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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
560 tasting notes

Bought a sample pouch of this on a whim because H&S was having a sale on all their ‘city’ teas and this was one of the few I hadn’t tried before. I’ve had chocolate hazelnut teas from a handful of companies now, and they never seem to live up to their promise. This one is no exception, but it’s also no worse than the others. Don’t tea blenders know that chocolate hazelnut is just a fancy way of saying Nutella? Chocolate hazelnut is the most luxurious, the most decadent of all the flavors — or at least, it’s supposed to be. Personally I think it’s something that works as a coffee or hot cocoa flavor, but I’ve yet to find a tea that’s full-bodied enough to really do it justice.

Anyway, it was worth a shot, but Paris and Boston are still my reigning favorites.


My thoughts too :) Tea is good for that hot chocolate type feel but Boston and Paris reign supreme!

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Really enjoyed this gentle blend of green tea and citrus notes. It reminds me a lot of the green tea I used to get from Celestial Seasons, but without the weird aftertaste. The ginkgo isn’t all that noticeable but it lends a slight earthiness to the tea.

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Got this as a sample sachet. Perfectly decent but nothing special. I wonder why so many companies pair green tea with peppermint though. To me, the milder, sweeter spearmint seems like a more natural match for green tea.

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Got this as a sample. There’s a nice balance to it — strong without being too astringent, and it doesn’t bother my stomach, as some other gunpowder teas have. Basic good tea, even if it seems a bit one note.

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown. This was a pleasant herbal, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it again. It wasn’t really all that lemony, despite having tons of lemon ingredients (weird).

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drank Mint Verbena by Harney & Sons
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Hooray, I have a computer again, so I can get back to my online life! This came as a sample in my last H&S order. It’s fine, but I didn’t actually taste much from the verbena, it just came across as slightly mild mint tea.


Yay, glad you have one again and welcome back!


Thank you! Intense winter weather has been keeping me from seeing my local friends, and it seriously bummed me out when I couldn’t talk to my internet friends either. So nice to be back :)


Aww, that must have been brutal. I hope you’ll be able to catch up with your local friends soon.

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Sipdown. My laptop just bit the dust so now I’m discovering the woes of doing everything by phone not to mention sticker shock at computer prices. Why is it so fun to shop for tea and so completely unfun to shop for computers. If I look at one more spec sheet I think I’m going to lose it.

Anyway there’s nothing wrong with this tea but it is sadly underqualified to soothe me from all this computer stress. I think I may have to resort to whiskey.

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White tea will never be my favorite, but silver tips white tea seems better than most. It doesn’t taste so strongly of hay. There’s almost a light muscatel note here, plus a combination of sweet and savory notes. Re-steeped well.

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drank Organic Assam by Harney & Sons
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Got a sample of this in my last H&S order. I’m enjoying it much more than I expected, because I usually don’t find assam all that appealing. It’s very smooth and has a slight cocoa note.

Unfortunately H&S sent me DECAF tea though instead of regular, so THAT has to be sorted out. No way can I drink decaf.

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drank Cape Jasmine Oolong by Tea Ave
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This sample got lost in the back of the cupboard. I try to avoid jasmine because, although I like the flavor, I tend to get headaches from it. However, the jasmine in this is very pleasant and light, not perfumey at all, and gave me no problems. The oolong makes a nice base for it — I nearly always see jasmine paired with green tea, and the oolong is an interesting switch.

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Happiness Is:
green tea
black tea
lots and lots of oolong!
vanilla things

Not Really My Style:
spices (except for ginger. ginger rocks)
chai (because, you know, the spices)
rooibos (I don’t get it. Everyone seems psyched for it. Not me).
those smoky teas, like lapsang souchong, though once in a while I’ll need something really strong and then I like them.


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