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91

The creamiest flavor you can get in a tea without adding milk! A hint of sweetness and warmth, makes you feel at home with a blanket!

Flavors: Cream, Creamy, Milk, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
ashmanra

Ooooh, sounds lovely! I have never tried your milky oolong!

Harney & Sons The Store

@ ashmanra, do try! It’s excellent and also fairly new. Available online and in stores!

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60
drank Jeju Sejak by Harney & Sons
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Backlog

Bitter, astringent, and grassy…Pretty sub-par. I was expecting this to be moderately fair, but it wasn’t my cup of tea (ba da boom crash).

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Grass

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80
drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
44 tasting notes

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81
drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
1 tasting notes

Delicate, sweet caramel flavor that complements rather than overwhelms the bancha base. One of my favourite flavored teas. The first steep is a dessert-style caramel green, while a second steep presents mostly the classic bancha taste. This would make a nice introduction to green tea for a skeptic.

Flavors: Caramel

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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94
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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Flavors: Bergamot

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94

First tried this in a tea shop on a cold and rainy day. I had to have it. Reminds me of a Fireball, but not as painfully spicy. I take mine with milk and sweetener. I do think the pyramid bags aren’t strong enough for two eight-ounce cups, however.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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75
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Bought a sample pouch of this on a whim because H&S was having a sale on all their ‘city’ teas and this was one of the few I hadn’t tried before. I’ve had chocolate hazelnut teas from a handful of companies now, and they never seem to live up to their promise. This one is no exception, but it’s also no worse than the others. Don’t tea blenders know that chocolate hazelnut is just a fancy way of saying Nutella? Chocolate hazelnut is the most luxurious, the most decadent of all the flavors — or at least, it’s supposed to be. Personally I think it’s something that works as a coffee or hot cocoa flavor, but I’ve yet to find a tea that’s full-bodied enough to really do it justice.

Anyway, it was worth a shot, but Paris and Boston are still my reigning favorites.

Mookit

My thoughts too :) Tea is good for that hot chocolate type feel but Boston and Paris reign supreme!

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80

Really enjoyed this gentle blend of green tea and citrus notes. It reminds me a lot of the green tea I used to get from Celestial Seasons, but without the weird aftertaste. The ginkgo isn’t all that noticeable but it lends a slight earthiness to the tea.

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65

Got this as a sample sachet. Perfectly decent but nothing special. I wonder why so many companies pair green tea with peppermint though. To me, the milder, sweeter spearmint seems like a more natural match for green tea.

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74
drank Temi Sikkim by Harney & Sons
334 tasting notes

This is another tea that I have been putting off reviewing for a couple of days. I finished the last of it first thing this morning. That was not a great decision, as I found this tea to be far too light to function as a breakfast tea. I feel that it would, however, work fairly well as an afternoon or early evening tea.

I prepared this tea Western style. I used the exceptionally basic one step infusion process I favor for black tea blends and many non-Chinese black teas. I steeped a teaspoon of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 212 F water for 5 minutes. There were obviously no subsequent infusions.

Prior to infusion, I did not pick up much of an aroma from the dry tea leaves. After infusion, the copper tea liquor produced mild aromas of grapes, herbs, malt, toast, dried flowers, and some kind of fruit. In the mouth, I picked up smooth, subtle notes of malt, toast, herbs, grapes, nutmeg, and citrus. It was almost like a mix of lemon and tangerine. There were also hints of apricot and dried flowers toward the finish.

After finishing the last of this tea, I could see why people often compare it to any number of Darjeelings. I noticed, however, that there was not as much separation among the individual flavor components compared to many of the Darjeelings I have tried. Overall, this tea was very pleasant, but it also came off as being very light and I tend to favor more robust black teas these days. It’s definitely one to try though, as it bridges the gap between orthodox Darjeelings and many contemporary Nepalese black teas. Just don’t drink it in the morning. Treat it as a mild, pleasant afternoon or early evening tea.

Flavors: Apricot, Citrus, Flowers, Grapes, Herbs, Lemon, Malt, Nutmeg

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Flavors: Fruity, Malt, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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35
drank Jasmine by Harney & Sons
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Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Green, Jasmine

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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25
drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
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Flavors: Floral, Rose

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

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Flavors: Astringent, Stewed Fruits

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

Wonderful with a splash of cream and 2 tsp of sugar.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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92
drank Milky Oolong by Harney & Sons
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Flavors: Creamy, Milk, Sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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83
drank Kenya Milima by Harney & Sons
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Flavors: Citrus, Spicy

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

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Flavors: Nutty, Peach, Toasty

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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96
drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
2 tasting notes

One of my favourites, strong and flavourful.

Flavors: Spices

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80
drank Genmaicha by Harney & Sons
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Flavors: Rice, Toasted Rice, Toasty, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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90

I have to begin this review with a question. Has anyone ever noticed that first flush Darjeelings seem to be getting greener and greener? When I first tore into this packet, I was taken aback by how green the leaves were. Most were a dark silvery and/or brownish olive. This was clearly going to be a different kind of first flush Darjeeling.

Due to the appearance of the leaves, I was concerned that the preparation I typically use for first flush Darjeelings would not work with this tea, so I decided to follow the vendor’s recommended preparation method to the letter. I steeped 1 teaspoon of loose tea leaves in 8 ounces of 175 F water for 5 minutes. I did not attempt any additional infusions.

Prior to infusion, the dry tea leaves emitted interesting aromas of guava, pineapple, mango, bee balm, and lemon balm. I did not pick up much in the way of Muscat. After infusion, the previously described aromas greatly intensified, though I was now able to pick up a subtle Muscat presence. In the mouth, the tea immediately produced a rush of lemon balm and bee balm flavors. Notes of mango, pineapple, guava, Muscat grape, and ripe papaya balanced by a touch of cream soon followed. The finish was very smooth and fruity, allowing lingering impressions of lemon balm, mango, papaya, Muscat, and pineapple to mingle.

This was an odd, though very satisfying Darjeeling. I had heard that there was a move toward sweeter, fruitier, lighter first flush teas among some estates, and I am assuming that this tea is an example of that trend. I have enough of it left to see how it reacts to a higher water temperature, so I will probably try this one again later and report back if I notice anything radically different. Definitely try this one. I wouldn’t call it the type of Darjeeling to reach for on a regular basis, but I think it would make a wonderful selection when something fruity is required.

Flavors: Cream, Fruity, Guava, Herbs, Mango, Muscatel, Pineapple, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

Sounds interesting! I’ve not always been a fan of Darjeelings, they tend to be very sensitive beings, LOL.

eastkyteaguy

Terri, I feel the same way about Darjeelings. They were some of my favorite teas when I was younger, but I hate how maddeningly fussy they are to brew. I have noticed that there never seems to be any guarantee that a preparation method that worked once will work consistently with the same tea. It drives me crazy.

Teatotaler

I think I need to give this one a try. I adore Darjeeling! Darjeeling is my absolute favorite tea!
Margaret’s Hope first flush is quite green as well. I ordered some from Bellocq Tea Atelier – $$$$!! – But oh so good!

Teatotaler

PS – Darjeeling is my tea soulmate, we seem to have similar temperaments. We can be a bit fickle and sensitive, but usually sweet. Not to mention classy! ;) LOL

eastkyteaguy

Teatotaler, I think this one will be up your alley. Oddly, the last Margaret’s Hope tea I had appeared to be a little darker and more oxidized. I have never tried the one from Bellocq, though to be honest, I pretend Bellocq Tea Atelier doesn’t exist. My employer pays me in half-jars of mustard pickles and rolls of pennies, so it’s not like I can afford to order anything from them anyway.

Teatotaler

Then I’m going to have to try Turzum. It’s about time for a Harney & Sons order. As a nurse, Bellocq is usually beyond my means as well!

eastkyteaguy

Teatotaler, I work in a grant-funded education outreach program through a regional nonprofit community health organization. My pay and benefits relative to my qualifications are laughable at best. I’m unhappy in the position and considering quitting. I’ve given myself until Tuesday to decide whether or not I’m going to put in my notice.

Teatotaler

I don’t blame you a bit, eastkyteaguy. I’ve been there myself. I work as a dementia care nurse and teach dementia care training classes at a nonprofit Catholic healthcare institution. For what I do, I am also woefully undercompensated. Completely stressed out too! I’m looking at making some changes pretty soon myself. I think that when you reach a certain point, quitting and moving on to something else is the necessary, and healthy thing to do. Sending positive vibes your way, my friend!

eastkyteaguy

Teatotaler, thank you. I appreciate it.

Terri HarpLady

Sending both of you good vibes!
What would you do if you could do whatever you wanted? Just curious.
So many people feel unfulfilled in their lives, but fear keeps us from moving forward.

eastkyteaguy

Terri, if I had my way I would probably be writing full-time once again or perhaps working in media production. It took me until I was 31 to figure out that I’m not a dress up, go plug away at an office for 8 hours everyday type of person.

Terri HarpLady

I hear you! I’m self-employed, and luckily I actually make a living playing and teaching music, because I’m not cut out for any other field, or for sitting behind a desk all day. They say being a musician is not a job, it’s Jobs, and I think I work harder than anyone I know, but I love it, so I’m happy. And I also get to sit around and drink tea in my PJs :)

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87
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
219 tasting notes

Gifted to me by the ever lovely SuperStarling!, this tea’s first scent reminds me of chocolate covered orange candies. Which I happen to love. I didn’t realize that they aren’t actually everyone’s favorite.

My mom introduced them to me when I was a kid because she loved them. I also took to them. I just kind of assumed that they were a decadent thing that most everyone enjoyed. Then I met my wife and was so excited when during the first few months of dating, we passed by a specialty chocolate store and they had those chocolate covered orange candies. I proudly passed one to her, took my own bite while momentarily closing my eyes to indulge. I slowly turned to her while opening my eyes, expecting to share that common look of “OMG this is amazing.” Instead, she was recoiling in disgust. To this day, it is one of her only flaws. Haha.

But back to the tea! So the dry leaf reminds me of that smell. I assumed that is what this was supposed to emulate. Chocolate orange. Imagine my surprise upon reading the description that says, “No, no orange.” No one else has even tagged it with that? Hmm. I brew the tea up and yup, still getting that familiar scent. Now that I see it is supposed to be chocolate and hazelnut, I can kind of get the hazelnut with it and perhaps that is what I am confusing with the chocolate orange scent.

Flavor wise, the hazelnut DOES reveal itself more than orange. I still get some orange because of the scent in my nose but I don’t think I would confuse the flavor with it.

Overall though, this tea is REALLY indulgent and delicious. A nice dessert tea. This may be something I consider ordering.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut, Orange

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML

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87

Burns at 185. Brewed at 175 for 3 minutes and found it to be tasty.
1 sachet makes 16 oz.
Warmed the metal thermos first with 210F water, then added in 175 over the sugar and tea.
Nutty taste is light. More like grass. It’s a very light tea, but has quite a bit of flavor to it. I like it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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