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70

FYI if this is your kind of tea, Harney’s has it for appx. half price right now. I am learning that I am a black tea lover at heart. That being said, this is a nice tea for when you have had your quota of back tea but still want a tea drink. I can taste the orange but it is not the main note. The green tea/marigold seems to dominate. For me, a touch of sweetener brought out the orange. It was pleasant but not the show stoppers goji and black currant were for me. Not something I wold normally buy in large quantities for me (a sample or tag-along 5 pack would be enough for me) but getting the canister on sale enables me to share with my green tea loving friends and add another pretty tin to the Harney collection.
They always get me with the pretty tins :)

Flavors: Flowers, Green, Orange

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

I received a sample pouch of this and decided to give it a try. I liked this so much more than the organic citrus ginkgo that I tried yesterday!

I brewed this as directed (2 cups water at 212 degrees for 15 minutes before added 6 cups of cold water) and was impressed with its refreshing flavor.

You get a definite berry taste along with a black tea flavor that makes it self known but does not overpower the brew. This tea takes sweetener and a dab of creme very well. I haven’t tried it hot yet (I have a sample of the the plan old black currant blend waiting) but I don’t see why it wouldn’t taste as good hot as it did cold.

It doesn’t beat out Irish breakfast or Harney’s Royal Palace as my favorite black tea blends but with 109 degree weather expected here on Sunday, I can see stocking up on this for those hot summer days.

Flavors: Black Currant

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
teepland

That sounds wonderful (the tea, not the 109-degree weather)! I love black currants so I will have to try this one!

cuddlesmom

Hope you like it! I had some more this afternoon and it was wonderful. Consistent flavor.

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50

My last Harney order included this sample and my curiosity got the better of me today.
Drank this about 90 minutes ago and my tummy is still gurgling. Could just be that I drank this after having 2 cups of Nina’s Grand Amour and my body is on tea over load but I was also less than impressed with the flavor.
This was my first taste of a tea containing ginkgo, so the taste maybe fine for people that like it.
Someone else mentioned that the citrus flavor was almost and after taste and I would have agree. A grassy flavor seemed to be the min note.
I used the one big bag in the sample and steeped it for 15 minutes in 2 cups of water. I added 6 cups of cold water after ward, just as the instructions …well… instructed.
I tried on its own and with some sweetener (which did bring out more of the citrus flavor) and creme (which makes everything drinkable in my world).
Still have 4 cups of tea left and I am tempted to cut my losses and dump it. The flavor is just too grassy for me.
Maybe after my tummy settles I will give another try.

Flavors: Citrus, Grass, Herbs

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Oolong and I aren’t the best of friends. I just haven’t found many that I enjoy.

I was very pleased to have received a few Harney & Sons oolong samples from a teapal. Most of them didn’t sound or smell like something I’d enjoy because I don’t care for overly floral teas. That said, the description and tasting notes of this tea sounded too good not to try.

It’s really quite nice. The peachy aromas in the dry leaf and in the steeped cuppa were just lovely and so comforting. This tea is very light but has noticeable flavors of honey and peaches. It’s also got a bit of a buttery note which I don’t normally care for in tea, but it’s so faint that I don’t mind.

It’s turned out to be a nice cuppa for a mid-morning pick me up as I work on grant proposals. I’ve got enough in my little sample pack to sip through a few more cups, and I’ll be enjoying every one of them.

Flavors: Butter, Honey, Peach

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87

If you like cherry this one is a great tea to try. Cherry …maybe a black cherry …is the dominate note in this blend. As it cools there seems to be a slight after taste of alcohol…subtle…maybe like some sort of fruit liquor.
Cream gives it smoother, less fruity, flavor. A nice after dinner tea.

Flavors: Alcohol, Cherry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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85

Surprisingly light and refreshing . Just the thing for a late spring or early summer afternoon. I think I prefer it iced but it was very flavorful hot. The grapefruit favor dominates but without any bitterness, as the vanilla fives it a smooth, creamy after taste.

Adding sweetener gives the tea a general citrus flavor as opposed to the distinctive grapefruit flavor it has plain. It took a dab of creme well but I wouldn’t put more than that in (my dab is between 1/2 and a full teaspoon). The creme made the flavor smoother but more creme could easily drown out the fruit flavor.

This is my second white tea sample and it makes me anxious to try more.

Flavors: Cream, Grapefruit, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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95
drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
51 tasting notes

I like this as much as I like the Tower of London and Florence blends. This is a wonderful tea! Full bodied and brisk, it takes creme and sweeter splendidly. The honey and chocolate flavors blend in a way that tastes a lot like molasses. It was great hot first thing in the morning but it was also delicious iced in the afternoon.
It didn’t me the kind of caffeine joint Irish Breakfast does but this tea is definitely brisk and a great addition to the morning routine.

Flavors: Apricot, Dark Chocolate, Honey, Molasses

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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80

Very brisk tea. It rests on the edge of bitter without crossing over. Malty enough that it makes me think of Harney’s Dorchester blend. It’s a good, solid tea probably best for the morning. It gives me the wake up kick of Dorchester or Irish Breakfast, though my preference is still IB.

It took cream well and as it cools the honey flavor blends in with the malt.

Flavors: Honey, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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Very silly old sample but I did enjoy it, despite the waning flavours. I think it would be tasty and I’d like to try it again sometime, which is why I’m logging it, even though I’m so so sick of the Harney teas I still have, like Boston and Tokyo and Tower of London. Note to self, never buy 4oz of any one tea ever again because you are a fickle, fickle lady.

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65
drank Lemon Herbal by Harney & Sons
51 tasting notes

Too bitter for me. I tried it iced alone, with Splenda, with more Splenda, and finally with Splenda and cream.

The cream helped with the the bitterness and I did taste the lemon through out but the grassy bitterness really made this an unpleasant tea for me. I think though that is because I prefer a lemon without thee herbs.

Harney’s makes great tea so if you don’t mind the herbs, you might rate this one significantly higher. For me, I Love Lemon would be my go-to blend if I wanted a lemon tea.

Flavors: Bitter, Lemon, Lemongrass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
51 tasting notes

Today was a day filled with annoyance. Starting with the discovery that the cost of the 60,000 service on my Dodge Dart would cost $898.55! :(
After much research and comparison shopping, I discovered the main reason for this price was the transmission service that was a hefty $676.65 ~ and the kicker is that the service can’t be done anywhere other than the dealer because is requires a “special tool”!!! GAW!!!
I was sooooooooooo fit to be tied. I was half way to the fridge to open a bottle of wine when I remembered…I have Harney’s Florence in the house :) A much better choice at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Such a great tea. Chocolaty flavor and a wonderful rich creaminess with a scent that just makes everything seem better!

It didn’t solve the problem with those idiots at Dodge but after my third cup, I did feel calmer (which is amazing with that much black tea) and better able to figure how to wanted to deal with the idiots.

Flavors: Creamy, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 40 OZ / 1182 ML
teepland

:( Sorry to hear about the pricey car tune-up! That’s awful that it can’t be done anywhere but the dealer! >:(

cuddlesmom

Thanks teepland. Things went from bad to worse today.Long story short, found out the most expensive part…the part involving the transmission and the “special tool” may not be needed until I’m at 120,000. Then, I went out and tried to start my car.

Operative word being “tried”.

Alternator went out to the tune of $674.00. :(

So, sadly I will be spending about $800.00 anyway, even though I got around the transmission work.

Obviously, this calls for more tea!

teepland

Oh no! That is absolutely ridiculous! I’d be losing my mind at this point! :(

I hope your tea is a calming respite in an otherwise awful situation. And, at least the weekend is almost here too, right? (trying to think of the positives for the day…)

cuddlesmom

Thanks for the kind words teepland. It is ridiculous and believe me I lost my mind for several hours yesterday but a day later I am resigned and just glad the car died on my drive way and not morning traffic.

The thing is, I live small. It takes very little to make me happy dollar wise but most people that buy a Dart are young folks not people like me that are at the top of their union salary scale after 20 yrs. of teaching.

I bought the Dart because I am cheap :) AND because it looked like most of it was made in Bloomington, Illinois USA. I could have bought higher end but I wanted a car payment well below $500 (mine is $211 for 60 months and that makes me very happy). Anyway, I know a bill like this would have blown my budget out of the water when I was just starting out.

When you buy a starter car you really need affordable repairs.

Sorry to get so long winded but if we were talking my husband’s old company car (Mercedes) or a super exciting sports car maybe I’d have taken it in stride sooner. :)

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95
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
51 tasting notes

This is wonderful tea! If you like chocolate you have to try this. I almost didn’t because hazelnut was listed as one of the flavors and I am not a nut fan when it comes to tea or coffee. While the hazelnut is noticeable, it the smooth vanilla and chocolate notes that dominant this blend.

It was great on it’s own hot, it was heaven with my usual dab of Splenda and cream, and it reminded me of a smooth creamy iced mocha when I had it chilled later.

I haven’t had a mocha in years…not since I went low carb… this was such a wonderful treat. it would be perfection if it had just a touch of raspberry because my old signature summer drink was a white-raspberry-iced-mocha… but it was still thee best chocolate dessert tea I’ve tried so far.

I can’t say enough good things about the blend. It is brisk and full bodied. Full bodied enough that I could see having this occasionally as a morning blend. It’s not sugary sweet at all but it is another great alternative to a traditional dessert.

Flavors: Chocolate, Hazelnut, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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70

Very light tea that was perfect after dinner on a day that was in the 90’s. Refreshing and soothing. I tried it hot and chilled, with and without cream and sweetener. The vegetable taste is there no matter how you make it. It is a general veggie taste. I couldn’t get a good fix on a specific vegetable, nor the water melon rind flavor the maker says it has.

Maybe I need to eat more watermelon and then I could identify it???

While I still favor fruity or brisk blends over this, it is nice and I did enjoy it. No bitterness on either the first or second steeping. Just a smooth lightly flavorful blend. Not boring, either. I drank two 32 oz. steepings because I liked the flavor and really wanted to identify it better.

Flavors: Vegetables

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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75

This tea has a distinctive roasted fragrance. That roasted note is also evident in the first sip of the tea. A dash of sweetener brings out a fruity flavor. If you like smoky, toasty blends this might be one for you. It is not a weak tea, but not the eye opener an Irish Breakfast tea is.

A bit of cream really turns this into a smooth roasted cup. The cream compliments the blend, as opposed to drowning out the flavor. The second cup was made with just a little cream and it too had a smooth, toasty cream flavor.

Going to try it iced in a bit.

A good solid tea. Not as fruity as I thought it would be, but maybe that will come over ice?

Just finished a glass of it iced. Not bad. The toasty flavor still comes through. The ice doesn’t water it down, it just blends it better with a little cream & sweetener. I think this could be a nice change of pace tea in the summer or with a meal. Not something I would keep as a main stay but something to get a sample of once in a while.

Flavors: Roasted, Toasty

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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100

If I ever can’t find Yorkshire, this will be my everyday brew. Strong, and delicious with. Milk & sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100

This is divine hot with honey & milk. The honey enhances the peach flavor exquisitely.

Flavors: Peach

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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68
drank Yellow and Blue by Harney & Sons
13 tasting notes

The flavor is primarily chamomile, though the lavender is still noticeable. The texture is a bit waxy.

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90

Grapefruit lovers will enjoy this tea, hot or cold. It is brisk and takes sweetener and cream well. Though I liked the more lemony Diamond Jubilee blend slightly more, this is a good tea for morning or to revive in the afternoon, when taking a break at work.
Of course the pretty tin was the main reason I wanted to try it and it is a nice tin (design is not a paper label). I would buy it again without the tin, though, if I wanted something with a perky grapefruit flavor.

Flavors: Grapefruit

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 1 OZ / 17 ML
teepland

Sounds good! I am adding this to my “to-buy” list!

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80
drank Kenilworth by Harney & Sons
56 tasting notes

I bought this tea last week but finally am getting around to having it today. I like the color of the dried leaves when I opened the tin—very dark and consistent with only a few tips. I know this means it isn’t a “tippy” tea, but that isn’t always a bad thing.

I steeped 9 grams of leaves in 20 ounces of near boiling water for 4 minutes. The brewed liquor came out very dark as well—brown, like the color of coffee. It looks appealing!

When I first smelled the tea’s liquor, I immediately picked up a woody scent, with a hint of cream or milk to it. I didn’t add anything to the tea so I was surprised by that. When I tasted it, I could also taste both the woody and creamy flavors I found in the aroma. Along with these, I also noticed very slight molasses and cherry flavors. The taste was very fresh and smooth. I did not taste any malt to it; since I normally drink Assam teas in the morning, I was mistakenly expecting it. This was a nice change from the normal for me.

Overall, I enjoyed it and will be glad to add this to my regular drinking routine. It has a flavor similar to other black teas, but different enough to make it unique. That really is all I hope for when I try new teas. :)

Flavors: Cherry, Creamy, Milk, Molasses, Wood

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 9 g 20 OZ / 591 ML
Teatotaler

Damn, you have some good taste in tea, teepland! Kenilworth is a wonderful Ceylon – One of my personal favorite teas.

teepland

Thanks, Teatotaler! Unfortunately, I can’t say I had much to do with these choices; I have been picking teas that I see others on Steepster recommending—people whom I know have similar tastes as I do. Do you have any other brands/varieties which you recommend? As a fellow Darjeeling fan, I’d be happy to try any recommendations you have! :)

Teatotaler

You’re quite welcome, teepland! :)
Okay, fellow Darjeeling dude, here you go!
From Harney & Sons, Nilgiri Frost – Very much like a Darjeeling, muscatel and all. Nice sweetness.
Temi Sikkim – From just north of Darjeeling. Very Darjeeling with a very pleasant nutty flavor.
From Arbor Teas of Ann Arbor, MI, Darjeeling Makaibari first flush and Darjeeling Makaibari second flush. The second flush is especially good! I’ve ordered from Arbor many times and have yet to be disappointed. All of their tea is certified organic.
Steven Smith Teamaker’s No. 47 Bungalow is a very fine first and second flush Darjeeling Makaibari blend.
What-Cha in London, England usually has a good selection of fine Darjeelings. Very nice vendor with a personalized touch. Fast and cheap shipping. Their Darjeeling Autumn Flush Gopaldhara Red Thunder Gold Black Tea is the best Darjeeling I’ve had so far!
Hope this helps. I’ll add more as they will inevitably pop into mind.

teepland

Teatotaler: Thank you so much! I have copied these teas into my list for future orders and will certainly try them. I am especially intrigued with the Darjeeling Autumn Flush Gopaldhara Red Thunder Gold Black Tea (what a name!)—I saw you rated it with a 100 score, so I am definitely going to try that one! I’ve also been impressed with other Steven Smith blends, so I will be sure to add that to my next order with them. Thanks again, and have a good weekend! :)

Teatotaler

My pleasure, teepland! We Darjeeling people have to stick together. I am very happy to pass the happiness along. You have a good weekend too, my friend! :)

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78

“During the holiday season, Michaels (the craft store) gets a smell. A distinct scent. I don’t know if there’s some “holiday smell” that they’re pumping in. Maybe it’s like Abercrombie & Fitch, where they dump perfume through the vents.
If you’re not familiar with that smell, and don’t have a local Michael’s, I will attempt to describe it to you as gingerbread-y. It has a chai-and-clove, spice-and-sugar vibe. It’s a delicate balance of every gingerbread house and Christmas cookie tray you’ve ever eaten. It feels like something your grandma made.
When you smell it, you have a manic desire to make your very own from-scratch Martha Stewart holiday for yourself. You do not sleep for days, considering how gold-foil could best be used in an array of handmade ornaments.
Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons is Christmas music and that smell stirred together into one kit-and-kaboodle. It’s like they ground down Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer’s very essence for you to boil and sip.”

All this and a HUGE tangent about “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2016/12/16/holiday-tea-alert-holiday-tea-from-harney-sons/

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85

Had this again this morning for the sipdown of this sample. The bold sweet potato flavor is still pronounced. It’s good, but not something I could have regularly, I think.

Flavors: Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

I love the color of this tea as I take it out of the bag. The dried leaves are much lighter than what I’d expect for an Assam tea. I know this is because it is entirely made of golden tips (picked that up from the name, ‘cause I’m smart like that!), but still—I was expecting the leaves to be somewhat darker since it is, after all, an Assam!

I brewed 4 grams in 12 ounces of nearly boiling water. I meant to steep the tea for 4 minutes but forgot to set my timer right away, so it ended up being about 4 minutes, 30 seconds. The finished liquor has a tone of straight bourbon—very pretty to look at.

Wow—this tea smells so good! A strong honey aroma, along with a malty tone—not unexpected for an Assam. I also am smelling sweet potatoes in the aroma. I like it!

The flavor is also excellent. There is almost no astringency to the tea at all. The flavors match the aroma—honey, malt, sweet potatoes, with a hint of wet grass in there as well. It’s also not as sweet as I’d expect from an Assam.

Overall, this was a delight to drink! Given the price, though, I don’t think this will be part of my regular tea rotation. I’ll savor the small amount of tea that I have left, enjoying it on days when it is needed to brighten my day a bit.

Flavors: Grass, Honey, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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59

“Cold” steeped 2 bags on the counter in a camelbak bottle with filtered water from the refrigerator while I ran errands in the morning.
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Served with straw and a generous spoonful of simple syrup, after shaking it with ice in a cocktail shaker and pouring over more ice in a giant coffee mug*.
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Refreshing and tasty; I am, however, blaming it for the bizarre dreams about British attack owls I had during my afternoon nap.
(Did I tell you my work schedule was bonkers? It is bonkers.)
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Side note: Holy cats, now that I’ve discovered cold steeping, its all I want to do anymore! It helps that its already in the mid-high 80’s here and will only get worse.
But so much forethought – I’m generally not that organized with my food/beverages.
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*Seriously, that thing is huge. It can hold an entire regular bottle of wine.
Or half a day’s worth of tea.

Flavors: Fruit Punch, Sweet, Tart

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML

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85

Vanilla Comoro has a distinct taste, I love it for a couple of hours after a meal.

Flavors: Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 350 OZ / 10350 ML

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