Friday, April 16, 2010

Put the Kettle On!

I was contacted by Wiseman Tea Co. to sample some tea's I couldn't resist and the owner was so sweet, they very kindly send a Jasmine pearls, Chamomile, Shalimar and Sencha Kombucha Plum along with the coolest travel mug. I made a cup of the of the Sencha Kombucha plum oh it smells divine and has a lovely fruity taste. I plan to also buy some English breakfast from them.
So heres a demo with the travel mug!

Boil the kettle, now remember I am a Brit and every British home has one its always better to use filtered water we use a Brita filter

Add the desired amount of tea to the mug, I used about 1 1/2 teaspoons then fill with water, the mug has a filter at the top. Its so much fun to see the leaves swell and transform back into leaves and flowers from dried. Can't wait to see how the Jasmine looks!

Here are some fun facts on tea:
  • - Discovered in 2737 BC by Chinese Emperor Shen Nung when his servant accidently put leaves in his hot water
  • - First imported to England by the East Indian Trading company from India, mostly drunk by the rich hence the custom of British High Tea in the afternoon
  • - Great Britain put heavy taxes on tea to recover losses from the French and Indian wars on the colonies, this was not taken well by the Americans who dumped tonnes of tea into the water at Boston Harbour in Protest and started the American Revolution
  • - Thomas Lipton invented the tea bag in the early twentieth century
  • - The Americans invented iced tea in fact 80% of tea drunk in America is iced.
  • - All teas come from the same plant camellia sinensis the colour comes from the way the tea is processed, black tea is exposed to air and oxidised and green tea is less processed hence its milder flavour and colour, oolong is in between
  • - Black and Green teas have mostly the same caffeine content.
  • - Tea is a rich source of antioxidants namely catechins and may decrease the risk of heart disease
  • - Tea tastes great and as A Brit we are brought up drinking tea, when your tired and need pick me up nothing beats a cuppa.

So go on put the kettle on !!!!

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  1. Nice. Sometimes I like a good cup of tea to start off my morning.

  2. I love Chinese tea. I learned from my Chinese friends since I came here. The good ones taste awesome....very refreshing even without milk or sugar. I do love the normal tea with milk and sugar too.

  3. I'm a big tea fan too, although I do love my coffee. The first present my DH gave me was a box of Gunpowder Green Tea, we are both into 'funny' tea lol!

  4. Beautiful tea time has come! Love to drink of course, and tea-brewing also makes us relaxed, right?

  5. Because I live in Florida, I drink a lot of iced tea. And I love flavored teas...use them all the time to make my iced tea. So refreshing.

  6. Nice way to make tea. We do like tea and like Barbara living in Florida we drink a lot of iced tea. I often make it the cold brew way:)

  7. Is there anything more refreshing than a good cup of tea? I think not.

  8. I need coffee in the morning, but love a cup of tea in the afternoons. It revives me!

  9. I love the tea facts and it cracks me up every time to hear or even read the word "cuppa" I dont know why but it does. I am one of the iced tea drinkers though every now and again I will have a chamomille tea at night.

  10. What yummy tea! I love it. I drink it all day long. Love English Breakfast too - one of my faves.

  11. Thanks for the nice fun facts... and I love your travel mug! Sometimes there's nothing better than a good tea!

  12. Great post!! Love all those beits of info on tea!! You won't be surprised to know that I brought my kettle with me all the way from the UK! You're so right. Couldn't live without it!!

  13. I need to order some more tea for us, I will check them out- great post!

  14. Tea can be so rejuvenating! Love the fun facts.

  15. I'm a big fan of tea! And the perfect accompaniment to tea? Scones!! What a perfect pair!

  16. I loveee tea. I wish we had an established tea time in America.

  17. This is the type of tea we must have at home everyday ;))

  18. Jenn: oh me to
    Mary: i agree and its not like me to not have milk he he
    Angie: smiles
    Janice: oh gunpowder sounds cool
    the lacquer spoon very true
    Barbara: oh i bet they would make great iced tea
    Lyndsey: oh I like iced but very sweet around here!
    Joanne: well said
    bunkycooks: oh so true I have a afternoon tea every day!
    doggybloggy: he he in Lancashire in the UK they call it a Brew!
    Peachkins: oh I need to try that
    Cinnamon girl good taste
    Emily very true
    Ruth: oh I would do the same lol
    Chef E oh thanks so much
    Claudia: thanks
    Victoria oh your so right heavenly
    foodfitnessfreshair: oh that would be great

  19. I love tea. I'm addicted to a cardamon rose flavor right now!

  20. Hey,
    Nice compilation of facts about Tea! I love Tea..i drink atleast 3-4 cups everyday and not drinking that many during my pregnancy was the hardest! Hey, come see what I did to the English Cottage Pie.
    (Oh, the horror!)I put a Veggie-spin on it.

  21. What a neat travel kettle. The French uses the Britta filters too. We had one in our house in Provence and it was great. I haven't had tea in years - we're coffee drinkers. Maybe I need to change my ways.

  22. I saw some Jasmine pearls the other day and was intriqued. I went with some jasmone tea bags because yhe pearls were so darm expensive. Enjoy!

  23. I saw some Jasmine pearls the other day and was intriqued. I went with some jasmone tea bags because yhe pearls were so darm expensive. Enjoy!

  24. Kathleen oh that sounds good
    Sam: oh it must have been awesome to live there I can both tea and coffee love them both lol
    Cool Lassie on my way over i am sure you made it tasty
    Megan: I know I was shocked when they sent me them!

  25. Great fun facts to read about tea! I love drinking it!

  26. A fantastic treat to receive those teas in the mail. I have never had jasmine tea, but I bet it is lovely.

  27. Sam at My Carolina Kitchen told me about your blog. Glad I read it. Very informative and well-written. Look forward to folowing you here. Cheers!

  28. thanks Natasha
    Kim: oh I know stay turned planning a giveaway
    Lazaro: oh thats sweet of Sam will follow you as well LOL

  29. Nice tea..I just love this tea..

  30. I would love to try the herbals!Nice giveaway!



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