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81

Tea of the morning, I didn’t get to make anything before I left the house this morning. Thankfully I had this on hand at work. Not much to say about it. It’s good and it certainly wakes me up. But it was hard to place any distinct flavors in this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
576 tasting notes

I had a little sample of this one lying around. I think it may have been from the first round of the T&C TTB, so I’ve had it for a while. Even though I usually prefer unflavored teas, I’ve been having straight blacks and oolongs at work daily for a while now, so it was time for a little change. I thought that the vanilla flavor was nice, and not too overpowering or reminiscent of pure vanilla extract. However, the base tea seemed really weak. I don’t know if it is because it is a decaf tea or just because the base tea is otherwise weak. I expect a black base to be bolder and complement the flavor of vanilla. Anyway, I only have about 1 tsp left, so perhaps next time I’ll try blending it with another strong black base as a non-decaf cuppa.

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75
drank Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
10 tasting notes

This is not my favorite kind of Earl Grey, but it wasn’t as terrible as I remember.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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77
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
41 tasting notes

This tea smells heavenly. Honey and vanilla and pastries and Paris :). However, while this isn’t a bad tea, I just wish the flavours were more obvious once steeped. If I’m paying 10$ for 40g, I want my experience with the tea a bit more intense.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Anniversary Blend by Harney & Sons
1823 tasting notes

If I close my eyes and omit the sugar, this reminds me of Mom’s homemade molasses cookies, especially as it cools.

sren

Great description— totally going on my list

Tealover

That’s so sweet. Nothing quite like a tea that sparks a memory.

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80

An invigorating mid-afternoon pick-me-up. The flavor is not overpowering or spicy. It’s actually quite smooth and refreshing. I attempted to steep it a second time, but didn’t get much out of it. Oh well, still very tasty. I also own the Harney & Sons Earl Grey. It might be my imagination, but both teas I have by this company seem much more mellow than I was expecting. The tins are lovely though.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
70 tasting notes

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77

I’ve been drinking this for the past two nights (it was a bridal shower gift). The flavor is good, but not particularly strong.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
10 tasting notes

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Preparation
2 min, 45 sec

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drank Li Shan by Harney & Sons
1962 tasting notes

I am astonished not to see a previous note on this tea. I had it a long time ago and I am sure I logged it. We are still trying to reduce the number of older teas in the cupboard and this one only had two servings left so it goes next!

I love both Li Shan and Alishan oolongs. When I first started drinking tea I went back and forth between preferring green or roasted. Now I love both, just happen to have different moods at different times. Since youngest is drinking an Assam this morning, I made my own pot so I could have something a bit milder.

This is rather old but still tastes nice. You can tell it isn’t fresh and that is entirely my fault, not the tea and not Harney and Sons. The tea is smooth, not astringent, lightly sweet, vegetal but not strongly so, and a little creamy. The liquor itself is pale and clear. Even though it is several years old now, I will enjoy it as I whittle away at my backlog of teas that need to be finished!

Lion

I can’t remember which one it is, but one of those two I have never liked. I think it’s Alishan, no matter where I’ve gotten it from, it tastes soapy to me. The Lishan is the one I like… I think. I could have them reversed! It’s odd, because other than really cheap oolongs, I haven’t really found an oolong tea I didn’t like other than Alishan.

ashmanra

I think Li Shan is usually more expensive, but I think I recall liking the Alishan from Teavivre more than the LiShan!

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51
drank Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons
245 tasting notes

Sample Teabag time! This was a sachet I got from Phi a little while back. It looked so lonely all by itself, so I thought I would put it out of it’s misery and drink it down.

I should have looked it up before I steeped it, because I had no idea it was a white tea! I assumed it was green by a quick glance. I am so glad I did not pour boiling water over it!

The flavors of this tea were pretty subdued for me. I can’t remember how long I steeped this for, but it must not have been long enough? I swear this bag was in the cup for like, 4 minutes though. Eh. que sera, sera. I got a tiny hint of lemon and crème, as well as something that can only be attributed to yellow cake mix batter. Not much else. Not something I would purchase, but I am so glad I know what it tastes like!

Flavors: Cake, Cream, Lemon

Phi

Yeah that one made me sad. I got it on sale and the tin smelled so nice… Like wedding cake. But when I finally got around to trying it the flavors were gone. :( so i just huff the tin lol

TheLastDodo

Why must Harney betray us?!?

Phi

I know! I liked several of their other flavored teas! I am sorry I sent you a dud, I had just gotten it and it smelled so good… I didn’t test it first. I really want some of your gluten free waffles… to taste like the wedding cake I hoped it would be.

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90
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
10 tasting notes

I’ve found this tea tastes best with a bit of milk and a bit of honey. Sugar also works, but something about honey brings out the tea’s flavor best.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
404 tasting notes

Anyone else here want to try this with Frangelico? As tempted as I am I also kinda think Frangelico would just overpower the tea. The tea itself is not amazing but itvreally does have a nice after taste. Almost kinda reminds me of chocolate silk pie. Actually I’m uping my rating. I’m amazed at how well the base blends. Pretty sure it’s a woodsy base but it’s hard to tell. The main flavor though I don’t find to be anything special. It’s thw after taste that I’m really loving.

Preparation
1 tsp

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100

This is one of my absolute favorite blends and by far my favorite Harney & Sons tea. It goes perfectly with milk and a bit of sugar.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

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67

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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67

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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86

Hit a deer with my car the other night. I’m perfectly fine, thankfully, but it did mean two days out of work while I waited for the insurance to inspect it and get me an estimate.

Car is now in the shop, getting fixed, and I am driving a nicer rental car than the one the deer’s butt broke, so I should thank my lucky stars that my insurance came through for me in my hour of need. Also that these last two days have been unspeakably gorgeous weather-wise.

Treated myself to this tea as a way to wind down from the hectic insanity that car accidents always entail. My expectations weren’t high— maybe I just haven’t been trying the nicer H&S blends? But this is one helluva cuppa. It tastes like something Stacey from Butiki Teas would have blended. The coconut, vanilla, and lemongrass all give it a sweet, spring-y, fine- tea-shop scent and taste. The green tea base is very high quality— I’m guessing it’s a dragon’s well from the brilliant yellow-green color and buttery taste.

It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely…

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Ginger, Lemongrass, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

OMG, so glad you’re ok!

teaqueen

Thanks! I’m just relieved that: 1.) I wasn’t hurt and that I was the only one in the car; 2.) I have good insurance and 3.) That my car is in good hands while it’s in the shop.

Fjellrev

Seriously! I just hope it’ll never happen again. I’m always worried about this very thing happening when I’m driving in the countryside, especially in hilly areas. :/

teaqueen

Me too! No more back-roading for me for a while!

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drank Birthday Tea by Harney & Sons
7 tasting notes

I am on the second steep of my first tea bag of Birthday Tea.

The first thing I noticed about the tea was a dark blue color and a strong blueberry taste with additional herbal notes. I could not really taste the tea at all, and I felt it resembled more of a fruit and herbal infusion than tea.

On the second steep, the fruit notes are less prominent and the herbal notes more so. I had hoped that this tea would have some vanilla or cream flavoring to suggest birthday cake.

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68
drank Pan Asia by Harney & Sons
41 tasting notes

Good basic green tea, but not outstanding.

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83

My favourite peppermint tea! So refreshing.

Flavors: Peppermint

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67
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
35 tasting notes

bought this since Harney and Sons is leaving the Dutch market, so could get 250gr. at a 50% discount, and since reviews on the Paris blend are so high, I thought I might give it a try.
… and now I am stuck with 250gr. Paris blend lol.

it smells nice, but It is not a WOW tea for me. I let it cool, and think it’s nicer as an iced tea.

It’s a berry tea, with hints of bergamot. I am a big fan of Earl Grey, but the bergamo in here is hardly detectable, which is a shame really. it’s more a berry tea, with hints of honey.

Since I have to make do with the 250gr. I blended it with a Frisain blend, and now it’s o.k. so will use it up, but not a tea I’d have in my cupboard. Maybe I should have gone with another blend (Florence, or Catherine) and I was in doubt when I placed the order, but let the Steepter reviews decide. lol. Lesson learned here, taste is personal…. :)

I made it into a personal mix though, it’s will use it up as a breakfast tea…. :

Flavors: Berry, Earl Grey, Floral, Fruity, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 800 OZ / 23658 ML
Sandra Vdplaats

mmmm. it’s getting late…. sorry about the typos!

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79
drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
106 tasting notes

Thanks, TeaNTeas! This was a nice green tea, but a little heavy on the lemongrass. A good tea to wake up with this morning!

Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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