During these cold and dreary winter months, one of our favorite ways to feel warm and a bit more cheerful includes a cup of hot tea. At ZINC New Haven, Harney and Sons Teas make us happy. Not only are their flavors rich, smooth, and delicious, but their company history and product quality are worth sharing.
In Salisbury, CT 34 years ago, the owner of the White Hart Inn, John Harney, began a journey with tea. Introduced to tea by Stanley Mason, a man who created craft tea blends after becoming bored with corporate tea of London and New York. Mason warmly welcomed Harney to this delicious world and showed him everything he needed to know about the art and business of this unique craft.
In 1983, in the basement of his home, John Harney started to master the art of tea blending. At first, his audience were the guests at the Inn. The guests embraced his exotic blends and kept coming back for more. His small, basement company quickly grew and is now a global operation and headquartered in Millerton, New York.
“The company, which sources, blends, and packages their product from start to finish, has grown from their original six teas, to more than three hundred. John brought in his two sons: Mike & Paul. Their story truly captures the essence of American Business Ingenuity.” - Harney and Sons
Harney and Sons Tea’s main goal is to provide the finest quality tea and to educate the world of tea history and taste. Now, this is something that we can get behind. At ZINC New Haven, we do our best to use local, quality ingredients and to educate our staff and guests on local companies, new ingredients, and creative dishes.
At ZINC New Haven, we currently carry eight flavors of Harney and Sons Tea*:
Decaffeinated Ceylon: also known as Decaf Orange Pekoe, is a high-quality black tea with the caffeine removed, yet the depth of flavor remains intact. People say the Ceylon is the only Decaf that tastes like "real tea."
Chamomile: Harney & Sons sources the finest Egyptian chamomile flowers, of which only the flower heads are used. The result is a premium herbal tea with a definite body. Chamomile is perfect for winding down after a business lunch and before heading back to the office, or to cap off a relaxing dinner at ZINC.
Japanese Sencha: This tea is called Japanese Sencha because not all Sencha on the market is from Japan. Their Sencha is a very fine one from the central Shizuoka province and can be found in many homes in Tokyo. It is a pleasant and approachable green tea.
English Breakfast: There are many versions of English Breakfast tea. Harney and Son’s has an ancient pedigree. Researchers have traced its heritage back to the black tea the English drank regularly in the 1800's. It is, simply, China Black 100% Keemun. A simple way to start your day.
Earl Grey: This tea is perhaps the most famous tea in the world, originally inspired by the British Prime Minister, Earl Grey. There are as many different versions of Earl Grey as there are tea companies. Harney and Son’s uses teas from India and China, blended with natural oil of bergamot.
Bangkok: The rich flavors of Bangkok, Thailand are the inspiration for this tasty blend that combines green tea, lemongrass, vanilla, coconut, and ginger.
Rooibos Chai: This brings together caffeine-free rooibos, or 'red bush' herbal from South Africa, with sweet Indian spices of clove, cardamom, and cinnamon. Savor Rooibos Chai in soothing soul-satisfying cups. The spices impart an earthy touch that will have you welcoming seconds.
Mint + Lemon Verbena: An invigorating and full-bodied herbal that combines two favorites: caffeine-free mint and lemon verbena. Mint is also known to calm a temperamental stomach.
Ask you server for one of these delicious teas at the beginning, during or end of your meal. It will let you leave a little happier than you arrived.
* tasting notes are sourced from https://www.harney.com