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Ho – Ly – Crap.
So I went to Indigo yesterday. I’ve had the urge to go shopping there for a while, and yesterday I just couldn’t hold off anymore. Indigo is just one of those stores where, if I walk in, I usually spend at least an hour browsing and drooling over everything I want to buy before I manage to escape, hopefully with minimal damage to my wallet. I knew Indigo sold Harney and Sons tea, but I haven’t really thought to try it until recently, when I read some of their reviews on Steepster. I’ve been aware for a while that Harney and Sons has some really good/high quality teas, so I’m not sure why this is the first time I’ve decided to try one out.
That being said, as soon as I opened the tin of Paris, I knew I had something special. I think this is what love at first sight (smell?) feels like. The aroma is just amazing. I don’t know what the ingredients or blend in this tea is, the tin doesn’t list it, so it’s hard for me to identify. There is something lightly fruity (cherry?), also sweet (caramel?), with the base of the smooth black tea. Perhaps even a hint of bergamont? I don’t know, but it felt like ecstasy to take long deep breaths with my face in the tin.
Of course, I couldn’t wait to try it. By the time I got around to it, it was already 7:30pm, but I didn’t care. Black tea or no black tea, I was going to try this tea. The flavour did not disappoint either. It held true to a lot of the blended notes that were present in the aroma. The tea is smooth yet bold, light yet full, and dances wonderfully on the tongue.
Lady Grey, I think you have competition.
I tried this tea at the Harney booth during Midwest Tea Fest. I was unsure because I usually don’t like green teas, but I’m glad I tried it. It was sweet and thick and buttery and I really liked it.
I’ve tried it both gong fu and westren. 175F leaves are dark green, smells of hay and spring. Short steeps. Taste is sweet, buttery, green. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Lovely aftertaste. Also, spent leaves taste pretty good. I should try to use them in something.
I could happily drink this everyday.. 90
Flavors: Butter, Creamy, Green, Hay, Sweet, Thick
Wow. What lovely flavors in this tea. It’s aroma first — slightly chocolate-ie, slightly ginger-ie. Then the flavor is a mellow maltiness and then a slight bite of ginger. Its texture is supple, as well. I’m a fan.
Flavors: Ginger, Malt
I’m going to start out this review by warning that I’ve never found an earl grey that I love. That said, I thought this one wasn’t bad. It’s a milder flavor than most others I’ve tried, and the bergamot isn’t over powering. I think I keep trying earl greys because I love the scent, but then the flavor is usually too much for me. This one is a nice compromise, with the lighter taste, and still a lovely scent. I tried this with just a bit of sugar, and no milk.
OST’s Stash Sale
I’ve tried Harney and Son’s Paris before at a friend’s house, and enjoyed it so when I saw this on the list of teas OST was selling, I had to give it a try. I’m glad I did! I think I oversteeped it since it was just a bit bitter, but it had a lovely floral taste from the bergamot and a slight sweetness. I will definitely enjoy the rest of this tin.
I admit I’m not a tea connoisseur but I have to admit that this tea is great for what it is. I tend to drink my teas without any milk or sugar but this is just perfect when I want something fruity and something a little sweet. AND it still tastes great after two pours. Plus this is my fiancé’s favorite!
Herbal and Decaf TTB.
This tastes almost exactly like Bengal Spice from Celestial Seasonings, but with the addition of rooibos, which makes it not as good. I’m a little surprised by how many of Celestial Seasoning’s teas I prefer to similar teas by other companies. I don’t like their whole lineup, but the ones I like, I really like.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Rooibos, Sweet
When I first tried a Lapsang Souchong, it was too smokey for me. Then gradually, after a while of mixing it with other teas, I got more used to it. Now it’s at the point where I can drink it by itself, and it’s even one of my regular morning teas! In terms of this Lapsang, it’s got wonderful flavor. I like my teas to have a heavier mouth feel, so I often blend this with just a little bit of Harney & Sons East Frisian, which I definitely recommend.
This is one of my regular morning teas. It’s a hearty tea that stands up extremely well to milk. I like a lot of milk in my morning brew, and this is the best tea I’ve found for handling it. Pouring the milk in, I was kind of amazed – it looked more like coffee than tea, which gives you an idea of how robust this tea is!
So I just reviewed this a few days ago, but I had to update because I finally tried it with milk! The aggressiveness of the cinnamon does wonderfully with milk. Adding a little bit of milk just makes it creamy and comforting, while the spicy cinnamon still shines through (although not as assertively as plain). This tea honestly works better with milk than a lot of other spiced teas I’ve had do, as the basic spice in this one is strong enough that the milk doesn’t overpower it.
Yum! I love cinnamon, so I was a big fan of this. However, the flavor is very aggressive, and for people who don’t like that, try blending it with a vanilla tea. I blended it with a little bit of Adagio’s Vanilla tea, and that toned down the aggressiveness without compromising the delicious cinnamon. This could also potentially be AMAZING blended with an apple tea. I need to try that next!
I drank it without milk.
I was a little disappointed when I first tried this. My usual way of drinking tea is with milk, and in my first cup, the flavors just felt muddled and indistinct. I tried it without milk on my second cup, and while it was better, I didn’t really care that much for it. Then I forgot about it and it got cold. And wow, I’m glad I did! It actually tastes pretty good cold. So it went from disappointing to delicious, so long as I make it as an iced tea.