SoHo Black Tea Blend from Harney & Sons

sohoTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Black

Where to Buy:  Harney & Sons

Tea Description:

We are introducing our SoHo Blend in honor of our new shop in Manhattan. Emeric Harney, the shop’s host, came up with this flavored black tea concoction. Our SoHo Tea is a beautifully delicious blend of black tea with chocolate, coconut and vanilla flavors, and amaranth petals.

Learn more about this blend here.

Taster’s Review:

When I read the description of this SoHo Black Tea Blend from Harney & Sons, I really wanted to try it.  Chocolate?  Coconut?  And Vanilla?  That sounds too yummy to pass up.  It sounds like … a candy bar in tea form!  After checking through my reviews though, it would seem that I’ve reviewed this tea previously … so, consider this my second voyage with this tea.

The fragrance of the brewed tea is incredible.  I can smell all the components:  the rich chocolate notes, the creamy vanilla, and the sweet scent of coconut.  I can even smell the earthy notes of the black tea in the background. I even smell very faint hints of flower, although these are somewhat obscured by the chocolate-y tones, which seems to be the most prominent aroma in this cup.

And this is a tasty tea.  Unfortunately, it’s just not … quite as rich as I expected it to be.  The body falls kind of flat and thin.  Perhaps a more robust black tea base would help … something rich and malty like an Assam?  Something with some heft that will not only support the chocolate, vanilla and coconut flavors, but also elevate them.

It’s not a bad tea.  It has an agreeable flavor … I can taste the chocolate and the coconut and the vanilla notes.  I can even taste the black tea.  But, everything is just sort of … lacking in gusto.  It’s a thin chocolate taste and you know me, I like a rich chocolate-y flavor.  The coconut and the vanilla meld together to create a unified creamy note that’s a little bit coconut-y and a little bit vanilla-ish, but both of these flavors have the capability of producing a really rich, creamy flavor and I’m just not getting that from the sip.

Like I said, it’s a tasty, decently flavored tea, very much like my first experience, although I think maybe I liked it better the first time around than maybe the second.  I guess it just goes to show that our palates change!

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