5 Tasting Notes

drank Paris by Harney & Sons
5 tasting notes

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this! Despite Paris’s reputation, I was a little bit put off by the aroma, which, after I opened the tin, reminded me a lot of perfume. The taste, however, is radically different, with all of the tea’s notes working together remarkably to create a very smooth, satisfying blend that fills your mouth with flavor. Silkier and more accessible than your standard hearty black tea. I’m not sure that I can pinpoint what specific fruits the tea reminds me of. It’s just a very colorful taste. I may stick to satchets rather than loose leaves; I love the packaging, and the convenience of satchets is a nice change of pace.

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Smooth

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Well, it definitely tastes buttery. I wasn’t sure about it at first, but by the time I finished my sample, I got used to it, in large part because I discovered that if you experiment with the amount of tea that you use in a single steeping, you can adjust how strongly that buttery note comes out. If you want a subtler taste, go for 1 to 1.5 teaspoons. An acquired taste. I’m pretty sure this tea is growing in the back of Paula Deen’s yard.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Roasted, Toast

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I’m bewildered by the sour notes I’m picking up in this tea. I don’t know, maybe it’s too sophisticated for me. Save your money and buy Verdant Tea’s Laoshan Black instead.

Flavors: Cocoa, Sour

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My favorite green tea; smoky, astringent, and maybe a little bit sweet. A heavenly, relaxing tea that is the perfect de-stressor. First time I tried it I was blown away, and I’m still in love. The loose leaves are definitely expensive, but I think it’s worth trying at least once.

Flavors: Astringent, Grass, Smoked, Vegetal

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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I liked this a lot more than the Buttered Rum. Tastes very buttery, very coconutty — a subtler experience than the Buttered Rum was. My only grievance is that I wish the white chocolate was a more prominent taste, but that certainly doesn’t detract from how much I enjoyed it.

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Creamy

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