• Events

    Happy 4th Anniversary Harney & Sons SoHo!

    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…

  • Reviews

    Harney and Sons Temi Sikkim

    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, dark Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 5 minutes Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain teacup and mesh infuser Liquor: dark reddish amber During a recent visit to +Harney and Sons Fine Teas in SoHo, I couldn’t resist picking up a tin of this tea. My friend +Robert Godden mentions this tea so frequently that I just had to give it a try. Sikkim is located just north of Darjeeling so its properties are similar to what you would expect from its more famous neighbor but the teas do not cost nearly as much. Could you believe that I only paid $8 for 3oz! The brew was brisk and somewhat…

  • Reviews

    Harney and Sons Bangkok (Pyramid Bag)

    Country of Origin: not listed Leaf Appearance: flat, dark green Ingredients: green tea, lemongrass, vanilla, coconut and ginger Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 175 degrees Preparation Method: ceramic mug Liquor: pale gold Harney’s describes this tea as being Thai inspired and I would say that is pretty spot on. It was tropical without being overly sweet or fruity. The base green tea was light and vegetal while the coconut and vanilla dominated the flavor palate. The lemongrass and ginger came through as a mild aftertaste. There was a tiny bit of astringency but that added a refreshing dry finish to each sip. The leaves practically exploded in the pyramid bag after steeping. I…

  • Places

    Tea Places: Harney and Sons SoHo

    This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending a screening of The Meaning of Tea (a documentary I somehow neglected to review) at Harney and Sons’s tasting room in SoHo. I had been meaning to check it out and this event was a perfect excuse. I had a blast and got to meet several new and old tea friends including James Norwood Pratt, Michael Harney, Jason of Walker Tea Review, Alexis of Teaspoons & Petals and Caleb Brown of Calebrown.com. The first thing that I noticed was how large the space is. I love a tea shop that isn’t crowded and cluttered. The second was the massive wall of tea tins. It’s…