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90
drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
3 tasting notes

I drank this tea today on my lunch break. I normally steep the tea bags 2-3×. The tea is fragrant, but the additional flavors don’t mask the flavor of the white tea. There is golden fluff that clings to the sachet strings and appears inside of the sachets. It smells good, but I haven’t figured out what it is yet.

Flavors: Floral, Rose, Vanilla, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Palm Court by Harney & Sons
48 tasting notes

So smooth and balanced that I couldn’t discern any of the individual characteristics of the teas that make up this blend. No malt from the Assam, no brightness from the Ceylon, no richness from the Keemun, no vegetal notes from the oolong, resulting in an ultra-smooth, refined tea of medium body. Not much complexity for me, which was a surprise, considering the blend. But a nice, solid choice for when I feel like having a straight black that doesn’t overpower. Stands up to milk nicely.

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

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82
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
109 tasting notes

Overboard TTB #1

I’m a little overwhelmed by all the amazing sounding teas in the overboard TTB so though I’d start with something that looks pretty tried and true by the community to ease my way into the box… This tea didn’t disapoint! Hints of caramel, honey, vanilla and a touch of bergamot its like mixing a vanilla caramel tea with a very mild earl grey! I can completely understand why this is such a popular tea!

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90
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2 tasting notes

This tea is quickly becoming my favorite black tea (alongside Lipton’s Earl Grey and some brand of chai…once I find it :). Paris’ aroma has a subtle sweetness uncharacteristic of other black teas, which makes the drinking experience quite lovely. And yet it also has that heavy bitterness of body, such that one can take it absolutely seriously as a black tea. I haven’t tried it with cream (and don’t know if I should), but it already tastes perfect without cream or milk so I don’t expect their addition to enhance the flavor. But who knows?

I bought the loose leaf tin and the leaves are also sufficiently large so as not to slip through my long-stemmed large-holed steeper (unlike another tea I tried, which shall remain nameless). That was another pleasant perk! Props to Harney & Sons!!

Tealizzy

Yay! Glad you like it! It’s a good one! :)

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81
drank Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons
23 tasting notes

I was pretty excited about this tea when I opened my Harney & Sons sample package last night. It smells gorgeous, just like a wedding! It smelled like a florist’s shop had a baby with a cake icing factory. Delicious fresh floral scent with a vanilla buttercream icing on top.
Which is why it’s kind of disappointing now that it’s hot. It’s still primarily vanilla, but the majority of the floral is gone. It’s almost like it’s been replaced with a chamomile-like impostor! I had to add a cube of sugar to make the vanilla dominate the sip.
Honestly, though I often like the IDEA of creamy teas, something about tea being brewed in WATER makes me upset that it tastes like cream.
In the brewed tea, I get more of a vanilla, maybe slightly lemony, custard vibe which just doesn’t jive well with the fact that I’m drinking flavored water. >.

Flavors: Custard, Floral, Frosting, Lemon, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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75
drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
1380 tasting notes

Soothing. Calming. Delish mint. I love you mint. Please don’t ever leave me.

TeaBrat

I am pretty sure they will make more ;)

Indigobloom

I hope so!! there was an article awhile back about how there might be a shortage of cocoa one day soon. I don’t want that to ever happen to mint either! :P

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75
drank Chai by Harney & Sons
71 tasting notes

Unfortunately a pretty lackluster chai tea. Has the tendency to be bitter easily for some weird reason.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Tabby

And super gritty! My infuser was so hard to rinse, lol.

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Grabbed this out of my tea drawer, as I was just looking for something quick while I made dinner…. It’s not really my thing, but it’s ok for right now.
It feels more like the type of tea I’d drink when I felt sick…so maybe I should add this to a ‘buy this tea next time you’re all ill and gross’ list…
There’s nothing wrong with it, it just doesn’t float my boat like a gently flavoured or straight green does…
Off to prep my asparagus and listen to more of this week’s Bombcast podcast. :)

Flavors: Citrus, Mint

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67
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
22 tasting notes

Finally got some of this after seeing good reviews on here. I’m not a big Earl Grey fan, but the descriptions of Paris sounded nice. And it is nice. I’m kind of sick and having a stressy day at work. This is just what I needed.

Edit. Had to downgrade my rating a little. This got super duper astringent after I let it sit for awhile.

Flavors: Astringent, Bergamot, Honey, Lemon, Vanilla

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

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drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
598 tasting notes

I don’t know what I did wrong.
Steeped it at the proper temp for the proper amount of time.
And yet.
It tasted like bergamot.
I don’t know why. But it totally reminded me of Paris and The Tower of London. I seriously don’t even know what’s going on with my taste buds anymore. But this tea totally tastes like those two teas.
I didn’t even order any flavored teas with this one. Only the Golden Monkey. This is just a really really really really weird tea. :(
Meh
Another tea I was really really hoping to like. My taste buds must be so off. :(

Flavors: Bergamot

TeaTiff

This is a Darjeeling flavored with lemon and caramel. So bergmont , TofL, and Paris have some similar flavoring.

gmathis

I remember being crazy about Nimbu when I first had it years ago, but my brief affair with Darjeelings has cooled off since then. I think the flavorings may just go better with a black base.

OMGsrsly

I was thinking about this, and maybe try steeping it more like a green? IDK what the instructions are, but I find darjeelings really bloom that way.

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89
drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
598 tasting notes

Sooo the first time I tried this tea I hadn’t really tried many unflavored black teas so just tasted really creamy and buttery to me. Didn’t like it much so I just gave the sample away. Since then I’ve tried a crap load of black teas and my tastes have changed so much, so I needed to try this again!
This was definitely better than I remember!
It does have that creamy factor that I remembered, but it’s not overpowering.
There’s quite a lot of cocoa and malt notes in this one. Along with the creamy flavors. I really really like the combo of all these. It really is a delicious tea!
This might have to be the Golden Monkey I am always going to keep on hand. It’s a pretty good price too! :D

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Creamy, Malt, Smooth

Tabby

Love this one.

Veronica

I’m a fan of this one, too.

TeaTiff

I have tried quite a few GM and H&s is my fav!!!

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Japanese movie (live action adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin) + late at night = perfect timing for sencha.

Of course, the one time I don’t royally screw up a sencha is when it’s in a teabag and I nuked the water. Figures. :/

I don’t have much to say. It’s good? It’s bright and grassy in a good way. I’m sure the bagness makes it less than ideal, but honestly, I’m just happy I didn’t make it taste like rotten meat.

Aren’t I such a discerning tea snob?

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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100

I love this Tea! A bracing, warm and spicy flavor with a smooth mouth feel. I love the strong cinnamon flavor in every brew that lasts steep after steep. Hints of clove and nutmeg with faint bursts orange zest in each sip. Good for a cold rainy afternoon or a day when I need an extra boost of comfort, or really anytime. The cinnamon flavor is very intense and can be overwhelming, if you are looking for a milder flavored tea-this isn’t for you. It reminds me of fireball candies without the artificial flavoring. Delicious!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Orange Zest, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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80

Overboard TTB #14

To me, this tea comes across more as blueberry jam than as fresh blueberries. Not complaining, though…I love blueberry jam! The base is quite nice too: smooth and sweet and lightly vegetal. I would definitely drink this one again!

Flavors: Blueberry, Jam, Smooth, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Bancha by Harney & Sons
459 tasting notes

I am attempting to keep the amount of tea I purchase this year to a minimum. It might mean paying more shipping cost to only order what I want or “need”. In the H&S department I have two friends who also like H&S who I have conned into helping me get the mint verbena that I have my eye one without paying shipping. One friend is exploring greens so I busted out all the greens I have and gave him samples before he puts in his part of the order. This is a sample I received a while back in a mystery swap and I am not so sure it hasn’t been tainted by being stored among other samples. I am getting a sweet green with a nutty after taste. I am not getting the grassy, spinach that several have mentioned. I might have to order a small sample from H&S to satisfy my curiosity. The tea that I am currently drinking is really good even if it has been affected by the lack of poor storage.

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This one is okay. I often receive these sachets as free samples when ordering from Harney, and have been trying to sip them all down. It isn’t a remarkable tea by any means, but it’s still nice. Far better than most English Breakfast teas you’ll find in the supermarket. I don’t love Keemun on it’s own, but this seems a good quality Keemun. I can tell it’s the same used in Harney’s delightful Queen Catherine blend. But on its own it’s just a bit dull. Malty, sweet and a little grainy. If you take your tea with milk I bet you would be fond of this one.

Flavors: Grain, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 7 OZ / 207 ML

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95
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
230 tasting notes

Overboard TTB #5

It seems that almost every tea company offers some variation on a tropical fruit green tea. This is one of the better ones I’ve tried! A nice smooth, lightly grassy base that would probably be tasty on its own accompanied by a sweet, natural pineapple flavor and a hint of something else…apricot, maybe? I thoroughly enjoyed my cup of this and am hanging onto the sample to try it again iced.

Flavors: Fruity, Grass, Pineapple, Smooth, Tropical

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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65
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
230 tasting notes

Overboard TTB #3

Not sure if I got an older sample of this one or if it’s just a lightly flavored tea. I did pick up on a slightly fruity note and a tiny hint of vanilla, but this didn’t really come across as flavored to me…it mostly just tasted like a nice (if slightly generic) black tea. Nice, but nothing special!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
The Cookie Lady

I think you may have gotten an older sample in fact, then. This tea usually has a pretty good kick of fruit. Would you like to try another sample to compare? I have a brand new, unopened tin of Paris that I’d be happy to send you a sample from. Just let me know :)

Inkling

Aww, thank you so much! I’ll message you. :)

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I was given a sample of this tea by a friend. As a lover of mint, I was really excited to try one with green leaves instead an herbal mint tea.

The first sip I took, the mint was somewhat absent and I was a little disappointed. However, the mint gradually became more noticeable (but a little stale) without covering up the taste of the green tea itself (which was also a little stale).

I probably wouldn’t buy it myself, but it definitely helped my sore throat!

Flavors: Dust, Mint, Smooth

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
1157 tasting notes

Another tea at the boyfriends house, which is lovely, as it lets me cheat, and drink new teas, without breaking the ban!
Did you know that the Harney Tins have “effects” listed on them? This one says it sweetens me and my loved ones. Ha! Cute. Now I need to go read all the rest.
I’m not the worlds biggest fan of chocolate teas, but a chocolate mint isn’t bad at all. I won’t be bringing this into my own cupboard, I think, but it will be nice to have every once in a while, as a guest tea.

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Harney & Sons
459 tasting notes

I almost bought a tin of this tea this fall when I was really wanting pumpkin spice tea. I am pretty glad I didn’t. A friend of mine is starting to get into tea and I was digging through his tiny stash and came upon a tin of this. I grabbed a sachet and attempted to brew a cup. I definitely didn’t pay attention to how I was brewing it and didn’t know the water to tea bag ratio so take this review with a grain of salt, but for me it was just a nice spiced tea. There were hints of cinnamon, and I could tell it was rooibos, but pumpkin didn’t scream out at me like I would like it too. Glad I got to try it, and glad I didn’t purchase a tin.

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100

This tea…let me tell you about this tea. I ordered it on a whim because I could get it for a discounted price, and the description sounded delicious. I am a big earl grey fan, so either way, I assumed I wouldn’t be disappointed.

It. Is. Delicious.

First off, I love getting tea in tins, it helps keep them fresher, the tin is well designed and beautiful, and you get a good amount of tea in it for the price. I cracked it open and I was hit with smells of warm, sweet caramel, vanilla, and lemony bergamot. I was immediately suspicious; surely it couldn’t taste as good as it smelled. But it does. It tastes EXACTLY like it smells! I devoured the first cup, and re-brewed the tea bag, to find the flavours stood up to another round.

I drank two teapots of it that day.

Needless to say, I have finished one 20 bag tin, and got another one before ran out. It’s going to be a go to for a while.

Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel, Earl Grey, Lemon, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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