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82

Considering that this is a tea from Harney & Sons, a company who has been known for quality tea for more years than I’ve been alive, I knew going in that I was in for a treat. I wasn’t disappointed, this is one of the better bottled teas that I’ve tasted. The high-quality back tea that was used as a base for this drink isn’t drowned out by flavoring, even though there is a strong peach flavor. Occasionally I could even pick up hints of honey. The flavors from the sweeteners were light and not overpowering like I find most bottled teas to be and allowed the peach-like flavor to really come through.

You can read the full review on my blog:
http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2015/5/26/tuesday-tea-road-trip-review-bottled-peach-tea-harney-and-sons

Preparation
Iced

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drank Black Snail 2014 by Harney & Sons
6481 tasting notes

anoher sample from Beelicious This one is pretty strong. there are definite stone fruit notes in this, though i’m not picking up on any cacao or chocolate notes. Instead this is a very strong brew, that might be better suited for some milk and a little sweetner.

Final Count: 167

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10

A few months back I wrote a review for this product on the Harney & Sons website (harney.com). In the review I wrote that I have observed on multiple occasions the color of this White Christmas tea after steeping to be a maroon-red and not the pale yellow color that is pictured on the Harney & Sons website. The Harney & Sons website never posted my review. Be wary of the suspiciously disproportionate one-sided reviews on the Harney & Sons website (harney.com).

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95

I love this tea. I’ll write more later.

Flavors: Hay, Honey, Leather, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

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GCTTB

I decided to cold brew this one. I think it’s impacting the flavour of it. It is a bit unusual. Must be gingko. I’ve never had gingko before, and I’m not sure if I’ll try it again. We’ll see. The citrus comes out in the aftertaste. It was ok. Maybe it would be different if it was hot brewed then iced.

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85

It’s finally hot enough outside for iced tea!! This was my choice to brew up while I bathe in sun. It was so refreshing with a lemon tang combined with smooth vanilla and coconut. The sencha added a light green base that lifted these flavors up. I placed a lemongrass and mint sprig stir stick in my glass and enjoyed this beautiful day.

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Flavors: Coconut, Freshly Cut Grass, Lemongrass, Mint, Vanilla

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaNTees

Excellent, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! :)

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60
drank Chinese Flower by Harney & Sons
523 tasting notes

Tried cold-brewing this one this afternoon. I’m not a fan when it’s hot—too bitter and grassy with lemon so strong it’s a punch to the face. Cold it’s less grassy and smoother but there’s still a slight lemon peel edge (although keep in mind that I’m very sensitive to bitter tastes). I’m not tasting much floral here, and anything that’s there is overpowered by the lemon. It could use some sweetness (or the missing flowers!) to balance it out.

Flavors: Lemon Zest

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85

I ordered a sample of this with our most recent Harney order and while it is tasty for a bold straight black, the TLDR version is that I prefer Scottish Morn still.

In the measuring teaspoon, it looks like CTC black pieces with small greenish flecks. It brews a rich dark brown and the aroma is straight up malt. I don’t look for complexity in teas like this, so I am not at all put off by the simplicity in the scent. Unfortunately, while the addition of Darjeeling to this blend adds depth of flavor in my cup, it does it in a way that takes from the briskness and body of the Assam and Ceylon.

This kind of tea (like Scottish Morn) is meant to be enjoyed with milk and I added a good dash to my cup, which helps to give the tea a creamy balanced profile and highlights a hint of muscatel and citrus. While it is still a decent tea blend and I like what they had in mind for it, my personal preference will forever go to my favorite CTC for when I want a bold wake-up and I will reach for Scottish Morn, not Scottish Afternoon every time.

Flavors: Citrus, Malt, Muscatel

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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72

Tea of the morning. This was a sample in my recent H&S order. It smells super malty and just full of flavor. The steeped leaves smell of more malt and hints of honey. There’s a nice little kick on the finish to get you moving for the day. Might have to pick some up next time I place an order.

Flavors: Honey, Hops, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
6 tasting notes

Yummy. The scent is part of the experience in this one. Would like to try it with milk but I haven’t yet.

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90
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
6 tasting notes

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Flavors: Berry, Earl Grey, Vanilla

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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81

Tea of the morning, I didn’t get to make anything before I left the house this morning. Thankfully I had this on hand at work. Not much to say about it. It’s good and it certainly wakes me up. But it was hard to place any distinct flavors in this one.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
592 tasting notes

I had a little sample of this one lying around. I think it may have been from the first round of the T&C TTB, so I’ve had it for a while. Even though I usually prefer unflavored teas, I’ve been having straight blacks and oolongs at work daily for a while now, so it was time for a little change. I thought that the vanilla flavor was nice, and not too overpowering or reminiscent of pure vanilla extract. However, the base tea seemed really weak. I don’t know if it is because it is a decaf tea or just because the base tea is otherwise weak. I expect a black base to be bolder and complement the flavor of vanilla. Anyway, I only have about 1 tsp left, so perhaps next time I’ll try blending it with another strong black base as a non-decaf cuppa.

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65
drank Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
18 tasting notes

This is not my favorite kind of Earl Grey, but it wasn’t as terrible as I remember.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
62 tasting notes

This tea smells heavenly. Honey and vanilla and pastries and Paris :). However, while this isn’t a bad tea, I just wish the flavours were more obvious once steeped. If I’m paying 10$ for 40g, I want my experience with the tea a bit more intense.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Anniversary Blend by Harney & Sons
1854 tasting notes

If I close my eyes and omit the sugar, this reminds me of Mom’s homemade molasses cookies, especially as it cools.

sren

Great description— totally going on my list

Tealover

That’s so sweet. Nothing quite like a tea that sparks a memory.

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80

An invigorating mid-afternoon pick-me-up. The flavor is not overpowering or spicy. It’s actually quite smooth and refreshing. I attempted to steep it a second time, but didn’t get much out of it. Oh well, still very tasty. I also own the Harney & Sons Earl Grey. It might be my imagination, but both teas I have by this company seem much more mellow than I was expecting. The tins are lovely though.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
93 tasting notes

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77

This tea has become my nighttime tea. Perfect before bed after a long day!

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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77

I’ve been drinking this for the past two nights (it was a bridal shower gift). The flavor is good, but not particularly strong.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Tropical Green by Harney & Sons
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Preparation
2 min, 45 sec

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