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92

I like many things about the place I live. The fruits and veggies here are wonderful, theres some very nice historical buildings, and there are other perks. They are hard to remember right now, because it will be 106 today. Again. It was that yesterday. The whole state just never cooled down!
Ugh.

Tealizzy

Gonna be bad here too! 100! Good day to go see a movie!!

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92
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
183 tasting notes

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

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95
drank Genmaicha by Harney & Sons
30 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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80
drank Rooibos Chai by Harney & Sons
84 tasting notes

Sample cube 7/18

I usually don’t like rooibos and don’t care about chai, but this was surprisingly enjoyable. I think it has to do with the blend of spices being just right—the cinnamon isn’t overwhelming, and the cardamom is quite nicely present. Overall it’s a very soft chai, and makes for a nice cup on a cooler evening like this.

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
188 tasting notes

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85

Sample cube 6/18

This is what an Earl Grey should be like. The bergamot in this one is very fragrant and fresh-seeming, without being too sharp as it can be in some blends. The tea itself is nicely robust and quite smooth. The packaging indicates “four types of black tea and silver tips”, which seems a little extravagant for a blend where most of the nuances will be lost in the bergamot anyway, but the tea base really is quite good. So far I’m finding that Harney and Sons does traditional English-styled teas very well, with more mixed results on “creative” blends. There are still a lot of samples to go through…

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82
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
882 tasting notes

plush down comforter
sugar cookies and warm milk
melting into dreams

TheTeaFairy

This one is just so perfect :-)

MzPriss

Yes, this is one of the only decafs I really like

TheTeaFairy

Lol, I meant the haiku :-) never had this tea but lots of people seem to like it a lot.

MzPriss

Oh yeah – the haikus are ALWAYS great. You know, I expected to not love this tea, and I don’t LOVE it – but I like it a lot and find it nice for bedrime tea.

Cheri

This is a great haiku :)

Sarsonator

Lovely poem!

sherapop

Thank you, my friends! This little text definitely sums up my relationship with Vanilla Comoro! Two more sachets, then I’ll be restocking with looseleaf…

Cameron B.

This is how I felt when I was drinking Nutmeg Cream with vanilla soy milk this morning. Mmmmm snickerdoodle cookies… <3

sherapop

Please pass the snickerdoodle cookies, Cameron B! ;-)

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Pass de snicker-dutchie on de left hand side!!

Cameron B.

Now I want to make snickerdoodles! Lol too bad I’m going on a trip tomorrow.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

take em with ya!! ;)

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60

Sample cube 5/18

I haven’t found many fruit-blended white teas enjoyable—more often than not, they end up tasting like fruit in slightly dusty water. But when I try a new one I always hope it will surprise me in a good way. That said, I picked this one out of the cube using a random number generator. Hah.

The sachet was covered with a yellow dust, as if some kind of flavoring or coloring had gotten applied a little too liberally. The aroma of the dry tea is vanilla, caramel, and dried citrus fruit—sweet, but slightly musty. Once brewed, the tea is a light orange color. Many little hairs from the leaves escaped into the brew, but with some white teas that is to be expected. I tried to be cautious with water temperature and steep time, but the tea base was still rather astringent. It is sweet, but it’s hard to tell whether that is from the flavoring or the tea itself. The citrus flavor is, again, slightly musty and not too robust, and hard to identify as grapefruit. As the tea cooled, it took on a juicier and more pleasant note. Overall it’s just okay, not particularly memorable for good or bad qualities, though it might be much better as a summer iced tea.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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95
drank Genmaicha by Harney & Sons
30 tasting notes

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank East Frisian by Harney & Sons
1283 tasting notes

MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #29
I noticed this looked partially CTC, and I knew Harney’s teas are usually brisk regardless, so I went with a short steep! East Frisian should be brewed with rock sugar in the bottom of the mug and cream at the top without mixing. Though DrJim kindly supplied a couple sugar crystals with this one, I had a honey stick that Maria recently sent with teas I bought so I thought I’d use that instead. The honey is in the shape of a spoon! So cute. A little difficult to get the plastic off without melting the honey in my hands! I tried a little of the tea without sweetening first, and it WAS very brisk and astringent so the honey could only improve it and it did. It seems like the honey may have had another flavor in it too, but I couldn’t tell what it was. The tea itself is a lovely bready malty cup. The second steep was much tamer even without the honey, and even sweetened itself up a bit.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // just boiled // 2 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min

NofarS

I’ve grown to love East Frisian tea, though I take it with milk, not with cream.

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75
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
160 tasting notes

Thanks to Cameron B for the sample!

This is my first H&S tea, and I’m a little sad because I don’t love it. I use one sachet in 208 degree water for 4 minutes. The instructions said boiling for 5, but I always get a little nervous about long steeps at high temps, so I bumped it down a bit.

This one has some pleasant flavors, but it’s rather bitter on the finish. So the sip starts nicely, but then I go BLARGH! at the end.

I have one more sachet, so maybe I will try a low temp, short steep, for the heck of it!

Edit: So, I lied. I did this for 5.5 min at 200 degrees using Cam’s suggestion and it IS less bitter. Mind=blown. How does that happen? I still wouldn’t call it a fave, but it’s definitely better, so I am bumping up the score a bit. TEA TWILIGHT ZONE!!!!!

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

With this tea, I find it bitter if I steep for less than 5 minutes. Weird, right?

Cameron B.

But I never use boiling water for anything but herbal, I generally do 200 for black teas.

Sarsonator

Wow that’s so strange. I’ll try 200 for 5+ minutes next time! Thanks for the info!

Cameron B.

I have the same issue with Tower of London, which is a very similar tea. It’s the weirdest thing ever.

MzPriss

I don’t love it either Sars

Sarsonator

Yeah, this was really crazy. I’m glad I got to try it, though!!!!

Dexter

(I don’t like this one either – ewww blerg, but I too like H&S flavored blacks, Florance, Soho, Boston, etc at 95C for 5 minutes… if that helps at all)
It’s ok Sars you don’t have to love them all. In fact your wallet will probably be happy that you can rule a few out from swaps. :))

Sarsonator

Well that is true, Dex. I did love the other tea Cam sent. And I still have one more to try!!!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! This also work way better for me with longer steep!

Dinosara

You used one sachet for 8oz of water? I’m not sure why they don’t publicize this more, but the sachets are really designed for 12oz of water. They contain 2tsp of tea, not one.

Cathy Zheng

Ah, I too will try it at a lower temp for longer. Didn’t entirely love it at boiling for five minutes. Thanks guys

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74

This is usually my “first tea of the workday”. It was recommended to me years ago at Harney, because I was obsessed with Paris at the time. Similar in flavor, this one is now my idea of a great cup of tea to get me going in the morning.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec

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62

Sample cube 4/18

Brewed cold for work on a very hot day. Tastes like a very smooth green tea with mint in it. Not being a big proponent of mint in tea, I don’t have much to add about it, but it is nicely refreshing and will be enjoyed by those who like mint. I can’t imagine what this would be like hot, though…

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92
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
183 tasting notes

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

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66
drank Palm Court by Harney & Sons
95 tasting notes

A bit seductive that this is the tea served at such an upscale NY hotel, and it was recommended at the Harney store, but it’s my least favorite of their teas that I’ve tried. To me, it lacks interesting flavor, kind of, as Marlena mentioned, bland. I like the concept of blending different types of teas together, but it just fell flat in the cup.

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97
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
827 tasting notes

My late night from yesterday is catching up with me, and I’ve decided that the best thing to do is not to fight it. I will drink delicious decaf teas, and put my pj’s on, and go to bed nice and early.
Yep, sounds like a plan.

sherapop

Sleep is good. Sweet dreams!

bizbee1

I hope you have nice vanilla dreams!

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70
drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
493 tasting notes

I ordered a couple samples of this with my last order. I was hoping it would be a less pricy alternative to the Golden Monkey.

I love love love Golden Monkey.

This tea is not Golden Monkey.

I can see where it has that bold Assam aspect to it, but the only real notes I can pick up are a slight smoky note, subtle spiciness, and vague raisins. No maltiness, no cocoa for me.

Nothing like the flavour explosion of GM.

I had this straight up, but I think it begs to be tried with milk or cream.
That’s how I like my Assam. To my tongue, this is more of an Assam than a honey golden tippy type of tea.

I have more than enough to try again! But when it comes down to my next H&S order, it’s the monkey all the way.

boychik

Have you tried GM from Teavivre ?

whatshesaid

I sure have!
I lovvvvved it and will be ordering some when their black teas go on sale in August!

boychik

And the price is amazing too. I still have some from last summer. Too much tea….

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86
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
493 tasting notes

Wow, this tea is so creamy and delicious. Not at all sour or bitter like I imagined it might be, based on the cranberry aspect.

I’ve had Boston Blend on my wishlist for awhile, I’ve seen raving reviews for it pop up every now and again in my feed.

I am not disappointed! The very second I cracked open the tin to sniff the leaves I knew I would enjoy it. I was right.

It’s creamy and fruity and the almond adds a nice sweetness to balance off the cranberries.

It’s a flavoured blend done very well.
Huzzah!

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81

I bought this because everyone on Steepster seemed to rave about it. And I’m a follower.
Well I’m not, but I don’t have enough money kicking around to buy too many teas blindly. I would rather let others try them out so I can read first hand accounts and decide based on those whether or not it would be worth it to me, something I’d care for.

I only really buy tea these days if I think I will love it.
And aside from Lupicia, I’m not into heavily flavoured teas much anymore. I’m really digging the straight black ones or the flavoured ones that are done in a very natural way. (Butiki, Whispering Pines).

So, I was wanting a bold tea to have with milk or cream for breakfast. This was a popular one, and I’d wanted to order from H&S, so I got a tin of Queen Catherine.

Honestly, I do enjoy it for breakfast. And it IS growing on me with every cup….but I think there is a bit too much of that “hay” note present for my liking.

It’s a bit smokey, also.

I don’t find it entirely unpleasant, but I didn’t love it at first sip like I’d hoped to.

However, it is slowly worming its way into my cold black heart.

I wish it was slightly less hay-like and maltier instead.
I don’t think the smokiness bothers me.

Adding milk or light cream really turns it into something nice, though.
I bet a smidge of sugar would transform it into another tea altogether. Maybe I will try that next time :)

boychik

This tea wasn’t love at first sight(taste) for me either . I love it now. I also love to mix it with Rose Scented H&S and I’m not floral tea person

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76
drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
84 tasting notes

H&S sample cube 3/18

This one smelled like fresh fruity sweetness the moment I opened the package—which made me a little wary, because flavored teas often don’t taste nearly as good as they smell. In fact, I’ve started to think there is an inverse correlation between the two…

Fortunately, this turned out to be much better than expected. I got enough out of the sachet to make one glass of iced tea and a small cup of hot brew. The iced version is very much your standard “tropical iced tea”, but the black tea adds more body to it, so that there isn’t the bitterness or tartness that you often find in a fruity iced green tea. The color of the brew is somewhere between that of a green and black tea as well. The hot brew is much richer, with a strawberries-and-cream effect. When hot it’s more reminiscent of a black tea (think a blended breakfast brew), but tempered out just a little by the presence of the green. Overall I’m pretty impressed!

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93

I blame (and thank) VariaTEA for reminding me that I hadn’t had this one in a while; I made up a timolino full for work with milk and the resulting drink was so delicious! Very silky, smooth cranberry/vanilla tea with sweet almond notes and the most gentle black base. This is a favourite for a reason!

VariaTEA

A favourite that you want more of? :P

Sil

just send it!

Roswell Strange

Lol, I guess I could use more (if you don’t have anyone else to send it to) :P

VariaTEA

hehehe. Good, good. Now I don’t need to remove it from the envelope.

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92
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
183 tasting notes

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82
drank Citrus Blend by Harney & Sons
827 tasting notes

My new teas have arrived! Hurrah!
I picked up a friend from the airport super late last night, and I am ready for a good pot of sensible tea. I chose this, opened it, only spilled a little over my kitchen floor, and brewed up a pot.
Firstly it smells very strongly of citrus. Very, very strongly. And it does not loose it when it brewes up.
This isn’t a sweet citrus tea, theres no sugar or lemonade type taste, which is actually just fine. It tastes rather like Lady Gray tea, which is the version of Earl Grey that I like the best.
You really can taste the separate citrus fruits as well, the bright lemon, the subtler bergamot, and…. orange? Is there a hint of orange in here?
The upshot is that I am enoying this.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Lemon

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78
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2407 tasting notes

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