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After my best friend and I went to the spa today thanks to an anniversary gift from my husband, we had tea at my house. I wanted to give her something unique that she hadn’t tried before.

We made this in a glass pitcher that my son and his girlfriend gave me for Christmas. The leaves are so pretty to watch. After about two minutes I poured our two cups of tea and poured the rest into a fair cup so it wouldn’t oversteep.

Initially the tea tasted like creamed peas, mild and milky. As it cooled, flavors of mild rutabaga and a hint of spinach crept in.

If you add more leaf and more time, you can have a brisk tea with lots of spinach flavor, but I prefer the milder way.

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
5 tasting notes

Received this from Nicole and it is very tasty! I’ve tried Harney and Sons Green Coconut tea so, this is my second tea from this line. I’m usually not fan of black teas due to the strong punch it gives, but this was not strong at all! I would consider this a dessert tea, and have been sipping this often after dinner.

I love the aroma when steeping and the subtle nutty chocolate taste. I’m sure this tea would taste great with breakfast as well.

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

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drank Mint Verbena by Harney & Sons
520 tasting notes

I picked up a sample of this at the Coffee & Tea Festival. Enjoying it tonight with a bit of Manuka honey. It tastes refreshingly of peppermint and a tart touch of lemon. There’s a nice tingly afterfeel. This feels like brushing my teeth, but not in a gross way. Brushing my teeth with some hippy natural herbal paste? Anyway, this is a solid blend that blows away several of the meh peppermint herbal blends in my cabinet right now. Unfortunately, it’s a sipdown!

Flavors: Lemon, Peppermint

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drank Anji Black by Harney & Sons
2026 tasting notes

This morning, youngest and I took some time to enjoy a couple of tea samples from Harney and Sons 2015 offerings. She wanted to start with black tea since she had just gotten out of bed. We used a gong fu set and aroma cup set, but we were steeping just over a teaspoon of leaf for four minutes in boiling water. We made four steeps in all.

The package let out a burst of bready aroma as soon a it was opened. It was so fresh. The steeped tea had an amazing scent in the aroma cup – pure sweet potato complete with brown sugar and the barest hint of cinnamon. Maybe even a touch of butter.

The liquor is pale for a black tea. The flavor is not “pale.” I consider this to be a light bodied tea but the flavor is pure and sweet. I do not taste a lot of the classic “tea” flavor with bread and malt as the scent made me think I might. I believe it would be a terrible injustice to add sugar or especially milk to this tea. It doesn’t need it, and I think it would suffer for it, but since I don’t add anything to my tea anyway, perhaps other people would feel differently.

If you could give someone the essence of a holiday sweet potato dish in a cup, this is it. I would compare it to a fine Golden Monkey (and there is none finer than Harney’s) that has had the breadiness reduced and the malt removed.

After trying a cup of it on its own, I had it with one square of a Godiva strawberry truffle bar. The first sip after the chocolate as heavenly, so I know this is going to pair beautifully with sweets and tidbits at tea time!

Subsequent steeps are pale but flavorful.

SimplyJenW

Love this one! But your review, plus the Harney coupon in my email forced me to buy a pound of Golden Monkey. Yeah, ‘forced’. ;)

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90

Oh my gaaaammmmmm.

I was not expecting much, but I should’ve expected much considering how much I love Hot Cinnamon Spice. A packet of sweetener, and it tastes like fancy vanilla ice cream. Definitely recommended.

Flavors: Marshmallow, Red Apple, Sweet, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75

I was actually surprised with how well this tea held up on its own without sugar or honey, and that it was able to have flavor with the pure organic ingredients only (I bought the organic version of this one). The coconut and lemon grass naturally go together and definitely reminds me of Thailand, and the green tea, which is probably a form of Dragonwell, is fairly buttery. I would maybe buy this again, but not for the price that I bought it in the first place.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Lemongrass, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Bi Lo Chun by Harney & Sons
1101 tasting notes

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80

This is my third time brewing this tea. The first two times I tried it hot, and this time I made a flash-brewed iced tea in my Takeya pitcher.

I’m still not sure just what I think of this one. I do like that it’s not astringent, but I wish it were a little more heft. Perhaps that’s because most of the maltier teas I’ve had are much more robust than this one is, and I expect an explosion of oomph that doesn’t come. This just seems a bit mellow for a black tea.

I originally picked this tea because it was described as having a nutty undercurrent. I have yet to pick up a nutty flavor. Mostly I’m getting hay and malt. It’s not unpleasant, but it’s just not what I expected. The maltiness when it’s a tiny bit warm (before the ice cooled it fully) actually reminds me of the foam on a wheat ale (like Blue Moon), only gentler. I’m tasting less of that the cooler it gets.

I do like this tea, but it’s just not oomphy enough to become an everyday favorite, I don’t think.

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100

This is my absolute favorite tea. I could go through a whole tin of this in one day with some willpower. And a lot of bathroom trips.

Sweetener: Not needed. Letting mine steep for five minutes brings out a bold slap of cinnamon – maybe too much for some people but it’s a flavor I absolutely love. No other tea gets to this level of cinnamon or spice in my opinion.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Spices

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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70

This tea definitely reminds me of a chai with it’s clove notes and sweet flavor. I definitely did not enjoy this tea alone, this just needs milk and sugar (and lots of it) though it honestly feels like a good breakfast tea or an afternoon pick-me-up. I would recommend trying different temperatures as well as different brewing times for this tea. At first following the directions made my tea taste terribly bitter and I had to try again with less time and less heat.

Flavors: Cherry, Cinnamon, Citrus, Cloves

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML
Harney & Sons The Store

For a cup which can be enjoyed without milk and sugar, I tend to use a single teaspoon, 5oz of water, and 2-3 min of time. It comes out plenty flavorful for my taste. Glad you liked this tea!

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I tried this one at a standard Barnes and Noble Starbucks, and I was pleasantly surprised with it. Other reviews of this one were not stellar, but I can say that compared to the Teavana and Tazo lines owned by Starbucks, this Oolong tea was way better than any of their other teas. This Oolong was definitely and An Xi variety. Green, nutty crispness dominated the cup over the pomegranate which for me, was a relief. The flavoring does add a slight sweet kick which is pretty nice, and the leaves aren’t too bad looking.

If I were limited to my choice of teas, this would be a descent go to for me since its a greener oolong. However, this one really loses out on oolong’s full complexity and I personally would save my money for something to savor. Considering that I was able to drink this at a Starbucks, I can say it was worth it for that slightly better drink. I would recommend this maybe to a friend, yet I wouldn’t try to sell them on it.

Flavors: Fruity, Grass, Green, Walnut

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
719 tasting notes

This is a decent chocolate mint tea. It’s pretty strong; both of the flavors. Reminds me of an Andes mint. Recently, if you have seen my other tasting notes, I’ve realized that I’m not a huge chocolate tea kind of person, which makes sense since I’m not really much of a chocolate person anyway. But I could see myself drinking this one every once in a while. Not bad, not my favorite though. But it’s a good tea, pleasant drink. If only it were fully herbal, then that would give me more reason to buy it…Not really sure what it is.
Just saying herbal/black tea on here. So yeah, I dunno. Anyway! Happy I got to try it, thanks for the sample The Cookie Lady!! I will enjoy the second tea bag of this you gave me later. (:

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint, Peppermint

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drank Genmaicha by Harney & Sons
4 tasting notes

Definitely had a very interesting experience with this tea. I could taste the nutty popcorn taste but mostly had a really strong seaweed taste. It just felt like I was eating something rather than drinking.

Flavors: Nuts, Popcorn, Seaweed

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 5 OZ / 150 ML

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
24 tasting notes

One of my favorite teas. I can never run out of this tea! Tastes like a liquid marshmallow!

Flavors: Marshmallow, Sweet, Vanilla

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90

I’m rather liking this, which is a good thing, since I ordered the 8 oz. tin and they accidently shipped me a whole pound. This strikes me as a great choice for those days when I stand in front of my tea mountain and I can’t for the life of me figure out what kind of tea profile I want to revel in. On first sip I’m getting the malty Assam, but then it breaks away into the subtle smoky, chocolaty keemun. I understand from other posters that this can go bitter in a hurry if it’s not watched, so I stuck with four minutes for the steep, and I’m glad I didn’t go over that. My initial impression is that this is a good, sturdy start-to-the day tea without being overly malty. This morning I’m drinking it hot. This afternoon I might make some iced in my Takeya pitcher, and perhaps stick a mason jar of cold brew in the fridge. Might as well try it all kinds of ways. It’s not like I’ve got a shortage!

gmathis

Before I read your last sentence, I was already thinking, “Ooh…bet it’s good iced!”

dragondrool

I did some in the flash-chill pitcher. It was pretty good, though I might lean toward liking it hot a little bit better.

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drank Hao Ya 'A' by Harney & Sons
8 tasting notes

I picked up a sample of this with my most recent Harney order. I’ve only had a couple cups’ worth, but it has left a definite impression on me.

This tea steeps a nice dark brown. The aroma and taste are both loaded with cocoa. Very bold and very smooth.

This may replace Teavana’s Golden Monkey as my go-to tea! I will be ordering a tin and reporting back.

Flavors: Cocoa

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Harney & Sons The Store

A delicious tea! Glad you liked it!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
25 tasting notes

I enjoyed this! I thought it smelled like coffee cake when I first opened up the sample I got, which was from the almond extract.

Delicious, intending to buy more.

Edit: I’m wrong, no almond extract. Still tasty.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Harney & Sons The Store

Glad you liked it, but no Almond Extract in this tea! c:
The flavors are Vanilla, Caramel, Black Currants, and Bergamot.

Zwi

I stand corrected. I only bought a sample and I didn’t look closely at any ingredient list. Guess my tongue needs more training!

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drank Palm Court by Harney & Sons
285 tasting notes

Not My Cup O’ Tea TTB

This is a nice, basic black tea blend. I found it to be smooth but flavorful and aromatic with notes of baked bread, honey, and stonefruits. Whoever placed this in the box included a note recommending a 3-minute steep instead of the 4-5 minutes prescribed on the bag and I agree…it was definitely strong enough after 3 minutes!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Stonefruits

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

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I got this in a teabag sample from Midwest Tea Fest. I don’t drink much in the way of herbal blends these days, but as a preteen and kid I was all about them, so it’s a bit nostalgic for me.

This one smells lemony, as you’d expect with hints of holy basil (not sure if that is actually in here). The flavor is an interesting blend of grassy, reminding me of unsmoked yerba mate, juniper berry, reminding me of gin, and of course lemon. It’s not tart and the lemon flavor isn’t too strong. It blends well with the others.

This is not my typical cup of tea these days, but I didn’t mind it at all. Wouldn’t buy it, but enjoyed the cup I had. Thank you for the sample, Harney and Sons!

Flavors: Grass, Lemon, Pine

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Well, I guess I need to make it official. I am now a Darjeeling drinker. It was practically the only type of tea I didn’t enjoy for a long time. Then I had a Margaret’s Hope 2nd flush that almost won me over. And now these two Harney and Sons offerings for 2015 that I have tried have done it.

I tried this alone a few days ago, and then served it tonight with supper. My husband really liked it and drank cup after cup, and he doesn’t like black tea plain and therefore doesn’t drink it anymore. But Darjeeling really isn’t like black tea, even though it is classified as such and I finally have that through my head.

This was a lovely tea, with a nice briskness that was not astringent or puckering, but very enjoyable. It went very well with food since it had enough gumption to be tasted even through the Korean sweet chili sauce chicken wrapped in lightly steamed cabbage leaves and served with fried rice. It was also nice for sipping on after the meal was over. It really was a much better pairing than a standard black tea would have been, in my opinion, and was as good with the pseudo-Asian cuisine as a green tea would have been.

Thank you, Harney and Son, for the opportunity to sample some of the new 2015 teas!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
boychik

I recently rediscovered Darjeleeng FF. you have to try Arya Ruby FF from Happy Earth tea. It’s amazing!

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
199 tasting notes

I had this one simply steeped a while back and it didn’t impress me. However, I am beginning to get into the “tea latte” thing and this as a latte, very yummy! I believe I am getting more vanilla out of this than I remember, it’s also the creamiest latte I’ve made yet.

I brewed 3 tsp in 1 cup of water while I had 2 cups or milk and some sugar warming on the stove. I put whatever amount of the milk fit in my mug after the tea and the final concoction is wonderful.

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drank Gyokuro by Harney & Sons
8 tasting notes

Ohhh….this tea. So delicate and lovely and confusing all at once. As others have mentioned, it looks like pine needles when dry. After steeping, it reminded me of cooked collards or spinach. The taste is also vegetal, but not overwhelmingly so. I also got some grassy hints in there, as well. There’s some butteriness in there, too, just to round things out. The finish was pleasantly, refreshingly sweet. I have just enough in my sample pack for one more go, so I think I’m going to steep at a lower temp next time round.

Flavors: Butter, Cut grass, Green, Vegetal

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Vietnamese Black OP by Harney & Sons
719 tasting notes

So this one is woody, with a hint of bread to it. Might be really woody because I over-steeped it a bit, but It wasn’t a long over-steep so I think that that note kinda already existed there. :/
So yeah, not really a fan. Think I’ll just list this one as a freebie on my sale list. xD It’s not that it’s a bad tea, I guess I’m just not in the mood to play around with it tons to make sure that it can’t be a really good tea that I fall in love with. :S

Flavors: Baked Bread, Wood

OMGsrsly

You can make Hong Kong Milk Tea with this one… DavidsTea had a recipe a couple years ago. :)
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/57843176436838071/

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