Saturday, April 19, 2008

Promissory Note

Looking at my blog hits from the last day or so, I notice that someone with an IP address from Harney & Sons tea company visited my blog, presumably after Googling "Harney's Irish Breakfast" from two posts ago. I wonder--was that visitor looking for online public opinion about the tea? If so, fair play to you!

If so, and if you, my unnamed Harney's employee, happen to visit again, this post is a promise to try the tea later in the day, when I am awake enough to think about it beyond "I can't taste this!" There are several reasons I prefer Irish tea for breakfast: first, it's more bracing than other blends, and I stew it so that I get that extra hit of tannin to help wake me up (I think this is one reason I often buy Lyons instead of Barry's, because Lyons is a little sharper than Barry's Red Label). Second, I often wake up slightly congested, so that the characteristics of finer teas can be lost on me that time of day. Finally, the volume of tea in a bag of Barry's or Lyons is probably about 2 or 2.5 times that in a Twinings bag or in a Harney's bag, and I think that makes a huge difference. So, for flavor, I intend to try fecking in *two* tea bags of the Harney's for a fair comparison. That's not cost-effective for me in the long run, since I paid about $5 for 20 tea bags at Citarella, and I can get--hmmm, 40 Barry's or Lyons bags for $8 at the bodega.

I appreciate that Harney's is a (fairly) local company (they're in Millerton, NY), and if they could replicate a real Irish teabag, I'd happily switch over. But I suspect that my preferences put me in the minority of American tea-drinkers, so that's not likely to happen.

4 comments:

Justin said...

hello this is JP from H&S. Google alerts is a good way to hear what the people have to say. Sorry our IB teabag doesnt work for you. Taste is a subjective thing. If you ever want to try a loose Assam that will mak your hair stand up, we do sell a CTC that should do the trick. Loose tea is also less expensive. Cheers.

Rob said...

I'm intrigued. What is CTC?

T said...

You know, I vaguely remember understanding what that meant when I first read it, but now I have no idea! I also feel more condescended to now than I did then--perhaps because I've had an appropriate amount of caffeine today....

ACraig said...

this is three years after your question...
CTC = crush, tear, curl
it's a common process for assam teas, especially ones made into masala chai blends.