This month I received tea samples from Grey’s Teas, a brand that I had heard of but that I hadn’t have the chance to try so far. So, I was fortunate enough to be contacted by Richard Grey, his founder, to taste and review some of their teas. I chose samples that were new for me so I could also take the opportunity to discover the brand through teas I am not familiar with.
Tai Ping Hou Kui
I find it light bodied, quite vegetal but also nutty and with toasted notes that remind me slightly to hojicha. Spinachy, a bit citrusy as well almost like lemon. Aftertaste quite toasted like tobacco and wood. Judging from its appearance, I never imagined these distinctive roasted notes coming out of this green tea.
Kenya White Lelsa Silver Tip
Wet leaves have citrusy aroma like passion fruit or tamarind. The flavour is like hay with a dark chocolate long aftertaste. The color of the liquor is yellowish, not so pale to be a white tea. Quite an interesting discovery!
Formosa GABA Oolong
Wet leaves smell like dried plum. It is very fruity and heavy in the mouth, round and velvety. Low astringency, notes of pineapple and a toasted end. And, on top of that, you get all the benefits of GABA in one cup! This formosa Oolong was my overall favourite.
Thank you Grey’s Teas for the samples, it has been a pleasure to taste them all!
Even though I drink more green and oolong teas in general, during this time of the year I find that a rich and robust black tea is also a great choice to keep me warm and comforted during the day. In today’s post I have put together a list of four pure black teas that I personally love and that I think are versatile, delicious and easy to drink either alone or paired as I propose below. I haven’t included any blend or scented teas in the list but I might share some blends that I really like in some other post. Here we go:
1. Keemun: Dark and aromatic, this gorgeous tea will delight you with its notes of chocolate, cacao, wood and dried fruits. It is perfect to pair with fruit cakes, puddings, confitures and chocolate truffles.
2. Assam: This classic robust black tea is great to accompany almost any kind of cakes and sweet pastry like croissants, pain au chocolat and apple strudel. Its malty flavour and full body make it a winter season favourite.
3. Golden Yunnan: This mellow black tea is known for its fruity notes of caramel, peach, almost like nectar, and its delicate golden colour is just a pleasure itself. Great with macaroons, fruit muffins, biscuits and pannetone.
4. Nilgiri India: I love to pair a good black tea from this region with chutneys, preserves, aged cheese and dried fruits.
What are your winter’s favourite black teas?
Stay warm and happy winter!
In May of 2013 blogging seemed quite intimidating for me, I couldn’t help but thinking about all the amazing tea bloggers there were and all that was already written and said about tea. I would actually wonder, what else there is to say?
So I convinced myself that my blog was going to be a personal exercise to continue learning, researching, reading about tea and that I would do it with no commitments with the only condition that it had to be enjoyable, meaningful and overall inspiring. I remember it took me a while to go public but when I finally did it I said: “I would write as if nobody is reading”. Luckily today I have a beautiful audience with whom I share a common love for tea. And the truth is that blogging has been a very rewarding experience and the best way to discover and to learn more about this wonderful world.
Teascopia allows me to share my thoughts about the personal and social experience of drinking tea,
not always in a technical way but also based on my own reflexions and curiosity. My posts and my pictures usually reveal this relation with tea in a very simple way. I love the simplicity of things and how we are able to give meaning to them instead of the other way around. So I love to think of tea as everything and nothing, something that I shape and shapes me too.
I am thankful for your loving support during these years. It reassures my passion and motivates me to keep on going.
Thank you very much for reading and may this new year brings new adventures, experiences and projects we can share together!
Today I am featured in Revista Estampas with an article about pairing tea with traditional Venezuelan christmas sweets and desserts. The process of writing this post took me back to family traditions and memories that stay with me forever. Thank you Adriana Gibbs for this special invitation!
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“Tardes de merienda en navidad”, un artículo que se publica hoy en Estampas donde propongo el maridaje con té para cuatro dulces de navidad tradicionales venezolanos. Escribirlo me hizo recordar tradiciones familiares y sabores que están grabados en mi memoria para siempre. Mil gracias a Adriana Gibbs por esta invitación tan especial, ¡la disfruté de principio a fin!
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I recently noticed that most of the pictures I post on Teascopia’s Instagram account have the caption “Morning Tea” and it must be because having tea in the morning is one of the best parts of my day, the one little pleasure that lightens up my day.
Although I have many favourite teas, I do have certain morning teas that are always on my top ten and I have enjoyed many mornings for many years. Jasmine green tea for example is my “comfort tea” and I love to start the morning with the exquisite smell of this fragrant flowery tea. It invites me to daydream and puts me in the right mood to start the day. Some other times I crave a Japanese brothy, vegetal green tea so I make a Kukicha or a good Sencha. I also like a buttery Oolong when I have time to re-steep it many times on a teapot until is completely washed. This I usually make it on weekends with a power breakfast and fruits.
So my morning tea is an essential part of my everyday life and not only a good excuse to upload an image on Instagram. I look forward to tea every morning: I choose my cup, the tea and I prepare it just the way I like it. The morning light is the best marriage to my tea, I love the spark it adds to the setting.
Do you have a favourite morning tea? How is it, dark and robust, light and flowery, spiced, fruity, with milk and sugar, none of the above? If you just drink coffee it’s ok too!
A colleague from work brought me a box of gluten free macaroons from a recent trip to Italy that she made with her husband on a motorbike. We usually share sweets, biscuits, fruits and many cups of tea at work but these macaroons were a gift and also were so pretty that I said I was going to use them for a new edition of “tea and cake” on my blog. So another excuse to write, eat and drink tea!
These lovely purple little circular cakes are blueberry macaroons with blueberry cream filling. To pair them I made a Nilgiri SFTGFOP1 black tea so the sweetness and fruitiness of the macaroon could blend with the natural fruity character of the tea. The crumbly texture of the macaroon was also perfect to match the light-medium body of this black tea. In this case I think an iced tea could have been good as well but temperatures already started to drop so a warm cup of tea was a great choice.
I know it could sound silly but how easy it is to make yourself happy with little things: tea, macaroons and a book perhaps? Or just watching the clouds go by from the window, feeling the crisp air of the autumn? Tea and cake is a small but special pleasure if we intend it to be, isn’t it?
Thank you Txung for the present!