Tea Time in November 2023 Box
This November, enjoy a global tea journey, savoring blends from Vietnam to the USA, each promising an exquisite, unforgettable experience. Dive into flavors and traditions!
Experience Vietnam's ethereal Pomelo Green Tea, a blend of wild green tea and Hanoi's pomelo flowers, inspired by musician Vu Hoan. Paired perfectly with pastries from China and Korea, this tea offers a harmonious dance of citrus and nutty flavors.
The Passion Berry Black Tea from the USA combines the zest of passion fruit with fragrant berries. A handpicked blend with a rich berry taste, it perfectly complements Taiwanese lemon biscuits and Chinese passion fruit cake, offering a balanced, unforgettable tea-time experience.
The Ginger Green Tea from the USA, offers an earthy aroma and taste with hints of zesty ginger. This harmonious blend promises a rejuvenating, traditional tea experience.
Take your time to experience the aromas and scents from throughout the world as you get ready for this amazing tea adventure. Cheers to a fantastic tea session in November!
Follow our My Tea Time blog series for an immersive exploration of your monthly tea experiences. Without further ado, let's start our November tea experience!
Get to know your Origins Tea!
Pomelo Green Tea: Journey into the heart of Vietnam with every sip of this ethereal blend. Crafted with passion and inspired by the mesmerizing notes of musician Vu Hoan's song "Huong Tham," this tea is the poetic union of wild green tea from the lofty peaks of Fin Ho in Ha Giang and the evocative fragrance of pomelo flowers from Hanoi. Immerse yourself in its rich, citrusy aroma and savor the layers of fragrant and nutty flavors. A rare gem of a brew, this tea is tradition, art, and nature intertwined.
Tea Name: Pomelo Green Tea
Teamaker: Origins Tea Artisans
Origin: Fin Ho, Hà Giang and Hồ Tây, Hanoi, Vietnam
Elevation: High Mountain Range
Cultivation: Wild, Handpicked
Harvest Date: April 2023
Brewing Instructions: Begin by heating all your tea ware with hot water. Introduce 3g or roughly 2 tbsp of Pomelo Green Tea into the teapot. Next, pour hot water into a pitcher and let it cool to a temperature of 175°F (80°C). Steep the tea for 40 seconds, adjusting the time based on your preferred intensity. Transfer the tea from the pot to the pitcher, and then serve in small cups for a memorable tea experience.
Tea Aroma and Taste
Embrace a sensory journey, infused with the soul of Vietnam. The Pomelo Green Tea offers a tantalizing dance of citrus zests, harmoniously intertwined with a nutty base of green tea. Its captivating aroma tells stories of spring blossoms and ancient tea rituals.
Appearance: Bright, pale green with golden undertones
Smell: Citrusy with strong floral notes, complemented by a subtle nutty undertone
Taste: Refreshing citrus with fragrant floral hints and a nutty finish
About the farm and Farmers!
Nestled amidst the pristine landscapes of Fin Ho, Hà Giang, our tea farm is a testament to Vietnam's rich agricultural heritage. Our dedicated farmers, guardians of age-old traditions, handpick each tea leaf and flower with the utmost care, ensuring that every sip you take is steeped in history and love.
Background on the Farmers:
Our farmers hail from generations dedicated to tea cultivation. Their intimate knowledge of the land, passed down through the ages, combined with their passion for tea, ensures that every batch of Pomelo Green Tea is of the highest quality. Respecting the earth and its bounties, they employ sustainable farming practices that not only protect the environment but also enhance the flavor and aroma of the tea.
The Pomelo Green Tea pairs exquisitely with pastries from China and Korea. China's Cherry Blossom Pineapple Pastry brings a tantalizing blend of tart and floral sweetness, while Korea's Strawberry Cookie offers a harmonious mix of fruity freshness and buttery richness, complementing the tea's aromatic depth.
Cherry Blossom Pineapple Pastry – China
This delicate confection, a true embodiment of China's culinary finesse, promises an exhilarating taste adventure. The tartness of pineapple melds harmoniously with the sweet floral notes of cherry blossoms, offering a flavor that's both bold and refined. The pastry's texture is a delightful contrast of a soft, moist filling encased in a crisp, buttery crust. Let its sublime taste elevate your celebrations. Pairing it with the Pomelo “Green” Tea is like orchestrating a dance of flavors and aromas.
Strawberry Cookie – Korea
The strawberry cookie offers a delightful symphony of flavors and textures. Its taste is a harmonious blend of sweet and slightly tart, courtesy of the strawberries, complemented by the rich butterine’s of the cookie base. The texture is a juxtaposition of soft, chewy filling and crisp, crumbly biscuit. Paired with tea, the cookie's sweetness accentuates the subtle bitterness of the tea, creating a balanced palate. Together, the mild warmth of the tea and the fruity freshness of the cookie create an unparalleled gustatory experience, making each bite and sip a moment to savor.
Palate Cleanser (for taste testing): Saltine crackers are provided in our tea box to clean the taste of your mouth including spicy, bitter, or sweet.
Fruity or Floral
Tea enthusiasts often find themselves torn between the allure of fruity blends and the ethereal charm of floral infusions. When it comes to the Passion Berry Tea, there's no need to choose. This luxurious tea masterfully intertwines the zest of passion fruit with the fragrant whispers of Berry, creating an enchanting dance of flavors that satiates both the fruity and floral cravings.
Tea Name: Passion Berry Black Tea - USA
Processing: Blended with natural and artificial flavoring
Caffeine Content: High
Brewing Instructions: For the perfect cup of Passion Berry Tea, start by heating your tea ware with hot water. Measure 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of the loose leaf blend into your teapot. Pour freshly boiled water over the tea leaves and steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on your desired strength. Allow the vibrant colors and aromas to fill your pot. Pour into your cup and relish the interplay of fruity and floral notes.
Tea Aroma and Taste
Dive into a sensory odyssey with Passion Berry Tea. As you lift the cup, a mesmerizing aroma of citrusy passion fruit intertwined with lush berries greets you. This premium black tea, blended with exotic petals and natural flavorings, offers a full-bodied, rich berry taste that is both enchanting and invigorating, promising an unforgettable tea experience.
Appearance: Dark amber liquid with hints of ruby red.
Smell: Dominant notes of ripe passion fruit intertwined with the subtle fragrances of Berry, rounded off by the robust aroma of black tea.
Tasting Notes: A full-bodied tea with a rich berry taste upfront, followed by the musky sweetness of passion fruit. The finish is smooth with a hint of floral undertones, leaving no trace of bitterness.
Indulge in the sensory journey of Passion Berry Black Tea paired with two exquisite pastries. The tangy Lemon Sandwich Biscuit from Taiwan harmoniously melds with the tea's full-bodied notes, its crunch offsetting the tea's smoothness. Meanwhile, China's soft Passion Fruit Cake, with its tropical zest, deepens the tea's richness, creating an enchanting blend of flavors for an elevated tea-time delight.
Lemon Sandwich Biscuit – Taiwan
The Lemon Sandwich Biscuit from Taiwan offers a delightful interplay of flavors and textures. Its taste is a perfect blend of tangy lemon cream paired with the subtle sweetness of the biscuit. The crunchy exterior harmoniously contrasts with the smooth lemony filling, making for a delightful bite. When paired with tea, the biscuit's tangy notes complement the tea's inherent bitterness, while its sweetness mellows the palate, creating a harmonious and refreshing tea-time experience.
Passion Fruit Cake – China
The Passion Fruit Cake from China is a delightful confection that captivates the palate with its luscious tropical tang. The cake boasts a soft and moist texture, enriched by the vibrant and slightly tart flavor of passion fruit. Its naturally sweet undertones balance beautifully with the aromatic bitterness of tea. When paired together, the cake's exotic taste accentuates the depth of the tea, making for an enchanting and perfectly harmonized tea-time treat.
Immerse yourself in a tea journey unlike any other with the Ginger Green Tea from the USA. Directly sourced from the picturesque hills of Darjeeling, this meticulously hand-rolled blend invites you into a world of rejuvenation and tranquility, presenting an age-old tradition in a cup.
Tea Name: Ginger Green Tea - USA
Processing: Hand-rolled, Sun-dried
Caffeine Content: Moderate
Brewing Instructions: To brew the perfect cup of Expedition Blend, begin by boiling fresh water in a kettle or saucepan. Pour 200 ml of the boiled water into your preferred teapot or cup. Introduce 1 tbsp of the Explorer Tea leaves, covering with a lid to retain its aromatic essence. Allow the tea to steep for 3-4 minutes, or longer if a stronger brew is desired. Once ready, strain the leaves and pour the amber liquid into a cup, ready to embark on a taste journey.
Tea Aroma and Taste
Unveil a symphony of sensory delight with the Ginger Green Tea from the USA. This Darjeeling blend wafts an earthy aroma that beckons the senses, setting the stage for a delicate dance of subtle flavors. As you take a sip, experience the earthy notes seamlessly melding with the refreshing undertones, promising a tea experience that's both invigorating and harmonious, truly capturing the essence of Darjeeling's lush hillsides.
Appearance: Light golden-green hue with a slight opalescence.
Smell: Fresh, grassy aroma with hints of zesty ginger.
Tasting Notes: The tea boasts a dominant earthy note, complemented by a gentle undercurrent of warming ginger. The finish is smooth, with a touch of natural sweetness that lingers on the palate.
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