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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
331 tasting notes

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drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
331 tasting notes

Welp. Dad and I were going to go into Columbus together… and then it snowed so hard that a mail truck actually got stuck in a ditch in our neighborhood. Ugggh. I’m glad I’m not at work today, but did this REALLY have to happen during my vacation? Guess I’m staying in. Not that that’s all a bad thing, though.

This tea was a pretty obvious choice for me, because I have discovered that I’m a sucker for roses when it comes to tea. Floral things in general, actually.

It’s not bad. It’s a little on the… sweet? … side of rosy. No, not sweet, maybe perfume-y is more of the right word. There’s something slightly artificial about it. I would actually quite like it… if it didn’t remind me that I have yet to get Teavivre’s Rose Dian Hong back into my cupboard.


I’ve been curious about this one… I definitely shy away from perfume-y tea. There is a fine balance between the two and it’s easy to cross. Might pick up a sample of this one when I do an H&S order. But with the dollar going down, might not do that for a while.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
331 tasting notes

Whee! SO glad to have this back in my cupboard, and a nice tin of it too! … Although I did spill a handful of it when I first popped the lid open. I was not pleased. At least I got to try out my new mini vacuum I got for Christmas. :P

They keep saying “fruit with a hint of bergamot” when they talk about this tea, and I see where they’re getting “fruit” but that’s not how it strikes me. But I don’t know how to describe it!!!!

Magic. It’s the taste of magic.


I consider this one an Earl Grey. There’s definitely something other than bergamot though. :)

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Having some loneliness + winter doldrums tonight, so I figured I’d fix a bout of this as I try to concentrate on learning the bass line from “Moondance” for my lesson tomorrow.

It’s hot! It’s cinnamon! It’s spicy! And it’s just enough of a kick in the tastebuds to perk me up a bit!

I’m so glad I got this in sachets. Perfect to take to work and leave in the break room, especially since my boss drinks it too.


I hope you feel less lonely very soon.


Thank you keychange! Morgana, I don’t know if you’re dittoing the post or the previous comment, but if it’s the post, I hope you feel better soon!

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
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This was WAY too honey-smelling in the bag. I was hoping it would be a little more palatable in brewed form. It’s the opposite. It’s WAY TOO honey – the kind that makes me sick to my stomach and headache-y at the same time – with a bit of grassiness that just adds up to something kinda nasty. And I like H & S, but not this one.

I’m not going to give this one numbers yet. From what I’ve read, I need to go lighter on all the variables to make this work. I treated it like I do any black tea – boil it, big heaping teaspoon, steep it 5 minutes-ish.

Then again, maybe this blend just isn’t for me.

But that’s OK. That’s what samples are for. :)


I wonder whether the amount of honey smell/flavor varies from batch to batch? I’ll be interested to hear what you think when you try it at a shorter steeping time. (BTW, I love your name. I have often felt like a tea klutz myself. Lol.)


Thank you! For me, the name works both ways, since I’m a tea klutz, but I’m also a klutz in general who loves tea. :P

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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I still don’t get hazelnut in this one. I get where “chocolate” is coming from, although it still tastes more like chocolate flavoring than anything to me. This is great for when you want a really rich, creamy tea. This one actually goes into my head a little. You know what I mean? Ever have certain flavors that seem to get you right in the front of your forehead between the eyes? Not in a “punch” kind of way, like it actually makes your head hurt just the slightest bit when you smell it it’s so sweet.

It was a good sample and exactly that. A sample.


Yep, almost no hazelnut for me.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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I can’t remember whether I’ve done a tasting note on this or not.

This tea is decent. It’s one of the earthy ones. The item description says something about floral chocolatey-ness but I’m not getting it. Honestly it’s just a little too understated for me. I like it, but not enough to restock.

No numbers yet. I need to try this once or twice more to see if I’m goofing something up or not.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
331 tasting notes


But NOT permanently. Absolutely NOT.

I had like 1.66 cups worth of this left, so I just dumped it all in and made one cup. It does taste a bit overleafed; for lack of a better comparison, I’m getting more of the salty end of caramel, and the floral overtone is a little more astringent than normal. Brilliant tea nonetheless.

I’ve had some hits and misses with samples lately, but I have to say I’m very happy with this, Hot Cinnamon Spice, and – it really has grown on me – Tower of London from Harney & Sons. When I was first venturing into tea, I had some doubts about H & S, honestly more out of snobbishness than anything. But I’ve gained a lot of respect for their teas, especially this one. I also like that you have the option to order loose leaf or sachets for a lot of teas, and that the sample bags FREAKING ZIP! THANK YOU!!!!!

I look forward to placing another order.


Love this tea! and I think H and S is a company you can feel snobby about liking-their blends are delicious!


Paris and Tower of London are some of my favorites. Good blends all around.


The Decaf Paris is pretty good too.


Those three are my favorites too – along with the Indian Nimbu and Vanilla Comoro.

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The name’s Holly. 27. Work for a small IT company. About to finish a Master’s degree this winter. ISFJ for what it’s worth. I play various instruments (mostly bass guitar right now), attempt to write songs that I’m too scared to play for anyone, and I’m currently taking voice lessons. I also enjoy starting various hobbies, wearing monochromes, writing, cooking, taking walks, and various and sundry other things…

I’ve been a tea drinker since spring of 2013. Tea is a source of happiness, positivity, curiosity, and relaxation (…and caffeine) for me.

I’ve been on and off this site over the years, and I even had a separate tea blog at one point. For now, I’m just working on getting back in the habit of enjoying tea regularly and to its fullest.

Love: Malty Chinese black teas, shu/ripe pu erhs, soft flowery teas (esp. jasmine teas)

Like: Japanese green teas, sheng/ripe pu erhs, white teas

Still trying to get into: Most oolongs, chai teas

Not crazy about: Roasty teas, fruity teas, rooibos, many (not all) herbal teas

90-100: YEAH!
80-89: Nice! This is good stuff.
70-79: Respectable tea.
60-69: Not bad.
50-59: Middling. Not really worth it.
25-49: Eeeeeugh. Not good.
0-24: Did you know you can use tea leaves as odor absorbent?



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