Monthly Archives: March 2014

Drink Me: Adagio, Peach Oolong

The fourth and final selection included in my Orchard Sampler from Adagio is Peach Oolong.  From the website, the blend contains oolong tea, natural peach flavor, apple pieces, marigold flowers and apricots.

It is available in several sizes: a sample pack for $2, 2oz for $6 and 16oz for $29.

When I first opened the package I smelled a sweet and slightly tart mix of the peach and apricot.  Once brewed the smell was almost honey-like.  I thought the taste was more apricot than peach, but sweet and soothing.  I think this is a good mid-afternoon brew if you’re looking for a calm moment.

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Knitting: Fierce Photos

This weekend I did a photo session with an amazingly talented local photographer, Sharon Gottula, who is trying to build a portfolio of that she’s calling “Fierce Knitters.

I jumped at the chance to participate because photos of my knitwear on me? Who wouldn’t?  So far I only have a sneak peek, but I can tell I’m going to love the photos.

Sharon Gottula Photography

Sharon Gottula Photography

The Sweater: Aran Off-Shoulder Pullover by Callista Yoo

Crafty: Butterfly Tea Bags

A friend sent me the link to these charming Butterfly Tea Bags:

Butterfly Tea Bag, Yanko Design

It looks like they are a concept product and I haven’t found where to purchase them, but for those who are crafty, I did find this beautiful tutorial at Craftberry Bush:

Butterfly Tea Bag DIY Tutorial, Craftberry Bush

Drink Me: David’s Tea, Silk Dragon Jasmine

I admit I’ve always had a fondness for jasmine green teas. I don’t know if it stems from my love of Chinese food with my family, but add a little jasmine and I’m pouring myself a cup.  So when I was placing an order with David’s Tea, I decided to try their Silk Dragon Jasmine.

From the website, the blend contains organic Chinese green tea from Jianxi Province that is naturally scented with jasmine flowers.

It is available in the following sizes: 50g for $7.50, 100g + free tin for $15, 250g + free tin for $37.50 and 500g + free tin for $75.

When I first opened this tea all I smelled was the heady scent of the jasmine blooms. I generally don’t like flowery teas, but there is something about jasmine that I find very soothing.  Once brewed I didn’t get as much of the jasmine scent.  The tea once brewed lost most of the jasmine smell, which was replaced by a more earthy green tea smell.  I enjoyed the tea, but in this case I have to say that the first jasmine aroma might have been even more enticing than the taste. I’m going to have to sample this one again to decide if it makes the “re-order” list, but I’m glad I tried it.

A very Downton Tea Party

I only recently learned that as part of 2013’s Black Friday celebrations World Market had a whole Downton Abbey themed tea party event. I can’t believe I missed it!

Perhaps my favorite part were the beautiful mugs they gave away as part of the Black Friday promotions.  They don’t have any more, so you’ll have to resort to eBay like I did to get one.  It’s a beautiful white ceramic mug with gold detailing and the Downton Abbey logo.

World Market also paired with the Republic of Tea to come up with three very special Downton Abbey tea blends. I was able to pick these two up last week at my local World Market, but they’re limited edition so you’ll have to be quick. I noticed they’re still available on the World Market site, as well as at PBS.

I was able to get both the Estate Tea Blend and the English Rose Tea. Sadly the local World Market was already sold out of the Grantham Breakfast Tea.

  • Estate Tea Blend – Classic Earl Grey black tea is blended with bergamot, orange oil and exotic vanilla.
  • English Rose Tea – A bright fusion of rose, raspberry and hibiscus leaves.
  • Grantham Breakfast Tea – Organic Assam black tea is blended with organic ginger root.

Of course if you’re feeling like getting crafty at your tea party, you could always knit a Downton Abbey inspired knit.

How about the Lucy Hat by Carina Spencer?

Lucy Hat, Carina Spencer, $5.00 (pattern)

Or the Stunning Sunflower Lace Stole by Galina Khmeleva:

Stunning Sunflower Lace Stole, Galina Khmeleva, part of The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits, $14.99 (magazine of patterns)

Or the Half Day off Mitts by Sara Lamb?

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Half Day off Mitts, Sara Lamb, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits, $14.99 (magazine of patterns)

When your knitting matches your mug.

The Knitting: Jurisfiction by Glenna C., Madeline Tosh Vintage in the Firewood Colorway

The Mug: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Bronze.  It doesn’t seem to be available any longer, but perhaps one of these would suffice?

Drink Me: David’s Tea, Cranberry Pear

I wanted to try a variety of teas, so when I ordered from David’s Tea I was excited to try Cranberry Pear.

From the site, the blend contains cranberry, black tea, pear, and apple.

The tea is available in a variety of sizes: 50g for $7.50, 100g + free tin for $15, 250g + free tin for $37.50, and 500g + free tin for $75.0o.

When I opened the package one of the first things I noticed were the berries and chunks of apple and pear and the aroma of pear.  Once brewed I still noticed the pear, but picked up the black tea and also a bit of the apple.  The tea itself was both tart and sweet.  Interestingly enough I still didn’t pick up much of the cranberry flavoring – mostly I got the mellow black tea with apple and pear. I think this would be really light and refreshing iced. I’ll have to try it that way soon!

Art: The Intersection of Knit and Tea

I cannot tell you how much I love this custom illustration by Lauryn Green.

Custom Illustration, Lauryn Green, $60.00

Drink Me: David’s Tea, Guava Cadabra

When I perused the David’s Tea site for my initial order I was intrigued by Guava Cadabra.

From the packaging the tea contains mango, apple, hibiscus blossoms, elderberries, guava, and rosehips.  This is actually a tisane, a beverage made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant material in hot water, since it contains no tea leaves. This also makes it naturally caffeine free!

Guava Cadabra is available in a variety of sizes: 50g for $8.50, 100g + free tin for $17.00, 250g + free tin for $42.50 or 500g + free tin for $85.00.

It was so pretty to photograph and all I could see were the big chunks of fruit and hibiscus and rosehip petals.

This was the most pungent of the tea samples I received. When I opened the package I was overwhelmed by the spicy guava smell. It reminded me of going to Hawaii once as a child and being served guava nectar on the plane. Once brewed it was slightly less spicy smelling, but still had a strong tropical smell.  It tasted lovely – sweet and fruity, and a little tangy from the guava and mango. This would be so good as an iced tea throughout the summer, bringing a little of the tropics to your own backyard.

Teacessories: Tea Bag/Spoon Plates

If you’re using tea bags, or a separate infuser, or even a tea spoon to stir your tea, you’re going to need a place to rest your favorite implement.

One reader sent me the link to this adorable Beary Spoon Rest on Modcloth:

Bear-y Tasty Spoon Rest, Modcloth.com, $11.99

I also found a variety of cute plates on my very favorite crafty site, Etsy.

How about this adorable Fox Plate from DragonflyArts ?

Fox Tea Bag Plate, DragonflyArts, $8.00

Or would you prefer Owls from Plain Jane Pottery?

Owl Plates, Plain Jane Pottery, Set of two for $15.00

Something a little more modern perhaps? Like this Fused Glass plate from Casey McPottery.

Fused Glass Plate, Casey McPottery, $14.00