Harney & Sons

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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88

Second tea of the morning…. (SRP #39)

We are at the end of my malty tea with hints of bacon and light smoke! I may get more one day, but it is time to get a handle on my stash. Farewell, Hunan Golden Twist. You make an awesome breakfast tea!

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Farewell love of her life…ah….so sad…..

TeaBrat

I don’t see it on their site right now anyway.

SimplyJenW

It is under China Black Teas…

TeaBrat

Thanks, I could have sworn I just looked there. :)

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88

Tea of the morning….AKA Hard Core Black of the day…

I cannot get past needing a good cup of black tea in the morning. It is a good thing, because I have a serious backlog of black tea to drink. (I know someone around here called their tea stash a backlog, rather than an overabundance…)

I do really like this one. The leaves are long and twisted with golden tips. The liquor has a bit of red to it, but mostly amber colored. Definite notes of honey and malt. Maybe the slightest hint of smoke. It is on my chopping block…..I am not replacing it right away, if at all, but it is too good on its own to add it into my Franken-Breakfast Blend. I only have about an ounce left, but I will enjoy it!

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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88

Second tea of the morning……

I tried this one as an afternoon tea yesterday, but it just did not go as well as it does when I have it in the morning. It must be the smokey notes of bacon! Definitely smokier than the Wild Wuyi Black I just had, and very good. I will just have to make sure I keep it as a morning tea! I am not really wanting to rehome this one, because I think it is different enough from others that I have to keep it on the shelf.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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88

Hello 500! And tea of the afternoon……

I owe the consumption of this tea to the lovely ashmanra. She sent me a sample a while ago, and that is the reason this tea made it onto my most recent Harney order. Thank you, again!

Love this….cocoa, honey, slight smoke, and yes, I still get bacon. Yum!

Steeped in the teapot by the usual way…..

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

Happy 500 tasting notes! I just hit 400 today myself.

TeaBrat

I need to catch up to you guys… :)

teawing

Impressive!

Fairyfli

wow that is alot of tastes! Congrats! What are your favorites from harney?

SimplyJenW

Thanks! I have lots of favorites at Harney. Hot Cinnamon Spice (Black and Herbal), Lychee, Vanilla Black, Valentine’s Blend, Keemun Mao Feng, Queen Catherine, Black Currant, Tower of London, Earl Grey Supreme, Golden Snail……

CHAroma

Congratulations!!

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88

Tea of the afternoon….courtesy of ashmanra. (Thank you…this is really good!)

I am now craving bacon. Seriously, this tea has quite the bacon notes going. Not the smokey bacon notes, or mapley bacon notes, but just bacon. I do also get the raisiny/honey taste in the front notes. Yum! Isn’t it so cool how one plant can result in so many wonderful tastes? This is going on the shopping list for sure, but I need to pare down my stash of black teas a bit before buying more.

Steeped by the usual parameters…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Glad you ike it! The first time I tried it, I was really baffled by it and couldn’t decide whether I liked it. The second time…different story, I was taken with it! You are the second person to mention bacon in regards to this tea! :)

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71

I sip this in the mornings at work with a bit of honey in it. Give me something warm to chase away the viruses without to much caffeine to make me jittery. I use the hot water spout on our coffee maker at work, I don’t boil. I didn’t experience the “overpowering” orange scent mentioned in one of the comments. I also don’t reuse the tea bags as mentioned in another comment. I don’t think it’s too bitter—am not a fan of bitter drinks and I like this tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Lychee by Harney & Sons
2042 tasting notes

Lychee, you’re next! Last of my re-stocked Harney teas, except for Paris, which I already blew threw and no longer have in my cupboard. Again, this is still my favorite lychee black tea, despite having tasted a few of them by now. Harney often does a single fruit-flavored black tea so well! This tastes like ripe, lovely lychees, and once again the base is substantial but not too robust. Love!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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90
drank Lychee by Harney & Sons
2042 tasting notes

I find myself unexpectedly at home this afternoon, because there was an armed robbery on campus this morning, so they made everyone on campus go home. One of the benefits is that I got to open my package from Harney & Sons that was delivered this morning! It is kind of amazing to get that much tea in one package, because I haven’t made that large of an order in a long time. I am so happy to finally restock some of my favorites. So, what to drink first? You might have thought that with my recent rose fixation I would have gone for Rose Scented first, but I decided to go Lychee. It has natural rosy notes anyway, plus a bit of fruit. Apparently I last had this tea in October of 2011, so it’s been a while coming!

Mm, delish! Lovely lychee and a solid and interesting chinese black tea base. Glad I restocked on this one for sure. Now, with a 4oz tin, I will have enough for a long time (at the rate at which I drink my teas!)

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

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90
drank Lychee by Harney & Sons
2042 tasting notes

I was going to go with a post-lunch green oolong—one of my untried ones from thepuriTea perhaps—but I felt like the lingering flavor in my mouth and scent on my fingers of the blood orange I had with lunch might skew my tasting. I wanted to go for something a bit more robust and fruity, so as I was going through my samples this one jumped out at me. Also I was making a “standard panel” tea board on Pinterest so that I can remember what teas I really want to always have in my cupboard and I wanted to try this one again, though I’m pretty sure this is a keeper anyway. I realize I could probably just look at my tea ratings list and go for the highest-rated teas, and it’s not like I’m going to easily forget my favorite teas, but I really wanted a separate list and there’s not really something that would serve that function here on Steepster.

Anyway, I love lychees and I love this tea. I want to go buy a big bag of lychees, and maybe I’ll stop at the asian grocery this weekend and do it. The base of this tea is just a perfect compliment as well. Yum.

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

Oh, I am so stealing your “Standard Panel of Teas” board idea!

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90
drank Lychee by Harney & Sons
2042 tasting notes

I just had to try this one cold-steeped right away. Delish! This one will have to be on my list to pick up next time I’m in Soho. Oh I so love lychees, and now I want some lychee candy. I guess it’s time to make a trip to the asian grocery store!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
sarai

This sounds lovely! I’ve been trying to find a really good lychee tea for a while now so I will definitely keep an eye out for this one.

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90
drank Lychee by Harney & Sons
2042 tasting notes

Another sample from SimplyJenW! So glad I get to try this; I love lychee fruit, but I haven’t had a lychee black tea before! My first thought when I smelled the dried leaf was “Mmm, lychee fruit!” But the scent wasn’t overpowering. And even though I distinctly identified it as lychee, I don’t think I ever noticed how much lychees smell like rose. I guess that’s probably why I like them so much.

The lychee aroma stayed niced and strong in the brewed tea, backed with a nice, rounded black tea base. And the tea definitely delivers in the flavor: a good, robust lychee flavor (which comes with a healthy dose of rosey-ness), with a pleasant, smooth black tea base that compliments the lychee well but is still a major player in it’s own right. Mm, this is definitely one I’ll have to keep around!

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

I love this one….. I am so glad you like this, too!

ashmanra

I liked this one enough that it is sitting in my cart! I also have Jen to thank!

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drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
974 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon…..

Yayyyy! Samples from Dinosara. How lucky am I ? Anyway, this one has been on my wish list for ages. I was intrigued by the lemon/caramel, and the reviews that said the tea was reminiscent of Earl Grey. I do get the lemon in the top notes, and the caramel in the later notes. It is like a light, but richer version of EG, but not like EG. The Indian tea base is very smooth..and I saw some serious green leaves in there! This is so going on my shopping list. What a lovely blend of flavors. Thank you so much for sending this one to me! I even had some of it kind of cold and it was still very tasty.

Steeped by the usual way!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
The Purrfect Cup

I thought it was a very strong tea. But I did like the lemon/caramel flavor I picked up in it. I made it iced for the gal that owns the shop across the street. She loved it the way I made it. I think I might try it hot tomorrow. Maybe it’s one I just don’t enjoy iced.

gmathis

Haven’t had this in ages, but I have good memories of it!

Dinosara

Glad you like it! I was suprrised how much I really enjoyed it.

ashmanra

Arch! I want this one, too! I have heard great things about it!

Dinosara

ashmanra, I can send you a sample if you want! (I have more tea than I know what to do with right now, lol.)

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I’m in search of the ultimate jasmine, and I like art teas, although the ultimate doesn’t have to be one. This one was far too vegetal for my tastes. Too much like fresh-cut grass. I tried it three times to make sure it wasn’t just a mood. Meant to return it but didn’t in time. I’m going to take it to school so others can enjoy the individually wrapped little packets.

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