My order of 13 Harney and Sons samples came today, and this is the first I have tried. It is a complex blend of four different teas, all of good quality, but I found the four teas competed rather than blended well together. Strangely enough, I tasted the fruity Darjeeling flavor first, then the malty Assam, which I though would have dominated the tea. The Keemun and Ceylon flavors were in the background. I steeped this too long, which may have brought out the Darjeeling too much.
Little did Elaine Cogan realize she was launching a revolution when her complaints about the poor quality of restaurant tea were printed on the editorial page of the New York Times. When the Times responded in agreement with an editorial entitled Tea Snobs and Coffee Bigots, Elaine was inundated with letters and phone calls from tea lovers all over the country. It was 1983, the same year we at Harney & Sons started our business, and John Harney and Elaine became friends and colleagues, both anxious to spread the word about how to select and brew good tea. They have been gratified to see understanding and taste for high quality tea spread. Still, Elaine was not completely satisfied until she created her own Special Blend, a smooth tea that is refreshing all times of day or night. We are proud to offer this unique combination of fine Darjeeling, Keemun, Ceylon and Assam teas to our discriminating tea drinkers.