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80
drank Bangkok by Harney & Sons
6 tasting notes

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80
drank Bangkok by Harney & Sons
6 tasting notes

This was my go-to tea when I was in high school over a decade ago, when I used to go to Barnes & Noble and read books and sip tea. The taste of it reminds me of burning my tongue on the inappropriately hot water but overall, this is a solid tea. The coconut flavor with the green tea is a winner with me. Doesn’t need any honey but the sweetness can bring the flavor out a bit. Try as a cold tea as well.

Flavors: Coconut, Tropical

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60

This tea is very light. It kind of taste like vanilla? To me it taste a lot like fig newtons. Not terrible, however I do not see myself repurchasing.

Flavors: Fig, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Last of this sample. I still think it tastes like grape Nerd candy, but the tea actually grew on me the more I drank it. I guess once I got over the surprise of it not tasting like blueberry AT ALL I could appreciate that, you know, grape Nerds are actually pretty tasty.

R.F. Hill

I get that flavor, too. The aroma reminds me of grape candy (or as I was told by a friend, "Grape medicine).

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75

This tastes like those grape Nerd candies! Well, it’s not unpleasant, but I’m glad I got to try a sample of this instead of accidentally buying a whole tin of candy tea.

Flavors: Candy, Grapes

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Friend lent me one and said it was too earthy. I got green, woody, and grassy, but it was actually kinda nice. Surprised this was a decent bag.

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90
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
172 tasting notes

All the good things that have already been said about this tea are true: cassis vanilla deliciousness.

Thank you, Sil. I was just waiting for the right moment, ie. when I had some tastebuds to work with and when I wasn’t flinging myself out the door in a mad dash.

Beautiful tea.

Flavors: Black Currant, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Daylon R Thomas

That’s a black currant vanilla Earl Grey? Damn, that looks good.

Daylon R Thomas

The Bergamot is light, Not quite an Earl Grey, but again, damn.

Daylon R Thomas

The Bergamot is light. Not quite an Earl Grey, but again, damn. I wish comments could be edited. That, and I need to be better at typing.

Sil

glad you enjoyed it :)

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drank Hojicha by Harney & Sons
24 tasting notes

I decided to get a sampler of this because I wanted to try something just different and I needed to add a couple extra bucks to the order.

When I opened the packet, the first thought through my head was, oh, this was a mistake.
While it was brewing I could kind of maybe understand how some people might say that this is kinda similar to coffee. Not a lot, but there might be a wee itty bit of a similarity.

And then it finished brewing. I sit here smelling it, thinking, oh I do not want to taste this. But I will. I paid for it, I will give it a chance.

With my first sip, I am surprised. This tastes a lot better than I expected from the smell of it dry or the smell while it was brewing. The aroma improves as it cools.

I really have no clue as to how to describe this flavor or how to rate it. So I’m not. :)

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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60
drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
24 tasting notes

This feels like its trying to be so much that it ends up being nothing.
I don’t notice the floral elements in either aroma or taste. I could smell the coconut on opening the packet, but the taste is lost in the tea.

Maybe the vanilla and almonds still stand out a little, but its not very much. I’m starting to suspect that I’m not a big fan of vanilla in teas.

Overall not a bad tea. I’m sure others would like it, but its not really my thing.

Flavors: Almond, Vanilla

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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72
drank Mint Verbena by Harney & Sons
106 tasting notes

This tea is amber brown in color and smells quite minty. It taste minty and sweet like a peppermint pattie. If you like mint, you will like this tea

Flavors: Mint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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40
drank Chinese Flower by Harney & Sons
24 tasting notes

Try number 2.

Aroma from the packet was all lemon drops.

Made sure the water in my kettle was fresh and made sure it never went above 170 and shortened the brewing time to 2.5 minutes.

The skunk was still there while brewing. However, the shorter brewing time may have helped as the skunk seems to have stayed with the leaves instead of being in the cup.

The lemon is more noticeable now. That’s about it though. Nothing floral. Can’t even taste the tea.

Not impressed.

Flavors: Lemon

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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40
drank Chinese Flower by Harney & Sons
24 tasting notes

I opened the package and the first thing that hit me was lemon. Lemon? Go back to the Harney and Sons web site and it states orange peel. It smells like lemon to me. Actually smells almost exactly like a lemon drop.

As I start to brew, the scent of lemon stays but is accompanied by another that I just cannot identify. Something unpleasant. Something that just seems wrong.

And then I take my first sip and I taste lemon . . . and something kind of unpleasant hiding just behind it. I keep sipping as it cools and the flavor profile stays pretty much the same. And I still can’t identify that component that just seems wrong somehow.

Could it be the floral elements clashing with the lemon? I don’t think so, but the lemon is strong enough maybe it is messing with my ability to tell?

Could it be the green tea? Again, I don’t think so. I’ve had green teas a number of times. Even if I had steeped too hot or too long I can usually identify that. There’s no bitterness. I swear it almost smells like a fart covered up with lemon air freshener.

I’m going to give this a try again tomorrow. I keep thinking I just had to have done something wrong this time.

- Edit -

And on my way home, it hit me, as I assume someone else had hit it. Skunk. Its like a very very faint smell of skunk.

Flavors: Lemon

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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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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55
drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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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
45 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
2044 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
24 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
24 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
24 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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