tdell001 wrote:This morning I was dinking Harney and Sons Organic Sencha. It came out just OK, because I was using my little tetsubin to brew and I am working at college. I have noticed some individuals posting seem not to like Harney tea. I think it is great from what I have had, especially the higher class senchas like Matsuda's sencha. Do you feel Harney and Sons is inferior to other tea companies?
Inferiority ... superiority ... these become relative terms when discussing tea. Are they high quality (this can be very different from good tasting) ... are they very fresh ... do they test better than the competition? These are some more questions that are easier to discuss.
Harney is a US vendor. They import their tea and last time I checked, they package at least most of them at their facilities. This is quite different from end consumer purchasing sencha direct from Japan in packaging designed specifically for Japanese greens ... heat sealed and often nitrogen flushed. Often buying direct from Japan has a different cost structure, the tea may be cheaper, the shipping may (or may not) be more expensive.
Thus is becomes difficult to compare.
But in comparing to other domestic US vendors, I have found theirs to be superior than most ... and you pay for this. Some domestic US vendors are selling really crappy Japanese greens. I sense that Harney is endeavoring to supply customers with a superior product.
TBH, it has been quite a few years since I ordered from Harney, but I used to be a regular customer. I have had a several of their sencha that were pretty good. Some seemed to lack freshness which IMHO was likely due to improper packaging/storage of Japanese greens. Maybe they have corrected this.