Harney & Sons

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So this is what happened. I’m having a bad tea day, messing up the steeping and such…ugh. I was in dire need of a tea guaranteed to work. The wonderful Kristin sent me her last four bags of this as a thank-you for snagging some DavidsTea for her (thanks again!), and I have been dying to try it. It finally came today and it sounded like exactly what I needed.

So I used my new 8 ounce rainbow mug from Tealish, steeped it for four minutes, added my usual teaspoon of sugar and waited.

First sip: Gah! It’s too hot!
Second sip: Still too hot…but I want iiiit :(
Finally it cooled enough for a third sip: … that’s it? It tastes like a good (if a little bitter) black with a hint of vanilla. So not worth raving about.
grumble grumble
absently stirs tea and mixes the teaspoon of sugar on the bottom of the cup into the tea
takes another sip
…oh. Oh! Oh myyyyy (said in your best George Takei voice)

This tea is amazing and delicious and everything I dreamed it could be. It has a full body and the vanilla is strong without being overbearing and oh my goodness….yes. An order with Harney & Sons is definitely in our future.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

Gonna pound it? : )

aisling of tea

Oh yes. We’ve had the order ready to go for a while, we were just waiting on this to come in so I could be sure I love it…and I do. Oh, I do!

Kristin

Ha ha… I guess you liked it :)

Uniquity

I did that too ! : )

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drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

A lovely vanilla tea for this afternoon! It tastes great sans additions, but is also very nice with sugar and/or milk.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

When I need to serve a tea for people who don’t drink tea, this is the one I turn to. It is very well liked even by the coffee drinkers. I love JacquelineM’s suggestion to make it with water just below boiling to avoid any bitterness. It is delicious, and the temp tweak improved it even more.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Indian Spice by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

Tea party was extra special today, as our usual guest was absent for two weeks and we were excited to be back on schedule! We prepared Indian Spice according to the chai directions in the tin. Lovely and sweet, it tastes like liquid pumpkin pie to me because of the cardamom, and I think there must surely be nutmeg in there as well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

Tea party day! This was exquisite, as always. Rich, round, full, sweet – this is the best tea ever!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Palm Court by Harney & Sons
239 tasting notes

Haven’t yet read the lable to see whats in it, but I’m thinking its a good blend; I’m guessing mostly Chinese and Indian blacks. My first impression when sipping it is that I should be getting hit with a smokey flavor. Its not smokey, but it has good body and would carry smoke well, so I’m expecting it. hmm, just read the can…it doesn’t say what’s in it other than “black tea”. Enough astringency to know you’re drinking tea, without creating bitterness. Fairly heavy body. Complex flavors.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1915 tasting notes

There’s something about trying a tea you really dislike, especially one you dislike so much that you can’t finish the cup. I needed a recovery tea, something to wash the bitterness off my taste buds and fill my nose and mouth with a flavor I love. I thought about having a cream Earl Grey I do really like, the one from ESP Emporium, but the steeping basket for my Kati cup needs to dry out to get all the tiny pieces of the previous tea out, so I reached for a sachet of Paris. This one hits the spot. Thank you, Paris, for being a tea I can always turn to.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

I was saving Catherine for my radiation boost, which is now on day 2 of 5. Sometimes I need her firm but encouraging strength, and I am nearly out so I have been rationing this one until my next Harney order. Ahhhh, how I have missed you! This is a delightful cup. Slightly, only ever so slightly smokey. Full-bodied, rich, smooth Chinese teas. There is no bitterness, no astringency, just a cup of delight! Time to put in that Harney and Sons order I have been holding off on….

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

This was served for tea party today, and the aroma drew an immediate reaction. It does smell sooo good! The cranberry high note is rounded by a full, deep almond or amaretto scent and flavor. So nice! I drank it sans additions, guests took it with milk and sugar. Everyone liked it, even the children but they are seasoned tea drinkers! Why don’t I make this more often?? I am glad mrawlins brought it to my mind so I could suggest it for today’s offerings. Many thanks to my little barista, my youngest daughter, who makes all the teas and prepares the dessert plates for our tea parties!

Mike Harney, you done good! :)

Preparation
Boiling

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90

Ahhhhh. Just what I needed for the knee-jerk back to reality. This tea is so good, and perfect with just a little sweetener.

I am finally getting back in the groove from my kids being on break last week. We took a short trip to Baltimore and DC. It was a good time. It did involve drinking tea, but I did not log a thing! (My travel tea consisted of English Breakfast, Harney’s Chocolate, a little Rose Congou, Vanilla Comoro, and Midsummer’s Peach….)

ashmanra

Welcome back!

SimplyJenW

Thank you!

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drank Mother's Bouquet by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

This is a beautiful tea to look at! I have the sachets but I can still see those lovely petals through the nylon. I am not much of a herbal tea drinker, but this one is very drinkable for me and needs no additions to taste good. My guests added sugar to theirs, and one even added milk, too, and they seemed to like it! The chamomile and citrus flavors take the forefront and the floral notes are subdued and nice.

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Indian Spice by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

I tried this one iced today, but I didn’t increase the sugar or leaves at first. It was a bit watery, but the addition of more sugar helped, though I really should have made it with extra leaves if I was planning to ice it. I had the second cup from the pot warm, and it was just as yummy as it should be! It seems so thick and frothy made with 2 parts milk to one part water, and I feel like I am drinking liquid pumpkin pie. Delicious! It is a smooth and mellow chai.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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96

Nahorhabi Full has a wonderful rich and malty taste. We are drinking this today to celebrate India’s first World Cup (Cricket) victory since 1983! Congratulations India, your tea is delicious!
-RA

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

A whole pot with some Swiss cheese cubes to celebrate a beautiful day! Harney’s English Breakfast is 100% keemun, and having just had a cup of their Hao Ya A I can really tell it! This has very nice cocoa notes and great body and flavor. It is smooth and lovely and while it is considerably less expensive than Hao Ya A it has all the attributes of keemuns that we love.

The wind is blowing billowing clouds of yellow pollen around, so my earlier washing of the car is already undone, but I don’t mind – it was too pretty to stay inside! The dogwoods are so heavy with flowers they are almost blinding, the tall pines all around me are releasing puffs of yellow, and there are five speckled blue eggs in my fern thanks to the little house finches. It’s a good day. I’m taking the tea tray outside!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Hao Ya 'A' by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

I had only one teaspoon left of my sample and wanted another taste to help decide whether this goes on the next order. The first time I tried this I was a tea novice and thought it terribly strong. Today I thought it very smooth and sweet, with lots of body and flavor. How tastes change! I would love this as a breakfast tea with milk and sugar, or as an afternoon tea taken plain. I read that the Queen of England usually drinks a Hao Ya A for breakfast. She has good taste in tea!

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
6 tasting notes

I’m new to writing about tea, but I will do my best.

This tea was recommended to me by a waiter about a year ago, and it was so good I saved the paper wrapper so I could track it down on my own. It was this tea that started me actually paying attention to teas.

Since then I have gotten it as presents for two people (highly appreciated by the recipients) and I am lucky to be able to buy my supply at the wonderful Harney and Sons store in Manhattan.

The aroma never gets tiring. I love opening the tin and smelling it. The aroma is stronger than I expected from a tea but once brewed the tea’s flavor is much more mild. I don’t get the same strawberry and cream notes as most people here however. I do have to pay attention not to let it brew for too long as the tannin levels build up quickly. It does not get too strong or bitter, but will give me that cotton mouth feeling.

This will always be a staple on my shelf.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
193 tasting notes

Enjoyed a wonderful cup of this while visiting with friends last evening. It was nice to be able to drink a great cup of tea and have nice conversation with friends while the kids played. This tea is a DEFINITE in my cupboard and now also my friends cupboard!!

ashmanra

Did you have the loose leaf? It seems sweeter than the bags I am told.

Kristen

No I haven’t bought the pound yet but I think I will purchase it next! My tin of sachets is almost finished! I am anxious to compare the two!

ashmanra

I have never had the bags, but I bought the pound and loved it. I have heard that it helps to jumble up the leaves so the goodies get spread around as they tend to settle a little. I know mine has lovely vanilla bean specks in the last cup from each pot that are so yummy.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2416 tasting notes

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drank Decaf Ceylon by Harney & Sons
1112 tasting notes

We had this last night, and I liked it even better than last time (which is saying something, because I quite liked it already!). Once I accepted and expected the Ceylon flavor profile, I was able to get on with the business of simply enjoying a great cup of plain tea at 9pm! Horray!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
1014 tasting notes

It has been several days since I’ve able to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea. I’ve been so busy that every cup of tea has been on the go. Boston is tasting amazing today. I am really enjoying this cup with a bit of honey and half and half. Since this tea is better tonight than ever before, I’m upping the rating on this one.

Paul M Tracy

I think this is one H&S city that I haven’t visited. (I really like Florence and Paris) How would you describe the taste?

ashmanra

Paul, I will let mrawlins answer that but I wanted to put in my two cents worth! This is lovely, a very quiet and contemplative cup not at all like Cranberry Autumn (which is good but a completely different mood). I think the amaretto or almond aroma and flavor is what makes it so very soothing to me. Florence is rich and chocolate-y, Paris is bright and full, Boston is an intimate companion.

mpierce87

I do agree with ashmanra on the contemplative qualities of this tea. To me, this tea is very smooth with a nice sweet tart cranberry flavor (more sweet than tart though), the almond is very understated and helps with the smoothness I think. The black tea is smooth and noticeable, but this isn’t a morning wake up tea. This is one tea that I seem to like more each time I drink it – but it also requires the right mood to fully appreciate it.

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drank Indian Spice by Harney & Sons
1798 tasting notes

Ah yes! Today I have the house to myself and can read quietly for a little while. I decided this was a great time to try Indian Spice again, this time prepared the way Harney and Sons recommends in their special instructions in the tin.

I feel like I am drinking liquid pumpkin pie! It is really yummy! On my first tasting note of this tea, I stated that it was rather bland and plain until we started eating Belgian Cream Puffs with it. The next sip of tea after was completely different, very full and sweet. By preparing the tea this way today, that is the taste I got right off the bat. It is rich, thick, and full of flavor, but not strong or overbearing. I consider this a very calming cup.

I used 16 oz. skim milk and 8 oz. water and since I didn’t have Demerara sugar cubes (they call for six) I used 5 teaspoons of sugar instead. You heat the milk and water, add the tea and sugar, simmer for 4 minutes, and strain. I do have some succanat, and I believe I will try that next time in place of sugar. I think the honey notes of succanat may go very well with this.

I wish Sandy were here to try it this new way with me!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
gmathis

The “like” is less for the tea than for the “house to myself so I can read!” Woo-hoo!

ashmanra

Indeed. Homeschooling four children and having three of them still in the home now means you are almost never EVER home alone! Hubby used to tell me to go off and have fun, and I told him what I really wanted was to be in my own home by myself a little! Adore my kids but I sure do like a quiet house now and then! :)

gmathis

Treated myself to a binge-read of half of “Christy” by Catherine Marshall this weekend (one I’ve had half-memorized since sixth grade) and regretted having no sassafras tea currently under the roof to go with it.

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100

So I thought Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme was on point, but this stuff rocked my world!!!

I received a shipment from H&S this week and this tea was included as part of my shipment. After being such a fan of the Earl Grey Supreme, I didn’t think it could get much better…boy was i wrong…the Viennese Earl Grey is simply FANTASTIC!

This tea is smooth, smooth, smooth! I must give credit where credit is due and the Darjeeling is definitely a major factor here, smoothing this tea out nicely. The bergmont is just right…pretty powerful when smelling it out of the tin, but just right in the tea. In my opinion the bergmont in a good Earl Grey should just be enough to wake the senses up a bit allowing you to enjoy the base and this tea hits the mark in that regard.

Overall, a nice smooth Earl Grey with a rich flavorful base, finished with th perfect touch of bergmont.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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81

Creamy cocoa and suggestions of fruit. Lovely and sweet!

Ben Livingstone

Very smooth on the second infusion, still like cocoa but creamier. Sweet and velvety!

ru06

I got some notes of chocolate mousse on mine as well (the velvety that you describe). It is excellent.

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drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
1915 tasting notes

This is my last sachet of this tea, and I’m sad to see it go! The rose just seems to pair so smoothly with the chocolate. The beginning of the sip is all roasty chocolate, and the tail end is floral rose. I guess it’ll have to go on my shopping list!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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