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Honey Black Oolong

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Hello Tea Friends, I want to share with you a new tea I discovered at the San Francisco Tea Festival...Honey Black Oolong by Esteemed Tea Collective I'm always eager to try new tea types, as I mainly drink different varieties of black tea.
The label describes this Taiwanese tea as,"sweet natural honey aroma coupled with mellow spices that warms and invigorates the body and soul. Perfect for a cold winter morning or as an afternoon pick me-up." The sachets are filled with whole tea leaves. (All packaging is recyclable.) Esteemed Collective is now selling this oolong tea as loose leaf. After I finished my first cup, I really noticed how smooth the tea tasted. There was absolutely no bitterness. Also, I like that it can be re-steeped about three times. I think this a perfect tea for devout black tea lovers to try.
Every type of tea has health benefits. Oolong is also known to aid in digestion and stimulate brain activity.
Esteemed Tea Collective sells a variety of oolong teas whic…

Friendly Village in the New Year

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Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas season and are eager for what awaits in 2019.
I began the new year at one of my favorite places in the world~ Carmel by the Sea. After spending some time on the beach, I went to a wonderful coffee house/bookstore in nearby Pacific Grove. Despite the cold, I enjoyed a pot of chai al fresco.
Bookworks, located on Lighthouse Avenue, combines two things I love: tea and books. Whenever I visit, I find unique and wonderful titles at the bookstore which is located behind the coffee shop in the same store. I really try to support independent bookstores as much as I can. Every town needs an independent bookstore in my opinion.
Today's featured English teacup and saucer is "The Friendly Village" by Johnson Brothers. This was one of the "holiday" teacups I used for my Christmas Tea. After visiting Carmel and Pacific Grove, I appreciate the calmness and beauty of "villages."
This pattern doesn't really dep…

My Christmas Afternoon Tea

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Merry Christmas Tea Friends! I'm excited to share with you photos from the Afternoon Tea I hosted last Sunday. It seems like every year I hope to host an Afternoon Tea, but other holiday commitments seem to get in the way. This year I was determined to host one because my goal for the season is to quality spend time with friends and family.
Menu
Scone Course Tea: Chestnut by Adagio Eggnog Scones with cream and homemade strawberry jam
Savory Course Tea: Paris by Harney and Sons Cucumber and smoked salmon tea sandwiches Mini Spinach Florentine Quiches Honey Goat Cheese Phyllo Cups Spring Mix Salad with dried cranberries, Mandarin oranges and blue cheese crumble
Sweets Course Tea: Honey Oolong by Esteemed Tea Collective Early Grey Homemade Truffles Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake (shown above) Assorted Walker shortbread cookies
The scones (Tea Time Magazine recipe) and Chestnut tea appeared to be the "stars" of the tea.

Setting the table was one of the "tasks" I was really looking forwar…

Ornament Swap Reveal

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Christmas Greetings! This season I participated in an ornament swap graciously hosted by Stephanie of The Enchanting Rose.
Stephanie matched us with partners and we gifted one another with an ornament and some holiday goodies. Look at this adorable ornament Susan in Michigan gifted me. I love snowmen, so this is the perfect ornament. Here's the back side with this important message.
She included these goodies too! I'm wearing these super soft socks right now. Love the herbal fruit tea sampler! Of course, chocolate is always welcomed and appreciated. I was matched with Adria in Colorado. She also loves snowmen, so this was a perfect match. I sent her a cloche ornament, Christmas tree notepad, Harney and Sons Holiday Tea and some chocolates. If you're reading this Adria, thank you for your sweet note.
To view more ornament swap exchanges, please visit Stephanie's blog: The Enchanting Rose. Participants will be posting their new ornament swap treasures.
Thank you Stephanie for spre…

Vintage Poinsettias and Holly

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Season's Greetings, Tea Friends Last week I shared that I am hosting a Christmas Tea with friends this upcoming Saturday. I've been slowly collecting bone china Christmas teacups. In the last post I featured "Christmas Roses" by Queens. Here are three more vintage Christmas teacups that I've added to my collection. All were purchased on etsy. I must admit that this is my favorite holiday teacup. It is a Royal Albert from the Flower of the Month series. I would love to collect more from this series.
There are two Flower of the Month series. The first one was produced from the 1950s to 1960s and featured holly as the December flower. The cup shapes were Hampton, Countess and Gainsborough. 
My teacup is from the second series produced in the 1970s with Montrose shape cups.


Here is another Royal Albert titled "Poinsettia."

This was produced in 1976 and has the same high quality of bone china as earlier patterns.


The last teacup is a Queens Rosina in the "Yulet…

Christmas Roses

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Welcome December and the Christmas season!
I always look forward to Christmas and each year I try to do something a bit different. After mulling it over for a couple of years, I am (finally) going to host a Christmas Tea with new and old friends. Some years I get caught up in the last minute holiday shopping, decorating, cleaning the house and don't spend enough time with those closest to me. My overall hope for this season is to simply enjoy the company of others and invite people over.


I started collecting vintage Christmas English bone china teacups a few years ago with the hope of one day hosting a Christmas Tea. I have to admit I've been spending a lot of time on etsy looking for other holiday themed teacups (at good prices).
Here is the newest one in my collection: 
December Christmas Rose by Queen's



The rest of my Christmas teacups are red and green, so it is nice to have a different palette. 


The design reminds me of Royal Albert's Flower of the Month series.


I'm …

Celebrate with a Cairo Trio

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Come join me as we celebrate the end of autumn with a new tea and trio.

Today's featured teacup is a Shelley from the Cairo line. This trio is new to me, but it certainly isn't new by any means. It is one of my oldest teacup sets with production dates from 1910-1921. It's almost officially an antique. I purchased this trio on Ruby Lane, an online antique marketplace, for the amazing price of ten dollars. The seller did indicate it had flecks of factory dirt in the glaze. For those of you who follow me, you know that I adore Shelley teacups. The flecks of dirt didn't deter me from buying the trio.
Shelley produced a variety of teacup shapes. The teacup is in the Norman style and was named after one of Percy Shelley's sons. This teacup was used for Bestware and Seconds from 1915-1924.
I was surprised to see how visible the flecks of dirt are on the dish. Look closely, can you see the flecks? The Cairo line features an art deco design in green, purple and black which is qu…