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40

On my fourth sip, I swear, for the last fifth of the third second after I took the tea into my mouth, I thought I tasted spinach.

That, or I read in advance this tea was supposed to taste “vegetal.” Impossible to say!

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40

Now I know what jasmine smells like: my grandma.

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20

I’m sorry but this tastes like Lipton black tea! Somebody had to say it.

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drank Tilleul by Harney & Sons
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60

A bit weak for my personal tastes. Doesn’t resteep well, so you only get a single cup out of each sachet instead of the usual two or three. It has a nice, deep, fudge-y aroma to it, but the liquor is subdued. Not a lot of flavor coming through, tea or chocolate or otherwise, and the rosebuds barely add anything to it. Can’t say I’d buy any more of this in the future. Unfortunately poor execution of a good concept. I really wanted to like this. Probably going to be doing 2 sachets per cup for the rest of the tin to make it taste less… empty.

Flavors: Chocolate, Nuts

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90

This got me hooked on earl grey again. It’s a strong, pungent, elegant rendition of the bergamot black that I’m used to. Earl grey wasn’t my thing for a few years, but I picked a tin of this up on a whim at a local grocery and it immediately earned itself a spot beside the office’s hot water dispenser. Easily one of the best grocery store teas I’ve tried so far.

Flavors: Bergamot, Citrusy

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 2 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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60
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
7 tasting notes

I mean, we’ll always have it. Sadly a black tea and I can’t handle that much caffeine! Would definitely consider the decaf version. Good plain, with sugar and with milk.

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85

I’ve been on a bit of an Oolong kick recently so when I needed to take a tea sachet with me today instead of making loose leaf, I grabbed this sample. I got this as a sample in an order I placed a while ago, and just hadn’t thought about it.
It was a nice natural oolong, not very sweet or such a strong pomegranate taste, but I can tell there is something like a pomegranate taste in the background.
I ended up resteeping this tea bag several times and it held the strength of the flavor through all of them. I also loved seeing how large the full size oolong tea leaves got inside the sachet, made me happy knowing they are not all broken leaves, they are full and the same I imagine you get when you purchase loose leaf.

I would happily have another cup, and maybe I would pick up some next time I am in store, but nothing I need to have more of right now.

Eelong

Drinking this one right now, actually! It tastes different than a standard tie guan yin, but the pomegranate is effectively a ghost of citric acid.

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80

Subtle taste, beautiful smell. Could be even better with sugar. Good gift for a loved one.

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80

Has an herbal version; better than Bengal Spice! Would be great with milk.

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80
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
20 tasting notes

For a decaf tea to unwind with right before bed, this is lovely. The vanilla note is a bit candle-like, definitely artificial, but I can’t bring myself to care. A little creamy, a little bitter, and overall pleasant. Can’t beat the convenience of being able to get a decent decaf black from Target.

Flavors: Cream, Dark Bittersweet, Vanilla

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

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61

I love Tokyo from Harney and Sons, and was very excited to see another sesame seed option. I was going to purchase a tin of Tokyo, but decided to try this one instead. I honestly wish I had just purchased Tokyo. This one is just okay. I like the sesame seeds and toasted rice with the black tea base, but there is too much coconut, and the caramel flavor turns my stomach a bit. I topped it with some coconut whipped cream from Trader Joe’s, and that made it more bearable. But, overall it was just a bit too sickeningly sweet.

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80
drank Bangkok by Harney & Sons
392 tasting notes

I had initially tried a sample of this, and enjoyed it so much that I just purchased a tin. I generally don’t enjoy coconut teas, but found this one to be excellent. The lemongrass, coconut, vanilla, and ginger work together very harmoniously with the green tea.

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83
drank Ruby Black Tea by Harney & Sons
527 tasting notes

This is quite tasty! Even though it’s plain, it has a deep flavor that’s pretty nice! Definitely one of the better straight teas I’ve had in a long time.

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81

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Flavors: Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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71

Fairly good tea! Felt good on this very rainy day, almost like a soup (I’ve been really into this Turmeric broth lately, so this feels like a bit more of that). It was all at once very savory due to the turmeric and ginger, but also sweet. It tasted like the most delicous way of caring for one’s health!

In the tin, as one might imagine, the main scent was that of turmeric and ginger.
It also paired wonderfuly with the last of my chili powder pistachios!

Flavors: Nutty, Salt, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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71

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I have been wanting to try this tea for a long time and just kept talking myself out of ordering the sample, especially after reading reviews. Then a young woman from church came over, fell in love with tea, placed a Harney order, and got this as one of her free samples! She offered it to me to try, so I saved it for Thursday morning breakfast with my best friend who loves white tea. We had the sachet which makes 12 ounces and I steeped it again for a total of 24 to go with the fruit tarts she surprised me with for breakfast.

I expected to not like it, but honestly I will probably order some. The vanilla is the reason. This is mostly vanilla, and it is a rich, thick smelling and tasting vanilla. The grapefruit was completely absent for me until the tea began to cool, and then I thought it was getting brisk but realized it was the grapefruit finally coming through. It wasn’t strong or too sour.

My friend loves white tea and vanilla but is not a big fan of grapefruit, so she was very pleased that didn’t taste the grapefruit. I am not sure it is something she would order, but she did like it. I think my husband just might love it, so I will probably get a small tin.

Martin Bednář

That sounds like an interesting blend.

gmathis

Basilur has a tangerine tea with vanilla that I really like—this sounds very similar.

ashmanra

Oh, my daughter bought me some Basilur years ago. I will have to look for it at Tuesday Morning and Home Goods!

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90

It’s such a shame this was a limited edition. Visually, it’s very pretty. It has little pink flowers. Dry, it has that sweet vegetal smell green oolongs so often do. In steam, it opens up to something more robust, but still leafy. It is a weird buttercup yellow, but other than that, a nice cup. It tastes like a green to my tongue, specifically gunpowder, due to the lychee sweetening it up. There is only a distinct lychee note after the tea has faded from the tongue; it’s otherwise a pure, honey-like sweetness, in the liquor and in the steam. The ginger is not terribly assertive. It makes the brew slightly spicy, enough to make it less one-note but not enough to really shout ‘ginger.’ I normally am big on ginger but given how delicate the lychee flavor is, I am glad it’s balanced to favor the lychee. The flavor profile would make a ridiculously nice spicy oriental perfume. Its only downside is that it is not particularly grand on the resteep; the lychee does not return.

Flavors: Citrus, Ginger, Honey, Lychee, Vegetal

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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86

A very solid breakfast tea Good body to it. I might like more than Harney’s Malachi McCormick tea, but I need to do a tasting of them together to confirm that,

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86

Very tasty! I compared his against Harney’s Earl Grey Supreme, and liked this much better.

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