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Elaine's Blend

Elaine's Blend is a uniquely refreshing combination of fine Darjeeling, Keemun, Ceylon and Assam teas. It was created by Elaine Cogan, a colleague of John Harney for many years. Little did Elaine realize she was launching the tea revolution when her complaints about the poor quality of restaurant tea were printed in the New York Times back in 1983. In response, the Times printed an editorial entitled "Tea Snobs and Coffee Bigots." John Harney and Elaine soon became friends and spread the word about tea. They were pleasantly surprised and gratified to witness tea's newfound popularity, and the American public's ensuing demand for fine tea.

After reading all the positive reviews, Elaine wanted us to share this with you:

Dear Tea Lovers:

It is with delight that I read you are enjoying my Special Blend.  I brewed and tasted many different combinations of fine black teas before I chose the right mix of Keemun, Darjeeling, Ceylon, and Assam.  It is with great pleasure that the very fine tea purveyors, Harney & Sons, make it available to discerning tea drinkers.  I lift my cup to all of you.  Enjoy!


Mike's Tea Ratings

Briskness: 1
Body: 4
Aroma: 2
Details: Our Founder, John Harney, thought very fondly of Elaine Cogan of Portland, Oregon. They were both tea enthusiasts in the early 1980s, throwing bombs against the established order of boring tea served poorly. Decades later, he asked her to do a tea. This is the refreshing result.
Dry Leaves: The Ceylon and Darjeeling provide some hints of green and gold in this blend of black teas.
Liquor: A medium brown liquor.
Aroma: The muted notes of cocoa, honey, citrus and malt combine for a mellow tea.
Caffeine Level: Caffeinated
Body: A smooth bodied tea.
Flavors: The fours teas: Darjeeling, Assam, Keemun and Ceylon, combine to a smooth tea that is refreshing at any time. Try it with a splash of milk.
Brewing Time: 4 to 5 minutes
Brewing Temp: 212° Fº