Friday, September 28, 2012

Flight of Teas! September 29th & September 30th

As September comes to a close, we feel that the tea drinking palette is adjusting to a colder temperature. To compliment this, we are serving three exquisite black teas this weekend. Come sample and enjoy our Panyang Golden Tips, Panyang Golden Needle, & Chocolate black tea.

With a sweet flavor reminiscent of cooked honey, Panyang Golden Tips is a Chinese black tea (coming from the northern Fujian Province) that has large leaves that are loaded with golden tips. A softer choice for a breakfast brew, this black tea is an excellent choice for the appreciative tea drinker.

Similar to Panyang Golden Tips, our Panyang Golden Needle has a flavor similar to chocolate mousse, with a smoky edge finish. Another great choice for black tea drinkers, it's less intense than a breakfast tea but still carries enough body to awaken the senses.

Sweet lovers, rejoice! We have a dessert tea that will not only calm down your sweet tooth, but can be enjoyed even as an afternoon delight. Our Chocolate tea is black-tea based with the perfect amount of chocolate flavor. 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Flight of Teas! September 22nd & September 23rd

Tea drinkers, it's becoming our favorite time of year! The air is a bit crisper, the winds slightly breezier, and we are excited to get back into the groove of brewed hot teas. This weekend, come by our tasting bar to try a slightly smoky flight: Wuyi Cassia, Lapsang #1, & Earl of Harlem. There's nothing better than welcoming the season of fall with some excellent black teas.

Being a darker oolong, Wuyi Cassia comes from China, specifically the Wuyi Mountain area. Its larger, twisted leaves are finished over a charcoal carrying a medium body of toasty flavors, tied with an aroma of stoned fruit.

Lapsang #1 is an early season black tea, tasting sweeter than our traditional Lapsang Souchang. Being smoked in the same way as Souchang, this black tea carries the aroma of the smoky pine fires in each cup.

The Earl of Harlem is a new take on a classic blend. This black tea holds bergamot notes of a familiar Earl Grey, but also a kiss of floral and undertones of smokiness. Without a doubt, this black tea blend doesn't only taste like home to chef Marcus Samuelsson (whom the Ambessa line was created with,) but will make any classic tea drinker's taste buds awaken.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Flight of Teas! September 15th & September 16th

This weekend, we are taking a moment to appreciate some classic tea & tea blends. Come by our tasting bar to sample Matcha iri Genmaicha, Satishpur Chunky, & Organic Rooibos.

Taking a classic and giving it a kick, Matcha iri Genmaicha is a tea blend of Japanese green tea, toasted rice, and Matcha powder. Providing a heavier body, the roasted flavor compliments the vegetal bite. This tea is an excellent way to get your daily dose of Matcha without the whisk!

In comparison to our other Assams, even the Satishpur Broken, this black tea is considered lighter in brew and body. Satishpur Chunky has a malty aroma and slight astringency, but is the perfect match for the Assam-tea drinker. It takes milk well, but isn't as overwhelming as other Assams can be.

Rooibos, translating into "Red Bush," comes from Africa. Naturally decaffeinated, this red tea can appeal to the tea drinker who prefers less caffeine, whether it is at night or during the afternoon. Rooibos carries health properties, brewing a red color with slightly sweet flavors. It is the base tea for many of our Herbal Blends, including Herbal Hot Cinnamon and African Autumn.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Flight of Teas! September 8th & September 9th

It's the weekend of Fashion Week and here at the shop we are feeling stylish! This last Thursday, September 6th, singer Shontelle debuted her new shoe line with CAT footwear at our store, along with a performance and models showcasing the footwear and the new Harney & Sons t-shirt line, Heritage. This weekend, we are pouring Shontelle's favorite teas: Love Life, SoHo Blend, and Hot Cinnamon Spice!

This Bancha-based tea was inspired by GMHC, (an organization fighting to end the AIDS epidemic) creating a fruity and refreshing blend desirable hot or iced. We took strawberries, coconuts, puffed rice, and vanilla and blended it with green tea, brewing a light but lovely cup of Love Life. 50% percent of sales of this tea will be donated back to GMHC. 

SoHo Blend was created in honor of our shop in Manhattan, blended by Emeric Harney (the general manager.) This flavored black tea has wonderful notes of coconut, chocolate, and vanilla while its decorated with Amaranth flower pedals. A wonderful choice for a dessert tea, SoHo Blend has become a fast favorite.

Our top selling black tea blend, Hot Cinnamon Spice, is a strongly-flavored black tea that will awaken your taste buds! With three types of cinnamon, clove, and orange peel, this sweet brew is convincing to anyone that there is sugar in the tea, but in fact there isn't! Available in any form to purchase, Hot Cinnamon Spice is #1 for a reason; come and see why.