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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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…
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!
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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.
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.
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! :)