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This was my breakfast tea today to go along with a blueberry scone. Yum! I do really enjoy this as a stand alone vanilla tea.

JacquelineM is on to something – I also followed her lead in cutting up a fresh vanilla bean and adding it to the stored tea = WOW! It takes the vanilla to a whole new delicious level.

I’ve also used this tea to blend with. Many times while having Mexican food I have a desire to have a sangria-type tea (sans alcohol, most of the time). ATR’s Organic Vanilla Noir mixed with Adagio’s Fruit Sangria/Fruit Medley works beautifully!

Organic Vanilla Noir is a fantastic tea that’s very versatile. It has a permanent place in my tea cupboard!

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I’m hesitant to write this review for a couple reasons: 1.) I only have enough to make this into iced tea one more time before I’m completely out and 2.) by the time I do have some cash to buy more, Frank could be completely out of this – then what will I do?

So be nice and don’t buy it all! Save me some, like 4 pouches to get me through this summer, um okay? :)

Forest Berry Silver Needle is awesome iced! I can’t say what it’s like hot because I already love it when it’s cold and slightly concentrated. I did add a couple more dehydrated strawberries to the mix, because I like to over-enhance things… (its the former-coffee drinker in me!)

I was a little heavy handed with the leaf and was able to get four steeps out of this, each time increasing the temperature 5 degrees and brewing a minute longer. The last two steeps I brewed with half the amount of water I used for the first two. A bit of simple syrup to make the berries shine, and I’ve got a great carafe of Frank’s Forest Berry Silver Needle iced tea waiting to be rationed enjoyed!

I’m with Azzrian – this is definitely worthy of being on the list of permanent stock! Heck, I’ll settle for just being in stock seasonally, I don’t know – say, around summer?!

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Yes PLEASE for the love of all that’s holy or unholy – whatever you prefer Frank keep this in stock FRANK are you hearing us??? Love of course with wild abandon and demands for this tea to be permanent!

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I am reading the comments. It is an awfully expensive tea to promise to keep on hand permanently, particularly when I still haven’t sold the first batch.

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I’m glad you are enjoying it though!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
133 tasting notes

I have never been to Paris – heck, I don’t even own a passport. I need to remedy this situation someday. In the meantime, Paris is making its way into my cup.

The tin is hiding in my cupboard under another tea that I use more, but like less. Lifting off the lid, I sneak a whiff – sweet, vanilla-y and fruity. While the 8 oz. of water comes to a boil, I measure out the leaves at 1.5 teaspoons.

Steeping the leaves for 4 minutes seemed like a long time when you’re just standing there willing it to finish. But I also love watching the color of the water change from sand to amber to nearly coffee-black. Finally, the timer goes off and the leaves are removed from the liquid.

Too impatient to wait for it to cool, I dangle an ice cube in the hot tea until three-fourths of it is dissolved. Add some simple syrup and my small cup is to the brim, full. A scary sight! I know better than to try lifting it to my mouth as I’ll end up wearing a quarter of it. After weighing my options, my best bet is to bring myself down to the cup and gently slurp enough so it won’t slosh when I go to pick it up.

A slightly turbulent journey, but I’m reminded of why Paris has it’s position in my cupboard – its special. The everyday teas are there to get you by, but it’s what’s underneath that counts.

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Fun read! :) I need to get a passport someday too. You sound like me making tea. Impatient and messy lol’


Great thing about tea is you can travel with every cup!

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I’m a native Midwesterner (Iowa, specifically) who was happily uprooted to California twice. SoCal is what I consider home, even though I currently don’t live there. I hope to return home again!

Tea has really come to fill the void of my current displacement. My husband & I (with our two tiny weenies) moved to Indiana hardly knowing a soul. It’s been a tougher transition for me than I’d thought it would be. I have amassed a cupboard of teas to keep me company until I feel more familiar in my newer surroundings.

I will refrain from giving numerical values to teas because I am a faddist. My likes and dislikes are constantly changing. Flavored blacks are what I gravitate to the most. Having said that, I do enjoy a wide variety of teas – you name it, I’ll try it. I may not like it today, but I might revisit it later and love it.

Flavor note: I prefer my teas to be bold in flavor. I am starting to come around to drinking tea without additives. But I do like to dirty my tea with rock sugar/simple syrup and sometimes with half-n-half/milk. Unflavored greens are unsweetened, but flavored greens I usually add rock sugar. Lately I have been favoring flavored guayusa and matés.



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