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Blueberry Tea Shortbread CookiesMy girlfriend Chara, owner and founder of WanderingLotus – a mobile yoga studio, came over in preparation for our upcoming yoga and tea event. As always, we began our meeting with the usual ritual… I put on a pot of tea and Chara procures a yummy sweet treat. I am a complete sucker for sweets – not candy – but cake, pie, cobbler, ice cream, pastries, decadent cookies you name it, I love it!

This time, Chara brought a box of BISCOTTEA, gluten-free, blueberry, tea, shortbread cookies.  We were a little nervous, because of the gluten-free tag, but thought we would try them out anyway. Initially we were a little surprised, because the cookies in the box looked distinctly different from the picture on the package.  We sort of looked at each other as if to say, “Are these the right cookies?”.  Then we conducted the smell test… blueberry tea shortbread cookies smell delightful – just like blueberries. Not surprising, but definitely a plus considering the visual inspection.

The tentative first bite proved to be tasty.  Traditionally, I do not eat gluten-free products so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.  Blueberry tea shortbread cookies were not as dense as some shortbread cookies I have enjoyed in the past.  This is not a bad thing, just different.  The cookies were crumbly and slightly dry, similar to the crisper portion of a scone.  The taste of tea was definitely evident as was a mild blueberry flavor.  The cookies were not overly sweet and paired well with our tea – sweetened Moroccan Mint and later with an unsweetened oolong.  The only drawback – the cookies left a slighty gritty feel in the mouth – which really isn’t that big of a deal.

BISCOTTEA, blueberry tea shortbread cookies are manufactured in Issaquah, WA.  With a desire to make cookies that taste homemade, founder Laurance Milner uses the following ingredients: gluten-free all-purpose flour, sorghum flour, butter, sugar, cornstarch, xanthan gum, organic white tea from China’s Fujian Province, organic natural blueberry flavor, baking soda, and salt.  Additionally, according to the website, BISCOTTEA™ is more than just a cute play on words; it’s the result of a four-year search that started in 2003 when Laurance Milner, a Specialty Food entrepreneur and tea drinker, determined to create BISCOTTEA to pair perfectly with tea. You can now purchase BISCOTTEA,™ in four additional tea flavors:

  • African Honeybush: Made with sweet herbal tea leaves grown on the same unique South African mountains as the Rooibos (Red Tea) plant.
  • Mint: A mixture of organic peppermint and spearmint leaves farmed in Oregon.
  • Chai: A blend of organic chai spices, including cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, ginger, and pepper.
  • Earl Grey: A combination of organic Darjeeling tea, estate-grown in India, with natural Bergamot Citrus flavor.

To purchase BISCOTTEA, visit their website www.biscottea.net to locate a retailer near you.  Or you can make a stop at your local TJ Maxx, where Chara purchased our box of BISCOTTEA.  Until then… Happy tea drinking!

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worldteaexpo

So, I’m sure you realize that I am bubbling over with excitement as the hubby and I prepare for our first World Tea Expo – May 2 through May 4, 2009. As the date approaches, I am so excited learn about the various activities that have been plan for the tea-filled weekend. In addition, it seems as though the list of tea companies that plan to be in attendance continues to grow by the minute. Not only will I have the opportunity to attend, what I hope to be, awesome classes I will also get the chance to check out new tea and tea-related products.

Here is a sampling of the new products that will be introduced at this year’s World Tea Expo:

  • Double Wall Tea Cup by Northwest Glass Designs – Speaking of glass, this 16-ounce cup is designed to insulate the drinker’s delicate fingers from the hot tea inside. It’s so sexy and smart, maybe they should’ve called it The Julia Roberts. 
  • Illuminated Tea Selection Chests by Tea Butler – Ever felt like tea is so magical it glows? Tea Butler makes it happen – literally – with these special presentation chests featuring descriptive plaques and jars that light up. 
  • World Tea Championship Tea Sampler by PeLi Teas – Also taking presentation to new heights is PeLi Teas, which places a selection of its award-winning whole leaf Chinese teas in hand-folded pyramid sachets, and offers them in bamboo boxes. 
  • Green Tea Gourmet Gift Tray by Torn Ranch – This boxed set presents Splendid Specialties’ gourmet chocolate bars, candies and cookies infused with Jasmine tea. If this doesn’t satisfy your green tea craving, you may need to seek help. 
  • Morning Lychee Green Tea Bars and Mints by Sencha Naturals – Sencha continues to break new ground in tea’s uses as an ingredient. Not only has it added the tantalizing morning lychee flavor to its mints and bars, but it has also obtained certified vegan, kosher and fair trade status for both product lines. 
  • Victorian House Scones by the Tea House Times – Here’s a tea side dish for the more traditional crowd. Unlike most packaged powders, these allow bakers to be creative and use high-quality ingredients – all with the convenience of a mix. 
  • Wine Inspired Teas by International Tea Importers – With its subtleties of terroire and mouth-feel, tea has been drawing comparisons to wine for years. It was only a matter of time before someone brought the two together, as in these wine-flavored teas.
  • Get Real, Get Loose by Teas Etc – You know a company that starts its product description with “Ditch the old bag” has a sense of humor. But this one’s got brains, too. Get Real, Get Loose solves for once and for all the annoying problem of having too much tea, not enough filters (or vice versa) by putting the two together! Duh.  

I look forward to not only seeing, but sampling some of these new products. Not only for my own pleasure, which is paramount, but also to write about here on Tea Escapade. To register for or find more information about the 2009 World Tea Expo, visit http://www.worldteaexpo.com.

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