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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
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Another tea at the boyfriends house, which is lovely, as it lets me cheat, and drink new teas, without breaking the ban!
Did you know that the Harney Tins have “effects” listed on them? This one says it sweetens me and my loved ones. Ha! Cute. Now I need to go read all the rest.
I’m not the worlds biggest fan of chocolate teas, but a chocolate mint isn’t bad at all. I won’t be bringing this into my own cupboard, I think, but it will be nice to have every once in a while, as a guest tea.

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Harney & Sons
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I almost bought a tin of this tea this fall when I was really wanting pumpkin spice tea. I am pretty glad I didn’t. A friend of mine is starting to get into tea and I was digging through his tiny stash and came upon a tin of this. I grabbed a sachet and attempted to brew a cup. I definitely didn’t pay attention to how I was brewing it and didn’t know the water to tea bag ratio so take this review with a grain of salt, but for me it was just a nice spiced tea. There were hints of cinnamon, and I could tell it was rooibos, but pumpkin didn’t scream out at me like I would like it too. Glad I got to try it, and glad I didn’t purchase a tin.

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This tea…let me tell you about this tea. I ordered it on a whim because I could get it for a discounted price, and the description sounded delicious. I am a big earl grey fan, so either way, I assumed I wouldn’t be disappointed.

It. Is. Delicious.

First off, I love getting tea in tins, it helps keep them fresher, the tin is well designed and beautiful, and you get a good amount of tea in it for the price. I cracked it open and I was hit with smells of warm, sweet caramel, vanilla, and lemony bergamot. I was immediately suspicious; surely it couldn’t taste as good as it smelled. But it does. It tastes EXACTLY like it smells! I devoured the first cup, and re-brewed the tea bag, to find the flavours stood up to another round.

I drank two teapots of it that day.

Needless to say, I have finished one 20 bag tin, and got another one before ran out. It’s going to be a go to for a while.

Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel, Earl Grey, Lemon, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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It’s Saturday, and that, in itself, is quite wonderful.
But, on top of that, I’ve got a cup of this right now. :D
ifjuly sent me some of this (she supplies me with the most wonderful teas… That woman, I tell you…), and I’ve been loving every cup of it that I’ve had.
It’s sweet, and bright, with notes of honey and fruit. This is definitely one I’d like to have around…
Seriously…I can’t stop sipping to type. ;)

http://i.imgur.com/UzOsEjP.jpg

(and yes…that is a Santa mug… still. lol)

TeaTiff

Oh this is soooo good! I hope H&S has this as their loose leaf assam again sometime soon. My tin will have to last until then.

OMGsrsly

I love your photos. :) (And I’m still using my Halloween mug, so Santa is fine!)

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Backlog from last week, and sipdown!

Many thanks to VariaTEA for sending me part of her dwindling supply of this tea. The buckwheat grains were much darker and larger than those of the other buckwheat teas I’ve tried. I think I might have used a mug that was too large for the sample that VariaTEA sent, but that’s okay.

It was roasty and nutty, but since H&S doesn’t do free shipping to Canada and since I have a whole bunch of sobacha from Yunomi, this was really just a chance to hear what the fuss was about.

One less tea in the cupboard!

VariaTEA

I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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

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Having a cup of this while I try finishing the knitted scarf for my husband that was SUPPOSED to be a Christmas gift, but I just didn’t have time to knit (and, this double seed stitch, while super easy, seems to take me longer than other patterns have…)…..
I love the brightness of this tea, along with that brisk lift at the finish. It’s not my favourite Darjeeling I’ve had (and, admittedly, I have not had too many…), but I really do like this tea. I swear I was picking up an almost cinnamon thing going on, but it was fleeting in each sip…enough to make me feel a bit of spice in the note, though.
Really lovely.

Cameron B.

Pictures of the scarf, please! :D

Fjellrev

In a way, you’re stretching Christmas out. :)

DeliriumsFrogs

I am always one for stretching Christmas out. lol
Here are some pics of the scarf (it’s super simple, and nothing fantastic… just a plain ol’ thing for keeping one’s neck warm. lol)
http://i.imgur.com/qrtoSiH.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/VF1bNsU.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/2770u0U.jpg

I wanted a stitch that didn’t scream out “KNITTED ITEM OVER HERE!”, since it’s for my husband…. I, on the other hand, am all over those types of items, especially in the form of leg warmers. ;)
http://i.imgur.com/2770u0U.jpg

DeliriumsFrogs

(and, I have no idea why that last image posted twice in my comment…. :p )

Anlina

Leg warmers are the best.

That’s a beautiful scarf.

Cameron B.

I love the seed stitch! And the color. :)

Fjellrev

That is so beautiful! I wish I could do something that intricate. Nice colour too.

DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, you could Fjellrev! Knitting is one of those things that seems intricate, but when you do it, you realize everything is basically just 1 type of stich, done different ways. And, if my clumsy fingers can do it, anyone’s fingers can. :D

Red Fennekin

I agree with the others – that’s a really beautiful looking scarf and a great looking stitch! It looks so neat and “professional”, if that makes sense…! XD

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drank Sally's Secret by Harney & Sons
413 tasting notes

I had not read the tasting notes or anything and the package did not say what was in it, so… it was a complete surprise when I opened it up and smelled the bergamot. I love bergamot and the roses were a nice addition. This was a nice cuppa but I think I like some of the other EG’s a bit more. My favorite is #69 from TeaGschwender. (I have to look up the spelling EVERY time I want to write it!!)

Flavors: Bergamot, Rose

DeliriumsFrogs

This sounds lovely!

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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I received a tin of sachets of this tea for Christmas. I’m pretty happy I did.

The two dominant flavors are citrus and cinnamon. There is a stronger cinnamon aftertaste that feels like it doesn’t belong, but it’s not particular unwelcome either. The tea reminds me of Constant Comment overall, if that’s helpful.

In short, not the best spiced tea I’ve ever had and I’m not sure I’d buy it for myself, but I wouldn’t be sad to see it under the tree again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Cherry Blossom by Harney & Sons
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This tea has such a unique combination of flavors! The base is very smooth and mellow and stays in the background for the most part. As I sip, I get a strong coconut flavor and a little hint of herby citrus from the lemongrass. But at the end of the sip, the ginger takes over and lingers in the aftertaste. I don’t think this is something I would have chosen for myself, but I’m actually really enjoying it. I’d also be curious to try it iced. Thanks for the sample, Kyla!

Flavors: Coconut, Ginger, Lemongrass, Spicy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
232 tasting notes

Wow, this stuff is SPICY! I smell the orange, but the flavor is mainly lots of cinnamon and clove that warms up my whole mouth and leaves a tingly aftertaste. Black, I’m finding it a bit too spicy for my tastes, but I’m guessing it would make a nice chai latte! Thanks for the sample, Kyla!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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As I was making my daughter’s breakfast this morning, she was setting up our episode of Sailor Moon Crystal on Crunchyroll, so I grabbed this sample sachet out of my tea drawer for a quick cup of morning tea.
Sitting down to this epic, drama-filled episode (seriously, this series is opera-like, compared to the original…), I was finding myself feeling quite underwhelmed by this cup.
Honestly, it tasted pretty watery and insipid to me.
As the cup cooled, however, the flavour became more present, turning into a pretty drinkable cup of tea.
I even steeped for a second time, so the cup held enough interest to warrant that.
While I wouldn’t purchase this on my own, I didn’t feel the need to dump it out, either.
It was just ok.

Fjellrev

Sailor Moon and tea sounds like a good time!

DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, it is! :D

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Assam, good. Ceylon, good. Assam and Ceylon…goooooooooooooooood. I’ve enjoyed this tea many times since I first purchased it a few weeks ago. The Ceylon makes this one nice and smooth without covering up the strong Assam. This is my first Harney & Sons tea, I’m looking forward to trying more of their black teas.

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I knew I’d love this tea when I read the box. The bold flavor of the Assam is smoothed out nicely by the Ceylon. I think this might become part of the regular rotation.

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Thank you to Kyla for sending me a sample of this delicious tea! I think this is the best Earl Grey I’ve ever had! The base is smooth and flavorful and perfectly balanced with just the right amount of bergamot. It takes milk beautifully, but this is one of the few Earl Grey teas that I would consider drinking straight. Absolutely delicious!

Flavors: Bergamot, Malt, Smooth

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is a very good fruit tea. I ordered a full tin of it. I do prefer PARIS as a fruit tea but they are out of stock. This one is strong on the banana flavor, it’s definitely the predominant taste. I am not as crazy about banana flavors. This is smooth and clear, a nice black tea when one is in the mood for fruit blends. Strong and not subtle. Not unnatural. I guess if I ever want to make a smoothie type tea, this would be the perfect tea.

Flavors: banana, Fruity

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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The was a welcome addition to a cold Friday evening. It reminds me a little of DavidsTea Cinnamon Roobois, but this was a much better price and had a stronger flavor. I mean I smells intense, and it really is all about the cinnamon, if you’re ok with that then this a great tea. It tastes sweet without the addition of sugar or honey due to the massive cinnamon flavor! Ths is a win for me! Not something I wouod drink every night, but I’d like to have it on hand!

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML

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My first tasting note! I received my first Harney order yesterday, and was so excited I woke up at 6:30am to make this…odd, I know!
I made this in my breville one touch, and considering this very strong black tea I’ve been having(Yorkshire gold) this was a welcome start to my day. Malty, smooth and was great with milk and honey. I must not have cleaned the breville well enough last night after I made a pot of Hot Cinnamon as there was a faint taste of cinnamon, which actually worked quite well.
A great start to Saturday!

Flavors: Honey, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Harney & Sons
232 tasting notes

I haven’t tried very much from Harney and Sons yet, so I was excited to see lots of H&S samples in the package I received from Kyla today. Unfortunately, I’m afraid that Butiki’s Pumpkin Creme Brulee has forever ruined me for every other pumpkin tea. This one wasn’t bad, really. There was actually some pumpkin mixed in with all the spices! But it was a sharp flavor like raw pumpkin, not the sweet, creamy cooked-pumpkin taste I was hoping for. It was also a little heavy on the cinnamon for my tastes. But on the plus side, the cinnamon completely drowned out that nasty rooibos aftertaste that I dread!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is my go-to when I need a soft classic vanilla taste. Not too sweet, just perfect. I like that there’s a creamy blend to this flavor. It’s not overbearing. When I’ve had a long week of Paris tea, a burst of sweet flavor, I relax with this one.

Flavors: Cookie, Creamy, Vanilla

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp

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