Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tiffany Taste

They dressed superbly and conversed brilliantly as they sipped tea or chocolate from flowered porcelains in the most sybaritic interiors imaginable.

This is taken from a lavish and elegant book by John Loring titled Tiffany Taste.  I love the way it is divided into events, such as Clippers and Caviar, Lunch in the Rana Palace Garden, Tiffany's Tea, etc.  It's just how I imagined the "rich and famous" lifestyle.  👌 

If you'd like a copy, try Alibris.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Afternoon Tea quote

Another novelty is the tea party, an extraordinary meal in that, being offered to persons that have already dined well, it supposes neither appetite nor thirst, and has no object but distraction, no basis but delicate enjoyment.

- Brillat-Savarin, French Epicure and Gastronome

Came across this quote in the book "Tea & Crumpets" by Margaret M. Johnson.

I have a very large collection of books in my tea library and will probably need to catalogue them all soon.  We will be going through the dreaded downsizing of our household in the next few months and sadly hundreds of books will have to go. 

If anyone has any hints or suggestions to make this process easier, I'd love to hear them.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Darjeeling Sungma Summer black tea

I recently received an order from Adagio Teas and wanted to share a little about this tea.  Darjeeling teas are grown in the foothills of the Himalayas in India at heights of up to 6000 feet.  The cool, moist climate and sloping terrain is ideal. 

Sungma Summer Darjeeling is a second flush black tea from the Sungma Estate in India.

I've heard Darjeeling referred to as "the Champagne of Teas" and this one fits the bill.  The tea has a muscatel (grape) flavor and a lovely golden liquor. 
What really pleased me is the low astringency and the smoothness of this Darjeeling.  There are brewing directions on the package and I brewed mine with water at 212 degrees for three minutes  I usually take my black tea with milk, and sometimes honey, to counteract the astringency, but this tea is very smooth and tastes lovely without the addition of milk.  This is perfect for me, since lately I've been cutting down on dairy products. 

If you would like to sample this excellent tea yourself, you can find it at Adagio Teas online here.

Next, I'll be enjoying some Masala Chai, cocoa nibs and Cloister bourbon infused honey, also available at Adagio Teas.


Friday, January 6, 2017

Downton Abbey ornament

I've been moving a little slower since mid December due to back trouble, so I am just now getting around to taking down our Christmas tree.  It's hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone so quickly and a new year has commenced. 

I thought I'd show you my favorite new ornament before it is packed away for another year.  My younger daughter gave it to me and I love it!

There is so much detail on the tea tray with its lovely silver teapot and two cups of tea with spoons.

The back side shows a couple of tea sandwiches (egg salad?), as well as scones with clotted cream and jam. 

This is a Kurt Adler, officially licensed Downton Abbey ornament.  The set measures 4.13 inches.  It was purchased at Amazon.

Wishing you all the best in 2017.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Matcha Green Tea With Ginger Seasoning

I recently received a package in the mail from my sister in Canada.  She must have known that I could use a little pick-me-up.

This spice smells great and I'm looking forward to adding it to smoothies and baked goods.  And isn't that tiny teapot cookie cutter sweet.  Maybe I'll use it for Christmas shortbread cookies. 

Thanks Donna!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

National Iced Tea Month

As many of you know, I'm not a big iced tea drinker (must be my Canadian roots) and prefer to drink hot tea year round.  Lately I have been trying a few, perhaps because I've been hearing so much about National Iced Tea Month celebrated this month.

Here in Georgia a lot of people drink "sweet tea" and it is served iced and very sweet.  I've been trying to find tea that tastes good over ice, without sweetener. The coconut mango wuyi oolong from Stash was good.

My most favorite black tea for serving iced is Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea.  It has a wonderfully sweet taste without adding sugar to the brew.  I actually called the company the first time I tried it since it was hard to believe that it wasn't sweetened.  It contains three types of cinnamon, orange peel and sweet cloves, but no sugar added.  You can find it loose, in sachets or tea bags here.

What type of iced tea are you are drinking this month? 


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Alice in Wonderland teapot dress

I came across this lovely sundress in a recent Kohl's sale flyer.  It has ruffles down the front and dainty crisscross straps in the back.  It is from the new Lauren Conrad Disney collection.  

Wouldn't it be cute to wear for afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian on an upcoming trip.  You can find it here.

Do you like to wear tea themed clothes?  My collection includes tees, purses and pajamas.   

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