Olympia – Jan/Feb 2018

Harney & Sons Iced Tea: Convenient, Pure Flavors

Harney & Sons Iced TeaAnyone who reads reviews, knows that we’re fans of Harney & Sons teas (read our review “Harney & Sons: Fine Teas – in the U.S.”). We’re amazed and delighted that you can buy great tea from a company that’s based in the U.S.

We’ve never been big fans of companies that sell so-called “iced teas.” Too often, they’re gimmicky—products made for convenience, but with little really great tea flavor. That’s just what you’ll get with Harney & Sons Iced Teas.

Harney & Sons tea

Raspberry Herbal Iced Tea was bursting with fresh berry flavors.

RFT Editors received four Harney & Sons Iced Teas to review and we loved them all. Each tea came in a tin that keeps the tea fresh. The tins were packed with six, two-quart tea pouches. That means each tin will make 3 gallons of ice tea. Not bad since a tea retails online for $7.99-9.00.

The iced tea is easy to make and each tin came with the same instructions: heat two cups of water and add one pouch for 15 minutes. Then add six cups of cold water and chill.

We made up some simple syrup (equal amounts of sugar and water, boil until sugar melts; chill) to sweeten each tea. All the flavors, while distinctly different, had clear flavor notes; no “muddled” flavors.

Raspberry Herbal Iced Tea. This tea lend contains hibiscus, rose hips berries, raspberry leaves, orange and lemon peel, red poppy flowers, spearmint and peppermint leaves and natural and artificial raspberry flavor. While I’m not a big fan of raspberry tea, Editor Anne Weaver loved this tea. “This had a fresh berry flavor that was deep and complex,” she told us.

Organic Green Citrus Ginko Iced Tea. This pale green tea was surprisingly refreshing and I loved it. It contains organic green tea, ginko biloba leaves, organic lemon grass and natural and organic flavors. With a bit of sweetener, this ice tea was light, citrusy, and thirst-quenching.

Harney & Sons black tea

Organic Chinese black iced tea has a classic iced tea flavor.

Black Currant Iced Tea. Who’d think black current would make a great iced tea? It does. Harney & Sons blend natural black currant flavors with Chinese black tea. The result is a fruity, berry-forward tea that’s complex and delicious.

Organic Plain Black Iced Tea. Full leaf Chinese black tea is the only ingredient in this iced tea. It has a classic iced tea flavor with clear, bright notes.

Real bottom line: If you want ice tea that offers delightfully fresh, true flavors, Harney & Sons is right for you. Their big tea pouches that make a half gallon of tea at a time, take the guess work out of making iced tea. We think you’ll love Harney & Sons Iced Tea. We certainly do. – Bobbie Hasselbring, Editor

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Bobbie Hasselbring

RFT founder and the website’s former editor-in-chief, Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. She’s been an award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook.