When time is not on your side, keep things simple! Adagio's Peach Oolong paired with aged cheddar cheese, grain crackers and organic Turkish apricots hits the spot.
The slightly smoky roasted China oolong with a hint of a peach finish is warm and pleasing. Of course preparing this quick pairing with a gorgeous depression glass tea cup with saucer and a luncheon plate from the Spode "Sorrento" collection changes the game...........
Even in a pinch, you can make the most of your tea experience.
There was a freshness in the air at World Tea Expo 2016. Penton, who is the new organizer of this yearly event made it very evident they're serious about taking this expo to a whole new level. There were noticeable touches like the WTE White Paper and WTE Show Guide which indicated much time and thought was put into this year's event. The show floor activity was steady and the classes were very well attended.
The show for me was fast and furious due to several commitments I made to participate in several educational activities throughout the show. I will share more about the panel sessions, educational sessions and special events in another post, but for now please checkout a few of the new products I discovered at this year's show.
My deep love for the Taiwan tea culture immediately directed me to the SUMMUS booth. There I investigated a new T-Cup machine which I became so enamored with that I even forgot to take a photo. I hope to share more about this machine when it launches later this fall. In the meantime, I found their teas to be delightful, especially the Oriental Beauty. Love the packaging............
It was so nice to finally me Joseph Wesley Tea Importers. I have heard so many great things about his products, especially the Lapsang Souchong #07 which I can't wait to try using his special commission made gaiwan. JW brings tea and style to a whole new level...........
I was totally swept away by the Aiya's powered Rooibos Zen and Black Tea Zen Cafe Blends. This product will be available for sale at The Tea Lover's Archives shortly.
Packaging, packaging, packaging.......Pure Pu'er Tea's presentation was gorgeous! Now it's time to investigate if the product is as amazing as the packaging.
Sheng - Raw Tuo Chas
Shou - Cooked Tuo Chas
Eastern Elm had some of the most beautiful tea wares at the show. Of course I managed to purchase 2 of the most beautiful floor samples. The Tea Lover's Archives is excited about offering a line of products from this fairly new company.
On a recent trip to Taiwan, I noticed a growing trend of small bud vases being used in tea displays. I love the freshness of these two vases from Peace Leaf.
Dear Josephine of JT & Teas always has something special just for me at every expo. This pink porcelain aroma cup set along with the wood tray had me at the very moment I stepped into the booth. Who said tea ware can't be stylish?
I was so happy I was able to pick Babette Donaldson's new book "The Everything Healthy Tea Book". This book is loaded with informative tea information which every tea lover would be interested in.
There were so many new exhibitors with interesting products this year. For more post about about WTE 2016, please check out the Tea Blogger's Round Table. Several of my fellow blogger friends have posted some great write-ups about the WTE 2016.
Here is the 3rd creative tea house post from my visit to the Craft Design Hall in Nantou, Taiwan.
I have nick named this tea space......
The Bamboo Tea House
Just look at the amazing bamboo structure.........
The lighting created a very intimate atmosphere..........
The choice and simplicity of the tea ware coordinated very nicely with the bamboo elements..........
Being enclosed around elements of nature some how made time sit still.............
There are moments in life when only a few words can be said because the beauty of creativity has a strong way of speaking volumes. This was one of those moments.
CALLING ALL COOKIE LOVERS! And no I'm not referring to the character "Cookie" from the TV series Empire. I would like to introduce you to a selection of super delicious tea cookies available at Adagio Teas.
First up we have the "Vanilla Chai" tea cookies.............
I love the burst of vanilla chai flavor you experience when you first bite into this tea cookie. The brilliant addition of dried pineapples really compliment the chai tea flavor.
Second up we have the "White Berry" tea cookies............
This is a super delightful cookie reminiscent of a cup of white tea. Smooth, soft and buttery......The addition of dried cherries and the slight raspberry flavor add the perfect hint of sweetness.
Third up we have the "Honey Rooibos" tea cookies...........
All I can say is "honey baby".........Just imagine a nice cup of honey bush tea with the addition of citrus orange and lemon peel. Perfect treat to relax your nerves.
Let's just say the "Cookie Monster" approves of these top notch tea cookies by Adagio Teas. You have to love the fresh ingredients and the fact the cookies are made with real tea leaves. Not only do these shortbread style tea cookies pair well with tea, but they would make a wonderful crust for mini cheese cakes or a great addition to pudding parfaits. Don't take my word for it......visit Adagio Teas pantry and experience them for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
Here is the 2nd creative tea house post from my visit to the Craft Design Hall in Nantou, Taiwan.
I have nicknamed this tea space..................
The Modern Love Tea House
The very fine string hangings remind me of the 70's when string and bead hangings were used as dividers between rooms...........
A simple place to talk love and not war..........
Can't you hear the music in the background?
Love, peace and soul,
Today marks the 2nd year of my dear dad's passing........
I found it fitting to pause...... and take time to treasure the memories of a great dad, who always encouraged me to do my best in every circumstance.
I salute him for the strong roots of strength, family and unconditional love he gave and left with us.
I hold your spirit in my heart.
I love and miss you much!
Your 1st born,
I have come to realize there are no rules when it comes to how a tea house should look. The freedom to create your very own "tea space" which expresses your passion for the "art of tea" is truly alive and thriving. This was very evident during a visit to the Craft Design Hall in Nantou, Taiwan.
There are no words to describe the beauty I experienced, so I will let the photos speak for themselves. The artists who created displays for this exhibit are some of the most talented people I have ever met. For the next few weeks, please enjoy viewing of some of the most magnificent tea houses I have ever laid eyes on.
First up is a tea space I nicknamed........
The Honeycomb Tea House
The beauty of nature brought indoors............
The sweetness of honey and the buzzing of bees filled my imagination as I worked around this extraordinary tea house structure............
Let's not even talk about the serene teaware and layout..............