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Leaves swirling, unfurling, floating,

Longing lips, eyes doting

As rolling waves of steaming water

Claim the role of Neptune’s daughter

Transforming the magical leaves of tea

Into a liquor most pleasing to me

The taste of Pu-erh – a smoky brew

But an oolong brings something anew

Smooth, nutty and surprisingly sweet

My heart palpitates for this amazing treat

Lapsong Souchong calls my name

A taste of its pine-roasted liquor is not the same

Green tea, my preference? Genmaicha if you please

Brings my tastebuds to their knees

No Lipton or Tetley tea bags for me

But enticingly mild, loose leaf white tea

A warm tea filled ceramic mug,

Wraps its love around me like a hug.

~ Tea Escapade 

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During the holiday season, many people go to the mall in search of the perfect gift for their friends and loved ones. This year, I was pleasantly surprised when I received a Vivabox. I’m sure you are wondering, “what is a Vivabox?” The creators of Vivabox would say, “A vivabox is an exciting new product that combines the freedom of choice with the personal touch of a real gift.  This two layered gift can be the answer to all of your gift giving dilemmas.  The first layer is a gift inside the box that is intended to familiarize the recipient with the product.  The second layer is the gift card that can be redeemed for their gift selection from a menu of choices. ” You can check out their website for more details… I did.

So, translated into a real life experience, I received “The Gift of a Tea Experience” when I opened my “tea time” Vivabox. Contained within my Vivabox were seven different types of Numi Teas.  Numi is the vendor of a variety of  certified organic, Fair Trade, Kosher teas located in Oakland, California. There were five tea bags (two of each) – Aged Earl Grey,

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Italian Bergamot Black Tea; Temple of Heaven, Gunpowder Green Tea; Velvet Garden, White Rose – which I must say is a lovely cuppa tea. Very mild as is characteristic of white tea with an unexpectedly robust floral quality.; Ruby Chai, Spiced Rooibos; and Monkey King, Jasmine Green Tea.  Additionally, I was excited to see the inclusion of two blooming teas also known as art teas.

While I prefer loose teas there is something fun about receiving a box full of various flavors of tea. Like a kid in a candy store, I read each type of tea and immediately found myself looking up the websites for both Numi and Vivabox. As with Russian Nesting Dolls, where the opening of one contains yet another beautiful doll, I was excited to realize that the fun wasn’t over after opening the Vivabox. Found within the box was a plastic card, resembling a credit card with 16 digits printed on the front and further instructions on the back detailing how to redeem yet another gift.

After reviewing my gift options… isn’t that exciting?… I selected the Single Origins Tea Set.  Succinctly described as a beautiful tea gift that offers four Organic loose teas (my absolute favorite) from

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Included in the set is a black ceramic teapot with matching cups all adorned with a floral design. A metal infuser (not shown in the picture) fits perfectly in the mouth of the pot for perfect straining every time.  It is simply not enough to describe this adorable set - the pictures speak for themselves. 

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Simply stated this was one of the best tea gifts I’ve ever received. A mixture of tea bags, blooming teas, loose teas, and teaware – a tea lover’s dream.

So, in nutshell, how does Vivabox work?

1.  You Pick The Theme. Do you have an idea as to what type of gift someone would like?  Select the Vivabox theme  you think they would enjoy the most.  

2.  Upon Receipt, The Recipient Will Try The Samples. They open the box and enjoy the gift inside.  The gift relates to the theme of the box.  

3.  The Recipient Chooses The Gift.  After enjoying the first gift, the recipient visits the Vivabox website to enter their card number found in the initial gift.    

Result:  You have given the perfect gift!  Ensuring that you have given the recipient exactly what he or she will most enjoy. 

My Vivabox provided me with a wonderfully unique tea experience. Other Vivabox gift experiences include: The Gift of Indulgence – gourmet to your door (the choice of a three-course gourmet meal for two… delivered directly to your door); The Gift of Massage – spa (enjoy a full body massage or facial); The Gift of Beauty – spa (enjoy a manicure and pedicure). Check out the Vivabox website to see all of their products.

Vivabox has taken the gift of tea to another level. If you haven’t experienced Vivabox for yourself now’s your opportunity. Then return to tell me about it. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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It is a wet and rainy Saturday morning – I just finished a late breakfast and I am in desperate need of a cup of tea.  Armed with several to choose from I could not decide initially what I had a taste for. I opted for a tea that is new to my cupboards.

 

This morning’s choice… Genmaicha.

Composition: A Japanese green tea with brown rice added during the drying process.

Dry Visual: The tea leaves are a beautiful dark green. During the drying process some of the brown rice “pops” adding a beautiful mixture of brown and white color as well as texture to this tea.

Dry Aroma: Very unique, the brown rice dominates by adding a roasted smell to this green tea.

Flavor: A mild yet flavorful brew, the addition of the roasted brown rice adds a little pizzaz to this green tea.  I have had two cups of this tea – in the first cup, the roasted brown rice had a nutty quality to it. In the second – the roasted brown rice reminded me of popcorn. Perhaps a third cup will settle the dispute. I have enjoyed this tea both with and without honey. If you decide to add honey, only a dab will do, as this tea has a natural underlying sweetness.

Liquor: The liquor is a light yellow hue.

Brewing Time: 3-5 minutes recommended. I opt for 5 minutes.

Manufacturer: Harney and Sons Fine Teas
Caffeine: Yes

I can no long say that I am not a green tea drinker. My taste buds were simply limited in their exposure. I look forward to my next cup of green tea. It truly has been a pleasantly surprising adventure.

Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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