Updated: Sep 9
Welcome to your Tea of the Month Box!
Featuring Teas Celebrating the End of Summer.
As summertime comes to the end and the peaks of fall begin, we're still craving fruity teas, but also heartier teas!
Fruity and fermented teas just seem like the perfect teas as the days become shorter and the nights cooler!
With a fruity herbal tea, a light fresh green tea blend, and a pure pu'erh tea, we've included a wide range of teas in this box, but all with clean fresh flavors.
You'll find the following teas in your box!
Our Autumn Harvest tea is a fruit based herbal tea full of immune boosting Vitamin C. The blend of lemongrass, hibiscus, rose hips, orange, and lemon peels are surprisingly refreshing and bright. As a naturally caffeine-free tea, this is a great drink anytime of the day. We love this sweet tart tea served hot or cold with a BBQ meal. When brewed, its beautiful maroon color makes it especially appealing served in a pitcher at a celebration meal!
As a fruit herbal tea, brew 1 tablespoon of tea in 8-12 ounces of boiling water (210°F) for 4-5 minutes or until brewed to your likely.
In addition to a great iced tea, we also enjoy this tea cold brewed.
Pu-erh is different from most teas created from Camellia Sinensis leaves because it is fermented and aged before being gently dried. This aging process removes astringency while giving the tea a rich body and smooth flavor.
When tasting pu-erh for the first time, many are turned off by it's strong flavor. If that is the case for you, a good 45 second rinse is helpful--simply pour water over your tea leaves and allow them to sit for 45 seconds. Pour off and discard that first brew. Go ahead and brew again to drink.
We love the damp aroma of this Dante Pu-erh tea--it reminds us of the smell that comes with a summer rain on a warm evening. The flavor has a bit of sweetness like a date with a bit of cream.
Brew at the temperature of a black tea. 1 teaspoon of tea in 8 ounces of 210°F water. Because of its strong flavor this tea can be brewed for as little as 30 seconds and as long as 3 minutes.
We encourage you to experiment and see what you like best!
The grower of our Dante Pu'erh, Xiao Zhang Luo, says, "Pu erh is good for digestion. Better have a cup after the meal, especially big meal. Keep on drinking will definitely keep fit and reduce fat.”
While we vouch that pu'erh is excellent for digestion, we're still experimenting with the reduction of fat! Perhaps, picking tea leaves in the mountains of Yannin, China is what helps keep Xiao fit and thin!
With a base of green tea, this fruity tea brews a wonderful pink cup of vegetal green tea with burst of strawberry flavor.This light bodied tea is everything we think about drinking on a cool morning!
As a green tea, brew 2 teaspoons in 8 ounces of water at 170°F for 2 minutes.
Our treat this month are California Crisps--dipped in a bit of delicious chocolate. Dardimans California is a company that creates amazing treats using fruit from California and Hawaii. They thinly slice, dry, hand-dip, and hand pack these delicious snacks!
We think a orange or pineapple slice is a lovely addition to a cup of tea.
If this is your first box, you'll find a Tea Journal and Infuser tucked inside your box. Take notes and keep track of the teas you enjoy in your Tea Journal and over time you will become not only a tea enjoyer, but also a tea connoisseur! If you'd like to share on social media a picture of the journal page with your favorite tea from this box, we'd love for you to hashtag that picture #SpiceTopiaTEA, so we can follow along on your tea journey!
Tea Practice Challenge
This month, we challenge you to take your tea outdoors! Spend some time in the sun --or the rain. Enjoy the fresh air while enjoying these fall time teas.