New in the Market: Good Earth Sweet & Spicy Green Tea and Harney & Sons Teas

by Jo-Ann Heslin, MA, RD, CDN on June 13, 2017 · 1 comment

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Good Earth makes interesting and unique tea infusions. They have added an Organic Sweet & Spicy Green Tea to their line. The name describes its taste accurately – a pleasant sweet tea with a slight spicy aftertaste and a mild fragrance. The astringent taste of green tea is masked by the addition of natural flavors and spices. Each teabag tag has a different philosophical saying meant to give you pause or a thought for the day. Organic Sweet & Spicy Green Tea is USDA organic and certified kosher (OU).

Green tea which is minimally processed before it reaches your cup is rich in catechins, powerful antioxidants that help to prevent cell damage. For maximum use of this healthy compound, steep green tea in simmering, not boiling water and add a wedge of lemon to increase the amount of catechins available.

Harney & Sons has been making luxury teas in the US for decades. From a modest start blending teas in his basement, John Harney built his tea business from the original six blends to 300 today. The company is still owned and run by the Harney family. If you like tea, this brand offers you something to enjoy.

Harney & Sons offers both loose and bagged tea, in cloth sachets. We tasted four varieties of their Classic Collection which are their most popular blends

English Breakfast contains China black tea and it has a strong, robust flavor. It is certified kosher (KSA).

Hot Cinnamon Spice is a blend of black teas with three types of cinnamon, orange peel and sweet cloves. We made it on a cold, blustery winter day and it was delicious and sweet without any added sugar. Our tasters voted this their favorite and it is the company’s best-selling flavored tea.

Paris is a blend of black teas with vanilla and fruit flavors that has a fruity taste with a touch of sweetness.

Peppermint Herbal contains just herbal peppermint and it delivered a strong mint flavor. It is certified kosher (KSA).

Our samples of the Classic Collections came in attractive tins which were full of information about the tea variety. You are provided with brewing instructions, an ingredient list, flavor description, caffeine content, and Mike Harney’s tea rating for briskness, body and aroma.

Harney & Sons participate in 1% for the Planet which supports nonprofit groups that work toward a positive environmental impact.


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