Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Flight of Iced Teas! June 30th & July 1st

As we say goodbye to the first month of summer, we welcome July with a flight of iced teas that are unique and refreshing. Come try iced Genmaicha, Livingstonia, & Bamboo!

Genmaicha is a green tea based blend created with the two main crops of Japanese culture: tea and rice. When the green leaves are being dried, the kernels of rice are added to the mix, sometimes popping open, adding that puffed rice look to the leaves. With the lemony note of the Bancha leaves, the rice adds a nutty, roasted flavor that calms down the vegetal kick of the green tea.

As Africa start to produce better teas, we start buying more! Livingstonia is a full leaf tea that can be reminiscent of a traditional Ceylon with its light and enjoyable brew. This tea reigns from Tanzania and was named after David Livingstone, a famous explorer who journeyed through the area between 1851 and 1873. Garnish this black tea when brewed ice with lemon or oranges to serve a fast new favorite.

Although this is not really a "tea," Bamboo is a delight to drink. Venturing through China, it is common to indulge in fresh bamboo meals. Taking the leaves that grow near the tea plantations and creating a brewed beverage is an interesting way to consume an herbal, with its crisp notes of sweet vegetables.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Flight of Iced Teas! June 23rd & June 24th

Hey tea fans! This weekend, we are icing up some favorites at our tasting bar. Come by the shop and try our Love Life, Paris, and Orange Passion Fruit iced!

This Bancha based tea was inspired by GMHC, creating a fruity and refreshing blend, desirable hot or iced. We took strawberries, coconuts, puffed rice, and vanilla and blended it with green tea, brewing a light but lovely cup of Love Life.

Paris, a black tea base with vanilla, caramel, black currant and a touch of lemony Bergamot, is one of our top selling teas. Reminiscent of one of the most popular blends in Paris, Mike created this tea in homage to the many shops he enjoyed a pot of tea at throughout the beautiful city.  Tres delicieux!

Dried fruit pieces are artfully blended with orange and tropical passion fruit flavors, creating Orange-Passion Fruit Tea, a ruby red brew. This caffeine free "tea" is perfect over ice or brewed hot, sending the palette on a escape to fruity paradise! We also blend hibiscus and rosehips into this blend, leaving a tart aroma and flavor. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Flight of Iced Teas! June 16th & June 17th

This weekend, we are taking some of our best hot blends and cooling them down! We will be serving Iced Tropical Green, Fruits d'Alsace, and African Autumn.

This is a refreshing twist on traditional green tea, with fragrant aroma and flavor of pineapple. Tropical Green sends any palette on a vacation with its strong but non-overwhelming fruity essence. This green tea blend is a great way to begin trying green teas, for those who aren't in love with the vegetal essence they naturally provide.

Fruits d'Alsace is a blend that was inspired by the flavorful Alsatian cuisine of Chef Jean Joho. A black tea base, this blend combines the tree fruits of that region of France: Cherries, plums, and apricots. The perfect dessert tea, this blend iced will compliment any sweet treat served this summer.


African Autumn is a beautiful herbal blend of our Rooibos, cranberries, and oranges. For the fruit lovers, this is a perfect nighttime brew hot or iced. The tartness of cranberry compliments the citrus notes of oranges, while the natural sweetness Rooibos provides creates an overall perfect blend. It doesn't matter if its summer or fall, African Autumn can be indulged in and enjoyed at any time of day, or year!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Flight of Teas! June 9th & June 10th

With all of the rain we have seen lately, the trees around us have been greener than ever! This weekend our flight of teas is just as green, featuring Huang Shan Mao Feng, Bi Lo Chun, and Risheehat 1st Flush.

Huang Shan Mao Feng is a Chinese green that's name defines itself; Huang Shan, meaning Yellow Mountains (of the Anhui Province,) and Mao Feng meaning Spring tea, though it is from a little later in the season! This green produces a slightly sweet brew with vegetal notes, tied with a toasty aroma.

With frizzy, curly white and green leaves that are created by hand on the Dongting Island in Jiansu Province, Bi Lo Chun provides a light brew. There are subtle but refreshing floral notes to this Chinese green, possibly due to its surrounding environment of orange trees.

This excellent first flush has the similar body of our other first flushes, a lighter floral brew with a hint of vegetal flavor. Risheehat 1st Flush will please the nose and palette of any tea connoisseur or the honest beginner!