Harney & Sons

Recent Tasting Notes

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A delicious blend that at first comes off like just plain hot water at first but let it cool and the flavors start to shine. It was very creamy and lightly sweet. It tasted similar to fresh rice pudding. I just can’t adequately describe it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Da Hong Pao by Harney & Sons
247 tasting notes

This is an interesting oolong. I’m not great with matching the names, so I didn’t realize this was also called the Red Robe, which I do like. It’s nice. The liquor is a beautiful reddish brown and the tea is robust. It’s definitely a roasted tea, nutty tasting, quite strong for an oolong. It has a sweetness to it that’s hard to pinpoint. 195/3 min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Mint Verbena by Harney & Sons
697 tasting notes

I received a sample of this with my one and only Harney order a few months back. It had been sitting in my drawer at work waiting for me to pay attention and today I decided to. I love mint, I love lemon, but I am very concerned about the two of them together. The dry smell is all mint, and honestly, the bag looks like it just has mint in it. What form is the lemon supposed to be taking? Am I confused?

The liquor is once again all mint in smell – Smells very much like any other mint teabag. When I’m desperate for a quick mint, I tend to turn to my $2 box of 24 from Superstore since I find that most mint teas are created equal, at least when it comes to bagged. The liquor is a swampy looking greenish brown. It is in a blue cup, to be fair, but it’s ugly looking. : )

First sips are…unimpressive. I get an initially mild mint taste, more like flavoured water than tea. I find the strength grows as it sits on my tongue, but that’s not a quality of the tea. As I go on, I get more of a lemonish hit at first, which turns to mint but it always has a watered down feel. A thinness of flavour, if that makes sense. For what this costs on the Harney website, I’m quite disappointed. This seems like something I could find in a grocery store under a no-name brand for much less. And maybe with stronger flavour. It’s not bad, per se, but there’s nothing impressive about it. Not an exciting cuppa for the Royal Wedding day. Though i did have some delicious Detox for breakfast…

What lemon flavour I do get is a bit bitter, as well. Not sour, but more like the taste of a lemon rind (if you’ve had the misfortune to taste one). This is not my friend.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec
rmark25

Verbena is the flavor that is with the mint, not lemon. I always felt that lemon Verbena had a sorta of bubble gum flavor

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This is by far my favorite genmaicha so far. I’m sad to say that even the version I purchased from the local Japanese market pales in comparison to this.

So nutty. So green. So full of in-yer-mouth goodness. I need another cup, stat.

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Thanks to ashmanra for sending me a sample of this so I could face my fear of roses in tea.

Since this was in a sachet, I can’t say much about the tea prior to steeping. Once prepared, the fragrance was of vanilla, carrot and banana, with the faintest floral note. I may be carrying the wedding metaphor too far, but the overall aroma can be summarized as clean linen.

The tea was pale amber in color. The taste was on the grassy, vegetative side with a slight astringency- but no rose. (Yeah!) While it’s a blend, everything is so well balanced that it doesn’t come off as noticeably “flavored.”

The ingredients list includes coconut and almond, but these didn’t present themselves until the cup cooled. However, they lingered providing a pleasant aftertaste.

This may turn out to be one of my favorite H & S teas. (Which would figure since I just placed a large order and didn’t include this one.) I hope they keep it around past the Royal Wedding this weekend!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
ashmanra

Glad you liked it, Paul! I laughed when I read “carrot and banana.” I’m afraid I didn’t pick those up but I will definitely look for them next time I drink this! I may not be afraid of roses, but I did have a slight fear of the coconut since I am not a big fan, but I liked Bangkok by Harney and it has coconut flavor, so I gave this one a chance! As it turns out, the coconut was what I tasted most but I liked it very much. Maybe I am beginning to LIKE coconut!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I ordered this a few days ago can’t wait to see how I like it. :-)

Paul M Tracy

White teas always have this level of complexity for me that I have a difficult time describing. It was a soft, starchy, vegetative and subtly sweet fragrance…carrot and banana was as close as I could get. I like coconut and didn’t even pick that up until I was half-way through the cup. It was really good though!

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
120 tasting notes

Home from work, dinner finished. Time to relax with a good book and some of this luxurious tea.
All I can do is blame it on QuiltGuppy. She got me to try it. I am not a decaf guy, I like the full effect nature has to offer, but it just doesn’t matter with this one. It almost makes you feel
guilty and grossly under attired while drinking it. I have visions of a butler, bringing it on a tray.
“your tea sir”
Yep, my tea alright. :)

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
120 tasting notes

tea friend   /tee/frend/
–noun
a person who gives assistance, support, advice, samples, camaraderie and anything else needed, all for the betterment and sharing of tea experiences.

I have been fortunate to make some good friends on Steepster, in he last two weeks, friends have allowed me to try some amazing rare teas, and some more common teas that get high marks from the membership here. I was so glad to get to try “The Jane Austen Maffia” a while back and now, I am in the “Vanilla Comoro” Club a last! Thanks to QuiltGuppy, last night, late, after a cup of Vanilla Bean Nilgiri, I ended my day with VC.

Simple, sensible, and elegant are the words that come to mind. For me, the tea was a perfect balance of two complimentary factors. The vanilla was not creamy, not carmelly, not overdone or perfumy in any way. It was just right. To top it off, the black tea (although decaffinated :( came through as well. Nothing else. Simply elegant. I felt the urge to repour the tea from a trusty home cabinet mug to a nice china cup and saucer.
If the loose caffeinated version is this good, I am about to become a Harney customer.

QuiltGuppy

I’m really glad you like it! What a kind post, too. :). You made me smile.

teawing

You and KiTT have made a loose leaf guy out of me!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Thoroughly enjoyed reading through your tealog this afternoon. I’m curious about where you live in the South as you’ve mentioned it several times, if you don’t mind divulging. I’m currently residing in Charleston, SC, myself. =)

teawing

I am glad you enjoyed it, just learning the ropes of tea with the help of some friends. Arkansas is home, a long ways from the coast…I am envious, seafood, the only tea plantation in NA, and such a rich history!

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drank Spiced Plum by Harney & Sons
331 tasting notes

I am making my way through a lot of teas KTT kindly sent me on the Hoppitea Swap. This one came with a particular recommendation to not brew it over 2 minutes – well, it went a few seconds over that but not too much. I was going to divide the sample into two small teacups but accidentally poured too much so made just my very large half liter cup.

And this is very pleasant, though maybe a bit heavy on the cassia – which btw it is not cinnamon. Really. Truly. It´s cassia and pretty distinctive, though yeah I know cinnamon in the USA almost always means cassia and not the other (real, from my point of view) cinnamon. Cassia being sharper seems to go very well with the tang of this – I can detect fruitiness, but not plums specifically. If it has hibiscus ground in ( color and acidity) it is in a just right dosage It is a winner for me!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
1845 tasting notes

Today was a day for roasty toasty teas! This was the first, enjoyed with youngest daughter who really e joys this one and chose today’s tea. Golden Snail reminds me of Emperor’s Red from Premium Steep, but is perhaps a little more roasty! Delicious plain, though youngest took it with mik and sugar. I hope they restock this one. It has been a favorite of a lot of people.

Jenn

Such a great tea!

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drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
1845 tasting notes

After being on the road all day taking eldest daughter to the airport in Raleigh, NC and then shopping, shopping, shopping (not buying, looking and getting ideas at antique shops for an upcoming project and getting new running shoes for hubby) and drinking Coke, I was fantasizing about tea by the time we were on the way home eleven hours after we left home. (On a related note, did you know that if you buy the glass bottle Cokes at Sam’s that are 12 ounce instead of eight and they say Hecho en Mexico, they have sugar instead of HFCS? I know, I know, just sayin’)

I wanted real tea, tea that would grab me and make me know I was alive! Tea that could hold up to cheese toast with mustard without wilting, yet not require additions. This is what I decided on while hubby was driving, having no idea of the raging tea lust going on right beside him.

I opened the tin and gasped. SERIOUSLY? Am I really drinking that much Golden Snail? (Answer: yes.). But the rich chocolate aroma hit and I swooned. It was just like holding a dark chocolate candy bar in my hand. Oh joy! Lots of nummy noises later, youngest and I are on our second pot, cheese toast devoured, doing same to a bowl of Kerrygold Dubliner cheese cubes.

It is so good to be home.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Serendipitea

Awesome write-ups .. This sounds like one I’d love too!

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drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
1845 tasting notes

I had a friend over today who is a former coffee drinker turned tea lover, and specifically good black tea, like Queen Catherine, Vanilla Black, Emperor’s Red…you get the idea. I was really eager for her to try this one. Indeed, it was a hit! It is easy to forget just how assertive this tea is, with its rich cocoa notes and smooth body. It has been sold out for a while – here’s hoping they find a new batch just as tasty for us to buy! Speaking of which, have you seen the new tea listing,on Harney’s website? Wild Wuyi Black! I can hardly wait! Fujian teas, especially Wuyi mountains ones, are my favorites!

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

I didn’t see it! I think the coming releases of the black teas are going to make me feel like a little kid on Christmas morning!

SimplyJenW

Oh, I am so tempted! Something about a new Harney Chinese black has me needing to sit on my hands so I won’t order…..(and there is a new code out for free shipping at the $25 mark.) I do NOT need tea right now. I guess I will have to wait for your review, and hope it does not go out of stock too quickly! Until I give in, that is……let’s be realistic. I am so weak….

JacquelineM

Jen – do you know what the code is? I might treat myself to a tin of this and Keemun Mao Feng…omg!

JacquelineM

Never mind – I found it! ICED622 in case any other Steepsterites are feeling an order coming on :) :) :)

QuiltGuppy

Thank you for the code! :)

SimplyJenW

Yayyy! New tea!

ashmanra

Also summer12 is still working for a 12% off discount!

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drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
1845 tasting notes

A friend and I shared a pot of this today. It was her first time tasting it, and she really liked it. She said that as a former coffee drinker, she likes the depth of flavor this kind of tea has. Although it was advertised as a replacement for Mao Feng when it sells out each year, it has more of the character of Hao Ya A to me, but at less cost. This is a staple for us now! So smooth, so flavorful, no milk or sugar needed!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
1845 tasting notes

This was a delicious treat on this beautiful day! The flavor is so roasty, toasty, malty, bread-y, dark, and rich. But it is sweet! Nary an addition necessary to make it an amazing cup. Paired it with Lindt’s Dark Chocolate with a Touch of Sea Salt bar. Not the whole bar, of course! Just some squares…. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
1845 tasting notes

Golden Snail was, as I predicted it would be, the winner today at tea party! In fact, that is what my guest said as soon as she took a sip before trying anything else – this one is a winner. So true. I am loving this tea! You know, I think I like it even better than Keemun Mao Feng!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
JacquelineM

Wow – I think Keemun Mao Feng is so completely amazing – I can’t imagine what this tastes like!!!

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drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
1845 tasting notes

This was my guest’s favorite tea today! She really loved the roasty, toasty flavor of Golden Snail. Her eyes grew wide when she sipped it. I have been trying to think of a little gift for her, so now I know exactly what to get! An extra tin of this little beauty will be going on my next Harney order.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Golden Snail by Harney & Sons
1845 tasting notes

Hooray! My tea box arrived today! I was most excited about trying Golden Snail.

First, the tin is gold instead of the usual black, as is the tin for my Chocolate Mint. The tea was in a foil pouch and as soon as I opened the pouch the most delightful aroma met me! It was so honeyed it is hard to believe it is unflavored. We brewed it using our usual parameters for black tea. The steeped tea smells just as amazing as the dry leaves. It has the same rich body that makes me sigh with happiness as I bring Golden Monkey to my lips. But the taste was very similar to Emperor’s Red to me – sort of a Golden Monkey/Emperor’s Red Cross, which means that this is AWESOME TEA! I drank mine with no additions and it was so smooth. I can’t wait to have it on tea party day paired with our snacks. It is going to be luscious! Roasty, toasty like JacquelineM says of Emperor’s Red, and thick caramel sweet body like Golden Monkey.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Dinosara

I had a tasting of this at Harney Soho the other weekend, but I haven’t tried the others you mention, so it’s cool to get the comparisons!

ashmanra

How did you like it?

Dinosara

I thought it was really nice! I don’t have much experience with unflavored black teas, so I don’t have much to compare it to at this point. It sounds like I would probably like Golden Monkey, though.

ashmanra

We LOVE the Monkey! :)

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My morning tea. Good stuff. Brewed in my jumbo mug, but next time a small teapot.

I finally decided it was time for a smaller teapot. My current one is 45 oz, which is perfect for tea for many, or traditional brewing of tea for iced (it is about the same volume as my favorite glass pitcher). Next week, my lime For Life 24 oz pot should be here. I went with the For life rather than the Chatsford because the infuser is all stainless, and parts of the infuser on the Chatsford are plastic. Can’t wait!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I love my Forlife pot. I think you will like it, too. I also have Beehouse 22 ounce pots and they are great as well. Their lid comes off if you want to heat in the microwave, the small Forlife pot lid does not. The larger ones do, though. I have been thinking about getting one of the larger ones for me, I already bought one for a friend and she uses it ALL the time! New tea stuff! EEEEE!

ashmanra

Oh, and I just ordered another sample of this tea. I can’t remember what it tasted like! It should be here in a day or two.

JacquelineM

I have the 10 oz brew cup that has the little cover for work and I love it since I’m such a resteeper. I raved about it so much that my husband asked me to get him one. Now he is hooked on it! I love the stainless infuser!!

JacquelineM

Oh I meant to say the Forlife 10 oz blah blah blah!

SimplyJenW

@ashmanra…The small For Life pot just has a silicone seal and the infuser comes out, so the lid could go in the microwave, but I’d probably leave it out. I love my large one…it is in my avatar!

@JacquelineM….One day I might have a brew in cup, but for now I use a basket in a jumbo mug with a bread plate over the top. Kind of the same concept, just bigger!

ashmanra

That is exactly the pot I bought for my friend. Even the same color!

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My morning tea…..

I like this tea, and it could easily replace my English Breakfast….until I order again! ;) A good basic China black tea at a great price.

I have to admit I am a little concerned at the issues faced by Canadian customers when ordering….. It is a shame, because I feel Harney has lots to offer, and we get stellar service with domestic shipping. I hope they can get their act together. I am not sure why international shipping goes out so much slower than domestic, or why those emails inquiring about international parcels seem to be ignored. They need to streamline their process, or be completely up front concerning international package turnaround (like do international packages only go out once a week?). They are in a global economy, and need to adapt.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

cough Tan Yang Te Ji from Teaspring cough I’ve never had H&S’ version, but the aforementioned is a very very good representation of the type.

I’ve been following the exchange of complaints about H&S international customer service levels on the other post, and I have to say I’m totally backing you on that one. I used to be sorry that this was a company out of my reach as they have a number of things I’d have liked to try, but after reading that, I’m thinking I’m probably not missing out on anything. Awful customer service can ruin the best of products. The extra amount of time it takes to deliver internationally should be because the actual shipping distance is longer, not because it gets second priority to non-international orders.

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Good basic China black. I see my basic black collection expanding, lately. Could it be this is where my loyalties lie? Don’t get me wrong, I love the flavored stuff. However, a good China black really makes me go weak in the knees.

This one is fairly bold as far as my tastes go, and completely satisfying. Slightly smokey, slight cocoa notes, but not as sweet as Adagio’s Fujian Baroque. This one has a slight bit more bite to it.

I am definitely liking Harney’s packaging (mine is a 4 oz tin). Very classy, and it does not add to the cost of the tea. Prices are still comparable to similar quality teas if not better. Overall, a great company in my experience.

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There are not words for how much I don’t want to be up this morning. Guh, I feel like a zombie. Depression – it’s a hell of a drug.

ANYWAY. Our A/C worked overtime overnight so while the cold didn’t make it any easier to get out of bed, it did make it just cool enough to enjoy a hot cuppa for the first time in ages. I reached for this, hoping it would wake me up, and it has…to a point. I love this blend so, so much…it almost smooths away my grumpiness. Almost.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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The other day I made a cup of this without a timer and it came out too weak. Today I made a cup and some leaves escaped and it’s too strong/bitter.

Hopefully my next cup will be juuuust right ;)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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