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Bought this tea at Indigo the other day because I have been eyeing it for a while now, and I am searching for a suitable replacement earl grey for my current stash of Teavana’s Earl Grey, which is way too astringent for me.
One thing I like about this tea is that it is very smooth: it has no astringency whatsoever, and even has a subtly sweet, vanilla-like texture to it. However, the bergamont flavouring is very subtle. It may be that I am used to more abrasive earl greys, but it’s actually a bit hard for me to pick out the bergamont in the flavour of the tea. The dry leaf aroma has more bergamont notes than the tea itself, I would say. I don’t think this is necessarily a bad aspect of the tea itself, but I myself prefer a much stronger in-your-face type earl grey blend that I can really enjoy the full range of flavours. However, I can see how this tea would appeal to some people who prefer a more toned-down and balanced blend.
Overall, it’s a very smooth and easy-going tea. I am really glad that the black tea base has no astringency, because that is one of my biggest issues with some of my other earl grey blends. I won’t mind drinking this until it’s finished, but I likely will no be re-purchasing. I will grab more of Paris instead!
Also, I am wondering if anyone has tried Citron Green from H&S? What are your thoughts about buying a tin of this tea as well?
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Flavors: Grapes, Muscatel
I am obsessed with Earl Grey. I have Pinterest board dedicated to it, wear Earl Grey and Cucumber perfume, use Bergamot essential oils all the time… So it’s no surprise that I’m on a search for the best Earl Grey in the world. My research only started recently, so I gladly welcome recommendations! As a longtime drinker of Harney & Sons tea, obviously, I had to purchase every Earl they sold. Supreme is definitely my favorite pure Earl thus far. I have been drinking it constantly since it arrived. Perfect solo, but even better with a couple lumps of raw sugar and a drop of lavender essential oil. I like mine with a dab of whole milk, too. The flavor is satisfying from beginning to end – starting with a fragrant, rich black tea experience to a wonderfully bright citrus note at the end. Not the slightest hint of bitterness, even when the leaves have been sitting in my pot too long.
Flavors: Bergamot, Citrus, Earl Grey, Rose
I was curious about this one, so it was a happy surprise to find a sample sachet in the box. It’s actually kind of weird though. Definitely tasting the vanilla and the white base, but somehow they don’t work together. I don’t taste or smell anything remotely like grapefruit or citrus. Not bad but not a keeper. Well, at least now I know.
Got a sample sachet of this in my latest order. For some reason the name and description of this tea made me think the bergamot would be very strong, but it’s quite the opposite — the bergamot is mild and the base is silky smooth. I can see why they say most of their customers don’t go back to regular earl grey after tasting this version. It’s mellow and refined, and honestly, growing on me with every sip. The fact that I have a plate of fresh snickerdoodles to go down with it isn’t hurting either :)
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Flavors: Black Currant, Flowers, Honey
Someone who works at Harney in NY sent me some of this and I have to say that it’s not what I thought… I was thinking cassia was the cousin of cinnamon and what not…
Anyways, I brewed this up at 7g and it was delightful. The strong sour fruit came through like a fresh plum with some roast to it. Clearly this is not your basic Wuyi oolong; as you can tell from the lighter roast that brings forward more roast to the nose and then the tail leaves this fruity aftertaste which last for a good minute.
This is something that I quite enjoyed and now I must find more like this for the autumn season before it’s full on roast time for winter.
This was from a sample kindly sent to me by another steepster to aid in my quest to find black teas that I wouldn’t need to add sweetener to.
This one was not at all astringent but the level of tannin still sent me to the sugar bowl. Still, the tea was delicious and got me going this morning!
Flavors: Malt, Tannin
I just purchased Harney and Sons Scottish Morn last week, and can’t rave about it enough.
First, I like a strong, bold tea in the morning. This tea delivers all that and more.
It brews a dark liquor after 5 minutes, and will help you wake up in the morning without making you twitch like a squirrel after more than a cup or 5.
It takes sugar and milk wonderfully and I intend to stock this regularly in my cupboard.
If you like strong tea, this is MUST!
I am new to Harney and Sons, and just bought their Earl Grey Supreme, Scottish Morn and Millerton Blend.
My exposure to Earl Grey was changed forever when I bought Twinings Strand Earl Grey in London last year. As we all know, the Twinings that we get in the USA is a waste of money. The Strand Earl Grey is super strong, has lots of bergamot and is very full bodied.
The Harney is very good, but I find it far more mild in comparison. On it’s own, it’s a light taste, with a slight dry and bitter after-taste on the sides of the tongue. It doesn’t take milk very well, but used in moderation it’s ok.
I intend on purchasing Harney and Sons other Earl Grey(s) in hopes of finding one that I truly love.
I would recommend this tea to someone who likes a light to medium bodied tea.
Flavors: Lemon, Orange
I ordered a sample of this tea from Harney and Sons a couple months back, and in a concerted effort to reduce the number of teas I have left in my cupboard, I decided to take a break from oolongs and give this tea a chance. Those of you who read my reviews have probably noticed that I do not review Ceylon teas all that frequently. There is a reason for this-I don’t tend to like them as well as many Chinese, Indian, and Taiwanese black teas. Still, I wanted to give this tea a fair shot, so I did my absolute best to ensure that my bias against Ceylonese black teas did not get in my way when it came to reviewing this tea.
I prepared this tea using a one step Western infusion. I steeped approximately 1 teaspoon of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 212 F water. I tried a couple different steep times when making this tea, all in the 4-5 minute range. The specific preparation I am reviewing utilized a 4 minute steep time. I thought that one was the best and most balanced. Note that I did not resteep this tea. Again, I generally do not resteep black teas unless specifically recommended by the vendor.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the little tea pouch was that this tea contained not only leaves, but intact stems and flowers as well. It was a nice touch and really added to the aroma of the tea. The infused liquor was a rich golden amber with a slightly brownish tint. On the nose, I picked up pronounced aromas of herbs, toast, malt, leather, orange, lemon, and honey. There was also a faint tea flower scent. In the mouth, I detected distinct notes of orange, lemon, herbs, toast, malt, cream, roasted nuts, leather, honey, apricot, molasses, and tea flowers. There was also what I thought was a mild spiciness, but after trying this tea a couple different ways, I still could not be sure. Maybe it was just me. The finish emphasized brisk floral, citrus, and toast notes with a pronounced astringency that imparted a lingering dryness.
If I can say one thing about this tea, it is that it is unique. The inclusion of intact stems and flowers gives it a little extra something visually, on the nose, and in the mouth that is hard for me to explain. It almost gives the tea a rustic quality that is very endearing. Otherwise, the mix of aromas and flavors is good, though nothing I wouldn’t expect from a typical Ceylonese black tea. If you are a fan of Ceylonese teas and looking for something a tad quirky, I could see this being up your alley.
Flavors: Apricot, Cream, Floral, Herbs, Honey, Lemon, Malt, Molasses, Orange, Roast nuts, Toast
Hold on to your socks, this tea is strong! This blend requires 5 minutes of steep time according to the tin, but next time i’ll try 3 minutes. As with other English Breakfast teas, the milk and sugar compliments this tea very well. This would be great as a coffee substitute for most people :)
Flavors: Clove, Honey, Lemon
Not too bad of an iced tea but not as fruit tasting as I would have liked. I ended up mixing a few cups of lemonade with this batch in a pitcher and it balanced out the taste a bit. I’ll give it another go next time and see if I can steep it longer since it is an herbal tea.
Flavors: Blood orange, Honey
Thought I’d give this one another chance after my previous review. This is my first time cold brewing an iced tea so I knew it there would be some experimentation going on. I cold steeped overnight in pitcher and dove right in! I am pleasantly surprised that I didn’t get that same strong black base in the first sip. As a trade off the tea is very sweet on it’s own without any sugar, but a weak. Now I can truly say that I can drink this iced tea and taste the peachy goodness _ Bumped up my rating since last time!
I really loved the smell of the tea from the tin and was hoping for that sweet peachy flavor. Unfortunately I can barely register the taste of peach and got mostly a strong black tea base instead. I brewed this in a large pitcher for my guests last weekend and they see to like the taste at least. I’ll try steeping for a less minutes next time to see if it makes a difference in sweetness.
Easy to notice that this an old tea for sure. Smells quite old and looks old (brewed and unbrewed).
Taste is dry and yet it has depth when makes it enjoyable. I find the color, taste, and resteep ability to make it a worthy tea to purchase. Love the deep notes that come with this. Just needs to be brought back to life where the dryness takes over.
This tea is “a black tea made from an oolong varietal tea plant.” (What does that mean? I need an adult.)
I ordered this sample in addition to the other things I was ordering because I decided to “treat yo’self.” I decided I wanted to try something that was expensive. I sifted through all the $100+ items, then chose the one in stock that sounded best ($133/pound, sample $4).
What are classy, high-end people drinking? When people make tea in movies, is this it?
When I stuck my face in the mug, it smelled amazing. It had a smell I’d classify more as “apricot” than “peach,” with maybe a tinge of vanilla and/or cinnamon. Sniff sniff. I felt like my beagle.
The taste is definitely black tea. There’s a slight maltiness and maybe a dash of metallic taste here. I wrote down the phrase “werewolf blood,” so take that as you will. There are, as I swallow, a bunch of mild fruity and creamy tastes. I get the peach, but that might be because I was primed to think of the peach from the site’s description.
This would be, unfortunately, a great daily drinker. It’s delicious, but not attention-grabbing. I say “unfortunately” because I am obviously not going to be buying $133 of this little number. I have a mortgage.
But this is super-tasty, and I recommend, should something like this come your way, you try it.
Flavors: Apricot, Cream, Malt, Metallic, Peach