1158 Tasting Notes
Strength in Bergamot.
The combination of bergamot oil with softer lemongrass and a brisk and citrusy-buttery green tea made a great cup to have after a lunch of fish and chips on a 99F afternoon. I’d buy this for work but like Nik, I’m not too keen on individually plastic-wrapped teabags.
Kiki came home for the day and is kicked back in her recliner watching TV. It’s a hot one outside today and thankfully cool inside. She’s about ready to fall asleep and then ZING! a sip of black tea.
“Oh, I like this one. I LIKE this one. Is that jasmine? That’s… omg… new episodes on “Money Heist.” burrp It’s a jasmine burp, it’s a black oolong and uh, am I right?"
“No? It’s a… Am I right at all?”
“What did you say? Is anything right? Ok so it’s a white tea!”
Haha, you’re a funny one, Kiki.
“I dunno. It’s good!”
It’s called French Earl Grey. It has fruity flavors and bergamot and rose and flower petals.
“Alright that’s black. Isn’t that black? Alright.”
It has fruity peachy flavor in it…
…and bergamot flavor…
…and rose and flower petals.
“Alright. yawn Very, very nice.”
This has a full mouthfeel that sets it apart from all the flavored black teas and black teabags I’ve had lately. It makes me think of a tobacco-tasting black tea but I wouldn’t say I taste tobacco. Upon another sip, maybe I would say tobacco. Woody tobacco? The full, peachy flavoring and moderate bergamot flavoring play really well with the base tea. This is cohesive. The peach lingers in the aftertaste. Pretty good. I feel like the heft of this tea combined with the fruity and floral tastes would make a good cup on a hard-frost early spring morning.
Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Dark Wood, Floral, Fruity, Peach, Round, Smooth, Tobacco
Harney has captured the authentic taste of pear! There’s depth to the pear flavor; it’s juicy, tangy and floral verging perfumey. The mellow cinnamon and nutmeg add a spiced touch and the hay-like white tea base complements. I want more from the base though! Was hoping for some of the creaminess of bai mudan that others have noted. It does taste papery in a second steep. Regardless, it’s a great late summer to fall transition tea.
If Kiki likes this, and I get the feeling she’ll love it, I will buy a tin so we can sip this together. Thank you for sharing, Cameron :)
Flavors: Cinnamon, Floral, Fruity, Hay, Nutmeg, Paper, Pear, Perfume, Tangy
Another box of tea I picked up for work. Normal price at Sprouts is $10.99?? I never bought it because of the price but last week I saw the two YAYAYA yaupon teas they carry were on clearance for $1.99. For such a deal, I chose to buy this one, having never tried yaupon before, the only caffeinated North American plant, which is in the holly family.
Something about the mix of that laced-with-smoke, I-dont’-know-what, kind-of-like-yerba-maté character of yaupon mixed with the peppermint, nettle and oatstraw… It confuses my brain. Like an arthritic finger appearing from the shadows, summoning one to “Come hither.” It feels like a forbidden witch’s brew. Sweet and cool, malty and nutritious. I don’t know what. Really difficult to describe but utterly fascinating. And utterly caffeinating. The coworker who shared his First Street black tea with me, as soon as he opened a packet of this, said something about the scent made his caffeine receptors tingle.
Bought a box for work and after a week, I’m almost out. Really good and fresh. Turmeric and ginger are the stars but really well balanced by clove and cinnamon woodiness and a black pepper spiciness. The tulsi I think lightens it considerably such that not any of the spices truly dominate. Stevia’s in this blend like in the Tulsi Sweet Rose but I honestly don’t taste it; there’s just enough to give the slightest hint of sweetness once the brew cools.
Recently, between this tea and 2 others, I’ve had 3 of Organic India’s tulsi blends and from each one I’ve tasted colors. With Tulsi Turmeric Ginger, it’s mostly orange with some underlying dark yellow-brown, purplish-red, and green-off-white.
Flavors: Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Clove, Ginger, Spicy, Tulsi, Turmeric
Wtf is this.
so… SOUR. Is that BERGAMOT in an ENGLISH BREAKFAST?? You know in the Wizard of Oz, when the Wicked Witch of the East’s feet curl up under the house? I feel like I get fake-ass bergamot in this and it tastes like that whole image. This tea made me want to curl up and die.
Flavors: Bergamot, Bitter, Herbs, Sour, Wood
Sweet caramel-floral top notes underpinned by a supple, gentle umami along the lines of that understated seaweed-like vibe I find in some Taiwanese roasted oolong. Apricot finish and aftertaste which is in later bowls augmented by a minty-fresh throatiness. Well executed roast highlights the cream-turned-caramel notes of a roasted Jin Xuan. Can be a little drying at times (never to detriment), but the saliva-thickening character amplifies the caramel impression. Great bowl tea that handles boiling water with ease and has above average longevity when prepared in this manner. Soothing and just overall pleasant. Leaves are healthy and well cared for <3
Thank you for the freebie Mountain Stream :)
Flavors: Apricot, Caramel, Drying, Floral, Mint, Round, Seaweed, Smooth, Thick
Random tea bag I snagged from somebody somewhere. Had very early and in a rush. I don’t remember much.
Sweet, smooth taste with plenty of vanilla, whether from vanilla bean or flavoring, I don’t know. It was like a malty-cocoa-vanilla marshmallow that smoothed over the brighter taste of red fruits. The taste took me by delightful surprise but then I realized how thin the brew actually was. Mellow black tea to ease my way into a sleep-deprived morning.
Flavors: Artificial, Cocoa, Fruity, Malt, Marshmallow, Red Fruits, Round, Smooth, Sweet, Vanilla
Some of you may know that my tea preference skews heavily to unflavored, loose leaf teas. I only buy flavored teas as teabags for the convenience. But I am always open to trying anything that lands in my hands through the generosity of others <3
This is a dead ringer for apple cinnamon french toast. It’s really amazing how this company has nailed the aroma and flavor. It’s a little strong with the maple syrup flavoring and cinnamon but definitely not cloying. The apple shines bright as a warm skillet apples kind of flavor. There’s the slightly eggy and bready french toast taste. All of it is there and harmonious.
The base black tea is weak. Like Simpson & Vail’s Almond Sugar Cookie, the flavoring is really kind of mind-blowing but I want so much more from the base, some underlying complexity, some texture. I like nuance and mouthfeel. A lot. And flavored teas typically use cheap bases that produce thin, one-dimensional brews as the experience delivery vehicle.
Very much recommended for accurately capturing the namesake of the tea! Even for somebody like me who is pretty much turned off by maple syrup flavoring. When Kiki comes back from housesitting in several weeks, I’ll get her impression. Like me, she’s not a fan of maple flavor since it’s so cloying but I hope she is pleasantly surprised. Thank you for the sample, Cameron :)
Flavors: Apple, Biting, Bread, Brown Sugar, Butter, Cinnamon, Egg, Malt, Maple Syrup