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Had this tea last night. Thanks to Dex for sending this in a swap!
The dry leaf smelled like rich dark chocolate with a hint of something deeper behind it. Almost like chocolate mousse. The liquor was also very chocolaty, but as it cooled, the hazelnut note came to the fore.
I was hoping for more of a rich nutella flavour from this, but I think I was a bit shy on the steep. I steeped it for 3.5 minutes in freshly boiled water, but I think I should have gone for 4 minutes. Luckily, I have more than enough left to try again.
Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Nuts
I tried a sachet of this tea this past weekend. It was quite tasty. Almost creamy, very flavourful! The ginger and vanilla-coconut were very well represented. Tasted very Thai. I quite enjoyed it. I’d like to pick up some of this, though I would most likely de-sachet it. :)
Flavors: Coconut, Ginger, Lemongrass, Sweet, Vanilla
Another of the samples from Harney and Sons. Wow. I’m blown away. I’m still fairly new to tea, and this is the first time I’ve had loose, unflavored, unblended Assam. I was expecting glorified Lipton, if I’m to be quite honest. But instead I got rich burnt sugar, like molasses rich, with the slightest astringency so the taste sticks in my mouth. I may never drink my beloved twinings breakfast blends again. I love this so much.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Molasses, Vanilla
I did not expect to like this tea. I just ordered a bunch of tea from Harney and Sons and they were nice enough to send me some sampled. This particular sample was lovely, like a rooftop flower garden in Paris in the spring, if that’s even a thing. If I had to describe the taste, I would have to say flowers. No flower in particular, just a nice round floral. Absolutely delightful.
Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Salt
Next time use scanter teaspoons, I think. It’s understated on the bergamot and a bit bitter in the finish, but I think that might be due to brewing the pot just a little strong. I like that it’s not over the top, but I’ve had Earl Grey’s I’ve liked better. Probably a good base for lavender.
Harney was the second tea purveyor that I explored during the beginnings of my journey with the cup of brown joy. I thought I’d managed to taste my way through most that I was interested in, but after reading a few reviews recently, I realized that I’d never flirted with the Queen. Thanks to a swap with TeaTiff, this is now in my cup and I’m quite pleased it is!
My go-to cup from Harney is Malachi McCormick. I love the way the earthy deep blend conjures up visions of Dublin in late winter for me. Queen Catherine is quite different. There is still a light earthy keemun flavor here that creates the base note for the tea, but it is lighter than my beloved Malachi. The flavor profile is more mid-palate…a bit dusty hay, a touch of raisin and a lighter malt than you find in assam. Lurking at the finish is a slight touch of gentle smoke. The description of this tea states that it’s all Chinese tea, but it certainly has the lighter profile of a ceylon, without the drying astringency that comes with most ceylons for me. If Malachi reminds me of Dublin in late winter, Queen Catherine reminds me of London in late spring. The light smooth profile is an invitation to a cup of tea that would even be welcome on a warm day. She is not cloying, this Queen. She is gentle and graceful….and lovely.
Flavors: Earth, Hay, Malt, Raisins, Smoke
Thanks to the Overboard TTB that I’m getting to taste this one.
I hardly ever get to taste any H&S teas, although not that many really catch my attention, I did really like the Christmas tea I got this year. Anyways, I figured that the name was a play on the work Carribean. Guava is a eastern tropical fruit though, so maybe the theme was just ‘tropical’.
There were no brewing directions on the sachet (and I was too lazy to look them up), so I brewed the sachet in a mug 175*F for 4 minute, the low temp because it’s a green/black blend, and that’s what my zojirushi is set to. This didn’t taste much like anything really and the smell was just OK. Eh. I guess it could do in a pinch, it didn’t taste bad, but I literally can’t remember much about it at all, and I drank it less than a half hr ago. I would finish the mug, but I wouldn’t buy it, I won’t even bother rebrewing the bag.
I’ve been drinking Teavana’s Golden Monkey for years, so I recently decided to try some other brands. This was the first on the list.
The color is a medium brown. “Nutty” best describes the scent and flavor. There’s a little bit of “malty” in there, too. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any chocolate or honey, which I was expecting. This tea is neither light nor bold, it’s right down the middle.
This tea is not nearly as bold as Teavana’s, and frankly I enjoy a nice, bold black tea. I tried steeping more tea, hotter, and longer, but couldn’t match the bold flavorfulness of Teavana’s. I still recommend this tea, but I will personally be sticking with Teavana’s version.
This is an excellent oolong. Very floral scent, with a hint of sweetness. The flavor is very smooth and buttery, but oddly lacks the floral qualities of the scent.
A satisfying tea to enjoy on its own, or paired with a good book or conversation. I would have rated it a bit higher if the floral scent carried over to the taste.
Had this earlier in the week! Great tea. A nice mix of chocolate and peppermint :) Reminded me a bit of the Jack Frost blend from Adagio (Cara McGee), but this was a bit more robust with the chocolate, and less cream.
Great tea! But sad that I kinda left it in my timolino for so long and now it smells like this tea :(
This is another sample from the swap with Zack. Thank you!
I wasn’t expecting much out of this one, but this is why I keep trying teas. You find little gems you would have never thought you would have liked. When I opened the pouch the smell to me was very off putting, but when steeped this turned into a really good cup and I could see this being the perfect iced tea in the summer. It has a good black base mixed with a great flavor of apricot. In my cup the scent from the bag is not overpowering the drink, but blends well with the base to create a true to apricot flavor that is just perfect.
This is another sample from the swap with Zach. Thanks!
Yum! I ordered a tin of the sachets of the HT English Breakfast. If I would have known about this loose leaf before I ordered I think I would have just gotten a tin of this. This is a nice breakfast blend! It brews up very dark in color, almost to the point of scary me into not drinking it. It is a robust flavor with hints of bitterness, but just the right kind. It is still smooth, and slightly fruity. This tea would take milk really well if you are into that sorta thing. This will go on the wish list. Now if I only had enough to do a comparison with the HT English Breakfast, or is it the same tea different name? Reading the descriptions they are pretty much similar. Does anyone know?
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…