158 Tasting Notes
Had this earlier at the mall. Mehhh.. First of all I had to tell the lady how to make it. So what did I expect. My boyfriend’s London Fog was decent.
On a better note.. I just placed a super-sized order with Harney. Stocked up on Vanilla Comoro, Florence, Herbal Hot Cinnamon Spice, and of course the Queen. Got a few new things to try out, too. This is quite the expensive addiction I’m developing. :/
…. pumpkin? apple pie? caramel?! BUTTERCREAM???
must start working the corner that I live on.
ERIN! Guess what I did with this. I added a splash of rum, a dab of butter, a bit of brown sugar and a squeeze of maple syrup!
My version of a hot buttered rum.
AND OMG. IT IS TOO GOOD.
buttery maple pecan pie with rum goodness. ahhhhhh.
OH by the way – free shipping from Harney until August 30th. Use code “MASTER” at checkout.
preparing this in the Breville this time to see what the outcome is. 1 tsp per 8 ounces, 190 degrees for 3 minutes.
Edit. Yep, Breville always wins. The first time I made this I prepared it in a big mug thinking the leaves could better expand and it might make for a better cup of tea. Nope. The Breville produced a more enhanced cup of tea. It was like my mouth put on glasses. Same as the first time but more clear and defined.
My opinion of this tea hasn’t changed, I just have to strain less to identify what I was trying to.
This tea becomes more enjoyable on the cooldown. It becomes more soft, sweet and delicate. I’m also noticing a bit of a buttery mouthfeel once it reaches room temperature.
I also think I might be using a little bit too much tea, or maybe steeping for too long. I will keep experimenting.
1 tsp per 8 ounces, steeped at 190 degrees for 3 minutes in a mug.
(EDIT – Check out my second review for update/info on steeping method.)
Tastes of flowers. Roses come to mind. Thick and sweet like honey. The liquor also takes on the color of golden liquid honey. Once cool it really reminds me of rose water. Or maybe rose petal infused honey. The scent matches. It’s beautiful in that aspect. Quite astringent. Has a light muscatel quality.
Second steeping didn’t appeal to me as much, especially when it cooled; it tasted like olive oil. And I kind of despise olive oil for some reason, unless it’s masked by other flavors in food.
But the first cup was enjoyable.
This is the first time I’ve had Florence since I purchased my Breville. And WOW. I didn’t realize how good this tea was. I was having one of those nights, and Florence made me feel a little bit better. (Thanks Erin!) It made me realize I need to restock asap. Then before I tried to sleep I just managed to catch Frank’s post on Facebook that he’d added some more Banana Bread and my drug of choice, Cinnamon Roll. !!!!!!!!!
Boy was I excited. So excited that I placed an order for several, then panicked and realized that I needed even MORE……and placed a second order right in a row.
My name’s Ashley, and I’m an addict.
Another sample from Jenn, thankyou!!
Wow! This is the first white tea that I’ve really enjoyed. I’m also rarely a lover a hot fruity teas and this one’s got me sold. I’m really falling for David. Again. (My boyfriend’s name is David.) My biological father’s name is David. Davids everywhere. haha
I steeped the recommended 2 teaspoons, at 200 degrees for 7 minutes. Brews to a golden liquor. I expected this to not have much flavor, as most whites I’ve tried were very light and frankly unsatisfying. But woah was I surprised! (As I have been with every David’s tea I’ve tried.) This is definitely not lacking in flavor. And it smells wonderful! Tropical paradise. Mango is hardly ever mimicked believably. And I had a delicious mango this morning, so it’s fresh in my mind and that makes me all the tougher critic of mango flavor. But hats off to David; this is great. It does taste a bit more tart than a mango, more like mangos and apples, (I’m noticing a lot of David’s teas contain apple.) I’m also loving the quite apparent tangerine flavor, and I hint a bit of plum and the taste of real strawberries, and probably a couple other tropical fruits I can’t put my finger on right now, but they all combine to produce a lovely cuppa. I added brown sugar to sweeten it up a bit since I like my mangos really ripe and sweet. This has be to quite refreshing iced. I’ve got to start trying more whites and fruity teas.
As this cools it just keeps getting yummier! I’m definitely going to have to order some of this.
Received this as a sample when I ordered some iced teas. I had been curious about this one. Thanks Frank! I love honeybush, especially since I need to watch my caffeine and oxalate intake.
I steeped 1 heaping teaspoon per 8 ounces at 205 degrees for 10 minutes.
Added a bit of brown sugar and a splash of coconut milk.
This is pretty good! Candy banana flavor, reminiscent of those banana shaped candies and banana cream pie, (especially with the creamy coconut milk.)
The banana flavor is becoming more prominent as it cools. Don’t know if I’d want to drink this all the time but it’s not bad!
It does make me miss Hot Buttered Banana Bread. Wish that was a permanent!
Don’t know if I’ll be drinking this anymore.. I notice it makes my throat tickly, I’m never allergic to anything.. but I just might be slightly allergic to a flavor component in this blend! :/