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Winter visit to Harney & Sons, New York

Whenever we visit NYC, Katie and I love to visit Harney & Sons. The experience is something that we both look forward to every time. This year we visited on a chilly winter day. The perfect type of day to find yourself is a bright and beautiful tea shop. Harney & Sons is such an inviting place, its smells divine and everything is pretty. The walls of tea will never cease to impress me. I just love looking at all the tea varieties stacked up next to one another, all the way up the wall.

Our tea guide was amazing. He knew his stuff about tea and had some deep and hilarious quips for us. He found the perfect teas for each of us: an espresso of tea for Katie and left of weird tea for me. I loved them both, Katie loved hers and agreed that mine was, in fact, weird.

You will see some reviews of these two teas pop up soon.

We didn’t have time to sit for tea and snacks this time around so we ordered some tea to go from the cafe in the back and browsed all of the lovely tea-things while we waited for them to be steeped. Then we were off, with our Harney tea in hand, for more NYC adventures: tacos, shopping, Santacon, Bryant Park and the most delicious Italian tapas in Brooklyn.

Until next time, thanks for the experience Harney & Sons!

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Review: Harney & Sons SOHO

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.9 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves – This tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

Temperature: @ 212 (boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

We have already posted about Katie’s sampling tea from our trip to Harney & Sons in Manhattan this past spring and now we are going to talk about mine! When I saw that they had created a special blend to celebrate the opening of the store we were standing it at the time, how could I have chosen anything else? The wonderful aroma of black tea, chocolate, vanilla, coconut and amaranth flower petals didn’t hurt either. The bright pink petals give striking contrast to the rich black tea. The blend creates an interesting and complex scent and as the tea steeps it changes slightly so that the different elements shine.

The flavor is nice too. It isn’t too sweet, which is my favorite part. Sometimes with blends like this the sweetness can overwhelm the tea. Not so, for this tea. There is a hint of sweetness but you are still clearly drinking tea! Instead of the tea flavor getting lost, it adds balance to the other sweet ingredients. Tea with hints of chocolate, coconut and vanilla from one of our favorite tea makers? Delicious! This very tasty tea is certainly worth a try if you are looking for something a little different.

Taste: 4.75 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves – This tea is easy to make!

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Katie says:

Temperature: @ 212 (boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Sometimes I buy things because they are pretty. I can admit that! As a commercial photographer, I’ve decided that gives me a free pass to be influenced by beautiful products, photos & packaging. Abby and I sampled this tea, along with many others, at Harney & Sons in SOHO so I knew it was beautiful inside that gorgeous tin. With flower petals mixed in this is one of the prettiest teas that I’ve ever seen! How could you not love the little pink petals inside? Seriously. LOVE!

Oh, by the way, it tastes great too. This a black tea with hints of chocolate & coconut. I like that it is still a black tea and gives you a caffeine boost. The chocolate and coconut flavors are present but not overpowering. I like tea that tastes like traditional black tea. This doesn’t taste like an herbal tea; you get the richness of black tea accented with some wonderful flavors. And it’s pretty & pink. Bonus!

Taste: 5 of 5 leaves – Outstanding! A MUST try.
Steepability: 5 of 5 leaves – This tea is easy to make!

Since this is Harney & Son’s SOHO store namesake tea, we’re thinking about our friends in NYC today. We hope that you are all safe & sound and weathering the storm. From the photos that we’re seeing up here in ME & MA it must be a crazy few days in New York City! We’re hoping for the best and that life in the city will return to normal sooner rather than later. Be safe everyone!

Harney & Sons SoHo

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Last week we told you about our trip to the Roebling Tea House in Brooklyn, NY. Another stop on our trip to New York was the wonderful Harney & Sons SoHo! This is an amazing tea shop that has a little bit of everything and all of it’s good.

While there we sampled as many different things as we could possibly manage. We tried tasty vanilla scones served with devonshire cream and jam;

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rice crackers topped with cucumber and green tea cream cheese; a Chai tea ice cream milkshake; Earl Grey ice cream; green tea ice cream and TEA TEA TEA! We will briefly review one of the teas we tried in house.

Russian Country

Overall Rating 3.75 of 5 leaves

Abby says:

Temperature: Hot
Steeped: Arrived steeped
Served: Nothing added

Russian Country is a black tea blend including lapsang. Anyone who has ever tried lapsang tea before already knows this, but for those have yet to try it – lapsang is smoky! This was my first experience with it and I am glad it was in a blended tea. I’m still not convinced I could handle it alone! For this blend the smokiness really comes out in the aroma (think sitting around the camp fire), but isn’t so much present in an actual taste which I found very interesting and pleasant. With every sip I was reminded of the smoke, but it didn’t overwhelm the tea. I really enjoyed trying it and liked drinking it, but because I am not a smoke flavor/aroma lover it will not become a staple. However, if you love smoke, please try this tea!

Taste: 3 of 5 leaves: A decent tasty tea.
Steepability: 5 of 5 this tea is easy to make.

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Katie says:

So, back to the ice cream cones for a minute. Do you see how they look like REGULAR cones? The menu may advertise them as a mini sampler, but, prepare yourselves my friends…these cones are like a small at the ice cream stand. 3 smalls — and 3 cones! Yes, they were delicious, and I ate 2 of them! At only $6 for all three I propose that this may be one of the best snack deals in NYC. Needless to say when Abby ordered a milkshake and I ordered the ice cream sampler trio I was half excited and half overwhelmed at the thought of trying to eat all three! Worth it!!! I am now considering buying an ice cream maker just to eat more earl grey tea ice cream. Ok, back to the tea review…

Russian Country

Temperature: hot
Steeped: Arrived steeped
Served: milk & sugar

Abby & I choose to try this tea because it was a blend of 4 black teas and had one of the highest aroma ratings of any of the teas on the list. “Briskness 1, Body 3, Aroma 3” 3! How could we not try an extra fragrant tea? Thoughts of some of my favorite black & earl grey blends began to drift through my head.

Harney & Son’s describes this tea as “a softer version of Smoky Lapsang Souchong.” If you’ve ever had a “Lapsang Souchong” before you know that unblended this tea can taste a bit like campfire. This tea is supposed to be smokey, but that flavor isn’t for everyone. I have to say that I wouldn’t choose Lapsang on it’s own, but I did very much enjoy this blend. For me the Russian Country is smoky enough to be able to enjoy the flavor of the smokey tea but blended in a way that even if you’re not a fan of this peculiar flavor that you’ll still enjoy it. From the reviews on their website I’m willing to go out on a limb and say  that if you’re a lover of Lapsang Souchong you’re really going to enjoy this tea!

Taste: Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 this tea is easy to make.

Even if you don’t go to the tea lounge (the tea room at the back of the store) there are plenty of chances to sample tea. When you come into the store you are given the chance to try teas from the tea flight (if they’re offering it that day) and any one tea of your choosing. They’ll bring down the big tin of your choice and make a cuppa just for you!

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 So, lets say that you’d like to sample more than the flight and one free tea. Luckily, I found a way! If you check in on the Harney & Son’s SoHo Facebook page then you’ll receive an extra tea tasting! Yep, that’s 5 free cups of tea! And trust me, Abby & I needed it after trying to keep up with our friend Hope’s tour of the night life in Williamsburg!

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Stay tuned for more reviews of Harney & Son’s tea. Between Abby & I we took home 3 tins of tea, an early grey hand lotion, and cups/mugs. We’ll tell you more about them soon!