Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Flight of Teas! March 17th & 18th

Hello tea lovers, this weekend is the Irish holiday, St. Patricks Day! This weekend, we are celebrating the luck of the Irish with a themed flight: Sencha Scent of Mountains, Malachi McCormick, and Irish Breakfast.

In Irish traditions, Croagh Patrick is a mountain that has been recognized as a place of Christian Pilgrimage for centuries. According to Christian tradition, St. Patrick went up the sacred mountain at festival time in 441 AD. After fasting at the summit for 40 days, he banished all the snakes and demons from Ireland. We chose Sencha Scent of Mountains not only for its name in parellel with the traditional tale, but also for its holiday green color! This Japanese green comes from one of the highest growing spots in Japan, where the temperature is cooler and foggier. Because of this, the tea grows slower, creating an intensely delicious vegetal brew. Scent of Mountains is a staff favorite Sencha green.

This blend was created in honor of the Irish tea writer, Malachi McCormick. His out-of-print book, "A Decent Cup of Tea" went over the difficulty in finding a good brewed tea at hotels. Malachi McCormick is a blend of Chinese Keemun and Assam, creating a strong medium-bodied brew that is perfect for the black tea lover.

Like most traditional Irish blends, our Irish Breakfast is 100% Assam. This black tea takes milk and sugar well, and is an excellent way to start the morning! What would St. Patrick's Day be without some Irish Breakfast in the morn'?

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