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I’m uh. Glad I didn’t read the reviews before drinking this or I probably would have been scared off.
I actually really like it.
It tastes like honeysuckle with extra honey. Very delicate, sweet and floral.
I didn’t get any of the weird smell either. To me, it smells a bit like a less potent chamomile.
Probably better suited for a before-bed affair, but it’s working as a soft cup to relax into this afternoon as well.
This is one of those perfectly respectable but also perfectly un-noteworthy teas. I got a small sample of it from H&S — I wanted to get samples of ALL their orange pekoes and have a steep-off but strangely only a few were available in that size? — and though I’m happy to polish it off, I feel no need to order a tin.
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Flavors: Spinach, Vegetal
Upset tummy… dizzy… Not a great way to start my work week. I have nothing to be anxious about, so I don’t know why I am.
Ginger to the rescue! I used too much water this time, but nonetheless, I’m hoping that if I sip it, I will feel better.
Ginger is my favorite tisane because it takes on a brothlike mouthfeel, and it warms my throat, chest, and stomach as it works its way down. The black pepper and lemon peel are nice additions, too.
The large chunks of ginger inside the silk sachet are aesthetically pleasing, and then once it’s sat in the hot water for a good long time, it’s almost brothlike both in consistency and in how it made me feel after I drank it.
Ginger is a magical herb. It tastes good, but it also helps with sickness, both physical and spiritual. It’s helping me fight winter depression tremendously. This particular blend is extremely high-quality, with just the perfect twinge of lemon to neutralize the spicy edge. Warms the body and the soul.
Thank you for this wonderful experience, H & S!!
Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Lemon, Spicy
I really kind of dig this one.
Don’t be afraid to let this one steep for a while. The black base is awesomely mild and doesn’t mind a little extra time in the water.
I’m getting a lot more of the chocolate this time. I think it’s because I let it sit longer. But the mint is definitely the stronger of the two flavor components. Nothing wrong with that! Mint is lovely and good for lots of things.
Soothing, flavorful, dessertlike.
This one smells heavenly! I’m drinking it instead of coffee this morning because I need less caffeine and more comfort.
I get earth, snappy peppermint, and chocolate from the dry leaf smell and the steeped liquor smell. I can tell already that this is a very well-balanced blend.
Sipping… I taste mostly mint, with the chocolate kind of winding up in the undertones. I bet if I added milk and a bit of sugar next time, it would punch the chocolate up a bit more.
Still a highly enjoyable cup!
Flavors: Chocolate, Mint
Umm….what did I do wrong? This was so not delicious to me. I think I steeped it correctly, but I had it at work and might not have been paying as close of attention as I thought I was. I wasn’t reading the flavor description when I drank this, and all I got was that maybe it was supposed to be some kind of vanilla or almond kind of flavor. I’m really glad Ost sent me two bags of this to try so I can give it another go because I really though I’d like this one. I won’t rate it until it gets a second chance.
Remember about 3 months ago when I was wondering about why Harney & Sons couldn’t make a decent chai? Well, here we go. Rest in peace, Indian Spice, you have been replaced by a spicier newcomer.
The first thing I notice is that the spices have been ground very finely. So much that I feel like I need a coffee filter to steep it. A lot of the cinnamon falls right through the holes of my infuser to the bottom of my mug.
Flavor-wise, this is a pretty standard, no-frills chai. Cardamom is the strongest spice in the bunch, followed by cinnamon and ginger. I added a splash of 1% milk and they hold up well against it. The black tea base is pretty muted by the in-your-face cardamom. Anyway, while it is well-blended and balanced chai, it’s not my favorite. It’s just really… standard.
I received a sachet of this in my H&S order that arrived at my door step today. Thank-you H&S!
Two of my KC friends, and I went in on an order to get free shipping and we hit the 25% off 75 dollar weekend deal last week so it worked out quite nice. Free shipping and 25% off. I will take it. I got the okay from my husband to create a tea drawer and a spice drawer in our kitchen so I ordered a ton of their 4oz black tins. 75 cents for uniform tins. Heck yeah baby!
This isn’t bad. It is not run to the store and buy more good either. Since restricting caffeine I am still experimenting with the collection of rooibos I have. If I can’t find other wonderful rooibos chai I might come back to this one, but something tells me there are others that will suit me more. It is a weaker chai. The rooibos in this cup takes more of the center stage than the spices, but the spices don’t over power so much that it makes my stomach upset, which is a good thing these days. Not bad, not great. A good evening cup to settle down with my next book…. Wool anyone?
Overboard TTB #4
This got better as it cooled… brewed at 212 there wasn’t much flavor… but as the tea cooled the malt and honey characteristics started to shine through. Not something that I would rush out to buy, the flavor profile just doesn’t stand out to me as something special… nice but not a favorite
I should never drink a tea like this on an empty stomach, but luckily I only drank a few sips while I was cooking breakfast. Not much to say about it, I drank it straight with breakfast, & I suspect a little sweetening would have bought out the flavors more, but I don’t generally like to sweeten my breakfast tea. Still, nice to sample it, & thanks go to Tea Fairy for the opportunity, & I believe it is the final tea in my box from her. It was an awesome trade! That’s one more sip down, bringing me from a record breaking 492 all the way down to 398! Onward through the fog :)
Overboard TTB #3
I’m not getting much of anything from this tea… definitely no chocolate and only a hint of mint which I don’t so much taste when I’m drinking the tea but more so as a slight minty tingly sensation in my throat afterwards… Not going to rate as I’m thinking this tea could be a little on the older side which has reduced the flavor and is skewing my experience.
The sachets of this tea where so strongly scented that it put me off trying it for a few days, worrying me that I would have a similar experience as Chinese Flower, but instead of a hot fruit cup, a hot lemon peel! The brewing tea was much better smelling, sweeter and less citrus-y, though I again can detect the white tea, which I guess I am just not in the mood for lately (unless it is paired with jasmine!). Unfortunately the cup needed some sugar to bring that sweetness back out of the tea, it was a little pucker-worthy until I sweetened it. The citrus backed off quite a bit, but I found it overall to be a decently balanced tea. Perhaps I’m just used to non-white Earl Greys, but this cup just didn’t quite pack enough punch. I will most likely be sticking to my sweeter, citrus blossom earl greys in the future.
I will try this again in the future at a lower temp and lower steep time. So far all of my harney & sons samples have been waaay too flavorful for me, steeping less and at lower temp may help me appreciate them more.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus Zest, Lemon Zest, Oak wood
I drank this tea today on my lunch break. I normally steep the tea bags 2-3×. The tea is fragrant, but the additional flavors don’t mask the flavor of the white tea. There is golden fluff that clings to the sachet strings and appears inside of the sachets. It smells good, but I haven’t figured out what it is yet.
Flavors: Floral, Rose, Vanilla, Vegetal