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My H&S order arrived! So glad to have fresh tins of my two favorites, Bangkok and Paris. H&S threw this sample bag in with my order, and it’s really quite good. When I opened it it smelled like fresh oranges. The orange is more muted once steeped, because the sencha is quite strong in this one, but it’s still a nice blend.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Anji Black by Harney & Sons
661 tasting notes

Ooo… this is bizarre. I had this at work today with filtered water, Western style. Having at home tonight, gong fu style, bottled water.

Here are my notes from work: Oh, hello, honey & bread! Moderate body but big flavor. So close to Taiwanese Wild Mountain black but from China. Dry leaves have a yeasty, fermented fruit and wine-y single origin chocolate type of scent. Steeped liquor is mainly a bready scent. Flavors of honey, yeast and fruit. There must be more of this obtained before they are out again. Western, 4 minutes, 205F, 2 tsp/10 oz.

And tonight at home: Similar scents, but sweeter. The liquor actually has a sweet aftertaste that is making me think of what licorice root does to my tastebuds. It creates a weird sweetness that lingers on my lips and in my mouth. It’s nothing I enjoy. I actually rinsed out my mouth three times to make sure I didn’t have anything sweet lingering from food earlier. I’m only going to get through 10/30/45 seconds. I’m giving up and not wasting the rest. I’ll steep again Western style and see if it is my water or the steeping method. If it’s like this Western style at home, then I don’t need more of it which is both disappointing and a relief. I won’t spend that much on work tea. I don’t drink cheap tea at work but nothing this expensive either.

Bizarre.

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drank Apple Cinnamon by Harney & Sons
1323 tasting notes

Ordered this as a sample, as its nearly fall, and a little apple cinnamon tea could help make it colder, yes?
Yes? No? Drat.
It smells lovely, a perfect balance between cider and tea, but it brewed up much milder than its scent.
I wish it was more robust. It was pleasant enough, but not particularly flavorful.
In other news, my interview went well! She seemed to like me. There are more interviews to go, so we shall see!

Nichole

Woohoo! That’s good news!

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As I do with almost every tea I get, I tried this tea both hot and cold steeped as iced tea. It’s good, but not great either way.

When enjoyed hot, the malty sweetness of the Assam shines through even as the brightness of the Ceylon is ever present. When iced, the sweetness is mostly gone. A little of the malty flavor is present “towards the back.”

It kind of reminds me of Lipton tea for grownups.

It’s like a lot of other Harney and Sons teas. There’s nothing really wrong with it, it just doesn’t pop.

I still a good cup of tea.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I love anything blood orange, and this tea is no exception. Thing is though, I don’t get blood orange from this tea. Tangerine? Maybe. Orange? Could be. Blood orange? Not even close. The bitterness that one would expect from a blood orange is nowhere to be found.

In the past I have found I always love the scent of blood orange teas, but the taste of the brewed tea never lives up to the smell. This is also the case with this tea.

Even with all my complaints, I would still drink this tea. It’s not my favorite orange tea, but it’s still pretty good. However, if you’re looking for more of a blood orange experience, look elsewhere.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Citrus Blend by Harney & Sons
51 tasting notes

I like both black tea and citrus and I was very excited to try this tea. The dry leaves smell amazingly citrusy, and I couldn’t wait to try the tea.

I was let down quite a bit by the results. Cold brewed as iced tea the flavor is flat. There is almost no citrus present and the base tea is just plain boring.

I tried it hot several times and it was fine. Nothing particularly interesting or out of the ordinary, but just fine. A dull black tea with just the slightest hint of artificial citrus flavor.

Is it a good value for the money? Well, that’s a different question. I’m not sure I could find a better tea at the price I paid, but I’d rather spend more and get something I enjoy more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
1323 tasting notes

Three cheers for the sample pouches from Harney and Sons! I love that I can cheaply add a few very good sized samples of a tea I haven’t tried yet, and I’m mad for the sensible packaging. A resealable sample pouch? Count me in. Especially when the samples are generous enough for a few cups.
I’ve heard good things about this one, so was very eager to get my hands on it.
I’m enjoying this. Its a subtle fruity flavor, with a lovely aroma. I imagine this would be spectacular on a cool spring morning.
Its enjoyable now, too. I’m glad I have more to play around with.

ashmanra

I finally bought this one about a month ago. I love it!

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I like this earl because it doesn’t have an over powering bergamot flavor. Supremely mild, but tasty. I will enjoy this regularly.

Flavors: Bergamot

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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drank Black King 2015 by Harney & Sons
474 tasting notes

I reviewed this tea awhile ago for SororiTea Sisters but forgot to add the link on Steepster. Oops! Sorry about that LiberTeas!

But I’m happy to announce this is #10 on the ol sipdown journey! Woohoo! Not going to lie, when I finished this one up-I did a little dance. And of course, I was caught doing said little dance. I may have gotten a funny look from the ol fiance.

To the tea: This tea was good – but not for me. It had lovely notes of malty goodness but there was something I really didn’t care for. I’m not sure I would reach for this one all the time, but I do feel like my tastes are changing from green teas to these lovely black straight teas. I seem to be reaching for those more and more.

For the rest of my ramblings: http://sororiteasisters.com/2015/07/25/black-king-2015-harney-sons/

Sil

Join the dark side! Yaaaay!

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I’m not sure I am qualified to make a proper tasting note on this today, because I have that sour taste in my mouth from the beef pho that I made last night…I had the rest today, since I am still working on rehydration, as I need some blood work done in the next few days, and I need my blood vessels nice and plump instead of being prodded and poked and told to go home and come back later when I was not dehydrated….and I feel like I’ve felt unwell the last few days due to a mild stomach virus and minor dehydration.

Anyway, on to this tea. I made this one today because I woke up with a terrible headache today, and I went back to sleep and only got up when my husband phoned to tell me that he was gifted an Apple Watch by our friend who he is with (and supporting/working with) at the Edmonton Fringe. For some reasons, I like simple and uncomplicated black teas when I have headaches. I was not 100% sure what to expect because I didn’t really read much to the notes on this one, but only that it was DeleriumsFrog’s favourite Harney & Sons Tea (as she noted on the baggie.

Did this do the trick? I think so, but it is hard to get a true feel of this tea because of the lingering sour taste I have in my mouth from the pho from earlier. I’ll have to try this again when I have a clearer head and palate again.

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Sipdown!

This is a compilation of the different cups I’ve had of this. Because I got the bagged variety, this was an easy tea to take with me to work while I was staying with my in-laws. When I’ve made it with boiling water, it’s too bitter for my tastes and I don’t get a lot of mint or chocolate. On its own, in cooler water, I get minty black tea. But the best is when it’s made with cooler water and a touch of sweet creamer. Liquid. Andes. Mints.

I’m tempted to get more of this as its replacement (Adagio’s Grasshopper) doesn’t have as strong of a chocolate/mint taste to it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’m glad I ordered a full tin of this. I’m a black tea fan but I’m picky on breakfast and afternoon blends. This one isn’t labeled as such really, but it works perfectly as either of those. It’s a pleasant, appealing, aromatic black tea that will work well as a staple in my tea cupboard. I haven’t tried adding any cream or milk to it, but a small drop of sugar adds a nice enhancement.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
464 tasting notes

Not quite sure of why they decided to name it Tokyo. I don’t picture any of the places we went while I’m sipping it. Ok wait no I just pictured one of the grocery stores. Those were always fun to walk around in. It’s nothing special in taste. Grassy. Can’t really taste the sesame seeds…

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Okay, so I think that this is the tea that The Cookie Lady gave me in the last swap-she didn’t say it was iced tea, but just that it was green tea w/ coconut.
I had it hot and I’m not big on iced teas…sooo…yeah xD
This one wasn’t super coconut-y, which was a lil disappointing, but not too much since I’m not a massive coconut fan. But the main flavor in this was grass, which is exactly why I don’t like green teas usually. Don’t like grassy flavors. xD But that’s okay. I know a lot of people usually like to taste the base of the tea if it’s flavored on here, so I feel if you’re one of those people and likes coconut, you’ll love this one. You taste coconut obviously, but to me it doesn’t go well with grass is all :P

Flavors: Coconut, Grass

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For some reason, the dry leaves of certain green and oolong teas smell like chocolate to me. When I opened this, I smelled milk chocolate. That was very exciting because I have never been disappointed by a tea that smells like chocolate.

Steeped, the liquor is pale but fragrant and now smells like toasted nuts and full-bodied vegetables. The tea has a medium body and smooth sweet taste. Even though the color is light on the first steep, the second steep is still fragrant and tasty.

We had two pots with supper and liked it so much that hubby requested a third pot to share after. And he is picky, so it makes me happy to find things that he likes!

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Green tea flavored with coconut, lemongrass, ginger and vanilla. You get all the the flavors listed with none of them overpowering the rest. It is a nice blend of flavors, the only thing you don’t taste is the green tea.

Flavors: Coconut, Ginger, Lemongrass, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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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
532 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
2049 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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