In the wide, wide world of tea having someone to guide you is as essential as having a good sherpa for your climb up the Himalayas to seek either to set a personal record or find the mythical paradise of Shangri-la. Someone who can steer you clear of the pitfalls of bad tea and show you the footpath to true tea happiness is a tea friend indeed. This friend doesn’t have to be an individual. Sometimes it’s an entire tea company. Harney & Sons is such a company.
While some tea companies have been around since the 1800s, Harney started its foray up the slope toward the peak of tea perfection in 1983. (For those of you born around that time or later, it probably seems ancient, but to those of us who have lived a bit longer, this is a fairly recent development.) Such a short history leads one to marvel at how prevalent their teas have become, from the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City, to coffee shops and restaurants across the country, to online tea vendors bringing their customers throughout the world the finest, Harney & Sons teas.
One reason is their extensive line of teas, going far beyond the basics, including:
- Green Teasfrom China and Japan
- Black, Oolong, and White Teas
- Flavored Teas, including Greens, Earl Grey, Floral & Jasmine
- Special Teas like HT Tea Blends, Art Teas, and Kosher Teas
- Herbals (Tisanes), Fruit “Teas,” and Angiogenesis Tea
- Decaf and Iced Teas
Note that Harney & Sons is one of those companies that uses straightforward tea terms, never calling anything not containing leaves from the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis) a “tea.” They call these mixtures “herbals” and “tisanes,” assuring that you always know what you are getting.
Some of Harney’s teas are offered in sachets. Rest assured that this is just for your steeping convenience, especially if you are trying to enjoy something better than “office tea” at your place of work. They never resort to filling their sachets with anything less than their best quality teas.
Another reason to let these experts be your guide is Harney’s offerings of tea accessories and other items for tea lovers of all ages and experience, such as:
- Teapots and Tea Accessories
- Books (including Michael Harney’s Guide to Tea)
Still another is the Harney Tea Tasting Room in Millerton, New York, just north of New York City. Come for an hour, stay for a day. There is a lot to see and learn. Never fear, your tea “sherpas” will guide you knowledgeably and safely up the rocky grade to find true tea bliss.
Don’t miss their tea FAQs, great info to “guide” you on your tea trek. Find out what a tea sachet (pronounced “sashay”) is and why they use them, whether tea can be kept in the freezer or not, how long to store your teas, what your tea’s expiration date is (if any), etc. You’ll be impressing friends, family, and co-workers with your tea knowledge in no time. Don’t overdo it, though, or they might start running the other way when they see you coming. Enjoy!
Check out A.C.’s blog, Tea Time with A.C. Cargill, for more information on the different brands of tea!