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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
183 tasting notes

Was a little sketchy about trying another new black tea since they never seem to taste how I expect, but this one surprised me! Why it’s kinda woody still, I can definitely taste the malt. Which is one of the things I like best about black teas!
This tea is strong, and yet kinda creamy. If I end up not buying more of this, I think I’ll at least enjoy the rest of the sample I got!

Flavors: Malt, Wood

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drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
183 tasting notes

Bought a sample of this with my latest H&S order.
I have heard that it’s like the wedding tea, so of course I had to get it!
I am sure my nose is currently broken because when I opened the package all I could smell was chocolate milk…
There’s no chocolate in this….I don’t even know. But I kept trying to smell something else, but that’s all I smelled. xD And it’s not even like I drink chocolate milk or have it in my house…so I just…I don’t know. xD
Anyway, look wise, this tea is quite similar to the wedding tea. It’s soft and kinda colorful. It’s a pretty tea.
So. Not as good as I expected, but I’ll have to try it a few more times to be certain of it. I can see myself liking it, but not totally sure. Was hoping for more coconut/vanilla/rose flavors, but the coconut and rose were quite subtle in this tea. :/ The main thing I kept tasting was…hay…I guess it makes sense since it’s a white tea after all.
But yeah, not totally what I expected. The Wedding tea is definitely wayyyy better. But I have a couple more tsp left in this sample to come to a conclusion on this tea. We shall see.

Flavors: Coconut, Hay, Rose

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arid desert sand
hollow echoes in the wind
tall gold pyramid

Tamarindel

This is a great poem! You should do a Blurb book :)

sherapop

Thank you, Tamarindel!

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My first oolong tea! A pretty good adventure, definitely trying other oolongs after this!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 g 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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75

Overall I enjoyed this tea. I would suggest at least two steeps on this before tossing. Third steep was kind of boring. You taste more Pomegranate than Oolong flavor in my opinion. It is a lighter Oolong too.

I would consider this a pretty good choice but not something to run out and buy for your cupboard. If you know good tea, then I doubt you will consider this a personal favorite. If you are looking for something fruity and don’t want to be risky, this is probably a fair choice.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

Agree, 100%. I liked it well enough as a new tea drinker, but now the flavoring covers up the oolong too much for me. I think guests would love it, though.

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I received this as a sample when I placed a H&S order earlier this summer. It smelled incredibly strong in the box. I was so thankful all of my teas were in tins! Yesterday I decided to make a big container of this (one tea bag will make a gallon of tea). I cooled it to room temperature before putting it in the fridge. Tonight I pulled it out for dinner, and it was well received. The passion fruit flavor is spot on, and even though the smell of the dry leaves and while steeping was so strong the tea itself isn’t overly floral or perfume-y. It’s fruity and sweet (thanks to the sugar I added after it steeped).

This is definitely a tea I’d consider purchasing, but for now I’m happy it’s another sipdown.

September Sipdowns: 6

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons
211 tasting notes

Nice creamy vanilla and soft lemon not tart or sour more like a lemon cake. I’ve enjoyed it as a cold brew and hot. I was hoping to like the Royal Wedding more because it comes in a pretty tin, you get more tea bags and it’s $1 cheaper when comparing the 2 tins but I prefer this one. I will be getting more of this someday and actually look forward to trying it in a tea sachet.

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I bought this tea because of chamomille and lavender
and because I need to “breathe” in the evenings.
I tried it (no honey or milk) and it was disgusting,
so I added honey and milk and it’s drinkable.
I’ll not repurchase it and I do not recommend it.

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drank Jane's Garden by Harney & Sons
1381 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox Round #3 – Tea #1
The teabox is back again! The hope works because it made it through three successful rounds. Amazing! I’ll try to write some tasting notes for the teas in the box, even though Steepster is wacky… but it looks like I’ve been getting close amounts of ‘likes’ that I normally get, so I guess the tasting notes aren’t disappearing entirely. I don’t mind if Steepster isn’t doing so well right now, just as long as Steepster doesn’t disappear completely! I think Steepster is a vital site to many people now.. more vital than most.

First up, this one. Bancha with rose petals. I would have guessed sencha though I honestly don’t know the difference. The green tea is buttery, fresh, sweet, delicious, a little marine-like. I don’t taste anything other than the green tea though: no additional flavors from the rose petals. The green tea is great though!

mj

Agreed! Very vital to me :)

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drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
34 tasting notes

So…I may or may not be broken…..this is supposed to have guava and strawberry in it and smells DIVINE but….why don’t I taste guava or strawberry? I feel like all I’m tasting is the black/green blend. Perhaps I need to add sugar? I’m so used to NOT adding sugar to teas that I never know when it would be better if I did. Usually, I brew this cold and really like the overall taste. I still can’t say even when it’s cold that I get all that much fruit flavor. But, I had it hot for the first time today and will probably only brew it cold from here on out.

Also, how bad would it be if I stashed the last sachet under the driver’s seat of my car? I bet the smell would last halfway til forever!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
3 tasting notes

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Harney & Sons
16 tasting notes

Using the term “spice” in the name of this tea is a misnomer. There is not a hint of spice at all. It tastes like a red Roobios tea with no hints of pumpkin or spices.

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drank Russian Country by Harney & Sons
357 tasting notes

I was cleaning out my tea cupboard when I came across a whole set of Harney & Sons samples I had forgotten about from ::mumblemumble:: years back. So I might be reviewing a bit more in the near future. However, I must note that even though the packets are air tight, this tea is a few years old and therefore maybe not the most accurate.

Not a lot to say about this tea. If it were my first smoky tea, then I think that I wouldn’t be very impressed. It’s fine and held up after I oversteeped it a bit. It has a distinct earthy aftertaste — not bad. It’s fine, but I won’t order a full tin. NE

Preparation
4 min, 45 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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79

This is somewhat disappointing as the blueberry flavor is not as strong as the aroma. Still it is a good tea, very floral in taste with a mild blueberry flavor. There is no noticeable bitterness or astringency to it. It is a nice relaxing morning cup of tea.

I brewed this western style in an 18oz teapot with 175 degree water and 3 tsp leaf for 3 miin.

Flavors: Blueberry

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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73

Decent Ceylon, very respectable. Not my favorite, as it can easily be over brewed and get a bit bitter. I prefer a brighter taste to my Ceylons. Surprisingly good iced.

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I got a sample of this along with my recent Harney purchase and it was one of the teas I was most curious about. Now that I’m making tea in my dorm and not in the comforts of my own house, I realized I haven’t been drinking as much tea. So I had to fix that. (Buying five shipments of new tea might have been a bad idea though, or so my wallet says).

I’m not really a oolong drinker, as straight oolongs tend to taste a bit bland to me. However, this tea had just the right amount of fruitiness and it didn’t even overpower the taste of the oolong base. I don’t know if it’s just me but I also tasted a kind of milky aftertaste that reminded me of milk oolong. But I’m just weird.

So yes, this is a fairly light tea that I probably wouldn’t go to except for when I am craving a light cup to finish my day.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I am definitely getting some serious sweet potato and bread notes out of this tea – its quite earthy tasting and is going down a treat on this lazy saturday afternoon.

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drank Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
12 tasting notes

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Toasty cereal tea, Its simple and comforting. I was so close to buying more the other day when they had free shipping and donated 30% to the Marine Scholarship Fund in memory of John Harney. Toward the end of the day things happened in life that I knew I could not get more just yet.

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drank Eight at the Fort by Harney & Sons
4939 tasting notes

Finished up this one as well over the weekend. it’s another tea from Keychange so thanks for sharing madam! it’s been a great cup :)

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drank Eight at the Fort by Harney & Sons
4939 tasting notes

mmmmm another from keychange that i’m enjoying this morning. I love my mornings where i get to actually drink tea out of a mug. I’m working from home a bit this morning and then it’s in to work for literally one meeting, before we leave for the weekend. It’s super annoying, but needs to be done because i’m too committed to my customers, even if everyone else seems intent on making their lives miserable. ugh.

loving this one! I may actually need to add this to my cupboard in the future. thanks keychange!

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This is a delicious, dark, rich cup with a really intense flavor and aroma. The cherry scent of the dry leaf mellows out in the cup as the honey and vanilla flavors get stronger with heat. The cup finishes a little like Earl Grey, with the bergamot hitting the back of the palate.

Flavors: Apricot, Bergamot, Honey, Plums, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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