Eight months gone and the ninth month of the year is beginning, a time for looking forward to cooler temperatures and the annual re-coloring of the foliage around us before it quits the branches and blankets the ground. Some teas and herbals to help you more fully appreciate this time of things falling:

5 September Teas to Fall For! (ETS image composite by A.C. Cargill)

5 September Teas to Fall For! (ETS image composite by A.C. Cargill)

 

1 Dessert in a Cup: Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh Tea – Loose Leaf*

Pu-erh teas are in a class by themselves. They are what’s called “fermented” teas. The leaves are processed like a black tea (in this case) and then stored awhile. It gives them a somewhat unique flavor profile that many describe as “earthy.” This version adds in sweet caramel and toffee to combine with that earthy quality for a flavor that is sweet, burnt, and sugary – dessert in a teacup. This flavored tea also includes almond pieces, so if you have a nut sensitivity, this might be an issue.

2 Vibrant: PG Tips Vibrant Mandarin Orange Green Tea*

Part of that new line-up of teas from an iconic British brand. A top brand of tea in the UK, PG Tips is a Unilever brand. Their original special blend has been pleasing palates for over 75 years. In late February 2014 they added some updated blends and flavored teas to their line-up. This one is a natural blend of fine quality green teas from Kenya and Indonesia, this PG Tips green tea is bursting with vibrant mandarin orange flavor.

3 Crisp like Autumn Air: Apple Spice Flavored Black Tea*

Ceylon high-grown (5,500 feet elevation) black tea combines with apple pieces, cinnamon, blackberry leaves, safflower petals, and other natural flavors. The vapor-proof triple-layer bag seals in the aromas and flavors, so this tea arrives at your door with the freshness it had when it was sealed in that bag. This is one of my favorite Autumn flavor combos.

4 A Favorite Fall Flavor: Twinings Pumpkin Spice Chai*

Pumpkin time is here again! This spiced Chai (the Hindi word for “tea”) will fill your senses with that wonder pumpkin essence. In addition, you will get the perfect balance of flavors of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and allspice. Steep in water heated to a full boil for 5 minutes. You might want to add a touch of sugar. I like it with milk and sweetener.

5 Basic Black: Taylors of Harrogate – Pure Assam Tea Bags*

Some sources say this tea is grown from Chinese seeds, but that is not quite accurate. The Camellia sinensis assamica was already being cultivated and used to steep up a strong beverage when Robert Fortune was able to sneak plants and seeds out of China. The Brahmaputra River flows out of China into the state of Assam in Northern India and is partially responsible for the abundant crop and hearty flavor of this style of tea. While some tea growers have begun processing the leaves into orthodox black teas, green teas, and even white teas, the bulk produced is still CTC Assam, which is the basis for this tea. Malty, brisk, and full-bodied, this tea will be a real eye-opener in the morning. I enjoy it with milk and sweetener.

Hope you get to try some of these during September and get ready for the joys of harvest!

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Here’s a quick quiz. It’s all of one question, so don’t be intimidated. What’s the best shape for a teabag? To the best of my knowledge – and not taking into consideration novelty type items – the most popular choices would be the standard rectangular teabag, the somewhat more modern round teabag, and the positively newfangled pyramid-shaped teabag.

PG Tips pyramid teabags (from the PG Tips official site)

PG Tips pyramid teabags (from the PG Tips official site)

If you keep in mind that one of the most important factors about your steeping teabag/gadget of choice is that it allows room for the water to circulate freely among the tea leaves, then that might give you a clue as to what the correct answer might be. My own vote would go to the pyramid teabag for the fact that it does seem to allow the water more room to circulate.

Which is apparently the correct answer, at least if we’re to believe a British group known as the Advertising Standards Authority, who describe themselves as “the UK’s independent regulator for advertising across all media.” They recently weighed in on a spat between two very well-known British tea companies and offered the opinion that the pyramid teabag tops round teabags.

The trouble started when one of the firms ran a TV commercial that touted the merits of their pyramid bags. The other company complained to the ASA, claiming that the commercial disparaged the company’s brand, as well as their round teabags.

In such a case, as the ASA notes, “The rules are also very clear about comparative claims. They are allowed but they must, of course, be truthful and fair as well as ensuring they avoid denigrating a competitor’s product or brand.” They ruled that company A proved their claims – and provided test results, to boot – regarding pyramid teabags and that they didn’t badmouth company B.

Which isn’t exactly definite proof that pyramid teabags are superior to the round ones (and by extension, the standard issue rectangular teabags) but’s it’s interesting to note nonetheless.

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I used to wonder what it meant to “call on” someone and why there were front parlors and back parlors in old Victorian era houses. Then I watched the BBC series Cranford and light dawned. And tea played a part in the solution to the mystery, as you will soon see.

(via Pinterest, Yahoo! Images, and BBC site)

(via Pinterest, Yahoo! Images, and BBC site)

About Cranford

Elizabeth Gaskell had three novellas published from 1849 to 1858 about the fictional village of Cranford in England. The BBC One TV channel in England broadcast the series based on these novellas in November and December 2007. In May 2008 they were shown in the U.S. There was also a two-part Christmas special aired in 2009. What was the appeal? A glimpse into a time in the history of England that had charm and lots of human drama without a lot of gore, swearing, and high-speed car chases. It also didn’t have loud, wild music and lots of split-second cuts so you could barely follow what was going on.

And a lot was going on, mainly among the town’s single and widowed middle class female inhabitants; they were comfortable with their traditional way of life while placing great store in being proper and portraying an appearance of gentility. Part of that appearance was the receiving of “callers” (visitors) for tea in the front parlor (a word derived from the French word parler which means “to speak”). To make things run smoothly, they would take turns during the week being the receiver of these callers, and on the other days they would be the callers.

Another is keeping up appearances even when your finances take a downward turn. Miss Matty, a spinster in the village, suffers a financial loss, but her friends secretly help her with money (that they say is due to a bank error) that she then uses to turn her front parlor from a place to enjoy tea into a place to sell tea – she goes into trade, as the expression of the day went.

Scenes from the series (see image at right):

  1. Several ladies of Cranford keeping watch to see who would be calling on them for tea. Or are they just hoping to catch something juicy to gossip about over their cuppas?
  2. Miss Matty in her front parlor that gets turned into a tea shop.
  3. A tea party typical of the era and definitely not one that you can whip together without considerable advance notice.

The Front Parlor

In the days before TV and video games people used to visit each other in their homes. Certain rules got established over time. One such rule was to confine one’s visit to the special “caller” room, call the front parlor. It was usually kept in peak condition and well-dusted. There would be various knickknacks around. Behavior was strictly proper and congenial. And tea was served, rolled in on a trolley. All of this comes through in the Cranford series and clears up a lot of mystery for us modern day folks.

Modern Day Parlors

These days we have open floorplans and very casual attitudes. We still try to keep things congenial and mind our manners, but it won’t cause a village-wide scandal if we fall short on either account. At least, I hope not!

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If you are looking to switch to tea from those other liquid substances (coffee, colas, etc.) but aren’t sure how to start or if you are just looking to expand your tea horizons, we have some ways for you to make some wise choices. It’s the Tea Decision Tree. Here’s how it works…

How do you choose the right cuppa! (Photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

How do you choose the right cuppa! (Photo by A.C. Cargill, all rights reserved)

Step 1 – Why Are You Drinking Tea?

Choosing between teas can often begin with why you are drinking tea. Decide which it is. Often it’s a mix of these.

  • Flavor – A very important part of anything we eat and drink.
  • Mood – Tea is the great uplifter yet soother.
  • Some hoped-for health benefit – Lots of claims out there, some are even supported by scientific evidence.

Step 2 – Choosing the Next Criteria

  • Flavors – bold, fruit, citrus, jasmine, mild, oaky, spicy, etc.
  • Mood – refreshing, soothing, something new
  • Health Benefit – digestion, energy boost, relaxing for sleep

Step 3 – Select One of the Options Presented

Depending on the previous choices you will have various options.

  • A bold and energizing option – English Breakfast blends of black teas balanced to stimulate you and your tastebuds.
  • A citrus option – Lemon-flavored teas often come to mind here, but try some Blood Orange Flavored Black Tea for a change of pace. It has an intense and flavorful fresh citrus character with a delicate sweetness reminiscent of freshly squeezed oranges.
  • For more mild and relaxing – Earl Grey, a blend of teas from India and Sri Lanka with flavoring from oil of bergamot (a small acidic orange).
  • Digestion – Pu-erhs have a reputation for aiding here, so you could give them a try. If you’re new to this style of tea, be prepared for something really different: an aroma and taste that some compare to soil or leaves decomposing on a forest floor. Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh Tea is a great alternative with that toffee adding a sweet touch.
  • Relax and sleep – Chamomile herbal infusion.

Going for It!

Okay, you’ve got your options. Just make your choice, steep it up, and let that tea magic work on you.

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It has become customary to include a novelty tea infuser in each one of these reports whenever possible. So, with no further ado, here’s the latest and greatest. It seems rather appropriate for an object that’s dunked in water and is called a Deep Tea Diver Infuser.

I wrote about tea smuggling at this site not so long ago. It was once a significant problem, particularly in England during the times when exorbitant taxes on tea encouraged this sort of thing. I assumed that it’s not such a common problem today but according to a recent report in the Pakistani press “100 tons of smuggled black tea has been seized by the Customs Intelligence and Investigation” there.

What would five million teabags look like? Probably like a whole lot of tea but, to see it for yourself, you would have had to attend the grand publicity caravan held for the Tour de France recently. Where the well-known English tea firm Taylors of Harrogate gave out that many teabags, along with a mere 60,000 packets of sweetener to help “sweeten the deal.” That’s more than 200 miles of teabags if you laid them end to end. Not that you ever would.

Just exactly what does an exotic tea hunter do? It all sounds very Indiana Jones but, if you’d like to know the details, you can check out a recent Forbes article titled “The Adventures Of Exotic Tea Hunter Rodrick Markus.”

Is tea important to the British? Well, what do you think? From the Department of Research into the Blatantly Obvious comes the revelation that tea is indeed important to the British and is ranked as one of the three top-ranked staples of modern life, along with TV and T-shirts. Results varied depending on the age group of those surveyed and the survey itself was conducted by none other than the online auction giant eBay.

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Many of you know that China is the home of tea. In fact, at one point in time virtually all tea drunk world-wide came from China. Eventually, growing tea expanded to northern India and is now is a wide variety of countries. But as the home of tea, China deserves a bit of special acknowledgement, especially their legends related to tea. We’ll start with one of the best known: Guanyin, also called The Goddess of Mercy (Compassion). (The legend of Shen Nong has been covered quite a bit in this blog already, so we shall omit it here and go to some you might not know about.)

Guanyin Iron Goddess of Mercy (Bodhisattva version) (Stock image)

Guanyin Iron Goddess of Mercy (Bodhisattva version) (Stock image)

Guanyin (Kwan Yin, Kuan Yin)

The goddess Guanyin, also known in English as the Mercy Goddess or Goddess of Mercy, is a bodhisattva. That means she has attained enlightenment yet chose not to enter nirvana until all beings on Earth have also attained enlightenment. She is also revered by Chinese Taoists as an immortal. In Chinese art, Guanyin is often depicted either alone, standing atop a dragon, accompanied by a white parrot, flanked by two children, or flanked by two warriors. Some Buddhists believe that when one of their adherents departs from this world, they are placed by Guanyin in the heart of a lotus, and then sent to the western pure land of Sukhāvatī. So she is sometimes shown standing on a lotus blossom (the traditional symbol of Buddha).

A goddess tea: Ti Kuan Yin Iron Goddess Oolong Tea – A distinctive light cup with hints of orchid in the flavor. Premium grade, at first bitter, then sweet, and finishes with a fragrance that lingers on your palate.

Dragons

Dragons show up a lot in Chinese legends and symbols. They are supposed to be able to transform themselves and so represent adaptability. But they also represent power, good luck, the natural world, and rule of the seas and skies. If they have 5 toes/claws, they become the emperor’s sacred symbol of imperial power and dignity and are one of the 12 Symbols of Sovereignty. The dragon is also one of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. In ancient China, dragons were thought live in the mountains or in the seas and to speed across the sky with divine power. They can generally symbolize benevolence, prosperity, longevity, and the renewal of life.

A dragon tea: Nine Bend Black Dragon Tea – Full-bodied with burgundy depth and delightful oaky notes. One of the finest examples of a Chinese black tea available on the market and considered to be one of the luckiest teas in all of Asia.

Monkeys Picking Tea

Monkey-picked tea is one of those tales told to gullible outsiders. Or is it? Some swear that it’s true. The monkey is certainly an important part of Chinese legends and symbols and is one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac. It is also supposed to drive away evil spirits and can bring good fortune in officialdom. The picture of a monkey on a horse is a visual pun for the wish for an immediate promotion in official rank. The Monkey King was a fictional character in a Ming Dynasty novel (“Journey to the West”). The legend was part of the movie The Forbidden Kingdom, featuring martial arts movie legends Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

Jet Li as the Monkey King (via Yahoo! Images)

Jet Li as the Monkey King (via Yahoo! Images)

A monkey tea: White Monkey Paw Green Tea – Very delicate with an intense full green tea flavor. Made from the top two leaves and the bud of new season growth (late March /early April) that are gently and gingerly steamed and dried for an exquisite hand-made green tea. The dry leaf appearance of these teas is said to resemble a monkey paw.

The Oxherd and the Weaver Girl

The cowherd, Niulang was forced to leave home with only an old cow/ox (a former god sent to earth as punishment) for company. He met Zhinu, a beautiful fairy, while she was taking a bath on earth. They fell in love, married, had a son and daughter, and led a happy life. However, Zhinu was eventually taken back to heaven. The cow/ox said to make shoes from his hide and that these would take Niulang and his children to heaven. Zhinu’s mother was enraged and created the Milky Way to keep them apart, but magpies formed a bridge across it. After that, they were allowed to meet once a year on the 7th night of the 7th month (per the Chinese lunar calendar).

A love tea: Allegra Jasmine Burst Flowering Green Tea – Created as a tribute to the great cultural awakening of the Song Dynasty in China. A man, perhaps while sitting under a sweetly smelling jasmine tree, came up with the idea of scenting tea with the blossoms. This version delivers an intensely delicate infusion that fills the mouth with a bright jasmine character, and pale, grassy notes with a hint of sweet light honey. A wonderful sipping tea.

Wealth pots

These are symbols of good luck and wealth. Fill them with money and place them in the inner wealth corner of your house – southeast. Personally, we think that a pot full of tasty tea set on any corner of the table (or better yet in the middle to avoid any chance of it getting bumped off by elbows, etc.) is wealth indeed.

A wealth tea: Peony White Needle White Tea – A delicate lingering fragrance and a fresh mellow sweet taste with no astringency or grassy flavor. A clean taste faintly reminiscent of fresh apples with a refreshing and lingering flavor.

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Our tea cooking adventure has gone decidedly French. With such hot afternoons, indulging in a well-made breakfast while basking in the sun sipping tea seems to be the perfect way to spend a morning.

Tea French Toast (photo by Janet Sanchez, all rights reserved)

Tea French Toast (photo by Janet Sanchez, all rights reserved)

½ cup milk heated to 212°F
1 tsp Puerh tea
4 eggs
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp fresh ground nutmeg
1 tbsp melted butter (plus a few tbsp for cooking)
8 thick cut slices of bread

Steep the tea in the heated milk for 5 minutes. In a separate flat bottomed vessel whisk the eggs until scrambled. Add in cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg. Once the butter and milk have cooled slightly whisk in slowly to the seasoned eggs. Ensure all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

The bread chosen can be practically anything to please personal taste. In this case a store bought cinnamon loaf was used. Some suggested breads are Texas toast, cinnamon rolls cut in half, brioche, and apple bread. The single most important thing when making quality French toast is to use thick-cut bread. Approximately one inch thick is desirable. In addition, this is a recipe where the use of day-old bread is wonderful. The bread needs to have enough mass to absorb the egg mixture without becoming too soggy. Thicker bread will allow both the absorption of the egg mixture as well as still giving a crisper texture on the outside.

In a large skillet over medium heat melt enough butter to coat the bottom of the pan. Take a slice of toast and soak each side for a few seconds into the egg mixture. Place directly into the heated skillet. Do this for as many slices as the pan will hold. Cook about 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown and a nice crust has formed. Serve this with syrup, fresh fruit, powdered sugar or anything the imagination wishes.

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That is NOT a typo. We are not discussing how to make tea float (as in those little leaves or bits of leaf dust on the surface of the water). We’re also not talking about parades here. But we are discussing a rather unique dessert idea that is not a latté, not a smoothie, and not even iced tea. It is a tea float. You know, like a root beer float but with tea.

I usually leave the recipes to more able writers on this blog, but ice cream and me have been friends for decades now. Not just friends – more like bosom buddies, as in if ice cream is within arms’ length of me, it doesn’t have to worry about melting. It won’t last long enough for that. Time to introduce this good friend to another good friend: tea. You might say this is a twist on Thai Milk Tea or even Pearl Tea (also called Bubble Tea). Start with one that can go well with milk so it doesn’t clash with the ice cream and optional whipped cream (hey, there’s no sense in skimping here – if you’re gonna have one of these, you might as well accept that the calorie count will be a bit hefty, not to mention the fat content). If you’re a maraschino cherries lover (also optional), be sure the tea you select will go with them. So a fruit flavored one would very likely be out of the question. One thing to note: since you’re not using a carbonated beverage as the base, you won’t get some of that foaming action when you combine the ingredients.

1. Thai Milk Tea Float. 2. Green tea float. (From Yahoo! Images)

1. Thai Milk Tea Float. 2. Green tea float. (From Yahoo! Images)

My recipe:

  • Any black tea blend (my fave is English Breakfast Blend No. 1 Tea with Scottish Breakfast Tea being a close second) – steeped up double strength.
  • Put two scoops of vanilla ice cream in a 12-ounce glass.
  • Pour the tea over it (you can let the tea cool to room temperature or chill overnight in the refrigerator).
  • Top with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.
  • Enjoy! (the most important ingredient)

I am not the first one to have thought of this idea, though. There appear to be others thinking along the same lines, especially during these Dog Days of Summer.

Other recipes found online:

  • Turkey Hill Float Tea – A single scoop of ice cream in a separate compartment above the one that holds the tea. When the customer is ready to enjoy, he/she pulls a tab on the side of container, which allows the ice cream to drop down into the iced tea.
  • Cold Brew Tea-Time Ice Cream Float – In 2-quart pitcher, pour water over tea bags; brew 5 minutes, dunking tea bags occasionally. Remove tea bags. Stir in brown sugar until blended. Pour tea into four glasses and top with vanilla ice cream. Garnish, if desired, with whipped cream and serve immediately.
  • Green Tea Ice Cream Float – A Summer delight from Japan. Soft green tea ice cream in a cup of chilled green tea. The perfect summer coolant.
  • Creamy Ice Tea Floats – This recipe uses Thai iced tea as the drink’s base, instead of a carbonated pop drink.
  • Ice Cream Tea Float – Step by step photos to create the perfect cooling treat.

Lots more options are available. Choose your style and enjoy. It’ll be Fall before you know it with cooler temps ahead.

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ETS Drawstring Tea Filters (ETS Image)

ETS Drawstring Tea Filters (ETS Image)

The teabag has been around for a while. Over a century now, though the exact figure varies, depending on which accounts you believe. In any event, teabags aren’t going away anytime soon and, as you might have guessed, have inspired a number of creative inventors to try out some offbeat variations on the theme. I covered a few of these here and now it’s time to look at a few more.

First up, the Two Part Tea Bag, which was patented about a decade ago. Though it’s hard to believe that no one thought of this before. Unlike many offbeat inventions this one is actually rather clever and may even be potentially useful. As the name suggests, the gadget consists of two bags, one of which consists of tea and the other a “flavoring material.” As the description notes, they “are detachably connected together so that they can be selectively steeped together or separately.”

There are many ways to deal with the problem of the squishy, messy, used teabag when you’re finished with it, and I’ve seen a number of them that resemble the Combination Mug With Integral Tea Bag Receptacle. But given that it was patented in 1989, it’s likely that it was one of the earlier efforts along these lines. As the patent says, “A transverse receptacle is formed into the upper portion of a mug, which slot opens up into the mug. A tea bag which has been dipped into hot water may be slid by the string attached to the tea bag from the hot water into the transverse receptacle where it can rest until it needs to be subsequently reused or eventually discarded.”

Patents aren’t always written in the most user friendly language – or maybe it’s just me. It probably doesn’t help when the text is translated from another language, as is the case with this one for a Tea-Bag String Having Functions of Indicating Soaking Condition. As nearly as I can tell the teabag string changes color for some reason or another depending on that is going on with the tea. Which might be a useful invention that we need but, without fully understanding it, I couldn’t swear to it.

Finally, from 1992, the Holder for Multiple String Suspended Tea Bags seems to be a device that allows one to steep a number of teabags at one time. Again, the text of the patent is a little bit tricky, and I can’t imagine how or why you’d use such a gadget, but apparently someone thought there would be a use for it.

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A mug is a mug is a mug…or is it? A stylish tea mug will usually have certain elements in its design. Here are a few to look for when selecting the perfect mugs for your special tea parties or even those solo tea moments.

(ETS images)

(ETS images)

Some examples:

  1. Beau Rose Bone China Can Mug – White bone china helps the beautiful Beau Rose pattern in soft pink and green really stand out. Note the little butterfly inside and the classic shape of the handle. Dishwasher safe. Holds about 10 ounces.
  2. Blue Butterfly Porcelain Mug with Strainer – Ideal for that solo tea moment – just you and a hot mug of tasty tea. This one is a charming addition to your tea time – with gold trim, a swirl border, and a lovely butterfly pattern on white porcelain. A key element here is the saucer that you can use to hold the white porcelain strainer. Dishwasher safe.
  3. Royal Albert Old Country Roses Mug – A classic pattern from the Royal Albert collection in a classic shape (a great element to keep in mind when shopping). The crisp, white, fine bone china and is decorated with the Old Country Roses’ signature motif of burgundy, pink and yellow roses, accented with lustrous gold banding. Note the easy-to-hold handle shape and slight pedestal at the bottom. Holds 9.6 ounces.
  4. Petite Fleur Mug – White porcelain, purple irises and butterflies, a pedestal base, and a unique handle design make this mug stylish indeed. Holds 14 ounces. Hand wash only.
  5. Summertime Rose Fine Bone China Mug – A classic body shape decorated in the beautiful Summertime Rose pattern. Brilliant white fine bone china makes the design of pink and red roses really pop. The classic handle has a small thumb notch at the apex for more steady holding. Dishwasher and microwave safe. Holds 7 ounces.

Body shape, handle design, and pattern on the exterior all combine to make your mug totally stylish. Fill it with your favorite tea and have a wonderful time.

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