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I had a cup of this while waiting for someone I collaborated with on a styling shoot. I’m slowly starting to realize that maybe tarter teas are not my thing. I didn’t mind this oolong, but I wouldn’t try it again.
In theory Pomegranate sounds like it would be wonderful flavor, but upon opening the packet I found myself not liking the scent at all. It smelled like cough syrup. Thankfully it steeped much better than the scent, although it continued to be overwhelming. I honestly think it would have been much better iced, but considering it’s been under 30 degrees (in Texas!) I won’t be trying that anytime soon.
I had a
cup giant mug of this with just milk in it today. I still really like the Harney and Sons chocolate flavour. It’s not as good as teas that just have cocoa nibs and shells in them, but it’s still the best flavouring I’ve had.
With a little sugar it turns into a super sweet milk chocolatey tea, but with just milk it was dark chocolate goodness. Yum!
Tea #3 from Another TTB
I was really underwhelmed by this tea. After the yummy cinnamon spice tea from H&S, I thought that the addition of orange to a cinnamon and clove blend could only make it better! Apparently not. It sort of smells like a pomander, but the aroma doesn’t pop and say “hey, it’s the holidays!” It’s just sort of there, hanging out in a shady corner saying,
" ’sup." I hardly detect any orange in the flavor, which is unusual b/c orange usually stands out. The flavor as a whole is murky and even less exciting than the smell. Oh well.
Harsha leaves one wondering. Wondering if the bliss you feel comes from the tea you just drank. Quality tea for me is the good clear uplifting feeling I get after drinking it. Harsha lives up to its name, Bliss. Bliss because its such a bargain, bliss because its not to strong, bliss because of its beautiful liquor. This is not experience tea for me, like a pure darjeeling, its an everyday tea, thats close enough to an experience. More than a nice in between tea. Harsha lives up to its name for me. Malty Assam, cut with astringent 2nd flush darjeeling, the normal darjeeling taste wasn’t there, but the champagne buzz was, and thats Harsha!
There is one scoop of this left in my tin. One! How did we get to this point! Argh!
Despite all my big talk about seasonality, I feel like I might get some more Boston in the black friday sales, I love it so much. This is just such a lovely tea. Almond, cranberry, and just the taste of fall.
I don’t have a ton of time to write a tasting note, but I’d just like to say that third time’s the charm. I tend to brew by the sound the kettle makes rather than time or temperature, so I can’t give exact specifications, only that I let it be under boiling temperature and steeped for about 4 – 5 minutes. And I’m eating it with cereal, which probably helps. It certainly feels seasonally appropriate today – it’s snowed and very wintry gray outside!
Oooh, I am so making this pumpkin spice loaf again soon. Its so good! And so easy too. Thats the best kind of good. I had a cup of this along with an extra slice of loaf for dessert. Yum. But this tea pairs really well with all sorts of thing, doesnt it?
I have been hoarding Florence but this morning I allowed myself a cup. I have exactly one cups’s worth left in the tin and am really hoping Black Friday deals will allow me to get some more. I’ve been in a holding pattern with teas recently.
Anyway, something interesting happened this morning. After not having had Florence for a good month or more, and having other teas in the meantime, well, it is not as good as I remember. Total shocker. For a brief moment I even thought to myself maybe I won’t get more. But then the Florence fan inside me screamed and I perished the thought. Yes, I will get more, but just for the record, me thinks the honeymoon is over.
Attempt #2. Per JustJames’s advice, I let this cool a bit before I steeped it. I think it helped. It’s still a little underwhelming in flavor, but there’s more cinnamon. Yay.
Harney & Sons Blind Date #2.
I was fairly unimpressed by the smell. It’s just “pumpkin” enough to call it pumpkin and that’s about it. As far as the flavor goes, I’m really getting more of the rooibos than anything. If I hadn’t been expecting pumpkin, I would have a higher opinion of this. It’s really a rooibos with a subtle autumnal flavoring, if you ask me.
I’m seeing people suggesting trying this with mulling spices. You’re giving me ideas!!! And I DO have 29 more sachets of this stuff!
…Hey! I now have rooibos in sachet form! So I don’t have to fiddle with cleaning up all the stupid little rooibos loose leaves that are so damn hard to get out of infuser baskets! JOY TO THE WORLD! … OK wrong season but still.
To be perfectly honest, I’m kind of in the mood for flavored teas in sachets now. I just like having something that I can enjoy without having to… overthink it. Heat the water, drop the sachet, sip, smile, don’t lament missing out on all the weird little nuances that everyone else is getting. And I’ve heard many good things about Harney & Sons, flavored and non-flavored. Recommendations?
This is my first venture with Harney & Sons! I got a buy-one-get-one coupon for the H&S tins at Barnes & Noble, so after taking myself to the movies today, I made a little stop on the way home.
This was an absolute blind date. I hadn’t read any reviews on this tea, didn’t have a sample to smell/taste, had no idea what I was getting into. When I opened the tin, I went, “Oh.” I wasn’t expecting sachets. But they’re the good kind of sachets, so that’s OK. And the tea smells AMAZING, the cinnamon and clove really stand out. Not to mention it’s striking in appearance; black tea leaves with fiery red flecks.
I actually kind of like that they’re sachets; it’s a relief not to have to deal with the infuser, pouring out the right amount, pouring the water into the pot and letting it steep then pouring it out. I can just drop the little sachet right into the cup and boom! I can let it steep while I practice two-chord jams on my bass (can I just say, Eb minor is a REALLY pretty key?) OMG the aroma of this tea is to DIE for. It’s a warmer, more cinnamon-y version of the dry leaf aroma. The taste, on the other hand, is slightly less impressive. There’s a lot more spicy, a lot less cinnamon, and a bit of just… “I am drinking a hot liquid that has a flavor and there is an aftertaste.” I’m just going to inhale every time I sip.
Argh! It smells SO FREAKING GOOD and it looks so pretty, and then it just falls short of all expectations! Honestly, I’m going to have to give it at least another couple of gos for the smell alone. If nothing else, it’s a nice easy cup of tea that smells like the Ghost of a Christmas Past That Never Was. Or something like that.
Thanks OMGsrsly for sending me a couple of sachets.
I’m not doing well with this one. In my world pomegranate oolong sounds wonderful, key word there being “sounds”. In reality this doesn’t work for my tastes. Tart, bitter, vegetal, weird fruit – that’s my impression.
I probably would have bought some of this when/if I ever get around to a H&S order. OMGsrsly, if nothing else you saved me some money – thank you.
Backlog: I had this last night and wanted to note it because I’ve had trouble with this tea. It’s fallen flat a few times, and other times it’s just wonderful. I guess I really need to be careful to use 1 bag for 8 oz, and not under leaf it. It’s also much creamier with a little bit of milk.
I’m enjoying a nice quiet morning with a large cup of this tea, after a very hectic week at work, and running my first 10K yesterday. What a week! And today, we are heading up for an early T- day / my birthday at my parent’s place. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed silence so much! Haha! This tea is delicious, but still probably the only one I really enjoy from Harney’s. I’m looking forward to only a 3-day work week this week. Yay for the holidays!
I got this tea as a gift. Being away from my normal tea accoutrements this bag tea had to do. Nice malty breakfast tea. Lower grade Assam in a fancy silk bag that does the trick but not to exciting if your used to loose leaf. Nice tea.
I’m writing my Thanksgiving cards tonight. (Yes, I’m the sort of person who likes to send cards for everything, hence Thanksgiving cards), and sipping on this tonight. I baked a very nice pumpkin spice cake, which turned out well, and a slice of it with this cake is very nice indeed.
Having remembered to pick up milk today, the second bag of Vanilla Comoro was calling my name and asking to be made into a latte. Honestly, just a touch of milk and this becomes a whole different drink. The taste finally reflects its delicious vanilla frosting-esque smell. It is creamy and sweet and velvety smooth. AMAZING! Thank you Cavocorax! Alas, this cup means I have used up both bags, making this a sipdown and me sad to see it go.
I decided to move to caffeine free hot drinks for the rest of the evening. I’ve had a lot of tea today. :)
I do like this one. I wouldn’t call it pumpkin, but it’s cinnamon and other spices, and rooibos. The rooibos is almost drowned out by the cinnamon, which is awesome. I like it with a little honey or brown sugar to bring out the spices more.
If I see this on a shelf, I’ll probably pick up a tin. It’s a nice evening tea, it’s easy because of the bag (no picking rooibos out of my strainers), and it holds milk and honey or sugar pretty well.
I got this as a sample in a trade with someone, but it has been tucked away for a while and I have forgotten who gave it to me. Thank you who ever you are!
I steeped this for four minutes in boiling water and think that over did it. The first sip was really smooth and vanilla-y, but a few sips into it and it started tasting bitter. If I take a break and come back to it, the first sip is fine and additional sips are bitter. Strange. I’ll have to try it again sometime and adjust my brewing technique.
Cavocorax sent this my way and it is definitely a tasty treat to sip on while I procrastinate and watch Supernatural.
When I first took a sip, I recalled there was caramel and vanilla and was sorta confused as there was a different taste in there that was neither caramel or vanilla and it did not taste like tea. It was not a bad taste, just confusing. Then I looked at the ingredients and realized I was picking up some of the citrus from the bergamot. That is the flavor that I am finding most noticeable but it manages to stay away from Earl Grey territory (not that I mind Earl Grey) because it blends with the vanilla and caramel notes to have a different flavor profile. It is lemon-y, and vanilla-y sweet with a nice touch of caramel flavoring. I do wish there could be a bit more vanilla and caramel for a sweeter/less citrus-y tea but I suppose that could be corrected by anyone willing to add sweetener to their cup. All in all, a very delicious cup of tea :) Thanks again Cavocorax!
I confess, I am not much one for breakfast blends, but I must admit that this was very nice. Even the teas I dont like from H&S, I can tell are good teas.
This is the second time I’ve tried this tea. I used two teaspoons of tea in a large (3") tea ball and made it in a large (12oz+) mug. I really enjoyed this cup. The flavor was smooth and reminded me very much of the tea I used to get at the Chinese restaurants I visited as a child (before quickie joints became the norm). I was pleasantly surprised by this tea.
I re-steeped the leaves for 7 minutes and the second cup was a bit lighter than the first but no less flavorful. I’m not sure if I’m using the “correct” method for making oolong teas but at least I’m enjoying them.