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86
drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
757 tasting notes

This reminded me a lot of an Earl Grey when smelling the dry leaf. The steeped leaves are full of greens and a few different colors of brown – a very pretty steeping. The liquid is very dark. It is much darker than I’d think with such a light tasting tea. The citrus is light and nicely complemented by the hint of caramel on the back of the tongue. There is more Earl Grey smell to the steeped cup than Earl Grey flavor so if you don’t like Earls, don’t worry about it with this tea. The smell also has a bit of sweetness hiding in it – possibly the caramel.

I’m so glad I now have someone at work hooked on tea so I have someone to share samples with. This was in his last purchase. We both like it – he’s a Earl Grey fan as am I and he’s getting to be a fan of Darjeelings as well. So this was a nice blend.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec
LiberTEAS

This is definitely one of my favorites from Harney & Sons.

Hesper June

Oh! This sounds so yummy!
Might have to get it in my next H&S order.

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This is the first loose tea that I have tried. Previously, I have drank tea in sachets by Harney & Sons and I have gradually made the transition to starting to drink loose tea. I have been told by many that they prefer the taste of loose teas and believe that it is better quality and provides a better taste. After this experience, I agree.
When I opened the tea sample, I was a bit fascinated by the sight of these tea leaves. They were long thin leaves. Most of the leaves with a nice bright green and a few had a bit of yellow in the leaves,which might be as a result from the fixing of the leaves via hot woks during production.
I brewed the Huangshan Mao Feng to 175 degrees Fahrenheit.I steeped the tea for about 3 minutes. The first flavor that I tasted was a grassy flavor. While I continued to drink the tea,I tasted vegetal flavors with subtle smoky flavor. I also tasted a bit of a toasted nutty flavor. The liquor was a light green to a light greenish yellow. I believe that the vegetal flavor is complemented by smoky and nutty flavors that I tasted.

I appreciate Russel from Harney & Sons for sending me this tea sample. Harney & Sons continues to offer it’s customers great quality tea. Hopefully I can visit one of their shops soon. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
SimplyJenW

I have been to both shops…SoHo in May of 2011, and Millerton last August. I thoroughly loved both visits. Highly recommended.

Erika M.

I’ve wanted to visit for such a long time! I guess it’ll be worth it, when I finally get the chance. Which shop do you like better, Millerton or Soho?

SimplyJenW

I think I felt more relaxed in Millerton….more because I am a midwest gal and the big city is kind of intimidating for me. However, we did have a lovely dinner in Little Italy after visiting SoHo….

Erika M.

I’ll eventually will visit both locations but I think I’ll like Millerton better. I used to be a city girl however since I’ve moved upstate, I prefer living here better. I think Millerton is about 50 mins from here, so it would be closer to take a day trip.

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84

Pineapple!
It almost shouts at you when you open the tin.
But, once you pour the hot water over the leaves it mellows out a bit and there is a floral note in it that I cannot quite place that emerges.
I have traveled to a few tropical places in my life so far and this tea brings me back to them.
I am not sure why, but the wet leaves kind of smell of a wet wool blanket or a wet dog.
But, for some reason this makes me smile too!
Maybe it is the memory of sunning on the beach and a rouge Golden Retriever came up to me all soggy and smiley and plopped a drool covered stick in my lap and barked, I threw the stick over and over again into the ocean till his owner came panting up to me and thanked me for keeping the dog put till he could find him.
When you go in for a second infusion there is not “wet dog” taste or odor to the tea, but this tea really only hangs on to its flavor for about 2 infusions.
This tea I actually bought for summertime cold brewing, and it cold brews up well, the fruity flavors are a bit more mild and the actual green tea shines through.
What I find so interesting is the color of the cold brewed tea, its a light, bright green.
How fun is that!?
I find the cold brewed tea refreshing on a hot day.
But, I think what I will love is brewing up a hot cup of this tea when there is snow and ice piled up outside, so I can be transfered to a warmer, sunnier time.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I’m just finishing up your envelop! I think I have room for a few more and will hopefully send it by Friday! I will keep you posted :)

Hesper June

Awesome! I am excited:)

ashmanra

I think this is an Indian green tea base, which I thought was unusual. You mostly see black tea from India. This is my favorite flavored green so far from H&S and the first green tea my oldest actually liked, so it holds a special place for me!

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75
drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
109 tasting notes

One of my earliest memories as a child was my mother teaching me about how companies kind of lie to you to get you to buy their product. We were walking down the cereal aisle and there was this box of shredded wheat with giant blueberries on the box and I wanted some-badly. I was too young to read and my mom explained that there were no blueberries in the box and that it was just a “serving suggestion”. Well, what does a 4 year old want with plain shredded wheat? I moved on.

So, now I’m an adult and there’s this apricot tea from Harney. The pic here shows apricots, the pic on their site shows apricots. Now, I love dried apricots, but I never considered them in a tea. However, the tea has some good reviews and the apricots in the pictures called to me. Harney doesn’t really list ingredients, but I bought some anyway.

So, let me be emphatic there are no apricots in this tea! I don’t see why not, I’ve had all kinds of dried/freeze dried fruit in tea, but there isn’t any here.

Disappointment is not a good way to start with a new tea. However, I moved on. This tea is okay. Good even, I suppose. I taste the apricot and it seems fairly natural. It goes well with the black base. It’s sweet, but sugar improves it if you are so inclined-usually I’m not. The tea is smooth and not bitter. I really can’t find a time of day to have this tea-not strong enough for breakfast, too sweet for afternoon, yet not really “dessert-ey” tasting. Maybe it would be good iced.
It’s a decent tea, but I probably wouldn’t buy it again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I like your Mom already!

Scott B

Clicks the “Like” button :)

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92

The Purrfect Cup sent me some of this one! Thanks so much! And thanks for the awesome envelop!!!! WOWZA!

With all the teas I have drank – I’ve had very little Harney & Sons considering how many teas they offer. Same goes for Upton, really.

Anyhow..

I NEED MORE BLACK TEA! Today is turning into YESTERDAYVERY hellish!

This is a darn good one! It has a nice, strong, chewy, bakey black tea base with an even-medium EG flavor to – certainly NOT over done. I do like this one because I can taste how wonderful the black tea base is!!! The EG Flavors are just on the assist…not overly loud.

Yup! This is a winner! I like it very much! Thanks The Purrfect Cup!!!!

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87
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
631 tasting notes

Mmm, how I love Paris! This is just as delicious as I remember it. It tastes like berries and vanilla cream. Yum! I added a little milk and sugar to experiment, but I think it’s better sans additions.

This is another individually packaged tea bag I picked up on my mini-moon from the Cliffside Inn. I enjoyed a cup then too and knew I had to grab a sachet to have later. I think it’s finally time to invest in a tin of this stuff. It’s a near perfect creation! I bet it would make an amazing iced tea too.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
631 tasting notes

I have so many new teas to experience from recent swaps! I’m going to try and bounce between swap partners so that everyone feels the love. But since I usually only make one kind of tea a day, it will take a little while to get through all these samples. I’m up for the tea adventure though!! Thanks everyone! :)

This morning I thought I’d go for a much loved tea here on Steepster: Paris! Thanks to Ninavampi for giving me my first Harney & Sons tea!!! I can’t wait to try this! I was surprised to brew it up and get only an aroma of clean, unflavored, black tea. Doesn’t this have bergamot in it? That ingredient usually makes itself known! If I get anything else from the aroma, I’d say berry. I’m detecting a slight essence of something fruity and berry-like.

First sip without additions…hmm wow. This is interesting. It has a lot of flavor but at the same time is kind of delicate and understated. Is this flavored? If so, it’s very lightly flavored. I’m definitely getting berry plus a caramel note and maybe a hint of bergamot. The bergamot could be my imagination though. Honestly, it’s that light. There’s also quite a bit of vanilla in here, which I’m really enjoying. I love vanilla! At the very end of the sip, there’s a quiet burst of citrus.

This reminds me of something I’ve had before…it was definitely a 52teas tea. Actually, I think it’s Cotton Candy! Now, I don’t mean that Paris tastes like cotton candy. I just mean, the flavor profiles are similar somehow even though they shouldn’t be. Maybe it’s the black tea base?? So interesting.

It’s good, and I can definitely drink it straight without any additions. But I’m going to add some now just for fun. With milk and sugar, it’s become more of a generic creamy tea. I think it’s probably better without. I’ll make my second steep plain. I just can’t get 52teas’ Cotton Candy out of my mind. I wonder why this keeps reminding me of it. I might have to pick up a tin of this stuff. It’s complex yet subtle, flavored yet unflavored, berry/vanilla/citrus yet cotton candy! What a fascinating tea! Thanks again Ninavampi!!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Ninavampi

I’m happy yo uenjoyed it! It is one of my favorites! :)

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86

Blah.Blah.Blah.
I thought I was better, but alas I was fooled.
I did too much too quickly and my nasty flu thing came back with a vengeance.
Not sure why when the throat aches and the nose runs, I reach for this tea.
It just soothes the spirit.
I can’t wait till I smell and taste and get back to reviewing all these delicious teas I have around, but for now, I have a mug of this, a new book and snuggly pets.
See previous notes for more on this tea.

Josie Jade

Hope you feel better soon! :)

ashmanra

That sounds so cozy….a new book and snuggly pets!

Fjellrev

Get better soon!

Hesper June

Thank you all! I hope to be back to my old self by the new week.
Till then, sipping familiar teas and lots of snuggling on the sofa:)

Sil

Ooooh feel better soon!

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86

Just such a lovely tea.
Awoke this morning feeling better but still not 100%.
This tea sounded good to me.
It feels like such a classy tea, like it would be drank in a fancy tea room with little teacups and yummy tiny sweet pastries.
Plus, it is making me feel human again…
See my previous note for more info.

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86

Fruit teas frighten me.
I am not quite sure why, I actually have never had a terrible experience with one as of yet.
But, I was almost afraid to try this tea, but seeing how it is summertime/ice tea season, I thought even if it was too sweet it would be good as a iced tea.
I was so confident that this would be better as a iced tea, that is what I made first with it.
The tea is good, fruity and light.
Very nice.
This afternoon I tried it hot.
Boy, was I surprised!
It goes from a polite iced tea to a slightly sophisticated hot tea
I particularly like it because you can smell and taste the black tea in it.
The fruit has not masked or disguised it as a good black tea.
Nose is black tea with Cherries and Apricots.
Taste is black tea with Plums and Cherries a slight note of a brandy or port?
I find this tea very pleasant and enjoyable hot or cold.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

I used to be afraid of fruit teas, I thought they’d all be artificial and terrible. Probably because I hate bagged fruit teas (especially peach, uuurgh) but loose leaf is so much different! I try to convert everyone I know now.

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83

Almost out of this one but it did the trick today! YAY!

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83

Backlogging a cup and finishing up another one. See previous notes :)

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83

This is one from Hesper June! Thanks so much! I’m really excited to try this one :)

(of course I say that about every tea the first time I try it!)

This smells a little skunky prior to infusing. One I started infusing it smelled like a really wonderful popped rice! Toasty, Roasty, and Strong!

After infusion was complete it smelled like green tea/matcha and a bit like roasted popped rice and/or popcorn.

The liquor is murky and a moss-grey-green in color.

To the tongue…this tastes toasty and roasty, nutty, slightly grassy, and much like matcha! It’s a little brothy and the flavor lingers. It’s pretty thick. It’s YUMMY! I like it!

Hesper June

Happy you enjoyed it.
The murky appearance in the mug is a bit different, maybe not one to serve to new tea drinkers;)

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84

Tea with lunch…..

I have been reading ashmanra’s reviews of this tea and decided I needed to give it a shot. I wanted another ForLife tall mug and a refill for my Malachi McCormick tin, so I decided to order from the Millerton Shop. As always, their service is great, and very personal. I have come to accept that if I value the personal service, it makes sense that it would be more evident in interactions from the shop than the website. Once a process becomes mostly automated and takes out more of the human element, it just becomes more impersonal. Both definitely have their place, though, and I do appreciate the simplicity of both, and that my favorite tea comes to my door. It is a wonderful thing!

I tend to think Assams are a little on the brisk side for me, but since this one is blended with the golden variety, I thought it might work. I get notes of malt, super light smoke, and I do sense a slight note of chocolate which I would not expect, along with a light briskness from the Assam. I do see why she thought there was a hint of Keemun in this, and it was actually that part of the review that intrigued me the most. My favorite blend for breakfast tea is Malachi McCormick, and I am amazed how similarly they taste. This one is a little maltier and brisker than Malachi, and lower on the cocoa notes, but still pretty smooth. In comparison with Harney’s Organic Assam, the Anniversary Blend is sweeter and more cocoa-ey with the Organic Assam having the edge over Anniversary Blend in briskness and body. While I don’t think it will replace my beloved Malachi, this is definitely a good one. It is like Malachi, but with an extra kick in the pants! Sometimes, that kick is very beneficial, especially on Monday. I also have to say how well this held up in a pairing with a ham, salami, and American cheese sandwich. Some teas get lost in strongly flavored food parings.

Usual mug method.

ashmanra

Glad you liked it! I ran out of Malachi, too. I agree, this one seems a wee bit stronger. It is similar to their Ceylon and India, but with more cocoa notes to me.

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79
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
534 tasting notes

I found this tin in my cupboard and had forgotten all about it. It was a little puck of a container that Kaliskaa had given me a while ago at one of our conventions. I loved the idea of it after reading the descriptions, so I went for it.

It turns out, the idea seemed better than the execution. I can barely taste the bergamot at all, and the vanilla reminds me of artificial orange. Like a Dreamcicle. I’m also reminded of the Adagio Zodiac Series blend, Leo. I know this sounds like blasphemy to a lot of you, but I’m just not digging this one very much. I had wanted a real Earl Grey, and this is just not really one at all…

Or maybe my sample is stale?

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Harney & Sons The Store

Harney & Sons’ Earl Grey Supreme should satisfy any yearning for “real Earl Grey” you might have.

Tabby

Yes! I think Earl Grey Supreme is my absolute favorite. I just finished off a tin and I miss it.

ashmanra

Earl Grey Supreme here, too! Although The Earl of Harlem is going to give EGS a run for his money!

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99

One last thing. This tea is from India, which has a much higher organic standard not China.

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99

I have been searching for the perfect organic green tea that I could take anywhere in my travels without having to add anything to it. Harney & Sons organic green tea with citrus & ginkgo is that perfect tea! Nothing else needed, save for clean, crisp water, (which definitely matters if one wishes to taste the tea & added flavors untarnished by heavy metals & other such pollutants & contaminants one might find in ones water supply.) I am a bit of a water snob being an aquatic specialist for a custom aquarium company. One could have the best tea in the world, but unless one uses the best water, what’s the point. Luckily, I have found both.

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84
drank Chai by Harney & Sons
757 tasting notes

This is nummy steeped with the cream for creme brulee. That is the entirety of this review. :) That, and since I am now officially out of Butiki chai, this one is at the top of my list for basic chai.

chezmj

That’s good to know, I was wondering how it was. I haven’t found yet that I really really like.

Nicole

I like Harney’s – it’s reasonably priced and I can taste the tea, not just the spices, but it isn’t weak on spices. It’s one of the better balanced chais I’ve tried.

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84
drank Chai by Harney & Sons
757 tasting notes

Another pot of this today while making Smoky Chicken Chowder for dinner tonight. :)

Made this with 2 cups water, 1 cup non-fat half-and-half cream (since I had it for the soup anyway…) and a scant 1/4 cup of sugar.

I do like this blend because I can taste the tea as well as the spices, milk and sugar. That said, however, since I have been having more and more chais lately, I can’t say that this is on the top of the list. Right now that spot is held by Butiki’s chai blend. But this is definitely a strong second place.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
darby

Can I come for dinner? Smoky Chicken Chowder….YUM!!!!

Nicole

Anytime you can make it here, no one goes hungry at my house. :)

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84
drank Chai by Harney & Sons
757 tasting notes

The coworker whom I introduced (ie. addicted) to loose leaf tea brought this in last Friday as part of his breakfast offering. He brewed up at home and added the milk and sugar there so I can’t really report on temp or time.

I normally am not a huge chai person. This, I could see a reason for keeping in my stash. I love, love, love cardamom and have been disappointed by chai blends in the past that have been very heavy on cinnamon, seemingly to the exclusion of other spices. With this, I can taste the cloves, a hint of ginger possibly and loads of cardamom. It makes a light chai, not a hit you in the face chai.

And after breakfast, coworker and I had to put in a Harney order. He used a lot of his Indian Spice to make the chai for the group and well, you can’t have too much tea, right?

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81

First, thank you to Amy oh for this sample!

Maybe I’m nuts, because I haven’t seen others note this, but to me, this has a very buttery smell when steeped. A little spinachy. No butter in the taste, though.

Light golden in color, a bit floral but not very much to my taste. To me, this seems a lot like a green with somewhat less vegetal impression. Somewhat astringent and dry mouth feel. Lighter than the seconds and autumnals that I’m used to drinking.

I like this, but I don’t know that I’m going to be a huge fan of first flushes. A bit too light overall for me for this to be a favorite.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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89
drank Sungma Darjeeling by Harney & Sons
2816 tasting notes

Just finishing off the rest of this sample that Nicole sent me, this is very nice for a second flush darjeeling. I admit I went a little darjeeling crazy last year and I still have a lot to drink, I need to get busy, or meet a new guy who really likes tea! Anyway this is nice. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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89
drank Sungma Darjeeling by Harney & Sons
2816 tasting notes

I’m having some more of this sample sent to me by Nicole…

It’s very good for a second flush darjeeling – I highly recommend it!

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89
drank Sungma Darjeeling by Harney & Sons
2816 tasting notes

Thanks to Nicole for sending me a sample of this. I opened up my tea cabinet today and I just have sooo much tea especially now that I’m on my own! It’s kinda crazy. :)

These leaves seemed to be very fine, so I steeped them up in a For Life teapot using a Finum filter. This is a lovely second flush darjeeling with the classic muscatel flavor. The tea liquour is a lovely reddish brown color. I am getting an essence of plums also with a bit of almond nuttiness in the finish. A very nice tea for a Saturday morning, thanks again Nicole!

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

Glad you liked it. The leaves may have suffered in transit. I wondered if they might get a bit crushed.

TeaBrat

Perhaps, but it was still good!

ScottTeaMan

Really like 2nds, but still prefer 1sts. :))

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