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45

Old Sample from Tea Sipper.

I don’t like many green teas, and this reminds me why. This is rather bitter even though I brewed it with a splash of cold water, and I don’t like that bitterness alongside the vegetal taste of this tea. It’s not undrinkable, and might be better if I steeped it at an even lower temperature or for a shorter time, but I don’t like it enough to bother tinkering.

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60
drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
6 tasting notes

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From JK7ray’s stash sale. I really like roasted barley, so I was excited to try this. Unfortunately, I don’t think this is for me. It has a roasted flavor and a slight sweetness, but it’s quite a bit lighter in flavor than roasted barley. There’s also something weird about the flavor that I don’t know how to describe, but I don’t particularly like. I’ll stick to roasted barley in the future, then.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Sipdown, although again this was never in my virtual cabinet. This is a very good earl grey, and reliable for everyday drinking. If you’ve been following me for any amount of time at all you probably know that I drink earl grey almost every day. This is one of my favorites, because it’s mild and easy to brew. It is literally impossible to brew this wrong; I have tried, and it has never, ever burned or gotten bitter. One bag will easily make two or three cups of tea, which is also impressive. I would definitely get this one again; Harney’s make some of my favorite black blends and this is one of their better offerings.

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73
drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
25 tasting notes

I recently got this as a sample. I like assams in general but have never tried the golden monkey, so I was curious as to how I would like it. I brewed it up with a little bit of milk and sugar, as my usual way to drink black tea. I definitely noticed a bit more sweetness than I normally get from assams, which I think must have been from the golden monkey. All in all, it was a pleasant cup of tea, but not a particularly stand-out one.

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85

Very good peppermint tea. Light and fresh, with medium intensity. Non-caffeinated.

Flavors: Mint, Peppermint

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML

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70
drank Blueberry Green by Harney & Sons
25 tasting notes

I opened the packet and the first thing that hit me was blueberries. There was even a blueberry in my sample packet. Next was sweet, if that can be a scent.

The flavor was that of blueberry. Actually quite good. Doesn’t feel artificial at all like a lot of fruit flavored teas can be. A little sweeter than I normally like, but as I normally don’t like sweet much at all, I doubt it will be too much for most people out there.

It didn’t hold up well to a second steeping. The blueberry flavor is completely gone, though there is still a very faint scent. The green tea is still there, but much weaker and little more than warm water.

I do wonder if the dried blueberries in the tea have been sweetened at all.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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50
drank Ginger's Oolong by Harney & Sons
25 tasting notes

Not much ginger in there.
Don’t like it, but then don’t hate it either. Just boring overall.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85

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Flavors: Flowers, Jasmine

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87
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1 tasting notes

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97

My personal favorite Sencha, a very smooth and light cup, unlike other more vegetal senchas.

Flavors: Asparagus, Butter, Butternut Squash, Spinach, Vegetal

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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89
drank Hunan Mao Jian by Harney & Sons
4 tasting notes

An EXCELLENT tea, especially for the price!!! One of my favorite green teas.

Flavors: Artichoke, Asparagus, Toast

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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88
drank Lung Ching by Harney & Sons
4 tasting notes

A classic go-to green tea for me.

Flavors: Butternut Squash

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Palm Court by Harney & Sons
14 tasting notes

Had this yesterday for brunch. It was light bodied, with a pleasing fresh stone fruit taste. Totally into this. Also… got to like a tea that has a historical bend.

Flavors: Stonefruits

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Palm Court by Harney & Sons
14 tasting notes

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74

Light, flowery china Darjeeling. One of the best close-to-white china’s I’ve had. Oddly reminiscent of desert Blazing Star plants.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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100
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
89 tasting notes

Came home from work completely exhausted today. Went directly to my tea cupboard and pulled out my newest friend.

Getting a lot of caramel in this brew. Flavour gets stronger as it cools. Very relaxing and satisfying.

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100
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
89 tasting notes

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.

R.F. Hill

Oh, the more you drink this, the less appealing Lady Grey becomes. ;P

Mookit

I can already feel it happening! All I want to drink is this tea.

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90
drank Gyokuro by Harney & Sons
220 tasting notes

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

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90

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

My wife has gotten into the matcha craze. Yes, it’s officially a craze. We’re adding it to smoothies, n’ such. Today, we decided to try it hot. This matcha has a seaweed aroma, and a faint lemon finish.

Flavors: Grass, Lemon, Seaweed

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 OZ / 118 ML

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80

Drinking this in the afternoon for a little pick me up. The nose has key lime citrus, and a bit of spearmint at the end. It makes this really nice to enjoy after lunch.

Flavors: Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Spearmint

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1737 tasting notes

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Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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