Friday, July 22, 2011

Tea Review 115: The Art of Tea



Biodynamic Breakfast
Classic Black
Mandarin Silk

The Art of Tea

My apologies to the good people at The Art of Tea, who sent some samples a while back. I'm not sure what happened but the review got a bit sidetracked somewhere along the way. In any event, here are some thoughts on a few of the samples I tried, which include two black teas and a flavored oolong.

Classic Black
I don’t think I've ever met a Yunnan black that I didn't like and this was no exception. Never mind that it's a blend of Yunnan black with Nilgiri, a black tea from India. It was quite good, with a very smooth, mellow flavor. I would have guessed that it was perhaps a high-end Ceylon, but I guess that shows what I know. This was a winner in the Black Tea category at World Tea Expo and I can see why.

Biodynamic Breakfast
Another nice black tea, though perhaps not as good as the aforementioned. Very smooth and flavorful. I've noticed that the components of breakfast tea can vary quite widely from one merchant to the next. There's no indication at Art of Tea's web site what makes up this one but it's worth a taste nonetheless.

Mandarin Silk
I'm not a fan of flavored tea - plain and simple. But I was kind of surprised by this one. I wouldn't say it bowled me over but given my general lack of interest in this sort of thing I'd say it's not so bad. It's a mix of Pouchong tea with lemon myrtle, marigolds and natural essence of vanilla. Perhaps a little heavy on the latter but pretty decent overall.

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Layers of Tea


Perhaps I'm just leading a sheltered life but this is the first time I've been exposed to the notion of layered tea. It came to my attention recently thanks to a post in one of the Wall Street Journal's blogs. It's a brief article that recounts the story of the inventor of a seven-layered tea. This is apparently a rarity of sorts, given that others have not been able to manage anything more than five layers. Check out the article (and a better photo) here.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

World Tea East Gathers The Tea Industry


World Tea East Gathers The Tea Industry In Philly, Sept. 9 -10
(from a press release)

The tea industry is headed to Philadelphia this September for the launch of World Tea East, Sept. 9 – 10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The East coast-focused Expo features more than 100 leading-edge tea manufacturers and suppliers, providing professionals the opportunity to discover new products, optimize merchandise, gain product knowledge and network with peers in an intimate setting.

World Tea Media, the organizer of World Tea East, expects more than 2,000 retail buyers, tea professionals, food and beverage manufacturers and decision makers in related industries, including hoteliers, spa owners and restaurateurs.

In addition to the Expo, the World Tea East conference features three programs: Core Conference Sessions, an Executive & Technical Series and a New Business Boot Camp. Seminar topics cover the latest trends, answer current business challenges, provide real solutions and debunk both tea and business myths. Focused Tea Tastings include type-specific tastings as well as advanced training in detecting defects and assessing quality.

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Monday, July 04, 2011

Numi Organic Pu-erh Iced Tea


Numi Organic Tea First To Market Organic Pu-erh Iced Tea
(from a press release)

Premium tea purveyor, Numi Organic Tea, has continued its tradition of innovation by introducing the industry’s first Organic Pu-erh Tea as ready-to-drink iced tea.

Known for its unique, earthy flavor, Pu-erh is transformed into a light and refreshing iced tea offered in six flavors: Jasmine, Peach, Moroccan Mint, Earl Grey, Mango Passion and Classic Pu-erh.

Numi’s Organic Pu-erh Iced Tea has three times the antioxidants and 40% less sugar than leading green and black iced teas. Pu-erh is an ancient healing tea picked from 500-year-old organic wild tea trees in Yunnan, China. Pu-erh tea leaves are piled, dampened and turned in a unique 60-day fermentation process. This results in Pu-erh’s deep earthy flavor and many health benefits that have been touted for thousands of years.

Numi Organic Pu-erh Iced Tea’s is available for an SRP of $1.99. They are sold at Whole Foods Markets Northeast and Whole Foods Market South, Fairway Markets in New York City, Lunds & Bylerly’s, Ahold, Cost Plus World Markets nationwide as well as online at www.numitea.com.

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Friday, July 01, 2011