Monday, April 28, 2008

The White, Green, Black and Herb of Tea



This week's Gracious Hospital-i-tea Blog-a-Thon assignment is:

The White, Green, Black, and Herb of Tea
"Tell about your favorite tea. How do you prepare it and serve it? Milk and sugar? Plain? What are some of your best memories of serving or sipping on this tea? Share a picture if you can. Tell the health benefits of the tea(s) you prefer. Where do you purchase your tea? Is there someplace you enjoying purchasing tea from? Who from and where?"
I drink loose leaf black tea, white teas and some Oolongs. I drink my tea plain, without milk or sugar. I rarely drink fruit flavored teas and do not drink floral flavored or floral scented teas or herbal infusions.

The tea I drink every morning (and several times a day) is Bruce Richardson's Elmwood Inn Fine Teas Mayor's Cup, a blend of single estate black teas from Ceylon, Darjeeling and Assam. Bruce was the mayor of Perryville, KY for several years therefore the name "Mayor's Cup." When visiting tearooms, I usually order White Tea by the pot with afternoon tea. The delicious white tea in the bottom photo is Tea Palace Snow Buds.

I purchase teas when visiting tearooms/teashops and I order tea online. Currently I have teas on my shelf from Elmwood Inn, Harney and Sons and Culinary Teas. I also have black tea blends I picked up at Twinings, Whittard of Chelsea and Harrod's last March and a White Silver Needles tea from a Knoxville tearoom. A tea I served to guests that received many compliments was Eastern Beauty, a Formosa Oolong from the Red Blossom Tea Company in San Francisco. I purchased it after participating in a tea tasting when we visited the shop. (top photo)

By the way, we keep Twinings decaf English Breakfast and Earl Grey (tea bags) for GJ and AJ who take milk in their tea.

13 comments:

GrammaGrits said...

Loose leaf black teas are my favorites. Visited Harney and Sons Tea Room last month in Connecticut and had some great black tea - can't remember the name! I live near Portland, OR, and visit the Stash Tea Store where my favorite so far is Christmas Morning, a nice miss of black and green tea. I use honey in it every morning and about half the time use cream. I also drink both green and white tea, also Jasmine, for the health benefits! Gave up coffee 11 years ago and just love how popular teas have become!

Steph said...

Mmmm - thanks for taking me back to the Tea Palace! So wonderful.

mjenningsdesigns said...

I have to say that I love White Tea! I just had a tea today that was delicious though. It is called Chocolate Almond Cookie!

Charli and me said...

Nice post. Thank you for sharing. I would really love to try some of those teas. I looked back on your post and loved the ones on tyhe Kentucky Derby. Very interesting to read.

La Tea Dah said...

Lovely post, Linda! Thank you for the great recommendations. Many years ago you sent me a tin of Elmwood Inn tea --- I don't know if you remember, but it was delicious! I still have a little bit left, as I don't wan to 'use it up'. Like you, I love white tea. The delicate flavors are so appealing. And I too love the Culinary Cafe teas! One of my favorites from them is their chocolate tea with little dried roses in the blend. It's so pretty and fragrant!

LaTeaDah

Kathy said...

Great post, Linda! I will try to visit the Knoxville tea room you mentioned the next time I visit my parents. Thanks for sharing the info...
Kathy@ Mimi's Garden

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

That bottom photo makes me want to sit down and enjoy that cup right now!

Angela McRae said...

I am trying VERY hard not to covet, but I do love these pretty tea tins of yours!

Bonita said...

So many ideas for new teas to try! Thanks!

Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread said...

What a beautiful collection of teas! ~Kathy

Simply Authentic said...

Yum they all sound delicious!

Millie said...

You have a lovely collection of tea tins!
Millie

Grace Yaskovic said...

What a lovely post full of wonderful ideas for some new to me teas!! Thank you

 

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