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I got a sample of this tea from the generous Ashmanra.

I had been wanting to try this one since hubby is a big fan of blueberry and partial to a nice fruit flavored green as well. The flavor here is pretty light. I wouldn’t say that it particularly reminds me of blueberries. It’s kinda chalky and more floral than fruity.
The green base was not so impressive either. It tastes like cheap Chinese sencha. Harney usually delivers but not this time. It wasn’t awful but I’m glad it was just a sample instead of a tin.
Thanks for letting me try this one out!

ashmanra

I want to order this loose leaf. All I had left was the one lonely bag that I sent. I wonder if you would like the loose better, but if it is the base then it may not make a difference. I want to try it iced sometime!

Mercuryhime

Aww, sorry I had the last bag from you and didn’t even like it. :(
Good excuse to tea shop though. :)

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drank Ginger Tea by Harney & Sons
263 tasting notes

Another from Target. Interestingly, I can’t find this on the Harney site. Maybe it’s exclusive to Target? I love ginger and really enjoyed drinking this. Also interesting that they call it a tea. Maybe we get bent over the tea/tisane thing too much?

Cameron B.

Oooh, that tin is gorgeous! :D

Megan

I’m so tempted to get these every time I go to Target (which is far too often). I haven’t seen this one!

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drank Lemon Herbal by Harney & Sons
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this tea bag + honey = nice evening relaxing tea. This is another teabag i took from the hotel lol and i’m glad that i did. It’s nice to be able to try a few more harney teas without committing to a whole tin! this is lemoney and refreshing and mostly just warm and comforting tonight. Clearly i’m crashing a little after 36+ hours on 2 hrs of sleep heh

Cameron B.

I totally took a few H&S tea bags from a restaurant a few weeks ago, oopsies? ;)

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drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
263 tasting notes

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drank Peppermint by Harney & Sons
263 tasting notes

I might have bought this at Target because the tin appealed to me. Maybe. I love my little Harney tins and recover them with other companies’ labels to reuse them. WP bags are a great size for that. If only they locked together when stacked!

Anyway, my tummy is a bit unhappy tonight so I made some of this and I am really enjoying it! I don’t know what about the peppermint makes the brew tea colored, so that was a surprise.

Cameron B.

Their tins are gorgeous, especially those colored ones. I’m always tempted to buy one when I’m at Target, too. :P

KiwiDelight

I partially bought Paris because of the tin.

albertocanfly

These tins are so adorable:P
Was the peppermint super strong? :D

Marzipan

I steeped it for 5 minutes and I really loved the way it turned out, I could see it becoming a habit. It was pleasant but I wouldn’t say too strong.

albertocanfly

Thank you! I might just have to try this one out, then:]

mj

I have a few of these empty tins, but I’m afraid to use them because the scent lingers (cinnamon in one, vanilla in one, mint in one). Marzipan, how did you clean them out? I soaked them for about a day with soap and water and then scrubbed them with soap and hot water, but they still smell like they might contaminate any tea I put in there.

Cameron B.

mj, usually I wash them and then let them just sit on the counter and air out for a few days.

Marzipan

Denture tablets! My daughter has a retainer so we have a huge box. They are magic.

mj

Thanks guys! I must make sure my teas are safe from flavor contamination :)

Cameron B.

Marzipan, wow, thanks for the tip! I’ll be sure to try that. :D

Marzipan

I also use the tabs on my gravity steeper and the tea stains come right off.

Megan

Oo that’s a great idea!

rosebudmelissa

I love peppermint tea. I tend to have a cup every day, although I can’t drink it right now due to heartburn from pregnancy :( Definitely one of the things I’m looking forward to getting back to in a little less than three months.

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Capri by Harney & Sons
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I received a sample of this from the wonderful TheTeaFairy. Thank you so much.

This is just weird to me. Fig, vanilla, lemon, black tea. Not sure what it is that I don’t like, maybe the lemon – or maybe it’s just the combination of flavors.
Whatever it is – this doesn’t work for me.
Sorry Fairy, I know you like this one.

boychik

I liked that one too. But I think not enough fig for me;). You should drink it chilled

Cameron B.

I love fig and vanilla, but I’m not sure about the lemon… You’re right, it is a weird combination. I’ll definitely have to try this one sometime, though. :)

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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T&C TTB 22/23

When I had this TTB I was about to make a H&S order and felt it was the perfect time to try this before buying it. It was good, so I bought some. I kept waiting for the Queen to speak to me before writing a note but she has not and it is almost gone. All I can say is I’ve enjoyed it in the mornings when I’m looking for caffeine and taste good with and without milk. I may order it again sometime, not sure.

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Made up a cup of this after digging through my cupboard for inspiration. :) It had to be a hot-steeping tea due to me automatically setting the kettle for 95C. This one caught my eye, as I’ve had it for coughcough and it was sitting there unopened.

It’s pretty good. It’s better (more flavourful) than the Yunnans I’ve picked up locally, although it definitely leans towards astringency. I do like it, with the honey baked sweet malty flavours, but I’m unsure I’d pick up more of this one. I think I prefer the Taiwan Assams, because they mix my favourite (Assams!) with the honey baked sweet flavours.

Still, I am enjoying this mug and I’ll happily resteep it and finish up the sample.

(~2.5 tsp in 16 oz)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

mmm…sounds tasty. I really want to get to NY for a Harney splurge :( miss you guys a ton

OMGsrsly

Hi Sil, hiiii! :) We miss you too.

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The lovely TheTeaFairy was kind enough to send me a tin of this.
It’s really nice cold steeped. I think it’s a nice balance of citrus and passion fruit – there might also be a hint of berry hanging around.
This is pretty tart and I did add some sweetener, but I like iced teas a little bit sweet so that’s ok with me.
Thanks Fairy – I will continue to enjoy this one as long as this heat continues.

TheTeaFairy

Yay! Glad I found a nice home for it :-) i hope the heat doesn’t last too long though so you can enjoy a great hot cuppa!!

scribbles

I thrive in heat…jealous!!! :) Felt like autumn in TO for the last couple of days.

Dexter

Then you should have been here today. It was sunny 33C with humidity something like 39C, I don’t mind warm, but it was suffocating hot :))
I will be happier tomorrow with a more reasonably 27C.

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drank Indian Nimbu by Harney & Sons
75 tasting notes

Holy crap. This is the best smelling tea I’ve ever come across. If they made a candle in this scent I would snatch it up in a millisecond.
Once I got my nose out of the bag I stuck 1tsp in my infuser and used less-than boiling water and steeped for only 3 minutes as I’d read that others found it bitter. Sadly it doesn’t taste quite as good as it smells, but it’s still pretty yummy. It’s light with a nice bit of lemon and some creaminess. I wouldn’t have guessed there was supposed to be caramel, but it’s not bad overall. I’ll probably finish my sample, but I don’t think I would pick up a tin. Admittedly I don’t have much of a taste for Darjeeling, so grain of salt.

Flavors: Grapefruit, Lemon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Apricot by Harney & Sons
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From the Round 3 Here’s Hoping TTB

Simple and good. The flavor is spot on apricot with a nice medium body black tea that has a slight biscuit note. I drank half of my cup unsweetened and then added sugar and cream to my cup. I enjoyed this tea both ways, and I’m thinking I’d love having this in cupboard as an afternoon tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank White Christmas by Harney & Sons
269 tasting notes

Can’t make up my mind about this one. I’ve been wanting it since last year when I saw it at Chapters as part of a package. I didn’t buy it then because I wasn’t interested in the other teas that would have come along but I’ve been eyeballing it ever since. Well, now I have it.

Smells divine. Taste is decent but not what I expected. A lot of notes say “chocolate”. I’m not getting chocolate at all. I’m getting vanilla and cardamom, but I think I’m getting chamomile at the end of the sip, and that’s what’s turning me off a little. I will try to mask that in later cups, maybe with some almond milk but I’m hesitant to add that to a white tea. So yeah. That’s my take. I’m drinking it out of an blue glass mug so I have no idea what color it brews.

I also wasn’t sure how much water to use for 1 sachet so I went with 8 oz, which is half the mug. 177F, 3 minutes.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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This sample i got from ifjuly loong time ago.

Today I decided to run side by side with Golden Monkey Paw by California Tea House
http://steepster.com/teas/california-tea-house/3166-golden-monkey-paw

H&S version is heartier, maltier and earthier. its very rich cup but today I think it was too rich for me. And earth flavor distracted me for some reason. some peppery notes emerged as it cooled at the end of the sip.

i resteeped both teas at@5min. Meh. Didnt care for either. Kinda flat and boring.

Im glad i finally tasted both, long overdue.
Thank you ifjuly for the awesome samples you sent me. Still havent finished your endless box ;-)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
JC

Nice! I love side by side tastings. I often discover things I didn’t notice before in separate tastings.

boychik

while i did lame comparison i realized that i dont care for GM at all. Now i need to find a home for Teavivre’s GM (not that anything wrong with it;)))

TheTeaFairy

Very nice!

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What a lovely tea! I purchased this in a Tagalog tin and took this on a trip with me to use in the hotel room. This was such a comforting, rich blend. It was just the pick-me-up I needed with its rich, vanilla flavor and warm citrus undertones. I will definitely repurchase this in loose leaf if it’s available the next time I place an order. I would recommend this one if you like a sweeter black tea blend.

Cameron B.

I always have issues with this tea, which makes me sad because I love vanilla. Sometimes it’s weak, sometimes it’s bitter, sometimes it’s astringent… I guess it just doesn’t like me! :P

I’m glad it behaves for you, though.

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This tea was such a disappointment. I generally like a lot of the Harney & Sons blends I’ve tried, but this one was just too weak for my liking. When I steep it, I normally have to steep two bags to derive any sort of flavor from it. It’s also quite lacking in the spice department as well, so at best you get a a faint hint of pumpkin and maybe a hint of spice if you’re are lucky. I don’t like to doctor my teas, but I typically add a bit of raw organic honey, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg to this and turn it into more of a latte to make it more palatable. I think for the price, there are better pumpkin spice blends on the market.

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
12 tasting notes

One of my very favorites! I tried this tea in a sample bag of loose-leaf, and as soon as I finished that bag, I immediately bought a tin. This is just an all around excellent tea! I love that it is never too bitter or smokey. It had just the right hints of citrus and black tea to enliven you, and a hint of a caramel undertone for the perfect hint of sweetness. I drink this tea straight, and can easily go through multiple cups a day of this! Highly recommend! If you have the chance to try it in loose-leaf form, go with that.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec

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A fellow tea love hot me hooked on this tea, and nearly three years later, it’s still a staple in my tea cabinet! It is like a liquid hug in a mug! This one warms you up and is so rich and decadent. The cinnamon in it is just perfect, without being overpowering. I don’t add anything to this tea when I drink it because it’s perfect on its own! I also love the cinnamon in it for the added health benefits as well. I especially enjoy this tea after meals.

Cameron B.

I like this one a lot, too. It’s like liquid red hot candies! :D

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What an odd tea! When I first opened my sample of this, I was honestly a bit repulsed at the cloying, scent. It smelled like a mixture of decaying flowers and children’s cough syrup…blahh! However, I’m glad that I didn’t let the scent alone dissuade me from brewing it anyways. I figured I had paid for a large sample, I may as well brew it before I throw the towel in. Let me just say that this one is much more pleasant to sip when brewed, than to just sniff in the bag! Once brewed the cloying scent dissipates a bit. It tastes like a rich fruity floral blend when served hot. The hibiscus in it is a bit overpowering, so when I blend this tea, I typically steep a little less than usual, and don’t allow it to become too strong and overpowering. Overall, this is a tolerable tea, but not an enjoyable one. I find there are much better fruity blends on the market, but this is still a fun one to try just as a sample.

Flavors: Hibiscus

Cameron B.

Hibiscus is evil. :o

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I adore this tea. It’s a nice melody of green tea, infused with citrus and a hint of floral. It’s not too grassy, yet not overpowering with floral either. It’s just a nice, lovely balance. If I’m in the mood for a green tea blend, this is the one I reach for. It’s an uplifting tea that leaves you energized and refreshed.

Preparation
2 tsp

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Dry: Short black tea leaves. The overwhelming smell from the tin is of too sweet, almost “powdery” (and sadly fake smelling) dessert instead of extract or even a creamy vanilla custard. I was hoping for luscious, complex nommy vanilla, but this is not the case. I really love some H & S teas, but at times it seems like some of the flavored teas are questionable when some of their straight teas are fantastic.

Steeped: Dark brown clear liquor. The fragrance of the brewed tea is less artificial than the dry leaf straight from the tin, but still too sweet for a straight vanilla. It is almost like they were going for vanilla, had trouble, and ended up with a questionable bakery item. The Harney description mentions simple vanilla, but also baking sugar cookies. Not trying to be overly picky here, but sugar cookies don’t usually smell like straight vanilla too much- but they are super sweet like this blend smells.

Taste: Not loving how this turned out. Not vanilla and the base doesn’t lend to a very notable sip so it can’t be saved by being really awesome tea even if the flavoring is meh. This could have been marketed for children’s tea with the overly sweet sugary/bakery thing it has going on. I made it a second time blended with English Breakfast by H&S and it was much more pleasant. Definitely not a repurchase for me though either way.

Flavors: Artificial, Powdered sugar

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sample cube 18/18!

This one had a very intense citrus aroma as soon as I opened the package. The sachet contains not only green tea bits but also very finely chopped pieces of something lighter, which I think is lemongrass in spite of it not being labelled on the package. (Later I checked the website and lemongrass was indeed one of the ingredients). The brewed tea still has that very strong citrus scent, almost like lemon drop candies. The flavor is quite mellow, not really sharp or vegetal for a green, with that familiar lemongrass zest. It’s not bad, though not something I’d seek out often.

And that’s it for the sampler! Now back to being busy…

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