Harney & Sons

Recent Tasting Notes

65

It has a light, pleasant aroma, with just a hint of green tea scent. The flavor is very light and pleasant as well, not robust like an Assam and a bit dusty but not as dry as a Keemun. A little sugar is fine, but not too much as the flavor is too light to handle it. This is an excellent blend for those who shy away from strong teas but still want a genuine black tea flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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56

This tea has a very nice, full and almost sweet aroma. The flavor is not as bold as the aroma, and not as sweet. It has a dry, almost slightly metallic finish. Adding a little cream seemed to drown out the tea flavor but left the dryness. I can tell that it is a good blend, however, leaning a little to the dry side. Those who prefer Keemun will probably enjoy it more than those who prefer, say, Assam, but it’s worth at least trying if you enjoy black tea.

Update 2011/08/31:
I reduced steep time from five to four minutes which made the brew a little less dry. It still needs a little cream and sugar, but otherwise it’s pretty good.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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26
drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
41 tasting notes

Caribe has a bold aroma but I found the taste a bit uninteresting. I wish could be more specific but no one element really stood out; it was, to my taste, a rather dull, flat flavor. It wasn’t bad, per se, just dull.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
1629 tasting notes

Dear god, is it it true??!! Could there possibly be a cranberry-flavoured tea out there that doesn’t taste like it’s loaded with hibiscus?!

This tea is berry-flavoured with just a hint of sourness and it actually tastes like real cranberries, though they keep the flavour subtle. I’m also picking up the hint of almonds other people have been talking about, and while it seems like it would be mis-matched with the cranberry the two flavours actually blend together quite well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
158 tasting notes

Evening cup. Yes, caffeine this late. I wanted some Florence! I’ll deal.
And actually I’ve noticed that sometimes caffeine has a sedative effect on me.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

My youngest can hardly keep her eyes open after tea time in the afternoon. A student who used to drink green and white teas with me told me she always has tea before bed because it soothes and relaxes her and helps her sleep. So why not?

Ashley Bain

Interesting!

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98
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
158 tasting notes

Florence and some beautiful piano music to start my morning. Ahhh. Lovely.

Decided to dye my hair red today :) And have the great idea of being Chucky the doll for halloween ;)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
158 tasting notes

This is the first time I’ve had Florence since I purchased my Breville. And WOW. I didn’t realize how good this tea was. I was having one of those nights, and Florence made me feel a little bit better. (Thanks Erin!) It made me realize I need to restock asap. Then before I tried to sleep I just managed to catch Frank’s post on Facebook that he’d added some more Banana Bread and my drug of choice, Cinnamon Roll. !!!!!!!!!
Boy was I excited. So excited that I placed an order for several, then panicked and realized that I needed even MORE……and placed a second order right in a row.
My name’s Ashley, and I’m an addict.

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

THANK YOU Ashley for this note, as I got to go order my first bag of cinnamon roll and pancake breakfast! I’m a 52 teas virgin, and there’s only a few bags left, and I owe you my life now. haha!

Ashley Bain

Yay!! 52 Teas virgin? Message me with me your address and I’ll send you a sample package :), as I’ve been on a 52 Teas buying binge lately.
I was excited to snatch some Pancake Breakfast for the first time, too! Woot!!

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20

I’m not sure why but I did not really taste the chocolate element in this tea except for maybe a very, very slight hint of it in the finish. It just tasted rather bland, to be honest. I did brew it for five minutes using boiled water. Cream did not seem to help. The aroma was also not very pleasant to me. I wish I could be more precise. It’s not that it tasted bad, just bland.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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56
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
41 tasting notes

This is a pretty good flavored tea. It has an understated mélange of floral and fruity flavors. It is simple and unobtrusive. With or without cream, I mostly taste vanilla, followed by citrus, then a tiny hint of caramel. A little cream and sugar softens the citrus and brings out the vanilla and caramel. I usually do not enjoy flavored teas, but I can tell the added flavors in this tea were carefully balanced so as not to totally obscure the actual tea essence. If you find Earl Gray a bit sour but otherwise enjoy it, I think you will quite like Paris tea. It may also appeal to lovers of Jasmine and other floral tisanes.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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68

This is a fine, dark brew with an ever so slight smokiness and a crisp, dry finish. Just a touch of cream and sugar will round out the flavor and soften the edges, but too much will chase away its complexity. It has a bold yet subtle and slightly mysterious character, like a demure beauty whose understated elegance belies a ruthless cunning.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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81

Supreme Breakfast is a very full-bodied, well-rounded blend. I find that it requires neither milk nor sugar to be fully enjoyed, though a very conservative amount of either is fine. In general I find Assam teas to be very round, earthy, soft, straightforward and robust, whereas Keemun teas have a thinner, darker, dryer, more rigid yet subtler character, occasionally too astringent for my taste. Supreme Breakfast is an excellent combination of these two teas. The hearty Assam softens the rigidity of the Keemun, removes its slight smokiness and rounds its edges without overwhelming its more subtle flavor, and the piercing quality of the Keemun cuts through the Assam’s simple, almost corpulent body to add a more nuanced taste and a much more interesting finish than either tea has on its own. It’s as if the Keemun is providing mature guidance and structure to the jolly, playful Assam in a shared quest to overwhelm your taste buds with flavor and depth. I highly recommend this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
2030 tasting notes

At one point this was the only darjeeling I liked. Now I’m not even sure I like this one anymore. What’s going on, tastebuds? I’m all for learning to like things I didn’t before, but I don’t appreciate losing my taste for things (except maybe really crappy flavored tea. I’m ok with losing my taste for that). But darjeeling is a large hunk of the tea world, and lately my tastebuds are saying no to any and all varieties of it.

So yeah, today this one is unexpectedly bitter. I do think this would make a killer iced tea, so I guess I will take this home for that purpose.

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

Ah, tastes change but I hope for your sake that it would make a great iced tea.

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82
drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
2030 tasting notes

Wow it’s been a long time since I had this one! And it certainly is delicious. Caramel is such a great flavor to add to nearly everything, really, and this is no exception. I think the caramel here is blended deftly enough that it just seems like a delicious natural character of the tea itself, blended with a lovely lemony-bergamot. This is such a pleasant tea to come back to after a long time.

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

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82
drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
2030 tasting notes

I don’t know why we always go birding on Sundays, it makes Mondays so much harder. It’s always so fun but sooo exhausting. This weekend it was because Saturday wasn’t a very pleasent day here.

I haven’t had this tea in quite a while so I thought I would try it out again. I’m not a big darjeeling person, but this tea is an exception. The bright lemony citrus really complements the base, and the caramel just sneaks up at the end of the sip, adding a sweetness and just making the whole thing pretty delicious. I think this darjeeling may appeal to me because the added caramel flavoring tends to recall a darker black base. Still really enjoying this one and it’s reminding me that I need to stop by the Harney store more often… this was a tea of the day there that I never would have chosen to sample on my own, but I didn’t say no to a free sample and was surprised by how much I liked it.

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

I just went birding today, but usually it’s Thursday mornings. Starting to see migrants already, mostly Canada Geese, but there’s some Warblers and Robins coming in too.

Dinosara

Yeah, there are some early migrants here too… yesterday we saw a Barn Swallow, first of the year!

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82
drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
2030 tasting notes

Ok, I would never have picked this one out to try, but it was Harney’s “Tea of the Moment” yesterday, and who am I to refuse a sample of tea? I don’t think I’m that big on darjeelings, generally, but I haven’t had a ton of them. Anyway, I tried it and I actually really liked it, so I ended up coming home with a couple of ounces.

The dry leaf smells a lot like an Earl Grey with some warm added caramel notes. It’s an interesting departure from something like an Earl Grey cream. When I think of darjeelings I think of high, bright notes, and those seem to come through even in the dry leaf. Steeped, the darjeeling base comes through more, highlighting what must be a bergamot citrus note. It’s not quite the same character as a lemon note, so I can’t believe this is just lemon. Underlying all that is a warm, burnt-sugar caramel aroma.

Still tasty, and I’m glad I get to try it here in a more controlled setting. It’s a very bright tea, between the citrus and the darjeeling, but the caramel definitely adds a sweet, soothing note that keeps it grounded. It really is kind of like a darjeeling Earl Grey; the caramel almost functions like a malty, caramely black tea base you might get from a traditional Earl Grey, but there’s no mistaking the darjeeling. I’m still really enjoying it, though, and while it might not need to be a cabinet staple, I’m glad I bought some to sip through. Earlier this year I had teapig’s Darjeeling Earl Grey and enjoyed it, so maybe darjeelings are growing on me?

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

I think this is one of my very favorite H & S, if I had to narrow it down to … oh … a dozen or so.

ashmanra

Another one I haven’t tried…yet. The cart is growing.

SimplyJenW

I was thinking the same thing….must try this!

Dinosara

This one wasn’t even on my radar, so I’m glad that I got to sample it!

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86

This was lovely!! bravo Harney, bravo!
Thank you to QuiltGuppy for sending me a sample (ages ago, but I’ve been neglectful of my sample pile)
I was worried that the cinnamon would be too much but it isn’t at all. Just right in fact! The orange and spice mix easily together, creating such a seamless transition that I can’t find where the citrus part begins.
If I didn’t already have cinnamon heart, I’d be pining for this one to be sure! but practicality has me by the neck little sigh (If I use the star, it will bold half my msg because I used that feature above!)
The second steep brought out the plastic again, so I won’t comment on that. Argh!
Now I wish I’d saved it to try with milk. Mmmm…

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93
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
2030 tasting notes

Man, this tea is delicious. Why don’t I drink it more often? It’s one of the oldest teas in my cupboard, plus I find it very fall/winter/holiday appropriate, so I decided this morning to have a cup. And it was delicious. Sweet almondy cranberry goodness. Maybe I will try to get this in my regular rotation so that I can use up this old stuff, although age does not seem to have dampened this tea much at all.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
2030 tasting notes

This is one of my oldest teas, and one I don’t drink nearly enough. This tea still tastes delicious, even though it is ancient. But I bet it would taste better fresh! I should try to drink this one more regularly and eventually stock up more at Harney (fresh!).

Lots of rich almond, a nice burst of fruity cranberry. Definitely still one of my favorite almond teas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
2030 tasting notes

Wow backlog from yesterday, when I absolutely could not get a tasting note box to open for this tea.

This exercise is definitely reminding me about all my favorite teas that I haven’t drank in a while (part of the point). This is one of them. Love the cranberry and almond. I think of this as a fall tea but it works well for winter too!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
__Morgana__

I had the same problem yesterday for some reason. I thought it was the browser on the computer I was using.

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93
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
2030 tasting notes

Operation drink up old teas! I’ve been doing well with sipdowns (very well, since I’ve cut my cupboard in half since the beginning of the year), and I will still be going after them, but I also realized I need to start really drinking down some of my older teas. Some of those I have only a bit of left, some of those I have a large amount. This is one that I have had for apparently about 2 years now, but I actually got some fresher tea of this about 5 months ago (and it was probably not old when I got it). So I think I have about two ounces of this, an ounce that is ~5 months old and an ounce that is ~2 years old, all mixed together.

Well, it seems to be doing ok. This was super flavorful and rich. Sweet sweet almond, this time it reminded me of an almond cookie. Yum. Plus the tart, juicy cranberry. This really is one of my favorites!

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

YAY for drinking old teas!

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93
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
2030 tasting notes

I am running around like crazy lately, so I don’t have time to say much more about this one than: every time I have this I am reminded at how freaking delicious it is, and how much it is like a fruity Coquelicot Gourmand (Dammann Freres). The almond is just amazing in this blend, sweet and creamy and almondy and fantastic. Love love love it.

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

Same here! I understand this is one of Michael’s personal blends, and it is a favorite of mine. The almond feels like a long hug from a good friend. The cranberry is the friendship! This is my quiet, reading a book tea.

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93
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
2030 tasting notes

This tea may be called Boston, but I swear it just walked out of a plane from Paris. That flavor profile is just so similar to Coquelicot Gourmand from Dammann Freres, except this one has cranberries and lacks florals. The cranberries are sweet and tart, and they make a perfect pairing with that almond. And that almond! That, of course, is what makes the tea seem french, because it’s that almond-biscuit-macaron flavor, which is so totally different than “almond cookie” teas in the states. I am a big, big fan of this tea.

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

Agreed! I love this blend. The daughter who gave me Coquelicot Gourmand for Christmas has ordered more Dammann Freres for my birthday but had it shipped to Nothern Ireland since it was cheaper and she will be there before my birthday. Now her boyfriend wants to open the package “just to sniff it” but he is afraid he will drink it! LOL!

Dinosara

Haha, yeah sniffing can be dangerous! They do smell so good. It’s totally awesome that you’re daughter is able to work out the shipping like that! Do you know what you’re getting, or is it a surprise?

ashmanra

It is a surprise because she asked me for the name of some that I liked or would like to try and then she says she closed her eyes and pointed at the computer and ordered whatever her finger landed on! LOL! I am thinking it was either Thè de Cigalés or their puerh.

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93
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
2030 tasting notes

I feel like I’ve been drinking a lot of flowery and fruity teas lately, and I needed a break or something. Even though this one is still fruity, it’s nutty almondy marzipanny flavor called out to me. There’s also something distinctly autumnal about cranberries that fits today’s mood. Mmm, I really do love the flavors of this tea. So delicious! Now that I feel seemingly overwhelmed by teas, I find myself mentally narrowing down my list of teas I must have around all the time. This one is definitely makes the cut!

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

I adore this one! It is in my cart as I am getting low on it.

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93
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
2030 tasting notes

So yesterday while I was at Harney in Soho I picked up a few ounces of some loose leaf teas, since I love being able to buy just 2oz at a time, and to not have to spend the extra on a tin as well. I was trying not to spend too much, or to add too much to my stash before I clean some stuff out of it, particularly since I’ll be leaving the country for a month soon! So I only purchased a few, but one thing I did do was pick up 2oz of Boston. Now, I’ve never tried Boston, but it definitely seems like a tea I would like (cranberries plus almonds? yes please!), and at ~$20/lb, 2oz was only $2.50… considering their samples from the website are $2 and way less than 2oz, I’d say it was a steal. Plus, you can’t order a sample of Boston from the website, so it seemed like an all around win.

The dry leaf smells powerfully, incredibly like cranberry. Even when she opened the tin in the store to get some out, I could smell it strongly from across the counter. I don’t get many other aromas from the dry leaf, but as it sits here steeping the lovely scent of almonds is starting to waft my way. When I stick my nose over it, it’s still primarily cranberry, but that almond note is still there… it reminds me perhaps of a cranberry almond tart. I think I can also detect the black tea base; it’s not strong, but there’s definitely something there that reminds me that this is tea.

This one is a definite yum, and I’m glad I bought it! The first notes are bright, tart cranberry, but those quickly are joined by thick, sweet almond that leaves a decidedly sweet aftertaste. This is an almond extract/amaretto/marzipan flavor, and I don’t get anything exceptionally nutty like eating a raw almond, but that’s just fine with me. Ashmanra mentioned a biscuity marzipan flavor in this; I agree, and it’s now making me think of Coquelicot Gourmand by Dammann Freres, except with berries and not flowers. Definitely awesome. I don’t taste the black tea base distinctly, but that’s also fine, and I think it definitely adds a slightly roastiness that adds to the baked almond-cranberry tart flavor. This tea definitely surprised me, I didn’t expect to love it this much, but there you go. Another score for Harney.

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

I love getting my samples at the shops! Most of the time it is a great deal…unless it is a premium tea.

Dinosara

It is great for their flavored blacks, which are almost all pretty cheap per pound! Also it’s nice for those few teas they don’t offer samples of online.

ashmanra

So glad you liked it! I love it as much as Coquelicot Gourmand. And that is a great tip about ordering from the shop, I am now overrun with tins, and would much rather order a refill and have control over how many ounces as well!

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