tea (n.) \ˈtē\ 1. shrub (Camellia sinensis of the family Theaceae, the tea family) cultivated especially in China, Japan, and the East Indies 2. an aromatic beverage prepared from tea leaves by infusion with boiling water.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Upton Small Black Plug-Top Tin

Classy and simple. Doesn't dent unless you abuse it.  I will note that it was difficult to open.  I often had to use a spoon or plastic credit card to pry the lid off.  I'm sure that means it was airtight.  The Upton Tea description on the website goes as follows, "This standard tea tin is black enamel with a gold top and bottom. A matching gold plug-top lid creates an airtight seal. This tin will hold up to 125g of tea depending on leaf size. Also available in a case of 24. 2 3/4" wide, 3 1/2" tall."

AT10: Small Black Plug Top Tin with Lid

Thursday, November 4, 2010

An Ode to Chun Mee

Oh Chun Mee how I love thee, let me count the ways!  I have found green tea nirvana.  I found this minx in a local supermarket, and was supposedly purchased from SpecialTeas as # 522.  This tea is smoky and sweet, yet reminiscent of ripe plums.  Not like any other grassy, vegetal, and weak green tea I have ever had.  A lifetime friend for certain.

Update: Due to Special Teas going out of business I have been searching for an alternative Chun Mee.  Upton Tea appears to have a 'Moon Palace' Chun Mee, but I have yet to review it.

Assam Rembeng TGFOP Organic

I am weary of Assam teas because they usually pack the punch of coffee.  But with careful preparation and the right does of milk and sugar, it makes an excellent morning tea.  As the colder weather has come and the sun is rising later in the day, I find it harder and harder to pay attention in class without dosing off.  This black tea is the kick in the pants I needed!  It has a distinct malty flavor and hearty feel to it.  A yummy treat in these cold months.  Brew for 3-5min in freshly boiled water.  Add milk and sugar to enhance flavors.

Special Teas #247

Update: Sadly, Special Teas has gone out of business.  Luckily the Rembeng estate sells to other vendors.