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This is the last of the Harney samples I ordered.
I think this is a tea that’s flavor changes each sup or even each sip. I’ve had it before and it tasted more caramel-y, and this time it tastes more like a spruced up Earl Grey Cream with some Black Currant notes. It’s also a bit tannic which I’ve never encountered with a Harney blend before, but I’ll have to try steeping for a shorter period of time.
Flavors: Bergamot, Black Currant, Cream, Earl Grey, Tannic, Vanilla
So I doubled the leaf this time around, and the orange flavor is still not as strong as I remember from my first sample teabag. Either this pouch is old and some of the flavoring has dissipated, or they are stuffing a boatload of tea into those sachets.
Tried this once in a sachet and liked it enough to order a sample pouch. The orange makes a nice combination with the green tea. This isn’t as strong as I remember though, which makes me wonder how much tea they’re stuffing in those sachets. Think I will add extra leaf next time and see how that turns out.
Another sipdown that I don’t know what day of sipdowns it’s from :P
This is growing on me, if I get it in a swap I won’t be upset and I might get a cup to go sometime, but I probably won’t buy more loose leaf in the near future. It’s definitely a spiced plum flavor – similar to apple cider but plum and hibiscus. It’s weird. But good. I have mixed feelings on it :P
Flavors: Hibiscus, Plums, Spices
When I opened this up and smelled it, it was much more.. savory. No fruity scents, just a bit of spice.
After steeping it, it’s still not my favorite. It’s almost like a mulled plum juice. I can taste the cinnamon, clove, allspice first which gives it a great autumn warmth.. but then the plum ends it making you feel almost confused. It’s tart, a bit dry, and reminiscent of wine.
Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Plums, Red Wine, Tart
H&S order arrived!
Ever since I tried the wonderful orange pekoes of Plucky Farms, Amba Estate, I’ve been trying to track a good source for them (originally I found them through Tealet, but their prices are WAY beyond my budget), so I was excited when I realized that Harney & Sons carried OPs from the Amba Estate too. I thought it might even be the same tea under a different brand.
Now that I’m trying it, I think this is not the case. I’m not getting those natural brown sugar notes that were in the Plucky tea. Nevertheless, this is still a very nice OP, it has that rich burnt orange color and is very robust, so I’m still glad I got it.
On the 8th day of sipdowns…
This morning I threw my last (of 2) Harney Black Currant tea bag into my mug and accidentally oversteeped it. It was okay, but the black tea definitely drowned out the currant notes from over steeping :/ I’ll probably pick up a little more of this one.
Flavors: Black Currant
I had this one last night and I’m so so happy that I ended up getting a tin of it in the store awhile back because I just finished off the sample packet.
This tea kicks butt – I don’t normally like fruit tisanes in the winter when they’re hot but this is seriously wonderful. It’s just a bit tart and the strawberry flavor is strong but not artificial tasting. Hands down, this is my favorite Harney tea to date.
Flavors: Strawberry, Tart
I ordered a few samples from Harney during their Black Friday sale (since you can’t get samples in their SoHo store :/) and this was one of them that I wasn’t sure about just yet.
Harney really stepped up to plate with this fruit tea! Most fruit herbals that I’ve had are really weak or Teavana/Davids where they add a lot of apple and super sugary dried fruits as fillers and this one doesn’t! The flavor is really strong and reminiscent of the Berry Kiwi Colada I like from Teavana. The strawberry is there in a very light way, not overly sweet at all. I can’t taste the kiwi particularly but I can’t taste the kiwi in Berry Kiwi Colada either so I think kiwi just isn’t a flavor that I can distinguish well in tea form. Overall it’s really good, the one downside is that I think it would be better in the summer just due to the flavors associated with summer over winter. I’ll have to try another cup of this when it gets warm and do a comparison with this and the Teavana tea as well.
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Flavors: Fruity, Vanilla
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Flavors: Cinnamon, Clove, Spices, Sweet
Oh my sweet T-Rex. This smells AMAZING. Snorting in the scent from the little sample bag it’s full of dried autumn fruits, brown sugar, and some hay. And the leaves are gorgeous. look like a moron over here at my desk with my nose stuffed deep in a bag. :)
Steeped, it turns into a warm leather, deep chocolate and yeast, sweet liquor with malt that is intense enough that I feel somewhat guilty drinking it at work. I don’t normally write tasting notes at work out here online, but I had to for this one. I must get some of this. More than a sample.
If I were being rational, I’d try this side by side with Assam Enigma and that other Assam I love from Golden Tips before I said I have to have a few ounces of this one. But rationality rarely enters into my tea purchases, I realize. I will, however, not buy unless it is on sale or with free shipping, so I should have at least a few days to do some testing. Harney seems to have had sales every few days for the last year or so. Some better than others, and not always a blanket X% on everything or free shipping, so I may have more time than I think. :)
Regardless, I am going to savor this sample.
Why have I neglected this tea? I bought 2oz a while back from the shop. I think I tried it once in a rush and wrote it off. This morning this tea is perfect. I get a slightly berry almondy flavor. The base seems to be similar or the same as all the flavored blacks. I will be honest I sometimes wished H&S had a slightly nicer base for their flavored blacks, maybe a smooth assam, but it is okay. Good cup this morning. I think I am declaring today H&S tea day. I have quite a few I have been craving recently.
Sigh. It is moments like these that I really, really wish that Harney and Sons were more readily available here in Canada! I ordered a big batch of their teas from the Harney and Sons website last December, but because of the cost of shipping have not ventured to do so since.
Anyway, this tea! Tokyo by Harney and Sons was the most original taste I have ever enjoyed. I have yet to see it replicated anywhere else. It might be a testament to how good it is that when I finished the canister, I actually kept it around for nigh on 6 months just to be able to smell it. It was amazing! It had a really great tea base — reminded me of a nice steamed sencha — full bodied green — but with a fantastic creamy and nutty sesame flavour. It reminded me a bit of black sesame ice cream with some of the best green tea. I’m pining for it still and it’s been a year! If anyone knows where I can get my hands on some more… Let’s just say you’ll be my new friend.