Friday, April 29, 2011

Flight of Teas! April 30th and May 1st!

This week we will be offering a selection of our Tea consultant Annie's favorites for you!

Dragon Pearl Jasmine is a masterpiece from Fuan, China. Beautiful little hand rolled pearls are gently infused with the floral essences from Jasmine flowers. The tea is a delight to look at and its brew also delivers a light liquor that is full of floral and sweet aromas. Always a delight, this blend of white and green teas is harvested in early May. The jasmine blossoms are harvested in June and are laid on the tea for seven weeks in order for the tea to naturally acquire such a delicious jasmine taste! Dragon Pearl Jasmine are beautiful hand rolled pearls that unfurl once steeped and will yield multiple-infusions. This may be our most elegant Jasmine!

Sencha Scent of Mountains is grown in the village of Kawane in the South of Japan. It is one of the highest tea growing gardens in Japan. The cold and foggy climate dictates that the tea grows slowly, giving it a lovely vegetable aroma. One of our staff favorites, the leaves can be brewed multiple times. We the love the leafy vegetable flavors like spinach, and broccoli, and the aroma is reminiscent of more floral notes, simmilar vegetal flavors, though sweeter and with a lovely finish.

Queen Catherine is a blend of three Chinese black teas in honor of Queen Catherine, who introduced her love of tea to the British. Queen Catherine is a blend of  Keemun, Yunnan, and Panyang Congou black teas. Notes of chocolate, coffee and sugar aromas, a bit of smoke are most present and steeps a deep dark reddish liquor. The many fragrances smooth out into a malty, wonderful aroma. There’s a little bit of smoke but it’s not super smoky. A great afternoon and morning blend!  We are privileged to have this tea featured in the Museum of Tea in Hangzhou, China. Harney & Sons is the only Western tea company to receive this honor.  As lovers of good tea, we have many reasons to be thankful for Queen Catherine of Braganza of Portugal. By marrying King Charles of England, she brought tea drinking to the British and thus on to the Colonies.

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