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Style: Hairy Crab Oolong – Region: China87 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Nov. 16th, 2016
I thought this was a delightful tea. I have tried a Mao Xie before, and loved it, but it was an unbranded type that someone brought me back from China so I was not able to review it. This one was a lot like I remember it: pungent and a bit edgy and odd, but in a way that I liked.Read Full Review
The dry leaf has an aroma that is ...
Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon66 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 31st, 2016
This was yet another tea I had the opportunity to sample from a variety pack in a hotel. I have never seen this brand for sale in the U.S. It was good, considerably above-average for a simple black tea bag.Read Full Review
A bold and strong tea, not particularly distinctive or remarkable, but good. Aroma is malty with hints of s...
Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 28th, 2016
I loved this one.Read Full Review
No picture of this because unfortunately it was removed from Harney's catalogue before I posted my review.
The dry leaf of this smells wonderful, and unexpected. It smells more like an autumnal flush tea, with more malty notes and a sort of soft, rich, caramel smell. There are floral and caram...
Style: Green Tea – Region: Colombia70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 26th, 2016
The first time I tried this tea I was unimpressed, but it grew on me, and I also started liking it more when I brewed it with boiling water. I still don't like it anywhere near as much as I like the black tea from the same estate, which I think is otherworldly and among the best black teas I've ever tried. At best th...Read Full Review
Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya93 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Sep. 22nd, 2016
This tea was exceptional, and was among the best Kenyan teas I've sampled yet.Read Full Review
The dry leaf of this tea looks intriguing: long, completely intact, irregularly twisted leaves. It has a very pleasing aroma, suggestive of a high-quality tea, evoking thoughts of sweetness.
Upon brewing, produces a fascinating cup wi...
Style: Black Tea – Region: Tanzania73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Sep. 21st, 2016
Thanks again to Jim, who brought this to me from Tanzania. I tried this side-by-side with the Tanzanian Green Label Tea. Although both are dark, finely-broken black teas from Tanzania, the two are surprisingly different.Read Full Review
The dry leaf of this tea is a little more uniform in size, slightly darker, and slightly less ...
Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 14th, 2016
This was served to me at a wedding and I was able to take a few different tea bags to try them later. I was surprised at the quality of this one.Read Full Review
The tea bag is not extraordinarily aromatic, but the brewed cup has a very nice, strong black tea smell. It reminds me a lot of sticking my nose into a bin of fresh, loo...
Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: ?????47 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 1/5
Aug. 30th, 2016
I picked this tea up at a wedding, in a Hilton hotel. It's not widely available here in the US, but I was eager to try it.Read Full Review
This tea bag produced a delightful aroma as I poured water over the cup. After letting the cup steep for five minutes, I was surprised to find the cup had developed a peculiar aroma of artific...
Style: Black Tea – Region: Tanzania77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Jul. 24th, 2016
Thank you to Jim, who brought this back for me from Tanzania!Read Full Review
I was really impressed by the quality of this tea. It is among the best finely-broken CTC teas that I've tried. It reminded me quite a lot of the Fahari Ya Kenya Tea, although I think I preferred that tea slightly to this one.
Like the Fahari Ya tea,...
Style: Lapsang Souchong – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Jun. 16th, 2016
A lovely tea, mellow, and complex, among my favorite Lapsang Souchongs ever sampled. Thank you again to TeaVivre for the sample! This is a traditional Chinese lapsang souchong, it lacks the strong smoky aroma that the more widely-known style of tea popular in the West has. Compared to other traditional Lapsang Souch...Read Full Review
Style: Black Tea – Region: Fujian, China43 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 13th, 2016
This was the most disappointing pure tea I've ever tried from Harney & Sons.Read Full Review
Dry leaf not very aromatic, but the aroma is pleasant. The leaf is pretty, with fine wiry pieces, fairly finely broken...the faint aroma suggests spice and dried fruit, like fig or date.
The brewed cup is surprisingly lacking in aroma. ...
Style: Dragon Well Tea – Region: China83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 28th, 2016
I loved this, it's a strong tea, nutty and toasty, but with deep vegetal undertones. I did not tire of drinking it and I could imagine happily drinking this every day.Read Full Review
The dry leaf has a potent aroma that evolves quite a lot as I smell it. It starts off a bit in-your-face, and I found myself slightly taken aback b...
Style: Black Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India80 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
May. 16th, 2016
This tea is the most like a Darjeeling that I've ever had from outside Darjeeling and neighboring areas (like Nepal, Sikkim, etc.). It barely resembled other Nilgiri teas, so I'd recommend it more for people who like Darjeeling than people who like Nilgiri black teas.Read Full Review
Dry leaf looks wiry and robust, inconsistent le...
Style: Green Tea – Region: South Korea70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 12th, 2016
I thought this was a good everday tea, especially if you want a stronger green tea that isn't too harsh, but I wasn't crazy about it for the high price that it had. I've had only one other Sejak (although I've had other types of Korean green teas, all of which I liked better) and it was pretty similar.Read Full Review
I initially ...
Style: Sencha – Region: Japan83 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 29th, 2016
This was one of the best senchas I've had from a tea company that is not a Japanese company.Read Full Review
It smells amazing! The dry leaf is incredibly aromatic, and the aroma is rich, sweet, and very interesting. It has sweet vegetal notes which quickly develop into a warm, mellow, nutty, and slightly toasty aroma, hinting at ...
Style: Keemun Hao Ya A – Region: Anhui, China98 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 22nd, 2016
I have had a lot of Keemun, but never before sampled Hao Ya A. The overall experience of drinking this tea was somewhat different from what I expected. It's similar, but recognizably different from the Hao Ya B, and I'm not convinced that I like it better. I like both, and this one is not that much more expensive (s...Read Full Review
Style: Keemun Hao Ya B – Region: China98 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 22nd, 2016
I thought this was an exceptional tea and was my favorite traditional Keemun ever sapmled.Read Full Review
Dry leaf is fine and dark in color, pleasantly aromatic, and the aroma is quite complex, it suggests fruit, spice, and dried flowers, a little like potpourri, with vegetal and chocolatey notes. The smell reminds me of Christm...
Style: Green Tea – Region: Nepal77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 22nd, 2016
I took a long time to review this tea because it didn't impress me at first, but I thought it would be better in hot weather, and having saved a bit for the warmer weather, it's exactly like I thought: I like this more on a hot day.Read Full Review
This tasted (but not looked) the most like a Chinese green tea of any green tea that...
Style: Keemun Mao Feng – Region: Qimen, Anhui, China91 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 12th, 2016
I loved this tea. It reminded me a lot of the Spring Keemun from Andrews & Dunham, both in the smell and taste, and the appearance of the leaf.Read Full Review
Mild but pleasant smell to the dry leaf, which looks very curly in shape, little snail-like curls a lot like bi luo chun. Smells sweeter than other Keemun Mao Feng, but st...
Style: Yunnan Gold – Region: Yunnan, China77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 8th, 2016
This tea is really strange. I enjoy it most when I don't think of it as a black tea, and I still don't know exactly how I feel about it. I disagree with Harney's assertion that this is "vigorously assertive": to me it lacks the strength and punch of a black tea, and in many respects is more like an oolong or even a m...Read Full Review
Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Ratnapura, Sri Lanka77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 6th, 2016
I liked this tea and found it very interesting, it wasn't a favorite at first but it made me write and think a lot, and I found it grew on me. I especially liked this tea's ability to evoke interesting imagery and memories from my childhood with its aromas. Many of the Ceylon teas I've tried over the years have been s...Read Full Review
Style: Black Tea – Region: Kenya67 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 1st, 2016
Thank you to my friend Sarah for bringing me this one! I love Kenyan teas, and this was a classic Kenyan CTC tea of decent quality. Quite good and pleasant to drink, but I think it is very overpriced.Read Full Review
Dry leaf is not very aromatic, nor is the brewed cup, but I find the flavor very pleasant. DavidsTea describes "l...
Style: Golden Monkey – Region: Fujian, China94 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 24th, 2016
Truly superb! I haven't tried that many Golden Monkey teas, but after brewing this one multiple times, I think it is my favorite. Its leaf is packed with flavor and, although it had the smoothness of other golden monkey teas, I found it had a strength that was lacking from other examples of this style that I had tried...Read Full Review
Style: Flavored Rooibos – Region: Blend53 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Mar. 22nd, 2016
I get the sense that other people would enjoy this more than I did.Read Full Review
Brews up a mellow cup with a mild chocolate aroma, reminding me a lot of halloween candy as a kid, but less artificial. It's not the richest aroma, but it becomes a little more complex on drinking. I can notice the rooibos, but it's not dominant. ...
Style: Black Tea – Region: Colombia97 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Mar. 22nd, 2016
An unexpectedly top-notch tea, unlike anything else I've tried. I'm always incredibly curious to try teas from a new country or region, and I was super excited to try this one, since there are very few teas grown in the Americas. Normally, I approach these sorts of teas more as an interesting novelty, not expecting t...Read Full Review
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