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Harney & Sons

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75

Free sample with my not so current purchase.
This cup is smooth and a little bland. I would not buy it but wouldn’t turn down if offered.

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

I like their regular English Breakfast better, and their Keemun Mao Feng even more!

boychik

Is it possible it’s bland because its in a sachet? Kusmi for instance taste different in loose and muslin bag form. I should try Keemun Mao Feng. On wish list it goes

ifjuly

i felt the same way about this one, not terrible but nothing to write home about. they def. have better breakfast blends.

boychik

Cold it’s not that bad at all. Very smooth and chocolaty and zero astringent. Could be a perfect candidate for iced tea.

ashmanra

I don’t know if it is because it isn’t loose leaf but perhaps so. I remember I found it bland and unremarkable, but not undrinkable.

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82

Aroma: Spicy cinnamon
Liquor Color: Brown
Liquor Flavor: Cinnamon with a light sweet aftertaste, smooth base that doesn’t compete with the cinnamon flavor
Notes: I thought the cinnamon would overpower the black tea base but it didn’t. They were both represented very well. The sweet cloves added a nice hint of sweetness which I didn’t expect.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92

A friend of mine, who I met when I lived in England, is coming over to visit tonight! I am very excited, but I do need to do some cleaning. And writing, and excercising.
Time for a no holds barred tea.
Tower of London is clearly one of my very favorite teas. The honey and fruit notes is like the perfect flavors, like a fruit tart pastry. Yum. And its a 365 tea, perfect for all times of the year.

TheTeaFairy

Have some good quality time (and tea) with your friend tonight :-)

Terri HarpLady

Yay for hooking up with old friends! :) Have fun!

keychange

Have lots of tea and fun with your friend!

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I didn’t log anything I drank yesterday (or over the weekend, for that matter, but I always fall behind on the weekend…), feeling off-ish and not as attentive to what was in my tea cup as I’d like. So, it’s nice to ‘think’ more about that today….it’s calming and meditative. :)

It was sunny and 80°F for most of yesterday, and now it’s 37°F and rainy, so I figured a cup of The Queen would do me some good.
I love this tea. I love opening the tin, with the soft smoky aroma and bright edges of the blend.
Your Majesty, I am honoured to be in your presence, Ma’am.
You know what I love so much about The Queen? She’s sophisticated, but so comfortable…..so welcoming. She’s equally right at home in my finest tea cup, or doubled in my biggest mug (with my feet up, cuddled under a blanket, with Netflix all queued up and ready to go….). She’s layered without being overly complicated.
Yeah, she needs a permanent place in my tea drawer. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
keychange

I will follow you now and we will worship the queen forever more!!

Marzipan

Looks like one I need to find!

DeliriumsFrogs

I’m all for shared Queen worship! lol

Marzipan

Soooo what else should I order from Harney?

ifjuly

I totally agree about how she’s fancy/complex, yet comfortable. Yes! That is exactly why she’s so wonderful, and unique. I can haul her in a to-go tumbler for Saturday errands just to get me awake, or I can sit alone at the breakfast nook and enjoy the balance of smoke with brightness with sweetness.

I hope you’re feeling better. teahug.

DeliriumsFrogs

Exactly, ifjuly! And teahug right back at ya’. :)

Marzipan, I’m by no means a Harney expert, only having bought a tiny bit of what they offer. But, I love Florence, and Paris is delightful. If you didn’t hate coconut (and, I totally understand how that flavour could be one of those bad memory type flavours….I loved how you said if you taste it, all that you think of is suntan lotion. lol!), I’d tell you SoHo is a great flavoured tea…but it’s coconut, so stay away!. I ordered the Rose Scented on a whim, and ifjuly told me afterwards that it’s a ‘thing’ to mix Queen Catherine with Rose Scented (it’s really good!). Harney is great…. :)

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78
drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
4043 tasting notes

soooooo i keep drinking this and forgetting to log it. Mostly because it’s “ok” but nothing out of this world. I think i’ve given up on finding the perfect black base chocolate mint since i have stacy’s herbal – peppermint patty. it seems to be all i need in a mint chocolate tea. That being said, this one from Harney is one of the better crafted minto chocolate blacks, so i’d be likely to land on this one if i had to pick one from the bunches i’ve tried. the chocolate and peppermint balance out well, the base is present but not astringent and it’s nicely done on the whole.

ifjuly

i feel the same way about peppermint patty! but as choc-mint teas go, i do like this one sometimes. it tastes like a thin mint to me. and it’s good as a latte, yum.

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drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
608 tasting notes

Rained all day and cold—frost advisory tonight despite the 80F sunglasses n’ crawfish weekend—had this as a remedy when R got home for afternoon tea with Orange Chocolate Chippers (here: http://atlantishome.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/07/orange-chocolate-chippers.html the fresh crumb is what makes them; it’s a little like a drop biscuit or scone at first, pale and piled somewhat high in jumbles, not like a flat chip cookie, plus the orange oil works well with a nice not-too-sweet chocolate without being tart or fruit juice kid-like…the only thing I’d change in the future is maybe cutting back on the number of chocolate chips—seems extravagant to me though husband thinks not, ha). Not a heady vanilla tea at all, just mellow, lets your baked goods shine as it stands back gracefully in the wings. Not exciting and I doubt I’d want it solo very often, but good when you kind of want something black, mild, sweet, and blandly comforting to go with early dessert. Doesn’t have that alcohol burn some vanilla teas do, which is a bonus.

DeliriumsFrogs

Those cookies look like they’d be perfect with that tea! (and your mention of ‘no alcohol burn’ is great, since I really hate that in vanilla teas…). Lovely.

Stephanie

We’ve got a frost advisory too…so glad I didn’t plant my seedlings! hides them in the house

ifjuly

DF, vanilla burn is THE WORST! yuck. in anything…

phew, Stephanie! sadly my neighbors spent Saturday and Sunday doing the whole front of the house. ahh.

boychik

This looks so yummy. Thanks for the recipe. I’m off to baking;)

ifjuly

i hope you like them, boychik! they are not very sweet, as a heads up. and they make a zillion, at least i thought so (though with a full family maybe that’s not a problem for you :)—next time since it’s just the two of us i’m going to split the recipe. it made 2 and a half trays, 50 small cookies for me.

TheTeaFairy

OMG! You made me look at the forecast and here too…cold with snow possibly, WTF?!??

boychik

We are Cookie Monsters! I have to hide sweets fr hubby and kids;)
We made them. Soo delicious. Everybody liked them. I put some away for tomorrow ;)
Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe;)

ifjuly

TheTeaFairy, i am so sorry to be the bearer of bad news. :/

boychik, i love to hear you guys liked them! yay cookie party!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
55 tasting notes

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89

Sipdown on the Queen. I enjoyed this one, but I really don’t know that it ages well. It has definitely lost some of its oomph and complexity that I loved so much at first. I still enjoyed my last pot this morning with nice malty notes, but there are other straight black teas that hold up better over time. If I had the opportunity to get this on sale or something, I’d give it another go, but otherwise goodbye for now Queen Catherine!

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
keychange

I agree. This tes is best consumed quickly.

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73

TTB&C #17

I have seen this pop up quite a bit lately. Not sure why, so I had added it to my wish list not that long ago. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. It is nice. It is sweet, cocoa, grainy flavor. I also want to use the word popcorn. It is kinda like drinking popcorn. I like it but I am not sure if it would be something I would crave.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81

MMMMMMM, this is my favourite H&S tea I’ve had. I find most of them have the same base and there is something about them I don’t like, but this one is different. And the black currant flavour is really natural and the perfect strength.

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93
drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
676 tasting notes

Morning cuppa. I’ve got writing, excercise, and cleaning to do today, so I need my fuel.
This is an excelent spring tea, soft and fresh and rosy, but not at all perfum-y. Very good.
Well, I’ve got seven hundred words yet to write, and then I need to work out, before I clean.
Off I go, then.

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94

I like this tea. It has a nice flavor.

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65
drank Bamboo by Harney & Sons
709 tasting notes

I quite like bamboo teas. Of the teas I have tried so far, the bamboo leaves seems to be quite large. By that I mean, there were quite large cut up/chunked up pieces of light green leaf. This tea, however, looks quite different. It is very skinny, long, slender dark green leaf, look very similar to flattened out pine needles. There are quite a few bunches of leaves that are still attached to a stem.

This tea definitely has a bamboo taste. But there is also something else there. Something very deeply vegetal, deeply woody. I know this is strange but the first thing that came to my mind was beef boullion, but without the saltiness, I am also thinking popcorn – its a bit weird. There is a thick, buttery quality to the tea that is similar to other bamboo teas I have tried.

This one is ok. I am not sure if there are different types of bamboo, but I am assuming there are different parts of the plant. But This one is ok, not my favorite bamboo tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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99
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
709 tasting notes

So with my last Harney order, I ordered their K-cup style Paris and Earl Grey Supreme to take to my parents house. My parents don’t have a decent way to make tea at their house, but they do have a Keurig. I used to carry a large box of tea making supplies and teas with me, but had finally just settled into drinking Keurig style Twinnings Earl Grey, or coffee.

So I thought I would give these a try. The Paris k-cups are fairly decent. Of course, not as good as a loose leaf brewed with appropriate parameters, but it will do, and it is better than what I was drinking before. The Earl Grey Supreme was also pretty good. They both had that tinge of coffee flavour as that is what the Keurig is mostly used for.

I think Harney did a good job creating these k-cups as the flavours are pretty decent and very similar to the loose leaf versions, but I think after these boxes are done, I will just stick with the cheapy cheapy teas, as it is not worth the price, in my opinion.

I also asked my parents to hide this tea so that no one else would drink it up before I visited again. Hehe.

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63

I bought a tin of this last year. And I just couldn’t get into liking it. I made it a few times this (neverending) Canadian winter and it just isn’t hitting the spot, or any spot, for me. So I tried it cold brewed vs iced.

It was really interesting, it cold brewed for 8 hours and there was still no colour change to the water with minimal flavour. After 24 hours, the water was quite pale. There was some taste. Definitely not very strong. It is not so much chemical passionfruit this way vs. iced, but don’t get me wrong, it is still not delicious. It is however, certainly drinkable this way. I think when I start doing some work in the yard (hint, hint – go away winter!), I will cold brew up a pitcher or two so I can drink it quickly as a thirst quencher. It is better cold brewed without sweetener added.

Also, as a note, I read that Terri planted her garden today. WTF, I still have snow in my yard. And it freezing rained last night so now it is more of that ice berg snow that you can’t even break up and spread around. sigh.

caile

There is still so much snow here as well… :(

Dexter3657

Yep – it snowed here today – still lots of it around. No gardening here for awhile (not that I have space for a garden, but would like a plant or two on my balcony…)

Nxtdoor

I think the rule of thumb for us toronto people is never plant before may 2-4.

Lala

That’s the same for SK. Last year I lost a lot of plants on the first weekend of June. I was gone and it frosted. And I still choose to live here…haha

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56

From the Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box.

An OK rooibos blend. Its flavor is too tart – the hibiscus overshadows the cranberry and orange. I can taste the rooibos in the background. This would probably be better off cold-brewed.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
676 tasting notes

I am almost out of Paris! Eeep! How did we get to this point? Well, this pot served as my writer juce for phase one of this mornings scribblings. I’ve got a thousand words left to write today, so I should get down to it, pronto. Off I go. I should brew more tea, though.
Tea, a writers fuel. Yum.
Oh, right, Paris. As always it is delicious. I’m going to need more of it pronto.

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97
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
676 tasting notes

Backlog from last night. I attended a lecture last night with my family, and while it was interesting, it ran long, and we were exsausted. I had just the energy to brew this before falling headfirst into bed.

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drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
15 tasting notes

Well, I can see where this tea got its name. It smells exactly like coconut curry, which is a bit off-putting. The taste is almost totally dominated by lemongrass with maybe a hint of coconut at the end? Or maybe that’s just a placebo effect because I knew it was supposed to have coconut in it. My neighbor raved about this and gave me a sachet to try but my feelings are just meh about this. It tastes like Aveda smells.
UPDATE: 4 sips in and I hate it more with every sip. Definitely not finishing it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
darby

Welcome to Steepster! Nice to see another MN join

mj1851

Thanks darby! I’ve enjoyed reading some of your reviews and my wish list has expanded accordingly :-)

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89

This is a tea that came from a swap with Dexter3657.

A small portion of our swap was devoted to “odd choices”, stuff we thought was weird or different, whether we felt they were good or bad.

I already knew this buckwheat tea was a favourite of hers. I love buckwheat as a flour, makes awesome pancakes. But to think of it as a tea, not really. But I will try anything, so of course I’m happy she sent it since it’s not something I would ever go out of my way to buy.

It’s odd looking, like tiny little caramel crunch. You know I have to do it. You would to the same. I just took a pinch and threw it in my mouth. Crispy yummy. I think we’re on to something pretty tasty.

I followed Dexter’s instruction and brewed 5 min in boiling water.

Oh! This is definitely buckwheat pancakes in a cup, but with a big nutty toasted twist! Oh, and it reminds me of Genmaicha, without the tea, just a full cup of delicious roasted grain. I will have fun with what’s left, I will create my own Buckwheat Genmaicha with some delicious Sencha. I think it would be fantastic with some Yunnan Black as well.

I can’t thank you enough for this Dexter, this is being added to the shopping list!

(Yes, another favourite!)

ifjuly

love this one!

Dexter3657

You are a genius!!! but I’m voting for Laoshan Black – or something equally as chocolaty…. maybe even special dark…. It’s nutty, roasty, grainy goodness – what’s not to love. (I like it with a little milk and sweet – it’s like kids cereal in a mug…)
So happy that you like it!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, I just drank Laoshan Black Genmaicha for the first time last night and didn’t even think of that one, of course it’s gonna work…will try both tonight I think, Teavivre’s Yunnnan and after Laoshan Black to compare. Lol, I will need a tin cause I also want to try Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black from Butiki. Sky is the limit!
Do you ever second steep it?

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70

A good basic morning tea. I would have rated this tea much higher about 5 years ago. Although this is not a strictly Keemun tea, the Keemun really shinned through back then. Not as ‘supreme’ as I remember but still a good tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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90

I would like to start the day but saying Thank you John Harney and family, Thank you!

Harney is one of my fav tea companies. So I was super excited to be able to pick up this special edition 30th Anniversary blend. It came in the usual Harney sachet form.

This tea is SOOOO good! The assam is bold and malty. But the Yunnan gold tips and silver tips definitely add a lot of silky smoothness the tea. It is lightly sweet, very natural tasting. There is a slight earthiness to the tea but it mixes well with the maltiness of the assam.

Definitely no additions needed for this tea. I will be drinking this on all day, and will shed a few tears when it is gone.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Ooh, sounds tasty!

Sil

i really thought about picking this one up, i just get tired of bags.

Lala

I was a bit disappointed it only came in sachets too, but I am glad I picked it up.

Sil

good to know :)

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100

Ok, I’ve been having far too much fun on facebook and steepster this morning, and I really should try and get some work done. But I feel it absolutely vital to tell you all that I enjoyed the queen with my bagel and cream cheese breakfast this morning. Mr. keychange and I make it a point to have breakfast together on Friday mornings, so there was also great conversation. And I couldn’t think of a better way to start the day.

As I leaned over the cup and inhaled the queen, I literally spoke out loud: Oh Queen, I remember you! i remember how we sat there, legs curled up under ourselves as we sat in Muskoka chairs around the embers of last night’s fire, commenting on how it had rained last night, and how the smell of smoke and rain and wind was so perfectly romantic. Don’t you remember, Queen?

And then Mr. keychange was like “You would never have that conversation, though. You hate camping.”
And i was like stop ruining it!

Long live the queen!

Marzipan

This is my theme song today: I don’t wanna work, I just wanna talk about tea all day!
(You know that song?)

Cheri

Hahahah! I love the smells of camping, and honestly sitting near a campfire or bonfire is such a wonderful feeling. I just hate hate hate camping.

And I really like the fact that you and your Mr. have breakfast together on Fridays. How wonderful!

keychange

I do know that song! great song! I should go listen to it immediately. And yes, I abhor camping as well. But I love the smell of rain and campfires and good memories.

Sil

too much time on FB… haha the only time i am ever on there is for the antics you saw haha

keychange

Haha! these antics get me through the day!

OMGsrsly

I need to get my act together and stop being distracted by TEA, and GO to work!

Marzipan

It’s like ADTEA (get it?)

Anna

You should probably follow DeliriumsFrogs and then you all can have a special secret Queen fanclub. Pfff! http://steepster.com/deliriumsfrogs/posts/238178

keychange

Thanks Anna! The Queen needs us to band together!

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92

I did not sleep well last night. I dont know why, exactly, but thats the case. Bleh. And its going to be a very long day indeed.
So its time for delicious and failsafe tea. Oh Tower of London, your honey and fruit notes are the perfect companion to my breakfast of english muffins and local honey.
Yum.

TeaBrat

Not sleeping seems to be my “thing” lately

pyarkaaloo

this tea & your breakfast sound perfect. i slept well last night & woke up super early today because i was craving several cup(s) of tea :P but couldn’t go back to sleep. then i got really sleepy an hour later but had to get ready for an appointment. but i sooo wanted to go back to sleep!

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