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Everyone knows that Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving. Even more importantly, it is the retail shopping event of the year  and the kick-off for holiday shopping. But have you ever heard of Cyber Monday?  For you techy types, you are probably well aware of the term Cyber Monday. However, for those of you who are still in the dark…

Cyber Monday is the Black Friday of e-commerce. It is the Monday following Thanksgiving and represents the kick-off of Internet holiday shopping. So if you missed Black Friday… No problem! Pull out your computer and begin e-tailing!

In honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I have compiled a list of fantastic tea companies, who in the spirit of holiday shopping are offering some awesome deals.  Find great gift-giving ideas for your friends, family and co-workers. Don’t forget to add a little something special in the shopping cart for yourself.

Let the shopping begin!

Company Name: Golden Moon Tea
Sales Event: Visit Golden Moon Tea and get 10% off all orders from November 27th – December 25th.
Promo Code: ESCAPADE (use at checkout)
Company URL: http://www.GoldenMoontea.com
Company Name: Kamelia Luxe
Sales Event: Get 15% discount on all black teas, which includes the whole StripTeas flagship line! Promotion runs November 26th – December 4th.
Promo Code: blackfriday
Company URL: http://www.originalstripteas.com
Company Name: thepuriTea
Sales Event: Now until 12/1, we’re offering 10% off on all orders and Free Shipping on order of $50 or more. Just in time for the holidays, thepuriTea Gift Box is now available. Choose from 6 different sets, designed for all kinds of Tea Lovers!
Promo Code: CYBMON09
Company URL: http://www.thepuritea.com
Company Name: Red Leaf Tea
Sales Event: Get 20% OFF all teas from November 26th – December 1st.
Promo Code: thanksgiving (use at checkout)
Company URL: http://www.redleaftea.com
Company Name: Teas Etc
Sales Event: Beginning November 26th – November 29th  11:59PM EST Teas Etc is taking 20% of everything with FREE shipping on orders of $60 or more.
Promo Code: GIFT2009
Company URL: http://www.TeasEtc.com
Company Name: Tea Forte
Sales Event: *  Purchase our Tea-Over-Ice Brewing Pitcher and one box of Twelve-Over-Ice Iced teas for $39 from November 27th – December 1st.
Promo Code: Iced39 (use at checkout)
Sales Event: *  Receive Six Free Exotics Duos with $100 purchase, while supplies last.
Promo Code: FREEDUOS (use at checkout)
Sales Event: *  Receive Free Solstice Cup & Saucer with purchase of Winter Solstice Gift Set, while supplies last.
Promo Code: FREECUP (use at checkout)
Company URL: http://www.teaforte.com/
Company Name: Teavana
Sales Event: Shop Teavana’s Holiday Gift Center for Gifts with Meaning. Starting Thursday, 11/26 through Monday 11/30, receive a 2oz bag of Rooibos Rose Garden tea with any order at Teavana.com! As always, you can get Free Shipping on all Teavana orders over $50.
Promo Code: No coupon code is required
Company URL: http://www.teavana.com/Tea-Gift-Center/Gifts-with-Meaning/
Company Name: The Simple Leaf Tea
Sales Event: Get 20% off your order (before shipping and tax). Limit 1 per person now through midnight November 30th.
Promo Code: simple2009
Company URL: http://www.thesimpleleaf.com
Company Name: Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Co
Sales Event: All loose teas (14 new exclusively loose teas) 15% off from November 26th through December 1st.
Promo Code: THANKS09 (at check out)
Company URL: http://www.twoleavesandabud.com
Company Name: White Lion Tea
Sales Event: * Shop White Lion Tea for $1 shipping on all orders, any product, no minimum purchase from November 26th – 29th.
*  Receive a complimentary Winter Tea Sampler Gift Box with all orders of $150 or more from November 26th – December 18th.
Promo Code: No special codes or coupons necessary for either promo.
Company URL: http://www.whiteliontea.com
Company Name: Yogic Chai
Sales Event: Annual sales event, enjoy 40% off your entire purchase on November 26th.
Promo Code: Must visit website and sign up for Yogic Chai Newsletter
Company URL: http://www.yogicchai.com

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1000-cranes-white-tea-500When I attended the 2009 World Tea Expo in May, I had the opportunity to meet Beth and Newman Johnston from Teas Etc. During my chat with Beth I learned about the amazing history of 1000 Cranes White Tea Blend.  I thought I would share the story right from the  website of Teas Etc.

The Story…

Nathan, who has worked with us for the past 4 years, decided to ask Nicole to marry him. It’s not that he asked but HOW he asked that makes this a “story.”  The happy couple was spending the afternoon at one of their favorite places, the Morikami Museum in Delray Beach. There is a Japanese saying that if you give a 1000 cranes and/or receive a 1000 cranes you are granted one wish. It was that day that Nathan presented Nicole a rather large box to open. Inside the box there were 999 white origami cranes that Nathan had laboriously folded 1 by 1. At the bottom was a larger, gold crane number 1000. In that gold crane was the ring which was followed by the proposal. How romantic!42040412 Shortly thereafter, Nathan and Nicole put together a list of ingredients with special meaning and the 1000 Crane Blend was born.”

I don’t think I could have told a better story – instead I’ll share the review of 1000 Cranes White Tea Blend.

Composition: Organic bai mu dan (white tea), strawberry white tea, organic strawberry pieces, rose petals, coconut shreds

Dry Visual: A rich variety of color – deep green tea leaves with brown stems present, rusty-red fruit pieces, creamy coconut pieces, mauve and pink leaves. Thanks Teas Etc., for the picture.

Dry Aroma: Absolutely yummy! Floral and fruity sweet I loved to simply sit and inhale the loose tea.

Flavor: 1000 Cranes White Tea Blend is a mild tea blend, characteristic of bai mu dan. A lover of white tea, particularly bai mu dan, I thought this tea was blended very well. The other ingredients – strawberry, rose petal and coconut actually complimented the white tea instead of overpowering it. The strawberry flavor was present from start to finish. I found the rose petal to be less prominent in the start, but definitely present at the finish. I cannot say I was able to easily discern the coconut. I’m brewing another cup for a second opinion.

A full-bodied tea, 1000 Cranes White Tea Blend can easily be enjoyed without sweetener – the method I used to enjoy my first cup. However, in my second cup, I added a little Sugar-In-The-Raw. That is when the coconut really “popped”.  It’s subtle taste was definitely present, yet not overwhelming.  I found the brew to have no astringency; yet, I think I prefer drinking 1000 Cranes White Tea Blend with just a touch of sweetener. I found the tea to be delicious.

Liquor: A rich yellow actually golden hue.

Brewing Time: According to the directions, the recommended steeping time is one (1) teaspoon for 3 – 6 minutes in water that ranges from 180 to 190 degrees F. Initially, I steeped for 3 minutes – tasted, then steeped for an additional 3 minutes using about 1.5 teaspoons fresh leaves each time versus multiple infusions.

Manufacturer: Teas Etc.

Caffeine: Yes.

If you have had the opportunity to enjoy a cup of 1000 Cranes White Tea Blend, please stop by and share your experience. Until then… Happy Tea Drinking!

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worldteaexpoReporting live from The World Tea Expo… I have always wanted to say that! Even better than wanting to say those words is the fact that Tea Escapade’s attendance at The World Tea Expo is reality. For the last few months, I have waited eagerly for this infamous tea event that began on Saturday, May 2nd.

We arrived late Friday night and I anticpated walking on the exhibit floor the moment I stepped off the plane. Saturday morning, bright and early, I attended my first class – Comparative Origin Cupping taught by David De Candia. This skill building workshop lived up to my high expectations and then some. Don’t worry… there are definitely more details to come, as well as pictures.

The rest of the day was spent walking the exhibit floor. Pacing myself was critical as each tea vendor freely shared samples of both hot and cold brewed tea. After cupping numerous teas during the workshop, becoming tea logged, was eminent.

To quickly recap my World Tea Expo adventure for the day…

  • Attendance at one of the skill building workshops.
  • Visiting and chatting up numerous vendors, including, but not limited to, Teas Etc., Harney and Sons, Rishi Teas, Aiya, Kim Bees, and Hunan Tea Co., LTD.
  • A delightful interview with Beth Johnston from Teas Etc. – coming soon.
  • Unexpected meeting with one of our favorite bloggers – Tea Guy.

The World Tea Expo ended with the World Tea Championship, which I regrettably missed.  I admit, we attended Cirque de Soliel. The winners, however, will be published shortly.

That’s all for now!

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