620 Tasting Notes
Refreshed Steepster to find Rosehips’ note on Vanilla Comoro, and read that the fantastic Mr. Harney has passed away.
Harney & Sons was actually the first to introduce me to the wide world of tea. Lupicia introduced me to quality loose-leaf, Adagio I pretty much only got into for fandom blends, but I was looking to expand on loose-leaf companies, and Harney was the first. Excited to see that Harney appeared in my local grocery store and at Barnes & Noble. I definitely have some sort of emotional attachment to this tea company okay.
So here’s a cup for you, Mr. Harney. Thank you so much for starting this company, and sharing your knowledge with all us tea lovers :)
It’s nearly 8pm and I’m taking a risk with this tea. This tea is nowhere to be found on the Lupicia site, and a google search would bring me back to this page.
I got this tea from mother when I was cleaning out her tea chest, and taking all her old teas that she would never drink, so I decided to be a good daughter and take them off her hands hehe :) This was in a holiday pack that she got last year, and they are all individually packed and portioned, so I don’t even know what kind of tea it is. I’m assuming it’s rooibos/decaf, since I did find it bundled with a bunch of other caffeine-free teas.
SO. THIS TEA. Let’s see what I’ve got!
oh darn. It definitely looks like a black tea! Looks like I won’t be sleeping tonight ahha. Well, let’s hope that it’s decafefinated ahhaha
It smells really nice though. Sweet caramel and chocolate. I can’t quite pinpoint the exact smell, but I definitely have had a flavour like this before, in some sort of food. I can’t stop smelling it! It smells so good! Now let’s hope it tastes as great as it smells :)
Dude. This is probably decaf. Not gunna lie, it’s pretty weak. I don’t usually go for decaf teas because of this very reason. Slightly flavourless, but it has that ever so slight hint of creamy, chocolatey, caramel goodness :)
I would really like to know what this tea is made up of though. And know if it’s decaf or if it’s just a slightly flavourless black tea. If it’s meant to be decaf, I’d definitely buy like 1oz of this tea since I kinda like the small hints of flavour! If it was bursting with flavour, it’d be a bit much.
If it’s meant to be a straight, flavoured, fully-caffeinated black tea, then it has a weak flavour. I’d definitely expect chocolate punch in the face upon first sip, but that did not happen.
Ahh I really like this tea though! I really want to know what’s in it!
I weighed my wee sample, and I have just enough tea for a small 4oz cup later on :)
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cream
Sipped down two teas today and got two more so numbers just stayed the same. Ahh well. I’ll get through all my sipdowns eventually! I actually decided to rearrange my teas since I just moved in and.. dude. I have so much tea. I haven’t had a lot of them and I feel terrible! Oh well. I have a couple tea boxes coming in so I’ll take small samples of a bunch of teas, and I’ll replace it with tea I have a lot of, so I can get the amount down to sipdown status or something :)
I actually have no idea if I’ve had this tea before? Like it was in my sipdown pile, but I have no idea if I just sent this tea out to a lot of people.
Nice aroma. Chocolatey and I smell that good spice :)
Ehh. It’s just okay. The black base is a bit week, or the chocolate probably toned it down a bit. It does have a nice chocolate taste, and a bit of the spice. Tastes like the cinnamon sweet potato mash that my uncles sister made for Thanksgiving last year. Reminds me a bit of that chocolate orange spice from Teavana that I tried from the Teeny Tiny Tea Box! Good, but not great.
Flavors: Chocolate, Cinnamon, Spices, Sweet, Sweet Potatoes
Mmm such a great oolong. Nice light roasted flavour, but the smooth and creaminess of milk.
Today was a very successful shopping day! Met up with my roommate and her little mini-me cousin and we went shopping. Definitely wasn’t planning on spending money, but I ended up buying two pairs of sandals. Buy one get one free so might as well! Got 50% off some massage oil from Bath & Body Works, and bought myself a book! Let’s just add that to the pile of like 7 books I’ll have to read haha.
Went to Teavana to get my free oz of tea and decided on the Monkey Picked Oolong. The lady who was helping me out said that I had to purchase tea with it and I was all.. blehh. But it’s totally cool. I asked her which tea was her favourite iced and hearing stories from Teavana, I was surprised that she pulled down a $7 tea. Ended up purchasing the Cucumber Melon Cooler (I chose that on my own and was willing to pay the $12). It smelled nice and seems like it’d make a great iced tea! Definitely happy with the service I had at Teavana. I definitely remember two trips that didn’t go so well with my mother like 2-3 years ago, so this trip was great!
Successful day. Definitely spent more than I wanted, but I’m happy with my purchases :)
Aww I definitely wanted to drink Lupicia’s Cookie this morning, but I’m still trying to organize, and I think that tea got lost in the moving out/moving in process! Oh well, I’ll find it eventually. I have to find it!
Got this from the TTTTB
Dude. This is a great oolong.
It’s not as great as I remembered it, but it’s still pretty good! Tastes closer to a black tea with a touch of honey :)
In other news in my life:
Totally sprained my ankle yesterday, but a good night’s rest made it all better! Sorta…
I’m actually going to willingly walk into a Teavana today with a purpose wow. I’m a Starbucks Gold Card member and I’ve just reached my dozen drinks! So now it’s off to Teavana to get myself some Monkey Picked Oolong because that does seem like a great tea, but no way am I going to pay like $25 for 2oz okay. I love oolongs and I’ll definitely make my way through Teavana’s oolong selection… if I don’t pay for it ahha
Definitely still experimenting with teapop!
I was a bit heavy-handed and I put 7g into my jar, instead of the 5g that I intended!
So 7g steeping in about 5oz boiling water. This actually smells like it’d make a good teapop! It definitely smells like.. the carbonated crystal light like strawberry/raspberry lemonade! Very sweet so I probably won’t sweeten it all that much.
It’s called Gojo POP so it better be good hehe :)
After the whole ice and carbonated water deal, this… still tastes like carbonated water.
Darn it! I don’t want to use too much tea leaves, and I don’t want to put too little water. The concept is fairly simple but I definitely need to work on the proportions of it all.
I ran into a big problem today.
It’s the “I have way too much tea and I don’t know which one to try as a teapop” problem! I smelled all my teas and figured that this would make a great teapop :)
6g brewing in about 3oz of water with a slight touch of agave.
Going to strain it over some ice in my mug and top it off with some carbonated water! Let’s see how this’ll taste :)
Teapop is a WONDERFUL concept, I just need to get my proportions right now. It currently tastes like a slightly flavoured carbonated water. I need more Mango Fruit Punch!
I’ll definitely play around with this later on. Add more leaves and more water, less sparkling water! I’ll get it right soon enough :)
Note to self: this tastes SO much better iced as compared to a cold brew!
I had this steeped in the fridge for about 9 hours (4g/14oz) and it tastes a bit medicine-y. I remember drinking it hot and it was HORRID. Like it had te weirdest thick aftertaste to it and it was gross. I dropped ice cubes and it was great! Tried it as a cold brew today, and I think the whole thing with sweetening it as it’s hot and the shock of coolness from the ice cubes brought something else to it, rather than steeping it cold.
Does that even make any sense? Ahh well, now I know :)
In other news, I’M FINALLY HOME. Spent the weekend with my cousins, and tomorrow I’ll be moving into a different building, and Friday is the start of my Program with Disney! Ahh so so SO exciting :)
And I definitely went to the store today just to pick up something from dinner and a couple bottles of club soda and carbonated water so I can make myself some teapop :) I did see seltzer water and tonic water there so I’ll probably pick up those two bottles when I finish the bottles I have. I’ll see which kind of water I like for my teapop :)
Ahh this tea. I love jasmine so much, but I still really love my butterfly jasmine much more.
Decent tea. Thank you awoogah for sending me some sachets! I’m at the Hall at church right now waiting for the kids to arrive and I just took some hot water from the coffee machine hehe :) happy that I brought my little tea to-go tin with me :)
Dude. This definitely smells like something I would absolutely despise, but drinking it, it’s sooooo good!
Today is moveout day for everyone, and now that it’s 3pm, everyone has to be gone, but since I’m here for the summer, I’m just taking my sweet time packing everything up :) So this is such a nice refreshing drink to have as I’m packing all my stuff up, getting ready to move into a different building on tuesday! I still have time :)
I brewed this last night in the fridge. Not as good cold as it is hot, but still a wonderful tea :)