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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
157 tasting notes

Backlog and sipdown! Ost sent me a generous sample of this, and I finished it off with a friend of mine yesterday. (: It’s a very good tea to have with friends.

Best when you use water just under boiling and steep for about 3min. (Boiling water made it too bitter for me.)

This doesn’t seem like a very complex tea to me. It’s straightforward and it’s pleasant. There was the tang of citrus and tart berries, maybe red currant, vanilla and caramel. A chipper little tea, bright and sparkling but also with grounding qualities. There was a whisper of cocoa in the background. The tea base itself was also very fruity. It didn’t taste a lot like bergamot to me. Tart and citrus, certainly, but not quiiiite bergamot. It was fruity and a little floral, almost perfume-y, but not overly so. (I’m usually turned off by perfume-y teas. It didn’t taste like soap or potpourri though, thankfully!) I liked it well enough but I don’t know if I’ll buy it myself. It’s good to have around, especially for company, but I think it’s too unexciting for me to keep as a staple in my cupboard.

Thank you Ost!

Flavors: Berries, Caramel, Citrus, Cocoa, Cream, Red Fruits, Tart, Vanilla

Cameron B.

I never taste the bergamot in this tea either! :P

TheTeaFairy

Neither do I…But funny enough, all the bergamot hatters do!!!

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Cameron B.

I never taste the bergamot in this tea either! :P

TheTeaFairy

Neither do I…But funny enough, all the bergamot hatters do!!!

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I am still relatively new to loose leaf, as I have only been drinking it since 2013. I’m amazed at how much my tastes have changed just over the past year. I have met such lovely, kind individuals on Steepster and am so glad to have become a part of this community.

Pure black teas are my favorite. I drink black tea daily and I try to keep a variety on hand. I also enjoy white tea, puerh, and the occasional oolong. Matcha is something that I love though I haven’t tried a large variety. The very good matcha that I’ve had is quite expensive. In general I try to stay away from flavored teas—especially those with artificial flavorings—but I will make rare exceptions, and I do enjoy a well crafted blend of straight teas. Things I (usually) don’t like: green oolongs, rooibos, straight green teas.

Rating System
90+ The very best! Teas that I always need in my cupboard!
85-89 Teas that I enjoy immensely and will try to keep around.
80-84 Makes a very pleasing cup. I will enjoy drinking them, but won’t necessarily try to keep around. (There are exceptions.)
70-79 Decent, but could be better.
60-69 Mediocre.
40-59 Gross. I might still try to finish the cup.
39 & under Undrinkable. I probably dumped this cup. Depending on the specific rating, I probably threw the rest of the tea out as well.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:
-Whispering Pines Tea Co.
-Verdant Tea
-Mandala Tea

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