition to Boston (when I finally run out of what Keychange generously gave to me). So, in total, two teas from H&S that I actually really enjoy.
This was super good last night!
I think I hot the perfect steep temp. and time because while I was drinking this it tasted like delicious lemon vanilla sponge cake. Mmm!
O/T: Does anyone here watch Big Brother? The second Canadian season premiers in two days, and they’ve announced the contestants (well, 14/15 – there’s a mystery contestant still). I’m super excited! I’ve been watching Big Brother since the 7th season in the States, which means I would have been… 10 years old. Since then I’ve watched every season in the States, though (and a couple from the UK). It’s my favourite reality show/competition and it’s been my dream to compete since I first watched it!
If the Canadian version gets renewed for a third season, then I’ll finally be old enough to audition which I find super exciting!
I’m a little disappointed though because the casting for this season once again has no representation from Saskatchewan. In fact, there’s no representation from Saskatchewan/Manitoba/ PEI or any of the territories (though they included Quebec this season which is cool). But seriously? Canada is more than Alberta/Ontario…
Maybe next year I’ll be the first Saskatchewan contestant, though? One can dream!
Having this one tonight as I read through scientific journal articles. That’s basically my entire life. Good thing I enjoy it most of the time. Tonight I’m reading about and writing a short report on fracking.
This tea is awesome. The flavouring here complements the base well. The only green teas are keep around are three flavoured ones from H&S. I love how they do green teas. I’m getting close to a sipdown of this one, which was pretty slow going, considering I picked it up in August when we were in New York. I do miss New York.
Finishing off this sample from Harney today. I keep telling myself I am not much of a keemun person but perhaps my tastes are changing because I like this better than I remember. It still has a smoky top note with a bit of tobacco, but today I am noticing some fruity notes I don’t remember. Good with milk or plain, I still think I prefer the keemun mao feng from Harney though. It is nice for an afternoon wake up call.
Since I’ve been trying teas other than Assams, I was almost afraid to go to this blend. I am finding that what rules what I “want” each day in a cup is ruled by the astringency in the tea. Some days I find it easier to tolerate the dryness it creates in my mouth. But as I made a pot of East Frisian that was WAY too strong yesterday, I decided to power through my chicken-ness and have a cup of this….. As usual, there was no need to be chicken. This isn’t a high astringency blend of assams. It is a malty cup of goodness, especially on a chilly drizzly day….with milk and sugar as usual. Nom. I’m hoping it makes me feel more literary, as I have to go work on a writing class assignment now….
I beginning to come to the conclusion that this tea ALWAYS tastes good. It is a RARE chilly rainy weekend morning in the San Diego area, and we get very few of these, so I always choose my tea carefully. This morning I chose this… and I’m glad I did. The tea is a “mouthful” without a lot of astringency, which has a tendency to give me a bit of a tummy ache. It matches the weather today beautifully AND it is exactly what my mouth wanted. Not fancy, but who needs fancy when you have rain in southern california? :)
The cough is much better. Still present, but much, much reduced, and now the coughing seems to be accomplishing something.
The downside is that I seem to have pulled a muscle in my side from all the coughing. Hurts like the dickens.
Fruits d’Alsace. A divided topic on Steepster. I like it more than many others do, which is just fine.
Fruity and mild. Its pretty good.
Thank you Dexter3657 for sharing this blend with me.
I’va always been curious of this one especially after reading several notes of Ashmanra about it.
This is my first tea of the morning as it is supposed to be a bergamot tea and I find really nice to begin the day with an EG or even an EG’s spin off.
The liquor is very dark, depth and smells honey and berries.
Drinking it, I still get the honey notes and a little bergamot, stronger on berries, probably black currants to me, not sure.
I really appreciate the smoothness of this tea, free of any bitteness, almost creamy.
The flavours are not overpowering the tea itself and are subtile, natural and elegant flavours.
The tea base made of a mix of Chinese black teas is a medium bodied tea which pair perfectly with the subtile flavours evocated above in the note.
A very lovely blend.
why cannot I find bergamot nor citrus in the flavour rolling menu ? did you have the same lack ? It seems crazy it is not already present
--so I decided not adding anything for flavours if I cannot immediately add all the ones I picked out
So far the formosa oolongs I’ve tried are notable for what they have in common — that sweet roasted floral-fruit taste — rather than their differences, which have been extremely slight. This is a good-quality tea, but no revelation. Like Upton’s formosa fine grade, the leaves are chopped (the other formosa oolongs had rolled leaves, but the taste hardly varied, so I’m unclear how they decide on the style or what effect it’s supposed to have) and good for multiple steepings. I was a bit surprised that H&S’s instructions for the tea were to use boiling water and steep it for 5 minutes, but I tried it and it was fine.
I’m glad I only got a sample size of this as I didn’t like it. It smells great, like fuzzy peaches, but when I tasted it, it was quite bitter tasting. I added some skim milk and stevia and that made it worse, the candy-like peach flavour did not work well with the milk. I can see this being really goo diced though, so that is what I’m going to do with my remaining sample.
Oops! I noticed that I wrote a review for H&S Midsommer’s Peach tea under this one. I don’t know how that happened because I specifically remember being on the peach tea’s page, weird. So if anyone read my review talking about a candy peach flavour, that was an accident! Well I guess I’ll review this one now that I am here.
I stole this out of the Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box – Round one. I love genmaicha and this smelled quite similar, , but without the green tea. It was really good, but a little boring to me. I don’t think it is something I would drink on it’s own anymore, so I added this to my decaf sencha and I really like it that way. Similar to genmaicha, but a stronger toasty flavour.
Trying this for the first time, and it seems very reminiscent of H&S’s Paris, but not quite as strong in flavor. I have a feeling that my tastebuds are not at their best today though — this weather system has parked itself over me for days and I’ve just been feeling slightly off — so I’ll do a fuller review after another tasting.
I absolutely love this tea. It’s strong, but not astringent. It fills the mouth and feels substantial. It’s my go-to tea for all occasions. Enough caffeine for the morning and afternoon. I can drink it all day long. Although I drink it black, it’s strong enough to hold up to milk and/or sugar. And it makes a hella good cup of iced tea in the warmer months too!
Flavors: Apricot, Caramel, Honey, Peppercorn, Plants, Tannin