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First of all, thanks to threewhales for sharing this tea with me. This is really awesome! I couldn’t believe the smell of the dry tea: very floral and sweet. After pouring water over the leaves, the honey aroma exploded and I seriously stood over my teapot enjoying the aroma for the entire steep time. This tea is a very rich, honey color, but not at all what you would expect from a black tea. My first sip made me think I was dreaming. This tea couldn’t possibly be that delicious, right?

No, actually it is that delicious and perfect. I love this tea. As others have mentioned, this tea is naturally sweet and light. The taste of orchids is present throughout the end of the sip with the honey sweetness taking over at the beginning. I love that there seems to be a texture to this tea, almost biscuit-like yet smooth. This is certainly a treat and I’m looking forward to subsequent infusions.

This tea does remind me of the Honey Orchid Phoenix oolong from Tao of Tea, but this tea from GM is MUCH, MUCH better! Wow, I just can’t believe how delicious this is!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

I think this needs to be my next tea purchase :) Sounds so good.

Kristen

Can this tea be purchased through Golden moon? I could not find on their website.

LiberTEAS

This is a tea that was part of the Single Leaf Membership.

JacquelineM

Kristen – Here it is!

http://www.goldenmoontea.com/single-leaf-club/honeyorchid.html

You can purchase it in various sizes – not sure which I’ll spring for yet!

Kristen

Cool thanks… I read some other reviews on this and have been wanting to try it! Thanks for posting…I couldn’t find it for sale on the site. :)

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93

Second infusion is probably my favorite so far. I find this tea to be rich, slightly buttery, and naturally sweet. I’ve mentioned in the past that Silver Needle tastes like Chamomile should taste and I once again am drawn to that conclusion. I also wanted to mention that these are the fuzziest leaves I’ve seen on a Silver Needle, reaching your hand inside of the pouch results in your hand being covered in soft, downy fuzz.

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93

This is so tasty and smooth. Very comforting!

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93

I finally have Silver Needle back in my cupboard again, thanks to threewhales! I have severely missed having this tea. Very smooth, lightly sweet, and almost a bit buttery (or maybe I’m imagining that…) I also really love the look of this tea: the little fuzzy leaves are so adorable! This is a welcome tea tonight because I’m starting to feel a bit under the weather. Hopefully good tea will pull me through.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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I’m really, really glad that honeybush doesn’t get bitter. I kind of forgot about steeping this tea and realized this about 40-50 minutes later. But wow!! This is better than ever. Really tastes like Neapolitan ice cream when all the flavors are starting to melt and mix in the bottom of the bowl. I absolutely love this tonight. Perfect way to end a Monday!

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drank Neapolitan Honeybush by 52teas
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This is really, really good. I’m getting a lot of strawberry and vanilla with a hint of chocolate. It really does taste like Neapolitan ice cream! I knew it would be great though – Frank rocks honeybush! As a result, honeybush has quickly become my nightly vice. Delicious! My cup is disappearing way too fast…

Preparation
8 min or more

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96

When I first started drinking tea, I had come across a box of bagged chocolate mint oolong which I adored. That tea was delicious and really reminded me of Thin Mint cookies. But, I’ve since realized that putting an oolong in a bag (especially a regular teabag and not a pyramid one) is just not good practice so I won’t be buying those again.

Luckily, Frank just happened to have this tea in his permanent collection! I received my package today and knew that I just had to brew some up immediately. This tea is definitely more mint than chocolate, but the chocolate is still noticeable. I do think this is a great alternative to the bagged tea mentioned above…except this is better than I remember the other tea being. This is really delicious as a latte and I bet is great plain also.

Note to self: this would probably be amazing with a bit of chocolate syrup! Once again, Frank does it again! And the best part is I have another pouch of Frank’s infamous honeybush blends to try later tonight!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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96

Yet another goodie from MeghannM! Woot!
This tea is super, super good. It really reminds me of Paris but without the kinda chalky mouthfeel that Paris sometime had. This is awesome! I know all the reviews are mentioning trying this tea without additions, but the aroma of this one was screaming “MILK AND SUGAR!!” So I happily obliged and it is super delicious. I love bergamot and usually wants lots and lots, but this is just slight and perfect. I appreciate the sophistication of many of Harney’s blends.
I think this will be going on my shopping list, I prefer this over Paris (never thought I would say that!) Yum! Thanks MeghannM!

Preparation
6 min, 15 sec

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drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
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Another goodie from MeghannM! Thanks!
Oooh, jasmine…rose….love! This tea smells amazing dry, just like walking through a flower garden on a warm, humid day. I brewed this baby up because I just couldn’t wait to try this! Wow, this is something. Something wonderful for sure! Honestly, the ingredients in this tea could lead to a big, scary, disgusting mess but it works beautifully.

This is like a mix of the best jasmine pearls, most amazing rose, and a delicious, balanced Earl Grey. I think I’m in love! And, the tea cup doubles as aromatherapy! I’m sitting here with my nose in the cup letting my day melt away with each deep breath of jasmine and rose.

Although this is a black tea, I have a feeling that this would be great to have before bed as the florals are very relaxing. I really needed a cup of fru-fru today!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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Yum! I accidentally steeped this tea for about 30 minutes and it is so awesome! Rich, creamy, strawberry happiness – perfect for unwinding after a long day and looking at having an even longer day tomorrow. Luckily I have plenty of great tea around to keep me sane.

Frank rocks honeybush!! I am craving these blends more than any other tea currently.

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Formally known as mrawlins2

I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.

Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.

Rating Scale:
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.

11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.

21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.

31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.

41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.

61-70: Okay, nothing special

71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.

81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.

91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.

96-99: Terrific, very impressive.

100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.

Perfect Teas so Far:

Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton

Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres

Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap

Location

Texas

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