This holiday season Santa and his elves supplied me with tea
just in time to celebrate the month of January as Hot Tea Month!
I had a big surprise when I won a Yixing teapot from Tea Time Magazine.
They were celebrating Christmas on Face Book with a few give-a-ways.
I have several Yixing teapots and this tiny beauty will be a nice addition to the collection.
While we are talking about Yixing teapots, here's some information from a Tea Time article:
"The most delicate of teapots are likely the Yixing pots often used for steeping oolongs. These Chinese clay pots are porous, and over time, the clay retains the flavors of the tea. A tragic tea faux pas would be to steep Earl Grey in one of these because it would mean that every tea steeped from that point forward would be tainted by the flavor of oil of bergamot.
Yixing pots have for centuries been used for only one specific tea. An Asian tea drinker might keep one teapot for a Taiwanese Bao Zhong, one for a Chinese Big Red Robe, and another for a Chinese Ti Kwan Yin. Soap is never used to clean these revered utensils. They are simply rinsed and allowed to air-dry. It is said that some ancient Yixing pots could make tea today simply by having hot water poured into them. The accumulated flavors of past steepings would add their flavor to the water, and tea would magically appear!"
The god-kids sent tea from Tin Roof Teas in Raleigh, NC.
Tin Roof is on my list to visit when I get to Raleigh.
I made a promise to myself -- I can't open any new tea until I finish the
wonderful Harney and Sons Cranberry Autumn.
Soon I'll open Tin Roof's Cloud Catcher.
Isn't that a great name?!
It is a fruit tea: apple pieces, freeze-dried kiwi, sour cherries, cranberry slices, coconut flakes and natural flavor.
Sounds like fun!
a handmade, wheel thrown "Believe" mug.
Cloud Catcher tea in a "Believe" mug sounds like the perfect pair!
Wishing YOU well, much joy and a wonderful cup of tea!
I'm joining several parties today:
Happy New Year!