15 Apr 2012

Talking Tea

 
I have loved talking tea (and coffee) with you these last couple of days… and thank you for all the delicious recommendations…
I had forgotten ginger and lemon… one of my favourites… and pomegranate… it’s so good served as an ice tea in the summer with loads of lemon and fresh mint… and what about Rooibos… how could I not have thought of that? I so enjoyed reading how you take your tea and when… and I am happy that we can share our morning ‘cuppa’ rituals together… it’s not the same as really taking tea together but it’s the next best thing… and for me, blogging is all about the getting to know each other…
 for afternoon tea… the how to and what to serve with
and The Tea Planter’s Daughter… a little light romance for your Kindle… set in India in the early 1900’s … about the Edwardian tea trade… (I’m downloading this one for lazy summer days ahead…)
Maybe where to take tea should be my next post? Have a wonderfully, relaxed and happy weekend… xv

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34 Comments

Mystica

I missed your earlier posts so glad I caught this one. Appreciated all about tea specially since we actually grow it.

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Vitrine

I am having a cup of citron green tea as I read your post. you have a lovely blog! Have a great weekend! Vitrinebycandice.blogspot.com

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jeanetteann

I am just about to take some Camomile tea,it helps me settle into sleep.
During the day we take mint and ginger, it's delicious. Of cause it's always much nicer in a beautiful china cup like the ones you have pictured. I collect them and just can't pass up a pretty one whenever I see one'
x jeanetteann.

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Virginia

I'm late to the tea party but being from the south I love iced tea year round with lemon and in summer MINT! At Ladurée I once had violette thé and it was divine. Next time you're in Paris I want you to go to the Butte aux Cailles neighborhood and have thé at
L'oisive thé et tricot. They sell tea of course but also yarn! Charmant.
http://www.loisivethe.com/

V

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The Gossamer Tearoom

Dear Vicki,
As always, I love your blog! I have been having tea on my mind this week as well! I did a blog post this week about floral essences in pastry and tea (one of my favorite topics, actually!). I love coffee everyday, but will chose tea in every form as something special and something to be savored. I love different teas in different ways, some hot, but some I actually prefer iced. I love nothing more on a hot day than a large glass of sweetened peppermint tea (brewed strong) over ice and we find iced Earl Grey to be especially refreshing as well! The most special teas I drank were in Paris and fell in love with caramel tea there!

Can't wait for your post tomorrow!

Betty
gossamertearoom.blogspot.com

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The enchanted home

I love pomegranate tea too…but lately peach tea is my fave. (and green). It is so relaxing and theraputic to sit down with a cup of hot tea:) Have a great weekend!

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Seana

Oh, I'm late on the tea chat! But I MUST share with you two teas that I absolutely love (and I'm sorry, it's so plebian of me, but one in particular is a mass-produced teabag)….that one is Bigelow's Vanilla Chai tea; I don't know WHAT it is about it, but I'm addicted to it lately! There's some scent in it that is so calming; not sure if it's the vanilla or not. The other is Tillerman Tea's (from Napa, CA) Nami Genmaicha. It's a green tea with toasted rice and it's fabulous. You can get other toasted rice teas from other companies; the first I bought was from Leaves in SF and it was in bags in a travel tin. I just love tea! And in regard to your penchant for porcelain cups, I can't recall who said it now, but he said that tea and coffee just tastes better in a china cup…he's so right!

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Anonymous

i love your blog !!! and i love tea so
what can i say about your blog post to day ? so lovely !!!
thank you from a french woman in south west of France .

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Laura

There are many ways to approach a cup of tea. I personally am not a fan of people who try to drop Company names, etc. in a vain attempt to impress.
For me, drinking tea is a beautiful way to celebrate the leaf and its power to transform a single moment. Something good always comes from a cup or pot of tea. How we interpret that is of course an individual experience.

Two books that express the beauty of tea and educate the reader are the "New Tea Lover's Treasury", by James Norwood Pratt. Another wonderful book is "The Spirit of Tea", by Frank Hadley Murphy. I have had the pleasure of sharing and discussing tea with Mr. Murphy and highly recommend his book for anyone who is serious about tea. Mr. Pratt is also a true Master of tea and writes with witt and integrity.

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Anonymous

Thank you so much for your lovely ideas and photos. I am going to check out those books and the teas! Your blog brightens my day! Noelle

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FrenchBlue

Dear Vicki,
Just the sound of lime blossem tea makes me think I drank the little white blossems! Oh our tea! Mine has to be boiling hot. Mine has to have a floral hint. Mine rinses my mind and refreshes my body. I have had tea on my mind for the last few months and can't find the reason why. I love love green tea. It taste like our earth to me. I too love it in mugs then in thin procelian cups…? It is a mystry, tea & me.
xxx'a

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Ivy and Elephants

What fun Vicki!
I love all this talk of tea (hot or cold), and I can't wait to get my hands on some of those books you recommend. Where shall we go for our next cuppa?
Patti

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Karena

Vicki,
I must have my coffee in the morning; however in the evening a hot cup of tea is wonderful (Earl Grey still my favorite) In Spring and Summer I love Iced Tea, sweet.

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

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Karen

Vicki,

This is a fun topic. I enjoy reading about teas I haven't tried. It's always fun to try something new.
Karen

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Millie

I've just had a lovely time catching up on your week's posts Vicki, how tragic you've had to give the java the flicko! You are stronger than me my girl, I just couldn't do it. I don't drink tea, have never even had a sip, so I would be in dire straits. I am fussy about the coffee I buy & even fussier about the drinking vessel & have a precious collection of Royal Albert mugs that are mine alone. MOTH had the misfortune to drop one recently & he's been sinned binned until further notice. He thought that lending me his clunky 'Old Rowers Are Oarsome' mug would spring him, it hasn't.
Millie xx

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Beth25

On my winter break in Santa Barbara, I discovered Citrus White Tea at the Biltmore Spa. It has become my breakfast drink and afternoon pick-me- up. Do you know about the tea books by Bruce Richardson? I think you might enjoy has wonderful images, recipes, and tea ethic.

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Naomi Bulger

I do so love a good cup of tea, although after reading your past few posts, I realise I have been abysmally remiss in my tea-tasting experience! While I remedy that, I thought you might like what this lady is doing with her travelling tea parlour in an antique caravan. Oh how I wish she would come to Australia! http://www.ladybonin.com/

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LA CONTESSA

Love those tea cups!
I'm using your CLARINS light serum and I too am adoring it!So, Thank You for that post!I ran out to buy it and have been using twice a day!

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Virginia

The ritual of tea – the choosing of it, heating the pot, inhaling the fragrance, the first sip… indeed Tea Heaven. Tea mends all things – broken hearts, tired bodies. Your post captured all this beautifully. Virginia

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Italian Luxury Furniture

I’ve been following Aaron Fisher’s articles for The Art of Tea magazine and the online tea journal “The Leaf” for a couple of years now, so I was really looking foward to reading a full-length work devoted to the Way of Tea. Surely you will find or may have read books on Chado, or Chanoyu, the Way of Tea as expressed by the Japanese tea ceremony… This book is positively different and will be a pleasant counterpoint to others you may have read in that it centers on what the tea ceremony is really all about in a spiritual sense, as opposed to other books that aim to serve as as instructional guides on how-to-perform the Japanese tea ceremony.

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