Harney & Sons’ Soho Blend | Tea Review

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 Tea was acquired as a shop sample 

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Last week, I recapped my trip to New York City. Therefore, I thought that it would be fitting this week to review a tea named after a neighbourhood in NYC: Soho!

Description: Now a landmark favorite, SoHo Blend is a flavored black tea with chocolate, coconut, vanilla, and amaranth petals.”

Instructions: 212° F| 4 to 5 minutes   

Review: As I mentioned in my New York City Tea Tour favourite places post, I was given this tea sample after I checked-in on Facebook while at the Harney & Sons’ SoHo shop. I was curious to see what ‘sample’ was and I was not disappointed. The tea pouch had over 12 grams of tea inside. Personally, I feel this is a good way to try teas without any real financial costs and I would be open to checking-in again to try more teas!

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Now that that is out of the way, let’s get into the tea. This blend was created by Emeric Harney to celebrate the SoHo location’s grand opening in 2010! I picked this blend because I thought it was fitting to pick a tea named after something in New York City and I had wanted a souvenir!

It didn’t hurt that the dry blend was very pretty with the bright amaranth petals against the dark tea leaves. It had a strong sweet fruity smell and slightly chocolatey. After steeping for 4 minutes, the wet leaves smelled sweeter with the cocoa smell reminded me of a  tootsie roll.

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The liquor was a golden reddish-brown. It had a classic earthy smell of a black tea but it carried a sweet note with the coconut and cocoa. Before every sip, there was a nice whiff of coconut smell. Tastewise, there was an earthiness from the black tea and then a strong chocolate tootise roll taste followed by a very faint coconut at the tail end. I was actually surprised because I had expected the coconut to have had the most forward taste. The taste was very similar when cooled but there was some dryness at the back of the throat.

I enjoyed this one and I liked how they flavours melded into one another. Since I like how chocolate tootsie rolls, this flavour profile worked for me. This would be nice tea to drink while reading a book or chatting with friends (3.5/5 rating)!

  • Type: Black tea
  • Origin: Unknown
  • Caffeine: Unknown
  • Ingredients: Black tea, aromas (chocolate, vanilla and coco), amaranth petals *
  • Company: Harney & Sons

The question of the post: Have you been to SoHo in New York City before?

* Ingredients is from the Harney & Sons Europe website

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