In memorium – John Harney 20 August 1930 to 16 June 2014.

The English Tea Store, owner of this blog, has been proud to carry a selection of the teas from a tea company that has become quite well-known here in the U.S. – Harney & Sons. Recently, John Harney, founder of this company, died. He will be greatly missed but certainly leaves behind a legacy and a family who can carry on.

A brief history of Harney’s tea career in his own words from this article published in 2009:

In 1960, Stanley Mason, an English gentleman and owner of Sarum Tea, met with me at the White Hart Inn, where I was general manager and a partner, and asked me to serve his tea in the inn. People asked daily where the tea could be purchased. I sent guests to Stanley’s home, where Stanley could be found packing teas. In 1967, Stanley convinced me to serve only loose-leaf tea at the inn, then unheard of in the United States. Again, people wanted to purchase the tea. I knew I was on to something. In 1970, I bought Sarum Tea, and Stanley Mason became my mentor. The apprentice period lasted 10 years, until Stanley passed away in 1980, at the age of 80. In 1978, I sold tea to my first hotel, the Ritz-Carlton in Boston. They purchased English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Assam, Gunpowder, and Chamomile—the full Sarum Tea line!

Their teas are seen just about everywhere, but sadly I can usually only find them in bagged form, not loose. (I have to cut open the bags and toss the loose leaves into the pot.)

Harney has a history of coming up with special blends for special occasions. I tried this one awhile ago. (Photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

Harney has a history of coming up with special blends for special occasions. I tried this one awhile ago. (Photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

A few of their teas and herbals that are classics and just plain good to try:

Our thanks to Mr. Harney for his years of work dedicated to the beverage he loved – tea! And our best wishes to his successors.

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