Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Tea Pairing and Sipping
I got the idea for your gift from Cheap Ethnic Eatz and had to search out the teas that Evelyne suggested. She recommended all Green & Black’s chocolates but I could not find all of their flavors. If you like any of these pairings, I got all the chocolate at Sprouts, the teas from Amazon, and the tea bags from Target.
Harney & Sons Lapsang Souchong
An ancient and much loved tea from China, large leaves are dried over smoky pine fires. As you might imagine, the tea develops a distinctive smoky flavor sometimes compared to a single-malt whiskey and fine cigars. Pair with the Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Toffee and/or Theo’s Dark Chocolate Ginger.
Summit Tea Company TGY Oolong
TGY stands for this tea’s Chinese name, Tie Guan Yin, or “Iron Warrior Monk” in English. This tea best blends the best nutty flavors with oolong’s characteristic light floral taste. I came up with this pairing myself. Try it with the Divine’s Dark Chocolate Raspberry or the Alter Ego’s Dark Quinoa. I thought the raspberry might play well with the floral components of this tea and the Dark Quinoa would pair well with the nuttiness.
Tealyra Pu-Erh Naked
Delivering a deep red infusion with a fragrant sweet yet woodsy aroma and mild earthy depth, this Naked Pu- Erh has a medium to thick body with complex floral notes and a lingering hint of honeysuckle at the end. Dr. Oz recommends it for its positive health effects and delicious flavor. Pair with Green & Black’s Dark Chocolate.
I really was excited to find the tea filter bags. There are a couple of coffee houses in Tulsa that use something like this. One or two I think we have visited together.
I was also so excited about the description of the Pu-Erh tea that I did open the package and scoop some out. Hope you don’t mind. 🙂
A huge thank you to Evelyne for coming up with the idea of a tea and chocolate pairing. I think my mom will love it.
In addition, I sent my MiL this lovely Gawain and some locally packaged teas from a local tea house, Memory Lane. She got Young Hyson (a historic tea of Boston), Asam Satrupa, and “Berry” Grey (just for fun).
Again, Evelyne, thank you for the great idea and for introducing me to a Gawain. Please check her website for her really cool Gawain. She was so kind as to send me the link to order one like hers, but she had ordered it direct from China. I didn’t think I had enough shipping time to get it before Mother’s Day. (You know, slow boat from China and all.) I found mine on Amazon and even ordered one for myself.
This morning, I brewed up some of the Pu- Erh tea I “borrowed” from my mom’s gift. I love this little tea set.
I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!