1300 Tasting Notes
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.
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
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.
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…
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.