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Straight up, I didn’t like this tea. The aroma was there, the colour was there, but the taste wasn’t. It kinda just fell flat. I added a drop of almond milk in it, and what a difference it made. The milk brought out the apricot flavour in the tea, and I actually ended up LOVING this tea so much! It’s fruity, but not too fruity. It falls just before the point where flavoured black teas start tasting artificial, and that is what makes a great tea. Balance. I haven’t tried this cold yet, but I can imagine already that it would be wonderful iced.
You know what this tastes like? It tastes like having a bowl of chicken and rice, and then pouring some chicken broth on top of it. This is the liquid version of chicken and rice soup! Sounds weird I know, but the nuttiness really gives off this chickeny flavour that it honestly feels like I’m sipping tonight’s supper. Perfect if you have savoury tooth, as I do get this gorgeous natural salty flavour (this is the part the reminds me of chicken broth) and since I’m a saltaholic irl, I give a big thumbs up to this Genmaicha for allowing me to satisfy my salt cravings simply by drinking this liquid supper. Definitely recommended if you have a savoury tooth.
Flavors: Chicken Soup, Nuts, Rice, Salt, Toasted Rice
The perfect dessert tea for me. Chocolate and hazelnut and no calories. I couldn’t be happier. A cheap alternative to this would definitely be Twinings – The de Ceylan (Scotland.) I think it may be discontinued but if you can’t get your hands on the beautiful Florence, try the Twinings version, which is basically also a chocolately hazelnut. And it’s less expensive. :D I have a 4 oz. tin of this and I doubt this will be sitting in my tea cupboard for very long. I’m officially in love with Harney teas!
I found this tea to be malty and slightly sweet, with an almost caramel sort of flavor. It’s bold, but not bitter or overpowering. I did not detect any smoky flavors like many other reviewers seemed to.
I used this tea to cold steep some iced tea and I was quite pleased with the results. The boldness is still there but the sweetness increases. A honey flavor develops after cold steeping overnight. It’s quite pleasant.
Usually when reviewing Harney & Sons teas I add the qualifier like “it’s good for the price,” or “it’s a nice value,” but I don’t need to do that here. I think it stands on its own just fine.
I picked up a sample of this tea with my most recent Harney order.
It steeps a nice medium-dark brown. Definite honey presence in scent and taste. Smooth and sweet, and very bold. I really enjoyed this tea, and I’m glad I grabbed a sample while they lasted.
This tea is rather expensive – about twice the price of teas that are arguably comparable in quality. Not sure if I’ll buy anything more than a sample in the future, but I will definitely keep an eye on it.
I stopped by Target to see if they had the Bigelow Holiday Teas and they don’t either. But apparently they stock a few varieties of H&S! I picked up this one which I’ve been dying to try and restocked on their Pumpkin Spice (YAY!)
This is wonderful! It reminds me of a tea I’ve had before but I can’t remember which one. The vanilla is strong and very calming, I’m glad this is decaf because it reminds me of night time and lazy winter days when you just want to be cozy and warm. It’s reminiscent of hot chocolate in a non-chocolate-y way or sugar cookies. I’m so so so happy I picked this up!
Flavors: Cookie, Cream, Vanilla
I used the last of this sample packet. It previously opened I don’t know how long. Earl Grey’s are hit and miss for me. I love how bergamot smells but often don’t like the taste. This one is fine, but I don’t taste much of bergamot for anything else really. Wet leaves smell of bergamot. I don’t think this is the tea for me.
Decent rooibos blend. The flavor is not too strong, which is more to my liking, and the aftertaste is pleasant. Not something I would drink year round, but it fits the autumn season nicely. If you are looking for an overpowering pumpkin flavor with a lot of spice, this is not the tea for you, but it is a nice subtle flavored rooibos tea.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Pumpkin
This blend does not mess around. There’s nothing subtle about this, not the spice, nor the cinnamon, and especially not the sweet. I was so certain I just broke my diet by drinking some kind of sugar that I spent the next half hour Googling my heart out. They say it’s just sweet clove and some of the other ingredients, but I was skeptical. Turns out this is true: “And since there are no sugars (we tested it), it is safe for everyone to enjoy.”
I’m not sure I could drink this regularly, but when I want to blow someone’s mind about how sweet the listed ingredients could be, or when I feel the urge to drink a cinnamon imperial, I’ll crack open the tin and brace myself.
Got this as a sample in my last Harney & Sons package. I’ve been on the fence about Rooibos, and while I didn’t get the overwhelming “medicinal” smell other folks have commented about, this didn’t do much for me. I didn’t really smell much chai. Mostly cinnamon. This would more honestly be called Rooibois Cinnamon. It’s not horrible but a bit oversweet for my tastes. Might be interested iced.
So I managed to get some of this tea online from a secondary source. Wow. One of the most fruity and fragrant teas I’ve sampled. A real delight. Recent story: I’d placed a few sachets in tagalong tin and last night during a long (and tedious) community board meeting decided to brew up a cup. The minute I opened the tin the fragrance of this tea hit the air and my friends sitting next to me turned their heads. One asked what it was and after my reply and neighborly first sip, I ended up giving a sachet to one of my friends to try out at home. It is decaffeinated but I have to say that it is so fresh that it’s kind of a mood lifter.
I really don’t understand why this isn’t available from Harney & Sons. Just doesn’t make any sense really given how delicious it is.
This turned out to be an excellent work tea, even doing well when I (repeatedly) let it oversteep (oops!). It’s shocking how quickly it went too – even if I did give a bunch to our tea-loving neighbors. The last time I got a 4oz tin from Harney & Sons it took me over a year to finish it off.
I think I prefer this one with creamer, but it’s not bad straight if brewed in cooler water. I don’t get a lot of berry flavor (if any) but I think it’s working to tone down the astringency to a pleasant level. The one time I did get berry from this tea, it was blackberry pie. Yum.
I’m usually pleased with Harney & Sons products, but this tea doesn’t do it for me. This could very well be a personal preference, however I found the flavors in the tea to be too strong and a bit overpowering, regardless of steep time. This is a cup of tea for many, but not my cup of tea.
Flavors: Ginger, Peach
Harney & Sons Paris tea tastes like sweet caramel cream. It’s smooth and enjoyable. A tea that doesn’t lose it’s enjoyment after the first few sips. It reminds me of being wrapped up in a huge blanket in a cabin in the forest, staring through a huge window at all of the snow pouring out of the sky.
Flavors: Caramel, Sugar, Vanilla