I love tea…. many who have spent any time with me can attest to this fact. I prefer loose tea’s. Once you have tried loose tea you will be loathe to ever go back to the traditional tea bag. There are a few tea bags that I will use though. I can’t resist the taste. The most popular tea that people drink is actually made up from the dregs of the tea barrel. It is not the good stuff!!
The teas I currently drink are a mix. If you do drink tea from a tea bag it should be big enough for the leaves to unfurl in order to release the flavor.
Zhena’s Gypsy Tea has a wonderfully flavored Raspberry Earl Grey. As soon as the hot water hits the tea it releases an aroma that is so pleasing to the senses, one must pick up the tea and inhale deeply. If I could get a candle that had the same aroma….It would be burning constantly. The blends of the raspberry and bergamot, which is the signature flavor of Earl Grey, is very pleasing and smooth to the palette. It can actually be found at most grocery stores. I can purchase this at Safeway, Giant, Bloom (old Foodlion) and Shopper’s Food Warehouse. You can check the website to see if any stores in your area carry this tea. It comes in a very nice decorative tin. If you happen to like nice decorative tins. It also comes in Black, Green, Herbal and White teas with other flavors in each group.
Adagio Tea is another favorite of mine. I have tried several but the one I lean toward the most is the Golden Yunnan black tea from China. It has a unique flavor….somewhat peppery and earthy. The Adagio teas are a wonderful tea. I have recently discovered a new Adagio that needs to be observed. It is a beautiful tea. The Red Bloom tea is one in a line of blossoming teas that are becoming quite popular. You should really have a glass teapot or clear glass cup if you are drinking a blooming tea. Of course…..I have both. I am spoiled and not ashamed to say it. My husband spoils me with tea.
The Tao of Tea is probably the first of the loose teas I tried. My husband was kind enough to bring home The Dragonwell Green Tea and Black Peony Hand Tied Black Tea. These are wonderful teas. I will drink the green plain or with a tiny bit of organic Demerara Cane Sugar. It is a very nice tea and I have found it quite soothing. It has been my tea of choice prior to bedtime. The Black Peony is a beautiful tea to watch steep. Its leaves are hand tied. When the tea is steeping, the leaves will unfurl into the shape of a peony. I can usually make one small pot or several cups out of one peony.
Paromi Tea is a new tea that I have aquired. I tried the Earl Grey Dolce. It’s a very nice tea with bergamot oil with a touch of orange. The orange is very suttle. I almost have to be looking for the taste to pick it up. It is not overpowering. It comes in an amber colored jar. This is supposed to protect the tea.
Teaism is actually a tea shop/restaurant located in Washington D.C. My husband works down by Dupont Circle. He is able to bring home a small selection of teas for me to try. Teaism boasts 52 flavors of tea from blacks,greens, whites, herbals and tisanes. All the teas are 100% organic. I have tried the Oolong, Guranse, Kenyan, Ceylon and the Earl Grey. I think I will work my way thru the entire compliment of teas.
I am posting pictures of the Adagio Red Blossom tea to show how beautiful the tea is as it opens……
The tea looks like a dried up hard ball when you open the package.
Top view looking down into the pot…. Normally I do not leave the lid off…..The picture to the left shows the leaves starting to unfurl. The picture on the right shows the leaves fully open.
A side view, looking thru the pot as the leaves unfurl…….
One ball makes a weaker tea done in the pot. It has a nice amber color and mild taste. If you want a stronger cup, which I usually do, you can make this in your mug or just add less water to your pot.
If you look closely on the left, you can see where the tea leaves were tied. It makes a beautiful presentation….of course when you have kids they may prompt you to, “Oh cool Mom….Do it again!!!”
Here are links to preparing the proper cup of tea….
Other Tea resources…..
I am only lacking in the proper tea cozy. I am on a search for one. I found a pattern for a cozy that I fell in love with…but I can’t figure the pattern out…..I will have to visit a crocheting friend and have them show me how to make this tea cozy. You might have to sign into Lion Brand Yarn’s free patterns to view….but it’s worth it. Tea Cozy
Enjoy a cuppa tea…..especially with a friend.
**more photo’s have been uploaded into the photo blog**