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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
1287 tasting notes

Thanks again to the fan-tea-astic Jenn for sending me all these samples!! My gratitude is endless after having tried this one.
I made this to consume whilst cleaning house, and boy was it deeeeeelicious! Like tea and hot chocolate rolled into one, this tea is made for cocoa lovers.
With milk and a tad bit o sugar, this made my afternoon duties bearable. When will they come up with self cleaning kitchens and bathrooms???
It wasn’t as rich as I had hoped but then I somewhat expected that when the dry leaves wafted a light yet distinctly choco-note at me.
Also, I don’t know why but it tastes a hair chemically to me, but then I’ve seen that before in other chocolate scented/flavoured products. (ever tried chocolate gum? it was interesting to say the least)— not that it detracted in any way from my worshipping this cup.
I think it happened to just hit the spot, matching my tea craving so precisely that I was floored by it. Not to mention that the previous cuppa that I’d made (of an assam I got awhile back) tasted stale. Ugh!
From ugh to WOW in five min… yeah that will put anyone in shock :P

gmathis

We’re still house shopping…I’m looking for a kitchen with metal grating on the floor so the gunk just falls through :)

I like the really rich choco-teas like this one with even heavier half and half or condensed milk.

Indigobloom

LOL if you find one let me know, I might just move in beside you! :P
—ooooh that does sound good. We don’t keep either of those in the house but I could always make up an excuse to get some!!

MaddHatter

OMG! The Chapters in Naniamo carries a small selection of Harney & Sons! Ooooh

Indigobloom

I know the one near me has some to! I was SO excited until I realized I can’t have either of them lol (being allergic, mildly, to bergamot and jasmine!)

MaddHatter

Yeah, I’m not overly crazy about burgamot, so I did not purchase any…

Indigobloom

blech, it’s awful stuff.
Have you checked out Williams and Sonoma? I hear they carry Marco Polo :)

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gmathis

We’re still house shopping…I’m looking for a kitchen with metal grating on the floor so the gunk just falls through :)

I like the really rich choco-teas like this one with even heavier half and half or condensed milk.

Indigobloom

LOL if you find one let me know, I might just move in beside you! :P
—ooooh that does sound good. We don’t keep either of those in the house but I could always make up an excuse to get some!!

MaddHatter

OMG! The Chapters in Naniamo carries a small selection of Harney & Sons! Ooooh

Indigobloom

I know the one near me has some to! I was SO excited until I realized I can’t have either of them lol (being allergic, mildly, to bergamot and jasmine!)

MaddHatter

Yeah, I’m not overly crazy about burgamot, so I did not purchase any…

Indigobloom

blech, it’s awful stuff.
Have you checked out Williams and Sonoma? I hear they carry Marco Polo :)

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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