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I thought the tea was a little light on the chocolate side. But it was really good.

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drank Ginger's Oolong by Harney & Sons
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Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
569 tasting notes

My blackcyberconsumerweekend purchase finally came in! I chose five teas to get sample sizes of. There were about five more that I was interested in, but they were out of sample sizes during the sale and they now have them back in. :/ Shipping took a while, but oh well.

This one was intriguing because of the sesame seeds. I get a very green flavor in the start of the sip and it is only after the sip that the caramel and sesame flavors come out. It has a little grassy bite at the end of the aftertaste. This tea has a little sweetness of it’s own, but I wanted to try it with some sugar added anyways. I think the addition of sugar makes it less green in the beginning of the sip, a little more buttery and makes the caramel and sesame come out a little sooner. I don’t know that sugar really makes this tea better, just a little different than before. It leaves my mouth feeling dry.

It’s a really interesting tea for a slightly flavored green. At this point I think I could go either way with it. It is possible that by the end of this sample I’ll fall in love with it or loose any interest at all.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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80
drank Citron Green by Harney & Sons
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Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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78
drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
1397 tasting notes

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78
drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
1397 tasting notes

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
1397 tasting notes

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
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78
drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Seems that my note got eaten by the site, so I’ll try again. Really nice iced. Peachy, fruity, not as complex as Peaches & Ginger. I enjoyed it a lot, but only purchased a sample to try. I can definitely see buying more to make peach iced tea in the warmer months.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Overboard TTB.

This is a pleasant tea. I haven’t had too many with rose petals before. They do seem to pair well with black tea. It was pleasantly floral and a bit sweet and the base tea was a good complement.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83
drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
325 tasting notes

I have returned from sunny warm climes of Santa Barbara!

Holy carp it’s cold. Brrrr. I’m seriously regretting getting on that plane yesterday. I could have pitched a tent on the beach, right, after my friend got tired of me and kicked me out of his house?

On the brightside, my Black Friday order from Harney & Sons was waiting for me, and I tore into it today. I contemplated my choices and grabbed the SoHo blend for a nice, warm, filling cup of tea on a winter’s day in the DC area. (Granted, it’s relatively warm for a winter’s day, but it’s cold enough I still couldn’t feel my fingers.)

Lovely. Pure bliss. It’s chocolately, nutty, and delicious. A perfect winter’s cup of tea.

Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts

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Overboard TTB.

This is a light oolong, so it basically tastes like green tea, which I’ve mentioned is not really my thing. I also think I’ve had a light oolong that I liked better. I didn’t really taste any pomegranate, but it smelled rather floral. Nothing especially remarkable here for me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
The Cookie Lady

I am SOOOO excited to see that you are trying everything from the box!! At least, I think that’s your mission, since you now only have about 4 teas left to try! Yay! :)

rosebudmelissa

I wanted to try as many as possible. I’m actually going to end up missing a couple, as I try not to have too much caffeine in one day, but I did try almost everything so I’m pleased. I got the box prepped to mail out today, though I don’t think I’m actually going to get to the post office till Monday.

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Overboard TTB.

This is a really tasty blend. It’s quite smooth and fruity and naturally a bit sweet. It tastes like plums, and vanilla, and something else I can’t quite identify, maybe stewed prunes. It’s yummy and seems to suit the time of year.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Rooibos Chai by Harney & Sons
234 tasting notes

Scrolling through the tasting notes and laughing because practically everyone who reviewed this tea seems to have gotten it as a free sample (so did I). I guess H&S is trying hard to build up some enthusiasm for it.

I don’t like rooibos or chai, so it’s no surprise that I’m not into this — but what did surprise me is that the tea is so bland. The rooibos flavor is stronger than the spices. Weird.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
64 tasting notes

When I first opened the tin for this tea, my initial thought was that it smelled just like Danish butter cookies. The resemblance is striking. Aside from the scent, I also noticed that each sachet was filled with tea leaves rather than the tiny, powdery bits I normally see in bagged tea.

This brewed up really dark and began smelling more like tea than cookies. I can still smell the vanilla but not in a big way. I’m not really tasting it either. I let the tea cool on my desk, and it has an even better flavor now. It’s even more pronounced than when warm so I think this may be a good one to drink chilled.

Overall, this tea didn’t quite live up to my expectations. It isn’t bad, but there seems to be something missing.

Flavors: Cookie, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73
drank Celebration Tea by Harney & Sons
1067 tasting notes

Time for one last cup of tea before I pop off to my parents house for Christmas lunch and presents! (I confess to being excited about that. I love presents).
This isn’t a classic holiday flavor, being light and fruity, but I can’t fault it, as I do love a nice light and fruity blend. Good stuff.
Off I pop!

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73
drank Celebration Tea by Harney & Sons
1067 tasting notes

This is really growing on me. Its so smooth, with a complex sweetness to it. Its really nice!

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73
drank Celebration Tea by Harney & Sons
1067 tasting notes

Thought I would give this a try again this morning. The trouble is, Thursdays are too high speed for me to really get an idea of what I’m sipping on.
Is that apricot? Its tasty!

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73
drank Celebration Tea by Harney & Sons
1067 tasting notes

Hmm. This will require more cups to really get a handle on. First impression is that this a smooth and light fruit black. (Side note, what is with the holiday teas all be fruity this year? I mean, no problem, but still! Was there some sort of secret meeting of tea designers or something?)
General first impression is positive, but not spectacular. More sipping to be sure!

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80
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
70 tasting notes

Berries, vanilla and bergamot. A great combination, but this tea only makes an appearance in my pot at times where I feel like something very heavy and sweet. Not a fan of artificial flavouring in general but there are days when this totally hits the spot.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
173 tasting notes

A while ago, I asked for recommendations on everyone’s favorite black tea blends, and this one was mentioned quite a few times. I’m quite happy to be finally trying it now!

The dry tea is a blend of different types of black tea leaves, some looking distinctively golden. There’s a rich malt aroma even with the dry leaf, which I don’t often find in Chinese black teas—outside of, say, Lapsang or very cocoa-note-heavy teas, even the best-tasting black teas often have very little dry aroma to me. The tea brews to an amber golden color, and is surprisingly light in body. The taste is malty, but not too rich, without the “buttery” or heavy mouthfeel found in some similar teas. There’s a touch of roasty, or smoky flavor to it, almost like a Shuixian, and just a hint of sweetness. It’s a very well-balanced tea that is a great—and not too strong—start to the day.

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82
drank Livingstonia by Harney & Sons
234 tasting notes

When I was working my way through my Tealet sampler, I discovered that orange pekoe can be delicious when done right, so now I kind of keep an eye out for O.P.s in general.

This one does not measure up to the Plucky teas from Tealet — it’s not as rich, not as laden with honey and brown sugar notes — but that said, it’s still quite a nice black tea, great for a fuss-free morning cup. It comes across a bit like an English breakfast, but isn’t quite as strong or as acidic.

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