1011 Tasting Notes
I fell in love with this decaf tea after trying one of Harney’s sachets. However, I wanted the loose leaf form so I sprung for a pound of this beauty. From what I remember, the loose leaf has a much stronger caramel scent, seriously yummy. I almost took a spoon and ate the leaves before steeping. I also remember this having significantly less vanilla in the sachet form. This tea is just so awesome! Don’t get me wrong, I love honeybush, rooibos, and herbals, but sometimes I want a REAL, fortifying tea in the evenings. This tea nicely fits the bill while allowing me to sleep easily.
I love Earl Grey and my purchase of this Earl was a great decision! I’ve noticed that Harney’s teas (at last the ones I’ve tried) have an air of sophistication to them that I haven’t come across often in my tea adventures. This Earl is not heavy on the bergamot and the bergamot is not like perfume. It is a nice, light citrus flavor that is paired with a delicious tea base. This is one of the best tea bases I’ve had, especially for an Earl Grey since it seems many versions pair extreme amounts of bergamot with a tea base that has much to be desired.
This tea is very relaxing and smooth. I am noticing very little, if any, astringency and I am so glad that this tea arrived at my door today.
This is another tea from the lovely JacquelineM! Thanks again!
This tea was one that I was a bit afraid to try. I am just beginning to appreciate smoky notes in tea, but I am always worried that the next smoky tea will be the one with too much smoke going on. This tea is strong, slightly smoked, and has a smooth dark cocoa aftertaste that lingers after the sip is long gone. This tea helped me get a lot of work done today – Catherine does not allow you to sit around and wallow about being tired. She demands that you get over it and get to work – which is exactly what I needed today.
I really do like and perhaps am growing to even love this tea. Queen Catherine will definitely stay on my shopping list!
2nd infusion: Perhaps a bit less malty, but taste is more caramel and honey than before. There is a note of astringency that I didn’t notice earlier, but I also added a bit of milk to the previous cup. I am still really enjoying this tea.
Thomas is also really great with cookies! Perhaps it is a good thing that I don’t have a whole tin of this lying around….
For the last year that I’ve spent on Steepster, I have read numerous posts raving about Thomas Sampson. Unfortunately, I never got the opportunity to give him a try…until now! Many thanks to JacquelineM for sending me a generous package full of teas that I’ve been eying!
This tea has a gorgeous aroma and the taste is completely full-bodied and malty! This is definitely a tea worth waiting for. There is caramel, malt and honey all mixed with a hearty, balanced black tea. This has truly turned my day around. I love when tea packages come on days that you need them the most!
I was a bit apprehensive of this tea because honestly, orange and gingerbread don’t necessarily sound like a good combination to me. However, after brewing this for a good long time I actually like this tea! I don’t know if I love it, but with a little honey it is smooth, rich, and only slightly citrusy. I’m not getting a ton of gingerbread but I am getting just enough to understand the name of this tea. The orange is really juicy and delicious though! I would definitely recommend at least trying this tea.
Well, I just had to make this tonight! I found a Dark Chocolate Breve Creme at the store earlier and when I saw it, I knew that the creamer and this tea were a match made in heaven. This is really good. The mint is still prevalent, but now there is an extra dose of chocolate. Wow, I’m really enjoying this tea tonight!
I decided that a day like today called for the Emperor. Unfortunately, I probably only have enough for one more pot of this delicious tea after today. But, I’m determined to enjoy it while it lasts.
This tea is, as always, a true delight. Very much a roasty, chocolate, and tangy tea that is amazingly unique. I would never have imagined that the combination of those flavors could create a tea that was so delicious.
On a side note: I used a bit of this tea yesterday to make tea eggs. I’d never made them before, but I have to say they turned out pretty tasty. There is a definite chocolatey, tangy presence in the eggs that I’m attributing to this tea.