Harney & Sons

Recent Tasting Notes

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I don’t know what it is about fruity black teas, but they make me feel sick for some reason. I tried this one cold too, and still didn’t like it. Funny, I lovelovelove tisanes, but just can’t drink fruity blacks. This one smells really nice though.

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44
drank Pan Asia by Harney & Sons
4 tasting notes

A little bit boring. Not fun as a hot tea, but I’m going to try this one as a basic cold green tea.

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82

I love African Autumn. It’s a wonderful evening tea with a delightful aroma. Very fruity and warm. It’s one of the few teas I don’t sweeten with a spoonful of honey.

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75

I came home from work today and I felt like I needed a cup of tea. I made a bit of Harney & Son’s Tower of London Blend (Review on that one later) and then felt like having another. This tea smelled like strong wheat – very rich, roasted and hearty grains. The taste isn’t very different from the smell. It’s a starchy kind of tea with a whole bunch of toasty flavor. What I dislike is that there is very little dimension to the tea. It’s just relatively flat.. toasty, almost like bread.. but not the good kind. I think this would be good if you paired it with some kind of food. On its own, I’m not impressed and a bit underwhelmed. Soba Cha isn’t necessarily BAD, it’s just uneventful for me.

Infusin_Susan

I agree this is the kind of tea that tastes best when accompanied by food. I’ve had it many times at Korean restaurants, and it goes well with kimchi and spicy noodles, but I’m not sure if I’d want to drink it by itself. I didn’t know Harney’s made a version of it…interesting!

Hamada Kaido

i first had this with noodles in tokyo but i also love it on its own. more of an acquired taste in that sense i guess. i like the nutty flavor but i also like coffee so it depends.

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82
drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
974 tasting notes

The first of many teas I received in a swap with our beloved QuiltGuppy (who, yes, she may be a tea pusher, but I know it is about her love of tea and wanting to share the experience with kindred spirits). Thank you for your generous heart! And the awesome tea, of course!

I had really been wanting to try this one. It is a white tea blend, so not typical of what I normally drink. And for a white tea, I have to say it has the most complex flavor profile that I have sampled. I did slightly sweeten mine, just enough to bring out the vanilla, coconut, and almond. I do taste all three flavors, and I love that the vanilla or the almond (two flavors which can easily overpover others) are light enough that I still can detect the coconut. This blend works because it is all light, and really does blend well with the lightness of the white tea base. If I were a steady white tea drinker, this would definitely be high on my list. But, alas, I love the tea of foreigners and barbarians (remember that the Chinese mostly drank green tea, and made their black teas for foreigners and barbarians.)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
teawing

Our beloved shared a little of this with me too! It was so much fun.

And, proud to be one of the “barbarians” :)

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49

This is an even mix of bright green mint and dark choppy tea leaves. It smells just like a York Peppermint Patty but slightly heavier on the mint side.

The light copper colored tea smells of mint but no chocolate. In flavor, the mint is initially subdued. I can’t fully describe the initial taste but it’s not chocolate; instead, it’s just a flatness. The lingering mint aftertaste is typical of any other mint brew.

H&S does so well with the chocolate flavor in Florence that I would have expected a greater presence in this tea. It was really just a mint tea with a little something extra.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I liked this tea, but it is so hot and humid here that the lingering mint was what made me like it! Adding milk seems to bring the chocolate more to the forefront, just like with Florence, but I had decided to try it mixed with Chocolate by H&S yet I haven’t done so yet. Maybe I can give it a try later today.

SimplyJenW

I agree with you on this one. I usually mix my own chocolate mints anymore…..I tend to like more chocolate tea, and less peppermint than most tea blenders put together.

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74

This is usually my “first tea of the workday”. It was recommended to me years ago at Harney, because I was obsessed with Paris at the time. Similar in flavor, this one is now my idea of a great cup of tea to get me going in the morning.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 30 sec

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74

Picked this up on my first official visit to the Harney & Sons Soho store. I told the salesperson that two of my favorites were Paris and Winter Earl Grey, and this was her recommendation. She said that instead of the vanilla hints found in Paris, this one had honey. One whiff of the canister, and I knew this would be right up my alley! Its a tough call whether I prefer this or the Paris, but both are simply lovely black teas with a little something sweet, and I can detect the berry tinge that some of the other tasters were commenting on. Mellow, full-bodied and wonderful anytime!!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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75

A dynamic duo! This is quickly becoming my go-to for relaxing before bedtime. Colorful, alluring perfume with significant flavor (definitely more than I expected from the very light color). One of my floral-y favorites.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Kenya Milima by Harney & Sons
247 tasting notes

Dry, this tea smells vaguely of… tobacco. Hm. It’s interesting. It’s a darker tea, but not quite black in color. 205/1.5 min.

The aroma of tobacco is still present. In the taste, as well. It’s a slightly smoky tea, but with a tanginess as well that is surprising and pleasant. There’s a slight astringency to the tea, even at a lower temp and shorter steep time than recommended. The tea is well-rounded and has some complexity as I’m finding that the finish tends to change, beginning with a malty flavor, to tanginess, then the touch of smokiness lingers for a moment or two.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec
teawing

This sounds delicious.

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67

I had a really lovely Chamomile & Lavender blend the other day, however it’s been discontinued so was hoping this would be similar ..

Unfortunately the Chamomile was so dominant that I wouldn’t have known anything else was in there had I not seen what was in the bag prior :(
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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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79
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
259 tasting notes

Excellent, lightly flavored black tea. Great for afternoon company.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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52

The dry tea smells like dried lemons or oranges mixed with a fresh, leafy green scent. The tea is powdery and there are lots of little bits and pieces that slip through the filter on my Breville One-Touch. 160/3 min.

Wow. This is one cloudy tea. It looks almost swampy with a light olive green color and a murkiness that makes me hesitant. The lemon scent and taste are very pronounced in this tea. It’s difficult to discern the green beneath it, but it’s there. The ginkgo comes through in the aftertaste. I drank this tea about an hour ago, but I can still taste the ginkgo on my tongue.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Backlogging a tea of yesterday….

I have not logged this one for over 2 years. Russel from the Millerton Shop sent me a small sample of this recently, and it was nice to revisit this one. I know it should be a favorite of mine. It has the perfect kind of tea base (this is super yummy!), but the flavors are just the wrong blend for me. I have an allergy to fresh stone fruits. Yes, I am an oddball. Since flavorings are not really fresh versions, I am ‘allergically’ safe. However, even eating/drinking the flavors too much kind of feels unsettling. The same thing happens to me with anything that is hazelnut or walnut flavored. I made a pot and was able to drink a mug full but that will probably do it for me for another two years. Oh how I wish it were different. I love the tea base and hope that one day they will make a China black version of Earl Grey with orange. Thanks again to Russel!

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Tea of the afternoon…..

For some reason this does not taste as good to me as it has in the past. The thing is, it should be a good one for me. The base is, (I think) Keemun and Yunnan. I am thinking, though, it is the stone fruit flavors. I have a weird sensitivity/allergy to fresh plums, peaches, and apricots….any of your basic stone fruits. I just did not make the connection before. It is not like I am actually reacting (the tea uses essences that have likely been heated. This pretty much denatures the proteins to which I do have an allergy, into something I can consume without issue), but the flavor is leaving me uneasy in my head. It is a feeling like I should be reacting to it, but I am not. I know. Strange. The same thing happened with a black tea with notes of walnuts because I react to raw walnuts is a very similar manner. So sad. I loved this one. I need to rehome it.

Who needs Tower of London, about 4 ounces? (US only, please…the recent international mail rate increase was kind of big…)

gmathis

Interested…(sent a PM).

SimplyJenW

The Tower has a home! :D

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Tea of the afternoon…..

I can’t believe how long it has been since I last had this….. I seem to be gravitating more toward unflavored teas these days. However, this is a lovely honeyed berry flavored tea. Truly lovely with the holiday cookies my neighbor just brought over!

Usual parameters for the new mug! (2 tsp tea, boiling water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweet.)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
teawing

I had to do a double take, it is still morning here… :)

Ah, the Tower is a lovely blend indeed.

SimplyJenW

And I have been up since before 6 so it almost seems like evening…. ;)

teawing

lol, maybe an afternoon nap is in order.

The Purrfect Cup

This is one of my favorite blended teas from Harney and Sons. But like you I’m really favoring straight teas these days.

The Purrfect Cup

This is one of my favorite Harney and Sons blends. But I’m really loving that I’m moving to straight teas too. I might have to have a cup of this when I get home, I haven’t had it in a month or so (I think).

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The morning tea….brewed twice. This one is good, lightly fruity, and has a deep black base. Lovely.

24 oz teapot, 4 1/2 teaspoons actual tea, freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Resteep at 6 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Yayyy! My first taste of Tower of London loose leaf. Thank you to the Harney Millerton Shop for getting this in stock for me, so I did not have to buy a whole pound!

Berry and honey notes with a rich black tea base. What more could I ask for? I definitely like the loose over the sachets. Not as convenient, but I like having control over the amount of leaf. 2 level tsp. of tea in an infuser, 16 oz freshly boiled water in my jumbo mug, 4 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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My last sachet of this (for now?). I am trying to decide what to do. I love this, but I am not sure I love it 16 ounces worth. It is kind of funny, because the tins sort of work out to be around 36 cents for a double cup (the sachets make 12 oz) and the loose does make it a little cheaper.

If I were to buy the pound, is there anyone who would want part of it? It works out to be about $1.50 per ounce, and I might ask that you pay around a dollar for shipping. I am just looking at my options right now….I am not sure I will go this route. I can always buy the sachets for a while.

Update: It sounds like they will be able to get it at the Millerton Shop!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

Another option, though it wouldn’t happen for a bit, is I could pick you some up loose at the soho store next time I’m there. Last time I saw they had a bin of it loose on the shelf. So if Millerton doesn’t work out, let me know!

teawing

Work something up, I would be interested in syndicating on this…

KeenTeaThyme

I would definitely love to try this – please let me know how much I’ll owe you; I could easily do at least a 1/4 of a pound or more.

teawing

and now, there are three players, 3rds anyone?

SimplyJenW

I should have known there would be takers… Turns out I am ordering some from the Millerton Shop (unless that does not work out.) I would be happy to send some to teawing and KiTT to try since I did not get my edit done in time. Then the next time we need some, we can definitely split a pound.

KeenTeaThyme

that works for me. I’ll send anything you’d like your way as well. Just let me know. :) :)

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Thank you to ashmanra for graciously sending me a few sachets to try. This is a wonderful tea, and I do agree with other reviewers that it is like Paris Light. There is a solid and full black base with hints of honey, berries, and the ever so light hint of bergamot. Lovely and very rich tasting.

It is on my shopping list! And will be my replacement for Paris….. Paris is good, too, but I am really liking the lighter bergamot.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

I love the honey flavor on this one. I am going to switch over too once I’m done with my berry tea (it’s Paris and a few other berry teas all mixed together because I had so many bits and bobs).

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87
drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
247 tasting notes

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79

This is very similar to my favorite green tea, Rogue Wave from White August. Bangkok has very large, bright green leaves and huge pieces of dried coconut. However, it lacks the intensity of spice of Rogue Wave.

The leaves smell fresh and the coconut is readily apparent and somewhat creamy. The lemongrass is very subtle which I appreciate. I’m not a huge lemongrass fan. I can take it as an accent but not a main component.

The tea brews to a grassy, spicy, coconut blend. Just like Rogue Wave, the fragrance and taste are very similar to those found in many Thai dishes. This is another tea that is great iced.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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87
drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
65 tasting notes

Both H&S’s ‘Apple & Cinnamon’, and ‘Apricot’, are great fruity flavoured blacks teas, and I enjoy them both hot or cold .. Thinking outside the cup, they could also be an interesting flavouring ingredient; for example in what is currently being described as ‘The Best Fruit Crumble Ever!!!!!’ :D

You can use any fruit, but I spontaneously decided to soak some dehydrated Apricots, Apples, & Cranberries in what was left of this Apricot Tea (still warm) .. Then ladled it evenly into ramekins and put a layer of this mix on top:

250gm Butter
3 cups Rolled Oats
1.5 cups Stone-Ground Wheat
1 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
0.5 teaspoon Ground Clove
2 handfuls (shelled) Sunflower Seeds
1 cup Brown Sugar

- Rub together with fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs ..
- This makes heaps so you can store left-over in fridge for next time ..
- Alternate Flavours: (add) Lemon Rind, Ground Ginger, Ground Cardamon, Walnuts ..

- Bake at 170°C for 15min, and serve at desired temp ..

Dinosara

I love the idea of tea-soaked fruit for a crumble! Sounds delicious!

Serendipitea

I love cooking with tea :D
The left-over fruit tasted even better so I think I’ll try and plan ahead, and soak for 24hrs in the future ..

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