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drank Earl Grey Supreme by Harney & Sons
2150 tasting notes

If all Earl Grey tasted like this, I’d drink it far more often! H&S has got the tea-to-bergamot ratio just right; not too floral, doesn’t taste like perfume, floor cleaner, or deodorant. T’was a sample bag handed off by a coworker..but this is in their mainline retail store line-up, isn’t it?

Shae

I bought some loose leaf in my last order and they also sent a tea bag freebie of it. Looking forward to trying it now!

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drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
500 tasting notes

The flavor here is way too fishy. I don’t like it. Tastes and smells fishy. Seems like other people like this one though, so maybe my tastes aren’t refined enough.

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drank Havakai Frost by Harney & Sons
500 tasting notes

I may have underleafed this one a bit, but I didn’t want to have too much caffeine today. To me, the flavor isn’t very interesting. It’s a bit astringent. I feel like I can taste a bit of maltiness. I would have liked if it were bolder. It was okay, but not for me, and definitely not the best in its category.

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I had a whole tin of hot cinnamon sunset a long time ago, but I don’t think I ever technically tried this flavor. I think I do prefer the sunset version, but they’re both decently strong and enjoyable. The tea itself is on the lighter side. The primary flavor is the cinnamon, which has some sweetness to it. It’s not a very nuanced tea, but it’s not a bad time either.

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
500 tasting notes

I hated the rooibos version of this, maybe because I had to suffer through four whole ounces, and also I spilled some on a rug, and it got really moldy and stinky, and I had to throw the rug away… anyway the black version tastes much better to me. It’s a little orangey and interesting. The black tea is good. No problems with this version.

Dustin

What a horrible experience with the rooibos version!

AJRimmer

It was bound to happen at some point since I’m always surrounded by mugs of tea! But yeah those smells are forever associated for me.

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I’m really enjoying this cup! It’s sweet and nutty, and a bit vegetal from the matcha. No bitterness whatsoever. Smooth and creamy. Very satisfying.

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
624 tasting notes

TTB #12

This is nice…smooth, sweet, and fruity. Honestly, I wasn’t 100% sure exactly what kind of fruit this was supposed to be until I read the description, but I do sort of get cherry from it now that I know I’m supposed to. :) Nothing super special or memorable, but I enjoyed it!

Flavors: Fruity, Smooth, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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TTB #3

This is lovely! Complex, well-rounded, and flavorful with notes of honey, malt, and something a bit floral. It does have just a touch of astringency…looking at other tasting notes, I’m wishing I’d tried brewing it at a slightly lower temperature. But I’m still quite enjoying it without milk or sweetener!

Flavors: Astringent, Floral, Honey, Malt, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Shae

I love reading your notes on these!

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drank Temi Sikkim by Harney & Sons
500 tasting notes

I had some leftover canned pumpkin and wanted to make some pumpkin spice bubble tea, so I grabbed some of this to use as a base. I’m really happy with how it turned out – so pumpkiny! I kept some aside so I could review it on its own. It’s light and a bit astringent. I prefer malty black teas so these fruity ones don’t do so much for me. It’s definitely a decent tea, and I’m sure it would be nice blended with some other ingredients (like pumpkin!!) but plain, it’s not for me.

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
2150 tasting notes

I’m not going to scroll through umpteen years of history, but I don’t think I have ever tried Harney’s EB. Sample handed to me by a friend at work, so that means sloppy and distracted steeping. Very drinkable, but I didn’t get the lovely hay and burlap vibe that I like about Keemuns. Should’ve paid more attention!

ashmanra

This is a disappointing tea for me even though it claims to be 100% Keemun which is my favorite black tea. This is just…not great. I bought it more than once thinking maybe my tastes would change and it would be special to me, but nah.

derk

Burlap in keemun, huh. You’re right.

gmathis

I finally took a sip once it had gone stone cold and maybe got a hint of a glimmer of the “right” flavor, but not much. S’OK. There’s a nice big packet of good Keemun in my kitchen :)

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drank Amba Ceylon by Harney & Sons
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drank Decaf Paris by Harney & Sons
884 tasting notes

I’ve heard such good things about Paris from friends and here on Steepster. I knew once I saw there is a decaf version that I would have to try it. Also, I love bergamot and caramel so I was easily convinced. I taste both in this blend and the base is just so deliciously dark. It reminds me so much of another tea I’ve had, but I just can’t place it. I’m always looking out for good decaf black teas, and this one’s a winner.

Flavors: Bergamot, Caramel

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Eight at the Fort by Harney & Sons
884 tasting notes

I’ve been so distracted tonight that I’ve probably rewarmed this cup 3 times already. Now I’m just drinking it cold. I like it, it’s solid, but probably not a favorite for me. I do think it’s interesting that it has such a mix of teas in the blend. Very cool. Maybe I just need to find a new way to steep it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
884 tasting notes

From TTB 2019/2020.

I’ve been loving Harney & Sons lately, so I was super excited to see this one included in the TTB. There is a light aroma of stone fruits in the dry blend, and it becomes even lighter once steeped. I’m not getting very much flavor really, so that’s unfortunate. I think doubling up on the dry leaf might have made a difference. I’m also tasting the tiniest bit of chocolate so perhaps that’s the base? I would try this again, but perhaps prepared differently.

Flavors: Chocolate, Stonefruits

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
884 tasting notes

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
884 tasting notes

I really wanted a black tea this morning and this one was so lovely yesterday that I decided to have another cup. This one is so good and one I plan to add to my next order with Harney & Sons.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
884 tasting notes

Day 18 of our Advent Tea Swap. From amandastory516.

I love Harney & Sons so I’m excited to see another of their blends in our Advent swap! This is so nice, it’s like a citrus spice tea. I can’t help but compare it to yesterday’s citrus tea, even though I really shouldn’t. I just feel like Harney & Sons gets it right here, with true and fresh citrus flavor. The spice is also present, though I’m not able to distinguish which spices are used. Maybe clove? As it cools, I’m tasting more cinnamon.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Rose Scented by Harney & Sons
884 tasting notes

I’ve been trying to drink down some of our older teas, but I just received my order from Harney & Sons and really wanted to try something new. I absolutely love floral/rose teas, and this one really hits the spot. The rose isn’t overpowering but is obviously present. It reminds me a lot of rose water. It’s just a comforting cup. I think floral teas do that for me, just give me all-over comfort and coziness. I’ll use a couple of teaspoons next time around, to bump the flavor, or maybe combine this with one of the straight teas I ordered. I saw a lot of combinations with this one when I added it to my cupboard.

Flavors: Floral, Rose

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Rosehips

I love this one. It’s just a nice blend.

Shae

Yes, I agree!

Teatotaler

I really love floral / rose teas too and this one is the best! It’s really wonderful mixed with Harney’s Palm Court blend. I use one part Rose Scented to two parts Palm Court.

Shae

I’ll have to add that one to my next order!

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drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
328 tasting notes

This was absolutely wonderful. A very nice, smooth green base. Nutty, caramel, sesame beautifulness. Absolutely loved this one, and I will definitely be buying a tin once my sample is out.

Flavors: Caramel, Nutty

Kawaii433

This one sounds very good. Really love sesame…

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drank Dragon Pearl Jasmine by Harney & Sons
2799 tasting notes

Advent from AJRimmer day #11

Ooh lala! This is a fancy looking pyramid sachet with small rolled pearls. It smells of fragrant jasmine and I am so excited to drink it. I love me a jasmine tea. The sachet also gives the pearls lots of room to expand and unfurl.

I forgot about the steeping tea for about 15 minutes but luckily I had only used warmish water instead of proper temperature water and therefore it did not overbrew. This is a very smooth jasmine white tea with distinctly aromatic jasmine and some nice vegetal tea notes underneath. There is a hint of sweetness, followed by a touch of astringency in the aftertaste.

Flavors: Floral, Jasmine, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 8 min or more

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A young woman at church accepted an invite for tea at my house. We had four different ones a couple of weeks ago and she really liked them. I found out she is on a sugar restricted diet and immediately thought of this tea for her, so I bought a tin, invited her to supper and gave it to her last night.

This is exactly the same as Hot Cinnamon Spice, just a different tin. I figured sachets would be an easy way for her to start, but she tried it and says she is definitely ordering some loose leaf because she loves it!

This tea is SO sweet that it is hard to believe there is no sugar or sweetener of any kind in it. I even called the company to be sure because a couple of guests over the years have sworn there had to be sugar in it! The secret is the blend of three different types of cinnamon.

This tastes just like those Red Hots candies to me. The aroma is POWERFUL. As in, peel paint off powerful. It is so strong that I sometimes mixed it half and half with a plain black tea to tone it down, but true Red Hots lovers like it just as it is!

I am excited to have a new tea padawan!

gmathis

A coworker has just discovered it as well and has kindly been sharing this week! Red Hots is precisely how I describe it. (Did your grandma ever melt them down and cook sliced apples in them?)

ashmanra

I doubt it! My father’s mom died when I was nine and in their extreme poverty – having raised ten children in a two bedroom house – I expect she cooked only absolute necessities! And my mother was from an orphanage so….Did yours make that? Oh, for happy grandparent memories! That would be so wonderful!

gmathis

This particular grandma drove the family crazy at Christmas—the elder siblings would troll the house like chummed sharks because she took so long putting paper boots on the turkey or studding the ham. (I was still tiny; Mom just fed me before we came :)

ashmanra

Ha ha! I can just imagine!

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drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
884 tasting notes

Day 9 of our Advent Tea Swap. From amandastory516.

Just a quick note about this one to say that it is delicious. It really does taste like dark chocolate and mint. It reminds me of the Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Mint squares. I just placed a huge order with Harney & Sons, but I’ll be adding this to my next order for sure.

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Mint

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Earl Grey by Harney & Sons
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Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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