The Passing of a Tea Legend – John Harney

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. …

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Resurrecting Classic Teas

As someone who spends a fair amount of time studying and writing about the history of tea I can't help wondering occasionally about some of the teas people drank in days gone by. Wondering specifically, that is, what those teas tasted like. Of course, unless I manage to lay my hands on a time machine, …

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Review of Harney & Sons Yanagi Green Tea

Folks often tell me that they would like to drink green tea but don’t care for the taste or for the difficulty in preparing it. I think “dishwater,” “weeds,” and “not worth the effort” are the words most commonly used to describe their past experiences with green teas. Over the years I’ve identified a couple …

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Review — Harney & Sons Irish Breakfast Teabags

Name: Irish Breakfast Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Black tea, Assam blend Form: Paper tea bags Review: I’m not much for tea bags, and even less enthused about paper tea bags and the teas that they contain. While paper tea bag tea isn’t necessarily bad, it is typically one-dimensional. The fine particles of tea may …

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Review — Rooibos Chai by Harney & Sons

Name: Rooibos Chai Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Herbal tisane, rooibos Form: Silken tea sachet (loose leaf available) Review: Spiced chai lovers often find themselves in a bind: Hot, spicy chai is a wonderfully soothing drink, but tea's caffeine content can make it inappropriate for nighttime swigging. Harney & Sons' Rooibos Chai blends traditional chai …

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Review — Harney & Sons White Vanilla Grapefruit

Name: White Vanilla Grapefruit Brand: Harney & Sons Type: White tea, flavored Form: Pyramid tea bags Review: If there was ever a tea that qualified as a "dessert tea", White Vanilla Grapefruit by Harney & Sons certainly is it. While it certainly is not for those who like subtly flavored teas, vanilla lovers will rejoice …

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Review — Harney & Sons Pomegranate Oolong

Name: Pomegranate Oolong Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Oolong, flavored Form: Pyramid tea bags Review: Pomegranate is currently a popular beverage flavor, and well it should be. It is slightly sweet, tangy, and robust, making it a refreshing thirst quencher indeed! The problem with using it as a tea flavoring is that it can overwhelm …

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Review — Harney & Sons Yellow & Blue

Name: Yellow & Blue Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Herbal Tisane Form: Silken pyramid sachets/teabags Review: Yellow & Blue is, as its name suggests, is a tisane (aka "herbal tea") composed of chamomile, cornflowers and lavender. The blend is a beautiful one, as the blue/violet hues of the lavender and cornflower provide a wonderful contrast …

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Review of Harney & Son African Autumn

Name: African Autumn Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Rooibos tisane, flavored Form: Silken pyramid tea bags Review: Rooibos, an herb grown in South Africa, is a popular alternative to true tea: Rooibos has no caffeine, low tannin, and is naturally sweet. It also blends quite well with other flavors, and can be enjoyed both hot …

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Review of Chinese Flower by Harney & Sons

Name: Chinese Flower Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Flavored green tea Form: Available in both teabags and loose-leaf Review: This is one of those teas that is both a pleasure to look at as well as to drink. The gorgeous dry leaf is a blend of Chinese green tea and dried flower petals (Harney & …

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