This has to be one of my favorite of all Tea companies! Not just for the tea but for the story of the family. I’ll give you a short version here, but to get a real feel for them you can go to their website http://www.harney.com.
Over 30 years ago, John Harney, as owner of the historic White Hart Inn, in Connecticut, developed a passion for fine teas. He was helped along on his journey by Stanley Mason, and it was Stanley who taught John the art and business of the craft.
Starting production out of his basement in 1983, John began his own journey in mastering the craft of tea blending. Serving his distinctive blends with inn guests, he soon found they were coming back for more. Never did John Harney imagine that his small home-run business in Salisbury, Connecticut would turn into a global operation, now headquartered in Millerton, New York filling 90,000 square feet of warehouse space, and employing over 155 people, making it one of the largest employers in the Hudson Valley. The company, which sources, blends, and packages their own product from start to finish, has grown from their original six teas, to more than three hundred. Their story truly captures the essence of American Business Ingenuity.
Harney & Sons Tea remains family owned and managed, with three generations of Harney’s preserving John’s tradition of fine tea and traveling the world in search of the finest ingredients.
It is not only the Harney mission to deliver quality tea products to their customers, but also to educate the world of tea history and taste. Whether through their dedicated customer service team, their published guides to tea drinking, or their two tea tasting shops, the Harney & Sons team works to pass on their passion of tea to a wide audience. From lugging heavy tea filled chests down their basement stairs, to stocking shelves at Targets nationwide, Harney & Sons remains committed to delivering their customers a superior tea drinking experience.
In 2006, Michael and Paul Harney decided membership in 1% For The Planet would provide Harney & Sons with the opportunity to drive positive environmental change in our geographical region. Our production facility is located in Upstate New York surrounded by the beautiful mountains that make up the Berkshire Range. We are minutes from the Appalachian Trail. Our facility is located between the Hudson River to our west and the Housatonic River to our east. The Housatonic offers some of this country’s finest fly-fishing. Joining 1% for The Planet meant we could directly donate one percent of our total sales to the environmental organizations of our choice. We also pay annual membership dues to 1% For The Planet to help this exemplary organization defray its overhead costs. We encourage our business associates to visit their website: http://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org for more information.
So far they have donated over half a million dollars to this cause. And this is why I love this company!
They also have two Tasting Rooms.
This one in SoHo NYC, NY (212) 933.4853
and this one
in Millerton, NY (518) 789.2121
Both locations offer 250 varieties for you to try.
One of my favorites is the Irish Breakfast Tea,which is 100% Assam and is delicious. You can buy it loose leaf, in teabags, sachets or capsules. It is a nice hearty morning tea with dark brown leaves and a medium dark color. It does have some of the malty aroma of Assams but is toned down. It is a good tea for those milk and sugar lovers.
As for the Herbal Teas they offer 3 classes: Traditional, French and modern flavored versions.
French Super Blue Lavender is one of my favorites!
Olive Leaves is surprising and lovely!
They also offer all things Tea related as well as Gift Packages. Such as this lovely Earl Grey .
Give them a try and let me know what you think!