On Monday I was very excited to stop by +Harney and Sons Fine Teas for their 4th anniversary party. It was quite a packed house when I first arrived. It was wonderful to see many people who love tea in one room. At first, it was a bit hard to navigate the delicious spread of hors d’oeuvres, tea and cocktails. I searched the crowd for a familiar face and above everyone else I spotted my very tall friend +Mario Nicholas. We grabbed some quiche and tea cocktails while catching up.
The star of the evening was their brand new blend, Celebration Tea. It’s a very well balanced black tea base flavored with apricots and spice. It’s also very special because it is one of the last teas that John Harney had a hand in crafting. I didn’t pick up a tin at the party but I’ll be stopping back in to get some soon. I do wish it was available in loose tea rather than sachets but I think I may be using them as a fun add on to Christmas presents this year.
Another familiar face was +Verna L. Hamilton. I couldn’t believe that these two had never met before. It seems that we all follow the same people on Twitter. +Chris Halpert made a brief appearance too. I’ll be seeing him soon when the NYC Tea Social Meetup visits MatchaBar. Just when I thought that it was time to go home, +Jo J and her lovely daughter joined us. I love getting to see tea friends! As the event wound down we got some group pictures and gave our thanks to the Harney family. They were consummate hosts as always.