The very first what I call “real” (not grocery store tea bags) teas that I fell passionately in love with were Mandala teas. Garret was my first tea-pusher. I realize “tea-pusher” sounds a bit questionable and unromantic for the ever so charming and graceful Garret. But I mean it in the most affectionate way possible. Good tea is like the very best kind of addictive drug and dealing with Garret is an addicting experience: beautiful tea made possible by a soulful, ethical company. I will be a lifelong Mandala customer. Read More
Somewhere out in the Wild Piney Woods dwells a Tea Hobbit, Brendenol PinePeaker. He spends his days in his wild piney woods collecting pine needles to roast, picking mushrooms and dreaming up dreamy teas.
One recent morning, he chortled to himself as he mixed:
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Read More
I put 7 grams in my awesome red gaiwan, 212 water, rinse followed by two infusions of 30 seconds, then five 1 minute infusions. Read More
This afternoon on my way home from work, I stopped at The Herb Bar for some additional dried elderberries because of Northern Sweet Tea (Whispering Pines Golden Orchid, dried elderberries, maple syrup). The Herb Bar is a magical little place. In addition to herbs, they have tea and teaware. I got my elderberries and a darling little tea mug with infuser in a delicious green.
Just as I walked out of the shop it began to rain slowly at first but with great fat drops that increased in speed and decreased in size. I stood on the sidewalk and let the rain pour down on me for about 10 minutes. I’ve missed it so much. Read More
It is no secret that I’m an enthusiastic fangirl for Whispering Pines teas. I was very gratified (and in excellent company with the lovely TheTeaFairy) to be one of the first tasters of the new WPTC blend Elderwood. When Brenden sent a list of the ingredients along with the sample, I was salivating before I even tasted it. A blend of Imperial Grade Dian Hong, Ailaoshan Black and hand-cut Tahaitian Vanilla Beans sounded to me like my very much beloved Golden Orchid turned up to 11. Read More
John Harney, the founder of Harney & Sons Fine Teas passed away this week. Mr. Harney had a great deal to do with the vibrant tea culture we enjoy today. My visit to Harney & Sons on a recent trip to NYC was a highlight (went back twice!). Others will detail the history of Mr. Harney’s contributions much better than I, but I would just like to say:
Dear Mr. Harney,
Thank you so very much for helping to make my world a little bit better. May you fly with the angels.
This is double posted from my Steepster tasting note. So. I am in a hotel, traveling for business. I had a really nice tea set up all packed in a zippered bag that has: a wee little stainless electric kettle, a tea stick (http://www.crateandbarrel.com/gamila-tea-infuser-stick/s132094?a=1552&device=c&network=g&matchtype=&gclid=CLGWqtfchb8CFSJo7AodYxEAlA ), and sevral kinds of awesome tea. I was willing to live with the little glasses they have in the room to brew in. I’m guessing the little tea things bag looks really cute sitting on my kitchen table where I left it. Read More
Weekday mornings around my house are fairly frantic. Even though I wake up really early (translation: I don’t sleep much), I wait until pretty much the last possible second to get dressed, feed critters, etc. I also need a low-stress, low-key way to start my day. I have lots and lots (and lots) of teaware. I’ve been trying figure out the easiest weekday morning tea system. Pretty sure I’ve found it. Read More
MMM…slurp…purrr…. Leave me alone, I’m busy wallowing in this tea. This has a few things I love a lot: Laoshan Black, CHOCOLATE (cacao nibs), some Wuyi oolong and roasty-toasty brown rice. I have been wanting to try this for a while now and acquired it in a recent swap with TeaTiff from Steepster. I am both happy and sad about that… Read More