by Emeric Harney January 02, 2020 4 min read 9 Comments
If there’s one thing we love about our Harney customers (and we love a LOT of things about you!), it’s how much you love our teas! We have the most loyal customers who all have their faves. Want to see where your favorite tea ranked in 2019? Read our list of Top 10 Best Sellers in 2019 to see where yours ranks—or which tea you might want to try in 2020, a great year to try a new tea if there ever was one.
There’s a quote by artist John Tullius, “Nine out of ten people like chocolate; the tenth person always lies.” So it’s no surprise that a chocolate tea ended up on this list.
Our chocolate chai is like dessert in a cup, and the more you choose to add to it—like milk or cream or whipped cream—the more decadent and wonderful it gets. Those chai spices plus wait, what was that other ingredient? Oh yeah. Chocolate. Try it, person #10, and then tell us again how you don’t like chocolate.
If you combined the two novels Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Girl with a Pearl Earring, well, you’d have a pretty weird book. But when you combine the jasmine floral essence with dainty little hand-rolled tea pearls of our Dragon Pearl Jasmine tea you get a special, delicate beverage that’s not weird at all.
#8: Japanese Sencha
Coming in at #8 on our most popular teas of 2019 is Japanese Sencha. This lovely green tea comes from the Shizuoka province that has found fans across the globe. Our founder, John Harney, started his day with Japanese Sencha.
We understand that this tea is also popular in many Tokyo homes… and who knows, maybe some of its cat cafés. Yes folks, in Tokyo you can easily find cat cafés to enjoy a cup of tea in while you pet (but don’t pick them up!) the café’s furry inhabitants. It’s one way Tokyo residents, who often live in quite cramped quarters without room for pets, can enjoy their tea and kitteas, too! Purrfect!
#7: Indigo Punch
If blue is your favorite color, and delicious is your favorite flavor, then Indigo Punch is your go-to tea. Packed full of bright fruit flavors and a touch of honey, our customers rave about this tea’s hue and taste. Definitely a tea you’ll want to have more than once in a blue moon.
#6: Irish Breakfast
In honor of one of Ireland’s most famous bands, U2, we’d like to say that we take great Pride (In the Name of Love, of course) in our Irish Breakfast tea. If you Still Haven’t Found What You’re Looking For first thing in the morning, this tea could be it. A wee more sophisticated than other Irish breakfast teas, it will get you started on a Beautiful Day. It’s so popular, your friends will probably enjoy it With or Without You. Whether you already started 2020 having this tea on New Year’s Day or not, we think just one sip and you’ll have a strong Desire for it all year long.
If you like Earl Grey a latté, then our fifth most popular tea, Victorian London Fog, is a winner for you, too. The citrus of bergamot in a traditional Earl Grey has been given a royal boost of lavender and vanilla in this customer-created blend. Serve with steamed milk and imagine watching a fog roll in over the Thames from your apartments in Buckingham Palace.
A traditional English breakfast is not for the faint of heart. Also called a “fry-up,” it typically includes fried eggs, sausages, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, fried bread, white or black pudding (similar to bloodwurst), baked beans and hash browns.
The tea that accompanies this stout breakfast had better be up to the challenge; our English breakfast tea is. With an ancient pedigree, this 100% Keemun tea known for its aroma, mellow flavor and beautiful color is a wonderful China black tea that is the perfect complement to a hearty fry-up... or your more sensible fruit and yogurt.
So, was it or wasn’t it? Stories abound about whether this tea was named after Charles Grey, an Earl who was also Prime Minister of England. Did he or didn’t he save a Chinese man’s son from drowning, and the tea was named in his honor as thanks? Or did the Grey family have the tea blended for them with bergamot to offset the limey water near their home? Or was some black tea shipped from China next to some bergamots and, much like the marriage of chocolate and peanut butter to form a Reese’s Cup, Earl Grey tea was born?
No one really knows how the tea got its name, but what we do know is our customers love our Earl Grey Supreme, which has all the goodness of the original but uses a higher grade of teas. Once you try it, we think you’ll end up drinking it early… and often.
If Paris is called the City of Lights (and it is), then this tea should be called the Tea of Lights, because it will light up your senses! Like the city, this tea has it all: a classic black and oolong tea accompanied by vanilla, caramel, bergamot and black currant. Put it in a designer gown, launch it on the runway and it will steal the show!
And now, drumroll please…
The only thing that was hotter than sales of our Hot Cinnamon Spice tea in 2019 was the episode from “Game of Thrones” final season (SPOILER ALERT) where Daenerys’ dragon set fire to King’s Landing. Really, that was the only thing that was hotter.
To say customers love Harney’s signature Hot Cinnamon Spice tea would be an understatement of epic proportions. There’s just something about this blend of cinnamon and spices that people can’t live without. To throwback to an earlier reference: we’re pretty sure that nine out of ten people would say they love HCS, and that the tenth is probably lying.
You can, of course, find these best-selling teas along with other well-loved favorites at Harney & Sons at your convenience 24/7.
February 10, 2020
You already have a sampler with the best sellers. How about a sample called top sellers including the following: Victorian London Fog, Irish Breakfast, Dragon Pearl Jasmine, and Chocolate Chai Supreme. I would buy it.
January 21, 2020
Your teas are tear"rific
January 21, 2020
I, my guest, my co-workers, and my family absolutely love Hot Cinnamon Sunset tea. What is the difference between Hot Cinnamon Sunset and Hot Cinnamon Spice teas?
January 21, 2020
You got all my faves on here! I would love to be able to buy a sampler that includes a few of each of the top 10 of the year.
January 13, 2020
I am a long-time Harney fan and love primarily the Earl Grey Supreme and the Earl Grey Imperial (in that order). I love loose tea over bags, but I am grateful for the use of bags at work/school. I’ve tried a diff. brand of Earl Grey with just addition of lavender and I love the addition of lavender but not the overall weak tea/brand. I don’t like vanilla or creme flavor in any tea, so I’ll skip the London Fog – even though it has lavender and a great name. And I’m not sure if I’m one of the few or many, butI avoid all Rooibos tea – knocks a lot of “herbal” teas out. Hoping you will make an EG some day soon with lavender only. I haven’t tried your Sally’s Secret yet (w/ addition or rose), but it’s on my list. It’s really wonderful that you have so many EG options!
Lastly, I am really missing Teavana’s Citrus Lavender Sage herbal tea and was directed to Harney, for “similar” options. I didn’t find that your orange or your lavender teas are close to what is in the CLS tea and am hoping you can make something similar in the future – those 3 ingredients are heavenly together and still herbal. Thank you!!
January 13, 2020
I love seeing everyone’s favorites. Two of my favorites are in the Top 10: Irish Breakfast and Earl Grey Supreme. There really is no other Earl Grey quite like it. I really wish I could like the Paris blend, and I have tried my best with samples, but it doesn’t work for me. I’m currently in love with the Hao Ya B, and I have to say it has supplanted the English Breakfast on my palate; it’s worth the extra money.
January 06, 2020
I was happy to see that my favorites, Victorian London Fog, Paris and Dragon Pearl Jasmine are others’ favorites, too. I lead a monthly book club and every month I serve several Harney teas. I order teas to go with the season, holidays and the themes of the books. The members love Harney teas and several have become Harney shoppers. One told me book club is as much about what tea I’ll serve as the book we’re reading. Thank you!
January 06, 2020
My husband has been buying me Harney and Sons teas for Christmas for about 10 years now, and I always order a mixture of favorite old standbys and something new. New to me this year was the Chocolate Chai, and it is excellent, but I always need to keep my supplies of Earl Grey Supreme, Scottish Morning or Afternoon tea, and Paris well stocked because they are my go-to teas in winter and cold, rainy days. Actually, Paris goes with almost any weather. Whenever I have it, I can’t help but think of the famous line from the film “Sabrina”: “Paris is always a good idea.” : )
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Christine M. from Charleston, SC
April 27, 2020
In 2006, a colleague of mine invited me to “get some tea that tasted like cinnamon.” I thought, sure, it would be moreso having girl time away from work. I was mistaken, clearly!
My first sip of the Hot Cinnamon tea awakened my taste buds and then some! THE BEST TEA I’d ever tried, and that is coming from a long line of southern Charleston roots…a very long line indeed!
I saved the label to find where I could purchase it locally or online, I’ve had it in my home ever since, how could I not?
I prefer the sachets, without hesitation.
I would like to take a chance and try other flavors from Harney & Sons, but I guess I’m too afraid not ordering my all time favorite, by what I’ve read, others concur with my thinking.
I’m blessed & my cup runneth over in life, but I never let my cup of tea run over.
May you always enjoy your tea time,