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Black Fruit Blend
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Berries, Caramel, Vanilla, Cocoa
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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 g 13 oz / 371 ml

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    dinosara 1846 tasting notes
  • “My alarm blared in my ear this morning, and my first thought was "oh no, I don't want to go to work today." and then i realized it was Sunday morning and not Monday morning, and I felt happy. But...” Read full tasting note
    keychange 413 tasting notes
  • “So my throat feels less scratchier now than it did this morning. Let's hope it stays that way! My head, OTOH, feels like crap. Advils, water and tea haven't made a dent in it. :O Is it a sinus...” Read full tasting note
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    cavocorax 1390 tasting notes
  • “So I forgot to bring honey or sugar in for my Paris, but I was so in the mood for it this morning. I got the idea in my head to mix it with Golden Monkey. I was hoping that the honeyed sweetness of...” Read full tasting note
    JacquelineM 1112 tasting notes

From Harney & Sons

Mike has enjoyed many a pot of tea in the famous Paris tea shops. In homage to the city he has created this blend, reminiscent of one of their most popular blends. It is a fruity black tea with vanilla and caramel flavors, and a hint of lemony Bergamot.

Kosher.

About Harney & Sons View company

Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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1162 tasting notes

Two fun things right now. 1) I’m logging this on the beta app. Whee!!! 2) I just chugged 500ml of this tea, because I forgot to drink it at work this afternoon and I was thirsty.

Definitely a re-buy. Definitely. But either H&S has to offer a good enough deal to make Canadian shipping worthwhile, or I have to figure out a place to park in Canada and walk over the border to the parcel place. Or find another parcel place that’s a bit more accessible. Anyone know of any just south of the Vancouver area?

Edit: Tasting note 666. :D So glad I noticed. Numbers make me happy. (I also removed the “50” rating. heh.)

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190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

Haha perhaps the ratings aren’t working properly in the app? Because this is showing at a not-re-buy-worthy 50 right now. :D

JustJames

….. if you think you’ll use it enough you can rent an address out of florida. i did for awhile. everything gets shipped there, repacked and shipped to you here. it still worked out to be a whole lot cheaper….. i think it was called myus.com? lots of vendors offer free shipping within the states, so you get that, then the company has corporate rates to ship things to you.

JustJames

http://www.myus.com/

i used it over christmas i think.

OMGsrsly

There’s a parcel pickup just over the border which is $2.50 per parcel. They’ll hold it for 2 weeks. It’s just getting there that’s an issue. I can’t find a place to park in Canada (not my car), and it’s way too far from the closest bus stop to be schlepping packages.

There must be one in Point Roberts, but I have no idea what I’m looking for.

And yes, Dinosara. The app is making me rate everything. If I try to leave it, it sets the rating at 50, which is NOT what this was rated at. I’ve emailed. :)

OMGsrsly

ALSO! Tasting note 666! :D

Dexter3657

http://www.forumvancouver.com/threads/shipping-packages-to-us-american-addresses-near-bc-for-pick-up-or-forwarding.194/
This is a list posted on a forum in 2010 – that’s a couple of years ago but it might be a starting point for you. There are 4 listed in Point Roberts. Hope that helps you find one that’s convenient.

OMGsrsly

Thanks, Dexter!

JustJames

that sounds much closer than florida ;0D

Cavocorax

JustJames – that’s awesome. Now I can actually consider those companies that have ridiculous $30 rates!

Dexter3657

I’ve been avoiding Harney too because of crazy shipping, but I was looking today and they seem to have changed the shipping – flat rate 15.00 up to 50.00 – 20.00 50.01 – 100.00. That’s still pretty expensive but not as bad as it used to be. What scares me though is that they use UPS. My experience with UPS is they charge tons for “brokerage charges”. Harneys site stated “Please note: The shipping cost for Canadian orders will include all duty, taxes and brokerage fees.” Anyone know if this is true – no brokerage with UPS shipping? I think I’m willing to pay 15.00…

OMGsrsly

Cavo did an order for us from H&S. I don’t think there were any extra charges, but best check with her.

Cavocorax

I think we ended up paying $25 for shipping since our order was over $100, but split 3 way it wasn’t terrible.
Well a little.
But with both my orders from H&S I haven’t had to pay Brokerage. Actually, I haven’t had to pay brokerage/duty for any tea from the US.

Sil

you shouldn’t have to ay brokerage fees from the US unless you’re buying teaware – then it can happen. Free trade agreement = tea is not on the menu for customs/duties/brokerage etc…

OMGsrsly

Oh geez. Was it really that much, Cavo? :) And what Sil says is true. There is no duty on tea leaves, I’ve contacted the customs agency to confirm even.

Cavocorax

Yeah – I pulled up my receipt to check. But if you keep your order under $100 it’s a little more reasonable. Slightly?

Tuscanteal

How come you can’t drive across the border? I have Nexus and I use Pak Mail in Bellingham. When I was closer to Point Roberts, I used TPS Shipping. Both companies are excellent. Even without Nexus, I would make a day of and go do some shopping, Trader Joe’s etc. Shipping to Canada is ridiculous and what I find extra hilarious is when you ship to Point Roberts, it has to go to Vancouver first, but hey it’s still free shipping. Hopefully companies on both sides of 49th can one day distinguish that we don’t like in Constantinople but rather directly north or south of each other.

Tuscanteal

Chapters also sells it in sachets for 10.00 (I know it’s not the same, but if you’re in a jam, it’s handy.)

OMGsrsly

Tuscanteal, it’s not my car. Also, one of the owners is a Canadian living in the US, which could potentially cause some problems. :) Unless we make a day trip to go shopping, I have to park in Canada and walk across.

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288 tasting notes

Sipdown!

But NOT permanently. Absolutely NOT.

I had like 1.66 cups worth of this left, so I just dumped it all in and made one cup. It does taste a bit overleafed; for lack of a better comparison, I’m getting more of the salty end of caramel, and the floral overtone is a little more astringent than normal. Brilliant tea nonetheless.

I’ve had some hits and misses with samples lately, but I have to say I’m very happy with this, Hot Cinnamon Spice, and – it really has grown on me – Tower of London from Harney & Sons. When I was first venturing into tea, I had some doubts about H & S, honestly more out of snobbishness than anything. But I’ve gained a lot of respect for their teas, especially this one. I also like that you have the option to order loose leaf or sachets for a lot of teas, and that the sample bags FREAKING ZIP! THANK YOU!!!!!

I look forward to placing another order.

keychange

Love this tea! and I think H and S is a company you can feel snobby about liking-their blends are delicious!

Rosehips

Paris and Tower of London are some of my favorites. Good blends all around.

TeaBrat

The Decaf Paris is pretty good too.

Tea Sipper

Those three are my favorites too – along with the Indian Nimbu and Vanilla Comoro.

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We are on vacation in Moss landing but it just started pouring down rain… boo

There was no good tea at our B&B so I was glad I brought some with me. :) I had a teabag of Paris that I brought with me, it was a sample from the International Tea Festival. All we had was hot water from a dispenser which was still not very hot. I am a whiner… yes, when it comes to tea I can be pretty whiny. I think tomorrow I will try green tea with my breakfast.

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426 tasting notes

I sipped down the rest of my tin of this tea, combined with the last teeny bit of Grand Amour by Nina’s Paris. It was delicious, but now I’m sad, because both of these are difficult to replace. Paris is like the only tea I like from H&S, so it’s hard to justify shipping for one little tea. It’s the same thing for Grand Amour. My mom likes H&S a lot, so maybe I’ll just share an order with her in the future…that would at least get me some more Paris! It’s not like I need more tea right now though. ;) I just got my Golden Moon order, and I’m planning to stop by DavidsTea for some of the spring teas on my lunch tomorrow. I might need an intervention! Haha!!

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Additional notes: So I ordered EIGHT ounces of this from a shared order that Yssah did a while back. (thank you!) Yes, eight ounces is a lot of tea for me, since I love my small samples with only a few teaspoons each… or two ounces of the same tea at the most. But I LOVED the other sample of Paris I tried. But this one isn’t quite the same as the other batch. It doesn’t have quite as much of a buttery, pastry, berry flavor. It seems a bit off… a bit tangy. I remember Yssah said Harney was taking a while to mail the order since they were waiting for a few ingredients and had to make some of the teas fresh. So I think they might not have let the tea sit a while, since they didn’t want to wait to mail it any longer, so the flavor isn’t quite the same. My guess! I heard from 52Teas that a tea might taste better after airing it out. I don’t want to air out my full eight ounces, since I’m paranoid about dust or bugs or moisture getting in the bag, but I put a teaspoon in my infuser and had it out for about 24 hours. That seemed to help the flavor a bit but it still isn’t quite the same. How sad! I still love this blend, just not as much. It just shows how even different batches of the same tea can be so different.

Tea Sipper

ruh roh. I just noticed Harney “liked” this tasting note. Maybe they have an explanation for the flavor change?

Harney & Sons The Store

I think you are spot on to notice the differences between batches. Harney and Sons flavored teas are still made (by industry standards) on a small scale, so there’s some inevitable differences, especially year to year. This is due primarily to the changes in base tea every season (we try to keep things as fresh and consistant as possible, but seasonal weather in the growing regions make it challenging), as well as any hiccups in blending/flavoring, which which I am personally less familiar.
-RA

Tea Sipper

I didn’t think Harney was that good… that they’d be able to control the weather! thank you so much for the response and reading my tasting note.

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1167 tasting notes

Woke up this morning and went to check the mail for my RiverTea order. Instead I saw a large DAVIDsTEA box and was heavily confused because I’ve never placed an online DT order in my life – especially not recently. I thought that maybe it actually wasn’t for me, and my landlord’s daughter had ordered it, but nope my name was on it.

Brought it inside and opened it up (still very confused), and immediately saw the little note card which read “From Keychange ”. Instantly, I realized that it must be the tea she’s sending me – a few small samples and then a lot of HS’s Boston Blend. I figured she’d just parceled it in a DAVIDsTEA box because maybe the Boston she sent was really that much? And that it had just got here really fast…

But nope, I kept opening only to see this beauty:

http://www.davidstea.com/david-s-mason-jar?&TF=69F219E5A1A1&DEID=

Remember the mason jar she was raving about? Yeah – she sent me one. Seriously, the kindness of people here on Steepster is sometimes just absolutely too much! And, totally out of the blue! I’m overwhelmed by the generosity. May Keychange receive all the good karma! ALL OF IT.

Consequently, right before I went to check the mail I started steeping a sachet of this, which Keychange also sent me. My first taste was when I was sick and I feel like I wasn’t really tasting it properly so I wanted to make a cup now that I can taste it ‘correctly’.

Except, then I received random good karma mail and I forgot I was steeping anything because I was so overwhelmed and I immediately had to go to (Tre’s) computer, and write her a thank you note and post in the ‘What Did You Recieve in The Mail Today’ thread and by the time I remembered there was tea steeping in my kitchen it had been like 20 minutes…

So…

This is insanely bitter to the point where I don’t really even taste the bergamot. Plus side #1 is that I can taste some caramel. Plus side #2 is that I still have a sachet of this left, so I can go make another cup (and this time be diligent in steeping it correctly). And finally, plus side #3 is that since there’s only one sachet left I can make it a sipdown.

So, I think I’m going to go do that! And then, I’ll likely make something in this beautiful mason jar.

caile

So nice!

Rosehips

Steepster people are the best.

__Morgana__

Lovely :-)

OMGsrsly

Wow! :) That’s incredibly lovely.

Tuscanteal

So lovely! I love this community :)

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456 tasting notes

My Harney order arrived today, and while the tins (Boston and Paris) are two of my Christmas gifts, I figure the samples included in the box are fair game. As luck would have it one of the samples is Paris, so I get to try my new tea early and still stay on the nice list!

Sigh… I think I under steeped the tea. It has a slight lemon flavor, but I don’t taste the fruit or caramel at all. I’ve never had this tea before, but given all of the amazing reviews there has to be more to it than this. Looks like I will be waiting on Christmas for this tea after all.

I’m going to hold off on rating this one until I’ve tried it using loose leaf. No sense in giving a poor rating when I’m pretty sure the mistake was mine.

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Since the last time I logged into Steepster, we welcomed Leif into the world!!! (pronounced Layf) It was a surprise cesarian section, so I have been spending a lot of the time in the bed with Leif in my arms. I haven’t been able to make it downstairs to make tea yet. But on several occasions my husband has surprised me with a cup of this, always announcing how long it’s been steeping when he hands it off to me. So now I suspect I’ll always associate this lovely tea with this lovely period of my life. :)

JacquelineM

Awwwwww. Beautiful name :) Welcome Leif!

LiberTEAS

Congratulations!

Shinobi_cha

Congrats!! Kids are awesome gifts!

__Morgana__

Welcome Leif! How wonderful! How are you feeling? C-sections aren’t fun, I had two…hope they gave you good drugs. :-)

Stephanie

What a cute name! Congratulations on your new baby and welcome to the World Leif!!

gmathis

Enjoy e-v-e-r-y s-i-n-g-l-e m-i-n-u-t-e while he’s cuddly! You’ll blink twice and his voice will have changed and he’s swiping his dad’s razor. Blessings on your family!

Doulton

Congratulations! Have a great time with him and welcome to the world, Leif!

Angrboda

Leif! That’s a very scandinavian name, that! Your heritage, spill. ;)

Congratulations on the addition to the family. _:D

laurenpressley

Thanks so much, everyone!! @_Mogana_ doing a lot better than I thought I would be at this point! @Angrboda: Yes it is!! Half of my husband’s family comes from Norway, so the name is in recognition of that part of Leif’s heritage. :)

ashmanra

Awwwww! You made me cry! Enjoy him always. And what a nice husband to bring you tea! I have four and they are not so little anymore, but the two youngest are my most enthusiastic tea companions. (Ok, well, one of them is in it for the cookies!)

SoccerMom

Welcome Baby Leif!

laurenpressley

Thanks you guys!!

S

Congratulations Lauren! I had been wondering how you and the baby were doing, so I am so happy to see this note! Hope everything’s going well :)

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Sipdown!! (131)

I find I am hot and cold with this blend based on how prominent the bergamot is with each cup. Sometimes it is just way too present while other times this is a caramel vanilla with a nice citrus finish. Today’s cup is the latter and though it is pleasant, I think I am ready to say goodbye to the Earl. Thank you Cavocorax for supplying me with ample amounts of this tea but I think our love/hate relationship has come to an end.

ETA: 1000th Tasting Note!!!

Sil

i’m catching up to you! 140 by the end of this weekend or bust! (with no orders coming in…just a couple swaps!)

VariaTEA

You will surpass me once I get home as I am anticipating a few packages waiting for me upon my arrival.

Roswell Strange

I’m still under 200… That’s good, right?

VariaTEA

You are doing very well :P

Jennkay

Whoa, congrats on 1000!

Roswell Strange

Also, congrats on 1000!

keychange

Yaaaay 1000!

OMGsrsly

Woo 1000! :D

Fjellrev

Sweeeet, congratulations on 1000!

Sil

yay for 1000!

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4212 tasting notes

Paris is one of my two favorite teas from Harney & Sons (the other being Indian Nimbu). Before I placed my most recent order with Harney, my youngest daughter had asked me if I had any “Paris” teas, and this was the tea that immediately came to mind, so I was sure to put a sample package of the tea in my cart when I placed my order a couple of weeks ago. So my youngest and I are enjoying a cup of Paris this evening!

This cup reminds me of just how superior the loose leaf is to the sachets. Having visited Myrtle’s tea room several times in the past few months, this tea (in sachet form) is the tea that I always order because I prefer sachet to loose leaf when I am at the tea room. Why? Because they used to brew the tea loose in the tea pot – which is what you’re supposed to do, I know! – but since there was always at least 3 or 4 cups worth of liquid infusing when the tea brewed, the loose tea remained in the teapot while I would enjoy my tea time at Myrtle’s, and while the first cup would be splendid, the second cup was less so, and by the time I got to my third cup, it was so bitter I couldn’t enjoy it. So I learned very quickly that it was best to order sachet teas which I could easily remove from the teapot when the tea was brewed to perfetion when I had tea time at Myrtle’s. (Trust me, tea time at Myrtle’s is worth overlooking this little issue.) And since Paris was offered in Sachet form, this was the tea that I would order.

But this cup of tea is better than the tea that I usually drink at Myrtle’s … I can definitely notice a difference. Oh, the tea is still nice at Myrtle’s (but really, I go to Myrtle’s for the ambiance and the food rather than the tea, which I can brew better at home), but, this is superior.

And ahhh! I love it.

TeaBrat

I know some people write their tasting notes in a word processing program and then copy into Steepster. I never have, but it is frustrating!

TeaBrat

sorry, that comment was meant for someone else. :)

JustJames

those are my faves by h&s too.

Nicole

I just revisited this one yesterday. Still a favorite!

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