Perhaps it is time to expand your tea horizons. We have brought in a couple of higher-end teas for you to try. (I originally bought them just for me but loved them so much I am willing to share!)
QUANGZHOU MILK OOLONG
Oolong is considered a semi-fermented (oxidized) tea meaning it is somewhere between a black and a green tea. This tea has a most unique character best described as a premium oolong with sweet milk and light orchid notes. What makes it unique and gives it the wonderful milky flavour is the result of a sudden shift in temperature during harvest – a rare occurrence. As the Chinese tell legends about their teas the story is that many centuries ago the moon fell in love with a comet passing through the night sky. The comet passed by, burned out and vanished causing the moon great sorrow. The moon created a great wind to blow through the hills and valleys bringing about a quick drop in temperature. The next morning, local tea pluckers went out to collect their fresh leaf. To their surprise, when the tea was processed it had developed an amazing milky character which was attributed to the motherly character of the old moon. One prepares Oolong by first briefly infusing the leaves with off-boil water, pouring of the liquor and then re-brewing for 2 minutes. If velvet had a taste, this would be it…smooth in the mouth, creamy and with a bouquet of orchids for a light floral aroma. It can be brewed 5 or 6 times! One of my favourite afternoon treats.
IZU GREEN MATCHA
There is perhaps no tea on the market today as celebrated or as famous as Matcha. An ancient Japanese poet named Sen no Rikyu, considered to be the most important influence on the development of the tea ceremony, or Chanoyu, penned this line during the 1500's, "Though many people drink tea, if you do not know the Way of Tea (Chanoyu), tea will drink you up. What was once saved only for ceremony, has found its way into everyday life. Matcha can now be found served cold, as an ingredient in health shakes, ice creams, even baked goods (we use it sometimes in our scones and in cupcakes). 2 cups of brewed matcha contains 7X the antioxidants of orange juice, 20X that of apple juice and nearly 20 g of calcium. You can brew it hot using 1/2 tsp per cup adding 2 oz of hot water and whisk vigorously to make a smooth paste-like liquid. Top with more hot water or steamed milk and perhaps a touch of honey to sweeten. Enjoy to wonderful benefits daily.