326 Tasting Notes
As SimplyJenW noted, the tin is beautiful! A keepsake for sure.
The floral notes when opening the tin are very powerful and the grapefruit smell is also very noticeable.
The tea is very much like a Lady Grey but with more citrus and a stronger floral component. If you don’t care for Lady Grey, chances are good that you won’t like this much. Lucky for me, I love Lady Grey. :)
My regret, also like SimplyJenW, is that this is only in sachets. Loose leaf would be great to try so I can portion my own and experiment. I guess I can do that anyway, just have to open the sachets, hm? :)
I didn’t sweeten but it would handle it well, I think.
I am still undecided if I will be adding this to my “always restock when low” list but I would not hesitate to recommend to friends.
The dry leaves smell amazingly malty. I was a tad intimidated to taste it as it didn’t smell like anything that would appeal to my tastebuds. But it is a darjeeling and I’ve been finding more oolongs that I kind of like lately so I had to try!
It brews up very light golden. It seems like it is dry, but then that vanishes and it’s not dry. There is not much malt taste, or if there is, it’s pretty subtle. At any rate, much more subtle than the dry smell would lead one to expect. Even the steeped leaves have a strong malty smell. At least I think that’s how to describe what I’m smelling. Malt and maybe some wet hay? Not a flattering description, I’m sure, but that’s what I can come up with. Definitely a darjeeling, in my mind, though.
Another that I’m glad I picked up and I’ll drink it all eventually, but I probably wouldn’t get it again.
This a dark tea, full and strong. There is a slight hint of sweetness in the background but not much of one in my steep. A slight hint of dryness in the mouth but I may have oversteeped a tad. Stands up well to a bit of raw sugar and it would probably handle milk well if one were so inclined. I probably won’t order it again to keep it in my cupboard, but it was worth the purchase.
I got my mom to part with some more of her stash of this and we’ve gone in together to get a fresh tin as well. :)
This is quite simply, some of the best stuff I have had. I don’t know much about the base teas, but I can taste tea, not just orange. It is blended sublimely and seamlessly. In my mind, the artistry of the blend makes it worth the outrageous cost. And sharing with someone else makes it more do-able as well.
It is calming and subtle and a perfect start to a hectic weekend morning. It’s only a weekend tea for me, though, since I have to use it sparingly to make it last. If it were only a bit cheaper or if you got more in a tin, I’d drink this every single day. A lot. It’s just as good cold.
My sole complaint (other than price) is that I do wish it steeped just a bit better the second time.
Very clean taste. Tiny, tiny leaves – I used a cloth filter instead of my normal infuser, having learned my lesson from a Pakistani tea that was equally tiny. Also from that tea I didn’t oversteep this one. It would be easy to do so, though. After it cools a bit I catch a tiny hint of astringency. This would stand up well to milk and would make a good breakfast tea.
Aside from the gas money spent on a 100 mile round trip to the store where I found it, it’s a very reasonably priced tea. I also won’t use as many leaves so the purchase will last longer so all in all, probably a good purchase. I’d keep it around if I could come by it easily. It’s probably pretty decent iced, as well.
This is the only yellow tea I’ve tried.
I like it. I have brewed it several times but am just now getting around to doing a tasting note for it.
It it mild in taste and fruity without being fruity, if that makes any sense. I don’t taste fruit but am reminded of it when drinking this. I love the mouth feel of it – smooth and somehow buttery. It feels almost slick and smooth on my lips after a drink but the brew doesn’t look like it is oily or anything.
it is an unusual tea to me, decently priced, and I’d keep it in my stock.
Grabbed a small package of this while visiting relatives in Texas – haven’t seen it anywhere around home.
I really, really want to like coconut tea. I love the smell of them but it always seems like once they are brewed they remind me of suntan lotion.
This doesn’t remind me as much of it. But I still won’t be making it part of my normal stock. Of the coconut teas I have tried, this is probably one of the better. The coconut tastes less fake than others and it has more coconut taste than others as well. The coconut didn’t overwhelm the tea but at the same time I’m not sure I could tell you much about the tea itself.
Tried this today from a coworker’s new stash. First off – tiny, tiny, tiny leaves! It reminds me of a Pakistani tea someone brought me – almost looks like instant coffee. Harney site suggests brewing 5 minutes. Coworker said it about knocked his socks off at 5 minutes so I went with 1 1/2. A nice, simple tea for daily use is what I’d say this is. Nothing fancy, just good ol’ tea flavor. Good hot, good cold. I got no hints of mint at all though.
The dry smell isn’t horribly appealing to me. Too much competing for attention, I think. Brewed it is has a nice flavor. Definitely a sweet tea. Reminds me of tea as a child – milk and sugar. I’m not a huge fan of milk in teas. I generally prefer them to be darker, stronger teas to handle milk. I wasn’t fond of the appearance of the brew at all, though. As noted by another reviewer, it looked “scummy.” No worries on taste – it doesn’t taste “scummy” at all. :)
I probably won’t buy this again myself but I will share it with people I know who are not huge tea people but who like sweet drinks.
I had to add another review to my last of this tea. Somehow it totally escaped me the first time I reviewed this that the cup is full of golden glitter when the tea is brewed! I thought the glitter was just the sugar crystals. Soooo pretty! And I am definitely getting more, especially since David’s now has $5 shipping to the US! Woot!