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.
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
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
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.
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
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.