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Royal English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Jan. 17th, 2013

I enjoyed this in a Barnes and Noble cafe. Compared to Tazo Awake, I prefer this tea pretty solidly. It's perhaps a bit mellower, but I think more complex and smoother.

This was a solid black breakfast tea. It didn't quite scream "English" the way some English Breakfast blends did, but it did strike me as a typic...

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Chopra Center Organic Ginger from Harney and Sons

Style: Herbal Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 2/5
Dec. 20th, 2012

This is a lemon-ginger blend that is stronger on the ginger than the lemon, and with a dash of pepper. The ginger is almost fiery but somehow soothing; I like it very much. Flavor is somewhat tangy.

I thought this was a very high-quality blend, but according to the Harney and Sons website, it seems to only be avai...

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Panyang Golden Tips from Harney and Sons

Style: Panyang Congou – Region: Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 20th, 2012

Wiry leaf has a good amount of golden tip. I was surprised by the dark color of the liquor produced by these light golden leaves. The picture Harney provided looks a bit deceptive--I found it brews much darker.

Aroma is intensely cocoa-ey and chocolatey. Almost tastes like a cup of unsweetened cocoa. Reminiscent...

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Earl Grey Imperial from Harney and Sons

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 20th, 2012

Among the best examples of an Earl Grey that I've sampled yet.

This Earl Grey has a bold base tea with its own unique character evident. The base tea tastes like a mixture of Assam and Keemun-style teas: rich, dark, robust, and with a warming quality. It tastes like the base tea would make a strong and high-qualit...

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Heavenly Gyokuro from Harney and Sons

Style: Gyokuro – Region: Kyoto, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 2/5
Oct. 8th, 2012

I'm no expert on Gyokuro, but I will say that, at least to my tastes, this was a top-notch example of one.

I sampled this at World Tea East, but I found I liked it better when I brewed it myself. Harney recommends 155F and 3 minutes. For one teaspoon, I found I liked the results better with a little hotter water (...

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Ti Quan Yin Spring Floral from Harney and Sons

Style: Tie Guan Yin – Region: Anxi, Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 26th, 2012

I unfortunately only had the opportunity to sample this tea once, but I was impressed. This tea lives up to its name! Aroma is strongly floral.

The mouthfeel and overall experience of drinking it is buttery, but not overwhelmingly so (this quality can get a bit overwhelming to me in some oolongs).

Complete abse...

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Tropical Green (Sachet) from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: ?????

50 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Apr. 23rd, 2012

Normally I would not seek a tea like this out; I tried this tea in the cafe at a Barnes and Noble, whose selection only included Harney and Sons' flavored teas, and I thought I'd try something new.

I can't say I liked it a whole lot, but I did find this tea pleasant, and I was impressed with its execution, even thou...

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Supreme Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 20th, 2012

I think it's a great idea that Harney has chosen to create a high-end breakfast blend, combining two high-quality teas that are usually not used in blends.

Although I'm less familiar with Keemun Hao Ya B, only having sampled one example of it, I can see how it would be a natural pairing with Assam as the two teas bo...

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Earl Grey Supreme (Sachet) from Harney and Sons

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 1st, 2012

Served in a restaurant.

An above-average Earl Grey, with a strong, fruity bergamot quality, and a base tea with a rich, malty character.

I think the loose-leaf version of this tea is very reasonably priced, but the boxed, wrapped sachets are pricey. I suppose you pay for the packaging.

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Sungma 2nd Flush Darjeeling from Harney and Sons

Style: Darjeeling Second Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

83 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 24th, 2012

The aroma of the dry leaf of this tea really got my attention: rich and strongly aromatic, fruity, deep, but also light and fresh. I received this and the Singbulli first flush as samples from Harney and Sons.

Like the Singbulli, I prefer brewing this tea for 5 minutes, as recommended. However, I also experimented...

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Singbulli Darjeeling DJ41 from Harney and Sons

Style: Darjeeling First Flush – Region: Darjeeling, India

100 / 100 Aroma: 10/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 22nd, 2012

After brewing this tea several times, I cautiously dole out yet another perfect score, the second one for a black tea.

Michael Harney sent me this sample after reading a post I wrote on my tea blog about black teas I found interesting, and I can't help but wonder if he hand-picked this one based on my descriptions, ...

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Paris (Sachets) from Harney and Sons

Style: Miscellaneous Blend – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 14th, 2011

I tend not to like flavored teas like, this, but given that, I thought this one was not bad. Aroma of citrus and vanilla is strongly suggestive of sweetness, but this tea is not particularly sweet. The base tea is Keemun-like, with deep, fruity tones, but more tannic than I'd expect from a Keemun.

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Organic English Breakfast from Harney and Sons

Style: English Breakfast – Region: China

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Sep. 13th, 2011

This tea was interesting to me as it is pure Keemun, and not a blend of different teas, or predominately Ceylon possibly with some Assam, the way a lot of English breakfast blends nowadays are. I don't know much about the history of tea so I can't say much about the authenticity of this tea.

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Organic Green Tea With Organic Peppermint (Sachet) from Harney and Sons

Style: Green Tea with Mint – Region: Blend

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 12th, 2011

I really prefer blends of green tea with spearmint to those containing peppermint, but given that this is a peppermint blend, I think it is quite outstanding.

The peppermint has a candy-like quality, clean, clear, and suggesting sweetness. The base tea is smooth, slightly sweet, and believe it or not, blends seamle...

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African Autumn (Loose) from Harney and Sons

Style: Fruit Rooibos – Region: Blend

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Aug. 21st, 2011

The fruit flavoring in this blend really dominates; aroma is mostly of orange. I can't quite discern the cranberry as much...I don't know if there's any spice but there's certainly a suggestion of spice in the aroma. Aroma is not quite as complex as I'd like.

Flavor is slightly sour, more sour than straight rooibo...

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Holiday Tea (Sachets) from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 10th, 2011

I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about this one. It definitely has that "Christmas" vibe to it, and was less like a typical spiced tea. Aroma of cinnamon, clove, and with a suggestion of vanilla (although that is not in the ingredients). The nuances of the base tea don't really come through, but there is definitel...

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Pomegranate Oolong from Harney and Sons

Style: Flavored Oolong – Region: ?????

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 5/5
Feb. 16th, 2011

I probably would not have chosen to buy this tea on my own, but I had the opportunity to sample it. Even though this is not the sort of tea I usually like at all, I am impressed. I am especially impressed with the quality of the base tea.

This is a fruit-flavored oolong with a greener Tie Guan Yin as the base. I ...

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Darjeeling Highlands (Teabags) from Harney and Sons

Style: Darjeeling Black Tea – Region: Darjeeling, India

67 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 4/5
Dec. 7th, 2009

The teabag reads "Mellow and Light Indian Black Teas" and I agree wholeheartedly. This is very mellow, especially for a Darjeeling in a teabag...this is not the usual stuff put in teabags; it has a fair amount of first-flush character.

The aroma is complex, but could be stronger. The main downside is that this tea...

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Dragon Pearl Jasmine from Harney and Sons

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: Fujian, China

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Nov. 28th, 2009

Complex aroma, less floral than most Jasmines and than I had expected. I liked this tea but I'm not sure I perceived it the same way it is described...it tasted a little bit peppery to me...the base tea reminded me somewhat of a white peony and somewhat of a pouchong. This tea is gentle if you brew it briefly but can...

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