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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
616 tasting notes

It makes me sad to rate this. Everyone else rated it so highly, but I find it absolutely does NOT taste like dessert. It’s bitter, and I have to force myself to steep it a second time just because I’m too cheap to throw out leaves that still have ‘juice’ in them. I want to swap this all away for something more on my page. I don’t taste any flavor in this.. if the bitterness is supposed to be hazelnut, yuck.

I will try adding cream and sugar I suppose. Otherwise I can’t see me willingly drinking this.
I’m trying really hard to be a tea person who enjoys tea for tea, and I suppose Harney & Sons’ teas are supposed to be of fair quality (am I wrong??) with subtle flavoring vs snowflake shaped sprinkles, fake flavoring and whatnot, but if this is what subtlety or quality tastes like then I’ll stick with the greasy sprinkles and chemical additives.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

Try steeping it with water just under boiling, and try 2.5 mins

Sil

Also never be afraid to rate things the way you feel about a tea! Just cause others enjoy it doesn’t mean everyone will :)

whatshesaid

I know, I just feel it’s because I’m not ‘qualified’ enough to be complaining about something just for being what it is! Or like everyone who ever reviewed it talked amongst themselves and decided to lie about how good it is so that I’d buy some and hate it. haha.

Marcel Duchamp

Sil is right. Everyone has different tastes, never be ashamed of your opinion. To be honest, I think milk and sugar may help as well. I’m still learning about tea and sometimes I like what the majority likes and other times I disagree. And I’m sure you can swap with someone, if you still don’t like the tea.

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Sil

Try steeping it with water just under boiling, and try 2.5 mins

Sil

Also never be afraid to rate things the way you feel about a tea! Just cause others enjoy it doesn’t mean everyone will :)

whatshesaid

I know, I just feel it’s because I’m not ‘qualified’ enough to be complaining about something just for being what it is! Or like everyone who ever reviewed it talked amongst themselves and decided to lie about how good it is so that I’d buy some and hate it. haha.

Marcel Duchamp

Sil is right. Everyone has different tastes, never be ashamed of your opinion. To be honest, I think milk and sugar may help as well. I’m still learning about tea and sometimes I like what the majority likes and other times I disagree. And I’m sure you can swap with someone, if you still don’t like the tea.

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Hello!

I love tea. I love my baby daughter, my husband, my dog Wally, Netflix, shopping, and tea. Some other stuff too, but these are the most important!

Some favourites -

Butiki teas in general, I love how the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base. Trust that I will be dramatically mourning the loss of this company!

Harney and Sons, Teavivre, Whispering Pines and Mariage Freres are some more tea companies I appreciate. Along with Davidstea as it was the ‘gateway drug’ to my tea addiction. Though I’m mostly over it now, I’ve definitely moved on from the artificially flavoured teas and am trying more quality straight teas!

My ultimate goal is to try as many French teas as possible – and to finally find a source in Canada for Mariage Freres so I can buy Wedding Imperial, and Black Orchid for sure.

I would like to try any Taiwanese Assams that exist in the world!

Also continuously on the hunt for Fauchon – La Naissance.

When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
70 – 85 = pretty darn good but I don’t NEED to own it
55 – 70 = not necessarily terrible but not a tea for me!
30 – 55 = missed the mark as far as I am concerned. Wouldn’t drink it willingly.
0 – 30 = I likely won’t rate this low very often, so if you see it, consider the tea a great big FAIL and probably disgusting.

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