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Thanks Ashmanra for this sample tea!
My experience with Harney & Son’s Tea is almost ‘0’. I think the only one I’ve had is Paris and that’s it. (Maybe one other that was a teabag…can’t remember.)
When Ashmanra wanted to send me some tea in exchange for the Lapsang Souchong (and some other tea’s) I was sending her, I took advantage of the Harney’s in her cupboard. “Now’s my chance!”, I said to myself!
In the beginning (tea bible), I drank lots of flavored tea’s, mostly from Davids and a few other brands. That was so much fun even though I had to wait for the shipments to arrive from Canada.
Then, I looked at the top of the Tea list on Steepster and noticed several companies that were repeatedly mentioned for quality and began trying them out. Pretty soon, I had more unflavored tea than flavored. What a switch!
This morning, instead of a Black tea or Assam or Pu-erh to charge me for the day, I picked up a flavored tea (something I haven’t done for awhile).
I was kind of excited about trying Tower of London, which seemed like having dessert for breakfast!
I didn’t even taste the tea without sweetening it first. Bah! I know what I like!
My first taste was creamy smooth and a bit like an Earl Grey, somewhat reminiscent of Paris with a splash of vanilla. The flavor was like French Pastry and I liked it.
I carefully added some cream which gave the tea an even more intense pastry aire.
What a lovely way to begin the day with the end of Summer just ahead. We’ll soon be putting away our whites and pastels until next year.
I had my light, sweet dessert tea along with a baguette, butter and some berries in a bowl. All perfect for beginning my day with a smile!
Today was a hot suny day and my girlfriend and I wanted a really refreshing drink, luckily she has this tisane and since I prefere tisanes iced I prepared a big jar oth this stuff. It was quite easy: a big perfect teamaker full with boilling water and 3 spoons of is tisane, purr it into a jar fully of ice and that’s it. That can be easier, right?
Well, I can tell this is a really nice cold tisane, the flavor is a mixture but you can taste oranges, apples, maybe pear and a really refreshing hibiscus base that ties all together. Definetly a more sofisticated cool beverage than a can of soda. I recommend enjoying it with company or alone in a warm day.
Oh BTW, you should add sugar when brewing this since it’s easier to dissolve it while hot.
Since this is a ubiquitous species of tea I’ll just note that the H&S version is a solid, go to Moroccan Mint, but I have noticed the blend to vary from batch to batch (at least those that I’ve purchased). Not a bad thing, per say. The mint flavor and aroma in my current tin are somewhat subtle but discernible. This is a nice tea after a meal. I will say however that I do prefer Mary’s version at Chaiwalla Tea House in Salisbury, CT.
Thanks to Nicole for this sample
This is the first Darjeeling I have tried. I am not sure what notes I am supposed to pick up on, but this tea is smooth with a little bit of astingency. I am not picking up the typical black tea base, but that is likely because it is a decaf.
As Nicole mentioned in her note, I am sure this would make a great iced tea!
4 minutes is definitely the way to go with this tea. It doesn’t have time to get astringent in 4 minutes. I really enjoyed this cuppa this afternoon!
And yay! I picked up a tin of satchets from chapters the other day so I will still have some after my loose leaf sample from Will work for tea is finished!
Finishing off my sample week with a good one! This is a really old sample from Will work for Tea
It i just as good as I remember. However, I am getting a smidgen of an astringency. Maybe I will steep with less than boiling water next time or less than 5 minutes and see how that goes.
I thoroughly enjoy this delicious decaf vanilla though!
I wonder if I could find this blend at Chapters or something?
Thanks to Will Work For Tea for this sample
Wow, this is smooth! This is sweet, creamy, and with great vanilla flavour (vanilla is one of my fav flavours). This is a truly great blend. The black tea base doesn’t come through too much…….
Wait a minute……reading other reviews and I realize: this is a DECAF? WHAT? No wonder I couldn’t taste the black base too much…lol. This is way too good to be a decaf. This is the best decaf I have ever tasted. I might have to make a Harneys order one day and this tea will certainly be on it!
She’s fruity today, and I keep wanting to describe this like a red wine, so here you go: there’s a strong tannic backbone, and some dryness as I swish around my mouth, but not as much as you’d expect from the strength. I’m getting an impression of stone fruit, but nothing really distinct – maybe plums? Cherries? And a bit of dark honey flavor too. This is a little on the dark/dry side at first, but well-balanced by sweetness overall.
It continues to be a good morning kick-in-the-pants tea to drink straight. I should really try it with milk sometime too.
I was tempted by Harney’s most recent promotion to pick up one of their new “Ambessa” teas, along with a couple others that had been on my shopping list for awhile.I’m not assigning a numerical rating yet because I’ve been away from Steepster for quite awhile and will have ot remind myself how Queen C compares to everything else I’ve tried :)
Steeped at work, with a rounded teaspoon in a ~8oz mug, I think I got lucky right off the bat – from others’ descriptions this might be easy to oversteep, but I’m finding it quite drinkable plain (yay!).
Very smooth, I’m not getting a lot of smoke though there is a dryness that reminds me of smoke; the taste is sweet, but the flavor reminds me of more savory things in general – buttered popcorn? Salted caramel? Clearly, more experimentation is required!
I brewed the Decaf Earl Grey to boiling temperature. I steeped it for approximately five minutes. The aroma is a wonderful scent of bergamot. I personally love Earl Grey blends. The fact that this is decaf allows me to drink it without worrying about consuming too much caffeine. I think that it’s the right blend. It has the essence of what makes a “Earl Grey” blend.
This is an absolutely lovely tea. It brews into a nice yellow golden color, and has a delightful floral smell to it. The taste is light and floral. I was also really impressed by how the tea leaves expanded in the sachet while brewing, I’m excited to rebrew. I definitely recommend this as a relaxing afternoon tea.
I keep coming back to this one. It has a wonderful flavor that I don’t find the equal of in other Ceylons. I got the Harney catalog and was not too surprised to find it not listed in their current catalog while it is still listed online. I suspect that it is not a high volume item but I am afraid that it will disappear one day. It’s one of the nicest teas in my cupboard. I hope they continue to carry it.
I’ve been drinking this tea for a month or so and for a few days have been having it as my morning tea. It has that briskness of a Ceylon, but not too much. It makes a nice brown liquor and is very soft on the palate. It is a very coarse tea, meaning that the leaves are whole leaves not broken bits. It also has some of the camelia flowers in with the tea. All in all I have been really enjoying this tea, stronger than my usual Darjeeling but really nice in the drinking and nice in the finish.
I’ve been playing around with the water temperature and lower temperatures don’t do it justice. I let the kettle stop boiling for a minute but hardly longer than that. 5 minute steep time.