It is only fitting that I write about Paris Tea produced by Harney & Sons as my first tea post. It is one of my favorite teas, my absolute go-to tea when I’m down and need a quick pick-me-up.
Harney & Sons was found in 1983 in Salisbury, Connecticut by John Harney. It is now based on Millerton, New York, where the factory is located along with a tasting room in downtown Millerton. In November 2010, Harney & Sons opened a retail store and tea bar in Soho – New York City.
Paris Tea was created by Mike Harney (Son of founder, John Harney) as an homage to Paris. According Harney & Sons website – “It is a fruity black tea with vanilla and caramel flavors, and a hint of lemony Bergamot.”
When you first open a container of Paris Tea, the scent hits you – it is unbelievably delicious smelling. There are scents of toasty vanilla, black currants, cream and a faint citrus note. It brews to a dark amber color, you might think that it will be too bitter but it is just right. The taste? There is no mistaking that this is black tea, a berry taste also comes through. I would say, almost like strawberries and cream. The mouthfeel is fruity and soft . As the tea sits longer, the citrus shows, it is almost like a very faint earl grey. Overall, I would say that this is dessert in a cup – no sugar needed. Speaking of dessert – please stay tuned for my next post, a very good friend of mine, who happens to be a trained pastry chef, is willing to share her recipe for cake inspired by this tea!
Available in loose leaf and tea sachets at Harney & Sons.