Harney & Sons has a rich history in tea starting in the early 1970′s when Stanely Mason, of Sarum Teas, began training John Harney. About 10 years after Sarum handed the keys over to Harney, he changed the company’s name to his own and expanded production. Their long line of expertise extends the entire line of teas including black, green, oolong, flavored, herbal, and more. Their English Breakfast is a staple classic and the first of my reviews for them.
English Breakfast is probably my favorite kind of tea, mainly because it reminds me most of coffee. Oh, sweet coffee. Tea still doesn’t please me the way a good cup of coffee can. With that, I’m learning and doing my best to give you an objective reaction to its flavor. The English Breakfast starts off okay, the aroma is heavy and reminds me of a hippy’s hemp necklace store. A small hint of orange citrus comes to the tip of the tongue once sipped. It has a medium body when flushed through the mouth. It’s not too heavy but has a flavorful thickness that your tongue might first resist but, once settled, it has a rich flavor of black tea. Only when swallowed does it reveal a light smokey flavor.
To be honest, it tastes like an English Breakfast blend, there’s not much more or much less to it. There’s nothing wrong with this tea tasting how it should. That’s exactly what Harney brings to the table. A classic tea blend that’s rich, flavorful, and right on the spot. Harney & Sons English Breakfast tea isn’t the worst way to step back into the tea world and it’s given me some excitement to start reaching further and finding more unique flavors.
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