At age 6, on his way to school, Roy Fong would linger at a Hong Kong food stand where day laborers were making gongfu cha. Sometimes someone would offer him a cup, and he never forgot the wonderful aroma and taste.
During the past few decades, all types of tea, from herbal to Pu’er, have re-emerged in premium formats favored by younger generations. “What makes the super-premium tea category unique, in my view, is the importance of storytelling with regard to ingredient origin, processing, and functional appeal,” says Euromonitor Beverage Analyst Howard Telford.
Downton Abbey aired for six seasons in the U.S., and its American fans became legion. Millions could not resist the upscale dramas of the Crawley family and its servants. If your beloved mater is among the Downtonites, why not treat her this year to a tea service fit for the denizens of the Abbey itself?
Each year, there are more teas created with mom in mind, and 2021 is no exception. Each one of these will warm your mother’s heart, as well as her teacup.
Jewelry made from vintage silver teaspoons has classic appeal and style. If Mom is a tea-lover, why not gift her this year with one of these lovely wearables? Who knows what teas they formerly stirred, or what romances and festivities they witnessed?
Teasy is an innovative infuser designed to bring out the delicate flavours and true taste of your loose-leaf tea. With Teasy you can see the tea as it steeps, and with just a twist of the wrist, you can separate tea from the leaves at just the right moment. Your tea will have its full flavour without being over-steeped.
Adagio Teas presents a three-part present for your Valentine in its Love Petals set. The “Hugs and Kisses” blend combines South African rooibos with caramel, almond and vanilla, while “Ripe for Romance” melds raspberry and chocolate with black tea. “Sweet Nothings” blends sweet apricots, peach, lavender and white tea, marigold flowers, lavender flowers, and natural peach flavor.
Gimme a kiss. Share this romantic china tea bowl, for those who are shy to ask. Our teaware suggestions include a black heart milk pitcher from Rory Dobner, a penetrating pink lacquered tea jar from Mariage Frères and an Ember mug to keep your hands warm.
Stocking stuffers like these lovely tea flavored chocolates from Paris are sure to please young and old. Browse this collection of tiny tins, tea utensils, special spoons and handy gadgets that are perfect for holiday fun.
Considered a basic for a tea book library, this gorgeous volume is by the chef-owners of Quebec’s Camellia Sinensis Tea House and covers history, farming techniques, and tea culture, among other subjects. You can buy it directly from the Tea House’s website, which is in French, under “Cadeaux Pour Debutants” (Gifts for Beginners).
Designed by Miriam Mirri as part of the Objet-Bijoux collection, the famous heart-shaped spoon is now available as a teaspoon from John Lewis.
It’s not just a tempest in a teapot, it’s a storm in a teacup with this fun and attractive scarf from the U.K.’s Geometrico22. The full print is visible on both the front and the reverse.
Legend has it, Asian princesses used an essence derived from the green tea leaves grown on the Korean island of Jeju to preserve their ageless beauty. Turns out, those princesses were definitely on to something. Today’s beauty products companies are capitalizing on the super-antioxidant polyphenols found in tea to make both skin and hair care lines.
Tea gets the spotlight in beauty
Cosmetics firm Cha Ling 20 is supporting 20 hectares of tea garden zone, located within the 400-hectare Biodiversity Reserve managed by Minguo Li Margraf. This reserve is in Xishuangbanna, South Yunnan in the famous Laobangzhang Pu’er Tea designation