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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
416 tasting notes

I’m always a little scared to try a beloved steepster favourite the for the first time, because I get my hopes up and keep reading reviews, get my package, and then read reviews all over again just to get myself excited, and it can be a bit intense haha.

I could smell this through the tin; there was no denying that this was Boston: there were no two ways about it. I wasn’t actually going to have this, but decided (after I screwed up something at work and then fixed it in a blaze of glory) that today called for a new tea!

So I brewed it up using a heaping tsp for 8 oz of water, usual cream and sugar. The smell of the dry leaf definitely had cranberry, and its tartness was evident.

When I tasted it, the first thing I noticed was the creamy vanilla-almond mix that seems to underpin the cranberry. It’s a relatively light vanilla, in that it isn’t like a full vanilla bean flavour, but rather a more mild vanilla so as, I suspect, to allow the cranberry to shine its brightest. And shine it does. Married pretty harmoniously to the vanilla almond, and even with milk and sugar, the tartness of the cranberry holds its own, and even provides a slightly tangy sharpness at the tail end of the sip, that I couldn’t decide if I liked or not. There was something a wee bit underwhelming about this cup, even though I liked the tea very much. It may just be that it’s following in the footsteps of The Queen, and let’s be real now, there’s no competing with that caliber of royalty. Definitely a wonderful, wonderful cup, and I actually think it might be a good candidate to take to work!

A great afternoon tea, and I am still very happy that I have 4 oz of it! mmm.

Roswell Strange

Sound lovely :)

Josie Jade

Glad you liked this one!

keychange

I am, too! It’s delicious!

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Roswell Strange

Sound lovely :)

Josie Jade

Glad you liked this one!

keychange

I am, too! It’s delicious!

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Well, it’s been slightly over six months since I’ve joined steepster, and I can’t say enough wonderful things about this community. Like many of you, I began my foray into the world of loose-leaf tea by discovering David’s Tea, and although I’ve ventured out and have discovered many other companies that I’m extremely fond of, there are still many of David’s teas that I hold close to my heart and I will always appreciate it as a starting point for my journey.

As for my preferences, I tend to prefer bold black tea, flavoured and unflavoured alike, and I almost always take my blacks with cream and sugar. This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy a good, flavoured white though, and I’m slowly making my way through the incredibly confusing world of oolongs and greens. I am also not a fan of rooibos, although I am starting to suspect green rooibos may be ok, but you know how it is: when you’ve decided you detest a certain ingredient, you’ll notice it everywhere—perhaps even where it doesn’t exist!

Things other than tea: I’m engaged to be married to my best friend, and feel like the richest woman on the planet because of it. I am also a veracious reader, and I also happen to have an obsession with fragrances, and have amassed quite a collection, although it pales in comparison to some collections out there! As a result of this obsession, I also follow several fragrance blogs, and am always up for a chat about scent. I’m also almost completely blind, and this does indeed mean that I come complete with a guide dog, who unlike me, hales from the sunny California campus of Guide dogs for the Blind. I think I’ve rambled on long enough, but if there’s anything you’d like to know or if you just feel like chatting to someone, please don’t hesitate to send me a message.

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