Before learning from Stanley Mason, tea was just a nice drink. He showed me how to make great teas and also taught me the traditions of tea. What he gave to me, I passed on down to my sons. Please enjoy this simple blend of Assam and Darjeeling." - John Harney
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Stanley Mason's family had worked with tea for three generations in England. In 1933, he came to New York to help Americans learn to love tea. In 1960, he retired to Salisbury, Connecticut and started Sarum Teas. It was then that he met John Harney. In 1970 he sold Sarum to John and another man. John agreed to get into the tea industry under the condition that "Stanley would teach him everything." And Stanley did pass on the experience of three generations of teamen on to John. This tea was done to honor Stanley. Stanley would be so pround of John and his three generations of teamen!
The lighter leaves of the Darjeeling contrast the dark Assam.
A medium brown tea, lightened slightly by the Darjeeling.
The aromas are subduded. Those that are apparent are dark malt and citrus aromas.
This is a nice medium bodied tea, just that way Stanley liked it.
Stanley did like his milk and sugar in his tea and this blend is a good canvas of mild dark honey and citrus.