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Just got this from the Harney free shipping deal. It’s a nice smooth fruity tea. I was actually expecting more of a tart cranberry flavor. It’s also suppose to have orange, but I didn’t get too much orange from my first cup.
Overall it was still pretty good, not being what I was expecting. Those that don’t like a tart cranberry would love this one.
It’ll be nice to bring this to Thanksgiving dinner, everyone should love it.
The last of my 8 samples of Harney’s sachets. Second ever rooibos tea. It’s nice enough, but not sure if rooibos is my cuppa tea (pun intended). The chai flavouring is not overpowering (good) and goes well with the rooibos. The same medicinal compound is in this tea that I noticed with my first rooibos, must be a characteristic of this type of ‘tea’ leaf.
Edited to add:
Pretty sure there’s clove oil in this. I’m left with a slight numbing sensation in my mouth & throat. Similar to when I used clove oil for toothache 3 weeks ago. Not really a fan of voluntarily ingesting the stuff in a tea! Full strength clove oil is neurotoxic. I know because I did my research. Drink at your own risk I’d say.
Flavors: Clove, Medicinal, Rooibos
Smells like vanilla and cream, tastes like vanilla and cream, with a touch of peachy Ceylon crispness to let you know it’s really tea. I was impressed with Harney’s decaf Ceylon before, and this is along the same lines. Not very strong or resteepable, but good for a cool evening at home when you’ve already had enough caffeine for the day.
Things are pretty crazy around here—I’m finishing up my PhD, so if I drop off the face of the earth I’m probably just working madly. All tea is appreciated at a time like this!
I won’t rate this as I don’t think I let it steep long enough. (2:45min). Scent when dry is fruity but not in an overpowering way, quite delicate, maybe a slight floral note as well. It’s probably my first oolong other than a quick taste of ginseng oolong at a tea shop last weekend. I only have 1 sample (can resteep as it’s meant to be for 2 cups). The taste was just too delicate/weak the way I made it. Half teaspoon of brown sugar didn’t help it along. Ah well. I’d like to be able to buy larger samples of tea without having to buy tins or 100g bags of tea. That way I can experiment a bit before reviewing.
Flavors: Floral, Fruity
Another exotic Harney & Sons tea. Delicious scent, fruity, tropical. Only had one sample and would like to give it another go, maybe try it with brown sugar. I added a dash of almond/coconut milk after half drinking it without milk. Also want to try it iced.
I’m certainly starting to learn what’s a good brand, and where my preferences lie. This tea is fruity without being a fruit-only tea, it’s not black nor green but a combination of all of these, which I like.
Flavors: Fruity, Guava
Wonderful scent, I love jasmine flowers. This is one tea that actually tastes the same as the scent of the dry tea. This is probably the best jasmine tea I have had, very authentic. It’s one of the few kinds of tea that I like unsweetened so it’s a virtually calorie free indulgence.
Flowery, aromatic tea without being overpowering or too perfume-y. I wonder how many more cups I can get from resteeping the unfurled pearls. I may buy a larger quantity of this tea after my initial sample.
Flavors: Floral, Jasmine
Delicately flavoured tea, my first ever white. The initial scent of the dry tea is hard to describe… To me it was reminiscent of some type of alcoholic liqueur, and upon trying to figure it out I was suddenly taken back to a lolly store of my childhood, then a kind of vanilla as well but not the scent I would normally associate with vanilla. Maybe it’s vanilla bean, not the imitation vanilla essence you use in cakes.
Only steeped it for 3 mins as per recommendations on here not to oversteep it. Very subtle taste and can notice both the vanilla and the grapefruit follows it. Flat tsp of sugar to sweeten. I made it again and steeped for 5 min this time and no milk. Only difference is the grapefruit is now stronger.
This tea is pleasant enough even with the grapefruit but wouldn’t buy a box of it.
Flavors: Alcohol, Grapefruit, Vanilla
Spectacular. Complex mix of scents, including currants, vanilla, chocolate, orange, caramel. This would make a great gift, it really is something special. If all Harney & Sons teas are as good as this, I will be in heaven. Very pleasant tasting, a delight for the taste buds. Will definitely have to buy a pack of this to savour.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Fruity, Orange, Raisins, Vanilla
I can’t find my last tasting note on this. I remember it was a cold brew though, and just going off the impression I’m feeling now I remember it being a little underwhelming but with potential. I rated it 73, but right now my memory of that cold brew is not deserving of a 73 – maybe more a 65?
I switched things up though for this one: I steeped the last tbsp. or so I had left and made it into simple syrup which I then chilled and later floated, a few days later
Christ, I wrote “years” later first… “Aged syrup” anyone? in some club soda. Now this? Caribe Tea Soda? That’s worthy of a 73, or higher. It was SO freaking good!
Basically it was this super, super sweet and juicy guava flavour with ripe strawberry notes floating right underneath which just slightly outlasted the guava. So, you started the sip with a punch of guava and then ended it with a smooth strawberry flavour. And those two fruits/flavours just lend themselves wonderfully to carbonation. It actually felt like the kinda of thing that could actually be a soda in production. Buy a bottle of “Caribe Soda”: real fruit, real tea, real bubbles!. Get on that shit Mr. Harney! We’ll work out a reasonable deal; I’ll take a 5% royalty for the idea being my brainchild. That’s fair right?
So, gonna actually boost my rating a little more. And now this is a tea that’s on my radar for being reordered; since last night I’ve been craving Caribe soda all morning here at my little Kiosk…
Thanks VariaTEA for this Harney sample which I would not have thought to ask for otherwise, despite my general approval of all the things in this one. I started by cold brewing it, but you gave me enough of this that I’ll be able to try it several ways!
- HOLY CALZONE DOES THIS SMELL STRONNGGGG
- Like, it’s in three layers of zip bags now and STILL spreading guava smell
- Taste wise; the guava is surprisingly muter compared to the smell
- Still strong and juicy though
- I don’t think I like the black base as much as other guavaXbase pairings
- ’Bout 50/50 base and guava with something “extra”
- Floral? Is that the extra?
- The black was very bold and brisk, though
Right now my mind isn’t made up on this blend – but I’m excited to keep exploring! Also, I’m still waiting for trick or treaters – right now I’ve only had the neighbor’s kids come to the door. Sooo..
Hurray up! ‘Cause I’m dying of Antici…
I’ve been drinking a lot of pu-erh lately, which is fun, but I feel as though all of my non-pu-erh teas are rushing into old age. So, I’m taking a break to try to drink down some of my other teas (all 18 pounds). Yes, it’s going to take a while. I hoped this would be a sipdown, but I have enough for two pots, so it’s a half-sipdown?
On to the tea: I’ve enjoyed this one in the past, though I’m not usually a fan of Ceylon teas. The aroma and taste are good, with a woody flavor and hints of fruit beneath. Astringent without being bitter. It’s like a classic breakfast tea, but with all the flavors just a bit brighter.
I am off for three weeks in Europe! I didn’t pack any tea, so I guess that just means I will have to buy tea there (as if I wasn’t going to!). Brussels, Berlin, and Prague here I come.
But I am currently stuck for 4 hrs in an airport. I did find this in one of the shops, so I grabbed one. I have never tried Harney’s bottle teas, but I love their black currant loose leaf, so I figured I would give it a shot. It’s a reasonably good option if you are stuck without your own tea. It’s slightly sweetened but not overly so, with nice flavor. It also has that tartness that all bottled teas seem to have from the ascorbic/citric acid they put in them. I actually think I expected it to be sweeter since so many bottle teas are, but once my expectations were adjusted I definitely enjoyed it.
I can’t believe I haven’t written about this tea yet. I’m dipping into my second tin now, thanks to Kaliska.
This is my favorite Earl Grey to ice. Something about the crisp darjeeling is perfect for it. Though the bergamot is still very, very strong, you can taste some of that foresty flavor coming through. It’s not as heavy as the black base Harney & Sons uses for their more famous EGs. It’s a lovely combination of fresh wood, bergamot, and citrus notes. I can’t really say that the muscatel flavor comes through, though. There’s just too much other stuff going on.
Today, I’m having it with a pinch of Harney’s French Super-Blue Lavender. A pinch is really all you need. That stuff is seriously potent, but I find it soothing. Yum.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus Zest, Green Wood
So I asked for some teas from the Harney & Sons print catalogue for my birthday, since grandparents are old, have a hard time getting out of the house, and really only order things from print catalogs. Among other things, I asked for a black tea sampler that had this and three other teas.
Well, I got everything I asked for. Plus a POUND of this. I have no idea how I wound up with a POUND, but I’m not about to complain.
Fortunately, I like this tea. Small, thin black leaves and a warm dry leaf smell. The scent of the liquor itself is roastier, with some barky/mossy notes. The taste I got, which matches the scent, is a little on the bright side without being astringent or citrus-y. It’s a very pleasant tea, it reminds me a bit of a bailin gongfu. I love the barkiness as I swallow.
I would put it higher than a 78, which was its Steepster score at the time I wrote this. I don’t think the flavor is quite full enough to put it in the 90’s – may need a few more leaves – but it’s very enjoyable. I could easily see this becoming a staple tea. Especially since I have a pound of it.
Also! I’m about to start a tea blog! I’ll post the link for it once I’ve got it set up, but I plan to write a tea blog that’s a resource to beginning, casual, or just generally inexperienced loose-leaf tea drinkers who wish to broaden their horizons. There’s definitely going to be a little of “learning alongside my readers,” but I’ve wanted to start a tea blog for some time… and now that creating a blog is one of the long-term projects for my Writing in Digital Media class (I’m going for my Master’s in Professional Writing), what better opportunity?