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Second cup of this from the sample that Janelle sent me. :)
The first cup was had when my nose was pretty stuffy from allergies, which I feel are getting a little better. The tea has that fake chocolate and nutty scent to it. The tea base has a little malt to it on the sip which merges into a hazelnut flavor at the end, met with a tiny touch of chocolate. I’m not getting much of an aftertaste at all. Adding a little cream and sugar really brings out the nuttiness of the hazelnut. I’d say the chocolate could do with being amped up a bit, but I really dislike the chemically taste I get from H&S’s chocolate flavored teas. I’m enjoying this cup, but I feel like there are better versions by other companies. I think this concludes my venture into H&S teas, which gets a thumbs down from me both in flavor of the teas and customer service in their store. :/
Allergy season is super bad right now and I’m suffering! My sense of taste and smell is flickering in and out today as I sip this tea. Sometimes I get a bit of nutty chocolate and other times nothing. It isn’t quite a nutella taste, which is always my comparison with chocolate and hazelnut. I have enough of this sample from Janella to have another cup and will have to save it for the return of my senses.
I kinda wish I could hibernate through the spring allergy season. :/
I’m not a huge fan of chemically decaffeinated teas. The process doesn’t strike me as particularly healthy. Still, this smelled so good at the Coffee & Tea Festival that I couldn’t resist the impulse buy. I have been enjoying it with a splash of rice milk for a creamy evening dessert drink. It complements chocolate and cookies nicely. It might be making my stomach hurt tonight, though…
Doesn’t have much of an scent to it like other teas. I smell a little undertones of honey. The taste is smokey with a hint of raspberry. Overall, this tea is good, but nothing to write home about. If you are looking for a simple black tea, I think this would be a good option.
This light bodied black tea is sweet and creamy all on it’s own. There is no need to add any cream or sweetener, making it perfect for someone who is wanting to lose weight or make or make more health conscious choices. I find this tea to be very comforting and it cures my sweet tooth! I’ll definitely be keeping it on hand.
Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cream, Custard, Vanilla
For the St. Patty’s day free shipping deal I picked up a few sample packs I had been eyeing for awhile. I figured it was a good way to get these without conning myself into ordering more tea. This is one of the free samples that Harney and Sons threw in for me to try. This is a no fuss, good cup of Assam. Nothing fancy about it. It hits some of the usual notes, malty and a tad fruity. This cup seems to add just the right about of astringency to make you remember you are drinking a strong cup. Well done! I would be interested in trying this in loose form at some point.
Thank you Blodeuyn for this delicious present!
I am not a fan of bagged tea at all. This is the one area of tea where my “tea snobbery” comes out prominently. I don’t like being a snob, so I’m trying to change that. I was given this as a surprise present. I have never brewed anything in a “silken sachet.” I thought it was very elegant and unique. I brewed this in my night mug before dinner to calm me down a little. The aroma of this sachet is amazing. I poured my steaming water over it and the sweet aroma of Thai delicacies filled the air. This brew has a dominant silky vanilla tone with coconut beefing up behind it. If I sat and took a long inhale I could taste the lemon undertone. The flavor is a calm fresh ginger. It goes down real smooth and is actually helping my sore throat out a bit. The green tea adds a grassy base for all these flavors to sit atop of. I enjoyed this, and I think i might actually like tea bags. Might. haha.
Flavors: Coconut, Pastries, Vanilla
I received a sample of this from Zack. Thank you!
So Lychee. I guess I had no idea what Lychee tasted like. We have never really met before. I am going to have to say this is not a favorite of mine. I think the lychee would blend much better with say an oolong or a green. With the black base it was a floral black tea which for me wasn’t great. Not bad, but not something I would go crazy about. Glad I got to try this one, and glad I finally got to try Lychee.
Best white tea I’ve had. Smooth and relaxing. Just enough floral scent and flavor to make it interesting.
Truly worth the price!
Nothing more needs to be said. Relax and enjoy!
Addendum: 1.5 tsp in 10 oz. (Steepster is changing my entry to 1 tsp, which isn’t right.)
I had a tea party and somebody had opened a new tin of this and I thought to myself, “dangit… I really wish someone didn’t bring cinnamon tea let alone a bagged tea”. However, I was surprised by how sweet and tasty this tea was. It’s not a cinnamon spice flavor but rather it is a cinnamon candy flavor and I find it very enjoyable, but cinnamon is still not my kind of flavor in a tea.
This is a nice black tea with a strong taste of chocolate. Don’t really taste the hazelnuts though, too bad.
Brewed this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and boiling water for 3 miin.
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