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I have to admit I know little about the differences in flavor between various tea varieties and blends. I grew up drinking good ol’ Lipton or Tetley tea bags. I’m slowly learning to differentiate but I’m still quite the newbie in this area.
Having said that, I really like this tea. There is a familiar flavor to it (which I’m going to guess is the Assam because I’m a big fan of Irish Breakfast tea and I’m pretty sure Assam is a key ingredient). It has a slightly malty flavor but it’s not overpowering. If anything the flavors in this tea seems to blend together well with no one taking precedence. I found it to be smooth, mellow and well-blended. With a touch of sweetener and splash of half & half it’s a great cuppa to start the day.
I do not like the smell of this tea, but the taste is good. A little bit of a pumpkin-y aftertaste. While I was drinking it, I did enjoy it and I must say I do enjoy Rooibos. I agree with some other reviews, that it is like an autumn-y flavored Rooibos. Good for relaxing on a fall night before bed. :) I added a splash of non-fat milk and a little sugar.
Again, it is alright, not my favorite scent and I’m not pumpkin obsessed like everyone else in America (although I keep trying again and again to love it) but it was enjoyable.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Pumpkin, Rooibos
I really enjoy this tea however I agree with some of the other postings about how the additives (popcorn/rice) almost overpowers the green leafs. I would purchase this at a cafe hands down but if I was going to purchase bulk I would probably look for another brand that has a stronger green tea flavor.
Flavors: Popcorn, Toasted Rice
Dunno, as hibiscus teas go, I think Passion by Tazo has my heart.
I tried to get my Mom to try some. We were celebrating her birthday early (It’s on Tuesday). She didn’t like it. Oh well. She liked the cake!
This is another Harney & Sons tea I’ve been wanting to try for a while. So thank you to Blodeuyn for including a sample in our swap! I have the sachet version, and the contents basically look like crushed up white tea leaves. Dry scent is sweet vanilla with a touch of spice. I actually had to make this twice… The first time I steeped it for 4 minutes and it was super bitter, ick. The second time I did a 3 minute steep instead of 4.
The brewed aroma has a lot of vanilla with some mild spicing along with the hay and grain qualities of white tea. Honestly, I’m finding this tea really odd… There is some vanilla in the flavor along with the generic hay of the white tea, but the cardamom is horrible. It makes this taste very heavily of menthol or eucalyptus, and it’s basically undrinkable for me. It’s sad, I think this would make a very tasty tea if they were to do cinnamon, cloves, or nutmeg instead of the super strong cardamom. :(
Flavors: Bitter, Eucalyptus, Grain, Hay, Menthol, Vanilla
This is one of the Harney & Sons teas I’ve been wanting to try for a while, and Blodeuyn was nice enough to send me a sample! The promise of apricot, plum, and cherry just sounds divine. The tea itself is just generic very small black tea leaves and flavoring – no chunks of anything. Dry scent is very sweet and fruity with a nice tart, juicy element. Yum! I stepped it for 4 minutes at 200 degrees.
The brewed tea has that same sweet but somewhat tart fruity aroma. Aw, there isn’t enough fruit flavor in the taste for me. I get a bit of vanilla, but mostly just the generic malty base tea. There’s a little fruitiness here, and I would call it mostly plum, but I was really hoping for more! I guess this tea is a bit too subtly flavored for me. :(
Flavors: Fruity, Malt, Plums, Vanilla
From Pass the Stash v2.0
The vanilla in this is very strong.
Mostly I was drawn to this because of the name. I wonder if anyone has a scent memory of the city that is like this? In my mind it would be flowers, cigarette smoke, water, and perfume. Of course I’ve never been there- that’s just the idea I get from french classes at school.
I was away from my computer when I brewed this up. All I wrote down was ‘vanilla, soft, black’.
I will admit, I have yet to find my Indian tea. I have been trying for the last couple weeks to find some Indian tea that I really like but have fallen short multiple times. However, with that being said, this tea is pretty good!
Most Indian tea is simply too bitter for me but this tea is mixed with caramel and lemon which makes it more enjoyable. I do understand that George Orwell would beg to differ and most likely find this tea offensive because it isn’t as pure a plain Darjeeling but I enjoy it.
This tea is smooth, full, malty and becomes more sweet with additional steeps. I would recommend not going over two steeps.
Flavors: Caramel, Lemon, Malt, Smooth
This lovely sample came from my swap with Blodeuyn! I’ve been wanting to try this tea for a while now, because I like white tea a lot and lemon-vanilla white tea… well that just sounds awesome. My sample is in sachet form. The white tea leaves are very broken up, and there are a few little pieces of rose petals mixed in. Dry scent is lovely sweet lemon and vanilla swirl. I steeped one sachet for 3 minutes at 185 degrees.
Once the tea is brewed, I actually get quite a bit of cucumber from the aroma. And it goes very well with the mild lemon and sweet vanilla scents. Wow, I get a ton of cucumber in the taste too! And it’s very tasty. It melds beautifully with that mild, sweet lemon-vanilla pudding swirl flavor. The white tea itself lends a creaminess and a grain flavor that makes this even more like a pudding. Vanilla-lemon-cucumber pudding tea! :D
Flavors: Candy, Creamy, Cucumber, Custard, Lemon, Oats, Vanilla
I definitely should have looked at reviews before I tried this one. I think I grabbed a sachet of it out of Pass the TTB 2.
I gave it 2 good sips before I poured it out. I couldn’t get beyond the thick syrupy flavor I got out of it. I’m sorry to say this is probably the worst tea I’ve ever had. Bleh.
Thank you Ost for the sale! I hope it was you that sent me this tea, since my e-mail draft that I saved all the teas I didn’t try yet was lost. I’ll have to work on that at some point. I’ve never had a yellow tea before!
The dry leaves are wirey and actually do seem yellow in color when they aren’t darker…. kind of like a Yunnan tea. They are also the hairy type leaf. I had NO idea how to steep a yellow tea so I went with two vastly different steeps:
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 20 min after boiling // 2-3 min
The taste much like the dry leaf fragrance is LEMON. Also fits the yellow name! The color of the cup is also yellow. A yellow tea in all aspects! There is also a floral hint. I’m surprised by the lemon of it though, it’s like a sugary dessert lemon and the dry leaves smelled very sweet as well. It reminds me of a bai mu dan but the leaves are VERY different between the two teas. The fuzziness of the leaves is drying out my mouth though. Otherwise, I’m very happy with this one.
Steep #2 // 10 min after boiling // 3 min
This one is much less lemon. I think the first cup had a lot more character. This one actually tastes like a tea I’ve never tried before. It’s different but I can’t say why. It’s very sweet, certainly not oversteeped unless it would have had more of that lemon flavor otherwise. There is a creaminess while still having a crisp freshness, again like a quality bai mu dan. I’ll enjoy the rest of the tin of this one!
Got this one a month or so ago…whenever I was getting over my last cold. I tried it then and didn’t taste much but sourness. Finally giving it a decent chance.
I can taste the vanilla in this one now! XD Totally missed that last time.
But it’s a lovely peach tea.
Wouldn’t buy it again, the it’s still nice. the 50 bags I have will last long enough, I’m sure! Another good tea from H&S!
Flavors: Peach, Vanilla
I love chai, so consider me totally biased.
This was delicious. It was bold and spicy, but not too spicy. Well, for me, there is no such thing as too spicy. But in this sort of summer but easing into fall weather, I am definitely drinking less cold tea and more hot, and craving the spicier flavors (and scents) for tea and candles. This to me is a perfect medium spice level chai, perfect with a dash of sweetener and almond milk.
I got this as a sample sachet in a recent order. It’s not as bad as David’s Snickerdoodle, but still too much sickly sweet cinnamon. Keep in mind I am definitely prejudiced on this point — I don’t like spice tea — but still, I think H&S, a company notably good at balancing the ingredients in their blends, could have done a better job balancing this one. Like maybe you get a hint of the black tea that’s supposedly in this? If people just wanted to drink cinnamon, they could probably get it from their spice rack.
To all past reviewers who said this was Earl Grey-ish? High five, y’all. Totally on point! This tea has a light, citrusy twist that reminds me of a cup of Earl Grey with a wedge of lemon squeezed haphazardly into it. It’s a delicate, fragrant tea—the scent, when I pop open the tin, is kind of Nestea-ish, or like Bath & Body Works’ London Calling candle—and I’ve learned that a short steep is the way to go. Still, there IS a dryness to this tea, no matter how you leaf / brew. The aftertaste makes me think I just sucked on some fresh lemon peels: really mouth puckering, but fresh and pleasant, all the same.
Oh Paris I’ve missed you! I wish Harney & Sons didn’t use artificial flavorings I can’t taste them I just want them gone. The tea tastes wonderful but I’d prefer all natural. This is my second cup of black tea for the day which is rare but I wanted the soothing vanilla scent with the spicy fruit undertones the brisk somewhat malty tea base is helping too. The aroma has more floral and fruit then I’d like but the flavor delivers a lot of vanilla with some plum and cherry and that’s perfect for me. On a whim I put in some maple syrup this time and that makes it the perfect fall treat. I think it will be fall for a few more minutes before the raging hot winds outside start making it hot inside too!
Flavors: Cherry, Plums, Vanilla