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71

The Harney effect. Even when its not a tea that I would buy on my own (this was a sample with a recent order), I still enjoy it, and think it is a good tea.
Not as cinnamon-y as it smells, which is good, as the smell of cinnamon is quite strong indeed.
But I enjoy it. I should have saved it for a cold fall day. That would have been perfect.

gmathis

The Harney Effect—wouldn’t that be a great book or article title?

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97
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
866 tasting notes

I know it doesn’t work like this, but I like to imagine that drinking a noncaff tea will counteract a caffeinated tea, like the Paris I just drank.
Really I was just looking forward to more tea, and this sounded good. A beautiful night of tea.

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100
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
866 tasting notes

I needed a post dinner cuppa. Delicious. I might brew up another, I must confess.

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92
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 12 OZ / 354 ML

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79
drank Capri by Harney & Sons
866 tasting notes

I had a lovely weekend out of town, to one of my favorite places, but this does mean I’m behind on my tea drinking.
This was what I brewed up this morning, and I’m afraid I under steeped it. It was still good, but not rich and creamy.
Honestly, you miss one day and you have to relearn the delicate art of steeping. Ah well.

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78
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2437 tasting notes

Pulled out the traditional ol’ black tea twice this week! It must be the autumnal weather we are having!

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drank Green Hot Cinnamon by Harney & Sons
109 tasting notes

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93

What a lovely tea! I purchased this in a Tagalog tin and took this on a trip with me to use in the hotel room. This was such a comforting, rich blend. It was just the pick-me-up I needed with its rich, vanilla flavor and warm citrus undertones. I will definitely repurchase this in loose leaf if it’s available the next time I place an order. I would recommend this one if you like a sweeter black tea blend.

Cameron B.

I always have issues with this tea, which makes me sad because I love vanilla. Sometimes it’s weak, sometimes it’s bitter, sometimes it’s astringent… I guess it just doesn’t like me! :P

I’m glad it behaves for you, though.

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42

This tea was such a disappointment. I generally like a lot of the Harney & Sons blends I’ve tried, but this one was just too weak for my liking. When I steep it, I normally have to steep two bags to derive any sort of flavor from it. It’s also quite lacking in the spice department as well, so at best you get a a faint hint of pumpkin and maybe a hint of spice if you’re are lucky. I don’t like to doctor my teas, but I typically add a bit of raw organic honey, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg to this and turn it into more of a latte to make it more palatable. I think for the price, there are better pumpkin spice blends on the market.

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100
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
12 tasting notes

One of my very favorites! I tried this tea in a sample bag of loose-leaf, and as soon as I finished that bag, I immediately bought a tin. This is just an all around excellent tea! I love that it is never too bitter or smokey. It had just the right hints of citrus and black tea to enliven you, and a hint of a caramel undertone for the perfect hint of sweetness. I drink this tea straight, and can easily go through multiple cups a day of this! Highly recommend! If you have the chance to try it in loose-leaf form, go with that.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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100

A fellow tea love hot me hooked on this tea, and nearly three years later, it’s still a staple in my tea cabinet! It is like a liquid hug in a mug! This one warms you up and is so rich and decadent. The cinnamon in it is just perfect, without being overpowering. I don’t add anything to this tea when I drink it because it’s perfect on its own! I also love the cinnamon in it for the added health benefits as well. I especially enjoy this tea after meals.

Cameron B.

I like this one a lot, too. It’s like liquid red hot candies! :D

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22

What an odd tea! When I first opened my sample of this, I was honestly a bit repulsed at the cloying, scent. It smelled like a mixture of decaying flowers and children’s cough syrup…blahh! However, I’m glad that I didn’t let the scent alone dissuade me from brewing it anyways. I figured I had paid for a large sample, I may as well brew it before I throw the towel in. Let me just say that this one is much more pleasant to sip when brewed, than to just sniff in the bag! Once brewed the cloying scent dissipates a bit. It tastes like a rich fruity floral blend when served hot. The hibiscus in it is a bit overpowering, so when I blend this tea, I typically steep a little less than usual, and don’t allow it to become too strong and overpowering. Overall, this is a tolerable tea, but not an enjoyable one. I find there are much better fruity blends on the market, but this is still a fun one to try just as a sample.

Flavors: Hibiscus

Cameron B.

Hibiscus is evil. :o

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87

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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78
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2437 tasting notes

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92

I just noticed that this is my Friday tea. A little treat to push me through the last workday of the week.
I played host to my parents this morning, whose shower is broken, so came to use mine this morning. Not a problem, I had some tea and a book and a quiet moment.
Really glad of that cuppa. This morning is already quite busy, and its not even 9 yet. Its gonna be a very full work day.
I cant wait for the weekend.

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71

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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75

This tea makes me grumpy…

I love the vanilla flavoring and its custardiness, but I feel like this tea is super finicky or something. If I steep it for too long, it comes out bitter. However, I tried a 3-minute steep tonight, and it’s too weak. And it’s astringent?! Wtf, tea.

Only one serving left of this and it definitely won’t be a repurchase. There are other vanilla teas that I like. It’s a shame though. :(

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

I have the same problem with this tea… the beginning of the sip is amazing, the end is…well, blechhh:P

ashmanra

The loose leaf is infinitely better than the the sachets to me.

Cameron B.

Mine actually is loose leaf.

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62

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
258 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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55
drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
48 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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68

My cup of the morning. This arrived with my latest order, and while I dont actively seek out Earl Greys, I wont say no if I get it for free!
Harney, to me, is a very quiet and dignified company, and their blends are quiet and dignified as well.
This is a very good Earl. Smooth, and fragrant. My boyfriend thought it smelled floral, which I can sorta see.
I don’t think I’ll get a tin of this, but it’s nice to have every once in a while.

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80
drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
356 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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