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drank Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons
61 tasting notes

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
81 tasting notes

I’m not huge into flavored teas. This is good; fairly fruity with a hint of vanilla. The flavors complement each other nicely, not overwhelming at all. I had to try this, given all the positive comments about Harney & Sons’ products. Also, it smells incredible. It’s good, and I’d recommend it if you like flavored teas, but I’m good with just finishing the tin out…no need to buy it again. I’ll look for more of their plain black teas…I liked Ceylon and India quite a bit, and have read about a few other ones that sound amazing.

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This is fine, but it’s definitely not the best OP I’ve tried — not even the best one from H&S. The flavor just seems kind of muted. As others have noted, there is something a bit Assam about it. In fact, it tastes a lot more like an Assam than an OP.

Really missing those Tealet OPs right about now.

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80

This is a great tea. It has good body and I don’t notice any bitterness. It’s much stronger then the Titanic blend but less then Golden Sun.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
6037 tasting notes

Another from kimquat thank you! i’m lad i finally got the chance to try this one. it’s a great malty, sweet, smooth tea. I am a fan of a lot of H&S straight blacks it seems.

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It is once again sakura season in Japan. Not that I will be there to witness it in person this year as I did last year, which makes me unspeakably melancholy. So, in honor of the lovely cherry blossoms, the perfect color of optimistic, beautiful, feminine pink, and a sure sign that the warmer weather is coming, I’m sipping on Harney’s cherry blossom.

I’ve had it before and neglected to review it, so this review is long overdue. By now this tea’s a bit old (maybe a year and half), but the cherry blossom flavor is still very much there, although it never was very overwhelming, making this a bit of a sophisticated cup. I keep forgetting how pleasant it is. There’s just one weird note that always threw me and still does. There’s a funkiness going on, like musty? Moldy? Not quite sure how to describe it. Maybe it’s from the green tea. If you don’t overbrew it, this strange note will hardly come through so I’d recommend sticking to steeps lasting no longer than 3 minutes.

Nice hot, but next time I’ll try it iced. And once I finish it, I’ll most likely want to try another type of cherry blossom tea. Sakura wa utsukushii desu!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Kaimosi CTC by Harney & Sons
1822 tasting notes

CTC’s are best on those mornings when it would just be better to take your tea intravenously, so I’m glad this little packet from Nicole was in plain sight. (Two sessions in the garage storm shelter, one at 3:00 a.m.)

I’d call this the Kenyan version of PG Tips—very strong with a little bit of sharpness in the sip, but not enough to call it metallic. Had I not gulped down the mug like a tea-starved maniac, I would have tried it with milk. Good stuff for unleaded lovers.

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drank Blueberry Green by Harney & Sons
743 tasting notes

Another sample from my mom. This smells amazing, with lots and lots of blueberry in the aroma. The taste however, reminds me a lot of DavidsTea’s grape expectations. I don’t know if it’s the sencha or what. I haven’t found a sencha I like, so that could be it. It tastes brisk, grassy, and grape-like. Might be good iced, as long as you don’t oversteep it.

ashmanra

I love this tea, but I taste grapes, also!

Tealizzy

Good to know, ashmanra!

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drank Capri by Harney & Sons
743 tasting notes

Got a sample of this from my mom and tried it this morning. Very sweet fig flavor. It’s pretty good. There’s a little lemon too. Only disappointment was the base tea didn’t really bring anything to the party. Still a nice flavored tea for those who like fig.

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Had this for second tea this morning. I happened to forget all my loose leaf at home today, but did remember my infuser. Such is life for a sleepy, grey, Monday. I guess it will be an all bagged tea day until work is done.
This tea was nice. Not at all smoky. I found it sweet for a Keemun, with a smooth body and light honey flavour. I detected no bitterness or astringency. Not as diverse and lovely as the Yunnan Golden teas I’ve been enjoying as of late, but that is to be expected. It does make me long for one though. Ah well, this will do for now.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
619 tasting notes

Second cup of this from the sample that Janelle sent me. :)
The first cup was had when my nose was pretty stuffy from allergies, which I feel are getting a little better. The tea has that fake chocolate and nutty scent to it. The tea base has a little malt to it on the sip which merges into a hazelnut flavor at the end, met with a tiny touch of chocolate. I’m not getting much of an aftertaste at all. Adding a little cream and sugar really brings out the nuttiness of the hazelnut. I’d say the chocolate could do with being amped up a bit, but I really dislike the chemically taste I get from H&S’s chocolate flavored teas. I’m enjoying this cup, but I feel like there are better versions by other companies. I think this concludes my venture into H&S teas, which gets a thumbs down from me both in flavor of the teas and customer service in their store. :/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
619 tasting notes

Allergy season is super bad right now and I’m suffering! My sense of taste and smell is flickering in and out today as I sip this tea. Sometimes I get a bit of nutty chocolate and other times nothing. It isn’t quite a nutella taste, which is always my comparison with chocolate and hazelnut. I have enough of this sample from Janella to have another cup and will have to save it for the return of my senses.

I kinda wish I could hibernate through the spring allergy season. :/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
496 tasting notes

I’m not a huge fan of chemically decaffeinated teas. The process doesn’t strike me as particularly healthy. Still, this smelled so good at the Coffee & Tea Festival that I couldn’t resist the impulse buy. I have been enjoying it with a splash of rice milk for a creamy evening dessert drink. It complements chocolate and cookies nicely. It might be making my stomach hurt tonight, though…

Flavors: Vanilla

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Doesn’t have much of an scent to it like other teas. I smell a little undertones of honey. The taste is smokey with a hint of raspberry. Overall, this tea is good, but nothing to write home about. If you are looking for a simple black tea, I think this would be a good option.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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80

This light bodied black tea is sweet and creamy all on it’s own. There is no need to add any cream or sweetener, making it perfect for someone who is wanting to lose weight or make or make more health conscious choices. I find this tea to be very comforting and it cures my sweet tooth! I’ll definitely be keeping it on hand.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cream, Custard, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I had this tea this morning and wasn’t too impressed. The lemon flavor is light and the tea is creamy, but it doesn’t pack a lot of flavor and ends up being very flat to me.

Flavors: Creamy, Lemon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Black Snail by Harney & Sons
52 tasting notes

This is a high caffeine black tea with a nice flavor but gave me a caffeine instantly so I can only drink in moderation.

Flavors: Tannin

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Da Hong Pao by Harney & Sons
52 tasting notes

Nice Da Hong Pao but not my favorite one.

Flavors: Cannabis

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Organic Assam by Harney & Sons
483 tasting notes

For the St. Patty’s day free shipping deal I picked up a few sample packs I had been eyeing for awhile. I figured it was a good way to get these without conning myself into ordering more tea. This is one of the free samples that Harney and Sons threw in for me to try. This is a no fuss, good cup of Assam. Nothing fancy about it. It hits some of the usual notes, malty and a tad fruity. This cup seems to add just the right about of astringency to make you remember you are drinking a strong cup. Well done! I would be interested in trying this in loose form at some point.

Ost

Hey! I got this as my free sample in the order I placed that day! XD For once I got a good sample!

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I love white tea, I love Earl Grey, and Harney & Sons is usually one of my go-two brands, but somehow this blend is not my jam. The tea is too light and the aroma overpowers the cup. It reminds me of bitter almond.

Flavors: Almond

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
20 tasting notes

One of my all-time favorite teas. You can’t bear it for a bergamot-free Earl Grey alternative. Lovely without or without milk (though I recommend sugar over honey).

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Thank you Blodeuyn for this delicious present!

I am not a fan of bagged tea at all. This is the one area of tea where my “tea snobbery” comes out prominently. I don’t like being a snob, so I’m trying to change that. I was given this as a surprise present. I have never brewed anything in a “silken sachet.” I thought it was very elegant and unique. I brewed this in my night mug before dinner to calm me down a little. The aroma of this sachet is amazing. I poured my steaming water over it and the sweet aroma of Thai delicacies filled the air. This brew has a dominant silky vanilla tone with coconut beefing up behind it. If I sat and took a long inhale I could taste the lemon undertone. The flavor is a calm fresh ginger. It goes down real smooth and is actually helping my sore throat out a bit. The green tea adds a grassy base for all these flavors to sit atop of. I enjoyed this, and I think i might actually like tea bags. Might. haha.

https://instagram.com/p/0aOI0VTGf-/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Coconut, Pastries, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaNTees

I have some loose leaf of this (Bangkok) if you’d like to do a comparison. :)

Haveteawilltravel

I would love to! I assumed it only came in sachet form :)

TeaNTees

Alright then, PM me your address and I’ll send you some to try out. :)

Haveteawilltravel

Awesome! thats so nice of you :)

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My pick for after the book signing at Barnes and Noble yesterday. Considering the brewing parameters, and the paper cup, it was still rather good, though it did go a tiny bit bitter. I’ll stick to brewing this one at home mostly, but it was great for yesterday’s pleasant spring weather.

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