drank Florence by Harney & Sons
862 tasting notes

Another one from momo. This weekend really would have been a bust without those samples! I had this at breakfast this morning.

This is the year I officially know I have seasonal allergies. Specifically to tree pollen because my symptoms plotted agains the allergy forecasts are dead on. Meh. Maybe I just need to live somewhere where there’s no oak trees? I’m not game for anything that destroys my sense of taste/smell like this on a yearly basis.

That’s the main reason why I can’t rate this tea – I could actually smell it fine, when I put my nose way down in the cup. Hazelnuts and chocolate – nutella in tea. I added some milk but no sugar because if it smelled so much like hot chocolate I wanted the texture to match. And it did become creamy and smooth, but it also lost any chocolate/hazelnut flavor and I was left with black tea and milk. I could still smell it in all it’s glory, and I knew it wasn’t astringent or bitter or anything, but there was NO chocolate/hazelnut in my mouth. :(

I still have enough for another cup or two so I’ll be trying it when I’m back to normal. I can’t wait to complete the whole puzzle – it was the weirdest experience ever to get everything BUT an actual flavor from a tea.

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "


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