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I am really enjoying this tea. The description of the blend, from H&S does not indicate the 8 teas used in the blend, but from looking at it, it is lovely, colorful and I see various types of leaves. I can definately see white tea, probably green and oolong. Assam is there.
Drinking this is like a pleasant puzzle to solve. There are multi-levels of flavor including some, but not a lot, of fruityness that brings sweet tones. You don’t need to add sugar, but try it occasionally to see if you can bring out any certain fruit flavor.
Thank you to Fairyfli for sharing her Harney Son’s Chocolate Tea with me. This tea has been in and out of my cart at the Harney’s website so many times….and now she has put me out of my indecision! What a relief!
The base seems very similar to Florence, but I can taste more chocolate than from Florence (which is kind of obvious, right? As there is not any hazelnut in this blend…) It does taste like chocolate and tea together, but nothing like hot cocoa. I do like this, but will hold off on a rating for a few more cups since she sent me a healthy trial! The only addition was sweetener. I am finding milk just ruins smooth teas for me. I will have to reserve the milk for the bolder teas…..
First tea log;
I got a small tin of this back from the lovely Tabby, being one of her favorite tea’s and a snowy march evening I thought I’d run at this first.
I ran the water all the way up to boiling then let it sit for a good 5 and a half minutes in a flush stainless infuser, the first thing I noticed was the sharp scent, all deliciously tangy with the heavy scent of the black tea behind it, I almost felt bad dropping in a small amount of agave sugar.
The taste of it is really hard to put into words, especially this late at night, simply put on a snowy night in what should be spring, it makes living in new england almost bearable, the sweet touch of cranberry and orange is perfect over the black tea, I LOVE black heavy mean tea’s so I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this but it really is quite a perfect contrast, just tart enough over the lovely body of the black tea.
Highly recommended for anyone who hates snow, and or just wants a nice cup of tea.
Going to try tomorrow without the agave honey, which might of been a little too much sweetness.
Here’s the riddle of the day. How can someone who really dislikes vanilla love Vanilla Comoro so much?
Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer, but fortunately, I do have the tea. I bought this on a stroll through Royal Oak. I had stopped at Goldfish Tea and made my way (with milk oolong in my cup!) to a chocolate shop. There, they had a tin of this. I bought two bags to take home and make. I love that it’s decaf and was looking for something nice to sip at night. The smell was amazing. I can pick out the rich vanilla scent and something else, like ooey, gooey cookies.
205/4 min. Now, my whole kitchen smells like a bakery. It tastes sublime, like freshly baked sugar cookies, with a moderate black tea base and… vanilla. Can it be true? I actually really like a vanilla tea? Yes, yes, I do.
This is a nice tea to jump start your day with. The boldness of the Assam is smoothed out by the Keemun. The Assam gives the tea a bit maltiness while the Keemun gives a bit of smokiness. This is tea is great on its own without the need for additives. Definitely one of the better breakfast blends I have tried. I often switch between this and Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme for my morning brew.
Sometimes in the morning I want more than just a straight cup of black tea — I want something with some extra flavor. This tea is perfect for those occasions. I have it in the pouches, so it’s great for travel or to take with me to the office. I’m fairly fussy about flavored blacks — I can’t stand anything that has an artificial taste or is overly fruity. This tea is perfect in that the flavors enhance the black tea; they don’t overpower or overshadow it. Also, the bergamot note is not overdone.
I especially like to make this one into a tea latte (in a 16 oz mug, using two teabags, brew 8 oz. of tea, then fill the rest with steamed/foamed milk). This goes particularly well with a waffle and some preserves. Yum!
Overall, a nice Genmaicha.
This blend provides a good balance of vegetaliness from the bancha and toastiness from the roasted brown rice.
A nice daily drinker, the flavors are present, however, they are as deep or as exciting as they are with other Genmaicha variations, particularly those that use Sencha.
Pairs well with sushi!
Loooong day at school. This has been the looooongest week in history, while last week was the shortest wk known to mankind(spring break vs back to work).
I am really tired and the tea that seemed right was the Earl. Love the smoothness of this one. The citrus notes are just right and the tea base is in balance:) Astringency is low to null. Taste is high to perfect.
This is definitely a must order tea for me!
My daughter brought this sample to me saying “I think you will like this EG”
I have tried it this morning and have decided that this must be what Picard was drinking on Enterprise. This is smooth, not perfumey(I am so glad, I hate drinking perfumed teas and I can’t imagine Picard liked perfume either:), the citrus notes are light and flavorful. This is like a cross between a mild EG and Blood orange Black: the base contains Ceylon(I am a huge fan of Ceylons) and the citrus notes are present(not as strong in this tea as the Blood Orange) but I do like it. My search may just be over for an EG. I have found a few others that I liked, but they were out of my price range due to shipping to the US.
I think if you really liked a traditional EG, you may not like this too much. But for me, it is the perfect ratio of everything. Now I can say “EG hot” and get a tea that is very much drinkable!
Thank you Mrawlins2 for the sample:)
Holy cow does this tea smell good… it smells just like vanilla flavoring with a hint of smoothness. It smells so good I had to open the canister again for a second sniff… this will definitely be going to school with me since it is in a tea bag.
This tea is the first bag of tea that I have fallen in love with. When brewing it was almost like a sugar cookie was cooking in the oven. Even my husband came in and asked me what smelled so good!
The first taste of this tea the smell was great but the taste was just so so for me… But I have realized that I need to let it cool a bit to get more of the flavorings. When warm all it tastes to me is black tea which is not a bad thing but I want the sweetness. So I tasted it a bit later and oh my goodness oh my goodness this is heaven in a cup! It is so good and sweet and just perfection in a cup! I love it! Please, Please try this if you like sweet, vanilla teas. You won’t regret it.
Hmmm I wonder how this would mix with the chocolate truffle from praise tea company… would that be to much?!?!? I would get the sweetness and the chocolate hmmm might have to try it!
This is a very high quality tea. The dried leaves are extremely dark, but lighten up quite a bit after steeping, producing a dark cognac liquor. The aroma is what really made me decide to purchase this. I knew that I was looking for a typical Keemun-esque brew, one that was extremely fragrant and fruity. I am by no means dissatisfied. In taking a whiff, I pick up notes of stone fruits, possibly apricots and plums, as well as that of rich cocoa (as was also described by Harney & Sons). The flavor is quite similar. Although I am not a big fan of chocolatey-tasting teas, I must say that as a finishing piece on your palate, it is not overwhelming, but rather a major compliment to the rest of the drink. An excellent batch by Harney!
I received a few free sachets of this tea in my last Harney’s order. It was perfect timing on their part, because I had put this into my cart, you know, the pre-fill for when you are ready to order so you don’t forget? O-kay, maybe not.
Love. Need. The tea is smooth, malty, and simple. Perfect for the caffeine sensitive in the evening hours. Hmmmm. Now to brainstorm on ways to jazz it up when needed……
Second steep 5 minutes…..
What a wonderful aroma that comes from this tea. Chocolate kind like cocoa and nuts yumyumyum!
Brewed it for 5min. wanted to make sure that it did not get bitter and tasted it. It was a really smooth nutty black tea. I added just a touch of sugar because I like my tea sweet and then sipped again yum! It is pretty good, it still has the wonderful cocoa aroma that I love. when it cools I can taste the cocoa a bit better but it is just the last hint of chocolate. Good but still not that chocolate tea that I am looking for!
Now that my allergies are not it full flare up, the tea smells a little less like soap. I am glad that I did not let the smell of the dry tea stop me from preparing and drinking it, because it is a lovely tea with a short steep and sweetened. The Earl Grey is light, and the rose definitley comes through. I still prefer Rosy Earl Grey, but this is nice. It definitely tastes much better than the dry tea smells. That is probably a lesson I need to remember…..
I am trying this one again. I think my memory of it was not very accurate, and opening the tin whilst in the throes of allergies and sensitive nose does not help. It is very floral and bergamot smelling. So much that it makes the sensitised nose (remember that it is allergy season for me) think thoughts of finely milled French soap. It did not, however, stop me from trying this one again today.
It is definitely an Earl Grey and rose blend, but it lacks the sweetness of Teas Etc. Rosey Earl Grey. Maybe it is the lack of jasmine? It is still a good cup as long as I remember to do a short steap time and sweeten it. I need to bump up the rating a bit, but I won’t be repurchasing as it makes me long for the Rosey.
This one is interesting….Earl Grey with rose. There is the light taste of the bergamot and definitely faint rose. Overall, it kind of adds a slight twinge. I can’t really describe it any other way….it cuts the sweetness and maltiness of the black tea base. It is definitely enjoyable in a purifying, spa kind of way. Not a favorite, but good.
I am willing to swap an ounce of this as I have three……off to add it to the swap thread.