Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September Round Up: The Best, Most Interesting Blogs this Month

Need more items to add to that never ending list of things to read? You're at the right place! It's that time of the month again where I share some of my favourite blog posts I have read and loved during September. This series is both fun and difficult to do each month. I love going through my blog list but it's always tough to narrow down to just a handful or so of great writing. As usual, the tea category dominates here (because, well, this is a tea blog) but this month there are actually some pretty great articles in other categories that are tea related, too. With tea etiquette and marketing advice, tea infused recipes, and photography tips, I hope you'll find something new and interesting to you!


TeaLover.Net | On Tea and Kickstarters  - Some of you may not know that, in addition to tea writing, I'm also a marketing professional so this blog post pretty much covers both of my worlds. Even though I am completely obsessed with tea, there are only a few tea themed Kickstarters that seem worth the backing. The writer here does a fabulous job at explaining and giving examples of a few key items you should consider before starting one for your next tea adventure.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Tea Review: Blend Bee's Save the Bees

Ingredients: Chamomile flower, Hibiscus flower, Rose hips, Rose buds, Marigold flower, Jasmine flower, Lavender flower, Orange peel, Green stevia leaf, Sweet orange extract, Honey extract

Steep Time: 7 minutes

First Sip Thought: "Sweet oranges."

Smell: I love when the aroma of a handcrafted tea blend is making its way through the sealed packaging and filling up the air of my room. Like most of Blend Bee's teas, Save the Bees herbal tea blend does just that. This particular herbal tea blend is quite floral, with hints of fruitiness from the orange peel and extract. The aroma is something I want to bottle up as a spray and keep forever.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Lavender Lemonade Cold Brew Recipe

Autumn is probably my favourite season of them all but today I'd like to help us all hold on to summer just a little while longer. After all, we still have a few days left of it officially! Usually iced teas are my go to for the season, but cold brew teas have become quite popular and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to create a recipe with this method.
But, why cold brew? Well, the cold brewing method draws out fewer tannic compounds which results in a lighter-bodied tea. This means less astringency and bitterness which is great for a refreshing beverage. Cold brewing also has the advantage of being more time efficient. This is probably one of the reasons I started to love this method. You don't have to worry about steeping a batch of tea every day when you want something iced. Simply take a pitcher with tea and fill it with cold water to set in the refrigerator for a few days and enjoy whenever!
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