1962 Tasting Notes

75
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
1962 tasting notes

I found the reminants of a sample packet of this in my tea drawer, so I mixed what was left with enough from my big pouch for a cup and managed to finally clean a sample out of my tea cupboard. I’m really bad about not finishing the last little bits of a sample, especially when there’s not really enough for a whole 12 oz cup. It’s amazing how much more aromatic my large pouch is (acquired very recently from the Soho store) compared to what was left in the sample, which I have had for a while now. The mixed leaves still make a very tasty cup of tea; it’s very chocolatey today, with those lovely nutty undertones. Love it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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53

Another one of the Revolution tea sachets I picked up last weekend. It’s so weird to me that they sell white tea at a truck stop, because you know the hot water that comes out of the coffee machine is probably too hot for it.

Anyway, I love pomegranates but haven’t tried too many pomegranate teas (yet). This one smells kind of general sweet-fruity dry, and it’s hard for me to put my finger on one particular fruit flavor. Brewed the aroma develops more and I get distinct notes; pomegranate, yes, but also perhaps black currant or other berries. It smells pretty nice, and the initial sip has a pleasant taste, but there’s some bizarre aftertaste on the back of the sip that tastes artificial. It’s a distinct taste that I recognize, but I can’t put my finger on it right now… lipstick? Weird flavored lip balm? It’s something like that (I’m not wearing either). Definitely weird and off-putting. On some sips I don’t really get it at all, but on some it’s really strong. Maybe it’s just my sachet, and without the aftertaste this would be a nice, light, fruity tea.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Jillian

I take it your weren’t wearing lipstick at the time? ;)

Dinosara

Nope, nothing of the sort. It was definitely the tea!

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98
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1962 tasting notes

Mmm. I’m sitting at home waiting for a delivery that is late, so I chose Paris to relax a bit I supposed. This cup is awesome; slightly naturally sweet, with all the lovely flavors I’ve come to expect from this tea.

Also, apparently I blew past my 100th tasting note 10 notes ago without realizing it! Fittingly my 100th note was apparently Tower of London. It’s pretty amazing that my top teas are still mostly Harney & Sons, even with all the other teas I’ve tasted since I started getting into tea last fall. Go Harney!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

The longer I drink tea, the more I prefer Harney and Sons!

SimplyJenW

I am with ashmanra!

Congrats on 100 tasting notes!

Dinosara

Yeah, it’s amazing how awesome they are!

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90

I was going to have another one of the sachets I picked up, but then I decided I didn’t want to be disappointed again and that wanted a tea that I knew I loved. The Jasmine Pearls called out to me, and it’s like I forgot how amazing they are. This cup is so incredibly sweet (without anything added of course), it’s like drinking a cup of warm honeysuckle honey. I think I’ve died and gone to heaven.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec
KeenTeaThyme

This is one of my favorite teas of all-time. Seems like no matter who makes it, it’s good!

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58

I didn’t have super high hopes for this one based on my last tea by this company, but I can’t help but try all the new teas I get right after I get them, so I chose this sachet anyway.

Dry it smelled primarily like herby lavender with a bit of bergamot and something else; an almost peppery note that I’m not sure is coming from the lavender or the tea. Brewed it smells heavily of lavender, and the taste is primarily lavender with a hint of slightly astringent bergamot at the end of the sip. It’s a fine enough tea, and certainly better than the one I had yesterday, but it’s not Earl Grey-y enough for me, and the bergamot that is there just adds astringency and combines with the herby lavender in a not-great way in the aftertaste. My rating on this one started out higher but I kept dropping it as I progressed through the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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51

I’ve discovered that Pilot truck stops are one of the few gas stations (the only one I’ve found, really) to offer non-Lipton tea bags. When I’m on the road I sometimes want a little caffeine boost from a tea, and while I’m not expecting much, it’s pleasant to find pyramid sachets of tea. They actually have a variety of sachets, and I picked up a handful of them on my recent road trip, not for drinking on the road but for trying out later (who has the control over steeping parameters to brew a white tea on the road?). Who knows how old these are, since I don’t know what kind of tea turnover a truck stop in western Maryland has, but I thought I’d give it a go.

Anyway, this was one I grabbed because, orange chocolate, right? I love those flavors together. Dry, the sachet smells like green tea and ginger with a hint of orange, and those flavors pretty much bear out in the brewed tea. I brewed it for a bit longer than it said on the packet because of suggestions on Steepster, but still it’s primarily a very light green tea with some ginger notes (not very strong, but there). As it cools I get maybe a little orange, but no chocolate. Oh well. Disappointing, but then again, I bought it at a truck stop!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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76

I picked up this tea up at the Cleveland Botanical Garden when I was there last week; the leaves they had out smelled pretty good, and though I rarely buy a full pouch of tea without sampling it first these days, I decided to get this one. This company doesn’t have any teas on Steepster (other than this one now), but they seem pretty cool because most of their teas are organic and fair trade. This tea doesn’t appear on the company’s website, and it has a specific “Cleveland Botanical Garden” label, which makes me think that this one is probably produced specifically for them (the company is based in Ohio).

Anyway, on to the tea. The smell of the dry leaf is very powerful, and hard to place. A hint of vanilla, some general floral, and maybe some fruity sweetness? The leaves are decently sized for a flavored tea, and there are tons of flowerpetals in the blend. I brewed it for my standard new-tea time, and it came out pretty dark. Brewed, the aroma mellows out into a pleasant black tea with very distinct vanilla notes with perhaps some florals underneath. The taste is a twinge bitter (will probably brew at less than boiling next time), but otherwise very pleasant. A fairly bold black tea with some honeyed notes, and overall a lovely vanilla that is almost a floral vanilla, if that makes sense, and less of a creamy vanilla. Given that this is a “vanilla orchid” tea, I suppose that’s the point. The rose is definitely there adding to the floral flavor and aroma.

Overall a really nice tea, and I’m glad I picked it up. Appropriate for a botanical garden, too!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Sapphire Earl Grey by Novus Tea
1962 tasting notes

I had this tea last night at a fancy restaurant. I was impressed at how delicious it was, so I knew I had to do a tasting note even if my tasting conditions were less than ideal. This is all from memory, and about halfway through my cup a dessert of smoked almond ice cream came and made some sips taste like a lapsang souchong. But still! Very tasty tea.

I’ve never had a tea with malva flowers in it before, but from what I can tell from some online research, they’re more for visual and textural effects than for taste. This tea came in a pyramid sachet, and dried it smelled like bergamot with a distinct sweetness. The aroma of the brewed tea and the taste matched the dried smell pretty perfectly. For a while I was having a time trying to identify what about this tea was making it so delicious; there was no bitterness, the black tea base was very smooth, and there was that sense of sweetness to the tea. The ingredients on the package list only black tea, malva flowers and bergamot, so I was surprised when I finally realized that I was getting fairly strong vanilla cream notes from it, like a really nice Earl Grey cream. I might have to grab a box of this one because I really did enjoy it immensely.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

Smoked almond ice cream!!!! That sounds so good!

Dinosara

Yeah, it was really good and really kinda weird at the same time!

Paul M Tracy

This seems like a great find. I really enjoy when people review teas that aren’t run-of-the-mill.

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55
drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
1962 tasting notes

I’m traveling this week, so I haven’t had access to all my teas (hence the lack of tasting notes). This is one of the only teas my mom had in her cupboard, so I had a bag this morning with breakfast. I’m sure I’ve had Constant Comment before, but it’s been quite a while I didn’t really remember it. It reminds me of a holiday tea, with it’s orange rinds and spices.

I like the aroma a lot, clove and cinnamon and a bit of orange, but I feel like the taste falls a little flat. I didn’t get any bitterness, but I didn’t get a lot of distinctive flavor either; it was all in the aroma. A decent tea, but probably not one I’ll go out of my way to stock!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
KeenTeaThyme

I wish this was available as a loose tea. It was my go-to tea growing up, but I do wish it was stronger.

Bigelow Tea

Dinosara, we’re sorry to hear our Constant Comment wasn’t your cup of tea….if you’d ever like to try another flavor to sample, please give us a call to request and we’d be happy to send a sample or two….we do appreciate your comments. @KennTeaThyme, we do offer the Constant Comment as loose tea, you can buy from us directly at :

http://www.bigelowtea.com/Catalog/Product/36/4/62/Constant+Comment++Loose+Tea.aspx

Kathy for Bigelow Tea

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82
drank Rose Oolong by Tea Licious
1962 tasting notes

When I took a deep whiff of the dried leaves in the sample pouch today I again got a lot of lemongrass aroma, but also a definite note of rose!

Brewed, however, the flavor profile is pretty different from before. This cup was much less lemony today. It was just about like drinking a nice, leafy green oolong with a hint of lemon. Still no rose, unfortunately, but my first steep seems like a later steep where more of the flavor has already been steeped out. Weird.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

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79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
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