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John Harney Appreciation Tea #17

My second cuppa the day was this tasty reddish-amber liquoring English breakfast tea. I drank it with cream.

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drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
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John Harney Appreciation Tea #16

I woke up very late today and so skipped my usual mid-day green tea regimen. Instead, I brewed up a glass of Valentine’s Blend and drank it with a bit of cream. Chocolate and roses and tea are good!

Preparation
2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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82

John Harney Appreciation Tea #15

I’ve been mainly preparing loose leaf chamomile since I acquired a big 1 lb bag of it, but now and then I still brew up a sachet. It’s just as delicious and not as messy, plus it’s a good method for portion control. Seriously, I sometimes really go overboard with my loose-leaf brew. I also love to use the spent sachets for eye masks. When my Historic Palace tin is empty (I have a few more sachets), I’ll be filling the gorgeous and generous-sized tin with the rest of my loose-leaf supply.

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drank Yellow and Blue by Harney & Sons
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John Harney Appreciation Tea #14

This Yellow and Blue is aesthetically pleasing on so many levels. Olfactorily, the lavender and chamomile mingle together most enticingly. The dried tea is visually gorgeous with the cornflower and lavender mixed in with the chamomile. The liquor has a brief yellow opening but then quickly becomes somewhat green—it’s the mix of the blue and the yellow. It becomes a bit more golden after a couple of minutes. The tin is beautiful (it’s one of the HT tins with copper accents and inside and a matte blue outside color with adorable embellishments).

Then there’s of course the taste. This is basically the perfect balance of lavender and chamomile. Very soothing and delicious, too.

Flavors: Flowers, Lavender

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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John Harney Appreciation Tea #13

The first time I tried Fruits d’Alsace, I found the brew too weak. Today I weighed out the tea, and the result was much better! Once again, I was able to enjoy a flavored black tea sans crème. I guess that adding cream became a habit after so many scratchy blacks. These ones from Harney & Sons, however, I find to be smooth. They do not need to be camouflaged.

Fruits d’Alsace dried smells exactly like Bonne Maman Fruits Rouges Preserves, with a big emphasis on raspberry! The dark amber liquor does not taste specifically like raspberry to me, however. Instead, this is a red berry-flavored black tea. Very smooth and enjoyable.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Ost

Ahh your tasting notes make me wanna order again! There’s so much to try!

sherapop

Ost: what I find amazing is the percentage of hits. There are other companies (Teavana, David’s, et al. who produce just as many mehs as marvelous teas. With H&S I seem to like nearly everything!

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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John Harney Appreciation Tea #12

Breaking news: I just discovered that Boston is better than Paris! Seriously, I imbibed this glass au naturel, and it was totally delicious! By force of habit, I reach naturally for cream when I prepare a flavored black tea, but I occasionally remember to take a sip plain before adulteration. Today I discovered that Boston tastes great with nothing added! Now I must increase my rating…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Tamarindel

I need to try this one for sure :)

TheTeaFairy

Love this one, tastes like strawberries and cream to me :-)

sherapop

Tamarindel and TheTeaFairy: these flavored teas from H&S are slowly changing my drinking habits. It used to be that I added cream to every flavored black tea, but I find that the quality of the base is much better than usual in these cases.

Tamarindel

I agree! I don’t know what H&S is using for their black tea base, but it’s so smooth and blends beautifully with the flavors :)

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80
drank Jane's Garden by Harney & Sons
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John Harney Appreciation Tea #11

Some people drink green tea for the health benefits. Not me. Case in point: I enjoyed my small tetsubin of Jane’s Garden today along with a plump “everything” bagel slathered with butter. Yum, yum, yum…

Let there be bancha! And butter!

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drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
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John Harney Appreciation Tea #10

This peppermint tea from Harney & Sons is a the perfect illustration of the principle “less is more”. Take a simple, natural ingredient and allow it to express its natural beauty and complexity.

TheTeaFairy

I so agree with this statement :-)

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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John Harney Appreciation Tea #9

Every time I drink a glass of Vanilla Comoro, I find it very difficult to believe that this is a decaffeinated tea! It’s my favorite vanilla tea, plus I get to drink it at night!

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drank White Peach by Harney & Sons
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John Harney Appreciation Tea #8

Not sure why I neglected to review this White Peach before, but it’s very good. The white tea is smooth and serves as the perfect canvas for the natural peach flavor. I’ve had a few peach-flavored teas now, and this is one of my favorites.

I have an HT tin of the sachets, which smell very fragrant dry and brew up (appropriately enough) peach colored with a peach aroma! Definitely a must-try for peach lovers.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 g 9 OZ / 266 ML
Ost

You seem to be a big H&S fan!

sherapop

Ost: I am! ;-)

Ost

I’m gonna have to look at these tasting notes the next time I order from there. I love Peach, so this tea sounds really good! ^^

mj

You’ve had such a great tribute day, sherapop!

sherapop

Thank you, mj1851! It’s not over yet… I am debating continuing on for one more day…

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Update: 28 September 2014.

On the above date, I officially went on strike and stopped posting tasting notes at Steepster, having endured more than two months of this site’s complete and utter dysfunctionality.

Today is November 1, 2014. I write now to announce that I’ll be launching my new blog, sherapop’s tea leaves, in the not too distant future…


A long-time tea and perfume lover, I have recently begun to explore the intersections between the two at my blog: http://salondeparfum-sherapop.blogspot.com//

I participate at fragrance community websites, and I care about tea as much as perfume, so why not belong to Steepster as well?

A few words about my ratings. In assessing both teas and perfumes, my evaluation is “all things considered.” Teas do not differ very much in price (relative to perfumes or any luxury items), so I do not usually consider the price when rating a tea.

What I do consider is how the particular tea compares to teas of its own type. So I might give a high rating to a fine herbal infusion even though I would never say that it is my favorite TEA. But if it’s good for what it is, then it deserves a high rating. There is no point in wishing that a chamomile blend was an Assam or a sencha tea!

Any rating below 50 means that I find the liquid less desirable to drink than plain water. I may or may not finish the cup, depending upon how thirsty I am and whether there is another hot beverage or (in summertime) a source of fresh water available.

From 50 to 60 indicates that, while potable, the tea is not one which I would buy or repurchase, if I already made the mistake (I have learned) of purchasing it.

From 60 to 70 means that the tea is drinkable but I have criticisms of some sort, and I probably would not purchase or repurchase the tea as I can think of obvious alternatives which would be better.

From 70 to 80 is a solid brew which I would purchase again.

From 80 to 90 is good stuff, and I probably need to have some ready at hand in my humble abode.

From 90 to 100 is a tea (or infusion) which I have come to depend on and look forward to imbibing again and again—if possible!

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