62 Tasting Notes

drank Rooibos Chai by Harney & Sons
62 tasting notes

The last of my 8 samples of Harney’s sachets. Second ever rooibos tea. It’s nice enough, but not sure if rooibos is my cuppa tea (pun intended). The chai flavouring is not overpowering (good) and goes well with the rooibos. The same medicinal compound is in this tea that I noticed with my first rooibos, must be a characteristic of this type of ‘tea’ leaf.

Edited to add:
Pretty sure there’s clove oil in this. I’m left with a slight numbing sensation in my mouth & throat. Similar to when I used clove oil for toothache 3 weeks ago. Not really a fan of voluntarily ingesting the stuff in a tea! Full strength clove oil is neurotoxic. I know because I did my research. Drink at your own risk I’d say.

Flavors: Clove, Medicinal, Rooibos


I used to smoke clove cigarettes and did some research, and heated cloves produce Eugenol, which is a local anesthetic and makes you feel numb. Hence, the smoke made my mouth and throat a little numb and that is why they tend to be easy to smoke and not that harsh. Incidentally, they also cause you to inhale and keep smoke in your lungs more since you can’t feel it, which is terrible for you.

I haven’t smoked for many years now, but you’re right that clove has some interesting properties. I’ve never gotten a medicinal taste from rooibos. I wonder if it’s something else in the tea.

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Delightful, mmm. Glad I bought this. I can sense chocolate, caramel, vanilla, raisins and a nutty taste and aroma. A tsp of brown sugar and a splash of almond milk really brings out the flavour. Another fine Harney’s tea, hope I can find it in a larger size (I got the tagalong with 5 pyramid sachets). A nice alternative to a sweet treat any time you feel peckish. Went well with my mini matcha kit-kat.

Flavors: Apricot, Caramel, Chocolate, Nutty, Raisins, Vanilla

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I won’t rate this as I don’t think I let it steep long enough. (2:45min). Scent when dry is fruity but not in an overpowering way, quite delicate, maybe a slight floral note as well. It’s probably my first oolong other than a quick taste of ginseng oolong at a tea shop last weekend. I only have 1 sample (can resteep as it’s meant to be for 2 cups). The taste was just too delicate/weak the way I made it. Half teaspoon of brown sugar didn’t help it along. Ah well. I’d like to be able to buy larger samples of tea without having to buy tins or 100g bags of tea. That way I can experiment a bit before reviewing.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity

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Meh. Not my kind of tea. Mildly minty but I prefer something a little more exotic. Left a bitter aftertaste too. Reminds me of trying to make myself finish off dusty old supermarket green tea bags that’d been in my cupboard too long.

Flavors: Bitter, Dust

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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
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Another exotic Harney & Sons tea. Delicious scent, fruity, tropical. Only had one sample and would like to give it another go, maybe try it with brown sugar. I added a dash of almond/coconut milk after half drinking it without milk. Also want to try it iced.

I’m certainly starting to learn what’s a good brand, and where my preferences lie. This tea is fruity without being a fruit-only tea, it’s not black nor green but a combination of all of these, which I like.

Flavors: Fruity, Guava

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drank Love Liquorice by t Leaf T
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After my initial tasting note, I now have a new way of preparing this to give a more intense licorice hit. I include 1 teabag of Red Seal Black Adder licorice tea. Voila, problem solved. Delicously sweet, with vitually no calories. Awesome when you are watching your weight and craving something sweet!

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Bought this on a whim. When I opened the box I knew I’d made a big mistake – it smells like pungent hair removal cream (the type that chemically dissolves hair). Must be the rose scent in this tea.

But I made myself try the tea. Brewed it for just under 2 mins. It’s mild that way, drank it with a small amount of sugar. But no, I have strong negative associations.

Good reminder to never buy tea with rose in it again. (Check the label!).

Flavors: Artificial, Floral, Perfume, Rose

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Interesting unusual tea, it’s Thai scents and flavours make me want to go out for a Thai meal. There’s coconut, lemongrass, mild ginger and more. Not sure what occasion I’d drink this for, I imagine it would be nice chilled as an iced tea.

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Wonderful scent, I love jasmine flowers. This is one tea that actually tastes the same as the scent of the dry tea. This is probably the best jasmine tea I have had, very authentic. It’s one of the few kinds of tea that I like unsweetened so it’s a virtually calorie free indulgence.

Flowery, aromatic tea without being overpowering or too perfume-y. I wonder how many more cups I can get from resteeping the unfurled pearls. I may buy a larger quantity of this tea after my initial sample.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine

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Delicately flavoured tea, my first ever white. The initial scent of the dry tea is hard to describe… To me it was reminiscent of some type of alcoholic liqueur, and upon trying to figure it out I was suddenly taken back to a lolly store of my childhood, then a kind of vanilla as well but not the scent I would normally associate with vanilla. Maybe it’s vanilla bean, not the imitation vanilla essence you use in cakes.

Only steeped it for 3 mins as per recommendations on here not to oversteep it. Very subtle taste and can notice both the vanilla and the grapefruit follows it. Flat tsp of sugar to sweeten. I made it again and steeped for 5 min this time and no milk. Only difference is the grapefruit is now stronger.

This tea is pleasant enough even with the grapefruit but wouldn’t buy a box of it.

Flavors: Alcohol, Grapefruit, Vanilla

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Japanophile, mother of one
Tuna sashimi
Cherry blossom
Plum wine
Anything chilli …. And of course tea!

TEA I like:
- oolongs
- dessert teas
- matcha
I dabble a bit in photography, cooking, playing piano, like to travel (last trip was to Singapore), swimming and love a good massage.

Dormant hobbies include baking, sewing, scrap booking, bento making, hiking, Latin dancing, pencil drawing of faces.

I have a very wide appreciation of music.


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