From Humble Beginnings
Harney and Sons are headquartered at Millerton, NY and started production in 1983, when John Harney was introduced to the world of tea by Stanley Mason, who had spent years in the corporate world of tea in London and New York, finally crafting his own blends.
John Harney’s passion for fine teas increased over time through the tutelage of Stanley Mason, who taught him the art and business of tea blending. Harney began producing tea blends in the basement where he was the proprietor of the historic White Hart Inn in Salisbury, Connecticut.
Sharing his creations with the guests at the inn was a propitious beginning, as they continued coming back for more. At that time he’d never dreamed that his humble beginnings would burgeon into a family, then a global business.
Harney and Sons went from producing six teas to over three hundred today; sourcing, blending and packaging their products from start to finish. Bringing his two sons: Michael and Paul into the business, helped to build on his commitment to delivering the finest quality possible.
Now Harney and Son’s Tea is run by three generations who travel the world in search of the best teas and botanicals. Their mission also involves educating the world on tea history and taste, through guides on tea drinking and dedicated customer service.
Their Global Footprint
Michael and Paul Harney decided in 2006 to begin membership in the 1% For The Planet organization, in order to give back to the world and the environment, due to the processes involved with shipping and producing their products.
Their production facility is in Upstate New York, surrounded by the mountains of the Berkshire Range and they are only minutes away from the Appalachian Trail. Also nearby is the Hudson River, so the environment is constantly a consideration for this tea company.
Directly donating one percent of their total sales to the organizations of their choice, through their membership with 1% For The Planet, has meant that they have donated nearly three and a half million dollars to many non-profit organizations. The list is too vast to note here, so check out their website for more info.
The Best Harney and Sons Teas
With an extensive selection of teas, Harney and Sons source their ingredients from all over the world, including green, black and white tea as well as other quality botanicals. John Harney’s dream has always been to deliver quality tea that results in a daily luxury for every tea lover.
This tea company also creates the official line of teas that are requested by the Historic Royal Palaces of England.
Flavored Black Tea: Paris
As a homage to Paris, they crafted this blend after having spent a lot of time in famous Paris tea shops. This blend is akin to the most popular tea they enjoyed there, having created a fruity black tea with aromas including lemony bergamot, black currants, vanilla and caramel.
The Paris blend is medium-bodied and reminiscent of Earl Grey.
Caffeinated Hot Cinnamon Sunset Black Tea
Delicious hot or cold and packaged in a decorative tin, this medium-bodied, black tea combines natural cinnamon with orange and cloves, creating a warming and exhilarating experience.
Whether drinking a freshly brewed cup in front of a roaring fire in the middle of winter or as an iced tea in summer, this tea is highly refreshing and satisfying.
Harney and Sons Victorian, London Fog – Loose tea
This tea was the winning blend in Harney and Sons’ customer creation contest. Called London Fog, this blend originated in the Victorian era as an Earl Grey and is traditionally served with steamed milk.
Prepare for hints of lavender and vanilla, in a black tea that includes oolong and bergamot.
Harney and Sons has a lot on offer and the fact that they care about the environment and their Global footprint as well as crafting delicious teas makes them a company worth checking out.