Saturday, January 28, 2012

and from Harney & Sons...

Another quick purchase, a sampler pack of four assorted black teas, was made while the majority of the group was heading out the door towards the next destination. Each tin holds about an ounce of tea, and features samples from Africa, Ceylon, India, and China.The descriptive information on each tin captures your imagination and entices you to sit down and sample each tea to discover whether you can discern the toasty flavors of the black tea from the Northern Fujian Province or whether you can detect the honey notes in the light bodied Temi Sikkim tea, processed in Darjeeling style or the hint of minty spice in the high grown Ceylon Pekoe from the Uva Highlands. There are many natural flavors to discover in the abundance of black teas being produced in the tea growing region, and this sampler pack is only a mere speck of the world of black tea. 

One of the notations that I appreciate on the Harney tins is their scale of Briskness, Body, and Aroma that they have designated to the teas. On a scale of 0 - 5, they rate the tea by these categories so that the consumer is aware of the particular characteristics of that tea. For example, Livingstonia GFOP, the full leaf black tea from Tanzania has a briskness of 3, body of 2, and aroma of 2; compared to the high grown Ceylon Pekoe from the Uva Highlands which has a rating of 4 in all three categories. It's just another little guideline to help you begin your tea tasting journey and discover the different types and varieties of teas, all within the group labeled, black teas.

6 comments:

amherstrose said...

Hi Nancy,
Have so enjoyed reading about your adventure in New York and had been wondering about the Harney Tasting Room in SoHo. Thank you for sharing your tea finds with us. It sounds like you had a delightful adventure. I hope to visit later this Spring!

Mary Jane

lemonverbenalady said...

Will have to come by because Blogger is playing tricks on my blog and I can only post titles, my text has vanished! Looks like my kind of shopping Nancy! Lots of fun.

Time Traveling in Costume said...

Harney's is still one of my favorite tea blenders. I hope someday to go to one of their shops. I would have loved one of those tea samplers.
Val

Linda J. said...

I am so glad you visited Harney's so you could share with us.

Angela McRae said...

I agree that Harney's tea-rating scale is quite helpful -- and unique!

Marilyn said...

Oh yes, I would have had to grab that before exiting their shop too. Nice!