Sunday, 13 February 2011

❤ Valentines Day! ❤

★ If you get your other half chocolates today then how about some tea too! It makes having chocolates so much nicer as it compliments the sweetness. I think a good black tea with milk and sugar would go lovely with any valentines day treats! ★

❤ Happy Valentines day everyone! ❤

Friday, 11 February 2011

(Green Tea) Sencha.

Where it's grown: Japan.

How it tastes: Refreshing, fragrant, and pleasant.

Color of the brew: Light yellow-green.

When to drink it: With lunch or dinner or a snack.

Brewing directions: Steep 1-1/2 teaspoons in 1 cup steaming water for 1 minute.

Worth noting: Japan's favorite everyday tea, served hot with meals, and as green iced tea.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

(Matcha) Matcha.

Where it's grown: Japan.

How it tastes: Grassy and a little bitter.

Color of the brew: Green with a bit of white froth.

When to drink it: When you want a break from the ordinary.

Brewing Directions: Matcha is powdered green tea, and is not steeped but rather whipped into freshly boiled water. Place 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder in a bowl or large teacup (big enough that you can whip the tea in without spilling). Pour in 1 cup freshly boiled water and stir vigorously with a fork or whisk until frothy.

Worth noting: Matcha was traditionally used in the classical Japanese tea ceremony (chanoyu), stirred with a bamboo whisk before being presented to the drinker. Today, matcha is also consumed as a refreshing drink with milk and sugar, served both hot and on ice.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

(Matcha) Yamakaen Matcha.

This is my Matcha from a few months ago, I still had the picture so i thought i would show!

Sunday, 6 February 2011

(Black Tea) Ceylon.

Where it's grown : Sri lanka (formerly known as Ceylon), the island nation off the southeast coast of India.

How it tastes: Exotic and aromatic, strong, tart, and a little lemony.

Color of the brew: Reddish amber.

When to drink it: Breakfast or afternoon, with a sweet roll or pastry.

Brewing directions: Steep 1-1/2 teaspoons in 1 cup of boiling water for 4 to 5 minutes.

Worth noting: Sri lanka was once the number one tea producer in the world, but political turmoil has diminished production in recent years.

(Black Tea) Assam.

Where it's grown : The Assam Valley in Northeastern India.

How is tastes: Bold and hearty, with a malt-like aftertaste. Stands up well to milk or lemon. A major ingredient in English or Irish Breakfast tea blends.

Color of the brew: Dark reddish brown.

When to drink it: With a hearty breakfast.

Brewing directions: Steep 1-1/2 teaspoons in 1 cup of boiling water for 4 to 5 minutes.

Worth noting: The Brahmaputra Valley within Assam is the largest single black tea producing area in the world in terms of cultivated land.

My Blog of Tea!

This is my new blog!

I'm going to post all the tea things i know, to help out those who may be lost in the magical world of the leaf  :)

Have fun!