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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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From Harney & Sons

John’s first flavored tea. It has “big” fruity, berry flavor. This full-bodied tea has become a traditional favorite in fine restaurants all over America.

Dry Leaves
China black tea is the base of this flavored tea. The leaves are dark and blended with currants.

Black Currant brews a medium brown.

This tea has the rich fruity aroma of black currants.

Caffeine Level

A medium body.

The currant in this tea gives it a wonderful fruity flavor.

Brewing Time
4 to 5 minutes

Brewing Temperature
212° F

About Harney & Sons View company

Since 1983 Harney & Sons has been the source for fine teas. We travel the globe to find the best teas and accept only the exceptional. We put our years of experience to work to bring you the best Single-Estate teas, and blends beyond compare.

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First tea sampled from TTB-C.

I usually sample new teas in small 4oz cups, but I was about to sit down to watch a show with my husband and I wanted a full cup of tea. I thought Harney & Sons would be a safe choice. Unfortunately, not this time. The tea base and the flavor were extremely weak. Not only weak, but also somewhat cardboard-ish (I used two ‘perfect’ teaspoons for a 12oz mug). At least I baked brownies before the show too, as a back up, lol.

200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

Wow, I wonder if this sample is really old or something, because the flavor of this tea is anything but weak normally!


yeah, I was wondering the same thing. The other teas I’ve had from Harney & Sons were good, so I was thrown off by this one.

Dr Jim

The tea was purchased January of this year, so it is less than a year old. I wouldn’t think that it lost flavor that quickly. I tried a cup (1.5 gm/3 min) and agree that it was weak, though I liked the flavor, though that of course is a matter of taste. I steeped for another 2 minutes (Harney recommends 4-5 minutes, and it was stronger, but not what I would call strong.

Dr Jim

I tried again using Harney’s exact directions. The main difference was that the water was a full boil rather than 200 F. This made a big difference. There is much more flavor. Interesting.


I cant get water to a full boil here. I’m lucky if it gets above 195 at all because of the elevation. So I guess I’ll never know . . .

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I didn’t get a very big or full flavor out of this, but perhaps I didn’t let it steep quite long enough. It was still tasty, and had a nice aroma.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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42 tasting notes

Nice black currant flavor, nicely strong without being overpowering. I’ve tried several and been dissatisfied but this one is just the ticket.

200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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