Harney & Sons

Recent Tasting Notes

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I adore this tea. It’s a nice melody of green tea, infused with citrus and a hint of floral. It’s not too grassy, yet not overpowering with floral either. It’s just a nice, lovely balance. If I’m in the mood for a green tea blend, this is the one I reach for. It’s an uplifting tea that leaves you energized and refreshed.

Preparation
2 tsp

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Dry: Short black tea leaves. The overwhelming smell from the tin is of too sweet, almost “powdery” (and sadly fake smelling) dessert instead of extract or even a creamy vanilla custard. I was hoping for luscious, complex nommy vanilla, but this is not the case. I really love some H & S teas, but at times it seems like some of the flavored teas are questionable when some of their straight teas are fantastic.

Steeped: Dark brown clear liquor. The fragrance of the brewed tea is less artificial than the dry leaf straight from the tin, but still too sweet for a straight vanilla. It is almost like they were going for vanilla, had trouble, and ended up with a questionable bakery item. The Harney description mentions simple vanilla, but also baking sugar cookies. Not trying to be overly picky here, but sugar cookies don’t usually smell like straight vanilla too much- but they are super sweet like this blend smells.

Taste: Not loving how this turned out. Not vanilla and the base doesn’t lend to a very notable sip so it can’t be saved by being really awesome tea even if the flavoring is meh. This could have been marketed for children’s tea with the overly sweet sugary/bakery thing it has going on. I made it a second time blended with English Breakfast by H&S and it was much more pleasant. Definitely not a repurchase for me though either way.

Flavors: Artificial, Powdered sugar

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sample cube 18/18!

This one had a very intense citrus aroma as soon as I opened the package. The sachet contains not only green tea bits but also very finely chopped pieces of something lighter, which I think is lemongrass in spite of it not being labelled on the package. (Later I checked the website and lemongrass was indeed one of the ingredients). The brewed tea still has that very strong citrus scent, almost like lemon drop candies. The flavor is quite mellow, not really sharp or vegetal for a green, with that familiar lemongrass zest. It’s not bad, though not something I’d seek out often.

And that’s it for the sampler! Now back to being busy…

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drank Diamond Jubilee by Harney & Sons
261 tasting notes

You guys were right. Blodeuyn was so nice and sent me some fresh sachets of this and it is quite nice! I am really enjoying it and definitely get the citrus flavor this time.

Blodeuyn

So glad this batch is better!

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drank Diamond Jubilee by Harney & Sons
261 tasting notes

From HH TTB 3

I had this last night, honestly I didn’t get any citrus flavor from it at all, but it was a fine cup of black tea. Not weak at all, just pretty middle of the road. I think I have had so many awesome teas lately that I am getting a little spoiled.

Update on the textbook situation. As it turns out, only ONE of the three listed materials is required! So yippee! Problem is, there’s no info in the course material description to help me know why one would be chosen over another. Professor emailed. Now we are looking at about $200 max – that’s more like it for one class.

boychik

it might be old. also its sachet, right? i have loose leaf, very strong grapefruit.

Marzipan

It’s loose leaf, but might be old – or adulterated.

boychik

i should send you some. i like it. mine is fresh ;)

Cameron B.

I’m spoiled too, dear. Curse you, TeaVivre, Yunnan Sourcing, and Whispering Pines! Those three have ruined me for other black teas… ;)

Marzipan

I love Grapefruit so I was disappointed. I mean I LURVE it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-Ir153t7Eg

boychik

i love Woody Allen movies no matter what. the more i watch them i pay attention to every phrase, every facial expression

yyz

Thank goodness! One of my calculus profs did that. He had a preferred text, but another prof had one he regularly used so the prof assigned exercises from both books. You only had to do one set obviously but it was kind of nice to have the other option when studying and it was good for the used textbook market. It might be worth it to email the prof to see if he has a preferred text. Or for your daughter to look at the books either in the library, or at the bookstore if she is going to school in town to see which is easier for her to work with.

Blodeuyn

Marzipan, I’ve only had this in sachet form and can send you a couple sachets if you’d like. Mine tasted good, sounds like you might have a bad batch. I also have 1tsp of Adagio grapefruit if you would like to have that.

Marzipan

That would be great!

Mandy

I usually wait until about a week after the class starts to see if the professor will say the book is necessary, or just encouraged. Most of the time in my experience it’s been encouraged. The main exceptions tend to be humanities and philosophy type classes. Especially if the class has a web component (most at my university use the web component for quizzes homework and tests) most of the time the info you need is there and the book is more like a supplement.

I’m a broke college student paying for everything myself so I look to save money when ever possible (;

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
79 tasting notes

This tea was bitter, astringent, and very malty in a bad sort of way. I will eventually brew it again with lower temperature water and see if it improves. I won’t be buying this again in any case. I wish I hadn’t bought 4 ounces. Brewed it with boiling water, five minute steep and three tsp tea for 18 oz water.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
393 tasting notes

Sipdown! (143)

I was around here much yesterday! I wrote that note on Troika in the morning, and then we went to lunch. I had a yummy peanut butter burger (burger with peanut butter, honey, bacon, and tomato jam). Then we came home and took a nap, hah! After that the roommate and his girlfriend were taking up the whole couch so I was at my desktop and I got distracted playing Wildstar. :P Most of the teas I drank yesterday weren’t sipdowns and weren’t new teas anyway so I suppose I wouldn’t have felt the need to write about them regardless. I’m sorry, I didn’t meant to neglect you, Steepster! :P

So, this tea. I used about a teaspoon and a half because I didn’t want to have a random half teaspoon left over. So unfortunately it came out a bit bitter, as some teas do when overleafed. I added a little bit of sugar, which I never do with straight teas, and now it’s better with just the tiniest hint of bitterness near the end. I’m getting some very lovely fruit notes from this tea today, yum! Still probably not something I would purchase, but it’s pretty good. :)

It’s getting harder to get sipdowns just because a lot of the teas I still have are samples from TeaVivre, and you guys know what their sample size is like… So I foresee it becoming harder for me to stick to just the sipdown teas soon. :(

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
393 tasting notes

This sample came from the lovely Nicole. I was unsure which teas are in this blend, so I looked it up on their website: apparently it’s golden monkey mixed with Assam. I don’t really have any experience with Assam, but it seems like (judging from other people’s notes) that it’s generally a very bold and strong type of tea. The dry leaf here looks similar to other less-tippy Yunnan teas – small, thin black leaves with just a few tips included. Normally, this would make me less excited to try it, as generally the less-tippy Yunnan teas have that heavy earth/mineral flavor, but since I know it’s golden monkey, I know this won’t be the case. Hooray! I don’t get a ton of dry scent from the leaves, just a sense of sweet stonefruit. I did my usual 3 minutes at 200 degrees.

Hmm, I can definitely smell the Yunnan here, the brewed aroma has plenty of malt with baked bread and apricot notes. It’s been a while since I’ve had Golden Monkey from Harney, but I remember enjoying it quite a bit.

This tastes chiefly of raw, chewy grain to me, which is not a bad thing! I’m reminded of all the Shang teas I’ve tried lately. There’s definitely malt and a little bit of a stonefruit essence. I get quite a bit of earthiness, but it’s not mineral or smoky, so it’s a nice mellow earth taste. There’s just a little bit of a rich molasses flavor that pairs nicely with all of that graininess.

Overall, I can’t really differentiate between the two teas, which I guess means they go well together. It’s been too long since I’ve had the Golden Monkey plain! Someday, I’ll explore Assams… ;)

Flavors: Earth, Grain, Malt, Molasses, Stonefruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ost

Yes! Come on an Assam Trek with me! :P It will be funnnnn!

Cameron B.

Well technically I did order two Taiwanese Assams from Butiki! :)

Ost

That’s a start! XD

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drank Green Hot Cinnamon by Harney & Sons
109 tasting notes

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drank Green Hot Cinnamon by Harney & Sons
109 tasting notes

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drank Gunpowder Green by Harney & Sons
43 tasting notes

Sadly its a sipdown, no more gunpowder in my little cupboard. I always have liked gunpowder but I don’t buy it much. This is a mild various with just a hint of smoke and wood, more vegetal, and sweet tastes. If you brew it longer you get more smoke but also more astringency! I’ll buy this again some day but hopefully I’ll find other gunpowders to sample first. I love watching the little balls explode so I tend to overbrew!

Flavors: Hay, Roasted, Smoke, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
514 tasting notes

Another abundant sample from Lala. I’m all about the white teas lately. :) The dry leaf aroma is questionable. I can’t really tell what’s in this. The flavor is actually surprising. First, a strong assertive Bai Mu Dan hits my tongue followed by a slew of flavorings that linger into the aftertaste. Hmm, what’s in this? I’m out of practice identifying notes. I think I detect something floral and something fruity. Wow, I feel like it’s four years ago and I’m just starting to drink loose leaf teas. How has my tongue returned to noob status after a short three month hiatus? Maybe it’s pregnancy tongue? Is that a thing?

I digress. I cheated and looked at the ingredients: almond, coconut, vanilla, and rosebuds. Duh! LOL! There’s a lot going on in this blend. The coconut and vanilla are probably the strongest flavors. It’s good but probably not something I’d want to drink all the time. It strikes me as a special occasion tea you’d serve at brunch to ladies in fancy hats. It’s a little too potent for an everyday kind of tea. saaaaaaaaaaaaaaz Well that’s what happens when a kitty tries to sit on your lap but there’s a laptop there. Silly kitty. There’s no room for you here.

Anyway, where was I? This tea turns a little bitter as it cools. Might be the coconut. I find that some coconut flavorings have a tendency to go bitter. On the whole, it’s a good blend. But again, not something I’d reach for all the time. And that’s why it’s great to have awesome friends on Steepster who will share their stash so you don’t go out and buy a buttload of tea that’s not your favorite. Big thanks to Lala for this sample!

Flavors: Coconut, Rose, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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81

This tea is tasty. I brewed it at 175 degrees with three teaspoons of leaves for 18 oz. I gave it 3 min. The jasmine flavor is quite prominent. There is both a taste and separate aftertaste of the Jasmine. The flavor of the tea itself is just a little weak, not exactly off, just weak and missing some flavor. Still, I am glad I bought it.

Flavors: Jasmine

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
79 tasting notes

I immediately notice the taste of the berries in this cup. It is nice and full bodied. The flavor of the tea itself could be a little stronger but it is good. It is worth buying again.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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Being a huge fan of the David’s Tea Cherry Blossom (I look forward to its seasonal release each Spring), I held off on trying this for a very long time. I credit a hint of laziness on my part (I was looking for a tea sachet, over looseleaf), regardless, this only recently found its way into my cup.

Although far more subtle than the David’s Tea version (a LOT less sweet), it is quite enjoyable. A chief differentiator is also that this is a green tea, as opposed to DT’s being a white tea. It’s this soft grassy flavor, with a hint of cherry florals.

A simply delightful cup.

Flavors: Cherry Blossom, Floral, Grass

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 15 sec

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87

Whoa this is GOOD! The LTF advised me to make it in a big mug and I’m so glad I did. If it got cold here, I would have this every single cold morning (and night). Comforting roasty yumminess. I followed LTF’s advice and added a little maple and a little almond milk and this is like drinking breakfast. Love!

Also, is it weird that I dumped the tea into a wee cup and added a little maple syrup and ate it?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TheTeaFairy

Lol, You did good kiddo ;-) It’s all pure goodness.
And it’s dexter who introduced me to this…I am so grateful!

MzPriss

I’m still nomming this – while making my grocery list to go get buckwheat pancake supplies

TheTeaFairy

Bluberry buckwheat pankakes …that’s my favourite.

MzPriss

I will see if they have any organic blueberries at the co-op – which I am off to as I am hungry now.

TeaKlutz

This sounds like a great comfort tea!

MzPriss

It really is TK

ashmanra

My son brought me some that his Chinese roommate left behind when he moved back to China. It is good! I drank it plain, but you make me want to try it other ways, too!

Christina

Whenever I make sobacha, I try to save the grains for breakfast the next morning. Put the grains in a little bowl, mix them with yogurt, and you’re good to go.

Ubacat

I like cooked buckwheat cereal but never thought about tea grains.

MzPriss

It’s good!

Sarsonator

Ooooohh lovely! Sounds deeeelish!!!

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drank CTC Assam by Harney & Sons
260 tasting notes

This is another sample from Ost, generously included to further my assam education. As this is a CTC, you will not be surprised to learn that it consists of tiny brown pellets. The smell is quite tannic and it brews up a mahogany color. Everything about this tea is BOLD, including the taste. It’s also a bit bitter, quite tannic, and has a scratchy feel to it on the tongue. I much prefer RiverTea’s Assam Beast of the East, but both a kind of “meh” to me. Ok, but not amazing.

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drank Dong Ding Light by Harney & Sons
1017 tasting notes

secret butterfly
trapped in a parched brown cocoon
spreads its golden wings

mj

I LOVE this one :)

ashmanra

Another one to read to group!

sherapop

Thank you, mj and ashmanra! ;-)

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75

Refreshing and tasty :)
Both mint and chocolate are noticeable. I enjoyed this more with milk.
Probably couldn’t have this everyday but it’s nice once in a while

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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drank Decaf Sencha by Harney & Sons
112 tasting notes

Aroma: Light straw
Liquor Color: Darker yellow
Liquor Flavor: Smooth, light straw/grass
Notes: Not as flavorful as a regular good quality sencha. Not much of a taste going on. Very light. I was hoping for a pow of sencha flavor but this didn’t do the trick. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Gunpowder Green by Harney & Sons
112 tasting notes

Aroma: Roasty, wood
Liquor Color: Deep yellow
Liquor Flavor: Slight bitterness, smokey, woody, roasted
Notes: I got this to make Moroccan mint tea, and I can see how this works well with mint and sugar. It’s not something I would drink alone, this reminds me of yerba mate with the smokiness.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Aroma: Toast, light body
Liquor Color: Golden red
Liquor Flavor: Bitter, brisk, bold
Notes: I can’t say I like this at all, it’s pretty strong but it could take on cream and sugar quite well. Anyway, I bought this to make iced tea, and it works well for that purpose. Once sugar is added it’s quite smooth with minimal bitterness. Not something I’d drink plain, but decent with mix ins.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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