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American Tea Room Election Day Sale

Brioche TeaToday is Election Day and after you get out and vote, reward yourself with some yummy loose tea from the American Tea Room. They are having an Election Day Loose Tea Sale!

Receive 25% off all loose teas when using the coupon code ELECTION25 when checking out.

Today is a great opportunity to have your voice be heard and stock up on some really wonderful tea. Try Brioche, Organic Early Grey Shanghai Tea, and Tangier Apricot Black Tea. Any of these would be perfect for serving at Thanksgiving.

Have fun shopping!

Deckan Tea

Over the weekend my husband and I went to a local farmer's market and were delighted to see a local tea company there.  They are called Deckan Tea and they are based in Southfield, Michigan. They had a number of loose teas for sale as well some pyramid tea bags in canisters.

I love getting the chance to sample new teas, especially blends. They had a number of their teas in glass jars in order to sniff them. It was a nice warm morning and they had their Mango Beach Organic black tea available as an iced tea. It was very refreshing.

My husband is a huge fan of black tea, so we picked up a package of their Organic Ginger Peach Clove black tea to bring home. We brewed some right away as an iced tea and is was very good. This tea also has a touch of cinnamon in it, rounding off the flavors nicely.

Next time I want to get a package of their Green Apple Organic and Rooibos Chocolate Organic to try and review. If you are looking for a Michigan based tea company, then definitely check out Deckan Tea. They also offer coffee as well. They have a store location at Great Lakes Crossing Mall in Auburn Hills and ship all over the world.

What is the Difference Between Green Tea, Black Tea and White Tea?

There are a number of different teas: white, green, black, rooibos and herbal. It can seem very overwhelming at times to keep them all straight and what their differences are. Today I'd like to talk about the difference between green tea, black tea and white tea. One of the most surprising things of all is that they come from the same tea bush, Camellia sinensis. Especially when you look at them:

White Tea Leaves

White Tea Leaves

Green Tea Leaves

Green Tea Leaves

Black Tea Leaves

Black Tea Leaves

It is all in the picking and processing of the leaves that make the difference. White tea is harvested from the very top of the tea bush early in the year. They only pick the top leaf and a bud. These tea leaves are then dried in the sun and that is it.

Green tea are tea leaves from the whole bush and they also undergo a step of being steamed or pan fired. Before being dried it is often rolled into different shapes depending on the type of green tea. For instance Jasmine tea is sometimes rolled into a pearl shape.

Black tea undergoes the most processing. Tea leaves from all over the bush are picked and then left in the sun to wilt. The tea leaves are then rolled allowing the tea leaves to ferment as they react with the air. The fermenting process turns the tea leaves black. They are then dried.

So that is the basics. Look for another post coming soon discussing the various types of teas within each class and why they taste so different. Hope you enjoyed reading about the differences between green tea, black tea, and white tea. Check out our Tea Shop and order some to try today.

American Tea Room Tea Giveaway

One of my favorite places to get tea from is the American Tea Room. They offer high quality loose teas from many areas of the world. I was introduced to them late last year and they have very quickly become one of my favorite teas to drink. That is why it makes me very happy to be able to offer an American Tea Room Tea Giveaway!

American Tea Room Tea Giveaway

They have given me three 3.5 ounce bags of tea, along with some tea bags if you are new to loose tea to steep it in. It includes my favorite Immortal Green, along with Tangier and Lemoncello. You will get to try a loose green tea, a loose black tea, and a rooibos tea. This prize has a retail value of $46.

How to Enter: To enter the giveaway, post a comment below and share what your favorite tea is. The contest is open to those with U.S. and Canadian addresses and ends on May 14, 2010. The winner will be chosen randomly.

Bonus Entry: Send out a Tweet and then leave a comment below letting us know you did so. Your Tweet should read:

The @teacabinet is giving away American Tea Room Tea here: http://theteacabinet.com/p23 #teacabinet #tea

Bonus Entry #2: 'Like' the Tea Cabinet on Facebook.

Good luck!

American Tea Room Your Ultimate Tea Resource

American Tea Room’s Lady Grey

I know that I am on a kick of American Tea Room teas the last few days, but I just returned from a conference and got all of these new yummy samples to try.  I can honestly say that I have yet to try one of their teas that I don't like.  They are all so good and the quality of the ingredients is top notch.  So this morning I brewed their Lady Grey tea.  It is a black tea blended with cornflowers and has a citrusy & creamy aroma.  Here is my daily cup of tea picture:

lady grey tea, american tea room

You can try it yourself by clicking here.

Perfect Water Temperatures for Brewing Tea

One of the most important components of brewing tea is water.  It is important to use a good source of water, preferably filtered. Equally important is the temperature of the water.  Different types of teas require different temperatures to get the best cup of tea.  Here is a guide to the perfect water temperatures for brewing tea.

  • Black Tea - You want to bring the water to a full rolling boil for black tea.  You want to steep black tea for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Green Tea - This is the most delicate tea to brew.  You will get the best cup of tea if you bring the water to 160 degrees and steep for 2 to 4 minutes.
  • White Tea - A prized tea, it is a bit more robust than green tea.  You will get a great cup of tea if you bring the water to 180 degrees and steep for 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Oolong Tea - Bring the water to a 190 degrees and steep this tea for 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Rooibos Tea - This tea is very similar to black tea in that you want to bring the water to a full rolling boil and steep for 3 to 5 minutes.

Keep this guide handy by bookmarking this page.  That way it will always be available when you are brewing tea.  It is also a good idea to invest in a good tea thermometer to help out.

Christmas Teas

I've had a couple of people ask me recently what would be a perfect Christmas tea.  With the Holidays fast approaching, now is the time to be thinking of this.  Just think of those long, cold winter nights, the gifts to wrap and cards that you need to address.  Plus Christmas dinner!  Lots of occasions to have a hot pot of tea to sip. Here are some of my suggestions.

Art of Tea Holiday Berry Green TeaFirst up is Art of Tea's Holiday Berry Green Tea.  It has a base of organic Sencha & pan fired tea leaves and it is paired with strawberries, raspberries, cornflowers, rosehips, pink peppercorn, and safflower.  Most of the ingredients are organic.  This is a very colorful tea.  It is described to have a sweet and slightly spicy finish.

Toasted Nut Brulee OolongTeavana has a whole selection of teas that they recommend for Christmas and the Holidays.  I love their Toasted Nut Brulee Oolong tea.  This blend contains oolong and rooibos tea with apple, pineapple, papaya, cinnamon, chicory root, ginger, coconut, hazelnut, almonds, and cardamom.  Toasting nuts in the oven is such a Christmas tradition, so this tea is the perfect complement.

Masala Chai NoirThe American Tea Room does not list anything as a Christmas tea but you can not go wrong with a classic chai.  A blend of black tea and spices is the perfect pairing to Christmas dinner.  Their Masala Tea Noir is a wonderful blend of black tea leaves with ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and green cardamom.

All of these teas come in either sample sizes or 2 to 4 ounce increments.  Which is a great way to try out any of these Christmas teas.  What is your favorite tea for drinking during the Holidays? Share in the comments below.

Free Teavana Black Friday Deal


Free Tea with purchase at Teavana.com
We are going to be posting several Black Friday tea deals as we learn of them.  Our first one up is from Teavana.  Starting today and running through Monday 11/30/2009 you will receive 2 oz of Rooibos Rose Garden loose tea for free with any purchase.  It is described as a flowery and fruity blend of green Rooibos, rhubarb pieces, red currants, and pink rose petals.  And you will get to try it for free.

This is a great time to purchase gifts for others or to try out some new teas from Teavana.  Or just restock your tea cabinet with your favorites.

Here is our top gift suggestion:

Blooming Flower Tea Collection
Imperial Blooming Flower Tea Collection.  This lovely gift comes with four kinds of blooming tea as well as four tea tins and two double-walled glass tea tumblers.  Who says that flowers just have to bloom in the garden?

Again the deal is for Free Tea with Any Order - Receive 2oz Rooibos Rose Garden Tea with any order at Teavana.com Wednesday 11/25/09 thru Monday 11/30/09. You will also receive free shipping on any order over $50.  Avoid the stores and shop online this week.

Le Palais Gourmet is Now American Tea Room

American Tea Room Your Ultimate Tea ResourceLe Palais Gourmet has been a fixture in Beverly Hills for years.  Recently they have undergone a renovation of sorts, changing their name to better reflect their company.  They are now known as American Tea Room.  There were several reasons for the switch, including an easier name for their customers to remember.  It does not signal a change in their really great tea selection though.

Recently I received some tea samples and they are definitely my new favorite source of loose leaf tea.  The three varieties in our tea cabinet are Immortal Green, Tangier, and St. Tropez.

Immortal Green is a green tea blended with peach.  I have always loved the pairing of tea with peach and this is a really delightful one.  The green tea is a very high quality, the leave unfurl nicely in the water, and the tea is wonderful to drink.

Tangier is a very special black tea blend.  It is Ceylon black tea leaves with saffron and and apricot petals.  Very exquisite.  I could drink this tea all day long, either as a hot tea or an iced tea.

I am a big fan of Rooibos tea.  It is naturally caffeine free, so it is perfect to share with my daughter or the times when I do not want to be kept up late.  St. Tropez is a green Rooibos with red currants, blue mallow blossoms, and a hint of wild berries.  It is a nice fruity tea.  I've tried it hot, but think it would also make a really great iced tea.  I highly recommend this one.

American Tea Room is a great choice for loose leaf tea, tea pots, and other tea accessories.  They even have a selection of teas in pyramid shaped tea bags, perfect when you are on the go.  As they change over from Le Palais Gourmet, they are also having a sale on their teas.  Check them out today and buy some for your tea cabinet.