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This was another sampler I received long ago from Tabby, when she was rehoming some hibiscus teas since I’m that weirdo that likes the stuff. Having a rare hot cup tonight, though I waited until quite late to brew it.
Looks and smells like mulled wine tea, with a stronger emphasis on cinnamon. That’s what I’m getting in flavor, too. A thick and tangy hibiscus base, with a fruity note that I guess is plum? I couldn’t really recognize plum in the last tea I drank either, so maybe it’s just a flavor that I have a hard time tasting. There is a fruitiness there, though. Really only tasting a strong sweet cinnamon as far as the spices.
It’s not as nice as T2’s Mulled Wine Magic, but I rarely have any complaints with hibiscus-based “mulled wine” type teas. Always pleasant and comforting for me.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Hibiscus, Plum, Sweet, Tangy, Tart, Thick
Happy National Raspberry Cake Day! Today the prompt is to drink a raspberry tea.
I got a sample of this long ago from Tabby, who doesn’t like hibiscus teas. Cold brewed the whole sample in a liter of water overnight, and strained this morning. It’s been my water bottle companion on a hot summer day of attending Pride in my small, extremely Red/Conservative/Religious town. The Pride event was so nice and really helps to not feel so “alone” in a community like this one.
I drank my whole water bottle while out, and have now refilled it with the last of the pitcher to drink with the raspberry cupcake I brought back from the festival. The tea is cool and refreshing, with a tart hibiscus punch, some lingering raspberry flavor, and a cooling mint (I don’t normally like mint/hibiscus blends, but I’m actually really digging this one). My cupcake is sweet and fluffy with a creamy frosting and a jammy center, and it accompanies such a sweet treat well.
Flavors: Fruit Punch, Fruity, Hibiscus, Mint, Raspberry, Tangy, Tart
A bit malty aroma but tastes more of the African leaves. This is generally enjoyable and I like this more than expected. With a good strength and still easy to drink. If you add a tiny little splash of milk it tastes better!
The tea particles are small so this may not suit going through a 2nd brew. And because of that the leaves are heavier for 1 tsp.
Strong breakfast tea with an distinct floral note, I was not so sure about the floral part in the beginning but it comes out good! Actually not as strong as Taylor’s Scottish breakfast (that was no.1 in my strength list) but this strength is easy to drink and still gives you wonderful flavour, I think I like this more after drinking for a couple of times. You can brew the loose leaf for 2 times and still tastes tea.
Normally doesn’t like flavoured tea but this one tastes normal (yes!) along with a nice aroma. The vanilla smells a bit thick and one may feel artificial because of that, but it is acceptable for me. The taste is general black tea with a hint of vanilla, generally enjoyable as a tea.
Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla
I hated Earl Grey so I didn’t look forward to this blend with bergamot, but guess what it’s one of my favourite from Harney’s now. Best surprise to myself. It has a unique taste of sweetness that enhances the bergamot and made it easy to drink (aka. nothing like the salty taste of earl Grey). This tea is perfect both hot and cold.
Flavors: Floral, Honey
Another I got in a deal for the tin. It’s a very light tea, and I steeped it six minutes. The taste is pleasant but very mild and I expected more from the flavour description. It is described to have some cinnamon spice, which I’m not really getting, but I do get the smooth apricot coming across. I’ll keep experimenting with the satchets. May make a good iced tea, not sure.
I thought I’d tried this one before, but I guess not. Grabbed a sample from the tea box, and I’m glad I did! This is a pretty great breakfast tea! It’s less bold than some, but it makes up for it with a nice biscuit/graham cracker taste. As it cooled, I noticed something more fruity/grapey which I didn’t love as much, but I think I’m still a fan.
It’s really weird I’m liking this one so much since I typically don’t like chamomile, and not much a mint fan - but for some reason this one is very pleasant! I purchased on a sale with the tin and the high ratings of the New York Blend, glad I took the plunge. I don’t get the mint much until the end of the sip, it’s not overpowering, to me it’s almost like chamomile and apples, very soothing and warming, drinking hot. It’s a light tea but flavorful -- I think next time I’ll steep it a bit more. Wouldn’t be bad with a touch of lemon to enhance the ginger. Added one sugar cube.
Flavors: Chamomile, Mint
I am not a hot cinnamon fan in teas apparently. I never enjoy it when its the predominant note. I got this one for the Met Tin and it was supposed to have a variety of flavors. It tastes like their cinnamon hot spice or any of their other hot cinnamon blends, for they have many. I do get a buttery, smooth apple undertaste, but the cinnamon spice gets stronger the more sips I take. Ironically I was eating an apple when I tried this tea.
I will keep the tin as a keeper as it’s adorable but unlikely to drink any more of the tea unless I’m mixing in a pot with something else for experimentation, and next time I’ll use a larger cup to dilute a little more with the satchel
Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon
Made this as an iced tea during the heatwave and it was really yummy iced. I’m kind of weird about lemongrass in tea so I can’t wait to try it hot. The flavors are very similar to Thai with the lovely coconut and lemongrass and ginger. Next time I get Thai food I’ll definitely see how this tea pairs with it brewed hot.
After having a delicious matcha genmaicha a few weeks ago, I decided to order a few different genmaicha varieties from Harney & Sons. This is the first of the 3 I tried. Coldbrewed for a few hours (3? 4?). It’s quite tasty, but very genmai forward. It has a bit of a seaweed flavor and the matcha is quite mild.
Accidental 5-minute steep gave a robust cup, dark, full-bodied and woody-brisk with a very muted muscatel undertone. I feel a little crazy that I’m the only one that seems to have picked up on any muscatel. Some very smooth and gentle malt softens the tingly astringency and tannic edge.
I really enjoy the level of flavoring here. It is not overwhelming. The grapefruit reminds me of Harney’s Paris and Tower of London. The caramel lends to the perception of a touch of dark sweetness. The combination of those two aromas leaves a nose that offers something a little different from the familiarity of Harney’s popular bergamot-flavored black teas. I enjoyed Indian Nimbu even with over-steeping. Kiki, on the other hand, had not a word to say about this tea, even with a properly brewed cup. Thank you for sharing a sample, Cameron B. :)
Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Caramel, Citrus Zest, Dark Wood, Grapefruit, Malt, Muscatel, Oak, Tannic
The tin version of this tea is quite bland tasting though it does brew up a pretty color due to the butterfly pea flower in it. I mixed this cup with some raspberry lemonade to give it some flavor. I actually do really enjoy the pitcher packs of this tea that H&H sells as they have a little bit more flavor than the tin. The pitcher packs are still somewhat bland but adding a little grape juice to the iced tea really brings out the flavor. Especially during the heat wave haha.
I love, love, love grapefruit. Which is why I bought this. It really doesn’t have any grapefruit flavor. And barely any vanilla. It almost has the nutrigrain note I’ve had in a few other teas. Once your cup is empty it does leave a pleasant vanilla scent .But really it’s quite tasteless. Also…the caffeine must be really high because I have the worst time sleeping after drinking this. I tried to hurry through this by cold brewing. I’m on my last little bit. Thank goodness!
This is my friend Elizabeth’s favorite breakfast blend and after trying it, I can see why! It’s has a rich, robust aroma and flavor with a nice balance of brightness from the Darjeeling and malt from the Assam. I find it too astringent to drink straight, but it mellows out beautifully with milk. Might be purchasing this for myself one of these days!
Flavors: Astringent, Malt
I went for a run first thing this morning, and today is the final day of the Bundesliga season, so I am now watching soccer. An excellent morning so far, so it calls for an excellent tea.
I brewed it western style for just over 4 minutes.
This is so smooth and creamy — no spice to it at all. Slightly astringent but in a good way. I taste cedar and sweet potatoes as flavors.
This is definitely one I savor on special days — even if that “special” day is as mundane as today. Happy Saturday, all!
Flavors: Astringent, Cream, Creamy, Sweet Potatoes