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drank Paris Herbal by Harney & Sons
25 tasting notes

Just made a cup of this for a late afternoon treat. Since it is pretty late, no caffeine for me! I used my finun filter but still got a little bit of stray tea in the cup but no biggie. First sip it was a tastey rooibus with a little fruitiness. I could drink this plain but I added sone half and half. I like the creamyness and full body! Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Had a quick cup this morning. Forgot to taste it before I added some half and half! My guilty pleasure! It is very tastey classic black tea good for the morning and does well with milk and I am sure sugar would be good too. Not the boldest/ darkest black tea but not too light either. I had this blended with orange blossom and iced in the shop. I only ordered iced because we had baby with us, but it was a really good mix of a black base with fruity ness!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
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Hmm. Well, I like that I can actually taste some tea in here…..the dry leaves smell like the alcohol whiff you get from your general grocery store vanilla extract. Made a nice strong dark brew in the pot, and smelled more like vanilla when I poured it. I didn’t get strong bakery or cookie notes, just a mild suggestion of vanilla. A bit boring, but it doesn’t advertise any bells and whistles so I wasn’t expecting more that a basic vanilla tea. Okay, but will keep exploring vanillas and I’m sure there are better than this but it fills the bill for a quick cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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Thought this would be a no-brainer since I’m usually a fan of holiday teas…..but this, to me, was like drinking a giant piece of Big Red gum. Obviously, cinnamon and I have a weird relationship……..sometimes I get the baking-type cinnamon and sometimes I get the Red Hots Candy cinnamon. I get the latter here and it overwhelms everything else….not in the sense that I can’t taste anything else, just that I can’t really get past it. The other notes are there but my brain is too hyper focused on the cinnamon……Ah well, it happens.

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Well, the sudden influx of tea, plus my impending delivery of more tea is prompting me to get right on my sipdowns.
The nice thing/cupboard thwarting thing is that some companies send along samples. Harney is one such merchant, and in addition to the two teas I ordered, I am now the owner of three sachets of things they thought I might like to try.
Well, sachet samples are great for the office tea caddy, so they were swept along, and I pulled out this for my afternoon cuppa.
Very smooth, slightly floral, light and pleasant. Not the most earth-shattering Darjeeling I’ve ever had, but quite nice.
I am glad to have tried it, but even more glad to have it sippded down! Cupboard back to three pages!

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I’ve been so busy that I not only haven’t posted in awhile but I completed missed that we had a tea shop open out here! I found out about Trina’s Tea Kettle and Boutique after work and ran right over.
https://www.facebook.com/TrinasTeaKettle/?hc_ref=ARQsVMxHRGJzCUUOUkxfzb1nl4euaWkhnwqPCE7LWSlni14zRVNp36X9VpWqlxwYfGA&pnref=story
I’m glad I did! Not only do they have some very cute accessories, they also carry a bunch of Harney & Sons blends :)
I;ve been out of Tower of London for awhile, so I picked up a tin …so consistently yummy! Perfect before dinner tea with the weather just starting to cool down.

Flavors: Bergamot, Dark Chocolate

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

This one can be hard to find, but is well worth the hunt! Good for you!

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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This one has a nice balance of strong tea flavor with the fruitiness, neither one overpowering the other. It is kind of generically fruity as opposed to a particular flavor, but that doesn’t bother me for some reason. I think this is one that would have broad general appeal to a fair number of people.

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I know ashmanra is not on anyone’s payroll, but she is making a lot of tea vendors happy. Shortly after sampling Queen Catherine, I got an email from Harney offering discounts on their breakfast teas. A fan of black tea – I ordered. Several.

Harney’s Irish Breakfast is a brisk, malty Assam blend bursting with both flavor and aroma. Methinks there may be an “Irish Lunch” somewhere in my future…

ashmanra

A favorite of my youngest!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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From Ceremonial and Premium to flavored Culinary, I’ve tried several grades of Matcha in the past month. This is by far the creamiest and least bitter of them all.

I received a sample as a gift, and in consideration of the price, I realize how blessed I am to have a friend like ashmanra. Even with my discount coupon I’m inclined to buy Harney’s Thick Grade, but this is worth the price.

It whisked easily into a creamy froth, and any sense of bitterness quickly melted into a lingering sweetness. I just might splurge on this matcha – but maybe as a gift for my wife, who would most likely share.

ashmanra

I am quite sure she would share with you! I agree, the thick grad dis really good and for the price consideration I wouldn’t be sad buying it. But if I have a coupon, I am probably going for this one. And guess what? Tea companies do GREAT Black Friday sales!

Comm Guy

My wife just surveyed and commented on my growing tea stash. I didn’t realize (or was in denial) about how big it’s grown. In my defense – some of space is herbs for tisanes…and they’re bulky. Yeah. That’s it. Herbs. I’m gonna use that.

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Headed out to one of the biggest and best antiques fairs around later this morning. Such a day calls for a tea to match – something that is at once fancy and common. I choose Queen Catherine. An aromatic cup full of flavor. Just right. Every time.

ashmanra

This was my tea for breakfast today…mixed a little of Harney’s Rose Scented to add just that touch of foofiness. Youngest and I needed it this morning. Usually I drink it unadulterated, though. :)

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This could easily replace coffee as my morning cup. Robust, but not overpowering. Smooth, but not weak. This tea is anything but finicky and yields a pleasingly sweet, malty full-bodied flavor.

Sample provided by my local enabler, ashmanra, and resulted in a purchase at Harney & Sons. Perfectly timed, by the way. Just got an email offering 25% off Breakfast Blends.

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML
ashmanra

Perfect timing, indeed! With their frequent specials it is easy to load up on favorites and save a little while still getting good stuff and not settling for mediocre. A coupon will come along soon for that matcha, and if you ever need someone to “go in with you” to pad an order so you get free shipping, there are a few people local people who would probably be game!

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I’m still cleaning out the backlog. After this review, I should only have one or two others to post. I bought a big 8 ounce tin of this tea last year and finally managed to finish the last of it this morning. Over the past week or thereabouts, I have been experimenting with cold brewing this tea, and honestly, that did not turn out nearly as badly as anticipated. Still, I think I favor this as a hot brew. As Chinese gunpowder green teas go, this one was rock solid.

For this review session, I utilized a two step Western-style preparation. First, I steeped a full teaspoon of loose tea leaves in approximately 8 ounces of 175 F water for 2 minutes. I then resteeped the leaves for 3 minutes in the same amount of water.

Prior to infusion, the dry tea pellets emitted smoky, grassy aromas. The first infusion brought out hints of hay, straw, and citrus. In the mouth, I got a nice mix of hay, straw, grass, char, wood, smoke, roasted Brussels sprouts, seaweed, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, Napa cabbage, and grilled lemon notes balanced by a touch of spring honey. The second infusion produced a more vegetal and slightly more honeyed bouquet. In the mouth, I picked up far stronger honey, grilled lemon, and seaweed notes to go with the expected notes of roasted Brussels sprouts, Napa cabbage, wood, smoke, char, hay, straw, grass, cauliflower, broccoli, and spinach. There was also a slight mineral presence in the mouth.

Overall, this was a nice tea. I know that gunpowder green tea is never going to be the highest quality or most complex tea in the world, but compared to many of the other gunpowder green teas I have had, this one had a lot going for it. It may not have been anything out of the ordinary, but this was the sort of tea that would be a consistent, reliable daily drinker for the sort of person who takes a cup or two of green tea each day.

Flavors: Broccoli, Char, Grass, Hay, Honey, Lemon, Mineral, Seaweed, Smoke, Spinach, Straw, Vegetal, Wood

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I keep meaning to write more reviews than I do. I have a lot I’d like to write about. But it seems difficult to find time to get on my computer. I tried making a review on my phone once and just couldn’t make it work.

This brings me to a tea I’ve mean to review for a while. Chun mee, sold by Harney and Sons. I find this to have a very ‘classic’ green tea flavor, at least to what I thought green tea tasted like when I first started drinking it many years ago. I still really like that flavor, even though I now know that green tea can really vary by where it’s grown. It brews a very beautiful dark yellow and has a very pleasant ‘leaf’ and slightly smokey smell. The taste would reflect this as well.

Even though it’s not an expensive tea, it’s one I would still recommend drinking slowly, preferably with a friend. It also goes very well with Chinese food(many green teas I think are best alone, but this one doesn’t seem overwhelmed by other flavors as easily).

I started drinking green tea around 15 years ago with a random package of Salada green tea. I would think of this as a logical next step for people that started with that, though I think this is much better. Good to drink every day, but maybe not special occasions.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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We were excited to try this matcha. My wife was greeted with a bag of goodies when she ran into ashmanra yesterday, and this was among them.

I made it as I’ve become accustomed to making it – no sifting – and we get 100% clump-free matcha starting cool water. This was little thicker and less bitter than the ceremonial grade I’ve been drinking. The color was a shockingly bright green, and made a deep green tea. As a former heavy coffee drinker, I consume matcha as much for effect as anything, so we’ll be able to compare in another way in a few hours.

Very good. I would buy this.

ashmanra

I do plan to repurchase this one myself. I like it very much!

Fjellrev

Ashmanra, you rule.

ashmanra

Fjellrev: Just sharing the tea love wherever I can! :D

gmathis

Living in the same neighborhood as an enbabler…lucky duck :)

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Got a sample of this to compare to NMTC’s gunpowder green. This actually tastes slightly like white tea, I guess because it has some hay notes. It’s more vegetal overall than the NMTC, which leans toward the earthy and mineral notes. Plus this is a lighter tea. The flavor is fine, but it doesn’t really register as gunpowder with me. I just expect them to be punchier than regular green. So as the heartier tea, the NMTC still wins for me.

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80
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
13 tasting notes

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100
drank Peach Iced Tea by Harney & Sons
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not the least bit bitter.
my milk went bad so a had to drink it straight and im glad i did. typically i dont like black teas without milk (granted i’m new to them) because I typically find them too bitter for my taste. perhaps it was the four minute steep time versus five.

this will be my go to morning cup to get me mobile.

Flavors: Cocoa, Toast

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This is my favorite tea right now.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 300 OZ / 8872 ML

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I am really surprised to be the first reviewing this. That is a daunting task.

Yesterday or the day before I reviewed the middle grade matcha from Harney and Sons, Matcha Senjunomukashi. I noted that the initial paste made with cold water was thicker than my usual matchas make. The froth was thick and foamy and the color a brilliant green. The tea has a light bitterness and a lingering aftertaste, much desired in matcha.

This tea was almost exactly the same with one notable difference – it almost entirely lacks the bitterness. There was very little bitterness in the mid-grade and I almost would venture to say none in this. There are some who esteem this quality, especially since the bitter bite usually blooms into an aftertaste of sweetness. But this was smooth and, I think, accessible to even a brand new matcha drinker who isn’t in love with the drink yet.

I bought it on sale and I do not regret the purchase one bit, but with money being an object in most households, I can honestly say that I would be delighted with a tin of either and wouldn’t feel cheated if I could only afford the middle grade. I am going to enjoy having a tin of each very, very much.

Fjellrev

Nice! It’s great that you are treating yourself, and glad to hear that it’s worth it.

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