Not a bad tea, but I have come to the conclusion that I do not like bergamot. I’m not really sure what it even is, but any tea that has it I tend to not like too much. Ah well…
Not a bad tea, but I have come to the conclusion that I do not like bergamot. I’m not really sure what it even is, but any tea that has it I tend to not like too much. Ah well…
One of my friends stopped over at lunch time as I was making up a pot of this. She swore this smelled like another HT Paris (I had bought her a tin of Paris when I visited the factory/shop). It does smell a bit like Paris, I think she was smelling the bergamot – which is in both teas. There is a very different taste to it. To me this is much lighter flavor than Paris. I love the hint of bergamot, the honey is def. the dominant flavor in this flavored black – yum!! (Glad I grabbed this one by mistake when I left the house!)
My friend did agree that this was not Paris, but she prefers it to Tower of London…More for me! :)
Backlogging. Last Monday morning. (Why yes, I do jot down a list of teas I drink so I can tealog them in Steepster in order when I have the chance.)
First mug of tea after the exciting tea sale so even though I had a snuffy nose, I had to try a new tea. I couldn’t smell too much but the dry tea smelled sweet, maybe the honey, and of black tea. It looked black and short. I couldn’t smelled the steeped tea much. It looked medium mostly brown with a bit of reddish. It tasted like a good solid mug of sweet fruity black tea, better than most tea bags. The second steep was weaker but more fruity. (There is a better tealog for this tea when I didn’t have a stuffed nose in the piperline.)
I rated this tea a 65, which is right in the middle of my nice range (60-70).
Yesterday I was meeting my grandparents for an early lunch near where they live (about 20 minutes away). I didn’t have any breakfast nor had I had any caffeine yet so I made TOL in a car tumbler and took it with me to drink on the drive.
And omg, something about making TOL this way really worked. I mean, I like TOL, don’t get me wrong, I’ve just never loved it – something about the black tea being too overpowering or the flavor of the flavors becoming overwhelming, maybe as it cooled.
But oh my did it come out good this way. I don’t know if it was the larger tumbler size or the extra 30 seconds I gave it because of the larger size, but it was good. I’m going to have to try making it in a larger cup next time and see if I can replicate this.
Also, I only have two more bagged of this left. =(
Backlogging. Morning, two Tuesdays ago.
The next day, with a completely unstuffed nose, I made another cup of Tower of London. That day, the tea leaves smelled of honey and nectarines. I thought pretty much the same thing about the tea as I had the day before – a solid fruity bagged black tea of a better quality than what we’ll call ‘lower end grocery store bagged teas’.
2nd steep: 7 min.
I think I made this slightly different this time, but I don’t remember how. It tasted slightly different this time.
Backlog. 6 days ago – Tuesday afternoon.
After my success at making at extra yummy car tumbler of TOL yesterday, I wanted to try to replicate that again today. I measured the car tumbler’s capacity, used a cup of similar volume, and steeped a bit longer. The result was not the same.
Oh well, I have one tea sachet left to try on.
Somehow this came out too strong and I didn’t finish my entire cup.
I tasted Tower of London side by side with Paris, and they are quite similar, at least in my opinion. I’d be curious to know what others think. Tower of London is supposed have a bit more of a honey taste, but both have bergamot, vanilla, and fruit. I detect caramel in Paris. I think anyone who likes one would like the other. As for me, I’m not sure which I prefer, maybe the Tower of London. I prefer unflavored black teas, but this is a nice change of pace and is growing on me now that I’ve had it a few times.
Thank you to ashmanra for graciously sending me a few sachets to try. This is a wonderful tea, and I do agree with other reviewers that it is like Paris Light. There is a solid and full black base with hints of honey, berries, and the ever so light hint of bergamot. Lovely and very rich tasting.
It is on my shopping list! And will be my replacement for Paris….. Paris is good, too, but I am really liking the lighter bergamot.
Tea of the afternoon…..
I can’t believe how long it has been since I last had this….. I seem to be gravitating more toward unflavored teas these days. However, this is a lovely honeyed berry flavored tea. Truly lovely with the holiday cookies my neighbor just brought over!
Usual parameters for the new mug! (2 tsp tea, boiling water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweet.)
Tea of the afternoon…..
For some reason this does not taste as good to me as it has in the past. The thing is, it should be a good one for me. The base is, (I think) Keemun and Yunnan. I am thinking, though, it is the stone fruit flavors. I have a weird sensitivity/allergy to fresh plums, peaches, and apricots….any of your basic stone fruits. I just did not make the connection before. It is not like I am actually reacting (the tea uses essences that have likely been heated. This pretty much denatures the proteins to which I do have an allergy, into something I can consume without issue), but the flavor is leaving me uneasy in my head. It is a feeling like I should be reacting to it, but I am not. I know. Strange. The same thing happened with a black tea with notes of walnuts because I react to raw walnuts is a very similar manner. So sad. I loved this one. I need to rehome it.
Who needs Tower of London, about 4 ounces? (US only, please…the recent international mail rate increase was kind of big…)
My last sachet of this (for now?). I am trying to decide what to do. I love this, but I am not sure I love it 16 ounces worth. It is kind of funny, because the tins sort of work out to be around 36 cents for a double cup (the sachets make 12 oz) and the loose does make it a little cheaper.
If I were to buy the pound, is there anyone who would want part of it? It works out to be about $1.50 per ounce, and I might ask that you pay around a dollar for shipping. I am just looking at my options right now….I am not sure I will go this route. I can always buy the sachets for a while.
Update: It sounds like they will be able to get it at the Millerton Shop!
Yayyy! My first taste of Tower of London loose leaf. Thank you to the Harney Millerton Shop for getting this in stock for me, so I did not have to buy a whole pound!
Berry and honey notes with a rich black tea base. What more could I ask for? I definitely like the loose over the sachets. Not as convenient, but I like having control over the amount of leaf. 2 level tsp. of tea in an infuser, 16 oz freshly boiled water in my jumbo mug, 4 minutes.
The morning tea….brewed twice. This one is good, lightly fruity, and has a deep black base. Lovely.
24 oz teapot, 4 1/2 teaspoons actual tea, freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Resteep at 6 minutes. Lightly sweetened.
It took me a while to decide whether or not I liked this tea, but after several cups I realized that yes, I do indeed! The aroma of the dry leaf is sweetly fruity which ends up mellowing out or “chillaxing” in the cup. The end result is this lovely smooth black tea with honey notes and a hint of bergamot. Best enjoyed plain, with a piece of shortbread on the side.
This blend reminds me very much of Harney and Sons Paris. There is more fruity flavour in this blend, very much stone fruit. But I have a hard time placing which stone fruits, I get apricot, maybe plum, maybe cherry. I feel like I am getting a bit of a black currant type flavour.
The bergamot is moderately strong. You can definitely tell the base is an Earl Grey.
I got this one in one of Harney’s cute little tagalongs. Perfect to carry the tea around, and it fits lots in it.
A big thank you to Dinosara who sent me this tea. This is a flavored black with bergamot and mild fruit flavors. I’m not getting a lot of the honey flavor. Overall, I find it similar to Harney’s Paris but not as fruity. I was worried it would be too Earl Grey-ish (I’m not a big fan of Earl Grey other than in lattes) because of the bergamot, but it’s not. I agree with the other reviewers who compare it to Kusmi St. Petersburg.
More thoughts later after I have a second cup…
Backlog from yesterday!
In the tin: The tea smells so good – like fruit, but not “fruity”. The bergamot blends in well with the other fruits used and does not stand out; the honey is barely noticeable, except as a sublte sweet smell. The bags Harney & Sons use are really nice. I made a pot of this, because the weather was dreadful and called for a lot of tea. The directions on the side of the tin say to steep for 5 minutes. That’s a bit long to me for a black base tea, but I increased my usual steep time by 30 seconds as a compromise.
In the cup: The tea was a dark reddish brown and still smelled of fruit. It was not very sweet or fruity, until I added a bit of sugar and a splash of milk. I debated over the milk, especially since this tea does have bergamot oil in it, but the slight astringent “teaness” brought out by sugar alone necessitated it. The bergamot flavor (I expect anything with bergamot to taste like earl grey) was not noticeable on its own, but combined with the fruit well. The honey was not distinctive, did not add to the sweetness of the tea (though I did add less sugar than I normally use in a black based tea)
All in all this was a delicious tea to sip while reading a Victorian murder mystery, huddled under a blanket and a cat, watching the Texas winter weather pour down outside the window.
1st smell: Lovely. sweet.
1st taste: This is my 1st H & S tea, to my knowledge anyways. I like it. Not sure if I will like it enough to want to buy a full sized tin for it, but certainly to get another sample case of it from my favorite tea shop. (Little round ‘box’ comes with about six large pyramid bags. ) I did 1 resteeping….The flavor was very noticeably less, although I still enjoyed drinking it I felt that a resteep after that would be pointless. But there was so much of it that I thought it could handle a resteep.
Many thanks to ashmanra for sending this along!
This was very good, but to tell the truth, I couldn’t tell the difference between this and Paris! I will have to try them side-by-side to say the main difference, but since I haven’t had Paris for a couple of days, this honestly tasted just like it.
Yet another goodie from MeghannM! Woot!
This tea is super, super good. It really reminds me of Paris but without the kinda chalky mouthfeel that Paris sometime had. This is awesome! I know all the reviews are mentioning trying this tea without additions, but the aroma of this one was screaming “MILK AND SUGAR!!” So I happily obliged and it is super delicious. I love bergamot and usually wants lots and lots, but this is just slight and perfect. I appreciate the sophistication of many of Harney’s blends.
I think this will be going on my shopping list, I prefer this over Paris (never thought I would say that!) Yum! Thanks MeghannM!
I don’t know why I keep doing this; I’m meant to be cutting back on black tea and switching to green because of the caffeine content.
But I got a tagalong of this along with a bunch of other samples from Harney & Sons, and oh my gosh. Of course I’ve already fallen in love with it. (My next order is going to be so expensive.)
I took the sachets to work, so I had this yesterday evening, but I took some scribbles on a Post-It: “Plum and berries, sweet — delicious, buy more.” I definitely remember the fruitiness, especially the plum, and it was absolutely perfect. I’m guessing the sweetness came from the honey flavoring, but I wouldn’t have guessed because it blended so well with the fruit. And all of it melded perfectly with the very nice tea.
Definitely going on my list of favorites, but I seem to be a Harney & Sons fangirl, so I guess that’s not in the least surprising.
Maybe I’ve had a sachet of this at work every day since my order arrived, and maybe I only have one left for tonight. And maybe I ordered a whole tin of Tower of London five minutes ago instead of waiting until payday on Wednesday because I have a problem with impulse control.
And maybe I’m bumping up my score because there is only one other tea (Paris) I have gone through so quickly and re-purchased with such reckless abandon, and I gave it 100, too.
Either way, between this yummy tea and the Caribe I threw in because why not? work is going to be delicious for the next month or so. No maybe about that one.
This tea is delicious! I can’t believe I didn’t try this one sooner. It has a slightly fruity vibe to it but combined with the black tea and honey notes it is amazing! I am making a note to share some of this with my Aunt-I think she will love this one!
I love this tea so much. I randomly picked up a “tagalong” tin of it at the Tower of London when I visited last fall, before my recent tea obsession even took hold. I figured, I like tea, and this is The blend of the Tower, so why not? When I got home and tried it, it blew me away. Fruity and honeyed, with an underlying lovely bergamot flavor… it’s basically my number one tea at this point.
I was thrilled to find out that I wouldn’t need to go to the Tower of London, or even order from London, to replenish this tea. It actually took me a while to drink through my tagalong because I didn’t want the tea to end. I recently bought a whole tin of it from Harney (and I think I might have gotten the last one, because right afterward it was out of stock!), and I’m in heaven. Today I’m drinking it out of my Tower of London tea cup that features the famous ravens with little royal guard outfits on. Perfect cup of tea!
On the road again. This morning I woke up far, far too early to go to an airport far too far away. I bougt a cup of hot water at a cafe but decided to forgo their lackluster teabag selection. I packed a variety of sachets for this trip, and fortunately its a short one. When I was getting them together I found that I had three more sachets of this one left… I thought I was either out or down to the last one. It’s been a long time since I’ve had this tea, and I miss it! So delicious.
I discovered 3 extra sachets of this tea recently… I had thought I was all out. I had one sachet a few days ago and I am having a second now. And I am definitely remembering why I love this tea so much. This was really the tea that got me into tea and I still love it so much. Eventually I will pick up some more for sure, though it may be a while before I can bring myself to make another tea order. I will miss it once I actually am officially out!
So the way my tasting notes work out, my 200th note will be for my cold brewed lunch tea. I decided to go with Tower of London for my 199th since other people’s tasting notes of it have made me start to crave it. Tower was actually unintentionally my 100th tasting note as well. This was one of the teas I can credit to starting my tea obsession, so it’s only fitting.
Mm, still one of my absolute faves. I haven’t had this tea since April, but like Paris, my palate has not changed enough that I don’t still love love this one. So thanks, Tower of London, for being a consistantly delicious tea throughout my tea adventures.
Yesterday I had a killer headache that I think probably came from a lack of any tea that day, so this morning I found the biggest mug I could and made a cup of this. Mmmm.
This is a backlog because I had a cup of this tea before the sun rose this morning. Early mornings for a very full day of birding called for a good cup that could sustain me, if only through the morning hours. I made this in my new Aladdin travel mug, and it worked really well; no leaks even when I laid it sideways on the seat of the car. The steeping basket, which folds up out of the liquid to prevent oversteeping, is too small for oolongs but will work fine for blacks and compact greens. For this tea I actually stuck a sachet of it in the basket because I didn’t want to have to deal with finding someplace to throw the sachet out, and keeping it in the basket was a good solution. It worked well, and I’ll definitely be using this frequently when traveling.
Oh Tower of London, always there when I need you. I’m going to be traveling for the next month basically, so I will be away from my all my lovely teas. I haven’t quite gotten the hang of travelling with loose leaf (especially since I dislike using t-sacs because I can taste the paper!), so I rely pretty heavily on sachets, especially of tea that is hard to mess up. I drink a lot of Tower of London when traveling, and I travel a lot, so I rarely drink it back home, but I don’t love it any less. So glad I have an easy travelling tea that I adore!
This morning I used up the last sachet of this tea that I brought with me during my travels. Oh, the horror! Fortunately I’m going home tomorrow, and while I still won’t be around my tea stash for a couple of days (it’s all at work!), I at least have a small collection at home. Can’t wait… I’ve been craving an oolong for the past month it seems like!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m spending the weekend with my boyfriend’s family, so I have a reduced tea selection for the weekend. But this one is one I always bring with me whenever I travel! One of my absolute faves. I can never mess it up and it’s always delicious.
Again! This time I finally cold brewed it. The tea got a really unexpectedly earthy quality, and was surprisingly subdued; I expected more fruity and honeyed notes, and they were there, but they mostly played background to the black tea. Thankfully this is a black tea base I enjoy! Still, I think I prefer this one hot. I did make it with a bit less leaf than I usually do because I had to use sachets, so perhaps that’s part of it. Now I’m curious to see how Paris would turn out cold steeped too.
I’m going to add this to this note as well, since it references this tea: I finally just asked Harney & Sons about the black tea blends and got this reply:
“The bases for those three teas are very similar.
Earl Grey: Keemun, Ceylon, Assam, Oolong
Paris: Keemun, Hunnan, Ceylon, Assam, Oolong
Tower of London: Keemun, Hunnan
I can’t give exact amounts but the Chinese black teas [Keemun and/or Hunnan] are the predominant teas in all three blends. The Oolong in the first two blends is a very small amount that we use to soften them up a little."
Intriguing! But I would guess the Keemun is not my problem since ToL is primarily Keemun. Maybe I need that Hunnan in there for it to be to my tastes!
I was thinking about London this morning (I’ll be there in just over two weeks!), so I decided a cup of Tower of London was appropriate. I remember when I first brought a tagalong tin of this back from the Tower of London a few years ago; when I had the tea at home and realized how delicious it was, I was worried I would only be able to get it at the Tower! I was relieved when I found out it’s actually not only available in the states but made my an American tea company. And thus my love of Harney & Sons was born!
And still, this tea remains at the top of my list. Fruity, a bit of sweet honey, with caramel notes. Today I steeped a smidge longer than I usually do, and I’m getting more cocoa-malty notes from the black tea base. Awesome!
I have had very inconsistant internet access for the past couple of days, so I’m doing a bit of a backlog. I’ve been running around Argentina like crazy, and I’m happy to sit in one place for a few days! I had a cup of this from my stash that I brought with me yesterday morning at the bus station. I brewed it for a while because I needed a good strong cup of tea to keep me awake! It’s comforting to have something familiar like this tea when you’re traveling so much, and far from home.
I’m at home today because I’m having some kind of crazy hives reaction to something. Bleh. Compounding that is a bitter taste in my mouth after eating/drinking anything, which apparently comes from the pine nuts I used to make pesto recently. Apparently the subspecies from China can cause a bitter aftertaste for several days; I haven’t had this problem with pine nuts in the past, but I looked and sure enough, the package I just bought is a product of China, and the one’s I had before were from Spain. Lesson learned.
Anyway, I have a few teas here at home that I haven’t tried yet, but I didn’t want to make them and have the taste influenced by this bitter aftertaste, so I went with a tried and true. Any bittnerness in this one is not it’s fault!
Not much to say here; just decided to have this delicious tea for my morning cup. I’ve started brewing my Harney blacks a bit under boiling (yay for my utiliTEA teapot that easily controls the temperature!), and they always come out fantastic.
Another early early morning in the bus station, another cup of Tower of London. I think I’m down to three sachets for the rest of the trip!
Working from home again today, so my morning-tea options are limited. Can’t go wrong with a pot of Tower of London, though.
I’ve actually tasted all the recent tea samples I got! Well, the ones I have at work; I left the rooibos at home and haven’t gotten to them yet. In any case, I had to turn to my tea drawer for the first time in a while, and Tower of London was calling out to me. It’s been a while since I’ve had it, and it’s interesting to taste it again in light of all the other teas I’ve had lately. Still a fantastic blend!
Another day, another pot of Tower of London. This one was necessary after a long day of running around; usually I try not to drink black tea in the evenings because of the caffeine, but when I’m so sleepy at 7pm, I could use a little pick up. There’s also something so comforting about this blend to me, I could drink it every day.
1 sachet for 250mL water, stepped 5 minutes, drunk bare.
Hmmmmm. God save the queen. Or at least this tea. The label says “Chinese black teas, stirred with pieces of dried stone fruit, then finished with oil of bergamot and honey flavors.” The base teas are fairly robust, especially for China tea, and they don’t drown beneath the fruit, bergamot and honey flavours. The bergamot is subtle but kisses you in the aftertaste. The honey scent is pleasant. Not sure what the “stone fruit” is — peaches? plums? I get more plum scent than anything else.
Overall scent is a tiny bit artificial. The taste is less so, but still there’s something fakey going on. I am strongly biased against flavoured black teas, so my review of Tower of London (and Paris) should be taken with my prejudices in mind.
A pleasant-enough flavoured black, but still disappointing. Maybe I have a stale batch. I won’t be buying this again.
The dry teabag smelt SUSPICIOUSLY like Paris. Probably the “fruit and bergamot” they both share. Brewed, it smells sweeter—less tart than Paris. Probably the drupe fruit used.
In the sips, I think I definitely get some honey. A deep sweetness not tied to any fruit. I can see why it’s gotten quite a few rave reviews. This stuff’s delicious. Although I’m sipping it after eating half a bag of salty chips, which really isn’t helping the taste buds. But even through that, this is rather enjoyable.
I got it from one of those Home stores, that sells kitchen supplies and interesting knick-knacks for the home. They recently started selling loose-leaf Harney and Sons as well (the ONLY PLACE in my area that does so), however they haven’t much to choose from at the moment (English Breakfast, Earl Grey and Bangkok only). The only tea they had that I pondered trying was Bangkok. But I opted for this instead. Next time!
There’s also a definite Parisy taste in it. But still delicious.
Finished off my last bag of this today. Made a small pot and sipped it whilst performing calculus. I will miss this.
Slept in, husband surprised me with cuddling and a makeout session (sorry if that’s TMI; this is my tea journal…) and then said he was totally game for celebrating Cinco de Mayo the way we traditionally have (he doesn’t drink and tends to get annoyed at how ethnic pride days in the US are just an excuse for college kids to get drunk, rendering otherwise great hole-in-the-walls loud and frantic packed-to-the-gills zoos, so we try to find tiny relatively deserted taquerias that don’t serve alcohol to get our salsa verde on) despite having a mountain of tests to grade. Wound up at Caminos de Michoacan, a taqueria and panaderia in one over in Berclair (awesome time-warp neighborhood, feels like the ‘50s-’80s, working class families, no ugly McMansions or suburban isolation sprawl yet, etc.) we’d ony been to once before, years ago. Had lengua and al pastor tacos along with a bowl of pozole with all the fixings and horchata. Yum. On our way out we grabbed a ton of pastries and cookies (including one of my favorites, an anise-flavored pig-shaped cookie) and the entire bill was still something like $15 cheaper than it would’ve been at any of the more typical spots we frequent. Awesome.
Why am I telling you all this, tealog? Because when we got home I put all the pastries on a big silver platter and brewed up some of this tea. And it was delicious and satisfying and pretty much an ideal Sunday afternoon. I wanted to explain all this because while the tea really did taste wonderful—strong and satisfyingly flavorful enough to stand up to all of those spiced sweets, but smooth and not so complicated I felt distracted or like I was wasting it that way—I feel it’s only fair to note everything else going on was so enjoyable that my mood’s such that anything better than Lipton probably would’ve been alright, ha.
That said, I do think this is an ideal “whenever” daytime blend. I might put it in rotation for my morning tea routine.
submitted as evidence:
I am definitely not going to rate this one based on the steeping I just had. My tea travel mug decidedly expands in size when it’s hot, so after putting the boiling water in, I couldn’t get the filter lid back off (I had it in because I was leaving the house and the next cup I planned to make was loose-leaf).
So the teabag was trapped (Can you picture this? I feel like I’ve failed). And as i drank this it got progressively more bitter and oversteeped. Still, I enjoyed it so that says something. I didn’t taste much of the honey, but it probably got drowned out. This was my ’don’t fall asleep while taking a test’ blend, and it worked well enough I suppose. The test was still inexplicable and random as usual, but that’s not the tea’s fault.
p.s. Thanks to Meghann for the tea bags!
Tastes like Earl Grey with a touch of honey, smells like a fruitcake.
This is the end: the last Tower of London tea bag has been consumed. I’m so sad to see it go.
I’m not sure how to enter the temperature. I poured the water into the cup just after boiling (about 200°) but it quickly dropped to around 180° and stayed there. Anyway, It was pleasant start to the morning. I still smell more than I taste in this tea.
Ok, that’s far enough. At this steep time, its noticeably astringent and is starting to have a bit of a chemical smell. I can’t even smell the fruit any more. This is the end of the line for messing around with steep time. Next up, temperature.
Another step in the journey, this time to three minutes: its a bit more astringent and darker tasting. Perhaps I’ll head to 3:30 tomorrow morning, perhaps I’ll go back.
Definitely not bitter yet. I’m still not tasting fruit, although the tea itself is much more distinct and chocolatey (that is neither the correct word nor a word, but its the best I can describe it.) Stay tuned for more steep time tomorrow.
I’ve been drinking this one most mornings. I just got a thermometer, so I’ll try some variations. I still can’t really taste the dried fruits (although they dominate the scent) so I’d like to try and see how long I can steep it without it getting bitter.