You may have noticed that there haven’t been too many reviews lately, like any, at all. I have a good excuse, honest! Last October, I got engaged and started planning our wedding. The big day was June 30th, 2012 and it went great. Needless to say, I didn’t have a lot of time to write about tea, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been drinking it!
One of the things that was most important to both my new wife and myself was that our special day reflected ourselves more than any traditions or customs. We wanted it to be OUR wedding. One of the first things I thought about was trying to incorporate tea into the event. Along those lines, Teavivre graciously agreed to help us out by providing some tea to help make our day special, and we are both very grateful. We ended up using the tea in two places, as the wedding favor and on a special “tea table” at the reception.
Both items were a big hit. We have received several compliments on both the favors and the tea table. It’s fun to see pictures posted to facebook six months after the wedding of people saying they enjoyed the tea, I think the favorite of the day was the Bailin Gongfu black tea, although the Unbridled Love, Jasmine Pearl, and Iron Godess teas were all great as well. Teavivre also surprised us with some of their blooming teas which we were really excited to be able to use to decorate the tea table. I have tried flowering teas before, but these were the first ones that actually bloomed and looked like they were supposed to.
I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you very much to Teavivre, your gift of tea was awesome and Stella was a pleasure to work with. I look forward to enjoying the leftover tea, and hopefully getting back to some more frequent review soon!
Seeing as this is my first post since August, you can probably guess that I missed the mark with my teageek.org resolution to blog about new teas and answering tea questions. Looking back, I missed most of my 2011 intentions for this site by a pretty wide margin. Despite that, I think 2011 was a pretty good year for me, tea-wise.
I got to visit the Samovar Tea Lounge on a trip to San Francisco, and it was really awesome. Anyone in the San Francisco area should check it out. I love their tea and was totally geeked to get to visit them. I also started a new job, and while there were already some pretty solid tea drinkers here, I think I helped raise it’s popularity in the office a little. Actually, judging by my co-workers yelling at me about their “tea bills” I would say it went a little too well.
One of the reasons I haven’t been posting is that it has become too much of a chore. Feeling guilty when I don’t feel like writing a post has made me never really want to post, which is ironically the opposite of what I was trying to accomplish with teageek.org. This year I am going to approach things a little differently. Rather then rapid fire reviews that I don’t really care about, I’m going to not set any goals, and just see where it goes. I want tea to be about taking a moment and enjoying life, not rushing frantically through it. I have plenty of goals and challenges planned for 2012, I don’t need to make enjoying tea one of them.
First Impressions: Slightly fruity smelling, odd for a black tea
I picked up this tea during my recent trip to Samovar in San Francisco. This is another of the very good black teas that I have tried lately. Lychee black is called this because of the lychee fruit it contains, and gives it an interesting flavor. Not so much sugary sweet as very light, its very refreshing for a black tea. Another nice thing about this, like most of Samovar’s teas, is that it is great for multiple infusions, so you can make three or four cups with the same leaves.
Recently I went out to San Francisco for a mini-vacation with a bunch of friends. It was a good time, we had a lot of fun and saw pretty much all of the major stuff in the city. Another thing I did was drag my friends to the Samovar Tea Lounge. My girlfriend is the only one out of the group who like tea besides me, but the rest were relatively supportive. I’m pretty sure it was just because they saw an opportunity to make fun of my tea-geekery later (a favored past time), but I thought it would be worth it.
All in all, it was great, we went to the Zen Valley location. The atmosphere was very relaxed, and the tea was amazing. It was fun to watch them make the tea and serve it, and the tea ware was very cool and really added to the experience. I had the Nishi Sencha 1st Flush , my friend had the Lychee Black, and my girlfriend had Jasmine lemon aid . I also grabbed a Masala Chai to go as we left. All in all I had a lot of fun, and even my friend admitted the Lychee black was “The best dirt-water he had ever tried” I would definitely recommend visiting Samovar if you are in the city, it really is a fun experience.
Also, if you do visit, try the Masala Chai, it was amazing!
I started this blog about a year ago partially as a new year’s resolution. Since it is another new year, I thought it fitting to set some new goals. Originally I wasn’t sure what I would do, I thought about changing the focus of the site and stopping the weekly reviews entirely, but I really enjoy trying new tea, and it is a good way to make myself find different kinds.
Over Christmas vacation, my family learned about this blog, and I was surprised how many of them were interested in it. Mostly they had questions about tea. Does it have health benefits? Which one has the most caffeine? Do black and green tea really come from the same plant? I realized that a lot of people are interested in tea, but don’t really know anything about it. So, in the coming year I will be trying to answer one common question about tea a month. If you have one you are interested in, leave it in the comments and I will try to answer it!
I just wanted to take a moment apologize to readers out there who have been waiting so long for a new review! It’s been a crazy summer and while i have been drinking more tea than ever I haven’t seemed to find any time to blog about it. I’ll be continuing my once a week reviews starting today. I will also try to fit in some back-dated reviews of the teas I drank this summer when I can fit them in. Anyways, thanks for reading, look for more soon!
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Hey Everybody –
I am excited to let you know that I just got my free samples of adagio’s upcoming maestro collection! I was chosen for a preview of the new collection of 8 premium teas they are releasing April 10th. I will be reviewing the first later this week – look for them!