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drank Da Hong Pao by Harney & Sons
247 tasting notes

This is an interesting oolong. I’m not great with matching the names, so I didn’t realize this was also called the Red Robe, which I do like. It’s nice. The liquor is a beautiful reddish brown and the tea is robust. It’s definitely a roasted tea, nutty tasting, quite strong for an oolong. It has a sweetness to it that’s hard to pinpoint. 195/3 min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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97

I had three jumbo mugs of this today. Yum! The resteaps were as good as the first. Feeling rather spoiled…..

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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93

Just brewed this up today with my handy dandy Mr. Coffee iced tea maker, added some agave to it and PERFECTION!!!! Having my second glass of iced peach tea! Oh happy day!

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
120 tasting notes

Backlogging…
Last night I was in a black tea mood, so this was my early evening choice.
I continue to be impressed with Harney and Sons, their teas are well blended and seem to me
perfectly proportioned. Orange always has the flavor power to dominate but not in this case.
Cranberry and Black Tea are featured with Orange is a supporting role. I really like this and
look forward to crisp fall days

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drank Mint Verbena by Harney & Sons
688 tasting notes

I received a sample of this with my one and only Harney order a few months back. It had been sitting in my drawer at work waiting for me to pay attention and today I decided to. I love mint, I love lemon, but I am very concerned about the two of them together. The dry smell is all mint, and honestly, the bag looks like it just has mint in it. What form is the lemon supposed to be taking? Am I confused?

The liquor is once again all mint in smell – Smells very much like any other mint teabag. When I’m desperate for a quick mint, I tend to turn to my $2 box of 24 from Superstore since I find that most mint teas are created equal, at least when it comes to bagged. The liquor is a swampy looking greenish brown. It is in a blue cup, to be fair, but it’s ugly looking. : )

First sips are…unimpressive. I get an initially mild mint taste, more like flavoured water than tea. I find the strength grows as it sits on my tongue, but that’s not a quality of the tea. As I go on, I get more of a lemonish hit at first, which turns to mint but it always has a watered down feel. A thinness of flavour, if that makes sense. For what this costs on the Harney website, I’m quite disappointed. This seems like something I could find in a grocery store under a no-name brand for much less. And maybe with stronger flavour. It’s not bad, per se, but there’s nothing impressive about it. Not an exciting cuppa for the Royal Wedding day. Though i did have some delicious Detox for breakfast…

What lemon flavour I do get is a bit bitter, as well. Not sour, but more like the taste of a lemon rind (if you’ve had the misfortune to taste one). This is not my friend.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec
rmark25

Verbena is the flavor that is with the mint, not lemon. I always felt that lemon Verbena had a sorta of bubble gum flavor

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
1702 tasting notes

May just be me, but the cloves in this mix make it a little bitter and I walked off without sweetening it this morning. However, paired with a brown sugar-cinnamon Pop-Tart, it makes for a nice breakfast!

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My morning tea…..I thought this one was appropriate, as there is another Catherine joining the British Royal Family today who could be queen. It is not that I am so much a royal watcher, but it is a tie to my childhood. I remember watching as a child when Prince William’s parents wed, and I was completely taken with the whole thing. I wish them the best.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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98

This is by far my favorite genmaicha so far. I’m sad to say that even the version I purchased from the local Japanese market pales in comparison to this.

So nutty. So green. So full of in-yer-mouth goodness. I need another cup, stat.

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I am trying this one again. I think my memory of it was not very accurate, and opening the tin whilst in the throes of allergies and sensitive nose does not help. It is very floral and bergamot smelling. So much that it makes the sensitised nose (remember that it is allergy season for me) think thoughts of finely milled French soap. It did not, however, stop me from trying this one again today.

It is definitely an Earl Grey and rose blend, but it lacks the sweetness of Teas Etc. Rosey Earl Grey. Maybe it is the lack of jasmine? It is still a good cup as long as I remember to do a short steap time and sweeten it. I need to bump up the rating a bit, but I won’t be repurchasing as it makes me long for the Rosey.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
972 tasting notes

My morning tea….

This one is so complex. It is kind of smokey and coffee like, with a very full mouth feel. It does have notes of dark chocolate, but still a sweet finish. Definiely a favorite.

Second steap is as good as the first.

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I was thinking about London this morning (I’ll be there in just over two weeks!), so I decided a cup of Tower of London was appropriate. I remember when I first brought a tagalong tin of this back from the Tower of London a few years ago; when I had the tea at home and realized how delicious it was, I was worried I would only be able to get it at the Tower! I was relieved when I found out it’s actually not only available in the states but made my an American tea company. And thus my love of Harney & Sons was born!

And still, this tea remains at the top of my list. Fruity, a bit of sweet honey, with caramel notes. Today I steeped a smidge longer than I usually do, and I’m getting more cocoa-malty notes from the black tea base. Awesome!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
The Purrfect Cup

Lucky I would love to go back to London! Went on a school trip well over 12 years ago….I wanted to stay!

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Many, many thanks to ashmanra for letting me try this tea, because I think it is one of the most delicious teas to ever cross my lips! I am feeling tragic that this is the end of my sample.

Smooth, sweet, chocolatey. Balanced…tangy, a little smoky and savory too. If I had to narrow it down to one word, it would be RICH. To my mind, this tea is the perfect example of why tea connoisseurs say an extremely high quality single origin tea is so head and shoulders above any flavored or blended tea. I like a nice flavored or blended tea just as much as the next person, but OH! This is something so special and delicious.

Truly, madly, deeply in lurve!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Infusin_Susan

Thanks for the great description. I always say there’s nothing like a rich, dark Keemun. Now I have another one to add to my Harney’s order wishlist!

SimplyJenW

I agree on all counts. It is probably the most expensive one I have, but so worth it. Now, I may have to start a Keemun Mao Feng collection……

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This was the second tea at tea party today, and I braced myself because I usually drink it with milk and sugar, and on Wednesdays we usually don’t add anything to our tea. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was smooth enough without additions, and held its own very well with the teas today. I like this better than I remembered! It is a breakfast style tea in the Irish tradition, but perhaps reminds me a little more of Irish Afternoon teas I have tried, or the milder Irish Breakfast from Southern Season, but I think I like it better.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
1812 tasting notes

Golden Snail was, as I predicted it would be, the winner today at tea party! In fact, that is what my guest said as soon as she took a sip before trying anything else – this one is a winner. So true. I am loving this tea! You know, I think I like it even better than Keemun Mao Feng!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
JacquelineM

Wow – I think Keemun Mao Feng is so completely amazing – I can’t imagine what this tastes like!!!

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Thanks to ashmanra for sending me a sample of this so I could face my fear of roses in tea.

Since this was in a sachet, I can’t say much about the tea prior to steeping. Once prepared, the fragrance was of vanilla, carrot and banana, with the faintest floral note. I may be carrying the wedding metaphor too far, but the overall aroma can be summarized as clean linen.

The tea was pale amber in color. The taste was on the grassy, vegetative side with a slight astringency- but no rose. (Yeah!) While it’s a blend, everything is so well balanced that it doesn’t come off as noticeably “flavored.”

The ingredients list includes coconut and almond, but these didn’t present themselves until the cup cooled. However, they lingered providing a pleasant aftertaste.

This may turn out to be one of my favorite H & S teas. (Which would figure since I just placed a large order and didn’t include this one.) I hope they keep it around past the Royal Wedding this weekend!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

Glad you liked it, Paul! I laughed when I read “carrot and banana.” I’m afraid I didn’t pick those up but I will definitely look for them next time I drink this! I may not be afraid of roses, but I did have a slight fear of the coconut since I am not a big fan, but I liked Bangkok by Harney and it has coconut flavor, so I gave this one a chance! As it turns out, the coconut was what I tasted most but I liked it very much. Maybe I am beginning to LIKE coconut!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I ordered this a few days ago can’t wait to see how I like it. :-)

Paul M Tracy

White teas always have this level of complexity for me that I have a difficult time describing. It was a soft, starchy, vegetative and subtly sweet fragrance…carrot and banana was as close as I could get. I like coconut and didn’t even pick that up until I was half-way through the cup. It was really good though!

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I thought I would drink this one in contrast to my previous log for tea that is 4 cents a cup. This one works out to be 50 cents a cup. Yep, roasty, toasy with chocolate notes, super smooth and pure yum. However, I would never dream of icing this one. For me, iced tea is more about the temperature than the actual quality of the tea. I nearly always drink iced tea without any additions, even sweetener. I use iced tea mostly to refresh. In order to truly savor a tea, I must have it hot. Prepared with just enoough sweetener to bring out the chocolate notes. Second steap at 6 minutes….and just as good as the first. Worth the price!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
120 tasting notes

tea friend   /tee/frend/
–noun
a person who gives assistance, support, advice, samples, camaraderie and anything else needed, all for the betterment and sharing of tea experiences.

I have been fortunate to make some good friends on Steepster, in he last two weeks, friends have allowed me to try some amazing rare teas, and some more common teas that get high marks from the membership here. I was so glad to get to try “The Jane Austen Maffia” a while back and now, I am in the “Vanilla Comoro” Club a last! Thanks to QuiltGuppy, last night, late, after a cup of Vanilla Bean Nilgiri, I ended my day with VC.

Simple, sensible, and elegant are the words that come to mind. For me, the tea was a perfect balance of two complimentary factors. The vanilla was not creamy, not carmelly, not overdone or perfumy in any way. It was just right. To top it off, the black tea (although decaffinated :( came through as well. Nothing else. Simply elegant. I felt the urge to repour the tea from a trusty home cabinet mug to a nice china cup and saucer.
If the loose caffeinated version is this good, I am about to become a Harney customer.

QuiltGuppy

I’m really glad you like it! What a kind post, too. :). You made me smile.

teawing

You and KiTT have made a loose leaf guy out of me!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Thoroughly enjoyed reading through your tealog this afternoon. I’m curious about where you live in the South as you’ve mentioned it several times, if you don’t mind divulging. I’m currently residing in Charleston, SC, myself. =)

teawing

I am glad you enjoyed it, just learning the ropes of tea with the help of some friends. Arkansas is home, a long ways from the coast…I am envious, seafood, the only tea plantation in NA, and such a rich history!

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1812 tasting notes

It is gray and rainy again – too rainy to run to the tent outside to read our book. (We are on page 120 of Children Of Green Knowe, JacquelineM!) English Breakfast to the rescue! This is a nice, full-bodied tea with just the right hint of smoke. I take it with milk and sugar, though it tastes good even without additions. What could be better on a rainy day than a good book, a great daughter to read with, and a pot of good tea?

Mike Harney says some new teas are coming soon that have not been sold outside of China before, too! Exciting news!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
JacquelineM

That IS exciting news!

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drank Spiced Plum by Harney & Sons
328 tasting notes

I am making my way through a lot of teas KTT kindly sent me on the Hoppitea Swap. This one came with a particular recommendation to not brew it over 2 minutes – well, it went a few seconds over that but not too much. I was going to divide the sample into two small teacups but accidentally poured too much so made just my very large half liter cup.

And this is very pleasant, though maybe a bit heavy on the cassia – which btw it is not cinnamon. Really. Truly. It´s cassia and pretty distinctive, though yeah I know cinnamon in the USA almost always means cassia and not the other (real, from my point of view) cinnamon. Cassia being sharper seems to go very well with the tang of this – I can detect fruitiness, but not plums specifically. If it has hibiscus ground in ( color and acidity) it is in a just right dosage It is a winner for me!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
1812 tasting notes

This was my guest’s favorite tea today! She really loved the roasty, toasty flavor of Golden Snail. Her eyes grew wide when she sipped it. I have been trying to think of a little gift for her, so now I know exactly what to get! An extra tin of this little beauty will be going on my next Harney order.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
1812 tasting notes

I had planned to serve two rose teas for tea party today, but decided to go with this one since it was tres meta! My guest said she really only tasted coconut with the white tea. She liked it very well and said it was a fun tea to try, but she probably would not be inclined to keep it around all the time as it was more coconut flavor than she would prefer. I do not care very much for coconut flavor, but for some reason this tea appeals to me. And Paul, she said she didn’t detect a single molecule of rose flavor, although she thought she smelled just a hint of it when she first poured her cup!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Paul M Tracy

Good to know! I plan to try it tomorrow. Thanks again!

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