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90

This is my “go to” afternoon tea. It is impossible to make wrong. No matter what I do to it, it still comes out tasting good.

Flavors: Cinnamon

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80

First tea of the morning! This sample came from boychik’s lovely swap package (I saw swap, but the rascal hasn’t told me what she wants me to send yet…). Another Indian Assam to try, hooray! I really want to branch out in this area. The leaves are short and somewhat broken, and they’re about half golden and half dark brown. Dry scent is extremely mild, but there’s a little bit of malt and sweetness. I steeped a level teaspoon of leaf for 3 minutes at 200 degrees.

Much to my surprise, the steeped tea has an interesting wine-y aroma. There’s also malt and the sweetness of dark dried fruit. This tea seems to transform in my mouth. At the beginning of the sip, the flavor is muscatel and heavily fruity (cranberries, tart cherries). However, near the middle and end of the sip, the flavor turns more toward the bready side, though it keeps a hint of fruit preserves. There is strong malt throughout, and definitely a fair touch of astringency. A tasty and surprising tea!

Flavors: Astringent, Baked Bread, Cherry, Cranberry, Malt, Muscatel

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

you have super taste buds! i wish i could describe tea the way you do. its always malty, spicy, fruity, etc

Cameron B.

Hey miss, you called this one muscatel too! :P

boychik

well, i do know some terms;)

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drank Da Hong Pao by Harney & Sons
382 tasting notes

Recently i became obsessed with WuYi oolongs.
This is a sample i bought fr H&S couple months ago. The tea is expensive so i decided to rather try small sample. I was a bit disappointed ,its was only 5.4g in a packet and at least 1g of it just dust. Boo
alright, 5.4g 100ml gaiwan 195F
rinse/ short steeps
the tea is complex. Sweet, spicy, roast, charcoal, some floral in the background and raw walnuts. maybe a hint of dried apricots but its masked because of heavy charcoal. I did enjoyed it. i dont think i would buy it because i just not in love with it.
So far I really like Tao Tea Leaf version.

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Kirkoneill1988

how much was the packet?

boychik

The sample is $5 crazy right? Next is tin 1.5 oz for $12. Since H&S local to me and this tea has such a raving reviews I wanted to give it a try minimally . It’s good but I tried better ones.

Terri HarpLady

I do love a roast wuyi oolong…sigh… I need more time for tea drinking!

Kirkoneill1988

@ boychik, I’ve seen worse :(

boychik

@Terri, as much as I love roast Wuyi this one masking all the other flavors and not enough lasting sweetness ( for me;)

boychik

@Kirk, I’m not too upset. It’s a first time I got dust fr H&S. I value this company highly, after all it’s my first company I started my tea journey

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100

This is a tea that I drink on a daily basis. I love the slight sweetness beneath the rich tea flavor.

Flavors: Honey

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

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96
drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
9 tasting notes

Golden Monkey is one of my favorite Chinese black teas, and this one does not disappoint. Besides creating a beautiful golden-brown liquor in the cup, it has a really smooth taste with notes of dark honey or caramelized fruit. Truly exceptional!

Flavors: Cocoa, Smooth

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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78
drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
326 tasting notes

This is really good, but be aware that it is pretty strong. I liked it cold, I was able to steep it twice if I stuck to three minute steeps. I love how currants are fruity without being sweet, it gave the tea a nice fall vibe to it. I would absolutely purchase (this was a sample).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I drank this almost right after drinking the sencha. That was amistake. It did not go down well at first. But then I ate breakfast and tried another round. Much better tasting! From the name I was expecting smoke, but I got an earthy vegetable flavour, and no smoke. Maybe I should stop expecting gunpowder to have a smoky flavour.

It’s a good tea if you don’t drink it right after a sweet buttery tea. I’ll re-visit this one when it’s the first tea of the day, and provide a better review. Thanks for the sample, Cameron B!

Kirkoneill1988

I love this tea too. I usually get the stuff by twinings

Erik Dabel

Mmmmm gunpowder green is one of my favorites. Red Blossom also makes a great one. The name gunpowder comes from its shape, it’s rolled into small pellets resembling black powder. No smoke, just big taste!

scribbles

Aaahhh. Makes sense now :)

Kirkoneill1988

it tastes smokey to me :P and i like it

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I drank this a while back but, it seems, never wrote a note? (Or, as I hear, Steepster may have eaten it?) Anyway, this wasn’t bad. But, for me, this wasn’t good enough to ever buy again. I admit…I really only bought it for the tin. My main problem is that this didn’t really taste like pomegranate, unless the insane astringency I got after leaving the bag in my room temp water for like 45 minutes counts as pomegranate? Maybe I just need to sweeten it and have it hot. I’ll try that next time.

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This was sent as a sample with my order, and although I normally drink black loose teas, I did like this, and might consider ordering it. The coconut was dominant in a good way, but I did pick up on some ginger as well. All in all, a nicely done blend.

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87

This blend of 8 teas makes a very smooth and pleasing cup. As always, I sweetened with some stevia. Glad I ordered this sample (along with several others that I look forward to trying).

Preparation
4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

This was a recommendation from the guy behind the counter, and I am so glad I took his advice and got some of it!
Its just perfect! Right balance, smooth sensation in the mouth, low astringency, sweet taste of peach, I guess.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 250 ML

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90

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Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70

Extremely sweet – almost too sweet for my taste, but, still good. Expected a spiced apple cider taste, but it is closer to a Red Hots candy taste.

Flavors: Candy, Cinnamon, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
22 tasting notes

There is something so warm and cozy about this tea. It’s perfect for a chill autumn morn (or afternoon or evening). It has a hearty, full-bodied flavor (IMNSHO) and the toasted honey aroma just adds to the sense of being embraced in a warm hug. Okay, maybe that’s too poetic for a tea review but every time I drink this tea I remember how much I like it.

To me, this is definitely a tea hearty enough for the cooler weather. I love it with a touch of sweetener and splash of half & half. When I’m in the mood for a “decent cuppa” that just tastes yummy but not deserty or overly sweet, this tea is in the top ten.

Flavors: Honey, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Amba Ceylon by Harney & Sons
166 tasting notes

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76
drank All India Blend by Harney & Sons
22 tasting notes

I have to admit I know little about the differences in flavor between various tea varieties and blends. I grew up drinking good ol’ Lipton or Tetley tea bags. I’m slowly learning to differentiate but I’m still quite the newbie in this area.

Having said that, I really like this tea. There is a familiar flavor to it (which I’m going to guess is the Assam because I’m a big fan of Irish Breakfast tea and I’m pretty sure Assam is a key ingredient). It has a slightly malty flavor but it’s not overpowering. If anything the flavors in this tea seems to blend together well with no one taking precedence. I found it to be smooth, mellow and well-blended. With a touch of sweetener and splash of half & half it’s a great cuppa to start the day.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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55

I do not like the smell of this tea, but the taste is good. A little bit of a pumpkin-y aftertaste. While I was drinking it, I did enjoy it and I must say I do enjoy Rooibos. I agree with some other reviews, that it is like an autumn-y flavored Rooibos. Good for relaxing on a fall night before bed. :) I added a splash of non-fat milk and a little sugar.

Again, it is alright, not my favorite scent and I’m not pumpkin obsessed like everyone else in America (although I keep trying again and again to love it) but it was enjoyable.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cloves, Pumpkin, Rooibos

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Genmaicha by Harney & Sons
40 tasting notes

I really enjoy this tea however I agree with some of the other postings about how the additives (popcorn/rice) almost overpowers the green leafs. I would purchase this at a cafe hands down but if I was going to purchase bulk I would probably look for another brand that has a stronger green tea flavor.

Flavors: Popcorn, Toasted Rice

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

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I’m starting to think that I’m maybe a little allergic to the cat. Luckily she lives with our parents. But it meant that when I was drinking this all I really got was berries and hibiscus. Not particularly exciting or unique.

Dunno, as hibiscus teas go, I think Passion by Tazo has my heart.

I tried to get my Mom to try some. We were celebrating her birthday early (It’s on Tuesday). She didn’t like it. Oh well. She liked the cake!

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60

This is another Harney & Sons tea I’ve been wanting to try for a while. So thank you to Blodeuyn for including a sample in our swap! I have the sachet version, and the contents basically look like crushed up white tea leaves. Dry scent is sweet vanilla with a touch of spice. I actually had to make this twice… The first time I steeped it for 4 minutes and it was super bitter, ick. The second time I did a 3 minute steep instead of 4.

The brewed aroma has a lot of vanilla with some mild spicing along with the hay and grain qualities of white tea. Honestly, I’m finding this tea really odd… There is some vanilla in the flavor along with the generic hay of the white tea, but the cardamom is horrible. It makes this taste very heavily of menthol or eucalyptus, and it’s basically undrinkable for me. It’s sad, I think this would make a very tasty tea if they were to do cinnamon, cloves, or nutmeg instead of the super strong cardamom. :(

Flavors: Bitter, Eucalyptus, Grain, Hay, Menthol, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Marzipan

That’s odd, cardamom to me only tastes a little floral. I use it in cooking some.

Cameron B.

To me, it kind of tastes similar to ginger. But it was just ridiculous in this tea. :x

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75

This is one of the Harney & Sons teas I’ve been wanting to try for a while, and Blodeuyn was nice enough to send me a sample! The promise of apricot, plum, and cherry just sounds divine. The tea itself is just generic very small black tea leaves and flavoring – no chunks of anything. Dry scent is very sweet and fruity with a nice tart, juicy element. Yum! I stepped it for 4 minutes at 200 degrees.

The brewed tea has that same sweet but somewhat tart fruity aroma. Aw, there isn’t enough fruit flavor in the taste for me. I get a bit of vanilla, but mostly just the generic malty base tea. There’s a little fruitiness here, and I would call it mostly plum, but I was really hoping for more! I guess this tea is a bit too subtly flavored for me. :(

Flavors: Fruity, Malt, Plums, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
127 tasting notes

From Pass the Stash v2.0

The vanilla in this is very strong.

Mostly I was drawn to this because of the name. I wonder if anyone has a scent memory of the city that is like this? In my mind it would be flowers, cigarette smoke, water, and perfume. Of course I’ve never been there- that’s just the idea I get from french classes at school.

I was away from my computer when I brewed this up. All I wrote down was ‘vanilla, soft, black’.

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87
drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
40 tasting notes

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drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
40 tasting notes

I will admit, I have yet to find my Indian tea. I have been trying for the last couple weeks to find some Indian tea that I really like but have fallen short multiple times. However, with that being said, this tea is pretty good!

Most Indian tea is simply too bitter for me but this tea is mixed with caramel and lemon which makes it more enjoyable. I do understand that George Orwell would beg to differ and most likely find this tea offensive because it isn’t as pure a plain Darjeeling but I enjoy it.

This tea is smooth, full, malty and becomes more sweet with additional steeps. I would recommend not going over two steeps.

Flavors: Caramel, Lemon, Malt, Smooth

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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