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.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Lemon Grass, Coarse Cut

Upon first opening this package, I noticed that dried grass blades smelled very sweet and fresh.  I've been on the hunt for a strong lemon grass brew for years now, since growing the plant in New England is much harder than when I lived in South Florida.  My mother really enjoyed this brew as a Christmas present, since it reminded her of freshly brewed tea using the live plant.  I was very impressed with the natural honey notes in this herbal blend. Upton Tea describes this infusion well, "This Golden-yellow liquor with brisk lemon flavor and aroma. A caffeine-free beverage."

BH65: Lemon Grass, Coarse Cut
Origin: Thailand
Steeping Suggestions
Leaf Quantity: 2¼ g/cup
Water Temp: 212° (boiling)
Steep Time: 8 min.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Egyptian Chamomile

I was impressed by the flower quality and strength of the cup. Not the typical chamomile dust you find in teabags!  Upton describes this blend as, "Whole dried flowers, with a high concentration of flavor oils. Yields a rich, deep-yellow cup. A caffeine-free beverage."  Take this at bedtime for a calm, restful sleep.

 BH50: Egyptian Chamomile
Origin: Egypt
Steeping Suggestions
Leaf Quantity: 1 g/cup
Water Temp: 212° (boiling)
Steep Time: 8 min.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Brushed Steel Tin

I'm kind of a neat freak when it comes to storing and organizing my teas. These tins are the perfect solution for the serious tea drinker.  However I will note that the lids dent easily, so don't drop  them!  "This brushed steel tin weighs approximately 110 grams and has a capacity of approximately 150 grams, but may hold more or less depending on the leaf size of the tea. The tin measures 4 ¼" tall and the lid measures ¾" tall. The diameter is 3 ¼". Made in China. Also available as case of 6 or master carton of 72."

 AT40: Brushed Steel Tin (150g)