HGB :: Harney & Sons tea

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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.

 

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11 thoughts on “HGB :: Harney & Sons tea

  1. Never tried this brand but we mostly make our own tea out of plants we forage and dry. I haven’t seen it either, neither in health stores or supermarkets so perhaps it’s only in the upmarket places and independent tea shops (which are gorgeous to look at through the windows!)

    I tend to buy regular tea that we can’t make from the Pound shops/99p stores (not Tetley which are heavily into animal testing).

    • Tetley is into animal testing?! For tea? Oh, what is the world coming to? Good thing I don’t shop that brand.

      I just watched a feature on how tea is made on the Discovery Channel and it seems like such a long process. Hats off to you for being so self-sustaining! 😀

      • Hehe it’s not as labour intensive as tofu or even sauerkraut! O_O

        Yep you’d be surprised on the amount of things tested on animals – even tea e.g. good for skin, helps digestion, blood pressure etc thousands of years of people using it and knowing it works isn’t good enough apparently. Then there’s the usual “oo what will happen if someone gets in in their eyes or an open cut or something ridiculous we can think of and get funding for! “

    • Oh, you’re definitely gonna have to blog your rom-com moment! Perhaps on your anniversary week? Hey, maybe we can do wedding pictures week in June, when I’m out of school and thus not at work and thus have no reason to have OOTDs since I’ll be in shorts and tanks all summer. (How’s that for a run-on?!)

      LOL! That blog post was pretty entertaining. Thanks for the light read!

  2. HGB? This time I Googled it so I wouldn’t sound so ignorant, and I got hemoglobin, Hellogoodbye (the band), Hot Glue Box, and maybe this is it, High Gravity Brewing. Tea brewing in the mountains?

    I’m slowly starting to come around to tea drinking. It used to be something I only did at my mother-in-law’s or tea shops in the UK, but now I’m having a cup of tea at work in the AM. I use the Lipton tea bags at work and add some dried milk and, surprisingly, it’s palatable. Maybe I need to take it up a notch and buy some of the good stuff!

    • Oh, Val! I’m so sorry! Really, I’m not laughing at you; I’m laughing with you. 😀

      Here, I think this might help: https://myclosetcatalogue.com/2014/02/22/wit-of-acronyms-and-secret-languages/

      I think I ought to make that page and stick the link on my navi bar for just this sort of situation.

      Hey, don’t knock the lowbrow stuff. I use store brand powdered creamer in my tea meself. And yeah, I wasn’t much of a tea drinker – only gulped down the fake powder iced tea variety for the longest time – and it wasn’t until I got really into Brit telly and kept seeing all these kettles that I truly got into the tea drinking mode.

  3. Shall I wax poetic about my favorite flavor, Earl Grey? Every Earl Grey tastes different, and it can be an arduous (and expensive) journey to find a good one. The Fortnum & Mason Classic blend is my ABSOLUTE favorite. (The one not labeled “Classic” is a mixture with Lapsang Souchong which I find weird and disturbing). I haven’t checked lately (too distracted) but several (5? 10?) years ago, it became unavailable in the US, due to some customs snafu. Sad, sad day. I resorted to Twining’s brand, which is fine. I use loose, steeped in a clever filter device too complicated to explain in text. I usually oversteep it and I say the darker, the better! Milk and sugar are required.
    For travel, work, and those times I feel like something plain, it’s PG Tips. This is a very hearty (dark) English Breakfast variety. I use the sachets (being more portable). On trips, I’ll slip one into a bottle of water before bed, and have some nice strong tea at the crack of dawn while I wait for “Sleeping Beauty” to awaken. No hot water required, a bonus, since the hotel coffeemakers usually have coffee residue and coffee-infused tea is not my idea of a good flavor. Rumor has it that PG Tips is David Hockney’s favorite brand.
    I’ll stop now. This is turning into a blog post!

    • Oh, stop it! You know I prefer reading lengthy, chatty comments over one-liners any day. And since your departure is nigh, I’m gonna get my Anne fix any way I can get it, so write away!

      I enjoy Twinings too; when I’m running low of my H&S, I go to the local Stater Bros. and pick up some Twinings. But since my running low always coincides with a sale at H&S, my Twinings forays are few and far between.

      PG Tips looks intriguing. May have to throw a box in my amazon cart just for kicks.

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