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A cold, overcast morning, a bowl of Cream of Wheat topped with fruit and honey, and a cup of Supreme Breakfast (augmented with a dash of smokey Russian Caravan) to warm the bones. Enjoying the quiet.
Made the tea a little hotter than I usually do, with only a slight increase of bitterness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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This morning I am trying Supreme Breakfast with a slightly hotter temperature than I normally do. This increase is pulling out a little more bitterness and spiciness from the tea, but neither is overpowering. I’ll keep using this temperature for a while and see if I prefer it to my usual 185.

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

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185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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After a long hiatus from posting, I return with Harney & Sons’ Supreme Breakfast.

I find it to be a balanced tea, not too spicy and not too smoky, and just a little bit of the English Breafkast “old farmhouse wood” body. This tea is more of a chord of flavors, rather than a distinct, clear tone from a dedicated Assam or what have you. Balanced, as I said. It was quite welcome on this gray, overcast morning.

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

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1015 tasting notes

Uh, yes, I did steep the Queen for about 25 minutes on accident while trying to convince my boyfriend to go to the doctor over the phone. Yes, I think I’m feeling colors right now with the amount of caffeine that is entering my system, but I think it will be a good day. The Queen is still drinkable (with just a bit of sugar and vanilla creamer) and she is still trying to whip me into a respectable, productive person today. I love her smokey I don’t care if you want to be lazy, you’re going to do something attitude.

Flavors: Cocoa

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1015 tasting notes

Nothing is better than Queen Catherine and an Everything Bagel with cream cheese and turkey for breakfast. The Queen provides just the right amount of smoke and heft to complement a savory meal.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1015 tasting notes

I have no idea how long this steeped for – the online timer I use had an error so it didn’t start and I didn’t realize it for awhile. However, the Queen is just that awesome! I don’t think you can ruin this tea – delightfully strong, slightly smokey with a hint of caramel/fruit today. Maybe she will give me the energy I need to finish reorganizing my classroom (I decided to completely rearrange yesterday, which has become a much bigger project than I anticipated…)

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1015 tasting notes

I love how the Queen gets me up and going, not accepting any excuses. I have lots of school stuff to do today (not due soon, but I’m trying to get ahead so I’ll have less to worry about during the crazy holiday season with 6 year olds). I just may have put a drop or two of this amazing Red Velvet Cupcake creamer which is going quite well with the smokey cocoa of the Queen. Love it!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning – it is perfect on its own but I’m opting for a bit of milk and sugar today. Yum!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1015 tasting notes

I started my day with this and it helped me get going for my day.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Once again I am starting my morning with this robust blend. The Queen really knows just what to say when you would rather lounge around and nap instead of being productive. Now I’ll have a productive day along with a delicious tea!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1015 tasting notes

I have not had this magnificent tea in my cupboard since June. What was I thinking? Anyway, the Queen is back now and I am so, so glad. I drastically oversteeped this tea, but the Queen never fails. After taking my first sip since June, I seriously said “How have I made it for the past 6 months?” Mmm… roasty, slightly smoky, smooth, cocoa and heft. I should definitely be able to get my laundry and baking (for my husband’s work party) done tonight!

teawing

Hail to the Queen!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1015 tasting notes

I’m starting my day with a delicious cup of Queen Catherine… my last cup of the Queen to be exact. This will definitely be going back on my shopping list because this tea is magnificent. Perfectly strong and slightly smoky without being astringent or bitter – no matter how long you seem to steep it.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

I am drinking the Queen today, too! With an English Muffin – hee!!

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1015 tasting notes

I started my day with a large mug of the Queen taken with milk and sugar of course. Delicious, as always! I’m now ready to tackle the chores I’ve put off. In fact, I may be able to really get things done. The Queen always helps to get me motivated.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1015 tasting notes

The Queen has definitely been my go-to tea lately as she is divine plain or with milk/sugar. I decided I needed her undivided smoky attention this morning so I’m drinking it sans additions. I’m getting a lovely sweet, slightly smoked aroma this morning that I think I’ve been overlooking in my zest to quickly drink this delightful tea.

Taken plain this tea is bold, but not astringent. At the beginning of the sip, you would definitely expect there to be some bitter edge to the end of the sip, but nope, not with the Queen. I’m really loving the smoky edge to this tea this morning! I never thought I would enjoy smoky teas but I’m definitely liking them more as of late. I believe a rating increase is in order for this delicious tea!

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec
teawing

I think this will be my next H&S priority, I like the sound of it!

ashmanra

The Queen has gotten me through many a rough morning! The light smoke is perfect, and you are right – no astringency, no bitterness, just great tea.

Paul M Tracy

My first taste of this tea will be tomorrow, There have been so many great reviews that I feel like I’m behind the curve just trying it now.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1015 tasting notes

Okay, I’m drinking another pot of this tea now. I added some honey and milk because it is nighttime and I wanted something comforting. I love this tea. The Queen really gets you going and doesn’t except any excuses.

ashmanra

Long live the Queen! So happy my tin arrived today. I only had two teaspoons left!

Kristen

Can’t wait to try my sample of this! I tried the Hao Ya A this morning.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1015 tasting notes

This is another tea from the lovely JacquelineM! Thanks again!

This tea was one that I was a bit afraid to try. I am just beginning to appreciate smoky notes in tea, but I am always worried that the next smoky tea will be the one with too much smoke going on. This tea is strong, slightly smoked, and has a smooth dark cocoa aftertaste that lingers after the sip is long gone. This tea helped me get a lot of work done today – Catherine does not allow you to sit around and wallow about being tired. She demands that you get over it and get to work – which is exactly what I needed today.

I really do like and perhaps am growing to even love this tea. Queen Catherine will definitely stay on my shopping list!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Long live the Queen!

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drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
1943 tasting notes

Geez, Steepster is slow for me this morning. I was really not sure if the page was ever going to load. Anyway, I decided to have this “seasonal” tea this morning to hopefully wake me up and energize me a bit. I bought a couple of ounces of this tea a while ago but I haven’t had any of it too recently. This is a pretty tasty chocolate tea, but it’s not nearly rosey enough for me. I mean, I pretty much don’t taste it at all. I’m thinking I might have to start throwing in some rose scented black to amp up the rose and bring it to a level I want. In the end I probably won’t rebuy this one again, but I don’t think I’ll have much problem finishing it up anyway.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ian

I agree totally with the not rosey enough-I LOVE floral and rosey teas and I had a cup and it’s not nearly as rosey as I would like. Also, steepster has been going slow for the past two days now for me…. I don’t know if they’re working on updates or if it’s just glitchy, but it is quite annoying

Dinosara

I have a feeling it’s just one of those slow times… definitely annoying.

TeaBrat

it’s often slow for me!

ashmanra

Oh wow, what a great idea! I can combine their chocolate tea with Rose Scented Black! I have both and have wanted this blend but haven’t gotten around to buying it.

Dinosara

ashmanra: that would probably be the way to go! I feel like the valentines blend just tastes like chocolate anyway.

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drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
1943 tasting notes

I guess I’m a little off season! It seems like I should be drinking Christmas blends, but I will soon enough and I wanted to try this one since I restocked on it a while ago and still haven’t gotten around to drinking a cup yet. I tried this one initially in sachets, so I am interested to see how I like it loose in comparison.

This is a toasty, tasty chocolatey tea… the kind of tea that brings people into your office saying, “what’s that chocolate smell?” It’s also a little bit nutty. I wish there was more rose to the flavor, since I hardly get it at all. I haven’t tried Harney’s plain chocolate tea, so I’d be interested to compare the two. Looking back, I seem to have gotten more rose from the sachet, so who knows what’s going on. Maybe the mystery flavors that played havoc with my earlier cups today are still at work, though a thorough cleaning of everything seems to have taken care of it as far as I can tell.

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

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drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
1943 tasting notes

This is my last sachet of this tea, and I’m sad to see it go! The rose just seems to pair so smoothly with the chocolate. The beginning of the sip is all roasty chocolate, and the tail end is floral rose. I guess it’ll have to go on my shopping list!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
1943 tasting notes

I am sad because when I ordered this tea I only ordered a tagalong tin to try, and now this is my second to last sachet. I am really loving this tea. I love a chocolate black tea where the chocolate flavor is deep and complex, and this one fits the bill. Some chocolate teas scream milk chocolate (and smell like you might be having a cup of hot cocoa!), and I certainly love those teas too, but this one is a darker, nuttier, almost a more savory (as long as you don’t add sugar that is) chocolate. I love the hint of rose layered on top, and the solid, delicious tea base that comes through. It’s a Valentines blend but I could drink this any time. I will definitely have to order more of this when I next order from Harney!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
974 tasting notes

Tea of the afternoon……

I actually took a bit from the bag of this for my friend who wanted to try this and Cranberry Autumn. I know she won’t mind, and I wanted to see if this is how I remembered it. It is one of the first things I ordered at Harney long ago along with my long gone tin of Paris. You know how the palate tends to change over time….. I know my love for that tin of Boston kind of ran out well before it was gone. I am starting to wonder if it was a seasonal thing because I bought it in the Fall and my taste for it had gone by Spring. I have figured out that certain flavors of tea appeal to me the most in the proper season. I think this is definitely a Fall tea for me. I also think 2 oz. would be the perfect amount, because this would not be a daily tea for me.

Very present notes of cranberry with a light hint of almond. Actually, better than I remember.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
974 tasting notes

I am coming to the end of this tin. It was one I purchased early on in my tea journey, and while I do like it, I can tell that my tastes have evolved a little. I do wish it had been available for sampling before I purchased. I think it is more the cranberry than the tea base. I do like other berry flavored teas, but I think I need to stick with more of the straw, blue, and rasp varieties when I opt for berry flavored tea….

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
974 tasting notes

My morning cup for the day. The base is rich and full, just like I would expect in a Harney tea. The cranberry definitely smells heavier than it tastes. I take mine sweetened.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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