60 Tasting Notes

74

Picked this up on my first official visit to the Harney & Sons Soho store. I told the salesperson that two of my favorites were Paris and Winter Earl Grey, and this was her recommendation. She said that instead of the vanilla hints found in Paris, this one had honey. One whiff of the canister, and I knew this would be right up my alley! Its a tough call whether I prefer this or the Paris, but both are simply lovely black teas with a little something sweet, and I can detect the berry tinge that some of the other tasters were commenting on. Mellow, full-bodied and wonderful anytime!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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75

A dynamic duo! This is quickly becoming my go-to for relaxing before bedtime. Colorful, alluring perfume with significant flavor (definitely more than I expected from the very light color). One of my floral-y favorites.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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69

A lovely, flavorful tea with an exotic kick to it. Picked it up while on vacation in Edinburgh, and every sip is reminiscent of the lush, fecund, highlands.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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69

This was my first Matcha experience, so I thought I’d stick with the basics. However, I did do my research and decided to purchase Teavana’s bamboo whisk to ensure proper blending. I would say that this has been an overall positive experience. I like it a little thicker than the Barista at Teavana made it for me, but it does have a very crisp and fresh flavor. I love the health benefits and heard that although it’s high in caffeine it doesn’t provide a jolt like coffee does, but rather gives a sustained energy over the course of 5-8 hours. I can’t wait to start experimenting with matcha lattes and smoothies, and to try the Pure Matcha you all have said such nice things about!

EDIT: I just made my first Matcha Latte, and I think I’m in love. I used the recipe on matchasource.com, and it is quite a treat!

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90

The scent and taste of this fine tea is inundated with florals, which I had known beforehand was magnolia, but probably wouldn’t have been able to identify on my own. Once these magical oolong pellets unfurled they brought with them the first glimpses of spring. This fragrant tea is a delight and already has me dreaming of that initial thaw and the onset of spring!!!!

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55
drank Lipton Black Tea by Lipton
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I owe Lipton a huge debt. It got me drinking tea at the age of three when my mom would make it for me in my carebear or beauty and the beast mugs. It’s all my parents drink to this day, and there is always a huge quantity at hand. It’s the reason we have an insta-hot faucet installed in my kitchen, and as much as my tastes have matured, I still enjoy it with milk and sugar. So I salute you, Lipton Black Tea, my gateway drug of teas. Thank you for the world you opened up to me so many years ago.

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89
drank ToLife by Teavana
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I don’t even know where to begin with this one. It was one of a bunch I ordered from teavana. And though I tried to pick very diverse teas, I must admit, this was not one that I was most excited about. That all changed at first sniff. It has a lovely, satisfying bouquet of florals, specifically the jasmine, and citrus. It smells like heavy spring, when everything around you is most alive. Drinking it in the dead of winter, this made it all the more alluring to me, as I was transported in the first sip. Between this, and the quality that something within it reminds me only of a hard, powdery candy I used to get from the quarter machine at the grocery store as a child, this tea brings me the warmth and life of springtime, coupled with striking youthful nostalgia. Could there be any better combination?

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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79

My father picked up a tin of this for me when he stumbled upon their store in Soho. Not knowing much about tea, or having much to go on (time or info-wise), he got me this and the Darjeeling. I was much more excited, originally, to try the Darjeeling, but it ended up being this one that stole my heart. My history and opinion of Earl Greys is somewhat complicated, but this one definitely won me over. The aroma is a strong bergamot punch in the face, at first, but then dissolves into the subtle layers of the white tea florals.
The color is light, and the flavor crisp and mild simultaneously. It’s very delicious, and perfect for the many evenings I spent snuggled-up and sipping its warm contents while a blizzard and howling winds raged outside.

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92
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I cannot say enough good things about this tea! I ordered it expecting a straightforward, zesty black tea somewhere on the spectrum close to Earl Grey. However, this is anything but ordinary! The aroma is overpowering; you get a mix of the vanilla and citrus, some lemongrass and florals. The color is a clear burnt sienna. It’s not strong or spicy to taste; it’s light and full at the same time. It’s a mix of contradictions and a study in subtleties. It just has a hint of something that makes it special and stand out. It was such a surprise, and evokes so many memories of Paris. This tea resembles its namesake.

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60

This is a pleasant twist on oolong. It’s very fragrant with a general fruity/candylike aroma, and the color after steeping is a light, golden marigold. The flavor is light but full and has a few different layers to it. A little stronger at first, but has a nice, fruity finish to it. However, I can’t get past the fact that the taste resembles that of a blue raspberry or strawberry slushie. Am I crazy, or is anybody else getting something along the same lines? Either is quite probable. I think for this reason the flavor tastes somewhat artificial to me. Be this as it may, I still enjoy it when I’m in the mood for something sweet and juicy. In this regard, I believe this tea is fairly straightforward. It is mostly what it claims to be.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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