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As a tea drinker, and I am sure this is true for you, I adore teaware, from the bombilla to the whisk (aka chasen). Everyone has their favorites! This series showcases the favorite teaware of folks in the tea blogging community as well as people who enjoy drinking tea. Today I am excited to share the favorite tea vessels of Lisa Chan of Tiny Pinecone. Although the tea and sweets shop is now closed, you can read about Lisa's adventures on her blog and on Instagram. She's working for Jhen Tea in Taiwan.
My gaiwan and tea tray. It is so simple, but so efficient! The fastest way to get the best out of tea. My best friend found this one on Amazon, and I have others, but since he gave me this one it is my favorite.
My most favorite cups! They were handmade in Taiwan. It fits right in my hand so comfortably, and I love the interior crackle that is revealing itself over time. It is nice to see the coil and how it was made. Especially fun are its three feet. Countless times I have knocked the cup over, but it saved itself by the curve of its belly. So cute and roly poly.
My matcha bowl is not traditional. It is stoneware but looks like a bent and dented bowl you'd find at a campfire. I love it because I keep my matcha in a repurposed soup can, and this bowl fits right in. I found it in NJ at Mitsuwa, and it turned out to be the perfect size for a bowl of matcha.
When I enjoy infusions like barley tea, or corn tea, I love using my chubby glass Kinto pot. The cups and saucers were handmade for Tiny Pinecone by the Brooklyn artist, Beth Bolgla. All the thought Beth put in to the tea ware makes the user smile...from the tactile quality of the dots, to the fun stamps on the bottom that only show when you take your last sips of tea. When I hold these cups, I hold all my memories of serving the lovely customers that came to visit our pop-up shop.
I fondly recall the dotted Tiny Pinecone cups. I now have a simple, white gaiwan, which I haven't yet used but think it will become a favorite. I'd like to thank Lisa again for participating in this series. Your vessels are beautiful. All photos and stories courtesy of Lisa Chan.
One of the joys of the city of Chicago is that there’s always something new to find. I love to take detours on my way to work, late arrivals be darned, and I’ve found some great places. After my souring experience trying some of Dunkin’ Donuts’ tea selections, I was looking for some other places to combine a love of tea and love of sweets during that precious half hour I have between arriving in Chicago on the commuter train and my arrival at the office.
At the behest of a family member, I decided to meander once again outside my normal route to work and check out The Doughnut Vault, one of the many doughnut shops scattered throughout downtown Chicago. I could give you my thoughts about all of the shops I’ve encountered, but that’s for another blog. This particular Doughnut Vault is hidden away inside a building across from one of the major train stations, and I almost missed it the first time I walked past.
My fiance and I went into the Vault for, what else, a doughnut, and I discovered that not only do they sell doughnuts (and very good ones, I might add) and specialty coffee drinks, but also teas curated by Rare Tea Cellars, a tea wholesaler known locally as a place to find some interesting flavors. They are a proud supplier of the teas at suburban favorite Madame Zuzu’s Tea House, as well as many hotels and restaurants in the city. Their specialties are rare and unique teas, so I was surprised to find some of them served alongside gourmet doughnuts.
Maybe I was unimpressed by DD’s tea selections because they didn’t pair well with their namesake pastry, although I’m doubtful. The pistachio doughnut I devoured in the vault was wonderful with the lightly-roasted oolong I had with it. I will agree with many that coffee is the superior doughnut co-star, but this was excellent. A big ol’ bag of oolong in a cup of hot water, and I am a happy man.
I do wish that better methods of making tea in cafes was prevalent, as I received a cup of hot water with a bag of leaves, but that’s just the way it is. I was fortunate enough that I wasn’t in a huge hurry, or I’d resort to my usual option of carrying around a second, empty paper cup to stash the tea bag before the tea got too bitter. But having a higher quality leaf sold in a place I wouldn’t normally expect to see it is a huge step in the right direction. This particular shop also serves their coffee with the grounds in the cup, so maybe it’s just their style.
If you’re looking for a quiet place to have a sweet breakfast and a tall hot cup, I highly recommend the Doughnut Vault. Just remember to get there early. When they run out of doughnuts, they close, and you’re out of luck.
Leaf Type: Black
Where to Buy: Bluebird Tea Co
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Learn more about this tea here.Taster’s Review:
It’s been a long time since I’ve had this tea from Bluebird Tea Co. In fact, I think that this was one of the first teas I tried from this company way back when it was first starting up! I’m not the biggest fan of Earl Grey teas on their own, but when they’re mixed with vanilla or cream, they can really hit the spot.
The scent of this cup is of black tea and bergamot.. I don’t pick up on a ton of creamy vanilla, but if I remember correctly, there is some creaminess in the actual flavor and not so much in the scent. Sipping… I taste, most strongly, the bergamot and the black tea.. a bit of sharp bitterness. Interestingly, it does seem slightly softer than an ordinary Earl Grey. Most of the vanilla comes at the very end of the sip. It isn’t prominent, but is just enough to tone everything down.
I wouldn’t say that this is my favorite Earl Grey Creme as I’d like a bit more of the creme flavor, but it’s sweet, soft and interesting. I would definitely add this one to my cart in a future order. This is a good choice for those who enjoy Earl Grey, but don’t want to completely lose the bergamot flavor with the addition of vanilla.
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Whew! I don’t know about you, but I love hot tea. I mean, duh, but wait for it. For me, tea is the ultimate comfort drink. There’s nothing I love more than curling up with a blanket, a book and a hot cuppa. Finally, FINALLY, it’s cool enough to do that (in Seattle – Naomi, you’re on your own in Vegas).
In Seattle, we’ve had a scorcher of a summer and while it’s been wonderful, it’s pretty uncomfortable curling up on a leather sofa in your short shorts and sipping hot tea when it’s 90 and humid. I’m just going to let you sit for a moment with that picture in your mind.
But there’s always iced tea, you say? Well sure. And I drank a considerable amount of iced tea this summer. It’s wonderful and refreshing. There are so many options for turning tea into summer treats.
However, nothing beats a lazy morning, sipping on a piping hot Earl Grey while reading about ghost stories or endless love. There is nothing cozier than curling up in blanket, staring into the fire and breathing in the smell of a jasmine green.
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AND. IT’S. FINALLY. TIME. TEA TIME! The best kind of tea time. The fall leaves, morning fog, crisp air, boots and scarves kind of tea time. The time where your cup warms your cold fingers and the steam warms your cool nose.
The best part of it all is that now, it’s going to be the perfect tea time (in Seattle at least) for the next few months. And I’ve already started gearing up the office to be prepared. A co-worker and I built our own little tea cozy corner.
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That entire cabinet the basket is sitting on is filled with tea, so you can be sure we’re prepared for the teapocalypse here. So bust out your mugs, scarves, boots and hipster hats because it’s finally time to enjoy a proper cup of tea (without sweating and sticking to your leather seat).
It was a fall evening in 2008 that I decided to start a tea blog. In retrospect I knew very little (still do in fact.) However I did have one thing, passion, passion to learn, passion to know, and passion to try. Honestly I had no clue then what the next 7 years would entail, and what I would learn, but knowledge about tea aside, the thing I have learned is what passion can do for life, and
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Hostmaster Pattern / teacup by New Martinsville Glass Company
Vintage Youngsware China Fantasy Pattern
Noritake China April Cook N Serve Teacup ¿dónde consigo la taza? My Eclectic Heart
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When you consider the perfect balance of taste, tea liquid color, and processing it’s undeniable: White Peony is one of the simplest, most elegant teas around. White Peony comes from the “Large White” varietal from Fujian.
This tea is picked with the downy bud and first leaf attached. Occasionally, you’ll see the bud with two leaves.
This tea is very delicate and is handled very gently during all stages of processing to preserve bud and leaf shape, and to avoid the bruising that would create undesired changes in taste.
White Peony has a high fragrance and top dry notes of muscat. This tea is sublime in the morning to wake up to, refreshing in the afternoon, or after any meal.
With sweet middle notes of tangerine and base notes of fresh hay, this tea has a clean taste and soothing qualities. White teas have the least oxidized leaves and buds and therefore offer the most anti-oxidants of all teas. This tea is from an unusually early picking and was picked before the Qing Ming festival. This is the first time I’ve seen Pre-Qing Ming White Peony on the US market. Because of this, it’s on the rare tea page, and is extremely reasonably priced. Check it out, along with Red Circle’s other rare teas here: http://redcircletea.com/redcircleteas/black_rare/redcircleteas_black_rare.html
Purple Orchid is one of the most famous of Dan Chong teas. To me it stood out this year as heads and shoulders above the dozens of Dan Chong Teas I tried, and that has a lot to do with its provinance and when it was picked. This Purple Orchid DC was picked before April 4th, before the Qing Ming festival honoring ancestors who have passed. The date is marked on every farmer’s almanac as the beginning of the picking season. But, in rare years, under special circumstances tea buds earlier, and if the weather is just right, and the picking and processing are just right, you wind up with an exceptional tea. This is such a tea. The dry leaves have notes of lichee and purple grapes. But this tea has great character.
Wet and warm the leaves, and a surprise is waiting. Notes of dry sweet almond are evoked, nutty and slightly spicy.
The aroma of the steeping tea fills the room.
The resulting cup is creamy, caramely and nutty, and reminds me of sitting in a restaurant and a waiter passes by with another guests desert of freshly caramelized flan.
This is a sumptuous tea, indulgent and relaxing. Check out all the Dan Chong Oolongs here: http://redcircletea.com/redcircleteas/oolong/redcircleteas_oolong.html