Today I am sipping on American Tea Room's Midori Sencha, appropriately enough in my steep tea cup. Well perhaps not completely so because the cup shows a teabag, but I love it. This blended tea is a lovely green loose tea flavored with melon and a number of flowers. It is my first time trying it and I love it. The package mentions it is perfect hot or cold, which I've gotten to experience both this morning as it has taken me a while to finish my first cup 🙂
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While there are some tea bags in our tea cabinet, the majority is loose teas. I find that they have a far superior flavor to tea made from a teabag. We have everything from a gundpowder green tea flavored with almond slices to a rooibos with red currants and blue mallow blossoms.
Loose teas can be either single origin teas that are just purely tea leaves. Other times they are blends of various teas, flowers, fruits, or berries. Brewing tea loose in a tea pot or inside of an infuser is a great way to let the leaves expand and uncurl in the water. You want to give the essential oils a chance to impart as much flavor to the water as possible.
While I have tried some poor quality loose teas, for the most part the teas that I sampled are all very good quality. Most tea merchants choose the finest quality tea leaves.
What do you look for when choosing a tea? What are some of your favorite loose teas? It is definitely all based on personal preference. My husband has not found a rooibos tea that he likes and while I like most teas, I do not like to drink chai tea iced. We would love to know what you like and dislike.
Growing up, I was never really a tea drinker. My parents were more into coffee, so it wasn't really something we had around the house. About 10 years ago, my husband's aunt gifted us a teapot and some loose leaf tea for Christmas. It all got placed on a shelf somewhere and we forgot about it. Fast forward about 4 years ago, we were again given some loose leaf tea. The teapot was remembered and we used it to brew the tea. It was wonderful.
I had tried many different types of tea, in their teabag form before that, but this was something else entirely different. The flavors were so much stronger. Plus I loved the ritual of setting the tea leaves to steep, pouring through a tea stainer and into a teacup. Whether it is a enjoyed alone or with a group of family and friends, there is something very comforting and appealing about tea.
My husband and I have a whole cabinet in our kitchen devoted to our love of tea. Now we would like to share that love with you. Welcome to the Tea Cabinet. Brew up a fresh pot and enjoy this journey with us. We can't wait to get to know you better and explore the world of tea.