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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


You can make Hong Kong Milk Tea with this one… DavidsTea had a recipe a couple years ago. :)

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drank Kenya Milima by Harney & Sons
719 tasting notes

So I over-steeped this a wee bit today.
I’ve had this sample for a while now and I’m finally getting around to trying it. Figure I needed black tea in my system. Only got like two hours of sleep over all today and I’m feeling really stressed with having to move like everything in my room over to my gparents’ room so my dad’s worker can update my bathroom. Which I’m not super happy about for a few different reasons. :/
And valid ones at that!
The guy just came over and basically said this is gonna take a lot longer than a couple days, so not thrilled over that either. Oy. This isn’t my day.

On the bright side, other than this having that weird inky taste from over-steeping, it’s pretty malty. Which I love! Has a touch of bready notes which I also like. Definitely going to be trying this one again. I have a feeling that when I steep it right it will be an amazing black tea! :D

Flavors: Baked Bread, Malt

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drank Snow Bud 2015 by Harney & Sons
2027 tasting notes

I made and served this tea in relative darkness. Hubby and I had finished yoga and we’re going to have a quiet cup. I had the idea that I was making white tea, thus I was delighted with how much flavor It had. Then I turn on the lights and look it up and see that it is a green tea.

I am still delighted with it. Obviously, I couldn’t see the first steep in the dark, but the second is very pale, almost clear. The first steep was soooo creamy. Oh my goodness, it was good, with light notes of hay, lots of lip licking cream, and a far off vegetal flavor like baby spring peas. I don’t know what sweet white rind of watermelon would taste like, maybe this is it.

Bottom line – sweet, creamy, nice body, light vegetal notes, light hay. Definitely a contemplative, spa experience type of tea. Savor it.

Thank you, Harney and Sons, for the generous sample!

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Snow bud is very subtle. There is very a minimal vegetal flavor, and a good deal of light sweetness. This is a limited batch, so be sure to give it a try before the stock runs out.

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
17 tasting notes

I adore this decaffeinated vanilla black tea, so delicious. The flavour is delicately sweet. Perfect for anytime of day but especially in the afternoon accompanied by a sweet treat.

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Picked this up because I realized that I have almost no caffeinated bagged delights to drink at work! How did that happen?

I wasn’t expecting it to be this good. But it is abundant in everything about chai that I love (cinnamon and cloves!), and lacks everything about chai that I hate (looking at YOU, nutmeg!). It’s smooth, full of delicious cinnamon, and the orange peel adds a nice bite of citrus. Num num num.

Only complaint is that the cuppa didn’t last long enough! Time for another.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Orange Zest


If you like that flavour profile, have you tried Just Organic Tea’s Just Outstanding Orange Spice blend? It might be perfect for you.


I haven’t! But I will now. Thank you for the recommendation :)

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I seriously like this tea a lot. I had one teaspoon left of my sample, maybe a little more and needed a green tea I could fix in a hurry while multitasking as I was making a stir fry for supper. I put it in my Kamjove pot and steeped very irresponsibly, leaving it for two minutes, then thirty seconds, then who knows how long.

I made five or six steeps, using about a liter of water I had heated and letting all the steeps mix in the pot.

When hubby got home from work, we had a great pot of tea to enjoy with our meal. This one resteeps so well and is so forgiving, and it really isn’t expensive. All those pros make it a real winner for me. Hubby (Ashman) is almost 6’4" and it takes a lot of tea to supply him at a meal. I need good resteepers!

The color of the tea was great even with so many steeps and the flavor went with our meal very well. I kept sipping after supper and the tea just got better as I could taste it unmasked by the food. Great tea, great buy.

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I made Egg Fu Young and rice with vegetables tonight and thought this would be great to go with it. I also have my dog on homemade dog food right now and between making his meal and preparing mine and my husband’s, I completely forgot the tea. I guess I just didn’t hear the timer go off.

When I checked to see if I had removed the basket, it was still there full of leaves, much to my dismay. My daughter said it would probably be okay but I thought not, since it had probably been steeping for fifteen minutes or so.

Miracle of miracles, I tasted it to see if I needed to make another tea and it was perfectly fine. I waited a few minutes after sipping to see if that burn would start to glow in my tummy region from having oversteeped tea in an empty tummy. Nothing.

Merrily, merrily, I served it and no one could have guessed it had been so sorely neglected.

So this tea has racked up several points with me – 1. Great price for a smooth green that makes it perfectly affordable to drink every single day even if you don’t resteep. 2. ORGANIC! 3. Very forgiving.

If someone asked me for a recommendation to replace their grocery store green with something healthier and tasty that wasn’t too expensive, this would be it.

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YUM!! Harney and Sons consider this a daily drinker. It is organic, even though they do not trumpet that fact. The price point is really great.

I made this to go with our supper and hubby and I both enjoyed it very much. It was so smooth, without sourness, bitterness, or astringency. They describe it as squash or zucchini, and I second that although I would add a hint of the juice from cooking green beans. Hubby said he had five (small) cups. I had about the same.

I resteeped it and it was okay but not as strong as I would have hoped. For this price, it doesn’t have to resteep, but I think I will still play with it and see if I can achieve an extra steep. Probably buying this one again.

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drank White Fairy by Harney & Sons
2027 tasting notes

My best friend came over for tea, but she has terrible allergy problems and was getting a headache. When she feels like that, she can’t stand anything that is even lightly smokey and she doesn’t want any strong flavors. She drinks a lot of flavored whites and I had several on hand, but I thought it might be best for her to try an unflavored white since I don’t think she had tried but one or two ever.

I served this, worried that it might be too light for her, but she said it was just right. The gentle white tea tasted good to her and didn’t have anything that would further irritate her tender head and sinuses.


I love your stories about how you fit the tea you serve to the moods of the people with you. You have a good eye for that sort of thing!

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drank White Fairy by Harney & Sons
2027 tasting notes

True to type, this is a very delicate and subtle tea. The scent is hay, and there is a little nutty flavor. This time it is the sweet nutmeat I taste, whereas often it is nut flavor with slight bitter walnut skin that I pick up in tea. The bitterness of nut was not present. This is one that had hubby repeating, “This is good” over and over. He is pretty picky so I consider that a recommendation!

We used one teaspoon of leaf and stopped at five steeps. We still had good color and flavor at that point. I think we could have gone one or two more but it was almost midnight at that point and we needed to go to bed.

This is one to enjoy when you have time to pay attention, not something for washing down our Asian buffet takeout.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
5 tasting notes

One of my favorites! This one is a yummy flavored black tea without overpowering added flavors like so many teas that are popular. It’s delicious and reminds me very much of the French Line tea.
Good with milk, but I have to brew it extra strong to stand up to it. I tend to go through a tin quickly because I brew it nearly double strength.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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I’ve finally come back to the world of tea reviewing, I’ve actually been making a point to brew a pot before I start my day, sort of a grounding before I distract myself in the fight against ever present boredom (being unemployed sucks) in any case, here we go and as always I start off with my favorite a blend by Harney and Sons.

Tower of London – There’s something terribly comforting about this tea, especially in the morning, a blend of bergamot (cuz English love them some bergamot) good black tea, honey and other secret things H&S have mixed in, the first thing you’ll notice when opening the tin is the strong, wrapped up in warm in blankets scent of honey, in all reality I cant describe it properly it really smells more like honey than…well honey does, and it easily overpowers the aroma of the bergamot and tea, although there scents are there to lend some complexity, as an English style black tea mix its pretty in a dark browns and blacks kind of way.

Portions were 1 teaspoon per 7oz – Steeping 5min at 190° with a prewarmed pot.

Steeping seems to take some of the punch out of the honey sent but its still the main player in the steep’s aroma, although the heavier body of the black tea and sharper notes of the bergamot do shine through better.

As for taste it’s a bit of a surprise but the honey is just barely there, despite being such a diva in the aroma on the tongue the main player is the excellent blend of black teas Harney & Sons used, there is the delicate if sharp taste of the bergamot, but this seems to me a primarily a breakfast tea its strong a little bitter caffeine rich and full bodied, its really really good for waking ones ass up, ironically I did this brew without any sweetener and while I drank the whole pot that way in the end I think it may need…well a little honey.

Also if you wanna see some pictures (Since I cant figure out how to insert them into tasting notes) Check out the tea and gardening blog me and http://steepster.com/tabby run, contents been a little sparce lately but were fixing that promise.


Flavors: Apricot, Bergamot, Honey

190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
50 tasting notes

From the Not My Cup TTB

A nice chocolate tea. I wish Harney had free shipping to Canada.

Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut, Vanilla

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Unusual tea. When drank fresh and very hot, it’s almost a hot tea with a slight cheerios flavor. When it’s cooling, at first i thought it was growing bitter, but was actually the malt and honey coming out. Not bad at all but not a favorite from the company. The taste is certainly not boring or average, it is smooth and in no way artificial, but I’m not crazy about the maltiness that comes through when it starts cooling.

Flavors: Bitter, Honey, Malt

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

Sounds interesting!

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I served this tea to my eldest daughter, who really doesn’t drink black tea at all, only green, white, and puerh. I told her we were going to have a black tea that wasn’t like black tea at all.

She agreed that it seemed like drinking a Chinese green tea to her. I like this one very much and she was pretty impressed with it, too, especially with the idea that this plantation uses Chinese tea bushes and uses an older style of lighter processing. I think that is what adds up to make this a successful tea for green tea lovers to enjoy.

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There is so much I do not know about tea, and I know the least about Darjeeling.

The first one I had was from A Southern Season. I thought it was “normal” black tea and I made it that way. I got a stomach ache. Then I read that it should have a shorter steep and tried it that way. It was better, but I still preferred Chinese teas and focused on them, having only a few Indian teas over the years. So I feel ill equipped to tell a Darjeeling lover about this tea, but I can tell what this tea lover found.

Dry Leaf Scent: bright, high, green, fresh, sharp-ish, with a hint of latex like a good oolong has.
Liquor: golden yellow, which always surprises me since Darjeeling is a “black” tea.
Taste: I am surprised to find myself thinking, "What magic is this? A Darjeeling that reminds me of Chinese green, a Darjeeling that has me thinking that this would be good to serve to my picky husband who only likes black tea drowned in milk and sugar, or green, white, or oolong plain. Yes, I am thinking that he would like this with our Asian takeout dinners.

The body is listed as medium in their description, but it has a creamy mouthfeel that makes me lean toward saying it is really creamy medium. The flavor is much like the scent of the dry leaves, but there is a little nut flavor underneath it all, with a tingle of citrus and grass, especially as it cools. I am reminded of Chun Mei. The taste and creamy feel really linger, like my tongue is swaddled in the last sip. It really fills the mouth and sinuses. And yet, it is light!

Having tasted it, I looked at the company description on their website. Chinese tea bushes, lighter style of processing… well, of course it all makes sense now!

My youngest daughter is drinking it with me. This is her first Darjeeling and she says that while she is not good at identifying and describing scents, she is on her second cup and says, “This is really good.”

And now we have polished off the whole pot! Thank you, Russell and Harney and Sons, for the opportunity to expand my palate!


I generally use water at 195 F or there abouts. I’m no Darjeeling expert but for me that helps alleviate the stomach issue. Anyway, glad to see you have found an apparent keeper.


Thank you, K S! I did try 203F for three minutes with this one and had no stomach ache. With heftier, darker ones I will try that lower temp for three minutes.

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From the Not My Cup TTB

Dreamy. Earl Grey with a hint of blackberry. I have to find more of this.

Flavors: Blackberry

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Black King 2015 by Harney & Sons
2027 tasting notes

Harney and Sons sent this as a generous sample to try. I didn’t know how generous until I looked it up just prior to steeping – $36 for two ounces! But all it took was opening the pouch to know that this was no ordinary black tea.

I am reminded of a tea that JacquelimeM and I fell in love with several years ago from them. I believe it was called Golden Snail and yes, I bought it because it was worth it. Sometimes you need to buy a really special tea. Just make sure that it IS really special and makes you feel magnificent when you drink it. You can have ordinary any old time.

There is a generous sprinkling of gold among the rich, black leaves. I followed their recommendation of four to five minutes with boiling water, going just over four.

The aroma is thick and full-bodied, as is the mouth feel of the tea. The nutty notes are high ones, they say pecan but I also am reminded of walnut. There is an incredible smoothness to this naturally sweet tea. (Remember all those golden tips!) It goes down so easily! My youngest daughter and I drank this at breakfast and she said, “Mom, I can tell this is really high quality tea.”

As I drink this, the thick body almost comes across as a creaminess, and the nut flavors lend a high note to the rich caramel smooth midtones. Think of the midtones of their Golden Monkey, specifically theirs because I have had Golden Monkey from places like Teavana that tasted nice enough but were more like a lower grade Keemun. The rich and creamy sweetness that I taste and feel is probably what they refer to as caramel, and I get that.

This may be going on the next shopping list, and I am pretty excited that my eldest and my youngest girls will be at the Soho Harney and Sons on Saturday! I can’t wait to try the other samples. Thank you, Russell and Harney and Sons!




“The aroma is thick and full-bodied, as is the mouth feel of the tea. … There is an incredible smoothness to this naturally sweet tea. … As I drink this, the thick body almost comes across as a creaminess, and the nut flavors lend a high note to the rich caramel smooth midtones. … The rich and creamy sweetness that I taste and feel is probably what they refer to as caramel, and I get that.”

Sounds wonderful! When is their most significant sale of the year?


looseTman: I don’t know! They offer free shipping over $50 every day, and frequently offer free shipping with a $25 order. They have sales of one sort or another at every major holiday and then some. Have you signed up to receive their emails? Perhaps someone from the store will see your question and answer! Otherwise, shoot them a message and see if they have any big sales coming up.

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One of my weekend guests so generously shared her nasty cold with me, so I’m binge drinking the teas in my house in an attempt to feel better. In all fairness, I’ve had this tea before but just never managed to write a review. Now that I’m laid up with this horrible illness, I’ve got plenty of time! First time I had this tea was at the H&S tea room in Soho, and I ordered a pot of it on a whim. Such delicious fruitiness! I was happily surprised. I’m not really getting any apricot – just plums and cherries, but that’s just fine – it’s delightful. Kind of my idea of a perfect fruity black – almost sweet with lots of beautiful aroma. No need for sweetener nor milk, it’s just perfect on it’s own. And not at all medicinal, which is amazing considering how often flavors like this end up. Would I try this iced? Maybe, but it’s so good hot that I don’t feel compelled to change a thing. Maybe when the weather gets really warm. For now, it’s doing me a lot of good just as it is!

Flavors: Cherry, Plums

Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

good luck. My BF “shared” his with me too… :)

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Really interesting tea with the combination of currant and caramel. Not my cup of tea, but it was okay.

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I can’t believe this has such a high rating.. Maybe there was something wrong with my satchet. The dry leaf smells like an atomic fireball candy, but there’s no spice in the taste and the tea is cloyingly sweet. I have to dump this out.


I didn’t even try the sample I had, cinnamon = NO in my book.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
8 tasting notes

Honestly, my first thought about this tea was that it tastes like Trix cereal. It could almost be a breakfast replacement, what with the cereal taste and the caffeine content needed to get my engine going in the morning. I take it with a splash of cream, and it’s fruity to begin with, but finishes with caramel and vanilla notes. The only downside is that it only produces 1 good infusion (the 2nd is very weak), but I’ve found this is a common trait among black teas.

Flavors: Black Currant, Caramel, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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