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drank Decaf Sencha by Harney & Sons
106 tasting notes

Aroma: Light straw
Liquor Color: Darker yellow
Liquor Flavor: Smooth, light straw/grass
Notes: Not as flavorful as a regular good quality sencha. Not much of a taste going on. Very light. I was hoping for a pow of sencha flavor but this didn’t do the trick. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Gunpowder Green by Harney & Sons
106 tasting notes

Aroma: Roasty, wood
Liquor Color: Deep yellow
Liquor Flavor: Slight bitterness, smokey, woody, roasted
Notes: I got this to make Moroccan mint tea, and I can see how this works well with mint and sugar. It’s not something I would drink alone, this reminds me of yerba mate with the smokiness.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Aroma: Toast, light body
Liquor Color: Golden red
Liquor Flavor: Bitter, brisk, bold
Notes: I can’t say I like this at all, it’s pretty strong but it could take on cream and sugar quite well. Anyway, I bought this to make iced tea, and it works well for that purpose. Once sugar is added it’s quite smooth with minimal bitterness. Not something I’d drink plain, but decent with mix ins.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chinese Flower by Harney & Sons
6 tasting notes

This tea tastes of citrus and flowers and is quite good. It is not bitter or astringent.

Flavors: Citrus

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Darjeeling Blend by Harney & Sons
106 tasting notes

Aroma: Caramel, crisp, light malt
Liquor Color: Golden amber
Liquor Flavor: Caramel like sweetness, light malt, slightly bitter
Notes: I ordered this as a sample with my order and it wasn’t too bad. It was a little bitter but I may have over steeped it. I got a citrus undertone with some sweetness. I think this would take on a little sugar very well to balance it out.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Citrus Blend by Harney & Sons
834 tasting notes

This is, without a doubt, my least favorite time of the year. I drunk this tea this morning, sweating slightly (very ladylike, I know), and frequently having to put the cup down to cool off between sips.
I’ve never been an iced tea drinker, but I may have to start. Its going to be 100 degrees or higher all week long.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
190 tasting notes

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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
58 tasting notes

Chocolate, coconut and vanilla, what more could you want? This tea is a great way to start your day, being both decadent and powerful enough to get you going! Perfect blend, the chocolate isn’t as overpowering as it can be in many other teas; it makes a cameo, rather than commanding the spotlight.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Coconut, Flowers

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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Nice iced tea. Had the pre-brewed bottled version. It wasn’t bad at all.

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drank Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons
117 tasting notes

Does this count as a sipdown if I only got this as a sample? XD Well this is the last of my sample. But I’ll have this again soon enough-whenever H&S has free shipping at a lower price. Still absolutely love this tea. It’s the best lemon tea I’ve ever had!
Sadly I couldn’t finish my first cup of this in the morning because I had to leave earlier for my dr. But even a few hours later that I steep it again it tastes wonderful! Not nearly as lemon-y, but the buttery, vanilla taste is still there with. Not as good as before, but nice to come home to. (:
Need to restock this one!

Flavors: Butter, Lemon, Vanilla

TheTeaFairy

Lemon makes everything better :-)

Miss Starfish

This is one of my favourites! It’s so good and solid. If you like coconut, try the royal wedding version!

Ost

Ooo looked the Royal Wedding version up. Looks so good! Thanks! :D

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drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
93 tasting notes

Sample cube 16/18

I ended up enjoying this much more than the typical fruit/herbal-heavy tea blend, for a very simple reason: all of the ingredients promised by the description could actually be tasted in the brew, and got along well with each other. The coconut here is lovely, very soft and more reminiscent of coconut milk than the stronger flavor of dried coconut pieces, if that makes any sense. The ginger adds a warm, sugary spice that’s far enough in the background to not overwhelm, and the lemongrass brightens everything a bit. The green tea itself is very light and smooth. Overall it’s rather like coconut curry soup, but much lighter and quite refreshing as an iced tea.

Almost done with these samples. Then I’ll be back to a regimen of trying to finish things in my cupboard…

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
174 tasting notes

I’m wanting more Wee Snaily Yums, but trying to save the last of the sample, so I decided to try out this tea.

This want reminds me a little less of bread, and a little more of raisins dipped in molasses, drizzled with a bid of honey, and sprinkled with crushed whoppers (I never used to be a fan of whoppers, and I didn’t think I liked malt, period, but I’ve discovered that I like malt in tea, especially with cocoa). The front of the sip it rich and malty, maybe a touch bready, and then theres this dark fruity rasin like note, accompanied by thick dark molasses, and morphing in to a malty cocoa note at the end of the sip.

Thanks Cameron B

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Honey, Malt, Molasses, Raisins

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
834 tasting notes

I’ve finished my Camp Nanowrimo wordcount! Gah I’m exsausted, and must do so many revisions.
I shall reward myself with a cup of tea, and go to bed.

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drank Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons
1641 tasting notes

(171) Thanks VariaTEA for letting me try this one out. It’s surprisingly tasty. It’s creamy, buttery and so lemony.

I didn’t expect to actually like this one so much so I’m very grateful to have had the chance, especially since I can’t foresee placing an H&S order any time soon. (Sadly, I like the TeaG version of lemon tea much more!)

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1693 tasting notes

This has got to be one of the most oft-reviewed teas ever, so all I’ll say is that I’m glad to have some back under my roof. First time I’ve tried it in sachet form; the tin smelled just like a cookie jar. Don’t get too cocky and leave the bag in indefinitely; there is a point where it starts getting snitty on you.

mj

lol @ the warning

Sarsonator

Heh. Snitty is a great word!

Cameron B.

I’ve had this tea come out bitter several times. >:(

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I received a sachet of this in my recent order. It was just ho hum. Nothing really stood out about this tea. It was light and I was expecting a strong breakfast tea. This is not one I would repurchase.

boychik

I bet that loose leaf is nicer, but haven’t tried it

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Sample box 15/18

Tightly coiled pearls with a distinct, not-too-perfumey jasmine scent. The pearls unfurl during brewing to fill up the sachet, which fortunately does leave enough room for them. The tea brews out to be very smooth, light and a tad sweet, not very vegetal, and definitely more forgiving toward longer steep times than some other greens I’ve encountered. The jasmine fragrance is pleasant, fresh, and not overwhelming. Overall a very nice jasmine tea that is definitely above average.

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drank Genmaicha by Harney & Sons
45 tasting notes

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sample cube 14/18
(13/18 was logged but not reviewed)

This is my second time trying this blend, and it’s turned out much better. The original issue I had with the tea—that it seemed overly panned and oily—did not occur this time. It’s a very light, refreshing cup, the pomegranate being present in just the right level to compliment and not mask the very fresh and green Tie Guan Yin. A difficult fruit blend to pull off, but great once done correctly.

(Increased rating)

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drank Mint Tilleul by Harney & Sons
93 tasting notes

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
169 tasting notes

Backlog from last week. We were on vacation and I didn’t have much chance to drink tea. I was lucky enough to stumble on a little shop that had mostly coffees and such that had a display of Harney & Sons for sale. They had mostly sachets but also a few loose leaf and tea bags as well. We had some friends with us that day and they bought some coffee to go. I saw they had tea bags in the coffee service area so I asked if they had any other tea available to try. She had a couple of tins with sachets that she said I could choose from too… Yeah! The tea bag varieties they had didn’t interest me so I was happy… I had been wanting to try this one anyway.

One of my first loose leaf tea loves was a mint chocolate tea. I have considered ordering this one before when they had a sale but still had some of the other blend in my drawer.

This is a nice mint chocolate blend… I say mint first because that flavor is more prominent. The chocolate is there, but not overly so. I miss the creaminess that some other mint chocolate blends that I have tried have. I like this, but think there are others like it I enjoy more.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
169 tasting notes

Another tea from the TTB.. having fun!

I have been intrigued by trying a few Harney & Sons blends because they are a little easier for me to get locally, if I don’t mind sachets. But, I don’t want to buy a whole tin to find out I don’t like something as much as I had hoped.

I didn’t look this one up before I steeped it… This one smells of spice and cinnamon dry leafed. I could see that there were bits of orange peel in the blend but didn’t know how much they would come through. Steeped the clove and cinnamon are present with a bit of citrus. The base is there, but doesn’t add much to the blend. I think if I did it again I would add more leaf. The flavor is there, and something I would enjoy having around, but not as intense as I might like w/my normal amount of leaf.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange, Spices

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drank Capri by Harney & Sons
834 tasting notes

Does anyone else do the New Tea Dance? I get very excited every time I open up a new tin, and do a tiny little dance, which is mostly me just moving side to side with a little bop thrown in every few steps, and I try to open the tin. (No tea spillage today! Cue more dancing!)
I’m very used to flavored teas, which greet you with a stronger smell, but this isn’t a flavored tea, so I really need to take a deep breath to get any aroma. It actually smells a little like cream, or vanilla. And its got the little flicks of lemon and fig in it.
Its got that Harney black base, which is not spectacular, but serves as a good backdrop for other flavors.
I like it. I don’t love it, but I like it. Its very gentle, with a sweet earthiness to it. Generally a comfortable cup of tea. Nothing even slightly bitter. Its got a rich and creamy mouthfeel, and leaves me feeling warm and content.
I think that I might feel this one more in the Autumn. It seems like a fall flavor.

Flavors: Fig, Lemon

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I bought a box of this a long time ago when I was first exploring tea. I really liked tea with hints of lemon, and still do, so I thought this would be a good buy. This is fairly light tea and not that exciting, but it is doing the trick this morning. Soothing, warm, and lemony. I added a tad bit of honey in hopes to calm the cough. This is not something I would normally drink, but it is a good under the weather tea.

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