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drank Temi Sikkim by Harney & Sons
609 tasting notes

My internet’s been acting up lately to the point it’s just broken for half the day no matter what we do, so I’ve been a bit AWOL and might be scarce for a few days. Sorry guys.

Had this for morning tea and was taken aback at how sweet and peachy it smelled at the top, almost like the old fashioned Formosa Oolong. Delicious. I didn’t read the copy before making the cup so didn’t know what to expect, and then when I saw the Darjeeling-ish light ruby hue I was like “a ha!” Needless to say it’s right up my alley. A shame it doesn’t resteep well past a second steep, but so sweetly Darjeeling-like while being a little different, with yeah, almost old fashioned oolong characteristics, that I could easily see gulping down more of this. Perfect for early spring when you still want the comfort of the black teas you’ve grown addicted to over the long winter but with hints of something more spring-like, fruity-sweet (indeed, a little musky-sweet; I sense that honey mentioned by others) and floral, lighter. Thumbs up.


Hope you solve your Internet problems ASAP, we like having you around :-)

Dag Wedin

Oh i really enjoyed this one aswell! Sikkim is an area just north of darjeeling on the border of nepal and chinam so no wonder its “darjeelingy” :)

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Somewhat confusingly, Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Sunset appears to be the same tea as Hot Cinnamon Spice. Since my tin reads “Sunset”, I’ll place my tasting note here.

To my palate and nose, this vibrant black-tea blend is basically indistinguishable from the original Good Earth. I was unable to confirm my impression this afternoon, as my bags of Good Earth are no longer any good—must be the cinnamon oil which turned rancid. What I can say is that Hot Cinnamon Sunset evokes all sorts of memories from my afternoons drinking many glasses of this tea at the Good Earth restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. That was a long time ago, and since then the restaurant has changed names a few times and may no longer even exist for all I know.

The key word here is cinnamon, and the key ingredient can only be cinnamon oil. That’s what you get when you squeeze cinnamon until it cannot be squeezed anymore, and it is by far the strongest source of pure cinnamon flavor. The blend also contains orange rind and cloves, but cinnamon definitely dominates, making this tea a cinnamon-lovers dream come true!

One reason why I always liked the original Good Earth was because it is naturally sweet. It is really very sweet, and I cannot imagine adding any sugar to it. Along with Constant Comment (and, now, Harney & Sons Holiday Blend), this is one of the few dark black teas which I prefer to imbibe au naturel. I always drink darjeelings that way, but with very strong Chinese blacks and Assam-style teas, I usually take cream, which compromises the caffeine benefit a bit because milk seems to have a soporific effect upon me. I am not lactose-intolerant (at least I don’t think that I am), but milk products aside from butter and cheese make me sleepy.

Though the steep-off was aborted, Hot Cinnamon Sunset was a good choice for this afternoon as there is no cream around and it was too cold to go out, plus I was too tired anyway. Now I’m feeling the zing of both the caffeine and the cinnamon.

Not a subtle tea, but an effective one!

Flavors: Cinnamon

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drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
585 tasting notes

My stomach is a bit upset, and I want to be able to gorge myself on turkey in a few hours, so I thought this would be a good choice to calm my stomach.

I don’t drink this one very often, so as not to ruin it, but it’s one of my favourites. The ginger, coconut, lemongrass mix is delightful. The coconut and green tea base take away any edge from the ginger and lemongrass for a smooth cup.


Aaaaaaand that’s added to my wish list.

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drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
12 tasting notes

Ok ok… I have to do a little back tracking from my last log. Once we iced this and sweetened it… it tasted like an entirely different tea. What tasted chemically to me isn’t there anymore, I think the sweetener fixed that.

Definitely will NEVER drink this hot again… even the fiance agreed it was “gross” hot, but both of us (and the entire party of people we brought this to on Easter) agree it was a keeper once it was iced and sweetened.

Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
58 tasting notes

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
1169 tasting notes

Some SoHo Blend from Dexter3657!

Thank you, Dexter. :)

This tea is very similar to Florence, but it has pink flowers in it and also coconut. It’s pretty good, but I am not completely enamoured. I might be having an off day though, so it’s good I have more from VariaTEA so I can try again!

195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

It seems that people either LOVE SoHO (and Florance) or they are indifferent to them. I personally LOVE them both, but certain don’t expect everyone else. :))


It’s good, but I think I like Florence better. Although I’m at the point where even Florence might not be a rebuy. Gasp! Shock! Horror! ;)

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
92 tasting notes

Not sure how I feel about this one. I’m going to have to try it again to do a real rating or tasting note. Maybe I’ll just go take a nap because I’m feeling really out of it now, and I don’t even remember what this tea was like only that it was so-so. Shrug. I’m tired of being sick. I know I’m better than I was only a few days ago, but I’m still not doing great. It’s times like this that I realize how sick I still am, when I can’t really remember the mug of tea I just finished.


I hear you there; sadly I’ve been there. Feel better soon!

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
18 tasting notes

This tea deserves a second review because it is just that good! It is just dreamy- mostly coconut with great chocolate notes as well. The tea blend itself is just gorgeous and the aroma is fantastic. I’m obsessed. I bought a pound of this tea. If anyone wants to try it, and I think everyone should unless you don’t like coconut, hit me up for a swap!

Saturday morning + SoHo blend + catching up on Scandal = perfection

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut


I’d love to try this! What companies are you interested in? I have more than my cupboard shows.


darby, I’m good with whatever companies experienced steepsters (i.e. you!) like! Trying new things is the exciting part! Things that I don’t like: rooisbos, bergamot, tons of citrus. Other than that, things that I really enjoy are black tea, vanilla, chocolate, coconut, almond, and fruit flavors. I’m also in the market for a good caffeine-free tea as I only have one “night” tea that I am really enamored with! Surprise me and I will be glad to send some of this to you :). Also, let me know how much I should send? This will be my first swap!


Also, have you made it to Coffee & Tea Ltd? If not, I can throw in a sample of the almond or raspberry black teas and save you the trip! The locations are not exactly convenient, at least from where I live.

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In an attempt to warm up my heat-less house yesterday, I whipped up a big batch of pumpkin-rice-coconut milk pudding, which requires baking for an hour or so. It also tastes delicious. I add a liberal amount of pumpkin pie spice and extra ground ginger, in addition to brown sugar. This time I used palm sugar from Thailand because I could not find my molasses brown sugar.

The perfect tea accompaniment to my pumpkin comfort food is … drum roll … Harney & Sons Green Tea with Thai Flavors. Who am I kidding? This tea is the perfect accompaniment to nearly anything, provided only that one enjoys the rich flavor of coconut, which I obviously do! Coconut ranks way up there with salmon, eggs, and bananas, among the rare foods which ALWAYS elevate my mood. I wonder what the explanation of that is?


my boyfriend hates the taste of coconut, I don’t get it!


Ah, good to know, I’m a HUGE fan of anything coconut but in tea, I find it often has a waxy taste that I dislike. I almost bought it last time I ordered from HS but wasn’t quite sure about the “thai” flavour. Now that I know it’s mostly coconut, I will add it to the wish list!


TeaBrat: I have no idea how anyone could not love and even crave coconut!


TheTeaFairy: no oil slick or waxiness whatsoever in this blend, which I heartily recommend!

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I’ve had this before (ordered a sample with my last Harney box…), but was very delicate with the steeping, after hearing from ifjuly that this could be a bit tricky. I liked it very much that way (steeped 4 minutes at about 185°F), but wanted to see what it was like done how Harney recommends…
Before I get there, I need to say that I love how this tea smells… it’s like no other tea I’ve tried (admittedly, I’ve got LOTS more to try…). The heady honey aroma is really my thing…
Anyway, to the ‘full throttle’ tasting… My first sip and I knew I couldn’t drink this on its own. That’s ok; I was expecting it. Wayyyyyy too strong for me. So, doing what I never do, I reached for the milk and sugar, and adding that to the cup turned it into the most comfy, interesting sweetened tea I’ve had. The astringency was toned down to exactly how I like it in a milk/sugar tea (when I drink them, which isn’t very often….).
While I wouldn’t order a full tin of this, it’s something I’d want in my cupboard for those moments, however seldom they may be, when I’m looking for a milk tea.
So, I’m rating it based on that…. it’s a finicky tea, and needs to be played around with, but when I get it where I like it, I love it. :)

Flavors: Honey

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

phew, glad you have ways to make it palatable! and it’s cool i’m not the only one who loves the aroma! so overpowering, mm. i should try your hacks!


Oh, the aroma!!!
Yeah, I’m not one to usually go for the milk and sugar (which is funny, because that’s the only way I used to drink tea), but it made this cup amazing. I think I’ll just keep tacking on a sample of it whenever I have to restock my Harney. :)
Was thinking of you this morning…sent something your way (just really little, but I wanted to send you a ‘mail hello!’).
I hope your weekend is lovely!!!!!


it’s cool to know i’m not the only one who does that! (some of harney’s super luxe greens i could never afford a tin of, when it’s warm out i stick a sample in when i’m ordering anyway…)

that is super sweet of you to send me a hullo the good old fashioned way. :D i can’t for the life of me remember what it was we were talking about recently, some tea you thought sounded interesting, and i said i could shoot you some to try…if you think of what it was, let me know. i am due to send you some tea stuff, i reckon.

it’s so lovely having you here. i know i keep saying that but it’s ‘cause it’s true. (:


You are never due to send me tea stuff…. never! I’ll owe you ‘til I’m grey as Sophia (which is actually more white—Dorothy is more grey)….Nevermind. That could be too soon; you should’ve seen my hair before I dyed it yesterday. lol

And it’s super lovely being here with you :)

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drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
245 tasting notes

This tea brews up to a rich ochre tinged orange. There is a sent of an orange-lemon citrus , and muscatel over a deeper slightly malty base and something that reminds of that slightly jammy fruity plastic scent they used to scent strawberry shortcake dolls once upon a time. Overall it smells very fruity and slightly spicy. It has a nice medium body with a moderate amount of astringency. The flavour is dominated by its fruity spicy top notes. The fruity notes lie more towards a more spicy grapey note with a hint of spice, lemon rind and lemon.
Underneath the flavour is quite sweet, with a hint of floral, which overlies a malty astringent note. Quite a nice after noon tea.

Thanks JustJames for the chance to try this tea!

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

Haven’t had this in ages…one of the first H&S I ever tried and it still makes me smile thinking about it.

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I’m still disappointed in myself for not actually drinking this on April 15th. I had it with me at work and everything.

Anyways, that disappointment aside, this is one of my favorite black teas. I don’t add sweetener or milk to my teas at all, and this one really doesn’t need anything anyways. It’s full bodied and malty with a great warm scent. The blended black teas play off each other well and the result is something very smooth. I can definitely see fancily dressed millionaires sipping this in the breakfast room, haha.

I think this would make a great iced tea latte… a little milk or almond milk, a bit of sweetener. I’ll have to give it a try.

180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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In retrospect, with the benefit of hindsight, I recognize that it was marginally insane of me to spend two whole days organizing my tea in preparation for my historic move of 2014. I must say, however, that it paid off in this case. I found my Harney stash and will be drinking my old faves in the days to come. Tonight’s selection is the straight-up chamomile in sachets from the Palace Gardens tin. Just what I needed!

Flavors: Flowers

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
434 tasting notes

Sipdown this morning! Hate to say this, but I’m kind of glad to see it go. It was not my favorite. Something about Harney’s chocolate flavoring just doesn’t work for me, but it wasn’t bad…just not great.

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drank Darjeeling Blend by Harney & Sons
199 tasting notes

I received a very generous sample of this from boychik in her “Explore Darjeeling package”. Thank you!

This is really hitting the spot this afternoon. I am working on my second cup. After the TTB I am a little burnt out on flavored teas. For the last day or so I have been sipping quite a few of my straight black teas. This tea doesn’t have much spunk. There is nothing notable about it, but it is very enjoyable. It is a light cup, with a very dry feeling. It has hints of fruit and a tad bit of that muscatel (sp?) taste at the end of the sip. I will have no problem finishing this sample but the verdict is still out on a repurchase.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

Darj are very finicky . So this blend always delivers, no let downs. It’s not wow but it’s there for you.

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Harney & Sons
18 tasting notes

I just got come from one of those wine and painting events (so fun!). I’m not very skilled, so I claim to be an impressionist ;). Not that impressionists are not skilled! I just can’t replicate the example in perfect detail. Anyway, I have to be at work at 7am tomorrow, but I have time for tea, right? Right. I’m extremely limited in my selection of caffeine-free teas and I accidentally bought this when I was in a hurry, not noticing it was a rooisbos. It’s not unpalatable, which is saying something since I hate rooisbos. It mainly tastes like cinnamon. I guess I’d drink it if I was desperate. I need suggestions for caffeine-free teas please!

Flavors: Cinnamon

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drank Yellow and Blue by Harney & Sons
512 tasting notes

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I was looking to make a quick cup of tea this afternoon, so I grabbed my tin that’s chocked full of random tea bags and quickly decided upon this one.

Since this is called Earl Grey Supreme I was expecting to get hit in the face with a lot of bergamot. I wouldn’t consider this a bad thing. I like bergamot and the citrus in pretty much any Earl Grey. I was pleasantly surprised however when it wasn’t an extra dose of flavoring that made this tea supreme but rather very nice ingredients that were expertly balanced. The base tea was smooth and more robust than I expected. All of the citrus flavors were evenly balanced and melded together beautifully. It was such a good cup.

If this is what Harney and Sons can do with the bagged version of this tea then I can’t wait to get my hands on the loose leaf version. My next H&S order is going to be huge!

Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
598 tasting notes

Oh Steepster, I’ve been kind of neglectful these last couple weeks. I hope you can forgive me. You know I can’t quit you, baby.

This was the last of my sample of this, but it’s a very nice cup. It’s slightly sweet, and a but nutty and very vegetal. I never did pick up the caramel notes, but it’s still a comforting and satisfying cup.

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I drank this earlier and enjoyed it very much. I didn’t take notes while I drank it though so I’ll have to do that next time. Thanks boychik!

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I had time for a leisurely breakfast with my friend before I had to go to work, and she had to head off on other adventures. So it was time for two pots of tea, favorites of mine, new to her.
Started off with a classic, with the fruit and honey goodness of Tower of London. (It does seem to be all I’m drinking lately, too, which is funny). She liked how obvious the honey note was. Yay for tea friends!

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