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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
969 tasting notes

Yay, trying my first Harney’s tea! I picked up 15 sachets of this from a local tea shop yesterday, hehe I cleaned them out of one of their large bags so the guy just gave me my tea in the giant bag! So I get the entire smell of Paris as it’s infused into the bag pretty much haha.

This smells sooo tasty dry. To me, it is a lemon square, with the light lemony bergamot and vanilla. But upon closer sniff, there is a lovely fruity sweetness in there, I am not sure what type of fruit, it seems to be a berry blend with plums maybe? That could also be currants, although the currants I have had I have not liked lol too bitter. But the vanilla and lemon are definitely predominant!

I am steeping this for 3 minutes, 30 s as I don’t want it to get too strong for the first cup. Haha, of course the sachet entirely fell in the tea, had to fish out the string with a fork lol. The steeped smell is VERY Earl Grey, but with the fruitiness there. It is for some reason reminding me of this little pie place I went a few times when I was younger on the way to visiting my grandma’s. This pie and tea house was in a train station, so it was nice and old fashioned and rather classy looking, it seemed to take you back to a different era of wearing nice dresses every day and beautiful hats and sipping tea. That is what the smell of this is reminding me of: refined elegance, afternoon tea time, juicy plums and classic EG. Oh, and now the vanilla is coming out more too as it finished steeping. I am feeling good about this tea! ETA about the smell – it is soooo good. I have been smelling and smelling it and mmmmmm. It’s reminding me of sugar glazed fruit in a vanilla cake of some sort, or a pudding. Yummy.

As for taste, this is pretty delicious. A very strong Earl Grey flavor at the start, but fading into a creamy vanilla fruity aftertaste. I maybe get a fleeting taste of the caramel mid-sip, but that could just be the vanilla first showing itself. This is like a decadent dessert that you have with Earl Grey after a meal. The flavors of those two things combined. It might be a tad stronger than I like, so I might try steeping a little shorter even next time, but it is very good nonetheless. I’m not sure if this really reminds me of Paris, it is reminding me more of having tea with my English great aunt haha. But I must say, this is a pretty good tea, and my second Earl Grey blend in my stash!

Overall, I am quite impressed with this tea. It has a beautiful combination of flavors, the smell is TO DIE FOR, and it’s in a sachet and it’s THIS GOOD. I can only imagine what this is like loose. I will probably have to re-order this in the future, or go back to the local shop and pick up some more. I do feel the caffeine from this and it is pretty sweet, so this may not be an every day tea, but when I feel like treating myself, this will be a good choice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
charchar

After reading this it is making it very hard for me not to go there and get some haha :)

Sil

glad you enjoyed this one :)

MissLena

You have to try some charchar! It’s so yummy :D

And I’m pleased I liked it too Sil, although that means a Harney order may be imminent in the future…and I really don’t need more tea. Haha

Tea Sipper

The perfect tea to start trying from Harney’s! I love this tea & your tasting note!

MissLena

Thanks Tea Sipper! It definitely was the best one to start with, delicious :)

Sil

misslena…don’t talk to ME about not needing more tea…if i factor in all the teas i can’t add to steepster because it hates new teas…i’m pretty close to 275 gah!

MissLena

Haha woahh that is a LOT of tea! I could never decide what one I wanted to have it I had that many, I have enough trouble with close to 70! But lots of variety at least :D

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charchar

After reading this it is making it very hard for me not to go there and get some haha :)

Sil

glad you enjoyed this one :)

MissLena

You have to try some charchar! It’s so yummy :D

And I’m pleased I liked it too Sil, although that means a Harney order may be imminent in the future…and I really don’t need more tea. Haha

Tea Sipper

The perfect tea to start trying from Harney’s! I love this tea & your tasting note!

MissLena

Thanks Tea Sipper! It definitely was the best one to start with, delicious :)

Sil

misslena…don’t talk to ME about not needing more tea…if i factor in all the teas i can’t add to steepster because it hates new teas…i’m pretty close to 275 gah!

MissLena

Haha woahh that is a LOT of tea! I could never decide what one I wanted to have it I had that many, I have enough trouble with close to 70! But lots of variety at least :D

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Hello all, I am a happily employed electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

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