302 Tasting Notes

82

Kristen sent me a sample of this one (thanks!). I think this tea is identical to Special Teas Lemon Chiffon. I haven’t been able to detect any difference yet. So, for anyone who was upset about the loss of the Lemon Chiffon, this might be an alternate source (unless Special Teas was the supplier). I’ll be interested to see if Kristen thinks the Lemon Chiffon I sent to her is the same.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Kristen

I haven’t tried it yet but will post as soon as I do!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

76

Last cup of this sample. It’s nice but not going to particularly miss it.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

I bought a sample of this tea for my husband who likes plain black teas. I stole it and took it to work so I could try it (no worries I’ll give the rest back to him). When I first tasted it, I liked it and thought, ‘this is an ok black tea’ and then the more I drank it, the more I liked it. It’s nicely malty (not overly so) and has no astringency. It has an earthiness to the scent, but not too much so. It reminds me a lot of the dragon balls from Teavana. I’m betting that my husband will like this one and will beg for tin of it (esp since he is almost out of the Mountain Malt).

This is one of the better black teas that I’ve had in a long while.

Lightly sweetened with agave nectar.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

92
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
302 tasting notes

It’s -8F right now and the low tonight is expected to be -19. Seems like a perfect night for Vanilla Comoro.

Nichole

After all of your reviews of Harney & Sons, I seriously have to pick some up. Since I’m snowed in again today. . .I guess its a good tea online shopping day!

Kristin

Yeah, I’ve liked everything except the Birthday Tea. Florence and Vanilla Comoro are my favs.

Uniquity

I’ve got some Vanilla comoro coming from Meaghann and I am SO excited to try it. I’ve already got a plan in the back of my head to order either the 50 ct teabags (convenience) or a pound of loose (always awesome). Haven’t even tried it yet!!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

79

Teaquilibrium was kind enough to send me a sample of this. I really appreciate it! This is a nice tea. It’s a mix of oolong, yerba mate, strawberry and vanilla. I can definitely taste the oolong and I am getting a little strawberry in the aftertaste. The yerba mate is (thankfully) not noticeable. I’m not getting much vanilla. So, to me this tastes like a lightly flavored oolong. It also almost has a chocolately flavor to it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 45 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Glad you liked it and happy they sent you some!!!

Kristin

They were super nice about it!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

50
drank Birthday Tea by Harney & Sons
302 tasting notes

I think I finally found a Harney’s tea that I do not like. :( This one didn’t have a sample I could try, it only comes in a tin of tea sachets, so I have a whole 4 oz tin of it.

Before steeping this tea smells like cherry cough syrup. After steeping it still smells like cough syrup and sadly it tastes that way too. It’s a weird mix of a fruity herbal tea and a black tea. I feel like someone dropped a cherry cough drop into my black tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Kristen

The tin of this looks so pretty!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
302 tasting notes

Ah dear Florence, I’ve missed you so. I’ve been thinking about you ever since my sample ran out. I think I ❤ you.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

89
drank Riesling by Joy's Teaspoon
302 tasting notes

So far, I think this is my favorite of the three free samples from Joy’s Teaspoon. I’ve been intrigued by these ‘wine’ teas so I had to try this one.

I’m actually not sure I brewed it long enough, so any advice would be welcome on that. I brewed ~3 tsp in 12 oz of 185 degree water for 2 min. I read on some sites to brew white tea for up to 15 min, but previous teas I’ve had said 1-2 min on the package. confused

Even being unsure about whether I brewed it long enough, it still tastes great. I’m thinking that it has more flavor to be extracted though. It’s a beautiful golden color, just like a riesling. It’s fruity and floral. The fruity flavor is a bit like grapes and a bit like strawberries. The floral flavor leans towards a jasmine flavor. The smell is somewhat candy-like. I added a tiny tiny smidge of agave nectar to bring out the riesling-like sweetness.

This is definitely an interesting one that you should try.

Update – as it cools the floral flavors are becoming stronger, so maybe I did steep it long enough.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

84
drank Spicy Pear by Joy's Teaspoon
302 tasting notes

This is my second free sample from Joy’s teaspoon. This tea is very tasty. It is exactly what’d you expect based on its description.

I brewed it with 1.5 tsp per 12 oz for 3.5 min to ensure that the black base didn’t get bitter. It had no bitterness or astringency after 3.5 min.

I’d love to see this same tea on a white tea base.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Kristen

I really like this one! I ordered a tin of it!

Kristin

I think I would order a tin if it was a white tea. :) But yeah, it’s pretty darn good.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

81
drank Sweet Melissa by Joy's Teaspoon
302 tasting notes

This is my first of 3 samples from Joy’s Teaspoon. I can’t believe how fast the samples arrived. I emailed Joy on Saturday and they were waiting in my mailbox on Monday.

This tea is nice. Brewed, it smells lemony. Like a lemon sucker or maybe even lemon pledge (not in a completely bad way). The taste of the tea is lemony and orangy, but not as lemony as the smell. It also tastes of herbs that I cannot identify and something almost savory, which I am guessing is the carrot.

Yep, this tea is very interesting. I like it and I’m looking forward to the other samples. I’ll leave you ins suspense about what my other two samples are (or you can try and guess).

1.5 tsp per 12 oz cup

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

Rating Scale:
90-100 – Love it. Must order this one again.
75-90 – Pretty good. Maybe I’ll order it again.
60-75 – It’s ok. Drinkable. It’s not my thing, but someone else might love it. Won’t order again.
50-60 – Meh. I wish I hadn’t ordered it, but i’ll finish this cup.
30-60 – Barely drinkable. – Throwing away/giving away the rest of this one.
0-30 – Went down the drain. Too sad to even pass along to friends.

Location

Salt Lake City, UT

Website

http://vegetablenirvana.wordp...

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer