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This is a very good fruit tea. I ordered a full tin of it. I do prefer PARIS as a fruit tea but they are out of stock. This one is strong on the banana flavor, it’s definitely the predominant taste. I am not as crazy about banana flavors. This is smooth and clear, a nice black tea when one is in the mood for fruit blends. Strong and not subtle. Not unnatural. I guess if I ever want to make a smoothie type tea, this would be the perfect tea.
Flavors: banana, Fruity
The was a welcome addition to a cold Friday evening. It reminds me a little of DavidsTea Cinnamon Roobois, but this was a much better price and had a stronger flavor. I mean I smells intense, and it really is all about the cinnamon, if you’re ok with that then this a great tea. It tastes sweet without the addition of sugar or honey due to the massive cinnamon flavor! Ths is a win for me! Not something I wouod drink every night, but I’d like to have it on hand!
My first tasting note! I received my first Harney order yesterday, and was so excited I woke up at 6:30am to make this…odd, I know!
I made this in my breville one touch, and considering this very strong black tea I’ve been having(Yorkshire gold) this was a welcome start to my day. Malty, smooth and was great with milk and honey. I must not have cleaned the breville well enough last night after I made a pot of Hot Cinnamon as there was a faint taste of cinnamon, which actually worked quite well.
A great start to Saturday!
Flavors: Honey, Malt
I haven’t tried very much from Harney and Sons yet, so I was excited to see lots of H&S samples in the package I received from Kyla today. Unfortunately, I’m afraid that Butiki’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee has forever ruined me for every other pumpkin tea. This one wasn’t bad, really. There was actually some pumpkin mixed in with all the spices! But it was a sharp flavor like raw pumpkin, not the sweet, creamy cooked-pumpkin taste I was hoping for. It was also a little heavy on the cinnamon for my tastes. But on the plus side, the cinnamon completely drowned out that nasty rooibos aftertaste that I dread!
Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin
This is my go-to when I need a soft classic vanilla taste. Not too sweet, just perfect. I like that there’s a creamy blend to this flavor. It’s not overbearing. When I’ve had a long week of Paris tea, a burst of sweet flavor, I relax with this one.
Flavors: Cookie, Creamy, Vanilla
I just put my Black and White Cheesecake in the oven (Dorie Greenspan recipe), and I totally licked all the remaining batter out of both bowls and off of all used utensils…
So, wanting to pull myself out of that sugar coma, but not in an aggressive way, I decided to go for this one… It’s one of those flavoured greens that I always come back to.
Sesame seed, caramel goodness!
I’m a bancha lover, too, so this tea is all around great stuff to me.
I just finished off the last bit of this that I had….
Knowing I’ll miss it in my cupboard, I’ll have to add it to my ‘restock soon’ list.
While I can’t quite distinguish all the fruit flavours in this (it’s more of a just ‘fruity’ flavour to me), it’s a mixture of fruit that I really do like… nothing too forward or obnoxious in the cup; all just blending really well together.
This morning I added a little bit of milk, which I don’t normally do, and it was exactly what I was looking for, as my daughter and I watched Sailor Moon Crystal. She’s introduced me to Sailor Moon over these last years, since it wasn’t something I watched growing up… and as far as anime goes, I’ve always been a more ‘Rurouni Kenshin’, ‘Cowboy Bebop’, and ‘Trigun’ sort of fan, so it’s been fun watching something with her that I never would on my own. :)
This tea wasn’t horrible, but it was pretty average and had a bitter touch. I love golden teas but this didn’t seem golden to me. Won’t be something I’d order a full size of. I will try one more brew with less of a steeping time.
It took me most of the morning to settle on the flavor of this tea, which was odd given how strong the flavor was. Then it hit me, cigar! This tea tastes like your drinking a cigar, especially ironic given lung is in its name. This was not for me, nor will I be revisiting it in the future.
A nice sencha. Lighter and brighter than others I’ve had. Tastes like spring. The leaves in my sampler had some longer full pieces on top of the batch, but as i scooped down, most are small grains like ground up tea. That makes it hard to steep using anything but a bag because it’s so fine it can dust through the filters.
I’m not really sure why, but this tea goes amazing well with peanut butter toast in the morning. I discovered this awhile back, and I’ve repeated it ever since…
Maybe it’s because of that slight raisin note… I don’t know, but it just works. :)
I really do love this tea. It’s one I turn to when I’m looking for a no frills sort of cup, but at the same time I feel like that isn’t giving it enough credit, because it has it’s own thing going on. It’s deep and round at the beginning of a sip, ending bright, leaving your mouth feeling refreshed.
I’m going to go eat my peanut butter toast now (and watch the new Sailor Moon, since my daughter and I have fallen quite behind…)
I actually like this tea without any honey or sugar added. When I added honey it was almost too sweet, but on the second steep without any sugar, it was perfect. Love it. I bought a sample but I think I’ll be buying more of this in the future.
It’s just a fantasy, taking over like a disease.
Le Corbusier lived from 1887 to 1965. Le Corbusier was a Swiss-French architect. Le Corbusier dedicated himself to the modern city, urban planning.
It’s funny how art takes a life of its own. For a little while.
I saw some art house film Provenance at the Met last year while traveling alone. The film by Amie Siegel portrays the life and death of Le Corbusier’s chairs of the planned city Chandigarh in India. Le Corbusier planned that city. The city lives on in entropy, a posthumous daze that you’d have to be pulled out of as you wouldn’t be able to breath.
Paris by Harney and Sons harkens back to the very personification of the city of light brought about in Magic Man’s homonymic song. Licorice, Burnt Sugar, a full body burning through the chest.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Licorice, Rhubarb
My boyfriend is starting to get into tea more, and he’s willing to start moving away from his beloved Earl Grey Creams and try some other things. While out at a local restaurant, I ordered a pot of this to share.
Turns out, he loved it! He said that he liked that it was a more delicate flavor than many of the teas he’s had before. This was also my first time trying this one, and while it was nice, I would have personally steeped it a little longer. I was able to get the white tea, but I couldn’t get a lot of the other notes, such as coconut. I plan on introducing my boyfriend to more white teas.
Wow, I’m surprised how much I enjoyed this sample of this black tea blend. There is nothing unique that stands out that should be so outstanding – but there is a certain something that’s indefinable. I’m put in the french phrase for it but I never know how to spell or pronounce it, silly me.
It’s such a great blend- I’m hoping with my next sample test I’ll enjoy it just as much. If so, this will definitely be a full container order for me soon. It would make a nice breakfast blend with no milk, it’s not brisk/bold, but it’s good for morning. It’s a great afternoon and casual blend as well for these reasons.
I haven’t been drinking any new unflavored black teas for awhile, but what a nice way to get back into trying them! Dry leaf aroma was sweet and enticing. Brewed, the taste was smooth, light, sweet, with a definite fruitiness. I didn’t get the cocoa or caramel notes I read about in other reviews, but that’s OK. I really enjoyed this tea! Really drinkable, versatile, all around great black. I’ll be ordering more in the future, for sure.
Flavors: Fruity, Smooth, Sweet
This mild, pleasant tea has a strong smell out of the bag but a mild one in the cup.
I like eating cranberries for food, but wasn’t sure about as a focus note in tea. It’s in the background and almost makes me want to say it’s an astringent feel, but it’s not. It’s natural and not artificial, not strong, blending in.
Unfortunately the issue is the black tea base is bland to me and this is a boring cup. It’s mild but hardly there and I even ended up making this with more than the recommended amount and steeped a good amount of time. Not bad but nothing special.
I was at the bookstore today and saw a tin of this. It was just too beautiful! I love the silver and blue together. You could actually smell the blueberry before opening the wrapping on the lid of the container. I really needed a pick me up morning tea and something fruity sounded like a perfect flavor.
The blueberry flavoring is pretty good. It is not quite as balanced as I’d like it, as the blueberry is heavily dominant. But there are notes of nice green tea in there as well. I was surprised this wasn’t bitter because I steeped in water that was quite hot. What surprised me was how thick the mouthfeel was. I will likely try it with milk/soymilk later like the cashier had suggested.
Excellent tea. Very smooth and relatively light. Definite scent of grapefruit. Tastes of peach and grapefruit, of course without the citric acid. Has some natural sweetness. My kind of tea – a bit of natural flavor, but not “flavored”!
I also noticed that this tea is devoid of the typical “earthy” oolong taste. Not a bad thing, but be aware if that’s what you’re looking for.
Flavors: Grapefruit, Peach
Looking for a tea to take me into dinner time (I’ve got Marcella Hazan’s Chicken with Two Lemons roasting away in my oven…), I grabbed this sample sachet from Harney.
The dry bag had the ‘green tea blend’ scent that I find pretty common (to me, since my nose is of the plebeian sort….), but while steeping, oh man! In the first two minutes or so of this bag floating in the water, I was in absolute heaven… It was baked coconut and vanilla, as if it had just come out of the oven…. The scent was amazing!
Near the end of steep time, the ginger and lemongrass were coming more to the forefront, while the coconut lingered in the back.
While the taste of the tea is nice (really nice), after that transporting coconut scent (I felt like I was sticking my nose in a bakery case and I didn’t want to pull my head out…), I can’t help but wish the end result was closer to that…..but then it wouldn’t be the tea described by the blender at all, so there’s that, I guess.
As I continue to sip the tea, I become absolutely fine with the fact that it tastes exactly as described on the bag, because the flavours all work really well together, layered nicely and in an unexpected way. I really like how the ginger and lemongrass are met by your tongue, but the vanilla and coconut are brought in by your nose as you sip… it’s like 3D, but in taste form. :)
Flavors: Coconut, Ginger, Lemongrass, Vanilla
I drank the koolaid and bought this. It’s pretty bad. They only had decaf, maybe that’s why it was horrible. In the HUGE bag I bought (qq) this tea smells absolutely delicious. So whatever chemicals they concocted are nice smelling, but the taste doesn’t translate to the tea or else is kind of artificial tasting. The leaves don’t seem high quality either (overbrew super easily before any vanilla flavor can be obtained). I’ve tried various tea to water ratios and times. Lesigh.