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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
198 tasting notes

Thanks to the Overboard TTB that I’m getting to taste this one.

I hardly ever get to taste any H&S teas, although not that many really catch my attention, I did really like the Christmas tea I got this year. Anyways, I figured that the name was a play on the work Carribean. Guava is a eastern tropical fruit though, so maybe the theme was just ‘tropical’.

There were no brewing directions on the sachet (and I was too lazy to look them up), so I brewed the sachet in a mug 175*F for 4 minute, the low temp because it’s a green/black blend, and that’s what my zojirushi is set to. This didn’t taste much like anything really and the smell was just OK. Eh. I guess it could do in a pinch, it didn’t taste bad, but I literally can’t remember much about it at all, and I drank it less than a half hr ago. I would finish the mug, but I wouldn’t buy it, I won’t even bother rebrewing the bag.

The Cookie Lady

I find I prefer this one cold-brewed. The fruit flavors seem to come out more that way.

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I’ve been drinking Teavana’s Golden Monkey for years, so I recently decided to try some other brands. This was the first on the list.

The color is a medium brown. “Nutty” best describes the scent and flavor. There’s a little bit of “malty” in there, too. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any chocolate or honey, which I was expecting. This tea is neither light nor bold, it’s right down the middle.

This tea is not nearly as bold as Teavana’s, and frankly I enjoy a nice, bold black tea. I tried steeping more tea, hotter, and longer, but couldn’t match the bold flavorfulness of Teavana’s. I still recommend this tea, but I will personally be sticking with Teavana’s version.

Flavors: Nutty

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is an excellent oolong. Very floral scent, with a hint of sweetness. The flavor is very smooth and buttery, but oddly lacks the floral qualities of the scent.

A satisfying tea to enjoy on its own, or paired with a good book or conversation. I would have rated it a bit higher if the floral scent carried over to the taste.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
646 tasting notes

backlog

Had this earlier in the week! Great tea. A nice mix of chocolate and peppermint :) Reminded me a bit of the Jack Frost blend from Adagio (Cara McGee), but this was a bit more robust with the chocolate, and less cream.
Great tea! But sad that I kinda left it in my timolino for so long and now it smells like this tea :(

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drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
483 tasting notes

This is another sample from the swap with Zack. Thank you!

I wasn’t expecting much out of this one, but this is why I keep trying teas. You find little gems you would have never thought you would have liked. When I opened the pouch the smell to me was very off putting, but when steeped this turned into a really good cup and I could see this being the perfect iced tea in the summer. It has a good black base mixed with a great flavor of apricot. In my cup the scent from the bag is not overpowering the drink, but blends well with the base to create a true to apricot flavor that is just perfect.

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drank Big Red Sun by Harney & Sons
483 tasting notes

This is another sample from the swap with Zach. Thanks!

Yum! I ordered a tin of the sachets of the HT English Breakfast. If I would have known about this loose leaf before I ordered I think I would have just gotten a tin of this. This is a nice breakfast blend! It brews up very dark in color, almost to the point of scary me into not drinking it. It is a robust flavor with hints of bitterness, but just the right kind. It is still smooth, and slightly fruity. This tea would take milk really well if you are into that sorta thing. This will go on the wish list. Now if I only had enough to do a comparison with the HT English Breakfast, or is it the same tea different name? Reading the descriptions they are pretty much similar. Does anyone know?

donkeytiara

I DO know the answer to this….but I have to think… I know that there were 2 teas that were the same but just labeled differently… I thought it was either HT and Big Red Sun OR Big Red Sun and Safari Breakfast?? Now I’m confusing myself. If you call them, they’ll tell you. That’s what I did….

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
315 tasting notes

Not bad, but just not something that really makes me happy. I think there is too much peppermint. It was overshadowing the chocolate for me. Gave the rest of the tin to a friend after trying a few cups.

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Yesterday, my Japanese party was canceled on account of the snow. (Not that much, but more than we were expecting.) When I got home, I had this with miso soup and roasted seaweed snacks. It smells nicely green, with some scent of rice cakes/ popcorn. There is a light toasty flavour, with a hint of seaweed. Thanks to cookies for the sample.

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This seems to be my winter tea. Had a cup of this one with my breakfast yesterday. There a is a nice nutty scent. The flavor is the usual roasty nut and grain. It is a bit lighter than the last one I had, but good for cold mornings. Thanks to cookies for this sample.

Flavors: Grain, Nutty, Roast nuts

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Overboard TTB #13

I got a HUGE dried blueberry in my scoop of this tea which got me super excited… unfortunately once brewed it smells exactly like sweet nerds candy to me which is a little off putting… taste wise its a little chemically and although I get a significant fruit flavor I wouldn’t necessarily say that it was blueberry… or maybe I would but I would say its chemical blueberry.. Afraid this wasn’t a win for me at all… my search for the perfect blueberry tea continues…

rosebudmelissa

Have you had Adagio’s Green Rooibos Blueberry? That’s the best one I’ve found so far.

beelicious

I haven’t, I’ll have to get my hands on some… Thanks for the suggestion! :)

Mikumofu

Have you tried Cassis & Blueberry from Lupicia?

beelicious

You know what… I’ve actually got a tea bag of the cassis & blueberry lying around here somewhere from my Lupicia Happy Bag… I’ll have to find it today and give it a try… Thanks!!

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drank Amba Ceylon by Harney & Sons
7 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Yellow and Blue by Harney & Sons
33 tasting notes

This is pleasant. I haven’t had a good chamomile in awhile, so I picked this up with my last Amazon order. It’s very, very chamomile and not a lot of lavender, but that’s fine by me.

Flavors: Flowers, Lavender

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Yellow and Blue by Harney & Sons
33 tasting notes

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It’s bright and grassy.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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drank Ali San by Harney & Sons
14 tasting notes

I wasn’t very excited about this tea the first time I had it. It wasn’t very complex or interesting. I am going to give it another try.

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drank Ti Quan Yin by Harney & Sons
14 tasting notes

This was my favorite oolong out the three oolong samples I recently ordered from Harney & Sons. When I brewed it gong fu it had a floral flavor like lilacs. It holds up well through six steeps. It makes me think of spring

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I like this tea, although it’s kind of light. It holds up well to being thrown in a tumbler and being resteeped throughout the day. Creamy and kind of floral. The leaves are very pretty when they unfurl.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral

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drank Tilleul by Harney & Sons
38 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

This is the last of my sample. While I’ve had better OPs, this is the best one I’ve found from H&S — it gets solid marks for being a robust, faithful interpretation of the OP genre. Not extraordinary, but good.

Teatotaler

A faithful tea indeed. Always hits the spot with me.

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85

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

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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