Monday, October 13, 2008

Elixir of Fine Teas

Gallon jars filled with teas line a wall. It takes much self-control to keep from ordering a bit of this and that at a much greater pace than they could be used and served. And since tea is best fresh, resistance is desired. But awwww, the fragrance, colors, and textures of all those clear glass jars of tea is so enticing. Although there are dozens of jars filled with this golden elixir of fine teas, there are really only one true tea source: the evergreen tea plant that belongs to the Camellia family. From this plant come three different types of tea. They are black, green, and oolong. Each receives it's unique characteristic from the processing that they go through. Black tea is fermented until the leaves literally turn black. This brew has a hearty, deep flavor that can be enhanced by a variety of added flavors. Green tea is not fermented. It's leaves stay green and when brewed it's color is light. Oolong tea is a compromise between black and green tea. It is semi-fermented so that it's leaves turn a greenish-brown. It also brews to a light color. From these three basic types of tea are made more than 3,000 tea varieties. Just like wine, teas take their names from the areas where they are grown. Thus, names like Darjeeling, Assam, and Ceylon result.

Now, this tutorial was provided as an attempt to overcome writers block. I hope there was at least one thing that was beneficial to you in this post today. If nothing else, go brew yourself a cup of fine tea and sit outside on the porch swing and sip away while you enjoy the autumn chill and the beauty of the changing leaf colors. Enjoy a happy day!

7 comments:

  1. Melissa's Cozy Teacup8:14 AM

    It's so great to see you posting again. I hope all is well. Happy autumn.

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  2. I am glad you are over your writer's block! I know just how it is at times! Don't forget that this is just a delightful place for your friends to drop by and we don't expect you to be brilliant and charming all the time! Life's ebbs and flows are reflected in our blogs and we all just appreciate your heart!

    Those jars of tea look a bit like a tea drinker's paradise! What fun! I have been enjoying many cups of tea lately to sooth an aching throat - today our sweet daughter consumed many cups as well, for it seems I have passed on more than my love of tea to both children!!! I tried to make up for bringing germs into the house by making Chicken Noodle Soup just the way they like it ....

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  3. Very informative, LaTeaDah! I didn't know oolong tea was both, green and black tea!

    Nice post, thanks!

    Katherine

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  4. Oh look at all the lovely teas!

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  5. Thanks for spreading the word about tea! Lovely photos.

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  6. I just ordered 6 pounds of tea. Now I have plenty of rosemary hill. xoxoxoxo Clarice

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