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Harney & Sons

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50
drank White Christmas by Harney & Sons
902 tasting notes

With Thanksgiving weekend coming to a close, the Christmas season can officially commence. Rachel sent me some of this to try (thank you!!!).

I’m not sure it says “Christmas” to me. There’s a hint of spice, but nothing that you’d be able to point at and say “this is xx spice”. The white tea is nice, and there’s also notes of vanilla and almond. And the chamomile is there as well…but its kind of unsure of its role in the blend. Its okay, but it’s not really anything to write home about. And it certainly doesn’t live up to its name.

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

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83
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
108 tasting notes

My boyfriend purchased some of this last week, and finally gave me a few tea bags this evening. Oh man this tea is great.
I am trying to make the effort to brew each tea i have at it’s proper brewing times, and I have found it to be a very pleasant experience. Steeping this for 5 min really brings all of the fruit flavors out. I have a feeling this is going to become one of my morning teas.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
302 tasting notes

Another snow storm about to hit so I am sitting on the couch, with a cat in my lap, drinking tea and reading a book. This tea is an excellent evening pre-snow-storm tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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5

I saw my local grocery store carried this. I knew I had to pick one up. Madison’s review goes along the lines of how I feel about this tea. There is coconut in this tea, but it’s the young coconut flavor, which I am not a fan. I drank the bottle. It was not what I thought it would be.

I like Honest Tea bottled, but this? Nah, I’ll pass.

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92

YUM! Upping my rating! Bold and totally satisfying! :)

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65
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
236 tasting notes

Very simple green tea. I swapped for this tea from loupea. Would be nice iced. Pineapple is slight. It was ok hot, but iced would probably suit this tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83

Holiday Festivities are beginning, the air is getting crisp (which is a gentle way of saying “it’s cold, winter’s coming”) and nothing beats a cup of tea in the morning.

One of our teas we’re offering in the tasting room this weekend is Holiday. The orange and spice makes me think of the orange peels and cloves my mother would put in water on the stove to make the air smell nice and Christmas-y. It’s smooth with a hint of sweetness. December’s just around the corner.

-SES

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Lisbet

I wish I could drink this in your tasting room. I mean, I’m enjoying it now, but the tasting room sounds cozy.

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

It is a little chilly today. Breakfast at the tea table was extra special with the lovely aroma of this pure keemun to gently get me awake and moving. Sugar and milk added, as I always do at breakfast. A very nice cuppa to go with my cheese toast smeared with a little mustard. Does anyone else do that, or was that just something my mom did? It adds a nice little bite to your brekkie when you need it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

I will have to try that! I love cheese toast – this will be a nice addition! Do you use a certain mustard? I was thinking a Dijon mustard would be good. I think toast is my favorite food :) Like tea and baths, toast makes a person feel better.

ashmanra

I just use French’s, but I’m sure lots of different ones would be delicious. As for tea, baths, and toast making people feel better, I could use some of each! I caught a bug and have a ferocious headache. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day…

gmathis

I discovered a “gourmet” toast last night by experimenting - sourdough bread, almond butter, and a little brown sugar sprinkled on top.

ashmanra

My mom also made cinnamon toast, but not with that namby-pamby cinnamon sugar they sell in grocery stores! You buttered your bread, added a thick layer of brown sugar, a sprinkling of white sugar, and then cinnamon. Put it under the broiler until your brown sugar has made a crackly crust – it is practically a layer of candy on top of the toast now! Now THAT was cinnamon toast! (Mom wasn’t big into health foods! heehee!)

JacquelineM

My grandmother was Italian – she would put Italian bread over the flames of the gas stove (because it was big and wouldn’t fit in the toaster) and that was toast when I was growing up! I learned about cheese toast and cinnamon sugar toast from novels and made my own on regular sliced bread from what I read in books!

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Andriel

Like Morgana explained so aptly, it was a craving and I had to give in. I better watch it, lest I become addicted. There are worse things…

ashmanra

Have you tried their Wuyi Shan Lapsang? It smells really smoky in the tin but is very civilized in the cup. And the tea base is….exquisite. They have stayed sold out pretty much all the time, so I don’t know if it is only made in small amounts or if that much of it sells. I have some if you would like to try it.

Andriel

Thanks for the offer, it would be lovely to try a sample. What might I send you in return for the favor?

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90
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
55 tasting notes

Delicious, nutty with a bit of cocoa. Perfect for this cold day! Kind of reminds me of roasted chestnuts. Yum!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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93

Brewed this for my travel mug to bring to my Black Friday work shift. I think I chose the right tea. The aroma and taste, just put me in a happy mood during the short moments I had when I could take a break from customers.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

I wasn’t sure where to log this! I had read a comment where someone asked about Boston and whether it was a mellow version of CA. I decided to try mixing Cranberry Autumn with Elyse’s Blend, my yummy new honey friend. It made a pretty good tea! I mixed it half and half but to keep a little more of the bright tone I think in future I would mix 2 parts CA to one part Elyse’s in future.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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89

I’m starting the day with some Gunpowder to kick start my senses in order to keep alert. (I’ve got a Black Friday retail shift this afternoon) Brewed in my Finum Hot Glass System, i couldn’t have picked a better way to start my morning.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

Had a restless night and woke up sore and ache-y. You know what that means! The Queen to the rescue! So good, so bracing and boosting, yet at the same time a comfort.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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89

In at the shop at 5am to receive our tea order for the weekend, and really needed a pick-me-up to get through it all. Made this a bit stronger than normal, for obvious reasons! 3 scoops, 4 oz water. Whisk into oblivion. Stopping, the vegetal aroma hits the nose and wakens the senses. Slurping it down, the frothy liquor is smooth yet somehow astringent, sweet and vegetal at the same time. I paired it with a dark chocolate truffle for good measure. Ready to greet all my Black Friday shoppers!

-EWH

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100

this english breakfast blend has the briskness and body one would expect with a sachet of PG tips, but an elegant aroma and finish that outclasses the english standard – bravo!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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88

Sitting next the gas fireplace at my parent’s house with a cup of Lapsang Souchong gave my nose the illusion i was sitting by a wood fireplace. Needless to say it was the perfect tea to drink by the fire after work tonight.

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95
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
558 tasting notes

Finishing up the sample from Ashmanra with lots of leaf in my teapot and a wee bit of honey in my cup. Seeing how it will compare to my experience with Cranberry Autumn and honey.

Honey makes it a bit more mellow, I think I like it more bold. No honey next cup. I think I will be ordering this next Harney order. Will alternate with Cranberry autumn. Both are delicious in their own way. I like the bake notes and almond nuttiness in this tea. Yum. I am falling in love with Harney teas!

Brian

Would you say this is a little toned down to Cranberry Autumn? Even though I love CA, it’s a little too strong on the palate sometimes.

ashmanra

It isn’t at all like Cranberry Autumn to me. Even though cranberry flavor is there, the almond gives it that amaretto sultriness. It is a quiet, intimate, cozy cup of tea. Cranberry Autumn is bright and social. IU like both, but they are for very different moods.

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drank Panyang Congou by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

Not a bad tea, but it didn’t leap out at me. I am not in love with it, but I don’t hate it either. It was sweet enough to enjoy without adding sugar, and there are very light cocoa notes and definite honey notes. Drinking it side by side with Brigitte’s Blend, it just lacked shine. It wouldn’t be a bad tea to keep around to serve with food because it is neutral enough that it won’t steal the spotlight, but it won’t be a memorable part of the meal.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
JacquelineM

Try it breakfast blend style with a little milk and sugar and see if you like it better :)

ashmanra

Will do!

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drank Brigitte's Blend by Harney & Sons
1769 tasting notes

Today’s winner in the tea party test! This had the headiness of an assam, a lovely bright tingle in the mouth, and lots of added interest from the silvery Ceylon. Good tea! We drank this one with no additions. I think of it as a very, very refined Irish Breakfast. But I am a novice, so what do I know? We only steeped it for 3 minutes 45 seconds because I fear many assams. I will steep it a little longer next time.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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87
drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
6770 tasting notes

YUM! Upping this rating…tasting VERY good today! Better than I remember it!

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94

Sarah from the upstate store is down today to help out before Thanksgiving weekend. We made this in our Dragonhouse glass tumblers! (more of those are on the way, should be here next week!) Anyways, this Dong Ding is AMAZING. Roasted, sweet and fruity, it’s right up our alley. My father and I always get into a discussion about what aspects of oolongs we like the most. Sarah and I tend to like the darker, more roasted oolongs like DHP (Da Hong Pao), that have similar qualities to Pu-erhs and Lapsang. My father and his assistant Elvira on the other hand tend to prefer the lighter, more complex notes of floral, high mountain oolongs like Ali San and the lighter version of Dong Ding. Now we have a Dong Ding for him and a Dong Ding for me! YAY!

-EWH

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

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83
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
108 tasting notes

Fruit teas tend to be a little to sweet for me. But not Paris. Tried this one for the first time this morning and my taste buds did a little dance. I am always impressed how light and peaceful Harney & Son’s flavored teas are.

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