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80

An inoffensive black tea.
I got this as a sample from my order, and it’s exactly what you expect- a mellow, black tea- no flavor lost from the decaffeination process. It’s simple, plain, and serves its purpose.

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#tiffanys2021sipdown Tea #19
#drinkwhatyouown January slot 4/25

Today is day 2 of 3 morning shifts in a row. Was planning on drinking this to start my day but wasn’t feeling it, so waiting for my coworker running late at end of my shift I made these 2 sachets steeped 10 mins half boiling water half lukewarm water the took tumbler home and had it as a cozy cup on the couch. Black tea (especially plain straight ones) are a tea type I struggle with so it was pleasant but not something I’ll have again (other than the other two sachets these 4 came in a Sipsby box eons ago).

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96
drank Scottish Morn by Harney & Sons
43 tasting notes

I made an actual pot of tea this norning. Put out the tea tray, milk, sugar, and a pretty tea cup. Just the right amount of caffeine before saturday cleaning. The tea leaves are very small pieces and I did notice some sediment at the bottom of the pot. No biggie though

Shae

This sounds so nice. <3

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85

Another I got for both of the tea and the tin. The tin is large and stands out, and it’s available in reasonably priced satchets. I am sampling for the first time today and have to say this tea is very enjoyable. The smell out of the tin is strong and fruity, and that doesn’t disappoint when sampling with taste. There is grapefruit but not any sourness, and a fruity undertone that stays noticeable but not artificial or overbearing. It’s mainly a pleasant, smooth, reasonably strong black tea with some fruit bites in it that give it a bright lift. I drank with some strawberry jam toast and scrambled eggs for afternoon food, which went together well.

IF it weren’t for the brightness of the fruit adding another layer, this black tea by itself would be a bit too weak to recommend.

Flavors: Fruity, Grapefruit

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML
ashmanra

I have never tried this one! It sounds pretty good.

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85

This is a lovely Earl Grey variant. I love the lavender and the floral taste to it. It is very creamy also. Which is good because I didn’t realize before what a giant bag of it I bought so I have enough to last me a while.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 44 OZ / 1301 ML

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90
drank Milky Oolong by Harney & Sons
139 tasting notes

I was after a real milk oolong tea but was so excited to see it, I did not read the description. This is one that has milk flavor added. And… I like it. It has nice big leaves, its a really good looking whole leaf tea with light milk chocolate coconut flavors and something vegetal. I think it might be the flavoring but I enjoyed it so Im not bothered by it! Loved this…. I think Im becoming a fan of Oolong. I wont be drinking bagged Oolong tea ever again! I drank the whole 3 oz tin up. Also not a bad price considering how many cups and re-steeps you get.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut, Vegetal

ashmanra

I like this one best made as if it is green tea – 175F and three minute steep. Do you use hotter water?

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My first time. I’m not sure what to think yet. It’s definitely different. First milky oolong from any company. They weren’t kidding on sweetness either. Extremely light cup. Will muse on it more with a second, larger cup

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Yes, I got this for the tin. Yes, I’m a big fan of Agatha Christie and Poirot. Yes, I didn’t have high expectations for this chamomile tea that’s always in stock when I check. Yes, I was right. Not really my thing. I’m not a chamomile fan and this is basic, basic chamomile. But the tin…it’s collectable, and the smell is nice. I couldn’t resist using my points for this and the glass bee cup. I’d recommend only if you like chamomile

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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80

First time I brewed it came out perfect. Not bitter and a strong jasmine-ness. This tea always reminds me of my mom. She used to like it a lot and I remember buying her some at this cute tea shop near my school in NYC called “the Tea Spot”. And later, at Harney and Sons Store. The second time I made it too cold. And then resteeped it too hot and bitter!

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79

Some have said it tastes like English Breakfast, but EB always gets too bitter. I had no trouble with bitterness with this. It has a slightly more distinct taste, perhaps from the Keemun. The tin said boiling water for 5 minutes but I did it for only 2 after letting it cool a few minutes and it was perfect.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
4 tasting notes

A solid Earl Grey. When I think of what an Earl Grey should taste like, this tea comes to mind.

I also have Earl Grey Supreme from H & S in my cupboard and compared the two, and I prefer this one. Bewildering, as other Earl Grey Supremes I’ve had were superior to their Earl Grey counterparts (EG Supreme being higher quality, as the name suggests).
The tea is smooth and round, and the bergamot is a relaxed note instead of the brighter zip in the Supreme. A perfect tea for reading a book or enjoying a quiet evening- if you don’t mind the caffeine, that is!

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75
drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
4 tasting notes

I tried to like Soho, I really did. If I ignore certain aspects of the tea, I could enjoy it. Unfortunately, the smell is a hair off from nauseating. I thought it was just how potent the amaranth was in the tin, but my nose still hurt from just smelling the brewed tea in the cup as I drank it.
If we look past it accosting my nose, the tea itself was palatable. With milk and sugar, it could definitely be a standalone dessert. The chocolate flavoring is artificial, but not unpleasant.

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66

A miss. I ordered this tea for my friend and he liked it, so I decided to pick one up for myself. Harney and Sons tend to use flavorings, so I wasn’t expecting much of the cherry blossom to come through. The scent of the tea is the tiniest bit artificial, but pleasant enough. The cherry blossom- if I could even call it that; I have tried cherry blossoms before and the tin itself lists “cherry flavoring” and not “cherry blossom flavoring”- taste is light but artificial enough for me to want to put this tea down. Unfortunate, as I do enjoy some of the other teas H & S produces.

Flavors: Cherry

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85

I had a cup of this around lunch time today, before doing homeschool. I used to drink a lot of earl grey tea, in general. I had cut back on caffeine for a number of years and have missed it. I was excited to try this for the “supreme” part. Now I used to always add a generous amount of sugar, which I have cut out almost entirely when drinking tea/ coffee, so that may be a factor. But, I did not taste any “supreme-ness”. It was a nice earl grey tea, but the flavors did not “pop” as I was expecting from the name and description. But still, it was a very nice earl grey.

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92

I purchased this tea on a whim after reading a blog post by Harney and Sons. And, I’m SO glad I did. I loved it! Truth be told, Im not a big green tea fan, but I WANT to be a green tea fan. And this was so pleasent, mild, no bitterness, with a sweet coconut taste. It was perfect for me. I even resteeped a second cup, which I don’t usually do. I was on day 2 of a headache and this was also soothing while I attempted homeschooling my kiddo today.

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I remember having a tin of this tea a long time ago. If I had a tin, I mist have liked it, I thought. So, I ordered slme recently. It’s very ginger-y at first followed by woth a sweet licorice taste that mind lf coats your tongue. I’m still undecided if I like it or not

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80
drank Moroccan Mint by Harney & Sons
1096 tasting notes

I’m a fan of Moroccan Mint teas, so when I placed my recent H&S order I threw a tin of it into my cart. This is my first time trying this blend from this company, but it’s a pretty standard MM. The peppermint is strong but not overpowering. I can still taste the smokiness of the gunpowder green tea as well as a slight vegetal note. I can see this getting bitter if it’s over brewed, but following the directions (175 degrees for 3 minutes) produces a nice cuppa.

I had this hot today, and while it didn’t blow my socks off I did enjoy it. I can also see it being great as an iced or cold brewed tea. Maybe I’ll try that later today.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

This is really nice and took me a bit by surprise. It’s a light but flavorful dessert tea that I’m finding ideal in this colder weather. The immediate flavors I taste are orange, vanilla, and caramel. The ginger isn’t so much tasted as felt – a touch of heat on the back of the throat. The floral notes, mostly rose, are present as the tea cools, but it’s very light. The caramel flavor fades a bit, so it becomes more of an orange, vanilla, rose tea. Really nice.

Flavors: Caramel, Orange, Rose, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Courtney

This one sounds tasty. I really need to look at doing a new H&S order!

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This is a sample sachet that came with my last Harney & Sons order. They must have known how much I’ve been craving a good sencha lately. The smell of the sachet smells SO good but then again I Love straight green teas. I honestly don’t know why I don’t keep them on hand probably because I go through them so fast?

it’s creamy and buttery which is just what you want from a good sencha. The main flavors are grass and seaweed. I would definitely drink this again but I wouldn’t feel the need to purchase this one. Harney & Sons just wouldn’t be my go to company to buy a Sencha from. I would probably lean towards one that is more well known for their green teas.

Flavors: Grass, Seaweed

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74
drank Yellow and Blue by Harney & Sons
43 tasting notes

I bought this because I like the plain chamomile and I like the plain lavender so I thought 2 teas, one tea box, more space in the cabinet. Unfortunately, I can’t really taste the lavender. And, I do prefer the strong lavender taste… and find it very relaxing. The tea sachet does look very pretty though. And, it taste nice as a chamomile tea. Just not really lavender-ey enough.

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85
drank Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
121 tasting notes

Note to self: Don’t eat a spicy snack like, for example, Spicy Vegan Buffalo Ranch sweet potato puffs, just before your first sip of a new tea. The flavor notes end up all over the place.

This is another wedding favor tea bag. Unlike the Twinings, this is a very subtle earl grey. I can actually taste the tea! It’s balanced nicely with the bergamot oil. Actually I taste the tea just slightly more than the bergamot. I like it a lot! I definitely want to explore more Harney & Sons teas. I think the other one I’ve had was a cinnamon tea at a festival.

Flavors: Bergamot, Tea

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Mastress Alita

Sounds like Derk’s roommate Kiki, who pairs Keto Flamin’ Hot Cheetos with tea…

Todd

Haha, nice

Nichole/CuppaGeek

Spicy Vegan Buffalo Ranch sweet potato puffs sound amazing!

Todd

They’re really good!

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90
drank Boston by Harney & Sons
136 tasting notes

I officially love this tea. Just ordered a tin with Harney’s New Years sale going on. I had a sample packet previously and am using the rest of it today.

EDITED TO ADD - Today I taste the cranberry stronger than before, but I made sure to steep the full five minutes and a little over a tsp to use up the last of the sample. I don’t taste as much chocolate this last sip. I think I prefer the taste profile a bit more when it’s steeped less than 5 minutes, 3-4 mark. I’ll experiment more when the tin comes in.

BEFORE EDIT BELOW:

I find it interesting the website talks about the cranberry, almond, and a touch of vanilla. What I sense when sipping this one feels chocolatey and fruity. Perhaps its the blend mixing with my taste buds :) It something I find suitable for morning brews, but also afternoon pick-ups and fun in the evenings when curling up with a good book. Despite the cranberry, it is not sour tart, and I have steeped at different times without bitterness. It’s strong without being cloying. I add some sugar to sweeten as I tend to do with flavoured black teas, but this is great on its own as well. As it cools, the flavor profile stays consistent and strong.

Flavors: Almond, Cranberry, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
ashmanra

My husband hates the smell of Harney’s chocolate flavoring, and oddly he thinks this tea smells like their chocolate tea, so I think you are spot on. So SOMETHING that is in the chocolate tea is in here and I was wondering if they have switched to artificial vanilla since vanilla prices have gone so high. I have always loved Boston but since my husband started disliking this smell, I gave it to Youngest. He would be upset if he knew! He doesn’t complain, I just felt it was polite to do.

Lupiressmoon

Yes, it’s interesting. If you to the product page on their website, some of the reviews talk about the chocolate flavor, and it has chocolate as a filter – when you click chocolate, that shows the reviews saying it tastes like chocolate covered cherries or liquid chocolate.

It’s odd that I mainly taste it when doing a shorter brew time but not today with the full brew. I’ve drank four times this week. Tea can be weird! :)

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80

I’m not sure what I think about this one. The coconut and caramel flavors are there, but I’m not getting the toasted rice or sesame seed notes. Adding sweetener heightens the caramel taste, but that’s about it. Given that this tea is inspired by Nian Gao, a sweet rice cake, the missing flavors make this tea disappointing. I’ll keep playing with it to see if I can coax more from the tea.

Now that I’ve said all of that, if someone gave me a cup of this and said it was a coconut and caramel dessert tea I’d enjoy it! The base tea is slightly malty, and the coconut doesn’t have an artificial taste. The caramel is the main note, but the tea and fruit are there and quite tasty.

So like I said, I’m not sure about this one. It’s good, but it’s not all that it should be.

Flavors: Caramel, Coconut, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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