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Our Version of a Lord Grantham of Downton Abbey Tea Time

by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author)

My humans are not aristocracy. In fact, here in the USA we have no aristocracy. So they had to imagine what tea time would be like for a lord of the manor. And they were sure that Lord Grantham’s tea time would certainly be special. The first step was the tea, and from there all seemed to fall into place.

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Diving into More Flavored Teas and Tea Blends – Part III

by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author)

Don’t miss Part I and Part II!

Time for the final 4 of those 10 tea samples from a local vendor. My humans and I have been, quite frankly, a bit astonished, which doesn’t happen much lately. Time to see if these last 4 teas will bring the same reaction. TOOOOOT!

The Third Batch – Four Teas

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Diving into More Flavored Teas and Tea Blends – Part II

by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author)

Don’t miss Part I and Part III!

We’re here for the second batch of teas from that set of 10 samples from a local vendor. In Part I you saw how pleased my humans were with those first 3 teas. Time to see how these teas do.

The Second Batch – Three Teas

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Diving into More Flavored Teas and Tea Blends – Part I

by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author)

Don’t miss Part II and Part III!

Howdy, humans! Your fave teapot here reporting on a total of 10 tea samples from a local vendor. This was quite a marathon tasting session done over the 3-day Memorial Day weekend. And so you don’t get too overwhelmed by it all, I have encouraged my ‘she’ human (who helps me type up and post things) to split it into 3 posts.

The First Batch – Three Teas

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A Quick Cuppa: Kris Kringle’s Delight Tea

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by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)

Good ole Kris Kringle has been one of those characters from human traditions for several centuries. Much longer than I have been around (although I am not sure of my exact age, my best guess is that it’s 5 or 6 years).

WiT-EMP-KrisKringleDelight1Ingredients are listed on their store site as Ceylon black tea, Chocolate, Hazelnut and Almond flavors accented with green & red sugar coated Fennel seeds. Rather festive looking in the pouch with a sweet chocolaty aroma. In the cup, my humans thought the chocolate was a bit weak, and they weren’t sure what the fennel seeds added to the flavor here, since they were strained out. But the sugar coating added a sweetness to the tea. My humans sure seemed pleased, and they are thinking that leaving a cuppa this tea out for Santa will assure lots of great gifts awaiting them. Sounds good to me, as long as I get the credit…and the gifts! TOOOOT!

Disclaimer: all items were furnished by the vendor but all opinions expressed here are totally unbiased.

© 2014 A.C. Cargill photos and text

A Quick Cuppa: Mixed Fruit Tea

A sparkly pear ornament (my humans used to put up a tree every year and decorate it – reminiscent of their childhoods, I guess) seemed the natural tea time decoration here for our latest quick cuppa. Another one from the samples we had received from Empire Tea Services recently as part of their holiday promotion efforts.

WiT-EMP-MixedFruit1Ingredients are listed on their store site as Ceylon tea, Orange peel, Blackcurrant, Peach and Raspberry flavors, garnished with Sunflower petals. Boy, that’s a lot of stuff. And you may have noticed that Ceylon tea (a black one in this case) tends to be the base of a lot of flavored teas out there. I steeped some up anyway since my humans were getting that crazed “gotta have a cuppa now” look in their eyes (at such times I just steep, pour, and back away until they look sorta normal again).

One thing for humans to keep in mind is that flavored teas don’t always taste the same in the liquid as they do in the dry leaf form. This one is pretty close in both – fruity with the blackcurrant dominating. Overall my humans found it pleasant for a once-in-awhile tea break.

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A Quick Cuppa: Scottish Breakfast Tea

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by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)

This type of tea is one of my humans’ faves, but each vendor makes his/hers a bit differently, using a different blend of teas. This one was part of the samples we had received from Empire Tea Services recently as part of their holiday promotion efforts. We had quite a tea party with it, accompanied by the musical tones of some brass bells made in India.

WiT-EMP-ScotBkfst1Ingredients are listed on their package as Kenyan and Assam black teas, and the aroma was malty/raisin-ish. (Tea not showing on their store site.) Sadly, this version of Scottish Breakfast has no Keemun in it to give it a good kick. So the tea came off a bit too light tasting for adding milk and sweetener the way my humans like to. But it was mild enough to be enjoyed without those additives. It even tasted good after sitting awhile and cooling to room temperature. A very good thing for you iced tea lovers and those of you who don’t like milk in your tea.

I’m thinking my humans need to do a bit of an experiment here and blend in some Keemun they have with this tea to see how it goes. They are so used to have this style of black tea be stronger in flavor that this one just doesn’t quite measure up for them. Spoiled rotten…thanks to me. TOOOT!

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A Quick Cuppa: Peach-Apricot Green Tea

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by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)

The holiday season is approaching, so my humans started getting out the various items they hadn’t unpacked yet since moving here in May of last year. I loved the snow globe with the sleigh and tiny humans (I sure hope they’re not real) inside. It seemed like a good time for a quick cuppa tea. This one was part of the samples we had received from Empire Tea Services recently as part of their holiday promotion efforts.

WiT-EMP-PeachApricotGreen1Ingredients are listed on their store site as Gunpowder green tea with Peach and Apricot flavoring. A best seller. This is a green tea, so I backed off on the water temperature to about 180°F, which is what is on the package label, and steeped for only 3 minutes. That was plenty of time to have the pellets of Gunpowder tea fully open and the flavors of peach and apricot to do their job. In fact, I did a second infusion, too. The tea was still flavorful, and the fruits were still evident. There was no bitterness or unpleasant grassiness that some green teas are known to have.

Score another success story for yours truly. Been keeping my humans’ massive thirst for tea satisfied for several years now. TOOOT!

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A Quick Cuppa: Caribbean Sunset Tea

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by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)

As Winter approaches here in the Northern Hemisphere, my humans and I still want to keep a bit of sunshine in their lives. So I steeped up a nice cuppa this flavored tea with the sunny name not only to keep my humans feeling sunny, but to be sure I stayed sunny! This one was part of the samples we had received from Empire Tea Services recently as part of their holiday promotion efforts.

WiT-EMP-CaribSunset1Ingredients are listed on their store site as a blend of Ceylon black teas, Lemon Myrtle, Stevia, Lemon peel with Rum, Lemon and Lime flavors. The dry mix had a spicy citrusy aroma. Intriguing. The flavor was pleasant, sweet, and managed to avoid being too tangy or sour. My humans just relaxed and enjoyed. (A tip for all my cousin teapots out there: It’s good to keep your humans happy with tea so that they stay out of the way when you want to have a parTEA with your buddies!)

This is a nice occasional tea, but I’m not sure my humans would go for it on a steady basis. For one thing, the taste of the tea is totally covered up by the other ingredients.

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A Quick Cuppa: Sugar Plum Tea

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by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)

My humans love classical music. Such composers as Tchaikovsky are top of that list. And this time of year they like to listen to The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies from The Nutcracker (a fab ballet – our favorite is the one with Gelsey Kirkland and “Clara” and Michael Baryshnikov as the Nutcracker when he was in his prime shape as a dancer – for a human, that is). So what could be better than to sip on some Sugar Plum Black Tea? This one was part of the samples we had received from Empire Tea Services recently as part of their holiday promotion efforts.

WiT-EMP-SugarPlum1Ingredients are listed on their store site as Ceylon tea flavored with Sugar Plum, botanicals, fruit pieces and naturally sweetened with Stevia.

I steeped some up for my humans to enjoy while listening to that lovely music (and I did a little dancing – well, more like scooting – myself) while they sipped and savored. Overall, they seemed pleased, but they did remark that the Stevia was initially sweet but there was an unpleasant aftertaste, and the overall flavor wasn’t quite as sugar plum-like as they had expected.

But that’s the problem with expectations. And it’s one of our issues with flavored teas like this. Duplicating natural aromas and flavors is tough to do. Ask any perfume maker. But that doesn’t mean the flavor was bad. In fact, if it had been, my humans would have been grimacing and making those odd faces they tend to do. Instead, they enjoyed their tea and music moment to the max. A good sign and another score for your fave little teapot in making his humans happy.

© 2014 A.C. Cargill photos and text