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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2154 tasting notes

When I need to serve a tea for people who don’t drink tea, this is the one I turn to. It is very well liked even by the coffee drinkers. I love JacquelineM’s suggestion to make it with water just below boiling to avoid any bitterness. It is delicious, and the temp tweak improved it even more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Chai by Harney & Sons
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Tea party was extra special today, as our usual guest was absent for two weeks and we were excited to be back on schedule! We prepared Indian Spice according to the chai directions in the tin. Lovely and sweet, it tastes like liquid pumpkin pie to me because of the cardamom, and I think there must surely be nutmeg in there as well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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Tea party day! This was exquisite, as always. Rich, round, full, sweet – this is the best tea ever!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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I was saving Catherine for my radiation boost, which is now on day 2 of 5. Sometimes I need her firm but encouraging strength, and I am nearly out so I have been rationing this one until my next Harney order. Ahhhh, how I have missed you! This is a delightful cup. Slightly, only ever so slightly smokey. Full-bodied, rich, smooth Chinese teas. There is no bitterness, no astringency, just a cup of delight! Time to put in that Harney and Sons order I have been holding off on….

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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This was served for tea party today, and the aroma drew an immediate reaction. It does smell sooo good! The cranberry high note is rounded by a full, deep almond or amaretto scent and flavor. So nice! I drank it sans additions, guests took it with milk and sugar. Everyone liked it, even the children but they are seasoned tea drinkers! Why don’t I make this more often?? I am glad mrawlins brought it to my mind so I could suggest it for today’s offerings. Many thanks to my little barista, my youngest daughter, who makes all the teas and prepares the dessert plates for our tea parties!

Mike Harney, you done good! :)

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Mother's Bouquet by Harney & Sons
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This is a beautiful tea to look at! I have the sachets but I can still see those lovely petals through the nylon. I am not much of a herbal tea drinker, but this one is very drinkable for me and needs no additions to taste good. My guests added sugar to theirs, and one even added milk, too, and they seemed to like it! The chamomile and citrus flavors take the forefront and the floral notes are subdued and nice.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Chai by Harney & Sons
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I tried this one iced today, but I didn’t increase the sugar or leaves at first. It was a bit watery, but the addition of more sugar helped, though I really should have made it with extra leaves if I was planning to ice it. I had the second cup from the pot warm, and it was just as yummy as it should be! It seems so thick and frothy made with 2 parts milk to one part water, and I feel like I am drinking liquid pumpkin pie. Delicious! It is a smooth and mellow chai.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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A whole pot with some Swiss cheese cubes to celebrate a beautiful day! Harney’s English Breakfast is 100% keemun, and having just had a cup of their Hao Ya A I can really tell it! This has very nice cocoa notes and great body and flavor. It is smooth and lovely and while it is considerably less expensive than Hao Ya A it has all the attributes of keemuns that we love.

The wind is blowing billowing clouds of yellow pollen around, so my earlier washing of the car is already undone, but I don’t mind – it was too pretty to stay inside! The dogwoods are so heavy with flowers they are almost blinding, the tall pines all around me are releasing puffs of yellow, and there are five speckled blue eggs in my fern thanks to the little house finches. It’s a good day. I’m taking the tea tray outside!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Hao Ya 'A' by Harney & Sons
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I had only one teaspoon left of my sample and wanted another taste to help decide whether this goes on the next order. The first time I tried this I was a tea novice and thought it terribly strong. Today I thought it very smooth and sweet, with lots of body and flavor. How tastes change! I would love this as a breakfast tea with milk and sugar, or as an afternoon tea taken plain. I read that the Queen of England usually drinks a Hao Ya A for breakfast. She has good taste in tea!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Chai by Harney & Sons
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Ah yes! Today I have the house to myself and can read quietly for a little while. I decided this was a great time to try Indian Spice again, this time prepared the way Harney and Sons recommends in their special instructions in the tin.

I feel like I am drinking liquid pumpkin pie! It is really yummy! On my first tasting note of this tea, I stated that it was rather bland and plain until we started eating Belgian Cream Puffs with it. The next sip of tea after was completely different, very full and sweet. By preparing the tea this way today, that is the taste I got right off the bat. It is rich, thick, and full of flavor, but not strong or overbearing. I consider this a very calming cup.

I used 16 oz. skim milk and 8 oz. water and since I didn’t have Demerara sugar cubes (they call for six) I used 5 teaspoons of sugar instead. You heat the milk and water, add the tea and sugar, simmer for 4 minutes, and strain. I do have some succanat, and I believe I will try that next time in place of sugar. I think the honey notes of succanat may go very well with this.

I wish Sandy were here to try it this new way with me!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
gmathis

The “like” is less for the tea than for the “house to myself so I can read!” Woo-hoo!

ashmanra

Indeed. Homeschooling four children and having three of them still in the home now means you are almost never EVER home alone! Hubby used to tell me to go off and have fun, and I told him what I really wanted was to be in my own home by myself a little! Adore my kids but I sure do like a quiet house now and then! :)

gmathis

Treated myself to a binge-read of half of “Christy” by Catherine Marshall this weekend (one I’ve had half-memorized since sixth grade) and regretted having no sassafras tea currently under the roof to go with it.

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about six years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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