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A Moment for Tea - Barry's Gold Blend

Tea Time With A.C. Cargill - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 15:58
No matter what life throws your way, everything is a bit better when you take a moment out for tea. I'll be presenting various teas here as I am enjoying them and encourage you to join me, setting aside cares of the day for at least a short time.

This is Barry's Gold Blend that we used to be able to buy from World Market but now have to find elsewhere since we moved and they don't have a store near our new location. (I think the nearest is in Wichita, Kansas - quite a drive away, but I guess we could always take the risk of shopping online.) And of course, I always cut open the bags and dump the loose tea in the pot for steeping. Tastes better that way.

2014 Northwest Tea Festival @ Seattle (10/4-5/2014)

Pon Fon Cha - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 19:20

Cheers!  Cheers to all of our tea friends in Northwest !
This one indeed has been delayed for 7 years.

Back in 2008 at the World Tea Expo, Julee and Doug had invited us to be part of Northwest Tea Festival at Seattle, our answer was 'maybe... next year'.  It ends up, year after year, and we have missed them all till this one.  Due to our TOST program happens to have conflict on the schedule. Both events are taken place in October, and it is extremely difficult for us to loose focus.
Here we are, finally, attending 2014 Northwest Tea Festival at the famous Seattle Center.


I am shocked to see how busy the festival is... we need to squeeze and get by...while each exhibitor is happily serving customers.  The official tea cups are totally gone almost right after the door open on Sunday, and it shows how tea lovers in the Northwest are really thirsty for fine tea.  We have two sessions here, one is on main stage, Saturday 2pm, which Josephine and I share with our open audience - 'Spectrum of Taiwan Oolongs'., another one is Advanced Cupping on Taiwan Oolongs with signed up attendees.










Our 8 Favorite Fall Flavors

Joy's Teaspoon - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 04:16

Spicy Apple

by Naomi Rosen

Fall is in the air, even here in Vegas. When we dropped into the mid-60′s a few mornings ago, my boys asked me if it was going to be a snow day. Then there’s Trader Joe’s and their pumpkin butter! Since it is the season for some of my favorite flavors and aromas, I figured now was a great time to share 8 of my favorite Autumn teas and some suggested recipes to go with them!

Spicy Apple and Spicy Pear - These two have a lot in common. Both have black tea bases and that spicy cinnamon zing. And both are subtly sweet due to their fruity additions. I’m a fan of pairing these teas with sweets, namely Banana Bread. Mostly because it’s freaking banana bread!

American Chai - This chai is heavy on the cinnamon and to compliment that flavor, it pairs really well with this Beef Chili with Cinnamon and Chocolate. It will help bring out the subtle chili and chocolate additions and, let’s face it, it’s the ultimate fall meal!

Tie Guan Yin - This oolong tea is unique because the leaves have been roasted to add a natural nutty flavor to the cup. Now, I know Thai noodles don’t seem very “Fall-ish”, but in my house, we eat them all year round. One of my favorite recipes is this Chicken Thai Noodle with Peanut Sauce recipe. If you are looking for a meat free option, this recipe is great with tofu as well.

Lapsang Souchong - If you’ve never tried lapsang souchong before, you are in for quite a treat. It’s a black tea that has been smoked over pine and because of that smokiness, it’s one of my favorite things to pair with salmon! In particular, this super simple Almond Salmon. You can even use some of the dried tea in the pesto to give the fish a subtle smoky flavor. Bonus Suggestion: Lapsang souchong paired with an aged cheddar cheese is quite possibly the tastiest thing you will ever put in your mouth.

Apple Cider - The only green tea to make this list, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that this green tea will be mild in flavor. Normally I would pair green teas with chicken and fish, but this flavor is strong enough to hold its own against just about any dish. I’m pairing it with an Apple and Onion Pork Chop recipe that is simple and one of my families hands down favorites!

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland - Let’s go with the idea, for just a moment, that the perfect accoutrement (said in a my horrid French accent) to a delicious cup of tea is a scone. These Orange and Cranberry Scones are just the ticket! Winter Wonderland has star anise, oranges and cinnamon doing most of the talking and the sweet jab of orange and cranberry in the scone is refreshing without duking it out with those strong flavors.

Masala Chai - Traditionally, masala chai’s are made by steeping the leaves and spices in milk (vs. steeping in water and adding milk). Because of this, chai’s always make me think of sitting in a bakery. They’re rich and creamy and heavenly…and then you add something sugary and floury! Some of my favorite recipes to go with this fall staple include: Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes, Caramel Apple Cheesecakes, and Krispy Kreme’s Original Glaze doughnuts. Stop judging me! I’m sure I could make doughnuts to pair with it, but they would never beat KK!

Now I want to hear from you! What are some of your favorite fall teas and their BFF recipes? Have a better recipe idea to pair with on these teas? Let’s hear it!

 

 

 

Tea Certifications Demystified

Joy's Teaspoon - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 23:53

Our friends over at Teaity have written a really handy guide to help you sort through most of the certifications and logos that you might find on tea packaging. As mentioned in previous write-ups, Joy’s Teaspoon chooses to support tea growers that are supporting their employees via social  services and that take into account the impact of their growing on the planet. Many of our growers are not able to afford the certifications mentioned in this article and I’m not 100% sold that the programs are as effective as we might think. I also strongly believe that a better educated tea drinker is invaluable and it’s important to understand what all of the certifications mean!

Happy reading and thanks Teaity!

October’s #TeaityChat

Joy's Teaspoon - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 05:45

Join us (we’re sponsoring!) for #TEAityChat on October 29, 2014! This month, we’re talking Tea Blends – A Burst of Flavor!

While Fanciest Formosa Oolong or a sweet Japanese Green like Sencha may be your “go-to” on a chilly day, there’s nothing like a flavorful tea blend! Whether blended with aromatic flowers or tasty fruits, our senses go berserk imagining a cuppa!  From Japanese Rose Garden to Genmaicha to Sakura Allure the options are limitless!

Join us for the chance to win great prizes from our sponsor The Devotea! Plus follow the hashtag #TEAityChat and our special co-host(s) @joysteaspoon and @amazonv, while we “steep” about:

  1. The different types of tea blends;
  2. Differences between scented teas, tea blends and flavored teas;
  3. Tips to blend your own teas; and
  4. Blends we love the most.

Mark your calendars for the next #TEAityChat on October 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM EST!  Be sure to follow co-hosts @Teaity, @joysteaspoon and @amazonv, plus our prize sponsor @The_Devotea_USA on Twitter!

And, don’t forget to RSVP for a chance to be entered to win one of our great prize packs from The Devotea and Teaity!

What blend will be in your cup during the October 29th #TEAityChat?

 

Fusion

The Devotea - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 20:31
Our personal circumstances changed rapidly over the last few months. We didn’t like what we were doing in the UK for all sorts of reasons, and we wrestled with whether to stay on in the UK and do something else, or leave and come back to Australia. The decision was made in the middle of […]

Tea Drinker: Souheki Mori

Walker Tea Review - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 13:30
 I was sorely tempted to prod Souheki for longer, fuller answers to my questions about the value of the Japanese tea ceremony. Upon reflection, however, I thought it better to leave her responses as they were – simple, straightforward, but full of meaning. There was something about the brevity of the answers that reflected the […]

Tea Review 540: Happy Earth’s Singbulli 1F

Walker Tea Review - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 12:27
  Origin: Singbulli Estate Harvest: 1st Flush, 2014 Score: 92 Price (as of post): 2.6 oz = $19.70  to Walker Tea Review. Get complete access to Member Content.   Sign Up For The Newsletter. Sample provided by Happy Earth Tea. Walker Tea Review- a tea blog with tea reviews and tea tastings. Want to see a […]

5′ con Debbie Han

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01
by tea alberti 1. How did you start your story with tea? - I’m not quite sure if I understand your question properly. Do you mean how I first started drinking tea? I actually talked about it in the Wall … Continue reading →

El placer del té, renovado

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01
Placeres una nueva propuesta de TARAGÜI para disfrutar del momento del té sabores más acentuados aromas delicados + nuevo diseño. Se incorporan a la renovada línea de té combinaciones innovadoras de aromas y sabores deliciosos Para disfrutar del té en … Continue reading →

¡Mozo, un mate!

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01
Zona Taragüi Y el mate llegó a los bares La nueva propuesta de Establecimiento Las Marías para disfrutar del mate en más de 100 bares. Llegás al bar y además de un café o un té podés disfrutar de otra … Continue reading →

taza #1158

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01
Hostmaster Pattern / teacup by New Martinsville Glass Company

taza #1157

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01

taza #1156

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01

taza #1155

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01
Vintage Youngsware China Fantasy Pattern  

taza #1154

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01
Noritake China April Cook N Serve Teacup ¿dónde consigo la taza? My Eclectic Heart  

teapot #149

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01
Details from Willow / colección Teapot diseño by Richard Brendon

taza #1153

Tea & Co. - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 16:01
Details from Willow / colección Teacup diseño by Richard Brendon

Pre-Qing Ming White Peony, a rare treat

Red Circle Tea - Sun, 06/10/2012 - 02:01

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

Tze Lan Heung, the Purple Orchid

Red Circle Tea - Sat, 06/02/2012 - 21:03

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

 

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