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I simply do not often reach for this tea, not because it is a particularly bad offering, but rather of the other options available that I’d rather enjoy. The leaves are a mix of brown and dark green, characteristic of a typical first flush darjeeling. The nose of the dry tea is actually very pleasant, however the tea brews relatively light and I have yet to experience something noteworthy when sipping this tea. I think this can be equated to a reasonable first flush offering, commendable but not noteworthy.
Purchased this in my first ever H & S order and SO glad that I did!
What a lovely bancha base with an amazing caramel flavor!
Yes sweet but as others have said not too sweet but really if you are one to typically add sweetener to your tea I don’t believe you will have to with this so at least give it a couple of sips before adding by nature.
I do not get the sesame as much as others have – only slightly – but I am one to sit and eat sesame seeds like a snack just plain lol so maybe I am desensitized!
Although this is caramel flavored I totally taste fruits in this tea.
Love it. So happy that I included it in my small but awesome order!
I am sending a sample to Amanda to enjoy as well! :)
well done for sure. this tea is rich, black, and really warming. it reminds me of a brisk fall night sitting outside a cafe in…well paris haha. I was there last summer and this tea reminds me of the small cafes that line the streets; small, cozy, homey, and interesting. The notes are a whole lot of bergamot, candied fruit, Anise and a Mild citrus. its got a surprisingly creamy taste without even adding milk. Imagine a bolder and deeper Earl Grey that has lemon zest, a dash of cream, faintly tasting candied apples and a splash of vanilla and cinnamon and you have Paris. Its perfect for fall and winter and a great alternative to a morning cup of coffee.
Time for a quick spot of tea while I wait for my ride and the 1.5 hour drive to the airport for the 4 hour flight to Ottawa. It seems fitting that I’m visiting the capital for the first time on Thanksgiving, when I’m grateful for this new job and new path in life.
Anyway, I love this tea. Today I had it with 1.5 teaspoons of sugar and some soy milk. I find soy milk makes my teas feel creamier, and I need less sugar. (Remember, my mug can hold 24 oz of yummy, delicious tea.) I think the vanilla notes come out more in this version. I’ll need the caffeine of this black tea to hold me up till I can sleep on the plane.
Oh, gotta run! See ya!
I first tried Paris at a friend’s house last year in the spring. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. So when I found it at Chapters, the tin definitely came home with me.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve brewed up a bagged tea at home. It almost felt like I was cheating on my beloved loose leaf tea! In the tin, it does smell like cherry cough syrup as another reviewer said. But I like cherry scent, so that didn’t throw me off. Brewed, it reminds me of a gentler version of Earl Grey. As much as I love Earl Grey, I sometimes find it too astringent so this is wonderful. I barely pick up the fruit accents but there are there. For a bagged tea, Paris is excellent!
When I found out that Harney & Sons had a 7-year old, compressed green tea, I had to buy it.
I know this tea is not a Pu-erh, so I am not expecting the characteristic earthiness of one.
The leaves were tightly compressed, and arrived in a tin, pre broken into medium-sized chunks. These leaves had lots of color to them. There were pale green ones with white hairs, dark green leaves, and light green leaves together. The unwashed leaves smelled very sweet, and very floral. The washed leaves smelled more brisk. Slightly earthy, but still sweet. Their color still showed through that first wash. The leaves after steeping expanded quite a bit, and were more uniform in color. They smelled nutty, grassy, and not sweet nor floral anymore. It had also lost its earthiness.
The brewed tea was a beautiful golden-yellow with a hint of green. There was also a honey-sweet, nutty aroma, similar to that of cornbread.
I thought that the earthiness had left, but it showed up in this steeping. It was welcomed, as it went well with the floral notes. This tea was slightly brisk, with a sweet finish. If a green tea and a Pu-er were blended together, I’m sure it would taste something like this.
This cuppa was more sweet. Very sweet actually. Both the smell and flavor were light- no briskness at all. The aftertaste was very floral, and pleasant.
This steeping was the most floral of them all. It retained all the sweetness from the second brewing, and still smelled a bit nutty. All earthiness was gone at this point.
This tea is wonderful. My favorite from Harney & Sons so far. It evolved greatly with each brew, and became very sweet. I’m going to save some pieces of this cake to age. I hope those pieces turn out good as well!
This is my last Harney and Sons sample that Russel, from Harney and Sons, had sent me. I must say that this is my favorite! This is my first experience with drinking Oolong, but I doubt that it will be my last.
I brewed the Ti Quan Yin to 195 degrees fahrenheit. These tea leaves were neatly rolled up into tiny balls. I was amazed at how much they expanded after the leaves were steeped.
I steeped it for approximately four minutes. The aroma has a lovely floral scent. The liquor was a light yellow/gold to a medium gold. The taste was a fresh taste that reminds me of green tea with a floral taste that isn’t overpowering. I also tasted a slight vegetal flavor but there is a sweetness that balances it out. This was a smooth cup that I really enjoyed. I would recommend it.
I would like to thank Russel from Harney and Sons for sending me this sample. I really appreciate it!
I will start this review by noting that I am not a big fan of smokey qualities in my food. From BBQ to tea, it sticks in my throat for some reason; needless to say, I am not a Lapsang Souchong drinker. However!, I really did enjoy this tea :)
I bought it for my boyfriend who loves a Lapsang (also from Harney) and who was looking for a nice breakfast tea. I decided to take the dive this morning and try it. First, this tea has a terrific body, great feel and really “fills” your mouth with each sip. I really enjoyed how warm it made me feel (and no, not because it was hot). The steeped leaves had a aroma that was a bit too intense for me, but was pleasantly surprised how the smell of “camp fire” did not translate to taste in its full strength. I did not add any milk or sweetener, and really didn’t feel the need. I do drink my breakfast tea with milk (typically) but decided to forego dampening the true taste. I believe I could have steeped it a bit longer, and still enjoyed myself. While this is certainly not my favorite style, I think my like of the smoke undertone is maturing. I recommend this to anyone who seeks a full breakfast tea, with a great round character, and a nice tease of several Chinese black tea features.
Tea of the morning….. and (SRP #49)
It has been almost a whole month since I destashed something. Schedules have been weird, as they are over Summer break, and it has just been easier to grab favorites. This is a sample I received from JacquelineM quite some time ago. (Thank you!) Now it goes out with a bang….a whole decadent pot of this tea. It is probably my favorite Golden Monkey by taste, but the frugal gal in me also pays some attention to price, and this one is pricey for my pocketbook. However, it is worth it, too. Once I cut down on the amount of general China black tea in my cupboard, I will probably buy this one. I also like that for me, it requires less sweetener than others!
Usual teapot method. Resteep coming up!
So this will be my first note on this tea, and the first one in quite some time (as school has been dragging me down). I say this will be my first post because I will need to brew this again some time. I made a big boo boo: I forgot that I had made tea and steeped this for what must have been 10-15 minutes. It has brewed up quite dark and some of the more subtle aromas I remember from my last cup have vanished. I have to say this is one of my favorite teas, normally, and the extreme tannic quality it has taken on after this excessive steep time have not entirely ruined it. This first flush still holds up, albeit is a bit overwhelmed. I still get the typical Darjeeling qualities, but not as nuanced as you would expect. I look forward to finishing my last cup (only a teaspoon or so of leaves left) and posting on it.
I picked this up over the weekend from the Millerton shop. I had a tin of regular Paris, but I have no idea where it got to. I might have gifted it to a friend or sent it out in swaps. Anyway I picked the decaf version up because I’ve been getting migraines again and this time I know it’s not from the gluten (as I’ve cut it completely). My doc’s suggestion cut back and try a few decaf cups of tea.
Now I’m still allowed my regular tea…but not the 6-8 cups I was having a day. More like 2 cups…but all the decaf I want…fun. This is only a test, I repeat only a test…thankfully. So I picked this up, because I was determined to have GOOD decaf tea! I can tell you I really don’t notice a huge difference at all. The same fruity flavor, the same everything. So it’s easy to forget that it happens to be decaf.
This is one of the samples I got today from TeaEqualsBliss, thanks so much to her. I LOVE cranberries and I’ve had good luck with Harney’s flavored teas so far so I was excited about this one. It’s very good. The black tea is smooth and the flavors are light, but they’re strong enough to let you know they’re there while remaining natural tasting. The cranberry is stronger than the orange, and there’s definitely some cranberry tartness (which is why I love cranberries so). Good stuff, now I gotta try Boston. Thanks, TeaEqualsBliss!
This tea looks like Pine Needles! I am also told that this tea has a vegetal aroma and taste to it. If it tastes like Taiping Hou Kui, I’m sure I’ll love this tea.
The dry leaves are very thin, and deep green. They are also very delicate- the slightest touch of one of these leaves could brake it in 3 pieces. They smelled sweet, and floral. The wet leaves had the smell and consistency of cooked Spinach. I even noticed a very slight sulfuric aroma, as in cooked broccoli or cabbage. This tea, just by the leaves, was very vegetal indeed.
The brewed tea smelled of buttered Brussels Sprouts, which I happen to like (I know! How strange!) The color was a hue of lime green, but very clear. I could mistake this for a vegetable base in a soup. The taste was vegetal, and almost savory. However, this tea was also slightly sweet, and it reminded me of Sugarsnap Peas. How much vegetables have I mentioned so far?
This tea is very different in character to Taiping Hou Kui, which is more sweet, and less vegetal. Also, this tea is more robust. The taste does not change very much between steeps either. This tea still succeeds in pleasing the palate.
This tea was being offered for tasting at the Soho location, otherwise I doubt I would have selected it on my own. Nonetheless I was pleasantly surprised.
The leaves are drier and more needle-like than most Japanese greens, keeping with the motif of many Chinese greens. The brew is lighter than I expected, and tints yellow, with a pleasant and soothing aroma reminiscent of yellow teas. In fact, the aroma is rather more complex (and subtle) than most other green teas I have tried.
The taste is smooth, an oasis between a sweet white like the Ceylong Silver Tips and the highly vegetal Heavenly Gyokuro. The flavor has doppelganger properties – when you think vegetal it is apparent; when you think light sweetness, it is apparent. Hence there is something here for fruit and vegetable lovers.
Steeping time: 3.5 minutes
Temperature: 176 degrees F
This was a free sample that came with my order, so thank you Harney & Sons!
This sample tea was in a sachet. However, I could still see the individual leaves. They were cut, so there were no full green tea leaves. Also, the picking and processing region in China was not specified. Upon opening the sample, I got a very wonderful Margarita-like aroma. It smelled like lime.
It smelled just like the dried leaves- like a margarita. The color of the brew was a yellowish-green, and bits of tea and herb dust fell to the bottom of the cup. It was very citrusy, and tasted as if lemongrass were somewhere in the blend. This tea wasn’t too bad, although I think I would prefer it as an iced beverage. There really isn’t a very green tea flavor in this tea. The typical green tea flavor is overcome by the Ginko and citrus. I would have liked more green tea, or perhaps a stronger one.
I’m glad I got this one for free, as I would not have been satisfied paying for it.
I can’t believe this is a decaf tea! My husband can’t believe there really aren’t cookies baking at 11pm at night! Silly hubbins. But this time around I really, really smell the vanilla and it does smell a little like yummy vanilla sugar cookies! The taste is rich and sweet. But not too sweet. It just has a really nice balance between the black tea and vanilla. Perfect end to one of the first real Fall days we’ve had here in NY.
My second cup of tea today…second of many. I opted for this one as I find it pretty calming and I needed that today on my lovely (and now super rainy) day off. I spent the morning doing a little laundry and watching episode one of season 2 of Sherlock. Thank you Netflix! I also needed the sweet calming vanilla tea to remind me that not all the Sherlock fandom is off their rocker. Sherlock didn’t win a thing at the Emmy’s last night and that seemed to set 95% of the fandom off on a rip…YIKES!
I was bummed out, but they were nominated…so that is something! ANYWAY this tea is a lovely vanilla flavor that always seems to settle and relax me. Perfect for rainy day lounging. Now off to shop!
Starting my Monday off with this tea. I was not feeling well this morning…long story after one of our cats was locked on the porch and showed her disgust with that… So I wanted something light to quiet my tummy. I know you might be thinking, this tea to quiet your tummy? But it does seem to be working. I made it with maybe a teaspoon in a 6oz cup so it’s just enough to taste but not too vanilla to turn my tummy more.
While visiting the Millerton shop yesterday I was in the tasting room faced with the daunting task of selecting my second tea to try from the wall of 300! So I asked one of the ladies behind the counter what she would suggest in decaf black tea. This was her first choice which a few others quickly agreed with.
I have to say the vanilla smell of the dry leaf sold me long before I even tasted the tea! I really wanted to eat the leaves they smelled that good! (I did not) But when the tea had been properly steeped I took my first sip and was in love. A few other tasters even asked for a sniff of my tea. :) The flavor is nice and light and very soothing. It made me forget all about the storm outside.