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87
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
676 tasting notes

Thank you Ashmanra for this lovely sample tea!

Cranberry and Almond flavors it says in the Harney & Son’s notes.
Fall is coming. In fact, this is the LAST DAY OF SUMMER!

Am I the only one who packed up the tank tops, shorts and white jeans this weekend? It’s a frigid 84 degrees out ;) so I thought I’d get ready for the cold weather with a splendid Fall tea.

Since this was my morning wake-up tea, I added cream and sweetening.
Some flavored tea’s speak to me. “Add a little something, Bonnie, you know you want to.” And I can’t resist.
(There are tea’s that I never add anything to ever, ever, ever!)

I liked the cranberry flavor which was just like chewing on the plump dry cranberry’s that I used to get from Trader Joe’s. Tart and sweet. The almond didn’t taste like almond in a distinct way. I couldn’t tell it was there as a nutty flavor, but it carried the cranberry along by giving depth to the tea so that it didn’t taste too fruity or thin. What I’m trying to say poorly is, the almond gave a cranberry chewy granola flavor to the tea. There.

Come on Fall! We’re ready for the display of color!

BoxerMama

It is a frigid 91 degrees here!

ashmanra

90 F here, so the tank tops and shorts will have to stay out for another couple of months!

Indigobloom

oh my this sounds yummy!

Bonnie

Go back to sleep bloom…you’re sick!

tigress_al

As much as I love fall, I want to hold on to summer for just a little bit longer. It is still mostly warm enough here.
I need to try this tea, I have received a sample!

Indigobloom

LOL can’t!! tooo much to do. Oi!

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62

I had this tea at a Barnes & Noble. I was looking to buy the opera “Atys” on Blu-Ray. Sadly, it was more expensive than I thought, so I’ll have to resort to Amazon.

Leaf Quality:
Though in Sachets, the leaves were entirely loose. I couldn’t see any pomegranate, but definitely smelled it. I assume the dried leaves were scented by the pomegranate, rather than thrown in with pomegranate chunks. It smelled nice.

Brewed Tea:
The color of the brew was a pale yellow. It smelled like a flavored candy, like PEZ to me. I was hesitant at first, with the smell. However, the tea proved to be much better than the scent itself. I did notice that much of the floral attributes of Ti Guan Yin (Ti Kuan Yin) had been lost to the pomegranate flavoring. That is what mostly threw me off. Aside from that, this tea wasn’t too bad. It isn’t my favorite from Harney & Sons, though.

I think I’ll try it iced next time. It should be more refreshing as an iced tea on a summer’s day.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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92

I’ve about finished my first tin of this tea. It’s a fine Darjeeling with all the qualities I love in a Darjeeling. I like it with a tea spoon of sugar to mellow out the woodiness. It’s brisk, but not too brisk that it would need milk. It has the light Darjeeling like floral notes that I associate with first flushes. As it turns out there is some first flush in the blend. I could drink this one on a regular basis.

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

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82

This tea has a definite apple taste to it, but you really have to look for the cinnamon flavor. One nice thing is you can actually taste the black tea base. It is a rich black tea flavor, the scent actually reminds me of pipe tobacco in a pleasant way. This is a great morning tea. Nothing too fancy but good for those who like their flavored black teas.

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

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85
drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
100 tasting notes

Ohhh, I love this tea. I think it’s the best green I’ve tried so far. It has a light flavor; I sweeten it so I didn’t realize it was sweet on its own. Tokyo is wonderful to drink after the evening meal for a palate refresher and to set you in the mood for the rest of the night. The flavors of caramel and sesame are exotic and delicious. The flavor of the green tea comes through nicely. All around great tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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42

Strong cinnamon flavor kind of like Red Hots candy, though not quite as overpowering like I expected. Didn’t find the black tea flavor to come through much at all. It’s quite sweet without any additional sweetener.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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23

This was a tea I wanted to like very badly. I tried hard, but who was I kidding? I hate spicy cinnamon flavor. I do kind of enjoy the smell though.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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83

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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12
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
21 tasting notes

My mistake was that I thought Harney & Sons Citron Green tea was renamed Tropical Green. Not a fan of the strong pineapple flavor with a green tea. Friends of mine have loved this flavor, though.

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

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85
drank Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
21 tasting notes

I will always have a soft spot for this flavor, since it was the first hot tea I remember drinking. Can’t compare it to other Earl Grey teas, but this is a tea I enjoy having on hand. I really love it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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71

I love jasmine, but one sachet wasn’t strong enough for me. Would be terrific for anyone who enjoys a more mild-medium jasmine flavored green tea.

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

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86

Thanks Ashmanra for this sample tea!

My experience with Harney & Son’s Tea is almost ‘0’. I think the only one I’ve had is Paris and that’s it. (Maybe one other that was a teabag…can’t remember.)

When Ashmanra wanted to send me some tea in exchange for the Lapsang Souchong (and some other tea’s) I was sending her, I took advantage of the Harney’s in her cupboard. “Now’s my chance!”, I said to myself!

In the beginning (tea bible), I drank lots of flavored tea’s, mostly from Davids and a few other brands. That was so much fun even though I had to wait for the shipments to arrive from Canada.
Then, I looked at the top of the Tea list on Steepster and noticed several companies that were repeatedly mentioned for quality and began trying them out. Pretty soon, I had more unflavored tea than flavored. What a switch!

This morning, instead of a Black tea or Assam or Pu-erh to charge me for the day, I picked up a flavored tea (something I haven’t done for awhile).

I was kind of excited about trying Tower of London, which seemed like having dessert for breakfast!

I didn’t even taste the tea without sweetening it first. Bah! I know what I like!
My first taste was creamy smooth and a bit like an Earl Grey, somewhat reminiscent of Paris with a splash of vanilla. The flavor was like French Pastry and I liked it.
I carefully added some cream which gave the tea an even more intense pastry aire.

What a lovely way to begin the day with the end of Summer just ahead. We’ll soon be putting away our whites and pastels until next year.
I had my light, sweet dessert tea along with a baguette, butter and some berries in a bowl. All perfect for beginning my day with a smile!

Bonnie

Oh Dear, come to think of it, one of my ancestors was locked up in the Tower of London I believe. Poor Mary Stuart!

tunes&tea

Just saw a piece on Mary on PBS, cant’t remember what series it was from though.

ashmanra

Glad you liked it!

Joshua Smith

Wow, I actually visited the tower in June, and heard all about the post-Henry VIII drama. It’s kinda neat that you can trace your family back like that, and actually have interesting historical figure in your family tree.

Bonnie

Well, it’s only because when they came from Scotland they stayed put for a little while. One group to Nova Scotia in 1802 then 1903 to San Francisco the other to another part of Canada then 1898 San Francisco, and one directly to San Francisco early 1800’s. The Stuart link went to Minneapolis (looking for Verdant Tea I guess) then to San Francisco 1901. This made it easy to trace. My children are half African American and I’ve tried to get as much information as possible about their family background. I love my culturally diverse family, Hispanic, Greek, Asian, Native American, African American, Scots.
A bunch of Scot’s who went WEST and survived the 1906 Earthquake in San Francisco too.

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90

Today was a hot suny day and my girlfriend and I wanted a really refreshing drink, luckily she has this tisane and since I prefere tisanes iced I prepared a big jar oth this stuff. It was quite easy: a big perfect teamaker full with boilling water and 3 spoons of is tisane, purr it into a jar fully of ice and that’s it. That can be easier, right?

Well, I can tell this is a really nice cold tisane, the flavor is a mixture but you can taste oranges, apples, maybe pear and a really refreshing hibiscus base that ties all together. Definetly a more sofisticated cool beverage than a can of soda. I recommend enjoying it with company or alone in a warm day.

Oh BTW, you should add sugar when brewing this since it’s easier to dissolve it while hot.

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

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73
drank Moroccan Mint by Harney & Sons
39 tasting notes

Since this is a ubiquitous species of tea I’ll just note that the H&S version is a solid, go to Moroccan Mint, but I have noticed the blend to vary from batch to batch (at least those that I’ve purchased). Not a bad thing, per say. The mint flavor and aroma in my current tin are somewhat subtle but discernible. This is a nice tea after a meal. I will say however that I do prefer Mary’s version at Chaiwalla Tea House in Salisbury, CT.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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80

Thanks to Nicole for this sample

This is the first Darjeeling I have tried. I am not sure what notes I am supposed to pick up on, but this tea is smooth with a little bit of astingency. I am not picking up the typical black tea base, but that is likely because it is a decaf.

As Nicole mentioned in her note, I am sure this would make a great iced tea!

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

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1150 tasting notes

This makes a delicious cold brew, and convenient with those tea bags. Great for the summer!

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1150 tasting notes

This is one good vanilla decaf, it is just a tad sweet. But not too sweet. I am not sure what temp I steeped it at though. I miss my variable temp kettle at home.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1150 tasting notes

4 minutes is definitely the way to go with this tea. It doesn’t have time to get astringent in 4 minutes. I really enjoyed this cuppa this afternoon!
And yay! I picked up a tin of satchets from chapters the other day so I will still have some after my loose leaf sample from Will work for tea is finished!

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1150 tasting notes

Finishing off my sample week with a good one! This is a really old sample from Will work for Tea
It i just as good as I remember. However, I am getting a smidgen of an astringency. Maybe I will steep with less than boiling water next time or less than 5 minutes and see how that goes.

I thoroughly enjoy this delicious decaf vanilla though!
I wonder if I could find this blend at Chapters or something?

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1150 tasting notes

Thanks to Will Work For Tea for this sample

Wow, this is smooth! This is sweet, creamy, and with great vanilla flavour (vanilla is one of my fav flavours). This is a truly great blend. The black tea base doesn’t come through too much…….

Wait a minute……reading other reviews and I realize: this is a DECAF? WHAT? No wonder I couldn’t taste the black base too much…lol. This is way too good to be a decaf. This is the best decaf I have ever tasted. I might have to make a Harneys order one day and this tea will certainly be on it!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

there are a couple of H&S teas that can be found at chapters and wililams and sonoma as well heh

gmathis

You’ll see lots of rave reviews around here for VC!

Will Work For Tea

I think I like it so much because it is decaf! :)

tigress_al

Ya, they used to have Paris at my local Chapters. I never did pick it up because I had so much tea already. And then I tried some samples, and really liked it. I went back to Chapters to pick it up, and it was no longer there….oops, shoulda picked it up when I had the chance.

Yep, decaf, this will be great to enjoy later in the day when I really want black tea, but not all the caffeine!

ashmanra

Yep, I buy this me by the pound!

Amanda

I’m lucky enough to have this at my local grocery store. I have read all the rave reviews, but i need me some caffeine, although i’m convinced it has no effect on me. Your review may just push me to getting some. Thanks!

jordy22

does this tea have calories?

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34

I was at Barnes & Noble and the selection was limited, so this was my choice. I’m not usually a fan of fruity teas, so I don’t know why I was hoping this one would be different.

I found this to be entirely too sweet. Both the cranberry and orange were cloying to the point of nearly gagging me.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
408 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
408 tasting notes

She’s fruity today, and I keep wanting to describe this like a red wine, so here you go: there’s a strong tannic backbone, and some dryness as I swish around my mouth, but not as much as you’d expect from the strength. I’m getting an impression of stone fruit, but nothing really distinct – maybe plums? Cherries? And a bit of dark honey flavor too. This is a little on the dark/dry side at first, but well-balanced by sweetness overall.

It continues to be a good morning kick-in-the-pants tea to drink straight. I should really try it with milk sometime too.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Plunkybug

Maybe I should try this one again…

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
408 tasting notes

I was tempted by Harney’s most recent promotion to pick up one of their new “Ambessa” teas, along with a couple others that had been on my shopping list for awhile.I’m not assigning a numerical rating yet because I’ve been away from Steepster for quite awhile and will have ot remind myself how Queen C compares to everything else I’ve tried :)

Steeped at work, with a rounded teaspoon in a ~8oz mug, I think I got lucky right off the bat – from others’ descriptions this might be easy to oversteep, but I’m finding it quite drinkable plain (yay!).

Very smooth, I’m not getting a lot of smoke though there is a dryness that reminds me of smoke; the taste is sweet, but the flavor reminds me of more savory things in general – buttered popcorn? Salted caramel? Clearly, more experimentation is required!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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