30 Tasting Notes


I truly enjoyed Malachi McCormick’s brief book A Decent Cup of Tea, so when I learned that Harney had collaborated on a blend with him I had to try it. I’m glad I did.

It definitely has a slight malty & toasty flavor to it but is overall smooth & mellow. Whenever I prepare a cup, I bring the water to a boil, steep the leaves for approximately four minutes and then add about 1/2 teaspoon of sweetener and a splash of half & half. I have noticed that it can get a bit astringent if I let it steep too long but if I watch the time I get a wonderful cuppa tea. I usually get a second steep out of the leaves and the second cuppa is slightly milder but no less tasty.

Flavors: Astringent, Malt, Toast

Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Blackforest by English Tea Store
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I’m glad I finally found an English Tea Store tea that I still like. Lately, I’ve been finding that many of their blends which I once enjoyed now taste artificial and chemical to me.

Anyway, when making this tea I heated the water to about 200° and steeped it for 3-4 minutes. I then added 1/2 tsp of sweetener and some half & half. The tea was yummy. I definitely tasted chocolate cake and cherries with little artificial flavors. It reminded me of a black forest flavored snack cake, the kind sold in cellophane wrapped two packs.

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t necessarily have a gourmet palate, but I found this to be an enjoyable blend and it scratched my itch for something sweet and dessertish.

Flavors: Cake, Cherry, Chocolate

Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Where has this tea been all my life?!! Why did I not try this blend sooner? That I deprived myself if this wonderful blend for so long just devastates me!

All hyperbole aside, this blend is amazing! It’s light and citrusy with an almost fizzy twist. I usually drink it with a touch of sweetener and half & half but I’ve enjoyed it plain too. It’s fairly mild with little astringency, just a lovely uplifting blend.

I’m a big Earl Grey fan and will give most any variations a try. I think this blend with it’s lovely bergamot flavor has shot to the top of my list!

Flavors: Bergamot, Muscatel

Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Another tea I had a strong liking for in the past but can no longer drink.

Considering this is now my second English Tea Store blend in which I find the artificial flavors amped up, I can only assume that my palate has changed since the last time I drank this. I can taste the tropical notes in it but they seem to be overwhelmed by an artificial quality that makes drinking it unpleasant for me.

I’m very disappointed because I was quite fond of this tea, but I guess now it’s time to come to a parting of the ways.

Flavors: Artificial

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’m not sure if they changed the formulation of this tea or if my tastes have changed since the last time I tried it. I remember liking it and reordered it. I looked forward to drinking it only to be disappointed when I did.

For some reason, although I could taste the maple and some floral and fruity notes, the overwhelming taste I got from this tea was artificial and chemical. I tried it with different sweetener, with and without half & half, I tried different steep times and water temperatures but nothing made a difference.

I definitely liked this tea at one time but either it changed or I did and I no longer enjoy drinking it.

Flavors: Artificial, Fruity, Maple Syrup

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I found this to be a lovely, light tea with a nice fruit flavor. It reminded me of pears sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. I drank it with just a touch of sweetener and nothing else. I really like this blend but after several samples I realize it’s not my cup of tea (sorry, couldn’t resist). I’m just not a fan of white tea. They’re too delicate and fussy for me. I prefer heartier, bolder blends.

So, if you’re a fan of white teas and enjoy fruit blends, this tea should be right up your alley. It’s delicious. If Harney ever releases this with a black tea base, I’ll be all over it!

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruity, Spices

175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is my first white tea blend so I followed the steeping instructions closely. Once I finished the steeping, I added a little sweetener and half & half. I definitely tasted cocoa and vanilla flavors and an additional flavor I can only describe as toasty. Regardless of how I would describe this tea, the overall effect was delicious. Although I may never become a white tea aficionado, I truly enjoyed this cuppa and this tea will definitely go on my repurchase list.

Flavors: Cocoa, Toasty, Vanilla

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I’ve never heard of jackfruit before so I was looking forward to the opportunity to try this tea out. The aroma when I opened the tin was tropical. The description says this tea has notes of pineapple, mango and banana. I can’t say that I was able to identify individual flavors but the overall taste definitely sweeps you away to the tropics.

I used two teabags in a 14oz cup with sweetener and milk. It was delicious! It had a creamy mouthfeel and just brought to mind tropical breezes and palm trees. The tea did not seem overwhelmed by the flavors but it wasn’t overly bitter or astringent either.

I think when the warmer weather comes around again this tea would be awesome iced. I only wish it came in loose leaf as well as tea bags.

Flavors: Honey, Tropical

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Elyse's Blend by Harney & Sons
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There is something so warm and cozy about this tea. It’s perfect for a chill autumn morn (or afternoon or evening). It has a hearty, full-bodied flavor (IMNSHO) and the toasted honey aroma just adds to the sense of being embraced in a warm hug. Okay, maybe that’s too poetic for a tea review but every time I drink this tea I remember how much I like it.

To me, this is definitely a tea hearty enough for the cooler weather. I love it with a touch of sweetener and splash of half & half. When I’m in the mood for a “decent cuppa” that just tastes yummy but not deserty or overly sweet, this tea is in the top ten.

Flavors: Honey, Toasty

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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