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79
drank Passion Fruit by Harrods
208 tasting notes

Someone left a box of these teabags in my work kitchen today. I adore passion fruit in all forms, so naturally I grabbed a few for sampling. It’s pretty good! I may have steeped it for ever-so-slightly too long, since I neglected to note when I put the teabag in and then got distracted by an email—this is why I try never to try new teas while at work. Anyway, the passion fruit flavor is a bit fainter than I’d like. The base comes through strongly; I’m never good at ID’ing bases but I think it might be a Ceylon or similar. It reminds me of that Paradise iced tea all restaurants used to serve in the ‘90s—I’ve always liked that stuff, so no problem there. I do think I might enjoy this more iced, though; I often do with fruit-flavored teas, just as a personal preference.

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drank Vanilla Excellence by Harrods
311 tasting notes

T&C TTB 5/23

Thanks bluebelle for sharing this wonderful vanilla tea. I could see the cut up pieces of vanilla bean mixed with the black leaf. I brewed this up expecting it to just be an ordinary vanilla tea but it is not. It tasted nice without milk but with milk, decadent. Like bluebelle said it was like drinking a rich delicious custard.

I searched online on how to get more; I can’t figure it out, makes me love it even more. I just want to drink it all day long
Kat_Maria

Oh, wow, I still have 1-serving-worth of it that I meant to try later (after I’d sent the traveling box). I really gotta remember to do it!

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86

Definitely the best loose leaf Earl Grey in that price range. Not as bitter as some of the bagged Earl Grey options out there, and the bergamot is very subtle, just like it’s supposed to be.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 40 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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85
drank Assam, No. 32 by Harrods
23 tasting notes

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85
drank Assam, No. 32 by Harrods
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85
drank Assam, No. 32 by Harrods
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drank Assam, No. 32 by Harrods
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drank Assam, No. 32 by Harrods
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drank Assam, No. 32 by Harrods
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85
drank Assam, No. 32 by Harrods
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85
drank Assam, No. 32 by Harrods
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95
drank Vanilla Excellence by Harrods
519 tasting notes

Okay, there’s no excuse for me not trying this by now. I bought it in July! And yet the Harrod’s sticker was still across the top of the bag. Sigh.

This is going to sound weird for a vanilla tea, but it smells like a fig newton cookie. It’s slightly fruitier as it starts to brew, but still, fig newton. I’m pretty sure I bought this because it smelled almost alarmingly vanilla-y, too.

Oh, but this is nice. This isn’t the kind of vanilla I was expecting at all. This isn’t sugar-cookie vanilla, but the darker, fruitier tasting stuff usually used in perfumes and rich desserts. Without milk it’s lovely, but when I add milk the flavors intensify even more and it’s almost like drinking custard. Oh my goodness, this is good.

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97

Seriously the best cup of earl grey that I’ve ever had in my life, and perhaps even the best cup of tea period! Had it at a friend’s house when we were having tea, and her boyfriend had brought her a tin from his trip to London. I honestly can’t describe it. The aroma and taste is just aaah so good (as you can see, I’m very eloquent with my words here). I certainly wish these were sold in the USA. Since that day at my friend’s I have been dreaming of another cup. I don’t know when I’ll ever visit London, but when I do, I’m bringing a suitcase of this tea back home with me.

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100

Happy Valentine’s Day! It seemed fitting to drink this today. This is the rosiest tea I’ve ever had, and it ends up tasting somewhere in between perfume and candied rose petals. I think it’s wonderful, but for anyone who likes their rose tea more subtle or doesn’t like perfumey florals it’s probably not the right choice. The taste of this is really comforting to me as I’m watching the snow fall (I wish it wouldn’t, but…).

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100

This is the tea I break out when I’m really having a bad day. Today I had a migraine, so it seemed fitting.

The scent as I open the bag is amazing; it’s like walking into a rose garden. It’s also sweet, like honey. The brewed tea smells almost exactly the same. The taste isn’t as sweet as the smell, which in my opinion is a good thing. The tea is light and floral, absolutely delicious and very calming to me.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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100

I like a strong, fragrant Earl Grey and this is the closest to my “ideal” Earl Grey that I’ve found yet. Picked up the bags in Harrod’s in London…but hope to find a supplier closer to home!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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73

Pretty basic earl grey. Nice flavor, just add a little sugar and milk and you’re good to go.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank No.16 Ceylon by Harrods
22 tasting notes

Hmm.. I can’t seem to find this one so I added it. Thanks to Ellyn for this one! It’s the first one I’m trying out of the package she sent me because it’s the one I’m least sure about. Even though I really wanted to try it! I’m open to trying anything as long as it doesn’t have marshmallows in it.

Hmm.. I can’t seem to find this one so I added it. Thanks to Ellyn for this one! It’s the first one I’m trying out of the package she sent me because it’s the one I’m least sure about. Even though I really wanted to try it! I’m open to trying anything as long as it doesn’t have marshmallows in it.I think I steeped it too long. It’s a bit bitter. It’s an ok tea, but I doubt I would buy it. Pretty glad to have had the chance to taste it, though! I’m going to refrain from rating until I steep up another cup. I’m finding that I need to steep the traditional blacks way less than recommended.

Hmm.. I can’t seem to find this one so I added it. Thanks to Ellyn for this one! It’s the first one I’m trying out of the package she sent me because it’s the one I’m least sure about. Even though I really wanted to try it! I’m open to trying anything as long as it doesn’t have marshmallows in it.I think I steeped it too long. It’s a bit bitter. It’s an ok tea, but I doubt I would buy it. Pretty glad to have had the chance to taste it, though! I’m going to refrain from rating until I steep up another cup. I’m finding that I need to steep the traditional blacks way less than recommended.The smell is a bit heavy. The taste is growing on me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Indigobloom

lol I think your/the steepster browser is buggy :)

mynameismoe

damnit. does this exist already? should i delete this? i don’t want to be that person!

mynameismoe

(ugh. ‘that person’ was supposed to be bolded. oops! not used to how things get translated yet.)

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drank Assam Halmari by Harrods
230 tasting notes

This is not for me. I have tried it several times and all I get is a bitter malt brew. Not rating it because I am unsure if this is me, how I am brewing or the tea. Putting this up for swaps. Anyone want to try it? I have quite a bit I brought back from London a few months back.

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100
drank Flowery Earl Grey by Harrods
55 tasting notes

Yes, I’m giving this 100. I’m in love.

Harrods’ description doesn’t do this justice. It doesn’t have a “hint” of bergamot. It’s lousy with bergamot. It also has lots of lovely blue and yellow flowers.

If you want a light Earl Grey, this isn’t it. It’s heavy on the bergamot. Just like I like it. I picked it up loose in London. It’s very smooth tasting, but gets bitter very quickly if you oversteep.

Seriously folks, yum.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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87

It is the first second flush Darjeeling I have (well, I don’t know which flush the Fortnum and Mason FTGFOP is so that one doesn’t count). The dry tea is dark coloured, has a ‘very ripen fruit dried’ smell. For the first time I steeped with boiling water, it was kind of nice but a bit too much astrigency for me. It’s probably against the rule but the second time I had it with lower temp water, the smell of liquid is mild but delightful, the taste is smooth with a constant sweetness back of the throat. Very mild astrigency if there’s any. The steeped leaves smell very floral and sweet. I think next time I might increase temp a little bit to extract the full flavour.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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