“Is the Tea World Getting Silly?”

The other day someone asked me, “Is the tea world getting silly?” And I replied, “Gee, I sure hope so.” As a tea blogger whose tea review site is hosted by a talking teapot, I can also say I have contributed my share of silliness to the world of tea. But the roll call of silly tea people is a long and distinguished one. And the amount of silly teawares, tea names, tea blog sites, and tea books is growing daily.

The final cover design for this silly book. (image from his site, and he’d better not mind ‘cause I’m plugging his book for free just ‘cause it’s so silly) (screen image from his site)
The final cover design for this silly book. (image from his site, and he’d better not mind ‘cause I’m plugging his book for free just ‘cause it’s so silly) (screen image from his site)

Case in point: The Infusiast by Robert Godden, aka The Devotea, and his partner in tea (as well as in life) Anne Drury-Godden. This new book about tea has a silly cover. And I am actually grateful for it, considering the serious tea book covers that sport — gasp! — string and tag teabags. No, a little yellow ducky sporting about in a glass of tea is definitely silly. And some of the contents are silly as well. I even heard Robert has a silly walk (Monty Python reference slipped in there — did you notice?).

More tea silliness ahead here. Keep reading.

Silly tea names

  • Crazy Earl — a version of Earl Grey that contains black tea and oil of bergamot but also throws in some orange and grapefruit peel — totally silly!
  • Big Red Robe — why not Big Blue Robe or Big Green Fuzzy Slippers?
  • Cherry Oh Baby — a silly mix of Sencha, cherry, hibiscus, rosehip, orange peel, apple pieces, rose petals, and elderberries — what, no kitchen sink?
  • Ball & Chain — as in what wives are often referred to as — but not by any kind, sensitive, and caring hubby like mine.

Silly teawares

  • Chef Leeabaldi Ceramic Teapot — nothing like promoting cultural stereotypes in your teawares, but in this case rotundity is a must, since tea steeps best in stout teapots.
Chef Leeabaldi Ceramic Teapot (actually, he’s kinda cute!) (Yahoo! Images)
Chef Leeabaldi Ceramic Teapot (actually, he’s kinda cute!) (Yahoo! Images)
  • Chester the Cat Teapot — he grins and he grins and you never know what he’s up to until it comes time to pour and then…
Combines a bit of silliness with the mystery that is the essence of being a cat. (ETS image)
Combines a bit of silliness with the mystery that is the essence of being a cat. (ETS image)
  • Kissing Fish Tea Cozy (a whimsical sweater for your teapot by knitnax) — glub, glub, glub… a tea cozy that’s rather fishy, but then teapots need to stay warm somehow.
Kissing Fish Tea Cozy A whimsical sweater for your teapot by knitnax (Yahoo! Images)
Kissing Fish Tea Cozy A whimsical sweater for your teapot by knitnax (Yahoo! Images)

A good dose of silliness can go a long way to relieving some of the overly serious attitude some folks take with tea. But then, that could be said of a lot of things. Silliness is quite a cure for many of the worlds ills, actually. So, take a silly teapot, steep some silly tea, cover the teapot with a silly cozy, and read a silly tea book. Quack!

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5 thoughts on ““Is the Tea World Getting Silly?”

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  2. Ah, the silly walks. It never gets old. I just marvel at the physical comedy of it.

    I love that tea cosy. I have several silly ones but that take the cake.

    With regard to the book, it’s not entirely silly. There are bits in it that are very serious indeed. But it is not without silliness. With the duck, we were trying to hit “cute” but may have missed the mark.

    Thanks for the mention!

    1. A.C. Cargill

      Hi, Robert, to me silly and cute are often synonymous, and yes, the book certainly has its serious parts. Quack! Best wishes always! 🙂

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