Tea Village: Xiamei, Wuyishan, China.
For the second year in a row we've been invited to display and sell our products at the Vanderbilt Women's Club Holiday Bazaar. The Vanderbilt Women's Club is a social organization but it also raises money for scholarships for Vanderbilt students. We'll have an assortment of tea and teaware appropriate for holiday gift giving or using yourself. A portion of our sales will be donated to the scholarship fund.
Place: Hillwood Country Club
When: December 1, 2011
Time: 11:00am - 1:30pm.
We added five new teas to the store in the last week. These include:
We have another 10 or so new teas to add to the store over the next 10 days. Included in the new additions are our first herbal teas, several more black breakfast teas, and a couple of outstanding iced tea blends. Please keep checking back for more new teas as we expand our assortment.
Yesterday is was hot, hot, hot, hot, hot, hot, hot around middle Tennessee. Iced Tea Season (also known as summer) is definitely upon us! I worked outside during the morning taking the hedge trimmers to some junipers and boxwoods. Very hot work doing that in the direct sun. Linda made a big pitcher of iced tea using our Kumming Gongfu Pu-erh. It tasted great! I think that is the first time we've made iced tea with pu-erh but it definitely will not be the last.
I drank the pu-erh iced tea straight (i.e. no sweetener). I usually prefer a slightly sweetened tea but the pu-erh didn't really need it. The pu-erh was not all that dissimilar to a normal good black tea iced tea on first taste but the late notes in the mouth had some of that earthy or maybe slightly smoky taste common to pu-erhs. Very tasty and very refreshing.
What teas do you like to use to make iced tea? Have you experimented with something new recently? You don't have to just use the supermarket tea bags you grew up with you know - try something different!
Jenny has been busy creating videos on a variety of tea topics. We'll be posting some of them here on our site and you can see all of them over on Youtube.com. The videos capture some of the topics that Jenny talks about when she does a tea tasting or tea ceremony.
This particular video has Jenny talking about how to use a gaiwan. The gaiwan is a tradtional way to steep tea in China but is relatively uncommon here in the U.S. However, a gaiwan is a great way to prepare tea, especially green, white, or oolong tea, in the Chinese manner.
Our thanks to Jenny and her side-kick down in Murfreesboro, Seth, for taking the time to shoot these videos.
Jenny will be offering tea tastings and demonstrations in Murfreesboro this coming Thursday, January 6, from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.
The tasting will be at Moxie Art Supply and Studio School, 316 N. Maple Street. That's right in downtown Murfreesboro, about 2 blocks north of the square.Stop by to learn a bit about fine tea from a real expert. Jenny will have a supply of teas to sell as well as some teaware and gifts - plus you can browse the art and craft supplies at Moxie!