“Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.” – Chaim Potok
A little overdue but welcome to the ‘by the cup’ side of my blog. I plan to focus more on what’s in the cup rather than the book here, although I can’t make any promises that mention of the book might not come up if my thoughts venture that way.
My passion for tea started almost 2.5 years ago when I decided to host a tea party as a simple way to have a few friends over for a leisurely afternoon. I never had tea outside of Liptons (a popular bagged black tea which brews into a delicious batch of sweet tea, yes that’s all I knew). Little did I know with some help from a friend who was knowledgeable on loose leaf tea, my love of tea (obsession) would blossom into a passion and integral part of my everyday life. I’ve hosted a number of tea parties since (I would have one every month if I could spare the time) and everyone comments on how relaxing and enjoyable the experience was for them. But my favorite part is when they tell me they learned something about tea; how to prepare, why water and temperature are important, how long to steep (I cringe when people say they steep tea longer for flavor – that’s NOT how you do it but more on that later)
Of course I’m not an expert but I LOVE TEA. Yes, I take tea dear and I take it very seriously. Most of my friends affectionately call me a tea connoisseur but my husband tells me the plain truth, I’m a tea snob. I denied this but then I really thought about it: I do not use tap water for my tea, I will not use old water (water that’s been boiled and allowed to reach room temperature again), I need my tools: electric kettle, true tea spoons, agave nectar, loose leaf tea leaves, timer, etc, to properly prepare my tea because I know it will be done right. Nothing worse than an over steeped cup of tea (an exception is when I visit my local tea shop). So yes, he’s probably right, I’m a bit of a tea snob.
Since I’m always talking about my latest tea finds and what’s I’m enjoying, a few friends encouraged me to start a tea blog. Well I think this counts so here goes.
So without further delay here’s the details on one of my favorite teas.
- Tea: Caramel Almond Pu’erh (aged black tea)
- Tasting Notes: earthy, strong bold tea with bits of almond and caramel with a sweet decadent finish. Makes a delicious tea latte
- Tea Rating: 5☕️ out of 5
- Prep: 2 tsp tea, 5 min steep, water temperature 212°F
Did you know? Pu’erh tea comes in green and black variations, raw fermented green and ripe fermented black (according to some things I learned during a tea tasting at a local tea shop).
Pu’er…considered a ‘drinkable antique.’ Every sip–through powerful senses of taste and smell – – opens our hearts to remember family, love, and hardships that have been overcome.” – – The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Lisa See
Please let me know what kinds of things you’d like to see here in the ‘By the Cup’ section of the blog.