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83

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
466 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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70

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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84

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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39

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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72

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
530 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
2048 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
1113 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
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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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79

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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75
drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
726 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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