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This seems to be my winter tea. Had a cup of this one with my breakfast yesterday. There a is a nice nutty scent. The flavor is the usual roasty nut and grain. It is a bit lighter than the last one I had, but good for cold mornings. Thanks to cookies for this sample.

Flavors: Grain, Nutty, Roast nuts

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Overboard TTB #13

I got a HUGE dried blueberry in my scoop of this tea which got me super excited… unfortunately once brewed it smells exactly like sweet nerds candy to me which is a little off putting… taste wise its a little chemically and although I get a significant fruit flavor I wouldn’t necessarily say that it was blueberry… or maybe I would but I would say its chemical blueberry.. Afraid this wasn’t a win for me at all… my search for the perfect blueberry tea continues…

rosebudmelissa

Have you had Adagio’s Green Rooibos Blueberry? That’s the best one I’ve found so far.

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62
drank Amba Ceylon by Harney & Sons
7 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Yellow and Blue by Harney & Sons
23 tasting notes

This is pleasant. I haven’t had a good chamomile in awhile, so I picked this up with my last Amazon order. It’s very, very chamomile and not a lot of lavender, but that’s fine by me.

Flavors: Flowers, Lavender

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Yellow and Blue by Harney & Sons
23 tasting notes

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64

It’s bright and grassy.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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68
drank Ali San by Harney & Sons
13 tasting notes

I wasn’t very excited about this tea the first time I had it. It wasn’t very complex or interesting. I am going to give it another try.

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drank Ti Quan Yin by Harney & Sons
13 tasting notes

This was my favorite oolong out the three oolong samples I recently ordered from Harney & Sons. When I brewed it gong fu it had a floral flavor like lilacs. It holds up well through six steeps. It makes me think of spring

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76

I like this tea, although it’s kind of light. It holds up well to being thrown in a tumbler and being resteeped throughout the day. Creamy and kind of floral. The leaves are very pretty when they unfurl.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral

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drank Tilleul by Harney & Sons
19 tasting notes

I’m uh. Glad I didn’t read the reviews before drinking this or I probably would have been scared off.

I actually really like it.

It tastes like honeysuckle with extra honey. Very delicate, sweet and floral.

I didn’t get any of the weird smell either. To me, it smells a bit like a less potent chamomile.

Probably better suited for a before-bed affair, but it’s working as a soft cup to relax into this afternoon as well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

This is one of those perfectly respectable but also perfectly un-noteworthy teas. I got a small sample of it from H&S — I wanted to get samples of ALL their orange pekoes and have a steep-off but strangely only a few were available in that size? — and though I’m happy to polish it off, I feel no need to order a tin.

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Flavors: Spinach, Vegetal

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Ginger Tea by Harney & Sons
398 tasting notes

Super satisfying.

The large chunks of ginger inside the silk sachet are aesthetically pleasing, and then once it’s sat in the hot water for a good long time, it’s almost brothlike both in consistency and in how it made me feel after I drank it.

Ginger is a magical herb. It tastes good, but it also helps with sickness, both physical and spiritual. It’s helping me fight winter depression tremendously. This particular blend is extremely high-quality, with just the perfect twinge of lemon to neutralize the spicy edge. Warms the body and the soul.

Thank you for this wonderful experience, H & S!!

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Lemon, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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81
drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
398 tasting notes

I really kind of dig this one.

Don’t be afraid to let this one steep for a while. The black base is awesomely mild and doesn’t mind a little extra time in the water.

I’m getting a lot more of the chocolate this time. I think it’s because I let it sit longer. But the mint is definitely the stronger of the two flavor components. Nothing wrong with that! Mint is lovely and good for lots of things.

Soothing, flavorful, dessertlike.

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
398 tasting notes

This one smells heavenly! I’m drinking it instead of coffee this morning because I need less caffeine and more comfort.

I get earth, snappy peppermint, and chocolate from the dry leaf smell and the steeped liquor smell. I can tell already that this is a very well-balanced blend.
Sipping… I taste mostly mint, with the chocolate kind of winding up in the undertones. I bet if I added milk and a bit of sugar next time, it would punch the chocolate up a bit more.

Still a highly enjoyable cup!

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Rosehips

Oohh, I’ve never tried this with milk and sugar. What a good idea!

teaqueen

I have a Chocolate Mint Oolong from Stash Tea that’s pretty darn tasty with milk and sugar, so I’m imagining that this one would be good with them, too. :D

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I received this as a free teabag sample from Harney & Sons. I was unimpressed with the bland flavor of the chamomile. The smell was much stronger than the taste.

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87

I am not a huge fan of floral teas but this is an amazing blend. The lavender itself is gorgeous in the tin. This is is a slightly sweet tea that really relaxes me at the end of the day.

Flavors: Lavender

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

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Umm….what did I do wrong? This was so not delicious to me. I think I steeped it correctly, but I had it at work and might not have been paying as close of attention as I thought I was. I wasn’t reading the flavor description when I drank this, and all I got was that maybe it was supposed to be some kind of vanilla or almond kind of flavor. I’m really glad Ost sent me two bags of this to try so I can give it another go because I really though I’d like this one. I won’t rate it until it gets a second chance.

Fjellrev

I like this one but it can be really finicky. Takes certain parameters to bring out the vanilla lemon flavour without the base going bitter.

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chai by Harney & Sons
501 tasting notes

Remember about 3 months ago when I was wondering about why Harney & Sons couldn’t make a decent chai? Well, here we go. Rest in peace, Indian Spice, you have been replaced by a spicier newcomer.

The first thing I notice is that the spices have been ground very finely. So much that I feel like I need a coffee filter to steep it. A lot of the cinnamon falls right through the holes of my infuser to the bottom of my mug.

Flavor-wise, this is a pretty standard, no-frills chai. Cardamom is the strongest spice in the bunch, followed by cinnamon and ginger. I added a splash of 1% milk and they hold up well against it. The black tea base is pretty muted by the in-your-face cardamom. Anyway, while it is well-blended and balanced chai, it’s not my favorite. It’s just really… standard.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Rooibos Chai by Harney & Sons
461 tasting notes

I received a sachet of this in my H&S order that arrived at my door step today. Thank-you H&S!

Two of my KC friends, and I went in on an order to get free shipping and we hit the 25% off 75 dollar weekend deal last week so it worked out quite nice. Free shipping and 25% off. I will take it. I got the okay from my husband to create a tea drawer and a spice drawer in our kitchen so I ordered a ton of their 4oz black tins. 75 cents for uniform tins. Heck yeah baby!

This isn’t bad. It is not run to the store and buy more good either. Since restricting caffeine I am still experimenting with the collection of rooibos I have. If I can’t find other wonderful rooibos chai I might come back to this one, but something tells me there are others that will suit me more. It is a weaker chai. The rooibos in this cup takes more of the center stage than the spices, but the spices don’t over power so much that it makes my stomach upset, which is a good thing these days. Not bad, not great. A good evening cup to settle down with my next book…. Wool anyone?

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Overboard TTB #4

This got better as it cooled… brewed at 212 there wasn’t much flavor… but as the tea cooled the malt and honey characteristics started to shine through. Not something that I would rush out to buy, the flavor profile just doesn’t stand out to me as something special… nice but not a favorite

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