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90
drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
30 tasting notes

The music is playing and my dancing shoes are tied. I’m ready to move. There are certain things in life that just simply thrive in combination. Cheese and wine being one. Laurel and Hardy are another. How about black tea combined with black currant?

Stick your nose in a canister of Harney and Sons’ black currant and you’re quickly engaged with a strong, berry-like scent. Taste this tea and you are experiencing a certain harmony. Black currant, which first originated in Tibet and later brought into Europe, provides a tart, slightly sour taste. When combined with the black tea, an inviting balance is met. The strong nature of the black tea with the tart notes of the black currant dance in lock step. Too many flavored black teas on the market have their flavoring overwhelm the tea. Not so here. Harney and Sons uses the black currant as a tasteful, nuanced enhancement. Never is the black currant overpowering. This is well executed.

For those that like lemon in their black tea, this black currant can make a nice, milder alternative. Less acidic and less sour than lemon, yet still exhibiting a well-mannered tartness. This is one of my favorite flavored-black teas. Now, excuse me while I sip some more and waltz.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
67 tasting notes

I absolutely loved this tea.. I was smoking a vogue cigarette feeling the Paris vibe and drank up this.. First thing, I love the smoothness of this tea.. you can deffinately taste Paris.. the streets, the people ( not literally :p ) and it literally tasted like Paris. I love the fruit in it, it’s not too sweet.. just perfect on it’s own.. I’ll have it with milk next time I make a cup of this, I just need to stop gulping it down so quick!

Itsyknits

why can I never spell definitely????

TeaBrat

I love this one too!

Tegan Fyretyde

theoatmeal helped me with my spelling problems, including the word definitely http://theoatmeal.com/comics/misspelling

Itsyknits

Ill have to check that out.

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51
drank Thai Rooibos by Harney & Sons
174 tasting notes

I bought this because I fell in love with the Bangkok Green Tea that H&S has and I’ve been looking for a good rooibos. Unfortunately it doesn’t quite live up to my expectations. When I first opened the tin I was immediately blasted by the scent of cinnamon. I like cinnamon but I know that it can quickly overtake anything else it is paired with. That is more or less the case with this. I can taste the red rooibos, cinnamon, a decent kick of the ginger but barely even a hint of the coconut. The cinnamon definitely takes the show in this one and I tried adding some peppermint to help cool down the cinnamon, and it did help a little. As much as I want to love this I do not think I will be buying more when I run out, there are better flavored rooibos out there.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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58

As someone without much experience with the gunpowder variety of green, I decided to play some Russian roulette and brew up a batch. After spinning the cylinder and smelling the brew, one word comes to mind: smoky! The scent reminds me of a freshly extinguished campfire. This is not a warm and cozy aroma! On the outset, this bold scent has me concerned. I don’t want my tea tasting like an ashtray.

Upon sipping, I’m pleasantly surprised. This green has a fairly-strong, earthy taste. Subtlety-hidden is a honey-like hint. But that is quickly forgotten when a more smoky flavor comes barreling in. After a few cups, the blood is definitely rushing to the head. Be prepared, this is a tea that unquestionably has a strong caffeine content.

Harney and Sons describe this as a “a good everyday green tea”. I disagree. As an everyday green tea, I want something sweeter, softer, and less offending. Only some sort of adrenaline junkie would want this daily. Occasionally, for a smoky-mature jolt, this tea may work. I stumble out of this game of Russian roulette shaken, but alive to see another day.

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

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90
drank Snow Dragon by Harney & Sons
174 tasting notes

Backlogged from this morning.

I really enjoy the way this smells dry, very fresh and crisp. Wet it smells more like cooked greens. Taste is superb, very fresh and crisp with slight cooked greens and the aftertaste has an almost minty quality to it. It reminds me of an early morning in spring with dew on the grass and the earth is slightly damp from the night before. Bumping the rating up a little.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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90
drank Snow Dragon by Harney & Sons
174 tasting notes

First opening it and smelling it, it smells like fresh air on a nice spring day. I can’t get over it, I love the way it smells dry. After brewing it the smell changes and becomes more earthy, not grassy, there is a little bit of the cooked greens smell, but not a lot, still very light. It doesn’t taste like a traditional green tea, and I like that. It taste like it smells: fresh, clean, and slightly earthy. Definitely making a few more cups out of this today.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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95

This is… I can’t believe.. I… ack, this tea is beyond words!!!
Smoky and floral and rich, sweet and malty and bold… all balanced so perfectly that whoever crafted this must have used scales imported from Zeus.
Big thank you to SimplyJen for the generous sample!!!!!!!!
This is actually the second time I’ve had a cuppa. My first was so overwhelming that I truly had no idea how to pen a review. I still feel that way now, but am managing to push through it.
The first cup I had with milk, and it went so well together… but this time, the balance felt ruined by a spot of dairy so I kept it naked. No additions required! I think because I used a little less leaf this time.
Funny, I’m not usually one to go for blended teas. I suppose there is an exception to everything!
thank you again SimplyJen! you rock!!

SimpliciTEA

I love the “I… ack”! It reminds me of the cartoon strip, Bloom County, I think it was called (here in the states, at least)? I think the author of the strip would sometimes use that expression for the cat?

Indigobloom

Hmmm I don’t know it SimpliciTea! but if I ever see it, you can be sure I’ll think of you :)

SimpliciTEA

I just searched the web, and here he is: Bill the Cat!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_the_Cat

I invite you to check out his most spoken sentiments mentioned in the first paragraph!

Angrboda

_This is… I can’t believe.. I… ack, this tea is beyond words!!! _

I love it when we get that reaction. :D

Indigobloom

ahh yes, maybe I have seen it before! though I never followed it. Perhaps I subconciously stole the Ack! haha

Indigobloom

Angroboda: hehe yes, isn’t that the best feeling ever?! I’ve been thinking about this tea for ages, every time I saw it in the reviews it sounded like something I’d like, but I just couldn’t picture how it’d taste… and now I’ve tried it, wow the reviews are so spot on!

SimpliciTEA

I too, am glad this tea knocked your socks off. I just checked out it’s listing on Steepster: 139 tasting notes! This must indeed be an amazing tea. I also like that they replace their standard symbol on the tin with one of Queen Katherine! This tea is definitely on my radar.

SimpliciTEA

Oh, and btw, I was not at all implying that you stole the …ack, I was merely thinking that great minds think alike!

Indigobloom

SimpliciTea, if you ever get yer hands on it, I guarantee it will be like nothing you’ve ever had before. oh and since I don’t carry much of any tea at one time I am thinking of trying to replicate it by mixing my own. We’ll see how that works! haha
I know you didn’t think that lol. To be honest, I think I borrowed the line from a friend who follows Calvin and Hobbes, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she got it from Bill the Cat!

Bonnie

After reading your review I hopped in my car and went to the Cupboard in Old Town where they sell lots of Harney & Sons thinking I’ve got to try this Queen Catherine after such a fine story… and as you say ACK! they had NONE! So I picked up some Harney…samples and some other’s and came ta’home. Sad but true. I’ll try elsewhere…determined.

Indigobloom

oh no!! Bonnie, that’s terrible. If you msg me your addy I can send you some!

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Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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84

Smoke and spice. Mostly smoke.

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88

Simply delightful and closer than they suggest to the Satisphur Broken Assam. This is a bold tea with a slightly more astringent flavor than the Nahorhabi 2010, so I suggest to go a minute shorter on steeping, around 3.5 minutes at boiling. Excellent honey flavor, full body – when I want a cup of TEA (capitals intended) I reach for either this or the Nahorhabi. Great for afternoon motivation. Requires not a drop of milk or honey, though if that is your bent I’d suggest simply honey to make a sincerely round cup. This tea is more complex and sweeter smelling than many other Assams, including Mangalam varieties, which I find somewhat weak (though I very much enjoy the Mangalams with honey). There is a subtle aftertaste, but nothing like a Keemun. This one will have you licking your lips down to the last sip.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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87
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
6 tasting notes

My wife and I got this tea on a whim and it has become our favorite Hanrey & Sons blend. The taste of fragrant berries and cream just perk you up with the first sip. Most enjoyable.

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

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87

I love a nice full-flavored cuppa in the morning and this fits the bills nicely. There is a hint of smokiness that adds to its appeal. With some milk and sugar its gets me going for the day.

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

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78
drank Citrus Blend by Harney & Sons
6 tasting notes

I ordered this as a change from Earl Grey and it has become one of my favorites. Bright as a sunny day! Nice when I want something light and refreshing. With a bit of sugar or sweetener it readily substitutes for desert after dinner.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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98

This is my new favorite tea! :] Love love love the flavor, I could drink it all day.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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77

I adore this tea. I have been drinking English Breakfast with my father since I was 8 years old, and it remains a fast favourite, even though I drink flavoured tea more often. I got a tin of this tea for Christmas (2011) and by the beginning of the next February, I am down to two tea bags. I think it is because this version of English Breakfast is creamier than others, which have an earthier flavour. I love it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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91

Tea of the afternoon…..

Yes, I am a Hot Cinnamon Junkie. I finally figured out that I would probably love this green as I am quite enamored with the black and herbal versions. Yes, this is good. The tea base is lighter than the black, a hint less rich tasting than the herbal version, but still oh so good. I am not sure how they get this to taste so sweet without adding anything, but I don’t really care. I just know I love my Hot Cinnamon Teas! There will be a pound of this one in my future. I had a friend over who tried a sample, and she loved it, too. (I sent home some of the Hot Cinnamon Spice black tea with her!)

Teapot method with about 180 water and 3 minutes.

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

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90

Just deleted my initial review. I was unimpressed when I first bought this, however I quickly realized my stash disappearing at a much faster rate then other teas i supposedly liked better. This stuff is great. Smooth, rich, creamy, balanced, soothing yet energizing.

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64

Pours dark carmel in color, and smells of earth and spice (pepper). Tastes like one would expect, malty earth with a small pepper kick. No smoke and a weak (almost non existent) chocolate finish. Underwelming.

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100
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
541 tasting notes

What a tasty tea! I think that this was such a great purchase for a few reasons. First, the presentation is really lovely. I love the tin that these come in and I’ll be able to keep it around even after the tea is gone. Second, the quality is obvious, despite the fact that these are tea bags. Lastly, the flavor is top notch and lasts! I have had this in my cupboard since ~Feb. and it tastes just as wonderful as the first day I purchased it. It has notes of very sweet, light green tea, pineapple, but the most obvious notes to me are apricot. Tropical? Maybe not. Tasty? Absolutely.

Alphakitty

I love the H&S tins, they are so pretty!

Tamm

I know right? Especially these ones because they’re such bright colors and unique shapes. This doesn’t have a picture of it, but the tropical green one is bright yellow with some green. I’m going to have to find a use for it!

Alphakitty

I have a couple tins from them that I use for storing samples, they fit quite a few.

Tamm

mmm that’s a good point! I think they’d have to be sealed pretty well to go in this one because the tin is so fragrant still.

Alphakitty

You can wash them out and then soak them with a little baking soda/hot water mix and it’ll get rid of the tea smell pretty well, I had a tin of Bangkok with a VERY strong smell and it worked well on that.

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100
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
541 tasting notes

This tea is just about to be out! I have just one sachet left. I must admit that this is one of the best teabags I’ve ever had! Followed closely by Lupicia brand sachets.
This tea is so aromatic, flavorful, and an excellent buy. I love that this tea is easily accessible for me being as every other nice tea is so difficult to find! For me the most dominant flavor is apricot. Although many people mentioned pineapple I don’t notice it much. It does still taste good and I would recommend it!

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100
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
541 tasting notes

This tea is pretty hard to resist! I am actually really glad I picked this one up when I did. Even better news is that the Starbucks by me always has this one there, so when it’s gone there is always more! This tea has to be one of the best tasting bagged tea I’ve tried. It’s a hard tea to get wrong as slightly higher temps. have yet to ruin this one and make it bitter. It’s able to be steeped at least twice and has a great flavor.
The liquor itself is a medium yellow color. It smells so fruity and tropical. I have begun to think that I like to keep my tropical teas away from coconut flavoring. I do enjoy the two, but separately from one another. This tea has lots of notes that remind me of pineapple, but the closest resemblance I’ve found is actually apricot. This is a lovely summer tea and I would recommend it for anyone who needs the convenience of tea bags with the taste of a full bodied flavored tea.

TeaBrat

My Starbucks just carries Tazo tea… :(

Alphakitty

I’ve found that the Starbucks located in B&N tend to carry H&S teas, but “regular” ones just have Tazo.

Tamm

Yes, mine is in the B&N and that’s probably why they have the Harney and Sons. The only Tazo products they have are the green tea latte and chai latte concentrates. But the Target Starbucks only has Tazo. Odd that I never noticed before…

TeaBrat

Ah… okay. Sadly they closed down the Barnes and Noble I used to go to in SF

Tamm

Noooo….I think I would cry if they shut down the bookstore here. They already closed the next closest one. I think I’d just loose it.

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100
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
541 tasting notes

I just realized I only have 7 more bags of this! I really have enjoyed this one and can be used for multiple steeps. The tin is absolutely lovely. My favorite pairing for this tea is apricot jam on crusty wheat toast. This has lots of soft green notes with apricot and some pineapple notes. I really loved this!

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100
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
541 tasting notes

sigh such a lovely tea. I am so glad that I ended up trying this one. The flavor is actually really well balanced. It doesn’t overpower the palate and it’s straight up awesome. I love the bags that Harney & Sons use for these teas. Even my husband commented on how much he enjoyed looking at all the green tea before/during/after steeping the tea. There is a lot of pineapple in there, but it’s not so much that the green base is overwhelmed. I love eating toast with preserves with this tea; pretty much perfect.

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