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75
drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
1226 tasting notes

Love to Rachel Sincere for a sample of this tea!

I’ve been craving a nice green tea this afternoon while I knit like a maniac. I really wanted a certain tea, but my “try me” pile has grown out of control, with more on the way.

DRY: Appears to be the typical pile of green tea leaves, but when I took a scoop there was sesame seeds! Ooh I love sesame seeds! (yeah, I’m easy to please)

STEEPED: light yellow green, smells like green tea (wooo!) and toasty sesame.

TASTE: Brisk, light, veggie and toasty tasting green tea. Not sure if I can make out the caramel but the tea is on the slight sweet side and mellow.

I forgot I had tea left in my cup and it went cold. Cold, I can make out more sweetness and the toastyness is nice! This would make a good iced tea or to lightly sweeten.

OBSERVATIONS: I used the 1 to 2 minute steep suggested on the Harney & Son’s website http://www.harney.com/Details.cfm?ProdID=3808&category=0&secondary=0 , but looking at other steepster notes, most peeps did 3-5 minutes. Maybe the longer steep gets more caramel sweeteness. What I’m getting is pretty light flavoring.

COMMENTS: Maybe this is one of those teas I gotta fiddle with steeping times to get a more interesting taste. Another time!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

I am sooo tired but youngt is looking at me hopefully. She wants us to go pick up the yarn for her Doctor Who scarf. We have already done the exhaustive “Which season do you want? How authentic do you want it? How much weight can you actually carry around your neck?” (She wants the twenty foot long scarf!)

Oolong Owl

My shawl has… 14 more rows and it’s close to 400 stitches long on 4mm needles. Then I heard the picot bindoff I need to do is 5 hours + ARGGGG!

Kittenna

Cold brew this one!!! (Or hot brew/chill, whatever I did in my tasting note!)

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70
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
5 tasting notes

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61
drank Formosa Oolong by Harney & Sons
127 tasting notes

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69

Pleasant aroma and texture, but it still takes like black tea.

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30
drank Tippy Yunnan by Harney & Sons
127 tasting notes

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69
drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
127 tasting notes

The first bancha I’ve got my hands on in years. Has sesame and carmel. Very lovely roasted flavor.

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69
drank Decaf Sencha by Harney & Sons
127 tasting notes

Does look and taste very like sencha, but with far less particulates and caffeine.

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67
drank White Peach by Harney & Sons
127 tasting notes

Fantastic flavor and aroma [7/10]

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85

The combination of work and school has been keeping me extremely busy, and because of this my tea drinking and reviewing has fallen through the cracks a little bit. But on the bright side of things, it makes every cup of tea I get to have a little more rewarding.

I picked this up along with Florence and Boston also from Harney, and I was so disappointed with those two that I’m not even going to take the time to write a review about them. This one is a basic blend but it’s very good for what it is. It’s smooth, bready and a little malty with the faintest hints of smoke and chocolate sweetness in the background. Just a nice comfort cup.

I’ve got LOTS more tea on the way. I blew the majority of my first paycheck on tea, spending about $250 altogether on teas from Butiki, Mandala, and Verdant as well as a competition tasting set from Rishi. These things are my reward, and man they’re gonna taste so sweet.

Anyway, just thought I’d pop my head back into the Steepster world for a bit, catch ya later!

Bonnie

You are going to have a great time!

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77
drank Tippy Yunnan by Harney & Sons
60 tasting notes

Thank you JacquelineM for a kind and generous sample. This week has stunk and my great reward comes now late into the first half of my weekend, I can write some tasting notes! Admittedly, I did gain some enjoyment by skunking the family at Scrabble, though(a poor winner to be sure… hope this doesn’t come off as braggy).

Really don’t have much to say about Yunnans, this may even be my first. This tea surprised me with how dark it is. I thought for sure that I oversteeped it and poured just a nip out of my press at about three minutes…it was kinda weak. With that discovery I then proceeded to let it go to the end of the five minutes I intended to infuse, next sip was better.

The dry leaf had an earthy smell that was still present once steeped. The first drink struck me as both malty and kinda strong. There’s smokey notes coupled with a dry astringency that even becomes bitter at the back of the sip, though not altogether displeasurable (this from AWM=see previous comment from Ashmanra/Banana’s Foster).

I am so surprised that this tea incorporates three things I generally dislike (bordering dispise) and yet I’m still drinking it. There’s a certain balance in them that I can’t explain. I’m not saying that this tea has changed my opinion of astingency, I’m just saying it’s palatable. There’s even a lingering sweet note that is somewhat elusive as well.

All these things come together to make for a decent, bold cuppa. Sorry if I made no grand discoveries, I just didn’t find any. For another experienced drinker you may be head over heals for this tea and find it complex and all you’re looking for. It may even unlock the mysteries surrounding the meaning of life…

tunes-THE Bob Dylan(whose titles are often so looong)=Ballad Of Hollis Brown/Corrina Corrina/Jack-A-Roe/Wicked Messenger/Girl From The North Country/The Boxer/House Of The Rising Sun/In My Time Of Dyin’/& for some comic relief…Talkin John Birch Paranoid Blues.
I think I will have to do a list entirely of Dylan tunes made popular through covers after seeing several here.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
K S

Woa, our tastes are definitely different. I love Yunnan. What are your favorites?

Cover – Ballad of Hollis Brown, Nazareth.

tunes&tea

Sweet pu’erhs and nutty oolongs are tops. That cover escaped me(prob not only one).Gotta look it up now.Jack-A-roe/GratefulDead,Boxer/Simon&Garfunkel,Risin’Sun/Animals,Wicked Messenger/Black Keys

K S

We agree on pu’erh and oolongs. Actually there is little I don’t like. Not a big fan of Assam type teas but then I haven’t tried any since starting to use loose leaf. Maybe I could be won over.

Rising Sun is an old blues traditional. No one knows who first penned it. Same with In My Time of Dyin’. First I heard of it being recorded was Blind Willie Johnson but he didn’t write it. Zeppelin wins hands down as my favorite version.

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97

This is a nice, fresh citrusy green tea from Harney & Sons. I have yet to have a bad experience with an H&S tea but this one was quite lovely. A great palate refresher, especially after a Chinese dinner. I taste lemon and orange; the aftertaste is mostly that of a juicy orange. The green tea flavor is light but it asserts itself just enough so that you know you are drinking tea and not lemon water. I would keep this on my shelf as a general people pleaser. I served a cup to my girlfriend and asked her if she had anything to add to my tasting note and she said to say “it’s delicious.” There you have it. :-)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Rachel Sincere

Commenting on my own note; there is no lemon in this tea. I don’t know where I got that from. The orange in it is so flavorful!

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72
drank Kangaita OP by Harney & Sons
1154 tasting notes

Thanks to Batrachoid for this sample.

I find this really bold and a bit astringent. I don’t really find any sweetness here.

I added a splash of milk, and it cut a little bit of the astringency, but it was stilll there. Not bad, but I don’t think I would re-stock this.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85

This English Breakfast is really hitting the spot right now! I would have to say that for a Keemun there is not a noticeable amount of smokiness. I guess if tea were tobacco, then this would be a smokeless. :) Sorry, couldn’t resist.

The brew is semi-bold, more of a stronger medium fullness in the mouth. Very smooth, with very little bitterness. Has a lot of Ceylon qualities – taste more from a region in India than China. Still very satisfying!

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

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69
drank Diamond Jubilee by Harney & Sons
2185 tasting notes

SimplyJenW spoils me, sending me so many tea samples. :) This was a surprise inclusion to my sample of the Dammann Fréres Earl Grey. Thanks for sending it along!

So despite the fact that I love a lot of Harney blends, and some of my favorite teas are Harney teas, I have never been too keen on their Earls. Way too light in the bergamot department, and at least the last time I had them I didn’t care for the bases. I’ve tried several different varieties to no avail, so we’ll see how this one fares! The dried leaf at least smells nice and citrusy.

Well I have to say that I definitely enjoy this one. It is definitely a lightly flavored tea, but the citrus is nice and fruity, and it seems to be a good blend of a faint bergamot with other citrus. I’m not sure if I just like this particular base, or if through my newfound appreciation of unflavored black teas I have come to enjoy the base they use for their Earls in general. Is it enough to make me revisit their other Earls? Perhaps, but like I said they’re all really delicately flavored and when I want an Earl, I want bergamot in a big way, so I doubt they’ll ever top my list in that department.

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

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94
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
2198 tasting notes

Thanks again to Will Work For Tea for the awesome package of tea you sent me to try. ALL of them have been delicious so far. Vanilla teas are my favooorriittee. This one is so silky smooth good! The vanilla flavor is consistent throughout the entire cup. The black tea base isn’t too strong so it really lets the vanilla shine. It’s a pretty tough vanilla: I could hardly taste the black tea at all. And really, it’s all this blend needs: vanilla vanilla vanilla. Unlike a couple other Harney teas I’ve tried lately, this one doesn’t get more astringent as it cools. That vanilla flavor just keeps going. I might have to buy more of this whenever my tea stash decreases a bit. I just noticed my tea this morning was chocolate – it’s fitting the tea I had tonight was vanilla!

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87

I had this tea tonight while I was working (thank goodness I also have some melatonin to knock me out!). I had to be on a video conference call…but thankfully did not need to be seen on this call…b/c I was in my pj’s!

I was starting to feel sleepy before the call started at 7pm so I made a cup of this to wake me up a little. Boy did it! Made my note taking go pretty darn quick! :) This is a really robust tea with a lot of flavor to boot. I did add a little half and half as well as sweetener to cut it a little. But that didn’t make any difference. This tea was still very strong and so full of a malty kind of flavor I had a few moments where I found it hard to concentrate on the call!

But I pulled through and now need a cup of sleepy time tea to come down from the caffeine.

TeaBrat

nice – is this new?

IllBeMother221B

I think it’s sort of on the new side. They also have a Scottish ’Morn which is billed as their strongest tea and it is! I had to pas it along to my strong coffee drinking pal. :)

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80
drank Tippy Yunnan by Harney & Sons
1154 tasting notes

Thank you to Nicole for this sample.

This tastes a little sweet with honey notes. I get a little bit of smokiness. It is slightly astringent as well. And it gets even more astringent as it cools. So drink it quick!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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72

Thank you Nicole for sending this along! I want to try any Harney I can! This one is wonderful while it is HOT but I really don’t like the flavor while it cools. It turns very bitter and astringent. But while it’s hot, it’s fine! It has a great silky black tea flavor. And MUCH different from the green darjeeling I had yesterday, which was more like oolong. This was probably my least favorite Harney tea, but I haven’t had many and probably tried the best (Hot Cinnamon Sunset & Paris).

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76
drank Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
123 tasting notes

Story Time: School is still going pretty well, even though I don’t have a lot of time to make tea like I did over the summer. meh… I am kinda mad that one of my graphic design classes is a dud. The teacher doesn’t really know what he is doing./rages\ At least the other ones are good.

Tea Time: I have had this sample from Azzrian for a while, but kept forgetting to post a note about it.
The smell of this is your typical nice and true EC smell…hmmm. The liquor is more of a brownish color then red; and smells like a typical EC. This one is defiantly more of a light EC flavor. It does have a sort of odd sour aftertaste. Overall it is a good simple Earl Grey. Not spectacular, but good and simple.

Overall I would recommend this to someone who likes lighter Earl Greys.

P.S. This song has been stuck in my head lately for some reason. At least I know got around to buying the album…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPyUXb2QwDM&feature=g-vrec

P.S.2: Thanks Azzrian for the sample
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Specifics
Water: 28 ounces
Pot: Glass
Leaf: 3 tsp
Sweetener: almost 1 tbsp for a 10 oz mug

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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88
drank Anniversary Blend by Harney & Sons
676 tasting notes

Slàinte!•[ slanj’-uh; often shortened to slanj ] (To your) Health!

I’ve been away for a couple of days at the Scottish Games in Estes Park, CO with my beloved daughter Annalisa and we had a great time!

Thank you to ashmanra for this tea sample!

The mountain air was refreshing the last few days. 70’s in the daytime and high 40’s at night with a drizzle late yesterday afternoon for a short time. I watched mist rise in wisps above the 14,000 ft mountain peaks, sweeping higher and higher like silken threads forming into clouds by force of nature.

How could I observe such beauty and stand.

When I hear the bagpipes play in such a setting as this, I feel as though all the breath inside of me goes out with the piper into the instrument and the cry goes forth…“Here we are, mere humans in the middle of this beauty and we give all our strength in this breath as a gift.”

Yes, I’m a sentimental Scot! I had my dram of whiskey too with the Clan Cameron Men looking fine in their Kilts!

On to today’s tea!

I was getting a bit sleepy this afternoon so I made a pot of tea. I followed the instructions for brewing temp. and time, then took a little sip. WOW, this was a STRONG cup of tea! I wasn’t expecting such an extremely potent brew!
Not only was the tea dark and strong, but it was on the bitter side.
“What’s this?”
“Maybe this is one of those tea’s very particularly suited to milk and/or sugar,” I said to myself.
Not wasting time, I added some milk and found the tea much more palatable. Then I added sweetening, then more and more until it was exactly to my liking. (This tea took more additions that any other tea in my memory).

The flavor was malty with a little raisin taste, and brisk. With no additions the tea is bitter like a strong espresso.
The wet leaves had the aroma of cinnamon bark (not sweet cinnamon) with a hint of vanilla.

I liked the heaviness of the brew for a morning cuppa. You could really go to town with any type of additions and not overdo it.

When the tea cools down, the malty flavor mellows and becomes more cocoa. You can leave your cup, let it cool, then come back and there is the cocoa taste you may have wanted in the beginning.

A h-uile la sona dhuibh
’s gun la idir dona dhuibh! May all your days be happy ones!

http://youtu.be/lVd_0-SXGBs

ashmanra

Yes, I, like tunes&tea, am an astringency weenie. I give this one a short steep and a lower temp and I love it that way plain! It is too strong for me otherwise!

Bonnie

I’m 1 up on tunes and tea since I doubt I’ll find bagpipes noted in the tasting notes there! Only crazy me goes to the far out places! (Maybe our new harpist Steepster too will…who knows?)

ashmanra

I went to the Highland Games at Grandfather Mountain many years ago. I was pretty horrified when they announced the sheep toss. Fortunately I found out pretty quickly it was actually the “sheaf” toss.

Bonnie

Very funny. Men in kilts is what I like! There was a Camel Corps from Arizona (WWI Desert Troop reenactment) and Clydesdale’s and Jousting competition etc.

Terri HarpLady

Welcome back, Bonnie! I’m so glad you had a wonderful time, the Scottish games sound awesome, as does the Anniversary blend! I tend to like my tea a little strong, so I’ll have to give this one a try sometime.

Bonnie

Thanks, oops I just shrunk myself into a little Rocky Mt. Picture. I look better at half pinky nail height.

Azzrian

Welcome home!

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80

Lemme start by giving a great big ‘thank you’ to JacquelineM for a VERY generous sample (I mean, she must of bought a truck full and got sick of it “generous”). I really will resist the desire to rave on and on about the share package I recieved from her and will get on with the note.

I had a high expectation after reading several of the near forty posts on this tea. It seems, generally speaking, we like it- actually more than the creator who gave it a 75.

Being this sample resembled a purchase rather than an act of kindness (I’m just dying to reveal how much there is, but I’m sure that would be uncouth-not that I’m overly couthy) I elected to make a pressful= 8 cups. We normally reserve full pots of anything for the Asian grocery oolongs due to the cost effectiveness. I haven’t broken down the pennies to cup ratio as I’ve seen a few do, but it’s cheap. What the heck, I’m living it up this morning.

Where was I, oh yeah the tea. The tin, when opened, (another bonus, it came in a tin! I’m getting so big time with tins and everything! Thanks again Jacqueline) smacked me upside the head with the smell of a barn! Yep, a barn. It smells like dry hay that’s also very malty. Immediately when the water hit the tea my very ampley proportioned nose was filled with a leather like maltiness that made me think “this is going to be a strong cup”. Again when bringing the cup to my lips the malt smell was so apparent, yet when I took the first sip I was greeted by an amazing mix of flavors/impressions. There is a baseline of subtle malt that shares the stage with some smokiness and a faint creamy sweetness that actually stays with you as an aftertaste. Gentle yet bold.

The dry hay is there too, and thankfully it’s not a wet/green hay or this would not be the same tasting note at all. There’s almost a pu’erh thing going on in the backside if the sip (who am I kidding, it’s more a gulp). I can see where most other posts leaned toward a green/grassy descrition as one of the characteristics, though I have to stick with the dry hay choice. For me, it lacks the bitter,sometimes astringent, note I seem to get out of greener tasting teas.

I went ahead and steeped this a second time with fair results. It definitely lacked the complexity and the smokiness that it started with, yet was still considerable as an easy drinking tea. In other words, this second steep was better than some first steeps I’ve came across, and by no means was comparable to the initial infuze.

I’m so thankful that several- Jacqueline,Azz,and LiberTEAS have been so kind as to help me experience many other facets and types of tea that would have taken me months, if not years, to visit. AmazonV, MissMylin, and Autumn Hearth have all pledged to send samples my way as well (unless I already recieved AmazonV’s, which is still to be determined). What a wonderfull community to belong to (sniff sniff) and I appreciate it very much, so many kind and helpful people. OK enough with the sentimental mooshy junk, I gotta get another sample going-this will take weeks to get through.

tunes-the Black Keys=Little Black Submarines/Run Right Back/Sister…turns out the whole El Camino album. It’s all great, as nearly everything they put out is. I have a hard time naming who has more talent between them and Mumford&Sons, yet Black Keys have 7 albums whereas Mumford are just releasing their second.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I can not hear the song “Good Life” by One Republic without salivating for this tea. A couple of years ago, not long before I was diagnosed with cancer, I got in the habit of making a JoeMo full of QC and walking the track at the gym where my youngest daughter was taking swim lessons…every week day. The two became firmly associated! Then I drank to pull myself up by my bootstraps during radiation. I have a lot of respect for the Queen, and I hope she will always be on my shelf.

I am glad you met Jacqueline!! My girls were talking about tea the other day and I told them Jacqueline is the Queen of Steepster! :)

tunes&tea

Wow that’s great! I’m not familiar with the tune, but soon will be. Hadn’t heard about your diagnosis yet, but it explains a portion of the spirituality you exhibit. Hope to hear more of your story as time goes on. Also, didn’t realize that I had brushed shoulders with royalty, Queen Jacqueline it is!

ashmanra

Oh, no worries! Other than the fact that I have to get poked and prodded a lot, my treatments are over and I have the all clear! But my girls can look at me some mornings and know whether to make a pot of QC or EB!

TeaBrat

I like the Black Keys :)

Azzrian

You are so sweet!

JacquelineM

I’m blushing!

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94

Now this is more like it. Harney & Sons, you have never let me down. This tea is a perfect even blend of cherry, plum, apricot, and black tea. There is no astringency, there is no “all I taste is fruit,” likewise there is no “all I taste is tea.” I always sweeten my tea, FYI.

And even though it’s lukewarm at this point, the way it’s going down, I’d highly recommend this one for the iced tea people out there. This one would be a luxurious iced tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Yes, I gave it iced to a friend and it was barely sweetened and she told me to order her a pound right away!

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73

This tea was one of the teas being sampled at their Millerton location a couple weeks ago, which was my first time going to a tea establishment besides Teavana. The smell of this really put me off. It was medicinal, but not in a chemical sort of way, but an earthy, herbal way. The taste of this though, is very pleasant. At first it is warm, almost spicy, from the ginger, and as you swallow, you get the smooth licorice aftertaste. All of the teas they sample are unsweetened, so if I were to have this with a little bit of agave or honey, I would probably like this much more. I am planning on getting some, as winter is coming and I like something soothing for when I inevitably get sick. This was made in house, so I cannot comment on the steeping time or temperature.

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100

This tea is amazing. I literally drink it every day. It makes my life complete.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 7 min, 30 sec
Bobby Miller

Justin – that tea might just be “the new hotness”. I will have to try it!

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