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86
drank Florence by Spice Merchants
65 tasting notes

Pretty bold to take the name from Harney & Sons and use it to make the same type of tea! Like a designer imposters fragrance (anyone else remember those from the 90s?).

And yet, having tried both…I like this one much better. Sorry, H&S. I feel like hazelnuts are tricky to get right in a flavoring unless you’re working with a creamier beverage. Harney’s Florence didn’t quite nail the hazelnut flavor for me, and I recall it being more pushed to the front than in this blend. It was one of the few teas of theirs that I struggled to finish when I went on a buying spree a few years ago at the Soho store.

This is quite lovely though. The dry leaf is very strongly scented, rich chocolate layered over hazelnut, and the scent practically fills the house once it’s brewed! Powerful stuff. The taste is similar – the rich milk chocolate leads, then the hazelnut comes right in. It’s very much like the sensation of biting into a chocolate-covered hazelnut, which I’m sure I’ve done having spent a great deal of time in Oregon hazelnut country!

This tea was a gift from a visiting friend, and I’m definitely going to look into purchasing from this company.

Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Florence by Spice Merchants
207 tasting notes

This is one of the many teas I had on my vacation that I didn’t get a chance to log. Thought I should try it again before logging it :) This is a wonderful chocolate-y treat for a Sunday afternoon. I taste more chocolate than I do hazelnut which is a bit of a let down. Still all in all a good chocolate tea.

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99
drank Ginger Oolong by Spice Merchants
207 tasting notes

I have the best parents ever!! This is one of 2 teas they picked up for me from a place in Ann Arbor. I enjoyed it this morning.

The oolong is definitely center stage with the ginger making a cameo appearance. Oolong is becoming my favorite tea. This was perfect for this cold snowy morning.

Time to pack for the drive home. I’ve been vacationing at my parent’s house all week. It will be weird to be home alone this evening. Looking forward to having a cuppa and watching the Avengers.

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61

Yeah… whatever. Does not impress.

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69

Smells great and tastes decent, but otherwise not that exciting.

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69
It really does smell like ancient trees. Taste is good… but it’s disappointly weak for a pu-erh. Though obviously it didn’t come in a cone/nest/etc so what do you expect.

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72
drank Tokyo by Spice Merchants
127 tasting notes

The first bancha I’ve come across in a long time. Has sesame and carmel. Very lovely roasted flavor

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60

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60

very similar to H&S Wedding tea

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60
drank White Pear by Spice Merchants
127 tasting notes

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