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drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
1060 tasting notes

I’ve had quite a few mugs of this tea today. The black currant is nice, but what I really like about this tea is the base tea. It’s strong, smooth and rich. There’s no bitterness. The black currant flavor is nice. It’s not over the top, but it is constantly present.

The more I drink fruit flavored black teas the more I realize I want to taste the fruit, but I don’t want it to drown out the flavor of the tea. Especially when it’s such a good tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This tea came as a free sample from Harney and Sons and I’ve had it for a while and am just getting around to trying it now…

I like the citrus quality here, it’s kind of lime-y and the ginkgo is also adding somewhat of a nutty element. I am not too keen on the mint though. Overall I think there’s a bit too much going on here and this tea is a bit overwhelming. I ended up pouring it over some ice and it was a little bit better that way, but I don’t think I will need to buy any of this.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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91
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
51 tasting notes

This was a sample from momo’s awesome tin of teas she brought me when visiting, so nice of her, thank you again Amanda! :)
I’ve been wanting to try this tea for a long while but have been scared of the mentioned bergamot as I just can’t get over the soapyness of earl greys.
The dry leaf of Paris smells very pleasant, yummy, and welcoming. 
Brewed it’s smelling a little bergamonty which worries me… but surprisingly doesn’t taste like it at all! I added a little sugar and yes, I like this! 
The word sophisticated immediately comes to my mind when describing this tea. 
It tastes a little fruity, a tad lemony, and has a perfectly smooth and lovely black base. I’m sure there is more going on taste-wise but I need more cups to discover it fully. It is very very good. It is definitely the best fruity black tea I have ever had. Will certainly get a tin of this at some point. 

Ysaurella

I am reading the reviews for this tea and Florence as well since yesterday and you convinced me to add it to my shopping list !

CupofTree

Oh that’s awesome! I hope you like it.

teabird

Those two are my favorites of Harney’s “City” blends! Good choice :)

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I received this in a swap either from Alphakitty or Jes sorry I can’t remember who.

This is super cinnamony smelling, like hot, spicy cinnamon, not bakey cinnamon. It steeps up to the same scent. So delicious.

This tea is super sweet. Wow! It would he great if it wasn’t for all the sweetness. As it cooled it got even sweeyer. It had a nice flavour when and if you can get past the sugary sweetness.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Alphakitty

Wasn’t from me haha

BoxerMama

Must be Jes! She sent me some too, but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

Babble

Yeah Jes sent me some of this tea so that makes sense.

Jes

yup it was me. I had quite a bit of it to share.

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96
Additional notes: ICED! Two teaspoons in a mason jar, left in the fridge for 3 days. This and the Paris are two of my favorites to make iced. The flavors are amazing especially since the black tea isn’t as prominent as if it were iced. I love the berries of Paris and the stone fruits in this one. Luckily these two are some of the blends I have the most of around here…plenty of hot and cold brewing of these in the future! Next I’m trying a pu-erh iced, and definitely Harney’s Boston!
Preparation
Iced
Cavocorax

Oh gosh, I really really need to try this or Paris iced!

tea-sipper

You definitely should!

ashmanra

I have a one pound bag of loose leaf Tower of London. I am definitely putting some in to cold steep!

gmathis

Why didn’t I think of this? (Cleaning out a spot for yet another mason jar in the fridge.)

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Additional notes: I bought some of this from Yssah a while ago. This particular blend tastes a bit more flavorful than the Tower I tried before, probably because this was fresher. I just love this blend. Plums, a bit of cherry, honey and hints of bergamot on a lovely black base that doesn’t get astringent. It tastes like a jammy Danish. I thought I loved Paris more, but the new blend of that I bought from Yssah doesn’t taste the same as the sample I had before (kind of alcoholish). So I might like this one better, or else it is very close. Paris = berries Tower of London = stone fruits

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Thank you Amanda for including this one! I think Harney’s teas are either hit or miss for me, really in terms of how astringent they become when they cool down. I don’t know why I do that, since it probably indicates the quality of a tea rather than less quality. I have no idea, but since it is Harney, it probably indicates the quality of the tea. There are only a couple I’ve tried that get astringent, and I really don’t like that flavor. ANYWAY, this one doesn’t get astringent no matter how cool it gets! So it’s a hit (that reminds me of a Rilo Kiley song I love.) But I think it would be delicious anyway even if it gets astringent (so I don’t know where I was going with that anyway). But there IS a flavor of combined cherry, peaches and plums! The individual flavors are there, equally balanced. Wow! They aren’t kidding! All on a nice strong black tea base that somehow doesn’t overpower the delicate but definitely present fruity flavors. There was a wisp of bergamot and a sweetness to it as well. Add this to slowly growing pile of Harney teas I love (Paris, Vanilla Comoro & Hot Cinnamon Sunset!) I really wish their site would accept paypal…

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

♥ Rilo Kiley

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93
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
8 tasting notes

First thing that struck me as soon as I opened the tin (which I love) is the scent! Such a gorgeous mingling of vanilla and something else I can’t quite identify, maybe bergamot?
The actual tasting wasn’t overwhelming at all which I was a little worried about given how strong the scent was, I steeped it for five minutes and added some milk and sugar- this took me straight to my happy place. I could imagine sipping this in a small cafe in Montmartre ;] love love love!

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93
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
8 tasting notes

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92

Very smooth. Great tea.

Drank it black once, and I would buy it if I see it again. Has a distinct flavor and smell to it, hard to describe, but I really, really liked it a lot.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1060 tasting notes

Halla-Hallelujah my kids are finally finished with school! I am unreasonably excited that my alarm is off and I will not be forced to wake grumpy kiddos up at 6 in the morning. To celebrate I’m getting ready to snuggle into bed with my book (The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern) and a huge mug of this tea. My plan is to read into the wee hours of the morning, but I like having a decaf tea that won’t keep me awake should I decide that it’s sleepy time.

Hello summer. I missed you.

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1060 tasting notes

My life has been crazy hectic (in the best possible way) lately. Even though things are good I’m still feeling a bit frazzled just because I’m so busy. As a remedy, I was determined to carve out a little time for myself tonight to relax, read some of my favorite blogs, and drink some comforting tea. Since I love me some vanilla I made a big mug of this and am enjoying each and every sip. It’s a cup of vanilla deliciousness. Oh yeah, this is exactly what I’ve been wanting.

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1060 tasting notes

I saw Ost’s tea note on this tea and decided I needed a cup of my own. This is such a nice vanilla cuppa!

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1060 tasting notes

I may have made a giant mug of this tonight, and I may have added some peppermint schnapps. And it’s possible that it was really, really good.

’Night, all!

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1060 tasting notes

I am a big fan of vanilla tea. This one wins extra points for allowing me to get my vanilla fix and still fall asleep. I wish more decaf teas tasted this good!

Dr Jim

I love it too, but just wish I didn’t have to buy a pound to get it in loose tea form.

Veronica

I agree! I’d love to buy loose leaf, but there’s no way I’d be able to drink a pound of it before it started going stale.

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1060 tasting notes

Last tea of the day. I tried to talk myself into having a different tea since I’ve already had this one today, but this tea, a good book, and my bed are exactly what I want right now. I don’t know if there’s anything more comforting than vanilla tea.

Miss Starfish

I whole heartedly agree :)

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1060 tasting notes

I really wanted a vanilla tea, and it turns out that this is the only one I have in my cupboard, so decaf tea at 11 am it is. Regardless of the time of day, this is a great tea. Wonderful vanilla flavor, and a good base tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nicole/Tea-Historic

When it gets back in stock I really need to find some someones who want to split a pound bag of this. I don’t want the sachets and I know from experience that I don’t go through a pound of it before the vanilla is mostly worn out. :)

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1060 tasting notes

I haven’t had this tea in a while, and I’m wondering why because it’s dang delicious. The vanilla and caramel flavors are comforting… like coming home to a clean house and a cozy fire. This is still one of the only decaf blacks that I enjoy. There’s no strange chemical aftertaste that is often found in decaf teas.

Just good black tea… and vanilla… and caramel… yum.

sherapop

I agree! I say the same thing every time I brew up a cup. ;-)

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1060 tasting notes

Backlogging.

This was my bedtime tea. Still my favorite decaf tea, and one of my favorite vanilla teas, too.

I loved yesterday’s tribute day. Thank you mj1851 for suggesting it. I thought it was a nice way to honor Mr. Harney. Also, after reading so many lovely tasting notes on H&S teas I’ve yet to try, I ended up placing an order for a bunch of samples. :)

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

I love that you can oder everything as a sample with H&S!

Veronica

My samples showed up today! Plus, they added an iced tea sample and 5 wrapped tea bags. I adore good customer service. :)

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1060 tasting notes

My before bed tea. I love the vanilla flavor of this tea. Even after having cups and cups of it I’m still surprised that it’s decaffeinated. This is easily one of the best black decafs I’ve ever had.

sherapop

I agree! The flavor of the base tea itself is quite good, along with the vanilla.

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1060 tasting notes

Last tea of the night. I wanted something to curb my sweet tooth so I wouldn’t dive into the kids’ Easter candy. This did the trick. A great vanilla flavor and I’ll be able to sleep.

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1060 tasting notes

I spent the better part of this afternoon and evening at the mall. I am not a big mall loving person, so I was happy to get home. I was even happier to be able to settle in bed with a cup of this beauty. I’ve had so many cups of this tea, but I’m still impressed (and happy!) that this is a decaf tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1060 tasting notes

So this tasting note was from a tea I had on Sunday, but I’ve been sick and way too tired to type up notes. However, I’ve been drinking mugs full of tea as often as possible. Nothing soothes a sore throat like a hot cuppa!

On Sunday I helped to host a baby shower for one of my good friends. It’s her first baby, and she had a lot of family coming in from out of town for the event. The one request to mother-to-be made was for a caramel cake. The week before the shower everything that could go wrong did, and it looked like the cake wasn’t going to happen until one of the other hostesses and her amazing husband said they could make salted caramel cupcakes instead. These sweet people were already making cream puffs and madeleines, so baking cupcakes for 50+ people was a lot to take on. If you can’t tell I’m still incredibly grateful for their baking skills!

Not only did they make them, but they were the most amazing cupcakes ever. They were even more amazing paired with this tea. It was seriously the best tea/food pairing I’ve ever had. The sweet and salty cake next to the rich vanilla tea was so delicious! I had several ladies ask me what the tea was, and when I told them, and that it was decaf, they thought I had read the tin wrong. I actually went into the kitchen and got the tin to show two of the ladies because they wanted to order some. Success! I can’t say it was the highlight of the shower (baby clothes are sooo cute!!!), but it was one of the little moments that made the shower special which is exactly what we wanted for the guest of honor.

After the shower was over I came home and made myself one more cup of this vanilla goodness as a pat on the back for a job well done. The added benefit was that I also got to fall into bed and sleep.

Rosehips

That sounds like a delicious combo. You have some awesome baking friends.

Veronica

I wish I had the words to properly convey how good it was. I’ll just go with “yummy”. :) And my baking friends really are awesome. They stepped in and took over way more than they should have because half of the hostesses (there were six of us) were either sick or had major family emergencies. Or both. It was quite a week!

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90
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1060 tasting notes

Last tea of the day. I sipped on this while waiting for my daughter to finish the final performance of her school’s spring musical. This year they performed The Secret Garden, and I have to say the kids did an amazing job. Anyway, it was nice to have this always lovely decaf on hand to enjoy while they were breaking down the backdrops and props. It took much longer than I thought it would, but it was great to see them all having fun and working together.

Given how much I like this tea I think I will add Harney and Sons Vanilla Black to my shopping list. I probably won’t place an order with them until the fall, but vanilla tea is good any time of the year! :)

gmathis

V/Comoro is a wonderful blender-inner, too!

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