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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2276 tasting notes

Round two of guess the flavouring, courtesy of Alphakitty!

By scent, I’d guess this is a strawberry-flavoured black. However….. the first sip makes me question whether it’s strawberry or perhaps raspberry?? Yum! I like this one! I’m going to go with raspberry, I think. This cup, unlike Florence, does have some astringency, but it’s quite manageable. I think 5 minutes would have been overdoing it here, so glad I stuck with 4. I want to say that there’s a touch of chocolate in here too, but I could be wrong. It’s certainly not as prominent as in Florence, if it’s there. I quite like the flavouring here. Again, I’m not always huge on the flavoured blacks, so I probably wouldn’t pick it up myself, but it was lovely to try! I bet it’s amazing with milk and sugar, but I just had three bowls of hand-picked strawberries covered in Greek yogurt and brown sugar, so I really don’t think I deserve any additional calories right now. I have enough for a second round though, so perhaps then!

Ok…. so I was way off. I do remember thinking that one of the teas smelled like an earl grey when I was steeping them, but forgot entirely by this time. It still reads as a fruity black to me, and less like an earl grey, but that’s ok! Hee… if I’m this terrible at flavours all the time, I wonder what they must think of me on the cheese panel….

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I am not 100% sure, but I think they said once that it was black currant as at least one of the fruity flavors in this!

Kittenna

That wouldn’t surprise me. I was definitely feeling raspberry though, but it could easily be any sort of berry flavour, as I’m not great at identifying them sometimes :)

Alphakitty

I couldn’t find what exact berries this is flavored with… I should ask next time I go. Tastes like raspberry/currant to me, but berry flavors tend to be kind of similar so it’s hard to pick just one out.

Harney & Sons The Store

The fruity tastes in Paris come from black currant. You were pretty close thinking chocolate, as there are vanilla and caramel in there, along with the touch of bergamot.
-RA

Kittenna

Cool, good to know! It was definitely tasty :D And I didn’t add it above, but the re-steep was pretty darn good too, which I judge to be an indicator of a good flavoured black!

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ashmanra

I am not 100% sure, but I think they said once that it was black currant as at least one of the fruity flavors in this!

Kittenna

That wouldn’t surprise me. I was definitely feeling raspberry though, but it could easily be any sort of berry flavour, as I’m not great at identifying them sometimes :)

Alphakitty

I couldn’t find what exact berries this is flavored with… I should ask next time I go. Tastes like raspberry/currant to me, but berry flavors tend to be kind of similar so it’s hard to pick just one out.

Harney & Sons The Store

The fruity tastes in Paris come from black currant. You were pretty close thinking chocolate, as there are vanilla and caramel in there, along with the touch of bergamot.
-RA

Kittenna

Cool, good to know! It was definitely tasty :D And I didn’t add it above, but the re-steep was pretty darn good too, which I judge to be an indicator of a good flavoured black!

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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