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I ended up with a tin of Paris sachets after my sister bought it and didn’t like it. I finished a four ounce tin of Decaf Paris in a shocking amount of time earlier this year, so I figured I could easily take care of her problem. Paris is good, but I won’t order it again. It has too much black currant for my liking. Fruity black teas just aren’t my thing. So this is tasty, but I’ll be going for decaf earl grey in the future. Best enjoyed as a latte!
I found this in the back of my tea drawer at work. It smells and tastes exactly like this weird christmas candy my grandma always had when I was a kid. I’m okay with it. Probably wouldn’t buy it again (not that I even remember buying this) but I’m not mad about this being my last drink of the day before I go home.
Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Vanilla
Hmm this tea reminds me a lot of one I tried in a swap a few months ago called something like empress white. This is a fruity flavor I enjoy, but I wouldn’t call it pear necessarily. I think DavidsTea has the best pear tea I’ve tried. This one is light and free from bitterness. It’s tasty, but I’m glad I only ordered the sample size! It’s not this tea’s fault, though. I just prefer a bolder flavor than most white teas can give.
I love how this tea smells. Adore it. So much so that I’ll occasionally open up my tea cabinet just to pop the lid and take a sniff.
After a slightly-longer-than-desired steep (pets are distracting little buggers) I was rewarded with a mid-amber brew that smells just like the leaf – fruity, sweet and gently tasty. Now that I’ve stopped sugaring my teas, however, I’m having just a bit of trouble finding those notes in the taste portion of my drink.
Adding a tablespoon of whole milk helps to temper down the intensity of the black tea and bring some of those fruity notes to the forefront, but overall I think this may be a tea which just requires some sweetener to truly shine.
Work – 12:00 PM
I made a small order from Harney & Sons during their Cyber Monday sale – just this and one other tea. It was just under $13 total, which I found extremely reasonable for two 3-4 ounce tins.
I don’t normally enjoy sweetener in teas, but I do like Harney’s Hot Cinnamon Spice regardless of its very sweet taste. I guess because it reminds me of Red Hots or Hot Tamales, so the candylike sweetness sort of makes sense? That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.
So this is basically Hot Cinnamon Spice with a bit of apple thrown in. It’s sweet candy cinnamon à la Red Hots. The apple is more subtle than I expected, and it comes in mostly at the end of the sip, once the strong and sweet cinnamon has calmed down a bit. It’s a bit of an apple cider / apple juice flavor, which I think is perfect for this application.
Overall, I do really like it, as I knew I would. It’s like Hot Cinnamon Spice +. ;)
Perfect for autumn & winter!
But keep in mind, if you don’t like Hot Cinnamon Spice, you definitely won’t like this one either!
Flavors: Apple, Candy, Cinnamon, Sugar, Sweet
This is a nice bold tea that I also believe is caffeine free (or comes in a caffeine free edition). So for those who love black tea but find themselves unable to drink it at night because they’ll be unable to sleep, this is a good remedy for that.
There are smooth notes of vanilla in this tea as well. It’s full bodied but also has a good aroma and a smooth flavor profile. I personally savor this tea because it does run a bit more on the expensive side around $5 or $6 per tin where I live. The metal tins they come in also help preserve the freshness of the tea, and although they come in tea bags the quality of the tea bags is a nice nylon mesh and allows you to see the tea leaves clearly (which is always nice).
Honestly just a big fan of this company and most of their teas I’ve been able to taste.
After trying a few chocolate teas lately, I decided I’d include this in my most recent Harney & Sons order. I figured H&S is reliably good, and a sample was really cheap. If it’s not good, eh, whatever.
This tea is SO fragrant, both in dry leaf form and steeped. But the aroma isn’t exactly milk chocolate. It reminds me more of chocolate alcohol, like Bailey’s or maybe Kahlua. It also reminds me of Tootsie Rolls. You know, that fake chocolate flavoring. Hmm. That’s not very promising.
The reviews for this tea are all over the place. Mine falls somewhere in the middle. While this isn’t the rich chocolate experience I was hoping for, it isn’t bad. There is a nice toasted sort of flavor, but the chocolate does taste kind of fake. And there’s an inexplicably fruity note mixed in, too. Raisins, maybe? I wonder what it would be like with a splash of milk.
Again, I find myself ruined for chocolate teas after trying MiCacao. I need to just stick with that.
Flavors: Alcohol, Candy, Chocolate, Fruity, Raisins, Toasted, Toasty
Drank as a travel tea, black with a little bit of honey, a couple of days back. It was pleasant with mild cinnamon and orange flavours, and I really enjoy Harney’s black teas, but I preferred Cranberry Autumn to this one. Gave the boyfriend a sip and he really liked it, to the point where he asked if we could start drinking pots of tea together. Score.
Thanks go again to Marzipan for this one.
I’m skeptical that this is the correct listing for this tea, but whatever. This was a sample WAY WAY back from LiberTeas, back when I didn’t have much tea. So it’s like… 7 years old, I’m sure. However, it was actually surprisingly tasty. Light and sweet – it’s likely the full leaves contributed to the retention of flavour, as did the smell-proof bag it was packaged in. I’m actually looking forward to the last cup or two of this tea as it was so enjoyable! I can only imagine how delicious it was 7 years ago.
I love a good cinnamon tea, but until this one, I’d always had cinnamon tea from Sri Lanka – the difference being in Sri Lanka, they lace a good black tea with cinnamon oil. Here, it seemed to be cinnamon spice was added to a fairly mild black tea. The result here was overwhelming. The cinnamon was simply too strong against a weak black tea background and was harsh in the mouth – sweet, spicy, and lingering.
I got a sample of this from Ost. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a breakfast tea, but they’re nice to have occasionally. I’m not too familiar with the right words to describe a black tea, but this tastes kind of similar to golden monkey teas I’ve had in the past. My steep time was a little shorter than usual to avoid bitterness. It tasted nice alone, but I added milk and sugar because that’s my preferred way to consume black teas. I don’t usually want this much caffeine at a time, so I won’t restock, but it tastes good if this is the sort of thing you want.
Gosh I’ve been gone a while. I don’t know what it is about today that’s making me want to just curl up in a ball with a book and a pot of tea, but I am going with it. Since today was feeling so autumnal I had to go with this tea, it just encapsulates the season and my current mood so well. From the second it started brewing it was everything I’d hoped it would be; rich and fruity, warm, cosy and inviting. The scent drew me in immediately. I’m not a big fan of cranberries or cranberry juice so I wasn’t sure what I would make of it, but they actually pair really really nicely with the citrus, adding a lovely berry-type fruitiness to the orangey notes I’m getting. It could be summery with such bright fruity notes, but instead it’s a perfect autumn symphony in a cup. Absolutely no additives necessary, it is sweet and strong and full-bodied without being remotely astringent. I am enjoying every cup of this pot of tea and will be sad when it’s gone. Thank you Marzipan for sending me such an elegant hug in a cup.
I had a bag of delicious Teavana mango black mixed with limeade twist a long time ago, and I bought some limeade twist on eBay and a tin of this to try to recreate that flavor. I strongly dislike the limeade twist on its own, and it pretty much overpowers this tea too, so I guess I didn’t succeed. I don’t love fruity black teas, and I didn’t love this one, so I guess that fits. I didn’t buy it to drink on its own, so I won’t leave a rating. I’ll just say that this tea is pretty weak compared to other teas of this variety.
I got this as a freebie in my order a good while ago. I decided I’d finally give it a go.
The instructions say to steep it for 15 minutes. I definitely made a face when I saw that, but I went along with it. 2 cups of boiling water, 15 minutes, raw sugar, 6 cups of cold water. The result is pretty much just your standard iced tea. The instructions say to serve it over ice, but you don’t necessarily have to. It is a bit smoother and more savory than your average Lipton or whatever. Would probably benefit from a slice of lemon. Eh.
Unrelated: Just so y’all know, Joy’s Teaspoon is going out of business and all their teas are on sale. I feel kinda bad for never placing an order until now, but…
This one is from Ost. Lately, I haven’t been loving fruity blacks, but this one is pretty good. The black tea is all right, and the fruity flavor is pretty strong and nice. Hard to say what fruit it’s meant to be. Maybe apricot? I have enough for another cup or two, which I’ll enjoy, but I won’t order more.
Home – 12:30 PM
The Great Cupboard Excavation
Untasted teas remaining: 20
So this was interesting. This was actually a tin of sachets, because I have a weakness for Harney’s lovely “HT” line of colorful tins. Plus I can always refill with loose leaf later, and Harney has nice sachets so it’s not an issue. However… These sachets were definitely defective. I took two out and put them in my pot while the water was heating, and then noticed that one of the sachets left in the tin was mostly empty. It had completely split open along one of the seams and the tea had emptied into the tin. Upon further inspection, about 70% of the sachets were already split open, and the other 30% had at least one gap in the seam. Luckily, the two that I had put into my teapot were the latter, so I was able to take them back out without spilling loose tea everywhere.
So I emptied all the sachets into the tin, and now I have loose leaf. XD Obviously it’s not a problem for me, since I prefer loose leaf anyway. But I wonder if I should email Harney & Sons and warn them about this batch… (shrugs)
Anyway… For some reason I really strongly dislike the base tea that Harney uses for these flavored black teas. I don’t remember it being an issue before, as I think I used to like Paris at least. But now it just tastes like chalk to me, and combined with berry flavor it tastes like berry Tums.
Going to pass this on to someone else, and not give it a rating (as clearly I have gone quite mad).
After the hibiscus disappointment that was Organic Passion Plum, I’m a little hesitant to try this. It’s the same, finely ground style of herbal.
The water changes to a dark hibiscus magenta again. It shouts over all the other ingredients, even the raspberry. Overall, the flavor is tart and fruity and kind of reminds me of children’s cold medicine. I find myself missing the plum version’s cinnamon. This one just isn’t for me. And I usually love raspberry teas! I’ll probably make a big batch to drink as iced tea around the house just to use it up.
I think I’ll be going back to Teapigs herbals…
Flavors: Fruity, Hibiscus, Raspberry, Tangy, Tart
oh, now, THIS is good! not quite a subtle as some other apricot flavored black teas i’ve tried, but more robust – i think the underlying tea might just be better. haven’t tried it iced, the others might be more for that. this one makes a lovely hot cuppa with a spoonful of sugar.
Flavors: Apricot, Tea