592 Tasting Notes
Upping my rating on this one after a few more tries with water at the right temp. When made correctly, this is a pretty good cuppa. The blueberry flavoring is actually quite a bit more subtle than the still-overpowering dry leaf’s perfume implies. The green tea base tones it down and give it a floral note, which is a nice surprise. I’m still not getting any vanilla though.
All in all, still not my favorite Harney blend… The finished-liquor payoff isn’t worth the preparation fussiness. The lemongrass makes it taste and smell like a cheap Good Earth teabag blend or something. I wish they’d ditch it and add vanilla bean instead.
Flavors: Berry, Blueberry, Flowers, Grass, Green, Lemongrass, Sweet
Super disappointed in this one from H & S. Usually their stuff is much better.
I got the silk sachets. I could smell the blueberry before I even removed the seal on the tin. Artificial-smelling, like blueberry flavored candy.
Steeps a normal green tea color, which is odd because there are supposed to be real pieces of blueberry in this blend. Shouldn’t it at least have a purple-y-blue tinge to it?Liquor smells strongly of fake blueberry and lemongrass.
The water I used was admittedly too hot, so the tea leaves ended up with that nasty, bitter, “cooked” taste, which I will own is my fault and not the blend’s. But even discounting that, the fake flavor is still overwhelming, with a note of cloyingly sweet fake vanilla in the aftertaste.
For now, this is a hard pass for me— will not be restocking. Will try again at another time with water at the proper temp and see if my mind changes.
Flavors: Artificial, Blueberry, Fruity, Lemongrass, Sweet
This is a lovely herbal/ fruit tea. H & S blends are always blended so perfectly. The orange peel and flavoring balances out the flavor profile. Sweet, with just the perfect edge of bitterness that makes cranberry so appealing. Truly does the berry and the flavor justice!
It’s a nice fall/ wintertime blend, great for snowed-in Sundays like today. It would go very well with a toasted and buttered English muffin.
Sorry that all my flavors posted twice. Steepster glitched on me.
Flavors: Cranberry, Cranberry, Hibiscus, Hibiscus, Orange, Orange, Sweet, Sweet, Tangy, Tangy, Tart, Tart
Chinese black teas are my favorite. It’s odd that Tazo keeps touting this one on the packaging as a lychee flavored blend, when there is no direct mention of lychee in the ingredients (unless it’s included under the “natural flavors” umbrella). It’s smooth and sweet, fruity, and steeps up a muddy amber color. Slightly floral afternotes. Very delicate and lovely.
Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Floral, Fruit Tree Flowers, Fruity, Herbs, Lychee, Perfume, Sweet
This tea is so simple and so delicious. It comes in mesh sachets, which maximizes the flavor. It’s blended perfectly. Nice and mild and satisfying. Why did no one else think of this before? I would only drink this one hot— not sure if it would be good iced.
Flavors: Herbs, Mint, Spicy, Sweet
My very favorite black tea ever. I’ve been mainlining it because I have caught my first cold of the season. It’s amazing straight up. It’s amazing with milk and honey. It’s just toasty and warming and perfectly balanced.
I hope they never stop selling it.
Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Toasty
So sorry that I’ve been so absent from Steepster.
Today was my first day back from a week long vacation, so I had a lot of catching up to do. Needed a soothing, caffeine free tea to keep my stress levels in check. This blend is really nothing special. I wish it had more lavender.
I sipped this down, and I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing.