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I do not know what it is like to go from middle class to below poverty level in less than 30 seconds.  I have never had to sleep on the street, because there was no place to call home.  I cannot fathom the depths of sorrow and pain that would accompany the loss of my entire family. I have never experienced the devastation of a natural disaster and lived to tell about it.  I have never walked for miles begging for water.  There has never been a time in my life when I needed medical attention, but none was available. I have never felt the hunger pains of starvation.  Never have I contemplated giving away my children as their only chance of survival. I have never needed to have the strength to dig someone I love out of rubble because they were buried alive.

You probably have not either.

Yet this is reality for the men, women, and children of Haiti.

Below is an article about tea companies dedicated to help the citizens of Haiti.  Rishi Tea, Teavana, The Tea Set, Tea 4 U, and Tavalon Tea – I applaud your efforts.  The earthquake has ended and the aftershocks may have passed, but Haiti remains a country in devastation.  As lovers of tea, we are a community.  Today, I plea for my community to continue to give and/or give to Haiti for the first time.  If you are not a tea company, but avid drinker and lover such as myself – let’s support those tea companies that continue to give to Haiti with our buying power and become part of the solution.

Below is an article in its entirety first published by World Tea News describing the efforts of tea companies to provide aid to Haiti:

Tea Company Responses to Haiti Earthquake Continue
Tuesday, 09 March 2010
by Heidi Kyser

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated the island nation of Haiti happened nearly two months ago, on Jan. 12. But various businesses in the tea industry have responded – and continue to respond – by donating portions of their sales to relief efforts.

Last week, Joshua Kaiser, founder and president of Milwaukee, Wis.-based Rishi Tea, sent an e-mail to customers and contacts describing his experience during an earthquake in Nantou, Taiwan, where he has been going for twelve years to select the company’s Tae Guan Yin (“Iron Goddess of Mercy”) tea. During a tasting, Kaiser wrote, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck.

“I had never felt anything like it,” he said. “I felt so scared, vulnerable and lucky to be alive.”

Inspired, Kaiser wrote more about the experience on Food Thinkers, and through the month of March, Rishi Tea is donating 20 percent of all sales of Iron Goddess of Mercy tea to CARE, a private humanitarian organization that has been helping victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Atlanta, Ga.-based national tea store chain Teavana also partnered with CARE to contribute to the organization’s Haiti Emergency Relief Fund. Beginning shortly after the temblor and lasting through March 1, Teavana solicited donations on its Web site and matched all donations made by both customers and employees dollar-for-dollar.

According to a statement, Teavana has been working with CARE since 2006 to help people in countries where Teavana’s teas are grown.

Several other companies leaped to action following the earthquake. The Tea Set, based in New York City, donated 100 percent of the proceeds from all sales of its teas from Jan. 18 through Jan. 22 to Haitian relief via Rotary International. Starting Jan. 19,Tavalon Tea, based in New Jersey, donated 40 percent of the sales of its Serenity blend to UNICEF’s Haiti Relief Fund.

Tavalon’s UNICEF campaign ended in late February, but because the company wanted do more, it combined that donation with an event, Healing for Haiti, said Tavalon Tea Sommelier Chris Cason. He added, “I’m not sure of the exact numbers, but I can tell you that the event culminated in a total fundraising of $40,000 in one night between all of us.”

Individual entrepreneurs got in on the giving as well. Kirsten Kristensen, a tea coach with Tea 4 U, matched donations made to the Red Cross for Haiti by the Shore Women Business Network of New Jersey.

“The network of business entrepreneurs are collecting cash donations, and I guarantee to match the donations 100 percent,” Kristensen commented in a LinkedIn discussion on the topic of relief efforts.

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During the holidays we always want to share . A cup of tea, a memory, a meal – exactly what is shared isn’t always as important as the act of giving. So today, I wanted to share contest information from a fellow friend and tea blogger, Tea-Guy.

Details are below:

“Take a moment for tea and you could win great prizes from www.Tea-Guy.com, Libre Tea, Adagio Teas, Harney & Sons, Infusions of Tea, Kokomo Tea and Tavalon. Today, www.Tea-Guy.com is launching its first Tea Moments Contest and invites you to tell us about your own tea moments. Two lucky readers have a chance to win a Libre tea glass and an assortment of teas to go with it just in time for the holidays.

The www.Tea-Guy.com Tea Moments Contest begins today and ends Friday, December 11, 2009.  Winners will be announcedMonday, December 14, 2009 in two categories, video and written essay.

To enter in the video category, record a short video describing your tea moment and upload it to YouTube.com, linking it as a response to our contest announcement video located at www.youtube.com/user/teaguyllc.  Make sure to include “www.tea-guy.com” in your video description on YouTube.  Then send us an e-mail at contest@tea-guy.com with your real name, YouTube user name and e-mail address.  To enter in the written essay category, describe your tea moment in an essay and e-mail to contest@tea-guy.com along with your name and e-mail address.  Rules and regulations apply, see www.tea-guy.com for full details.”

Good Luck!

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Obviously I have too much tea in my tea tote, because hidden in the bottom was a package of Keemun. It was such a pleasant surprise on Friday as I pondered what new tea to steep and drink. Thus for the past few days, I’ve been sipping on Keemun. I have been hooked since the first cup.

Composition: Black tea from the Qimen County of Huangshan City, in Anhui (Anhwei) province. “Keemun” was actually the English spelling for “Qimen” during the colonial era.

Dry Visual: Extremely thin, dark brown almost black and twisted tea leaves. While it is common for black tea leaves to be broken, Keemun tea leaves appear to be longer in length than many others I have seen. Thanks Tavalon for the picture.

Dry Aroma: A unique mix of mild earthiness and fruity sweetness.

Flavor: For an unflavored black tea, Keemun is a really good cuppa tea. Keemun is a very smooth and full-bodied tea albeit a smidgen dry after half a cup. It has a definite maltiness that I have often called “earthy”. I had to drink a few cups to confirm this next flavor, but I tell you I tasted a hint of orange. I would love to hear from other Keemun drinkers about this flavor undertone.

Keemun is naturally sweet and enjoyable without sweetener as there is no hint of bitterness. However, after adding a little Sugar-In-The-Raw Keemun came alive. I prefer drinking Keemun with sweetener and believe it would make a great sweet iced tea. (Southern Style)

Liquor: A rich reddish brown hue.

Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 5 minutes. I brewed for the recommended 5 minutes.

Manufacturer: Tavalon Tea

Caffeine: Yes.

I thought I would share a little Keemun history with you from my Wikipedia search. Keemun was first produced in 1875 by a failed civil servant, Yu Quianchen, after he traveled to Fujian province to learn the secrets of black tea production. Prior to that, only green tea was made in Anhui. The result exceeded his expectations, and the excellent Keemun tea quickly gained popularity in England, and became the most prominent ingredient of the English Breakfast tea blend.

If you have the opportunity to enjoy a cup of Keemun, please stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

References:  Keemun tea. (2008, October 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:25, November 2, 2008, fromhttp://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Keemun_tea&oldid=245191514

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After drinking a few yummy flavored teas I always have to return to a soothing cup of non-flavored tea. While flavored teas are extremely delicious, there are days where I don’t want to taste anymore rose petals, lemon zest, blood orange, bourbon vanilla, tropical fruits, cardamom, strawberry, apricot, etc. etc. etc. There are days when an uncomplicated oolong, white, or green cup of tea is necessary to restore balance in my life. (Or at least to my palate.) All day today, I vacillated over what tea I would drink to satisfy my tea craving. Surprisingly I decided on a green tea called Sencha.

Composition: A premium green tea from the Shizuoka region of Japan.

Dry Visual: Sencha looks like fresh cut grass. Lush and green the tea leaves while broken resemble stalks or should I say blades of grass. Thanks Tavalon Tea for the picture.

Dry Aroma: Mildly vegetal with a hint of sweetness.

Flavor: I must say Sencha is a delicious cuppa tea. Very smooth with complex flavors, Sencha is amazing. Mildly vegetal upon the initial taste, the finish is both buttery and nutty. The latter having the dominant flavor. Something about Sencha reminds me of Genmaicha just without the rice.

Sencha is easily enjoyable pure without sweetener, which is how I enjoyed my first cup. If you decided to add sweetener only a little is necessary as Sencha has a natural sweetness.

Liquor: A rich yellow hue, neither neon nor gold, simply yellow.

Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time is 3 minutes. I brewed for the recommended 3 minutes.

Manufacturer: Tavalon Tea

Caffeine: Yes.

The next time you are looking to enjoy a good cuppa green tea, you may want try Sencha. If you have already done so, stop by and share your experience.  Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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Sometimes, my favorite time to drink a nice hot cup of tea is first thing in the morning, prior to eating breakfast or during a long span between meals. My mouth and taste buds seem virginal – untouched by any other flavors. At these times, I have had my best tea tasting experiences – many of the more subtle flavors are more profound. Which is precisely what happened this morning. Without the benefit of breakfast, I enjoyed a cup of Formosa Oolong.

Composition: According to Tavalon Tea’s website, Formosa Oolong is a wonderful Taiwanese Oolong with sweetness, complexity and strength, often called the Champagne Oolong.

Dry Visual: Very dark, broken tea leaves with a few stems. Thanks Tavalon Tea for the wonderful picture.

Dry Aroma: Quite woodsy, but pleasant.

Flavor: Formosa Oolong has the characteristic smoothness I so enjoy when drinking a nice hot cuppa oolong tea. Naturally sweet, this tea is quite good, requiring no sweetener as found with every quality oolong I have had the pleasure of tasting. There are two distinct undertones that complement one another well – a very mild peach flavor I believe contributes to the sweetness and a more pronounced roasted flavor that adds a bit of complexity distinguishing Formosa Oolong from other oolongs I’ve previously enjoyed.

Liquor: A dark amber color –  I was surprised by the color’s intensity.

Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time 3 minutes. I brewed for the recommended 3 minutes.

Manufacturer: Tavalon Tea

Caffeine: Yes.

If you have enjoyed Formosa Oolong, stop by and share your experience. How does it compare to other oolongs you have enjoyed in the past. What other flavors did you experience while tasting? I look forward to hearing from you. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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There is nothing better than catching the things we love most on sale. Especially when it’s tea. From now until November 1, 2008, whenever you purchase tea from Tavalon Tea and use the promo code “escapade”  (without the “quotes”) you will receive 20% off your purchase. Yep, I said it… 20% off.

If you have never ordered from Tavalon Tea, below is an excerpt from their website. 

” The goal of tavalon is to push tea back into the spotlight by presenting a fresh, new, accessible face for tea– tavalon tea.

Our mission is to become a tea company for both tea connoisseurs and newcomers to the tea world. We aim to build a strong outlet which provides premium teas and accessories to a mainstream audience.”

You don’t have to just take their word, I have tasted, reviewed and enjoyed several teas by Tavalon.  Serenity and Lemongreen to name a couple.

If this is your first Tavalon experience or if you have been drinking them for years, stop by and comment.  Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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Always on the prowl for something new and different, I decided to try Chrysanthemum tea. Let me preface this by saying the not only have I never tasted Chrysanthemum Tea… I have never even heard of it. The one thing I do know is that chrysanthemum is a flower, but that is the extent of my knowledge. Especially since I know nothing about gardening, flowers, or anything remotely related. So lets talk tea…

Composition: An herbal tea from China made from dried chrysanthemum flowers.

Dry Visual: I hate to be overly simplistic, but this tea looks just like dried flowers. Creamy yellow petals with a green bud trimmed in brown. Thanks Tavalon Tea for the awesome picture.

Dry Aroma: Dried flowers – a light almost calming scent.

Flavor: I would categorize Chrysanthemum as a very mild and naturally sweet herbal tea. Truly floral with no bitterness. Chrysanthemum is a simple unadulterated tea, enjoyable without the addition of sweetener. The addition of any sweetener would mask the natural flavor.

Liquor: Amazingly yellow – the color of  a newly opened highlighter stripe drawn on white paper. Neon!

Brewing Time: Recommended brewing time 5 minutes.  I brewed for the recommended 5 minutes. After tasting, I brewed for an additional minute.

Manufacturer: Tavalon Tea

Caffeine: No.

What is a chrysanthemum?

Chrysanthemums are a genus (Chrysanthemum) of about 30 species of perennial flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, native to Asia and northeastern Europe. Chrysanthemums were cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century BC. An ancient Chinese city was named Ju-Xian, meaning “chrysanthemum city”. The flower was introduced into Japan probably in the 8th century AD, and the Emperor adopted the flower as his official seal. 

Chrysanthemum is a nice change of pace. As a purely herbal tea, it is perfect for those unable to tolerate caffeine or looking to enjoy a nice cuppa tea without the caffeine. If you too have shared the experience stop by and comment. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

References: Chrysanthemum. (2008, September 15). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 01:50, September 20, 2008, fromhttp://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Chrysanthemum&oldid=238578064

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