Unlikely Iced Tea: Darjeeling vs. Ancient Forest

By June 16, 2014 Brewing Tea, History and Culture of Tea, Staff Chronicles, Tea Profiles
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    Darjeeling, “the champagne of teas”, is notoriously easy to start a love affair with. It could be that this delicate rarity captures exactly what is appealing and pleasurable about tea. Like champagne, Darjeeling takes the name of its region and can’t be produced anywhere else. This region happens to be in the remote, rolling hills of West Bengal, where only the most delicate leaves are picked and tossed by hand.

    The 1st and 2nd crops of spring (or “flushes”) are highly sought after and tend to be expensive. And then there’s this: our second flush Biodynamic Darjeeling. Hailing from the Makaibari estate, it is best steeped at the (relatively) low temperature of 180°F.

    You can also brew it in the fridge (8+ hours) for a refined and cooling iced tea. The result is a pale amber, just as distinctive in taste as in color. It is round, rich, astringent, and leaves a noticeable dryness. Darjeeling iced tea may be uncommon, but it is definitely worthwhile!

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    There are many black teas that compare well with Darjeeling, and I don’t believe in such thing as a “control” when it comes to trying tea. So, I wanted something different and settled on Art of Tea’s Ancient Forest. Each leaf is hand-picked from ancient trees in the Blue Mountains of Yunnan province, China.

    Once steeped (in the exact same conditions as the Darjeeling), it becomes clear that these two teas have little in common. Much darker in color, the Ancient Forest releases a smoky aroma. Full and bold, this better resembles iced tea as we know it (albeit much more earthy than anything you’ll find at your local supermarket).

    Why not brew enough iced tea to last days whilst exploring your palate? As more-than-worthy alternatives, Assam Gold and Classic Black steep immaculately into cold, summery beverages!

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      Road Trip Essentials Guide

      By June 16, 2014 Health & Lifestyle
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        Road Trip Essentials

        Planning on going on a road trip this summer? We’ve gathered some road trip necessities before you head out on your adventure. Don’t forget to pack lots of food and your Art of Tea Iced Tea!

         

        1. Art of Tea Iced Tea
        2. Art of Tea 2 Qt. Iced Tea Maker
        3. Jawbone Jambox
        4. TOMS sunglasses
        5. Herschel backpack
        8. An LL Bean blanket

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          June Tea of the Month

          By June 13, 2014 Tea Profiles
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            June Tea of the Month
            Happy June! Now that the sun more consistently, cool down with our Summer Peach Iced tea. With our easy to brew bags, it is the perfect addition to any summer brunch or BBQ.

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              Homemade Iced Tea Cubes

              By June 9, 2014 Cocktails, Mocktails & More, Cooking with Tea, Tea Profiles
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                Summer Peach Iced Tea Cubes 2

                Summer Peach Iced Tea cubes are the ideal way to keep your drink cold on a hot afternoon, while avoiding the dilution that comes with normal ice cubes.

                Simply add our Summer Peach loose leaf tea to hot water (206⁰F). We recommend 1 teaspoon of tea per 8oz cup of water. Let steep for 3-5 minutes, then pour over an ice cube tray and freeze overnight.

                These cubes are the perfect addition to a freshly brewed batch of Summer Peach Iced Tea. Once melted, you can even refreeze the unused portion back into cubes.

                Or, for a chilling twist on a classic summer beverage, fill a glass with Summer Peach Iced Tea cubes and pour sweetened lemonade on top. Let sit for a few minutes, stir, and enjoy your Arnold Palmer!

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                  Digitox Recap

                  By June 2, 2014 Health & Lifestyle
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                    Digitox recap
                    The month of May flew by. It is hard to believe we are already in the month of June. How did you do setting time aside each day to unplug and relax? I know for me it took constant reminding to set aside those eight minutes and just breathe.
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                    Those eight minutes can make a huge difference with your mood and overall outlook, and hopefully adding some positivity to your day. What do you think? Will you continue this tea and digitox ritual? Let us know by using the hashtag #AOTDigitox.

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                      Memorial Day

                      By May 26, 2014 Brewing Tea
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                        To all those who served, we thank you. To all those we lost, we salute you. Happy Memorial Day.

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                          Hostess Gift Guide

                          By May 19, 2014 Health & Lifestyle
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                            With summer right around the corner, your social calendar will be filling up with picnics and BBQs. Don’t want to show up empty handed to the gathering? Check out our gift guide below, with options for any hostess.
                            1. Summer Peach Iced Tea (Art of Tea)
                            2. Assorted Tea Gift Box (Art of Tea)
                            3. Iced Tea Pitcher (Art of Tea)
                            4. Lemon Lime & Cherry Kitchen Towels (World Market)
                            5. Outdoor Tray (West Elm)
                            6. Gold Glasses (Crate & Barrel)
                            7. Napkins (Anthropologie)
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                              Special Event: Bloggers & Blending

                              By May 13, 2014 Art of Tea News, Gifts, Holidays & Events
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                                Last weekend at Art of Tea Headquarters, we held a special event and invited LA food bloggers to come and learn about the tea blending process, the different properties of tea, and have a tour of the entire Art of Tea office/warehouse. At the end of the event, we held a tea tasting, and then let the bloggers blend their own custom bags of tea. A huge thank you to those that came and participated in this awesome event and tea education.
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                                The set up:
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                                Steve, the founder and creator of Art of Tea, giving the bloggers an introduction on the event and the background of Art of Tea.
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                                A tour of the back warehouse
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                                Art of TeaThe six teas that were tasted
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                                Steve demonstrating the unique Art of Tea filter bags while bloggers look on.
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                                The special blend that was created to show how the process works.
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                                One of the bloggers gorgeous blends.
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                                Once everyone had blended their teas, Steve and Charles (Head of Education at Art of Tea) demonstrated how to properly steep and try your unique mix.
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                                Thank you to all of the bloggers who came out and participated in this event. We had a lot of fun, and hope you did as well!

                                 

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                                  Cucumber Mint Guayusa

                                  By May 12, 2014 Brewing Tea, Cocktails, Mocktails & More, Tea Profiles
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                                    Cucumber Mint Guayusa
                                    With summer just around the corner, and the weather getting warmer, time to pull out those pitchers, gather some friends, and enjoy the sunshine with some Cucumber Mint Guayusa iced tea. This easy to brew recipe is the perfect addition to any outdoor social or BBQ. All you need is the iced tea packet, and some sliced lemon, lime and cucumber. Combine with ice and water and enjoy with some tasty pastries and good friends.

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                                      Digitox

                                      By May 6, 2014 Art of Tea News, Gifts, Holidays & Events, Health & Lifestyle, Our Beliefs
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                                        Many of us have become so attached to our phones and other electronic devices, we can’t do anything without them. We at Art of Tea believe in taking time to enjoy the ritual of tea making, and enjoying the moment. What better way to do that than a digital detox challenge, Digitox? Challenge yourself every day for the month of May to take 8 minutes to unplug, sit back, and enjoy a cup of fresh brewed tea. Check out the infographic below for the benefits and other ideas you can do for your daily 8 minute digital detox. Show us how you’re unplugging and digitoxing by using the hashtag #AOTDigitox. We can’t wait to see what you do!
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