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60

This tea has a fruity floral aroma. It tastes fruity and sweet like a piece of juicy fruit gum. It is not really my cup of tea.

Flavors: Fruit Punch

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
22 tasting notes

This is one of those cases where I suspect the tea is just fine, but not really my thing.
The fruit aroma is very strong and the fruit flavor appears to dominate the tea. It possibly doesn’t help that I am not a huge fan of stone fruits to begin with.

Also, for some very weird reason, the aroma of the tea as I go to take a sip makes me think its going to taste soapy. I have no idea as to why. It doesn’t taste soapy. Maybe I am associating it with one of those scented shower gels or something similar.

This may be an excellent tea for others, but its just not my thing.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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83
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
40 tasting notes

This is a lovely black tea with a lovely dark color and pleasant flavor. I probably wouldn’t have been able to figure out that it was chocolate hazelnut flavor if I hadn’t read the product description, but I’m not very good at identifying and comparing smells/tastes so maybe it’s just me. And it definitely did have a sophisticated nutty aspect to it. After tasting it straight, I put milk and sugar in it because I’m hungry and that’s what I do when I’m hungry for some reason. The milk and sugar really enhanced the flavor, I think, instead of obscuring or muddying it. Anyway, I’m really enjoying it and I might even consider buying some for a repeat experience because the sample I have (BTW, thanks for the sample, JK7ray!) turned out to be enough for just one enormous mug/small-to-medium-sized pot. (Hopefully it’ll re-steep well, too. I feel kind of irresponsible for writing my reviews while I’m drinking the tea rather than after I’ve tried re-steeping, but I’m afraid I’ll forget how the tea tasted if I wait.)

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35

Harney & Sons is one of my favorite companies for black teas. No one puts out as many hits as them in my opinion. From their Earl Grey to their Holiday tea, they alway impress and leave me wanting another cup.

As for their green teas, I’d only ever had Cherry Blossom green by them. A surprisingly delightful tea considering I don’t tend to enjoy fruity teas.

Last night, I went to a Japanese buffet with my husband and one of our friends. They didn’t have pots of teas for the table, only cups. And only one tea: Harney & Sons Japanese Sencha.

At first, I found the tea absolutely delightful. However, when I got to the bottom, things got a little odd. Usually, I leave my tea bags in the entire time because I like it strong. Very few teas are too strong for me to handle the bag being kept in for longer than a few minutes (Yorkshire for example). When I reached the bottom of this tea, I was met with an extremely tart finish that I’d never experienced with a proper green before. When enjoying a cup of tea, you don’t want those last sips to ruin your entire cup. And that’s why this doesn’t get a very high rating from me.

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64
drank Spiced Plum by Harney & Sons
2028 tasting notes

Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #38
I was expecting stronger flavors here overall. The hibiscus was masking as plum, which is annoying, but the hibiscus wasn’t as overwhelming as I thought it would be. The cinnamon surprisingly light. Hints of ginger that added extra depth. This is the kind of tea I love to see in a teabox: one that sounds intriguing, but I really just want to try it rather than have it around.

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86
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
6 tasting notes

How do you add a tealog entry daily? If I drink PARIS tea every day, how do I log this each day? The forum says I must add a tasting note every day??? That cannot be. I have nothing new to say. PLEASE someone tell me how to “check in” when I drink a particular tea each day. Thank you!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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86
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
6 tasting notes

To my taste, Paris is a bounty of berries. It actually smells like blueberry pie, buttered crust and all. But, it’s balanced enough that you’re not turned off, the way you can be with artificial fruity teas.

Flavors: Blueberry

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

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70
drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
22 tasting notes

A nice basic black tea with enough cranberry to give it some flavor.

Flavors: Cranberry, Orange, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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70

Yeah, its got some artificial flavors, and is a little sweeter to taste than I like, but its all cinnamon and its nice when I’m in the mood for it.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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40
drank Citrus Blend by Harney & Sons
22 tasting notes

I’ve had this one a few times and its always been a bit too bitter for my tastes.
The first time I assumed I had brewed it too hot and too long so I dropped both the temp and time. While not as bad, its still too bitter for my liking.

I was hoping for a bit of a pick me up this morning. If this doesn’t improve as it continues to cool, I’ll just make a cup of Lady Gray instead.

Wish I wasn’t out of Caribe.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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55

So, opening the package, this tea has a wonderful aroma. That aroma is a bit muted once it starts brewing. In tasting the tea, I can tell that there is flavor there other than just black tea, but just barely. And its not enough to identify what that is. I tried steeping it for longer, but it just got bitter.

I don’t know, maybe my sensitivity to flavors has been demolished by my passion for spicy foods. :)

One I would be ok with drinking if its what was available, but not something I would pick first or go out of my way for.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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93
drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
22 tasting notes

Every time I make a cup of this tea, I fall in love just that little bit more. The aroma is just so uplifting. I’m not big on fruity teas (not counting citrus), so every cup is like a new little surprise. :)

It works well with a second steeping but doesn’t really hold up for a third.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Caribe by Harney & Sons
22 tasting notes

Light, fruity, sweet, with just a small hint of coconut.
A nice light tea that seems to want to demand being iced on a hot summer afternoon while relaxing in the shade.

Flavors: Coconut, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95
drank Mother's Bouquet by Harney & Sons
22 tasting notes

This smells beautiful, looks beautiful, and even tastes beautiful.
So relaxing during a hectic day at work.

It has, however, one downside. The rose petals tend to like to glue themselves to the sides of my infuser, making it a pain to clean out. :)

Flavors: Floral, Orange Zest

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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43

My sister bought this.

Much too sweet for everyday drinking, but probably good as a dessert digestif… except that it’s a black tea and I’m sensitive to caffeine so I won’t drink it after dinner. It has a very artificially sweet smell like a cheap chocolate candy. The odour of this tea clings to my Thermos and it took me 5 days of washing and soaking to get the smell out.

I’ll try it with milk at some point, but I’m guessing this one won’t be coming out very often.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1 tasting notes

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20

The cinnamon is overpowering to the point there may as well not be any tea. It also comes across as oily, perhaps due to all the spices.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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100

Watching Phantom of the Opera with my boys, Dennis and Forest, my kitty kids. Between doling out treats and giving tummy rubs I am enjoying Royal Wedding from Harney & Sons.
The coconut and almond flavors compliment the natural sweetness of the Mutan White base very nicely, with the merest wisp of rose working well in the background. Very creamy and smooth. As another reviewer noted, the taste is not unlike carrot cake, a carrot cake with a rich, decadent frosting! Royal Wedding is undoubtedly the best flavored white blend I’ve had.
An old movie, my kitties and a great cup of tea, life is very good indeed. I think I’ll have another cup if Dennis and Forest will allow me to get up!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Mint Tilleul by Harney & Sons
485 tasting notes

H&S sent me a sample of this. I did not have high hopes for it, because I had previously tried a plain tilleul sample of theirs, and it was dreadful. This one is not as bad, as the peppermint helps mask the tilleul. But it still begs the question of why anyone would use tilleul at all, since this would be a 100 times better if it was just plain peppermint tea.

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drank Valentine's Blend by Harney & Sons
750 tasting notes

I normally don’t do the seasonal blends and tea that is supposed to be chocolate I especially don’t do. I went to pick up something from one of the tea festival vendors and she had this as her featured seasonal blend. I was offered a cup of something and it seemed polite to go with the feature. :)

As far as chocolate teas go, this isn’t bad. It’s still primarily scratch-n-sniff chocolate – mildly sweet cocoa with a papery taste. I don’t notice rose at all. The tea base is fine and I will finish the to-go cup of it, but I wouldn’t stock this for my cupboard. Maybe I should have taken my vendor up on her offer of a sweetened latte form. :) Curious as to whether or not the rose might have been noticeable in that form.

tea-sipper

I almost had this one the other day too.

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46

Not much of a scent or flavour, and doesn’t really resemble tea but at least it’s smooth and not bitter. Good enough for an everyday tea, but I am on the lookout for something better. Wish I hadn’t bought a box of 50 bags on Amazon.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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92

I’m not eating gluten as for the moment so perhaps my sense of taste has gone awry, but I swear this tastes like a fresh-from-the-oven loaf of brioche or challah with yam and cinnamon notes. But definitely sweet, warm, yeasty bread.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Stonefruits, Straw, Sugarcane, Sweet, Yams, Yeast

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97

This is an extremely floral tea perfect for people like me who wake up slowly. It truly is a beautiful tea. My only qualm is that it gets bitter if the water is any more than 175 degrees.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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