" Come sit by my side and over a cup of tea, speak to me of the goodness of life."
Lady Evelyn Fitzgerald Dodson

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Revolution English Breakfast Tea

It's no secret that we are quite fond of English breakfast tea here in the parlor, and we'll sample every new brand we can find. New to our neighborhood is Revolution English Breakfast Tea , a blend of Assam and Ceylon teas. While it hasn't the full-bodied taste of Assam or the intense flavor of Ceylon, it is a smooth tea without a single sour note that non-tea drinkers may appreciate. There are no sharp notes nor tannin aftertaste. This week, we served it with a caramelized onion and broccoli casserole from a recent Better Homes and Garden magazine and the local grocery store's English muffin bread. We're delighted that autumn has finally arrived and we can breakfast on the patio.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Dilmah English Afternoon Tea

Dilmah English Afternoon Tea is a very mild, very smooth Ceylon tea. It's the perfect accompaniment to the zucchini quiche we've been serving for breakfast here in the parlor. While we prefer a bit more bracing tea for the morning, this quietly smooth tea would be a perfect tea to wind down after a hectic afternoon. With autumn's crisp afternoons finally arriving, it would be delicious served with an apple cake or pumpkin bread.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Silver Needle White Tea

Silver needle white tea, baihao yinzhen, has been called the rarest and most spectacular of teas. The leaf shoots (the buds before they open) are picked only in the early morning on a sunny day, and harvesting usually takes place within a 48-hour-period. Curious, we decided to try some bulk silver needle white tea that was for sale at our local co-op. Unfortunately, no information was available on which plantation or even region this tea originated.

The color was gorgeous, as can be seen in the poor quality photo below, although it might be slightly off since we may have overboiled the water (it should be below the boiling point, and while we grabbed the tea kettle when steam began to appear, we're afraid we may have boiled it slightly). The flavor is supposed to be light and sweet, and it certainly was that. Perhaps it was a little too delicate for our personal tastes. Or perhaps we shouldn't have had it for breakfast, when we prefer a bracing, strong cup, and instead tried it in the afternoon. But it was a very light, very delicate tea, very unlike our usual fair.

We shall serve it again, making sure we don't boil the water, and in the afternoon, to make sure our taste buds are awake and at attention.

My apologies-Blogger is reformatting this photo and changing it orientation, for some unknown reason. It wasn't taken this way.