38 Tasting Notes
Smooth, not astringent, slightly malty. This is my current favorite plain, black tea, as there is nothing about it that I don’t like. It’s good for the morning or the afternoon, as it is strong but not overwhelmingly so. I took a chance on a tin based on reviews from Steepster, and it was a wise decision.
Drinking this for my morning cup. I wanted a breakfast tea, but English Breakfast is a little too mellow for my tastes. This Irish Breakfast is similar to Twinings in taste, but with much nicer depth of flavor. I don’t add things to my tea, and though this one is pretty strong, I almost wish I had gotten one of their Scottish blends, which are supposedly stronger.
I love this tea. I first got it as a sample from H&S, and I immediately knew I had to have more. It is the perfect tea for fall. It has a beautifully smooth base, tastes like cranberries without being too tart, and has a juicy, sweet taste that makes me crave it specifically. It smells amazing, too. I was going to try Cranberry Autumn, but was afraid I wouldn’t like it as much as Boston, so I just ordered a tin of this. My first cup in, I know it was a wise decision.
Yay, a green tea that doesn’t just taste like water that I boiled spinach in! ;) The leaves are huge even when they are dry, and after they are steeped they are enormous. The liquor brews up super pale, and though the tea is slightly vegetal, it is also slightly sweet. That balance really works for me. The sweetness really only popped as the tea cooled down, but it makes the tea distinctive and enjoyable. I can only detect the sesame as an aftertaste; it’s certainly not a prominent flavor in the tea, but I’m not complaining.
Just to be upfront, I tend more toward black tea than green tea. But I try to be open-minded about trying new things, and this green tea is one I wouldn’t mind drinking more of in the future. Which is good, since I still have to finish off my sample.
Since I just had a cup of H&S’s Caribe, I decided to compare and contrast it to another tropical tea in my stash, 52 Teas Tropical Eyebrows. They are both tropical, for sure, but have very different flavor profiles. Tropical Eyebrows has a green base, rather than a black and green mixture, and it has a smokier flavor. It is also much more tart; I like the taste, but my mouth puckers a bit with every sip. Interestingly, the teas have completely different tropical fruit inclusions, but they both give you the impression of a warm day on a beach. Any tea that has that power is ok by me.
Altogether, I enjoy Caribe more; it’s a smoother, less tart tropical blend. But it won’t be a burden to finish my pouch of Tropical Eyebrows, either.
Whoops, I got distracted and let this steep for close to 10 minutes… and it still tasted fine. If anything, it was a little weaker than usual, so I think I need to use a little more leaf next time. I swear, Harney’s teas are incredibly forgiving.
Anyway, love the smell and taste of this tropical tea. I prepared it as a black tea this time, and can still taste the fruit flavors really well, but I think I will go back to using slightly cooler water. The scent and flavor remind me of tropical lifesavers, though obviously not as sweet. I am glad I have a tin of this, as it is a tea I am happy to revisit, no matter what time of year.
The more I drink this creamy Earl Grey, the more it grows on me. I have been drinking pretty much a cup a day of this blend, and it is very comforting, full flavored and tasty. I will probably stick to my plan of trying other Earl Grey blends before I buy this one again, but I will be enjoying this one while it lasts!
This is my first experience with a genmaicha tea, and it is certainly memorable. I ordered a sample from Harney out of curiousity, and am just now getting to opening it four months later. The blend seems to be equal parts green tea leaves and a rice & popcorn mixture. The popcorn smell is very strong, particularly when the tea is steeping, and it is very evident in the taste as well.
This green is nice in that it’s not as grassy/vegetal as other greens (sencha, for instance) nor is it drying. It’s slightly creamy, slightly vegetal, and very popcorn-y. I am not super into it, but I could see being in the mood for it again at some point. I will probably do a shorter steep next time, too, to see if I like it better that way. I steep the hell out of black tea, so I tend to oversteep greens even though it’s such a short time that it doesn’t feel like they could be possibly be oversteeped.
After being a bit overwhelmed by Della Terra’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake blend yesterday, I was slightly apprehensive to try this pumpkin pie tea. Happily, I needn’t have worried. The dry leaf smells good, in a sugary and nondescript way. While steeping, the tea smells like baked goods – I wouldn’t say pumpkin pie specifically, but it’s a very good smell.
Once I got a chance to sip it, though, I could taste the pumpkin pie very clearly. Honestly, it is the right taste, plus heat and minus the texture. The base tea helps to create the flavor, and blends in rather than standing out. It is sweet, but not too sweet, and not too spicy, either. It’s not very full bodied, but it does have a slightly creamy mouthfeel, which helps give the illusion of pumpkin pie taste. I think it is a very nice dessert tea, and it will suit perfectly for nights this fall when I am craving a sweet treat.