143 Tasting Notes

I didn’t used to be an Early Grey fan at all but I’ve fallen head over heels for Victorian London Fog, and now decided to try another from the Harney line that’s always so recommended, this one. It’s actually very good! I will likely get some more of these too to sip when in the mood. Strong and flavorful. Had a satchet sample of this.


I am going through something similar where I’m now quite fond of EG creams! And before a few months ago, I couldn’t really stand EG!

Cameron B.

Yay, I’m glad to see more people coming around to Earl Grey! :D

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I miss A quarter to tea. Finished my last cup of this tonight to try and clear out older teas. Forgot how sweet this one was and overdid it with the sugar but oh well, was in the mood for something sweet

Lexie Aleah

I miss them too! She kept it a little open-ended so I’m hoping at some point she’ll reopen.


That would be nice if they reopen

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Thank you, Cameron B, for sending me this sample!

A few things about this tea really stand out. One is the strong smell when steeping – as I was scooping the leaves in, I got a whiff of what I think of as butter, and the smell and taste match it to me. I know it’s supposed to be caramel, but to me this is a buttery type tea, and it reminds me a little of the taste of the Butterbeer in Universal Studios in the Harry Potter theme Park section. The tea has a nice and silky texture – I’m a bit smoke fan, but not picking up on that part much. I have another cup to try and will update if the smokiness comes through more my second cup – may try steeping it a bit longer to steep.

One thing is for sure, this one is different and I like different sometimes. It’s a unique tasting tea that’s not overpowering. I can see how I couldn’t sip too many of these cups in a row due to the caramel and almost buttery profile and my sensitive stomach, but I like it for one cup at a time.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Smoke

195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Thank you Cameron for this sample!

I am still brand new to Hojicha. This one was pleasant but I found the flavor profile a bit mild for my taste. The warmth roast quality comes through and makes it a relaxing, peaceful cup. I like how earthy and soothing it is, but I’m looking for a little more oomph in flavor with my weaker taste buds to be a higher rating. People should enjoy this one, however.

Flavors: Earth, Roasted

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML
Cameron B.

The kukicha version is often milder, as the stems are milder and sweeter than the leaves!

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I will add rating when on computer. I’m going with 75. For some reason I expected mint but this is an older sampler and I’ve remembered incorrectly. It’s not bad, just a little bland and basic. I detect a slight dose of almond and the black tea part is good quality to muster a flavored blend. With a name like White Christmas, I can’t help but want something more, something different, something special.

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My last sipdown of this sample pack.I have the cranberry touch already in my tin of Boston from Harney, but may end up ordering a tin of this too at some point. This one is as good in a different way – it’s warming, calming, strong enough, not bitter, the cranberry is light but noticeable off the bat. It is not multi layered in taste but that fits this cozy blend. Great for evenings cuddled under a blanket by a fire reading.

I prefer this one steeped 3 1/2 – 4 minutes

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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When you think of a bold breakfast tea or morning tea, this would suit. An afternoon pick-up when your energy is lagging? This would suit. An evening calmer with a pleasant, bold tea? That would suit. Good for anytime of the day, although it gets its strength during sunny hours for that caffeine kick and strong black tea taste. I steep at 4 minutes by taste, but 5 is fine if you want a stronger cup. Malty and honey filled, smooth and calming.

I just bought a new tin after a few years of being out of it. Rediscovering teas – new and old favorites – all over again.

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

I had this kne for breakfast today! I also like it at four minutes best, perhaps because I drink it without milk and sugar. Long live the Queen!

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Okay, I’m much more of a tea noob than many here – and apparently a little bit of a cheapskate as well.

I can’t help it, I love the old fashioned porceline cups with dainty handles and cherry blossom tree designs. Novelty teapots will make me giggle like a child in a candyshop. I could browse online stores and stare at teaware for hours. I get all into high teas foods and treats.

I dislike mint and most florals, especially Jasmine (yech). Don’t care for Earl Grey (Bergamot flavours) but love English Breakfast. Not into bitter and highly astringent.

I’m a black tea nut. Love almost all forms of the stuff – especially digging Phoenix Pearl from Zen tea right now, divine. Strangely, I’m not a darjeeling fan. I do dig Oolongs and recently found and fell in love with Lapsang. Like golden teas.

Most of the Green tea I’ve tried isn’t for me, although I have a love for Coffee Shop of Horror’s Bog Goblin Green Ginger tea. Funny since I’m not crazy about lemongrass, dislike strong ginger in BLACK tea, and am not a green tea fan – but I love this tea. Go figure.

I’ve cut back a lot on sweet, iced tea because of weight/diet, but when I do drink that stuff, I’ve taken to iced tea cubes and fruit cubes over regular ice cubes. A lot of fun experimenting with and works so much better. No watering down.

Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
Golden Monkey (Harney & Sons or other source)
Paris by Harney & Sons
Bog Goblin Lemon Ginger Tea by Coffee Shop of Horrors
Christmas Tea (Bags) by Twinings
Lapsang Souchong by Zen Tea
Plum Brandy Cheesecake by Butiki Teas (Sadly gone)
North Winds by Whispering Pines

On the lookout for my perfect loose leaf Breakfast Tea and my ultimate Chai blend…

Besides tea, I love BOOKS and reading all sorts of things – run the website, The Paperback Stash, and active on Goodreads for several years. Also a huge music lover – books and music are my mains. Have an last.fm account and over 100 created playlists on 8tracks under JCFantasy23. Christian for life. Have a mean cat I love. People wise, blessed with the greatest son in the world, amazing parents and brother, perfect friends. Life is good.


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