It’s been a while since we’ve had an HGB feature and today, we shall attempt to rectify that oversight.
Since I’ve already talked about kettles and tea infusers, I think it’s high time we talk about the tea itself. Now, I may not be a true tea afficionado – I never heat my pot; I always oversteep or understeep; I use an obscene amount of creamer – but I know what I like. And I unabashedly, unflinchingly, unfailingly love Harney & Sons flavored teas.
I discovered this company at – of all places – my older sister’s baby shower over a decade ago. The party was hosted by her best friend who ended the usual baby shower festivities by opening up a beautiful box filled with these elegantly packaged sachets. I couldn’t quite decide which flavor I wanted to try but ultimately settled on Pomegranate Oolong. Previous to that day, I had been an indifferent tea drinker, but upon making myself a cup, I was transported. It was a burst of unimaginable flavor in my mouth. My taste buds were literally dancing with rapture.
Yes, it was that good.
Sadly, at the time I was a newlywed/neophyte teacher/twenty-something and I couldn’t be bothered/afford/remember to investigate the tea. It would be another five years before I’d rediscover Harney & Sons and place my first online order. (Back then, it was sold only online but I’ve since discovered that Target now carries some varieties). Now, of course, I’m thoroughly hooked and wouldn’t even consider drinking any other kind. I usually buy in bulk when H&S has their infrequent % off sales.
I have tried many of their offerings but I always end up in the flavored tea section. My tried-and-true faves, in no particular order are: Pomegranate Oolong, Florence, Tower of London, Hot Cinnamon Spice and SoHo. I highly recommend these. I also highly recommend H&S because of their amazing customer service (free ship on orders $50+ and carefully packaged items) and their phenomenal variety. Don’t have an infuser? Buy the sachets. Love a particular flavor? Grab a pound bag of the loose leaf. Wanna sample before you commit? Most flavors offer sample packs for $2 and it’s enough for at least 3 cups.
I am not being paid or endorsed by Harney & Sons, which shows you how terrific I think they are that I’m waxing so ecstatically over them. There may be other tea companies out there – Brit friends wanna chime in? – but I think I’ll remain a loyal H&S fan for a long, long time.