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100
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2622 tasting notes

Another sipdown… we finished off the last of it this morning. Au revoir, Paris!

Dinah Saur

A local shop here in Chico is just getting in loose Paris for sale by weight… so if you need some… come up for a visit! Hahaha

TeaBrat

I might give it a rest for a while, like I don’t have enough tea already! ;)

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100
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2622 tasting notes

If I don’t order from Harney & Sons again I will certainly miss this one… an excellent black tea with just a touch of fruit and vanilla. We have almost gone through a 7 oz. tin in a short amount of time.

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100
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2622 tasting notes

I felt that I just needed this today… :)

rmark25

you just reminded me that I need to go to Harney & Sons in SoHo before work and get some Paris!

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100
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2622 tasting notes

still one of my very favorites!

momo

I think you just helped me find the tea I was looking for. I had JUST been looking at this tea house’s menu and remembered having one called Paris, and I wondered if I had to go through them…found it!

TeaBrat

it’s yummy….

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100
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2622 tasting notes

Really one of the best flavored black teas I have ever tried. I was worried about the bergamot because sometimes Earl Grey hurts my stomach due to the amount of bergamot in it. Instead this is lightly citrusy with a touch of bergamot. It is excessively smooth and rich without a trace of bitterness. Boyfriend bought me a tin at the Harney and Sons in New York but I will be ordering more!

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90
drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
150 tasting notes

The smell of Black Currant reminds me of my childhood. My mother never allowed Kool-Aid in the house and soda pop was a rarity. However, she would allow me to drink black currant squash and this made no sense because squash syrup is super sugary. I was always very happy to take advantage of my mother’s clear lapse in sugar policing, and I’d greedily gulp down black currant squash whenever I could get my hands on it.

Black Currant from Harney & Sons is the perfect combination of the black currant I loved as a child and smooth, rich black tea. I adore this tea! I’m enjoying it with almond milk and stevia and it’s improving my afternoon tenfold. A big thank you (((hug))) to SimplyJenW for sharing this fab tea with me.

Also, I feel like I owe my generous Steepster friends an explanation/ apology. Many of you have done tea swaps with me, and I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am for all of the glorious tea I’ve received. I carefully store every tea I get from my tea-pals so that I know who gave me which sample, but I haven’t logged every sample I’ve tried. I always intend to do so, but sometimes I become overwhelmed with “stuff” and I forget to backlog my tea tasting. Please don’t take this as my not being appreciative of the incredible tea-kindness I’ve enjoyed. I just suck sometimes :/

gmathis

To quote Calvin and Hobbes, “There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want to do.” I think most of your donors, swappers, and tea friends would say, “Amen.”

The Purrfect Cup

Exactly, I have lots of swaps from folks and I have enjoyed quite a few and sometimes haven’t rated them on steepster for whatever reason. Mostly because there is so much going on in a day there just ins’t time.

Jenn

gmathis I love that you quoted Calvin and Hobbes! You’re a kind soul and you’d best PM me if you ever want to try any of the teas I have in my cupboard. Sharing is caring :)

Jenn

The Purrfect Cup (Little Mew Brew) That makes me feel so much better! You’re my tea-soulsista.

DaisyChubb

Oh yeah , it never once even crossed my mind for you to log every sample, or for me to log every one of mine! For me anyways, I send samples for your enjoyment. So enjoy! Whatever life brings

The Purrfect Cup

DaisyChubb that’s why I send samples too.

Jenn

DaisyChubb I have enjoyed all of the samples you sent :) xoxo

gmathis

What a gracious kind bunch you all are! These comments just made my evening after a screamer day.

ashmanra

I am glad you said all this. I have been feeling terrible for not having tried some of my swaps yet. Some of them I am saving for when Sandy gets back ( next week, YAY!) and some I have held onto and forgotten who sent them, so I may not be able to give proper credit! Eep! So thanks for the “forgiven” card! LOL!

Angrboda

I’ve got a number of samples that people have given me lying around still untried. Some of them are before I worked out a proper system to help me remember where they came from, so I have no clue as to who to credit when I get to actually trying them. I just can’t make myself drink them without also posting about them, and I don’t always feel in the mood to write a post, so…

Secondarily, could it be that perhaps your mum was more concerned about all the unnatural colouring agents in the beverages she didn’t like you drinking too much of than she was concerned about sugar contents? Squash sounds to me like something that would contain less of that sort of thing. Just a guess. (My parents were like yours, though. Soda and similar, that was for christmas and birthdays. The end. Any other day it was milk or water or nothing. Take your pick. :) But then again, soda and the like was probably also more expensive back then than it is these days…)

SimplyJenW

I am so glad you liked this one! It is one of my favorites.

And I will add an ‘Amen’. I am definitely in the category of being overwhelmed with the generous samples sent by other Steepsters. I will get to logging a good portion of them, but sometimes you have to wait for the right moment. (Like…since I am not as well versed with oolongs or greens, I need to have some time where I can concentrate on the tea as well as enjoy it.) When I share samples, it is partly that I am curious what you will think, but mostly that I know little bits of tea will make you as happy as I am with little bits of tea. It would be so nice if all of the problems in life could be solved so simply.

Amariel

I’m still so new to Steepster that I haven’t even explored the samples/swaps aspect of the site yet, though never quite sure how to go about it anywho. But it looks like there are some pretty awesome things swapped.

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67

I received a sample of this from Batrachoid so I decided to start the day with it. The pot was ghoulishly green like a bucket of slime. The likes of left behind by a famous ghost. That the likes of Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spangler, Dr. Raymond Stantz, and Winston Zeddmore take on. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2nYqyfDMnQ I’m excited to try this since my resume of Harney & Sons is quite small. Pretty good overall but I was a little disappointed to not have that toasted rice flavor really come out. It’s seems to be more prevalent in the blends that I have found at the Asian market. Not bad but not spectacular either.

gmathis

Stay-Puft marshmallow tea must not be far behind?

Batrachoid

That made my day ghoulish. =)I think H&S was trying to say"Look! See all the sencha? We do sell Japanese tea!" but I freely admit to buying this in part for the tin.

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77
drank Ali San by Harney & Sons
120 tasting notes

Smooth wish some vegetal pucker in the finish.

This Ali San reminds me of roasted leeks, spinach and fresh greens. There’s a hint at light fruity sweetness in the body as well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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95

I love everything about this tea. So much so, that before I came here to write this review, I went online at Harney & Sons and purchased some more as I only had a sample.

The scent of this tea when dry reminds me so much of autumn leaves when first dropped from the trees. It’s almost a toasted scent, but not quite.

I have been having temperature issues with the Breville and discovered that it’s best to choose a lower temperature. My water boils in it at 195. Really boils.

At any rate, I steeped this one for three minutes. It’s still a lightish color. The scent is really something special. It’s like a fruity, floral aroma all wrapped up into one delicate punch. The taste is stellar. I can taste a fruitiness as in apricots, without the syrupy sweetness. Just a light, fruity addition. The floral notes are also lighter in flavor, more like lily or gardenia or cherry blossom, without being cherry. It’s difficult to pinpoint, but it is a delicate flavor, not heavier like rose that demands your senses’ attention. This is more like flirting and teasing. Each sip leaves me wanting more. The toastiness in the scent, it’s like a whisper in the taste. This is an oolong for me. Smooth, sweet, floral, divine.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Juliet Earth

seems pretty intresting, makes me want to try it

CHAroma

That’s when you know it’s a good review!

teamax

I’ll second that. As I add it to my shopping list.

QuiltGuppy

I just got H & S’s email for the October coupon (free shipping on $25.00 or more – code OCT25.)

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67
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
595 tasting notes

I noticed this was on my shopping list and when I made my multiple Harney orders back in November, I added a tin of this. Now I can’t remember quite why. It’s good enough but I’m just not a chocolate tea type of person normally.

This is vaguely chocolatey in the way teas that are intended to be chocolate are. Does that make any sense? The teas I like that are described as being chocolatey are the ones that aren’t intentionally flavored for chocolate – the straight deep blacks that have cocoa notes to them – those I love. The flavored chocolate teas? Usually pretty meh to me.

I’ll share this one around. There is definitely chocolate flavor as well as hazelnut and a bit of vanilla. I did slightly oversteep it and it didn’t turn bitter at all so that’s something to be said for it. A dollop of cream helps it along, makes the chocolate not seem as watery.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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67
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
595 tasting notes

Smells strongly of chocolate. I’m not so much a chocolate tea person, but this sounded appealing for a tasting swap. :)

This is a lovely blend. The hazelnut softens the chocolate, which I generally think is harsh in teas, and the other flavors don’t cover up the tea. I believe I’ll have to order some of this with my next Harney order.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Mercuryhime

Oh goodie! You got my package. :) glad to see you enjoying it.

Nicole

I did! Thank you!

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93

This tea definitely grew on me. The Atomic Fireball taste kind of threw me off the first time I tried it, but now it’s one of my go-tos; it’s amazing to drink on a cool fall day. I generally add a lot of milk and just a touch of sugar, since the cinnamon makes it plenty sweet on its own. Just be careful not to steep it too long or the flavor gets overwhelming.

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Tea of the afternoon…..

I have had this sample since last Winter. I figured I had better try it now that it is the prime season for this tea. I like the balance of the cranberry with the hint of orange and the black tea base. I am guessing that Harney’s African Autumn is the rooibos counterpart to this tea. The black version is definitely much more appealing to me than the rooibos. I guess that should not be a surprise as I prefer black tea in general.

Edit to add: After drinking the whole pot, I am not so sure on this. The first few cups were good, but by the end of the pot I am not liking it as well. It is reminiscent of hibiscus even though it is possible there is not any in there. In thinking about it, cranberry and orange flavoring could be kind of like the tartness I do get from hibiscus….. Final verdict…not for me.

(from the website) Ingredients: Black tea, cranberries, orange peel, natural orange oil, and artificial cranberry flavor.
No hibiscus. I am guessing I just don’t do well with this flavor combo……

Steeped the usual way….

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
aisling of tea

You are guessing wrong :P. African Autumn is like Celestial Seasoning’s Red Zinger. Hibiscus galore!

SimplyJenW

It was definitely a cranberry/orange, though. It was one of my whole pound purchase regrets (of which there have been 4, ACK!)….. I rehomed most of it.

SimplyJenW

aisling…Didn’t I even send some to you? :)

ashmanra

I love Cranberry Autumn and Boston. Almost out of Boston and I mustn’t let that happen! Have you had Boston?

SimplyJenW

ashmanra…I did have Boston last Fall. I did like it, but have been out for a while. I must not have been compelled to rebuy.
And I just had to edit my post on this one. It tastes too much like the African Autumn that I really did not like much after the first few cups. Just like the African Autumn…this tastes good after the first cup or two, but it goes downhill from there for me.

aisling of tea

lol yup. I’ve had a whole one cup.

ashmanra

LOL! I gave away my tin of African Autumn and told the recipient that if she didn’t like it she could regifting it or throw it away – I didn’t care! Rooibos = Robitussin.

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80

Tea of the afternoon……

A good afternoon tea for Fall. Light notes of apple and just enough cinnamon to remind me of the apple fritters I used to love as a kid. I will definitely enjoy the tin full, but will not likely repurchase.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

Tea of the morning…..

I purchased this one hoping for the taste of tea and cider. It does have a light flavor of cider and a hint of cinnamon, but I wish it was a little more present. I mostly taste tea. I seem to gravitate toward stronger flavors as of late, and this one is subtle. Still, it is a good tea for Fall.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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76

The broth from this tea is somehow a little cloudy. The taste is the same as other sencha I’ve had. Other than the cloudy tea broth, this is a good tea with good flavor. Not sure about calling it ichiban though.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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81

This tasting note isn’t for Decaf Ceylon by itself, but for what I’ve come to think of as Decaf and a Pinch. I’ve lately gotten in the habit of drinking Decaf Ceylon as my evening brew, blended about 3:1 with a non-decaf, usually flavored tea. It is particularly delicious with a bit of Florence or Tower of London. Tonight I’m enjoying it with a little Elyse’s Blend for that honey note.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

I have to try that ratio!

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86
drank Rooibos Chai by Harney & Sons
974 tasting notes

ChOTD……

I purchased a sample of this on a recent Harney order. I wanted to try the rooibos chai offerings from the places I usually order before I go hunting elsewhere. I like this one! It is minus the anise in the rooibos chai from Upton, but still has the cinnamon, clove, and cardamom flavors I really love. It falls kind of mid range on the spice…you know it is there, but there really is not a punch that you get with the blends that contain pepper. Some fresh ginger would definitely make it even more wonderful. This will be on an order when my tin of the Upton rooibos chai is getting low.

Prepared by my usual pan method with a little longer brew times.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
18 tasting notes

This tea smells amazing, I just had to try it after a customer had ordered a cup and I got a waft of it. It’s a pleasant and spicy smell and the tea itself matches the smell. Not sure if I plan to try it cold/iced, its just so catered to being a hot tea. Recommended for people who enjoy a spicy, but not too much so, and relaxing cup of tea that you can have all cozied up in a blanket. To me it’s name suits it and it is definitely a fall to winter style tea.

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79

Very smoky. Reminds me of genmai-cha

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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92

One of my friends stopped over at lunch time as I was making up a pot of this. She swore this smelled like another HT Paris (I had bought her a tin of Paris when I visited the factory/shop). It does smell a bit like Paris, I think she was smelling the bergamot – which is in both teas. There is a very different taste to it. To me this is much lighter flavor than Paris. I love the hint of bergamot, the honey is def. the dominant flavor in this flavored black – yum!! (Glad I grabbed this one by mistake when I left the house!)

My friend did agree that this was not Paris, but she prefers it to Tower of London…More for me! :)

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89

This is a nice mix of tart and sweet perfect for this first real Fall day in Upstate, NY. The cranberry and orange flavors as I said mix well with the Ceylon black tea base. It also goes down super smooth. So much so I need to make a fresh cup! I hate when I drink tea that fast…need to slow down as I only have a little left. I’m also really wishing I had a cranberry or orange scone to go with this.

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100

One of my dearest friends sent me this tea. I love currants and when I opened the can, my nose almost danced for joy right on my face. I had to drink some right away! The tea is rich and the fruity flavor lingers subtly on your tongue. I’m glad to have it in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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51
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
66 tasting notes

I’m not a big fan of this tea since there’s a lot of berry flavors that I just can’t seem to handle. There’s a hint of blueberries that makes the tea hard to drink to me, however the scent is quite floral and I’m sure the tea is good for other people who do not have a “I hate blueberry” stance in life.

Charles Thomas Draper

Flavored teas only mask the true essence of tea….

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