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It took me most of the morning to settle on the flavor of this tea, which was odd given how strong the flavor was. Then it hit me, cigar! This tea tastes like your drinking a cigar, especially ironic given lung is in its name. This was not for me, nor will I be revisiting it in the future.
A nice sencha. Lighter and brighter than others I’ve had. Tastes like spring. The leaves in my sampler had some longer full pieces on top of the batch, but as i scooped down, most are small grains like ground up tea. That makes it hard to steep using anything but a bag because it’s so fine it can dust through the filters.
I’m not really sure why, but this tea goes amazing well with peanut butter toast in the morning. I discovered this awhile back, and I’ve repeated it ever since…
Maybe it’s because of that slight raisin note… I don’t know, but it just works. :)
I really do love this tea. It’s one I turn to when I’m looking for a no frills sort of cup, but at the same time I feel like that isn’t giving it enough credit, because it has it’s own thing going on. It’s deep and round at the beginning of a sip, ending bright, leaving your mouth feeling refreshed.
I’m going to go eat my peanut butter toast now (and watch the new Sailor Moon, since my daughter and I have fallen quite behind…)
I actually like this tea without any honey or sugar added. When I added honey it was almost too sweet, but on the second steep without any sugar, it was perfect. Love it. I bought a sample but I think I’ll be buying more of this in the future.
It’s just a fantasy, taking over like a disease.
Le Corbusier lived from 1887 to 1965. Le Corbusier was a Swiss-French architect. Le Corbusier dedicated himself to the modern city, urban planning.
It’s funny how art takes a life of its own. For a little while.
I saw some art house film Provenance at the Met last year while traveling alone. The film by Amie Siegel portrays the life and death of Le Corbusier’s chairs of the planned city Chandigarh in India. Le Corbusier planned that city. The city lives on in entropy, a posthumous daze that you’d have to be pulled out of as you wouldn’t be able to breath.
Paris by Harney and Sons harkens back to the very personification of the city of light brought about in Magic Man’s homonymic song. Licorice, Burnt Sugar, a full body burning through the chest.
Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Licorice, Rhubarb
My boyfriend is starting to get into tea more, and he’s willing to start moving away from his beloved Earl Grey Creams and try some other things. While out at a local restaurant, I ordered a pot of this to share.
Turns out, he loved it! He said that he liked that it was a more delicate flavor than many of the teas he’s had before. This was also my first time trying this one, and while it was nice, I would have personally steeped it a little longer. I was able to get the white tea, but I couldn’t get a lot of the other notes, such as coconut. I plan on introducing my boyfriend to more white teas.
Wow, I’m surprised how much I enjoyed this sample of this black tea blend. There is nothing unique that stands out that should be so outstanding – but there is a certain something that’s indefinable. I’m put in the french phrase for it but I never know how to spell or pronounce it, silly me.
It’s such a great blend- I’m hoping with my next sample test I’ll enjoy it just as much. If so, this will definitely be a full container order for me soon. It would make a nice breakfast blend with no milk, it’s not brisk/bold, but it’s good for morning. It’s a great afternoon and casual blend as well for these reasons.
I haven’t been drinking any new unflavored black teas for awhile, but what a nice way to get back into trying them! Dry leaf aroma was sweet and enticing. Brewed, the taste was smooth, light, sweet, with a definite fruitiness. I didn’t get the cocoa or caramel notes I read about in other reviews, but that’s OK. I really enjoyed this tea! Really drinkable, versatile, all around great black. I’ll be ordering more in the future, for sure.
Flavors: Fruity, Smooth, Sweet
This mild, pleasant tea has a strong smell out of the bag but a mild one in the cup.
I like eating cranberries for food, but wasn’t sure about as a focus note in tea. It’s in the background and almost makes me want to say it’s an astringent feel, but it’s not. It’s natural and not artificial, not strong, blending in.
Unfortunately the issue is the black tea base is bland to me and this is a boring cup. It’s mild but hardly there and I even ended up making this with more than the recommended amount and steeped a good amount of time. Not bad but nothing special.
I was at the bookstore today and saw a tin of this. It was just too beautiful! I love the silver and blue together. You could actually smell the blueberry before opening the wrapping on the lid of the container. I really needed a pick me up morning tea and something fruity sounded like a perfect flavor.
The blueberry flavoring is pretty good. It is not quite as balanced as I’d like it, as the blueberry is heavily dominant. But there are notes of nice green tea in there as well. I was surprised this wasn’t bitter because I steeped in water that was quite hot. What surprised me was how thick the mouthfeel was. I will likely try it with milk/soymilk later like the cashier had suggested.
Excellent tea. Very smooth and relatively light. Definite scent of grapefruit. Tastes of peach and grapefruit, of course without the citric acid. Has some natural sweetness. My kind of tea – a bit of natural flavor, but not “flavored”!
I also noticed that this tea is devoid of the typical “earthy” oolong taste. Not a bad thing, but be aware if that’s what you’re looking for.
Flavors: Grapefruit, Peach
Looking for a tea to take me into dinner time (I’ve got Marcella Hazan’s Chicken with Two Lemons roasting away in my oven…), I grabbed this sample sachet from Harney.
The dry bag had the ‘green tea blend’ scent that I find pretty common (to me, since my nose is of the plebeian sort….), but while steeping, oh man! In the first two minutes or so of this bag floating in the water, I was in absolute heaven… It was baked coconut and vanilla, as if it had just come out of the oven…. The scent was amazing!
Near the end of steep time, the ginger and lemongrass were coming more to the forefront, while the coconut lingered in the back.
While the taste of the tea is nice (really nice), after that transporting coconut scent (I felt like I was sticking my nose in a bakery case and I didn’t want to pull my head out…), I can’t help but wish the end result was closer to that…..but then it wouldn’t be the tea described by the blender at all, so there’s that, I guess.
As I continue to sip the tea, I become absolutely fine with the fact that it tastes exactly as described on the bag, because the flavours all work really well together, layered nicely and in an unexpected way. I really like how the ginger and lemongrass are met by your tongue, but the vanilla and coconut are brought in by your nose as you sip… it’s like 3D, but in taste form. :)
Flavors: Coconut, Ginger, Lemongrass, Vanilla
I drank the koolaid and bought this. It’s pretty bad. They only had decaf, maybe that’s why it was horrible. In the HUGE bag I bought (qq) this tea smells absolutely delicious. So whatever chemicals they concocted are nice smelling, but the taste doesn’t translate to the tea or else is kind of artificial tasting. The leaves don’t seem high quality either (overbrew super easily before any vanilla flavor can be obtained). I’ve tried various tea to water ratios and times. Lesigh.
This was in my mug constantly throughout December…
I found that I liked it best with a tiny bit of sugar and a splash of milk, although it’s great without.
To me, it tastes like the absolute best version of Bigelow’s ‘constant comment’ that one could ever possibly have… Growing up, that was my favourite tea, so finding something similar, but ever so much better, was really fun.
Flavors: Citrus, Clove, Spices
It’s been forever since I’ve logged, but I’m going to try to get on here more often to record what I’m drinking….
Anyway, drank this last night (was a sample sachet included with a previous harney order), finding it was the last available decaf option in my stash. I’ve had it for awhile, but I’m not huge on chamomile….
Then I remembered, as I sipped this, that I do actually like chamomile, I just always think I don’t… and, only previously having the bagged, grocery store variety, this was really great. I shared my first mug with my husband, so I was super happy to be able to get a great cup on a second steep (10 minutes).
I’m definitely going to get some of this next time I place a Harney order….
I picked up this iced tea at my local Chapters bookstore at the end of the summer when they discount all their summer stock to make way for the incoming fall products. Unfortunately each large teabag is intended to make a gallon of tea and I only have a smaller 2 L pitcher so steeping times and quantities are at best a guesstimate. The steeping instructions on the tin said boiling water for 15 minutes – which I ignored as it was obviously just copied over from the black tea-based iced teas without taking into account the more delicate green tea base. The water I used was 80°C and I steeped the large tea bag in 2 cups of water for 4 minutes and then added iced and cold water to make up the 2 L volume. It is convenient having the iced tea in a bag which saves me having to filter the brewed tea and results in much less mess.
Despite the reduced steeping time I found the base to be a bit bitter and it took a fair bit of my homemade simple syrup to make it palatable. The flavour isn’t citrusy lemon, instead it’s pretty obviously derived from lemongrass and that adds to the strong herbal undertone which I’m not terribly fond of. It’s a refreshing tea, I’ll give it that, but it’s not to my taste.
This was a gift from my Secret Santa. :) I really wanted to try this blend, as it is spoken of favorably by Steepster peeps. It also sounded very cozy for winter, and cranberry and almond sound like a winning combo. Unfortunately, I didn’t taste any almond in this tea, and that was even after adding a splash of almond milk! I did get some tart, slightly juicy cranberry flavor, but it was kind of faint. I can’t vouch for how old the tea is because it wasn’t sent to me in its original container, but overall, I don’t think it’s flavorful enough for me. Besides my love for their Viennese earl grey and Paris teas, I’m still not a Harney’s girl.