Tea Tasting at Harney’s

Several years ago we were visiting friends in the Hudson Valley and came upon the Harney Tea shop in Millerton NY, which includes a Tasting Room and Restaurant. Harney produces a large selection of quality teas, and they are located in Millerton. The tea tasting room was a first for me, and was similar in some ways to the wine tasting experience, though you don’t need a designated driver. You choose your tea (there seem to be at least a hundred on the shelves) and are provided with a special cup with a heating element, into which the tea is inserted in a clasp container. A timer measures precise steeping time, and then you taste. I defy anyone to sample Harney teas and not buy one. On a recent visit we tried the low-key restaurant and had a charming lunch. If you’re touring the Hudson Valley this summer, you must visit Millerton, which also features Oblong Books, a friendly and very well stocked bookstore.

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