Monday, January 03, 2011

Jan - National Hot Tea Month

Oolong tea steeping in a small Yixing teapot 

January is National  Hot Tea Month, and I have a challenge for you!  My goal is for your to try a new style of tea this month.  If  you drink tea bags, invest in a nice loose leaf.  If you only drink black tea, try an oolong, green or white.  If you've had all of those, try a new style of brewing -  in a gaiwan, for example.  If you've never had bubble tea, now is the time!  Or check out the 31 ways to explore tea offered by Lindsey in her post.

Happy tea explorations!  I hope you'll share your adventures, and let me know if you have any questions about types of tea, its preparation, etc.  If I don't know the answer, I'll attempt to find someone who does.  Cheers!


TromboneGirl42 said...

On December 31st I tried a smoked tea for the first time - it was DELICIOUS! I now have some smoked earl grey and I cannot wait to try it! If you can find some smoked tea and you haven't had some already I recommend you try it - but be prepared for something new! :)

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

great challenge Steph !
i'm trying something new at FHC with today's blog.. let me know what you think ok? THX!
o and my kids luved the iced wine tea leaves too! everyone came over after Voyage of the Dawn Treader for tea & cookies ~ sooo FUN! MANY THX still :)

Angela McRae said...

Good idea, Steph! I am interested in learning about Kombucha, so I think I'll make that my goal for the month!

Marilyn Miller said...

Good challenge. Last week we stayed at a B&B and the proprietors said they had a good black tea; so I was up for the challenge. It ended up being a loose leaf Lipton black tea. Not so good, but I drank it because they were very proud to be serving it. Now I will need to find another challenge too.

mep said...

My challenge will be to "make time for tea" because these days I don't drink it unless I can cozy up and savor it. However, there are some really good "tea-drinking" shows coming up on PBS starting today. I am recording them and now commit to watching them with some tea.

Alex Zorach said...

It's getting harder for me to locate styles of tea I have not yet tried, but there are still quite a few of them out there that I haven't. Sitting at home, waiting to be brewed, is my first tea from Nilgiri, India. Also on my list is mao xie, but I don't currently have any of that.

I'd also like to try a tea from Argentina, and from Iran. These seem to be tricky to find. And I have yet to have any Korean tea, although one of my friends brought me some back from Korea, I just haven't had the opportunity to pick it up yet!

What are you going to try that's new? =)