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The blueberry black I tried from the same company wasn’t so hot, but this one from the Traveling Tea Box smelled a lot better! Well, that makes it seem like the blueberry black was gross or something—it wasn’t, perfectly palatable, just not blueberry at all.

This one is a lot better! The blueberry still is not that strong, but subtlety is nice in a green blend. It’s a little floral as well, just like the blueberry black. For some reason there are no real floral blueberry blends, but I think it’s a flavor that would go well with rose! Perhaps I should try mixing some of my own, hmm.

Anyway, this is a nice blueberry tea. Not too strong but not weak either. It seems like one of the harder tastes to get just right for some reason, often it’s just not quite as strong as I’d like!

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drank Blueberry by The Tea Place
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One from the Traveling Tea Box! I love a good blueberry mix so this is the first one I picked out to cold brew. Considering that I’ll have the box probably until Thursday I’ll be able to get a lot of iced tea out of it! But first, this one. It doesn’t really smell like much but I think that often happens with small samples that have been hanging around among more assertive cousins—it’s hard to discern anything distinct.

Sadly, that kind of transfers over to the taste. I am getting zero blueberry! It really tastes like an unflavored black. There’s maybe a whiff of generic fruit and there’s some nice floral elements (from the big mallow blossom in my spoonful!) but really, it’s just kind of a regular iced tea. The green blueberry blend from the same company smells much more like, well, blueberries so I will give that one a shot next!

Veronica

I haven’t tried the blueberry black yet. The blueberry green is really nice, and I was hoping the this one would be just as good. Maybe not…

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So I went to pick up my Verdant from my friend and stopped at the local tea store The Tea Place today, as I looked online and gasp THEY SELL HARNEY & SONS!! I have been wanting to try their teas for ages but have held off due to their apparent Canadian customer service. So I picked up 15 satchets of Paris, came REALLY close to buying a tin of Tower of London, but held off. Also got 50 g of my favorite pear rooibos that the store carries, I’ll have to look for it on Steepster. Oh, and they also have Sloane Tea Company tea, was very tempted by that as well but I will wait a bit, I’ve gone tea crazy today!

Anyways, onto this tea…I looked for it online but could not find the right one I don’t think, so it’s going under unknown, I just got a to go cup of it, and it strangely tastes like a milk oolong, although it’s apparently a Ceylon? And it got massively oversteeped in the to go, but it is still tasty, albeit not as strawberry flavored. And I burnt my tongue miserable on it when I tried to taste it before it got oversteeped :( but overall a tasty cup! Might pick up 50 g at some point! So yes, a very good tea day! This store has a pretty large selection, so I will have to try a bunch more from there!

Lala

I have ordered from Harney, and I found the customer service to be fine. I had no issues, received my order in a timely manner, got free samples. The shipping was a bit expensive but still decent, only $15 if order under $50.

MissLena

Hmm yeah that’s not too bad, I’m happy there’s a good Canadian review :) if Paris is awesome, maybe I’ll place and try a few more from them!

Lala

Paris is one of my new favorites! The caribe was also delicious.

Sil

Paris = bergamot. That’s all i have to say about that LOL if you like the berg…it is a lovely tea.

MissLena

Haha i don’t have many bergamot teas so it should be ok, Caribe looks very good! I probably will end up getting some tower of London too it looks yummy

Lindsay

I agree with Lala, no bad experience other than expensive shipping. Their sample sizes are handy.

MissLena

Good to know! I’ll have to add a bunch to my shopping list :)

Miss Starfish

I came here to encourage you to try Tower of London as well – SO good! Caribe, Hot Cinnamon Spice and Wedding are my other favorites. Hope you enjoy! xx

MissLena

Thanks for all the suggestions!! Lol more harney tea is definitely going to be coming in the future :D

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drank Starry Night by The Tea Place
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Backlogging.

I made a trip back to my local(ish) tea house to pick up a few new teas. My main goal was to find some non-hibiscus, non-rooibos herbals, but when I was reading through their tea menu I saw this and knew I had to try it. Vanilla flavored black tea with white tea stars added… cute!

After getting home with my purchases I decided to give this one a try. While I was putting water in the kettle the water temperature issue hit me. If I boil the water I’ll burn the white tea. If I don’t boil the water the black tea will be gross. Sigh. So I took all of the tea stars out of the package and made myself a cup of vanilla black tea. I’ll save the white tea for another day. Two teas for the price of one! What could be better?

The tea is good. Really good. In fact, it’s my new favorite vanilla tea. The Assam brews up very dark and has a full flavor. The vanilla is wonderful. No artificial taste. No weird lingering scent. The two are well blended so it is easy to taste the tea and the vanilla throughout the cup. This tea is simple but so, so good. I could drink this morning, noon, and night and be a happy girl.

I’m curious about the tea stars and will be giving them a try soon. I’ll probably wait until next week when everyone else is out of the house and I can stop and really enjoy them.

Mercuryhime

Could you perhaps brew the black tea, wait till its cool enough for white, brew white in black tea, and drink?

Veronica

That’s a good idea. I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks!

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I am apparently in a fruity green tea mood today. This is wonderful. The blueberry is sweet but not at all artificial. The green tea has a creamy buttery note that blends so well with the fruit flavor. A 90 second steep is about all these leaves can take. Any longer and the bitterness begins to appear. It does resteep well, which I like.

When I first bought this tea I regretted buying four ounces, but now I can see myself using it in a relatively short amount of time. This is a tea that’s begging to be cold steeped. I’m thinking that will bring the blueberry flavor out even more. I’m also looking forward to comparing this to the Harney and Sons Blueberry Green. A side by side of the two will be fun!

ashmanra

Neat! I can’t wait to see the comparison!

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I should just accept that I’m not a rooibos person. The only reason I keep trying rooibos is that I am already anti-hibiscus, and avoiding both would seriously limit the tisanes available to me. Who needs limits?

So, I don’t hate this blend, but I don’t love it either. There is a caramel like sweetness, but I’m not tasting the pear. The rooibos is heavy enough that distracts from the other flavors. So what I’m left with is a really sweet rooibos. If I were more of a rooibos person this would probably be very nice.

This one is easy enough to sip. Unfortunately, it’s also easy enough to forget. So the hunt for great herbals and tisanes continues….

Kasumi no Chajin

LOL! It took me till this year to accept my distaste for lemon or generic “citrus” in blends with true tea in them (love lemon in tisanes) and still I am trying to convince myself I “should” like fruity teas and desert teas.

Veronica

Kasumi, I’ll drink the lemon, fruity and dessert teas, and I’ll leave the sencha and green teas for you. :)

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A friend told me about a tea house not too far from me (close enough for the occasional visit at least). It’s an adorable little shop called The Tea Place, and after trying several of their teas I can say I will be a regular customer.

This blueberry green is my daughter’s current favorite, and I must agree that it’s really good. The tea is slightly sweet with a mellow blueberry flavor. The taste is of fresh blueberries, not an artificial flavor or blueberry muffins. There is also a grassy note from the green tea which mixes really well with the blueberry. The flavors definitely compliment each other. I do like this tea more when it is hot than as it cools, but that could be because it’s so cold here right now.

Anyway, this is good. Sure to be a pantry staple.

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This is really lovely. The smell and taste is mainly jasmine, but there is a crisp, fresh bite from the green tea that keeps the tea from being only floral. I’ve never had a jasmine tea quite like this, but I’m loving it.

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drank Monkey Tea by The Tea Place
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drank Monkey Tea by The Tea Place
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drank Monkey Tea by The Tea Place
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drank Monkey Tea by The Tea Place
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drank Monkey Tea by The Tea Place
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drank Monkey Tea by The Tea Place
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drank Monkey Tea by The Tea Place
256 tasting notes

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