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73

Decent Ceylon, very respectable. Not my favorite, as it can easily be over brewed and get a bit bitter. I prefer a brighter taste to my Ceylons. Surprisingly good iced.

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82

I got a sample of this along with my recent Harney purchase and it was one of the teas I was most curious about. Now that I’m making tea in my dorm and not in the comforts of my own house, I realized I haven’t been drinking as much tea. So I had to fix that. (Buying five shipments of new tea might have been a bad idea though, or so my wallet says).

I’m not really a oolong drinker, as straight oolongs tend to taste a bit bland to me. However, this tea had just the right amount of fruitiness and it didn’t even overpower the taste of the oolong base. I don’t know if it’s just me but I also tasted a kind of milky aftertaste that reminded me of milk oolong. But I’m just weird.

So yes, this is a fairly light tea that I probably wouldn’t go to except for when I am craving a light cup to finish my day.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

I am definitely getting some serious sweet potato and bread notes out of this tea – its quite earthy tasting and is going down a treat on this lazy saturday afternoon.

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73
drank Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
4 tasting notes

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Toasty cereal tea, Its simple and comforting. I was so close to buying more the other day when they had free shipping and donated 30% to the Marine Scholarship Fund in memory of John Harney. Toward the end of the day things happened in life that I knew I could not get more just yet.

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drank Eight at the Fort by Harney & Sons
4889 tasting notes

Finished up this one as well over the weekend. it’s another tea from Keychange so thanks for sharing madam! it’s been a great cup :)

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drank Eight at the Fort by Harney & Sons
4889 tasting notes

mmmmm another from keychange that i’m enjoying this morning. I love my mornings where i get to actually drink tea out of a mug. I’m working from home a bit this morning and then it’s in to work for literally one meeting, before we leave for the weekend. It’s super annoying, but needs to be done because i’m too committed to my customers, even if everyone else seems intent on making their lives miserable. ugh.

loving this one! I may actually need to add this to my cupboard in the future. thanks keychange!

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96

This is a delicious, dark, rich cup with a really intense flavor and aroma. The cherry scent of the dry leaf mellows out in the cup as the honey and vanilla flavors get stronger with heat. The cup finishes a little like Earl Grey, with the bergamot hitting the back of the palate.

Flavors: Apricot, Bergamot, Honey, Plums, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Kenya Milima by Harney & Sons
212 tasting notes

Tea #6 from the (Mostly) Unflavored TTB

So because I had this a few days ago and Steepster was totally down, I didn’t manage to get a review written up. And I was too tired/it was too late for me to think about how I should just write it down somewhere instead.
Mostly what I remember from this was that it was kinda fruity and a bit malty I think. It was good, I drank the entire cup, but I don’t remember it being a tea that I have a burning need to own for future drinkings. Lol.

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81
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
5 tasting notes

This is surprisingly delicious for a company I have never tried before. It tastes of a medley of berries and is delicious.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
512 tasting notes

Yum! Rose is delicious! This is a lightly scented tea with elegant presentation. I think I like teavivre’s more since I enjoy the tea base more but if I hadn’t had that first this would probably be my favorite black rose tea. I wish I could go on with more of the flavors I picked up but I enjoyed a cup of this after having Korean food for lunch so everything tasted a little like garlic. :)
In any case, this is a great rose tea. Thanks for sharing Ashmanra! I’ll definitely try this again before garlic overload.

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drank Ginger Tea by Harney & Sons
885 tasting notes

I had a really hard day. Frustrating, long, and I was near my wits end for a lot of it. Work is hard, and I’ve got more and more responsibilities. Most of the time I can handle it, but sometimes it kinda wears you down.
But, I came home to find that a hat I ordered had arrived, that Steepster had ordered itself, and that I had a cup of ginger tea.
I love ginger. When out to sushi I eat up all of my ginger, all of my boyfriends ginger, and all of the ginger they will give me. So I found this tea in target I could not resist.
And tonight, its warm and spicy and is making the day just a little less bad.

Flavors: Ginger

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75

The first thing out of the PTS box that I simply HAD to try as soon as I could. I want my world to smell like this tea does. So lovely. As for flavor, its mild and easy to drink if you like lavender and chamomile, but nothing outrageous. I still might buy some to keep on hand for nights when I need to calm down.

Flavors: Lavender

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
125 tasting notes

Tea & Cards TTB

I woke up this morning feeling like complete crap. Sinuses are out of whack, this week continues to be a cluster of stress, and I despite what was an actually decent night of sleep for the first time in a few days, I just felt exhausted 5 minutes after opening my eyes.

This was one of the teas I had set aside from the Tea & Cards TTB to try at work and I’m really glad I chose it this morning. Very refreshing. Tropical, fruity and just what I needed. It reminded me a bit of the Mighty Leaf Tropical Green Tea, but with a lot more flavor and complexity.

I marked this one as maybe for my next Harney & Sons order. Though who knows when that order will be… I have a lot of tea to sipdown before that can happen!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
146 tasting notes

Bought this tea from Whatshesaid’s stash sale.
Glad I didn’t buy too much of this. xD
It’s just weird.
The chocolate is more subtle and calm, but the rose flavor just seems sharp. And just..eh…not my thing. xD Glad I tried it though!

Flavors: Chocolate, Rose

Cheri

That does sound interesting. Not sure that it would be good, but interesting, anyway.

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
280 tasting notes

I’ve had several good and several not so good teas from Harney and Sons. I am delighted to say this is definitely a good one. I have become a chocolate and hazel nut fanatic and this fits the bill so well. Lovely chocolate, creamy hazelnut, black tea base. The dry leaves smell wonderful and they do not disappoint. The aroma is even more lovely than the dry scent. It has caffeine to help start the day or have that pick-up we need mid afternoon. Something to keep in the cupboard!

Flavors: Chocolate, Creamy, Hazelnut

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drank Raspberry Herbal by Harney & Sons
4889 tasting notes

gross. i grabbed one of these in teabag form the other day when i was in chicago. Of all the teabags, this one was the worst. lol. This has a veyr artificial and floral sort of aroma, and brewed it’s just artificial and awful. I didn’t finish drinking it.

Cameron B.

Ick, I made the mistake of grabbing a bag of this one from a restaurant too. Hibiscus yuckiness. :(

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drank Bohea by Harney & Sons
212 tasting notes

Tea #5 from the (Mostly) Unflavored TTB

There was just a tsp left and the desc here sounded pretty good, so why not.
Malty, fruity-ish scent to the brew. Taste wise I get very slight smoke (nothing near the amount that I’ve gotten from the Keemuns I’ve been drinking lately), a bit of fruit and malt. I don’t get any bitterness from it and there’s really no astringency that I can really tell. Maybe I’ll just need to sit with it a bit, but at the moment, it’s pretty tasty. I want to add a bit of Truvia to it (since I do to practically all my teas), but I actually like it just as is. Maybe when I get halfway done I’ll add some anyway. Dunno.
I’d consider adding this to my cupboard…until I saw the price tag and nearly choked on the tea I was sipping at. Holy cats! I’d probably consider tossing a sample in my cart if/when I ever get around to ordering from them, but I sure as heck am not gonna pay that much for 2 oz. Yeesh. I can get a nice yixing for that price, right? XD

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

Zenjala Tea Company and Teas Etc sell a Bohea that I think is really good and it is affordable. I haven’t tried the H&S version but at $45/2oz I am not likely to ever do so.

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
146 tasting notes

This smells like wood while steeping….
I’ve only had English Breakfast one other time…when last year my friend from England made me a “traditional English” cup of tea with milk and all. Didn’t like it then, but can’t remember what it tasted like. Don’t remember it tasting like wood though.
I like the malty black teas…need more malty black teas to try. I keep finding all these woody teas…
I would think maybe my taste is just changing. But then I try black teas that I have that I love and thought were malty and they taste the same. Maybe I just keep buying the wrong teas…I don’t know.
If anyone has any really good malty teas to recommend, let me know! Because I really wanna find a good, malty tea!
This one, however, is not as bad as expected.
It’s like half malty and half woody. It’s initially a light malt flavor but then changes to wood. It’s weird. But not actually that bad. I would drink this again. Wouldn’t buy it, but would drink it again willingly.
Harney & Sons sent me 4 tea bags of this as free samples. xD Guess they really wanted me to try this one-haha! As I’m finishing the first steep I actually can see this tea growing on me. But I guess I will see what happens with the next three tea bags. :P

Flavors: Malt, Wood

TheTeaFairy

Have you tried Tiger Assam from Andrews & Dunham? That’s a malt bomb!

(And Yay! You’re drinking tea again ;-))

Ost

I haven’t! I’m kinda skeptical of buying from them because it’s in such large amounts! Wish they had samples. ><

(Haha yah! I hope it stays! :P)

TheTeaFairy

Yes, same here, I haven’t ordered any of their teas yet because of the quantity issue. I was lucky cause a friend sent me a sample of Tiger Assam and I really like it!

Ost

Ah well I will have to try that one sometime! Gotta hunt down someone who has it and will send me a sample of it haha!

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drank Da Hong Pao by Harney & Sons
1017 tasting notes

I just read the entry on Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) in The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea. I concur that this is more the “old style” of oolong, which is probably why I don’t like it nearly as much as the greener, less-oxidized oolongs I’ve been drinking of late. For years, I shunned oolong because it made me feel queasy. My concept of the genre was exhausted by the highly oxidized, dark-roasted kind, and I probably only tried inexpensive, low-grade varieties (filterbags and restaurant tea), so I knew nothing about the broader oolong horizons.

The flavor of this tea is very toasty and cooked, not fresh and creamy. Yet it is not as dark and rich as a full-fledged black tea.

Fortunately, this Da Hong Pao from Harney & Sons did not make me feel sick, but I won’t order it again, now that my sample is exhausted. This is probably very good, for what it is, but it’s not really my style.

A chacun son goût…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
boychik

DHP is better short steeped;)

sherapop

Thanks for the tip, boychik! I have a Steepster Select sample of that tea, so I’ll follow your advice and see how it goes. :-)

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A blend of China black tea and currants, this one has a very fruity aroma. Its totally delicious. The fruitiness is balanced and not overpowering. I dig. Would drink again for sure.

Flavors: Black Currant, Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Lemon Herbal is a blend of lemongrass and lemon rind. This one is more bitter than sour, but unmistakably citrus. It tastes the way you would imagine lemon rind to taste. I’m huge on bitter teas, but I find this one such a stark contrast to the lemon herbal I’m used to (Lipton… not high quality, but I dig the red color and the body) that it was hard for me to enjoy. There isnt much body to this one, and that’s probably what kills it for me. If you prefer light bodied teas and citrus teas over fruity ones, you’ll probably enjoy this one!

Flavors: Bitter, Citrus, Lemon, Lemongrass

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
281 tasting notes

This is very very chocolatey with a roasted note that must be the hazelnut coming through. It is tasty, but I have to admit, chocolate teas aren’t quite my thing most of the time. I always find myself then seeking out the real thing…which could be seen as awesome or awful, depending on how you look at it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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