Thank you again to JacquelineM for sharing and introducing me to this fantastic tea I had never tasted lychee and now I know what I have been missing as it is absolutely divine. I agree with Jacqueline in that if I did not know it was lychee I might think there was a hint of Roses. This tea is so very smooth and velvety in the mouth. I tried mine slightly sweetened and it is perfection! Mmmmm , so yummy!i
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Thank you to JacquelineM for this lovely tea. It lived up to my expectations and is so delicious. I recently attended a quilting retreat and took along some teas to brew during the day. This was the favorite of everyone. We all loved the gentle bergamot with the grapefruit note. It’s a very aromatic tea and has a delightful smoothness. It is one of my favorites.
What a lovely refreshing tea! i could drink this most any time. It is a soft and clean taste with a definite berry note. Other than having a very fresh taste, I don’t notice the mint or the apple. It could be served hot or cold.
Yesterday, while visiting Teavana in a mall in another city, my daughters and I decided this was the best tea they had available for tasting. After enjoying several sips, I decided to buy a couple of ounces. We brewed a pot today as well and sweetened it with Teavana German brown sugar. It is very pleasant, a little long on the strawberries for my taste, but overall a nice blend. The rose and champagne flavors are noticable but not as pronounced as the strawberry. Its a nice flavored oolong. I would buy it again.
This was one of the four teas we tasted this afternoon, after purchasing it at Teavana yesterday. White tea is not my favorite but this was one of the better whites I have tasted. There was a clarity in its taste and the flavor of cherries was gently present. If you are a fan of white tea, this may be one you would enjoy.
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Yesterday this was one of the teas available for tasting at Teavana. It was served chilled and was very tasty. I did not buy it, but afterwards wished that I had. This was my first trip to Teavana and frankly I thought they were a bit pricey. With most teas costing in excess of ten dollars for the two ounce minimum, I couldn’t bring home as many as I would have liked. This drink was refreshing and I could enjoy drinking it on many occasions.
Today I had tea with two of my daughters and this was one of our tastings. We tasted this and three other teas and we all agreed that this was our favorite. We sweetened it a wee bit with the German rock sugar from Teavana. This tea was suprisingly robust. It seemed like a thicker infusion than I was expecting. It was a full, sweet, flowery and fruity taste. I would definitely buy this tea and enjoy keeping some on hand. It is decaffeinated and I presume a tisane. I did not detect any real tea leaves of any sort. Nevertheless it is quite tasty and I think it would be yummy mixed in with iced tea. My daughter that supplied this one said she has mixed it with lemonade previously and that it is terrific that way with lots of ice on a hot summer day. It was good hot today in my opinion. It would be enjoyable in the evening also when I don’t want anything decaffeinated.
One of my favorite black teas is Keemun and this tea blend does not disappoint. A blend of Chinese Keemun, Formosa Oolong, with some Assam, Indian and Ceylon tea mixed in, this tea is smooth with a hint of sweetness.Its simply a good all around drinking black tea which I could enjoy anytime. It may become one of my staples. There are slight hints of malt, citrus and peachness but none of those predominate.It is medium to almost full bodied with a pleasant tea aroma. It reminds me a bit of the tea from the A&P (the “tea” store as my Grandmother used to say) back when I was a child. Maybe that is just my imagination, but the smoothness of taste with no bitterness does remind me of my 1950’s childhood tea. Definitely I like. Nothing exotic here, just good basic tea that I find very pleasurable. As a person who always sweetens tea, usually with splenda, as I am prediabetic, I find that this is one tea where I can use less sweetener as it is not astringent on its own. Its my goal to wean myself off sweeteners. Maybe this is a good start.
I enjoyed a cup or two of this black current tea. It reminded me of the Harney’s pomegranate oolong considerably but seemed fuller bodied than the pomegranate oolong, but it could have been the amount of tea used was different. This is a very pleansant tea for me and I will definitely buy more. Its not earthshattering in anyway, just pleasant and very drinkable. It seems it would be nice to blend in with other black teas to make a wonderful iced tea also.
One of my daughters brewed a pot for me to try tonight and it was delicate and delicious. it made a lovely golden brew that had a nice taste, but I could not identify any particular note.
He made the journey to my house and arrived yesterday evening.
After such a long trip, I had to try him. He is my new best friend. Yes, Marco Polo lived up to his reputation. At first, I wanted to wait, as I had a huge fear of possible disappointment. But at my daughter’s urging, we forged ahead. Once I told her that I ordered him because when I googled “best tea in the world” his name popped up, there was no waiting. At first whiff out of the sealed bag, he instantly took me back about 50 years to the smell of my dad’s cherry blend pipe tobacco. He smelled like leather and tobacco with a mysterious fruity fragrance… is it cherries, strawberries, raspberries, or some berry type blend? Then we brewed, being ever so careful with timing and temperature. The aroma fills the senses like a great wine. The taste and flavor fills your mouth with a full bodied chewy goodness that you don’t want to ever leave. I love him. There was no bitterness, just smooth fruity and full bodied black tea goodness. Can you tell I love a good black tea? Why did I only order 2 oz.? Foolish virgin!
This morning, I did a second steep using the same leaves. I couldn’t bear to throw those leaves away. Its even smoother, more velvety and has lost some of the more pronounced berry and cream flavor. There is still great yummy goodness. It is still fragrant with good body. What is in this tea??? Does anyone know? Marco Polo and I may go on a long journey together. I love him!
This tea is not for me. There have been other roobios that I loved (Paromi’s Cinnamon Chai), but there was something about this that simply did not taste good to me. Fortunatley my daughter liked it pretty well so at least the other 4 sachets will get used more than likely. It is disappointing not to like it as I needed another decaf choice for night-time.
Yesterday my errands took me to a Starbucks located in my local Barnes and Noble bookstore. Fortunately they stock a few of Harney’s special blends. After smelling the Hot Cinnamon and thinking it would be way too much like a cup of liquid red hots (am I wrong?) I decided to try the Pomegranate Oolong, which was a good choice. Oo la la, Loved it. At first it seemed a bit weak but the longer it brewed as I slowly sipped, the better it was. Smooth and delicious and the pomegranate taste was delicate and light. As I ordered a medium size and they used one sachet, in the future I might use two sachets for that amount of water. My preference is for a more robust tea so using two sachets may be the trick. By the time I got home and was still sipping I was wishing I had bought the 30 sachet canister. There are only two places in town that I know of that carry Harney & Sons and both have very limited flavor selections. This is excellent as a hot tea but it seems as though it would make splendid iced tea as well. I have on order already some of the Harney Black Current so hopefully it will turn out to be as good.
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I bought a tin of the Paris sachets over the weekend at my local Fresh Market store. After reading all the positive reviews online here, I was excited to brew it up! Definitely, I am in the process of learning what flavors I prefer in teas. While this was a well blended tea, there is a taste in it that is not my preference. Its the same taste I pick up in the Vanilla Comora by Harney so I am presuming its the vanilla. While my favorite coffee creamer is vanilla, that does not seem a preferred flavor for me in tea. It is puzzling to me as I KNOW that I would love eating a vanilla flavored cookie with most any tea! If anyone has any idea what I may be tasting in these two teas other than vanilla that may be a common flavoring please let me know. I wanted so much to like Paris so it is a bit disappointing. I still have lots of others I want to taste by Harney & Sons and others. Does anyone have any samples of the Diamond Jubilee tea? I can trade for something in my cupboard!
This is a pleasant tasting tea, but it did not seem to have the body and brightness of Harney’s regular English Breakfast. Its adequate, just not special.
Last night I received my Harney & Sons order which included several Tagalongs to try. I have traditionally been a black tea consumer and my experience with green teas is limited. This morning at work, I opened up my Tagalong container and from the moment the tin was opened, I was enchanted with the aroma of the blend. Visitors to my office notice the bouquet and admired the smell too. Adding hot water to the sachet just made it better and after watching it brew a few minutes and having the first taste, I feel as though I have a garden party in my mouth. It is wonderful. Someone else mentioned lemon drop candy, and yes, I agree, there is a taste of that with the flowers mixed in. At first I simply noticed that it was citrusy and floral and the longer I drink it the more lemon I taste. It is smooth, mellow and has body to the tea. The color is a medium to light honey color. Overall, I like this very much and will definitely buy more. I am not able to discern what the floral tastes are. I may pick up a slight rose taste but there are more flowers than that. The tea blend itself is beautiful visually and has large chunks of what appear to be orange peel, even though it taste more lemony. Yes, I will definitely add more to my cupboard of this blend. It will be among my favorites.
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This is a good tasting tea and enjoyable. However,I used one sachet per 8 oz and it is rather light. The clove taste is definitely predominant. I could use a bit more cinnamon, more robust tea and more citrus in this blend. I pick up the almond flavoring as more of an aftertaste. Next time I may try two sachets instead of one and see if it gives a deeper flavor without more bitterness. It is one to steep longer, around 5 minutes. For a spicy tea, I prefer the Paromi Chai, which is more of a tisane if I remember correctly.
I brewed this in my Libre tea thermos using one teabag and it was a bit weak, so next time I will follow the advice of some of the other reviewers and use two bags. The ginger peach combination is refreshing and pleasant. It seems as though it would be a lovely iced tea in warmer weather. This tea seemed to need more body, which maybe will improve when I use two bags. Typically I prefer a fuller bodied tea. It provided me with a nice afternoon drink which made my work more pleasant. Although given the choice between this tea and nice jasmine, I would usually pick the jasmine for my afternoon tea.
I ordered this tea as a Tagalong (5 sachets) from Harneys recently. Even though the reviews were encouraging on their website, when I brewed it, there was a taste that I simply did not care for in my tea. Even though it is supposed to be vanilla, that is not what I noticed. There was another taste that seemed stronger. The description mentions malty, but that would not be how I would describe it. Usually I love anything vanilla, but this is different. It is silky and smooth, but I left half the cup sitting there, not wanting more. My daughter liked it better than I did, but she isn’t exactly begging for a second cup either.
Love this chai! It is delicious either hot or cold. I drink it after supper most nights. It is simply yummy and so aromatic with the spices. The spices seem to be perfectly blended to suit my tastes. I add only a wee bit of sweetner. There is no caffeine so its perfect for the evening without keeping me awake.
Some years ago, my mom received a gift basket with some Harney’s English Breakfast tea included. She gave it to me and I thought it was the smoothest EB tea, with no bitterness. This was before the internet included so much, and I searched off and on for a few years before I found a place to buy it. I have loved it since and it is still my favorite to drink in the morning while at work. It is fairly robust and I brew it about 4 to 5 minutes at the most. Now that I have found Harney’s website, I hope to try more of their teas.