Monthly Archives: August 2014

Intersections: Churchmouse Yarn & Teas

If ever there was a store made for me, it is Churchmouse Yarn & Teas. I hope one day to be able to visit the store on scenic Bainbridge Island, just a short ferry ride from Seattle. But for now I’ll just watch, and drool from afar.

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Drink Me: Upton Tea, Season’s Pick Earl Grey Vanilla Creme

Another tea I picked up in my last order from Upton Tea was the Season’s Pick Earl Grey Vanilla Creme.

The tea is described as a classic Earl Grey with hints of creme and vanilla.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 15g sample packet for $1.00, 250g packet for $7.80, and 1000g bag for $28.80.

 

When I opened the packet I could smell creamy vanilla and a hint of bergamot.  Once brewed, the black tea and bergamot scents came through more.  The taste was rich and strong, with just a hint of a creamy finish. I think this one would be excellent as a morning starter with some milk or cream.

Garden Art: Teapot Birdhouse

I just love this whimsical teapot by Clifford Earl Sculpture. What a wonderful piece for any garden!

 

Teapot Birdhouse, Clifford Earl Sculpture

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 3

Welcome back for my third episode and welcome to new viewers. I was on vacation last week and missed you all.

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Teaccessories: Tea Spoons

Are you looking for a special spoon to stir your tea? I’ve browsed etsy and found a few for you.

A little Alice in Wonderland perhaps (from Milk and Honey Luxuries)?

We’re All Mad Here, hand-stamped vintage tea spoon, Milk and Honey Luxuries, $20.00

Or a little Marilyn Monroe (from Little Pine Jewelry)?

Hand Stamped Tea Spoon, Little Pine Jewelry, $16.00

Perhaps you need a little color with your tea (from Alice the Hot Dog)?

Set of 6 Tea Spoons, Alice the Hot Dog, $24.00

And for something a little sweet, how about these Honey Spoons from Roses and Teacups?

Honey Flavored Tea Spoons, Roses and Teacups, set 8 for $12.00

 

Drink Me: Upton Tea, Masala Chai

A few weeks ago, on Ravelry, I was part of an interesting discussion about Masala Chai.   This discuss was primarily about how Americans refer to chai as chai tea.  But the Hindi word for tea is chai, which makes the American version redundant.  The correct name for the spiced tea that we Americans refer to as “chai tea” is actually masala chai.

After having this discussion so recently, when I placed my order at Upton Tea, I decided to try the Masala Chai.

From the packaging, this blend contains black tea, cinnamon, ginger, cardamon and cloves. The site also suggests adding milk and honey for full flavor.

When I first opened the bag, all I could smell was cardamom and cloves. I thought it was really interesting that the ginger is thrown in looking like puffs of tumbleweed.  The smell was still spicy.  I have to say that I was a little disappointed in the taste. It was good, but it was primarily black tea and I think I wanted a bit more of a spicy bite to it. I’m definitely going to experiment with milk and honey, and maybe brewing up a bit stronger batch. I will say that the masala chai definitely puts me in a fall mood. Bring on the chill!

Teaccessories: Tipping Teacup

I love these teacups with their modern feel.

The teacup has an unusual angled bottom that allows it to rest in two different positions. On one side is a screened compartment in which you place your favorite loose tea leaves. Pour hot water through the screen and allow it to steep. Once it’s done, simply tip the cup in the other direction, lifting the leaves up out of the water.

Tipping Teacup, Uncommon Goods, $20.00

Drink Me: Upton Tea, Strawberry/Kiwi

When I first started this blog I received a ton of suggestions on places from which I might like to try ordering.  One of these was Upton Tea. I placed an order a few weeks ago and am now happily drinking my teas. The one I’ll review today is Strawberry Kiwi.

From the label it contains: apple, rose hip peels, hibiscus, kiwi, and strawberry.

It is currently available in sample size (15g) for $1.50, 100g for $7.80 and 250g for $14.82.

When I first opened the bag my mouth started watering – I could smell the sweet strawberry and the tart kiwi. As it brewed it still smelled sweet and tangy, like strawberry syrup.  The flavor itself was more complex.  I definitely tasted the hibiscus and the strawberry and kiwi gave it a really sweet and tart flavor.  This is definitely a candidate for iced tea.

Teaccessories: Hit me with your best pot.

I NEED one of these tea towels.

Tea Freak 100% linen tea towel, Down That Little Lane, $24.90

I’m also imagining that one of these babies could be turned into an awesome zippered project bag for the crafty among us?

Drink Me: David’s Tea, Mango Fruit Punch

The second tea I picked up in my recent David’s Tea shipment was the Mango Fruit Punch.

From the package, this blend contains pineapple, mango, orange peel and slices, safflower, marigold, and strawberry.

It’s available in a variety of sizes: 50g for $7.50, 100g + free tin for $15.00, 250g + free tin for $37.50 and 500g + free tin for $75.00.

When I first opened the package I smelled the mango and pineapple, citrusy and sweet. Once brewed, the scent wasn’t as strong, but I still got the citrus and a bit of the tropical scent of the mango.  The tea itself was sweet and I mostly tasted the citrus. It was pleasing hot, but I think it would be great as an iced tea during our hot summer days. I guess I just love tropical blends!