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Sip Through Summer With Tea Tastings

With summer upon us, there is no better time to explore the world of tea tasting. It doesn't matter if you are a regular tea drinker or new to tea, we are here to take you through this refreshing and delicious journey with a smile on your face, and an iced glass in your hand.



citrus iced tea

The Basics


We begin with the basics and remember that we will engage all of our senses. After all, tea tasting is an art!


1. Look: Admire the leaves before and after steeping. Are they whole or broken? Do they unfurl beautifully in the water? The appearance of tea leaves can tell you a lot about their quality.


2. Smell: Give your tea a good sniff. Inhale deeply. What do you notice? Floral notes? A hint of fruit? Maybe a whisper of earthiness? Your nose is a powerful tool in tea tasting.


3. Taste: Finally, the moment you've been waiting for! Take a sip and let the tea dance on your tongue. Is it sweet, bitter, or savory? Does the flavor linger or vanish quickly? Each tea tells its own unique story.


4. Feel: Pay attention to the texture. Is the tea smooth or astringent? Does it leave your mouth feeling refreshed or dry?


5. Sound: Okay, this one’s a bit whimsical, but some tea enthusiasts swear they can hear the tea “sing” as it brews. Give it a try; you might be surprised!


Summer Tea Types for Hot Days


When it's hot outside we crave a drink that is refreshing, light, and perfect for cooling down on a hot day. These are perfect teas to enjoy during the hot months of summer:


1. Iced Green Tea: Fresh, grassy, and packed with antioxidants, green tea is like a breath of springtime in a cup. Serve it over ice with a squeeze of lemon for a revitalizing treat.


2. Herbal Infusions: Technically not "tea" since they don’t come from the Camellia sinensis plant, herbal infusions are caffeine-free and come in a rainbow of flavors. Try a chilled chamomile or peppermint infusion to stay cool and calm.


3. White Tea: Delicate and ethereal, white tea is like sipping on a cloud. Brew it lightly and serve it cold for a subtle, refreshing beverage.


4. Fruit Teas: Bursting with the flavors of summer, fruit teas like berry or peach are fantastic served over ice. They’re naturally sweet and incredibly refreshing.


5. Matcha: This vibrant green tea powder is a powerhouse of flavor and antioxidants. Whisk it with cold water or milk for a creamy, energizing drink.


loose leaf tea

Summer Tea Tips


Now that you have some summery teas in mind, here are some tips to make the most of your tea-tasting experience:


1. Cold Brew Your Tea: Cold brewing tea is a game-changer. Simply steep your tea leaves in cold water for 4-6 hours (or overnight) in the fridge. This method brings out subtle flavors and reduces bitterness.


2. Make Tea Popsicles: For a fun twist, freeze your favorite tea with some fresh fruit in popsicle molds. It’s a delicious way to cool down and enjoy tea on the go.


3. Add Fresh Herbs and Fruit: Enhance your iced tea with fresh mint, basil, or slices of citrus and berries. It adds a burst of flavor and a beautiful presentation.


4. Sweeten Naturally: Instead of sugar, try sweetening your tea with honey, agave syrup, or a splash of fruit juice. It’s healthier and adds a unique taste.


5. Experiment with Tea Cocktails: Tea makes an excellent base for summer cocktails. Try a green tea mojito or a black tea bourbon punch for a refreshing adult beverage.



honey dipper


Tea tasting is not just about the flavors; it’s about the experience. It's about slowing down, savoring the moment, and letting the tea transport you to different places and times. It's a ritual, a comfort, and a little bit of magic in your daily life.


Are you ready to embark on your tea-tasting adventure this summer? Whether you’re savoring a delicate white tea on a sunny afternoon or enjoying a robust iced black tea on a balmy evening, remember to enjoy every sip. The world of tea is vast and varied, and there’s always something new to discover. Happy tasting!



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