My Tea Break

Rediscovering Tea around the world


Aged Tie Guan Yin (Iron Buddha)

This week I tried an aged Tie Guan Yin as part of the Canton Tea Club. Tie Guan Yin is an Oolong Tea also known as Iron Buddha.

This aged Tea was harvested in Spring 2007 and is handmade on a traditional Anxi Farm in the Fujian Province in China.It is heavily roasted and then stored for 4 years away from heat, light and humidity to let the deep, toasty flavours develop.

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The initial rich sweet cocoa flavour develops into a long, lingering, dark fruit taste, with hints of toasted oats and cinnamon along the way.

For more information about Oolong Tea please check our previous post that explains all about this Tea: blog.myteabreak.com/2011/03/11/oolong/

Happy Tea Break.

 

 


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Bai Hao Oolong Tea

Bai Hao Oolong is a famous Oolong Tea from Taiwan. The name Bai Hao refers to the appearance of the Tea leaves which are mostly dark in color but ends with a silvery tip. This Tea is also known as Dong Fang Mei Ren or Oriental Beauty, a name given by Queen Elizabeth II when she tasted this Tea for the first time.

This Tea is known by its sweet fruity flavour but the processing of this Tea is even more interesting. This Tea is made not only by man but also by insects. Yes… Insects…  The farmers wait that some tiny green flies attack the Tea leaves before harvest. The Tea leaves that were bitten by the green flies will change into a yellow colour and the Tea leaves produce an antibody which gives its characteristic fruity flavour. Only the damaged leaves can be selected which makes it an incredibly labour intensive process from start to finish.

There are many stories about the origin of Bai Hao Tea. According to one Taiwanese Tea book, a Tea farmer in Beipu (Taiwan) noticed that small green insects resembling grasshoppers had damaged the leaves of his newly picked spring crop. Rather than destroying his crop, he decided to process the leaves and was very surprised by its strong sweet fruity flavour.

A truly Oriental Beauty…. 

Happy Tea Break.

Tania


Tea between Mountains

Last week I had the opportunity to travel around Switzerland, where you can find the most breathtaking places.

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 During the day we spent @ Interlaken, we had a real Tea Break in the middle of the mountains. What a scenario! I had an Oriental Beauty Oolong. I felt in peace and in harmony. It was amazing!

Happy Tea Break,

Mariana

Our dearest friend Thuy Tien from Mùi Concept, has sent us a few samples of Tea. Today I decided to try the Voie Lactée (Milky Way) – an Oolong Tea with an amazing soft, but very characteristic, aroma and taste of milk!

I have to say I am completely in love with this Tea. It is quite different from other Teas, as it has a unique and sweet aroma and taste. The after taste is intense and very pleasant.

How to prepare it: use spring water at 85º; infusion of 4 minutes minimum.

This was an excellent way to start this week! Thank you Thuy!

You can more information about Mùi Concept: www.mui-concept.com

Happy Tea Break!

Mariana


Cold Tea / Chá Frio

The Spring is here and the weather is now warmer (ihih!) ! So, today, I am suggesting Cold Tea.

How to prepare it? It´s very simple!

– You should infuse 10g of Tea in 1 Litre of water at room temperature for one night.  Take the leaves in the morning and put your Tea in the fridge.

– Another way to prepare it is by infusing 10g of Tea on 1/2 L at the recommended temperature, let it cool down and add 1/2 L of cold water.

You can use aromatized or flower Teas, but also plain Teas. Last summer I used to drink a lot of Oolong Bao Zhong, an amazing Tea from Taiwan. I also recommend cold Rooibos, which is great for children! You can also add citrus peel, sugar, honey, mint, ginger and/or spices.

Happy Tea Break,

Mariana!

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Chegou a Primavera, o tempo está mais quente e apetece mais beber um refresco! My Tea Break aconselha que beba Chá Frio!

È muito simples de preparar: 

– Faça uma infusão de 10g de chá para 1 litro de água à temperatura ambiente. Deixe as folhas durante a noite. Na manhã seguinte retire as folhas e ponha o chá no frigorifico.

– Outra forma é fazer a infusão de 10g em 1/2 litro de água à temperatura recomendada, deixar arrefecer e acrescentar 1/2 litro de água fria.

Tanto os Chás aromatizados como os simples são óptimos para fazer Chá frio. Recomendo Oolong Bao Zhong, um fantástico chá do Taiwan e Rooibos, que também é óptimo para as crianças! Depois da infusão, pode acrescentar cascas de limão ou laranja, gengibre, menta, açúcar, mel e/ou especiarias a seu gosto.

Tenha um óptimo dia,

Mariana!


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How To Choose The Right Tea for You?

Hi Tea Lovers,

Jesse Jacobs, from the Samovar Tea Lounge, can help you decide which is the right Tea for you. You should answer the following questions:

  • How do you wanna feel?
  • What am I eating?
  • Tea Category and what kind of flavour do you like?

Check out his video –  

Happy Tea Beak,

Mariana


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Special T from Nestlé

Last year, Nestlé launched a new concept , Special T,  which brews Tea from capsules.

Special.T by Nestlé offers a selection of 25 tea varieties – ranging from green, black, blue, red and white teas, to flavoured teas and organic herb teas – which are carefully sourced from selected tea farms in China, Japan, Sri Lanka, India and South Africa. 
The high quality tea leaves are protected by aluminium capsules, with each dosage measured to precision. The perfect brewing time and temperature for each individual tea variety is calculated by the innovative Special.T machine system, which in turn, releases the full benefits and infusion of the tea beverage.”

“I have never tasted the Tea capsules and, to be honest, this is definitely not my cup of Tea! Although I´ve got to say it is a very creative idea!” Mariana

“I actually tried it last weekend as my uncle just bought one. I was quite suspicious about its quality but actually I enjoyed it. I tried a Rooibos capsule and it had a pleasant smooth and fresh flavour. It also comes out with a small layer of foam on top which gives it an  Espresso look and feel ” Tania

Click here for more information about Special T.

Happy Tea break!