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Finishing off this sample from Harney today. I keep telling myself I am not much of a keemun person but perhaps my tastes are changing because I like this better than I remember. It still has a smoky top note with a bit of tobacco, but today I am noticing some fruity notes I don’t remember. Good with milk or plain, I still think I prefer the keemun mao feng from Harney though. It is nice for an afternoon wake up call.
Since I’ve been trying teas other than Assams, I was almost afraid to go to this blend. I am finding that what rules what I “want” each day in a cup is ruled by the astringency in the tea. Some days I find it easier to tolerate the dryness it creates in my mouth. But as I made a pot of East Frisian that was WAY too strong yesterday, I decided to power through my chicken-ness and have a cup of this….. As usual, there was no need to be chicken. This isn’t a high astringency blend of assams. It is a malty cup of goodness, especially on a chilly drizzly day….with milk and sugar as usual. Nom. I’m hoping it makes me feel more literary, as I have to go work on a writing class assignment now….
I beginning to come to the conclusion that this tea ALWAYS tastes good. It is a RARE chilly rainy weekend morning in the San Diego area, and we get very few of these, so I always choose my tea carefully. This morning I chose this… and I’m glad I did. The tea is a “mouthful” without a lot of astringency, which has a tendency to give me a bit of a tummy ache. It matches the weather today beautifully AND it is exactly what my mouth wanted. Not fancy, but who needs fancy when you have rain in southern california? :)
The cough is much better. Still present, but much, much reduced, and now the coughing seems to be accomplishing something.
The downside is that I seem to have pulled a muscle in my side from all the coughing. Hurts like the dickens.
Fruits d’Alsace. A divided topic on Steepster. I like it more than many others do, which is just fine.
Fruity and mild. Its pretty good.
Thank you Dexter3657 for sharing this blend with me.
I’va always been curious of this one especially after reading several notes of Ashmanra about it.
This is my first tea of the morning as it is supposed to be a bergamot tea and I find really nice to begin the day with an EG or even an EG’s spin off.
The liquor is very dark, depth and smells honey and berries.
Drinking it, I still get the honey notes and a little bergamot, stronger on berries, probably black currants to me, not sure.
I really appreciate the smoothness of this tea, free of any bitteness, almost creamy.
The flavours are not overpowering the tea itself and are subtile, natural and elegant flavours.
The tea base made of a mix of Chinese black teas is a medium bodied tea which pair perfectly with the subtile flavours evocated above in the note.
A very lovely blend.
why cannot I find bergamot nor citrus in the flavour rolling menu ? did you have the same lack ? It seems crazy it is not already present
--so I decided not adding anything for flavours if I cannot immediately add all the ones I picked out
So far the formosa oolongs I’ve tried are notable for what they have in common — that sweet roasted floral-fruit taste — rather than their differences, which have been extremely slight. This is a good-quality tea, but no revelation. Like Upton’s formosa fine grade, the leaves are chopped (the other formosa oolongs had rolled leaves, but the taste hardly varied, so I’m unclear how they decide on the style or what effect it’s supposed to have) and good for multiple steepings. I was a bit surprised that H&S’s instructions for the tea were to use boiling water and steep it for 5 minutes, but I tried it and it was fine.
I’m glad I only got a sample size of this as I didn’t like it. It smells great, like fuzzy peaches, but when I tasted it, it was quite bitter tasting. I added some skim milk and stevia and that made it worse, the candy-like peach flavour did not work well with the milk. I can see this being really goo diced though, so that is what I’m going to do with my remaining sample.
Oops! I noticed that I wrote a review for H&S Midsommer’s Peach tea under this one. I don’t know how that happened because I specifically remember being on the peach tea’s page, weird. So if anyone read my review talking about a candy peach flavour, that was an accident! Well I guess I’ll review this one now that I am here.
I stole this out of the Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box – Round one. I love genmaicha and this smelled quite similar, , but without the green tea. It was really good, but a little boring to me. I don’t think it is something I would drink on it’s own anymore, so I added this to my decaf sencha and I really like it that way. Similar to genmaicha, but a stronger toasty flavour.
Trying this for the first time, and it seems very reminiscent of H&S’s Paris, but not quite as strong in flavor. I have a feeling that my tastebuds are not at their best today though — this weather system has parked itself over me for days and I’ve just been feeling slightly off — so I’ll do a fuller review after another tasting.
I absolutely love this tea. It’s strong, but not astringent. It fills the mouth and feels substantial. It’s my go-to tea for all occasions. Enough caffeine for the morning and afternoon. I can drink it all day long. Although I drink it black, it’s strong enough to hold up to milk and/or sugar. And it makes a hella good cup of iced tea in the warmer months too!
Flavors: Apricot, Caramel, Honey, Peppercorn, Plants, Tannin
I am on a diet that only allows me to have one caffeinated drink per day, so I ordered a bunch of decaf teas from H&S. I bought this so I could mix it with their roasted buckwheat tea to make a makeshift decaf genmaicha. It’s not bad at all! You can definitely taste the wheat in this, but it still has that toasty, seaweed flavour. This will definitely work as a good decaf substitute for the regular version.
I live in Boston, so naturally I had to pick up a can of Harney & Sons Boston. It’s good: a fruity black in the same general spirit of Paris and Tower of London. The sweetness in this blend is in part due to a smidgeon of vanilla, so there is more overlap with Paris, though the flavor is definitely different.
There are clear similarities between all of the fruit-scented teas chez H&S, above all, that most of them appear to use the same black tea base. This becomes especially apparent upon examining the spent leaves. Plus the liquors all brew up dark amber colored.
Well, I like this one too! I expect that eventually I’ll work my way through their entire collection. High-quality flavored teas are especially appealing to me in wintertime, served with cream as a cold weather comfort beverage. It’s nice to have so many choices. I doubt that I’m alone in having first encountered black currant tea as a flavored black. I recall that at one period in my life I tended to have a tin of Twinings Blackcurrant around. Not anymore, but I’ll have to try the Harney & Sons version at some point.
Flavors: Berries, Nuts, Vanilla
I got a small sample of this to see how it compared to the Bangkok tea; I think I was expecting pina colada for some reason, but there’s no coconut — it is distinctly a pineapple tea. For me it falls slightly short just because I find blends with several flavors, like Bangkok or Lime Gelato, to be more interesting. I feel about this tea the same way I feel about pineapple — it’s delicious from time to time, but not something I want every day. It’s good to have some variety in the cupboard though, and I bet this tea would pair beautifully with zucchini bread.
Thanks to NayLynn for a lovely sample of this tea. This is one I’ll be adding to my cupboard. Nice black tea flavor with mild bergamot, vanilla and carmel. I added a bit of stevia. It’s a lovely cuppa on a once again, very cold morning (-3). I’m quite enjoying it. Yesterday I had to brew 4 different teas before I found one that was what I was really in the mood for. All of them seemed flat and dull even though I had them before they just weren’t right. This is a much better way to start the day!
Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla
I know, I know. It’s such a shock that I had the Queen this morning. Had her with a bagel and cream cheese, and experienced a small slice of heaven before having to change into stupid work clothes and then plunge myself into the god-forsaken outdoors.
Stay warm, guys!
Also, is anyone else watching jeopardy? Holy smokes, Arthur!
Like I said in my other tasting note, I went to afternoon tea where they served Harney & Sons! The tea I ordered became bitter very quickly, so I stole a few cups from my friend’s pot of this lovely tea. I’m pretty picky about my jasmine teas because I can be on the fence about jasmine in general, but this one really hit the spot. It had a very clean jasmine taste that wasn’t too perfume-y or astringent like ones I’ve had in the past. It did become bitter, but only because the leaves were left to steep in the teapot between cups. When I finally put in an order with H&S, I will be sure to include this one! Oh, and the restaurant used the same teapot (but in white) that I have at home to serve the teas in! It was so nice seeing my teapot in a fancy place :)
I finally went to one of those afternoon teas at a cafe at the Boston Public Library (beaautiful). Anyway, they had Harney & Sons teas, which I was really excited about. I think my mistake was ordering this tea since they left the leaves in the pot and it way oversteeped, getting bitter. It was good at the beginning, though, so I will refrain from rating until I try it properly later.
Should I have been drinking a black tea at 5 pm this evening? Probably not, but I threw caution to the wind and brewed up a cup of this lovely chocolate-nutty black tea blend.
I have been pining for Harney & Sons Florence for some time now, having seen so many glowing reviews of it here at Steepster. I could not resist adding a can to my latest order, which arrived only yesterday.
The nutty quality is very notable, but I’m not sure that I would have identified it necessarily as hazelnut. It does taste very good—especially with light cream. I have had hazelnut-flavored coffee before, but this was the first time that I tried a tea with this combination of flavors. Florence really is quite distinct from Valentine’s Blend, which features a much stronger chocolate flavor and is decorated with rose petals (although I do not personally taste the rose in that blend).
The liquor is amber colored, and to my delight the brew tastes even better than the dried tea smells! I’ll have to have a steep off between Florence and Valentine’s Blend one of these days, now that both dessert teas grace my cupboard.
Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts