Archive | July 2012

Tea Tuesday

Golden Snail is one of those wonderful hand crafted black teas made in small production lots by a farm family in the mountains of Yunnan province.

Golden tippy leaves are curled into little spiral shapes, hence the name Golden Snail. The aroma is magnificent, and the tea liquor is rich and smooth. You can enjoy this tea at any time of day.  I don’t get a sweet chocolate taste at all but more of the dark cocoa flavors bring to mind un-sweetened chocolate, but at the same time there is a lingering sweetness. This only confirms and continues my general adoration for black teas…Especially bold ones.

Tea Tuesday

Hi, welcome to the first of many ‘Tea Tuesday’ blog posts, in these posts I am going to review a different kind of tea that I have tried during the week and hopefully encourage people to try new tea flavours.  I would also like people to recommend different flavours for me to try and also to share their tea experiences/favourites with everyone else.

The first tea we have is one that surprised me greatly its called Keemun Tea.

Keemun tea is a black tea is one of the most popular teas grown in the Anhui province in Central China. This tea produces a lovely bright red infusion and has a soft and mild taste with a delicate aroma.

To me it has a much softer taste than many black teas i have tried and is very easy to drink in the early evening or late afternoon.  It has an almost wine like flavour to it with bittersweet elements of the best dark chocolate, a light tannic bitterness and hints to warm spicy sandalwood notes, there is also the merest edge of cloves and juniper, similar to that in mulled wine which makes a beautiful relaxing drink.

To create the perfect cup use one teaspoon of loose leaf tea per person and as this is a black tea you use boiling water and leave it to brew for 4 mins exactly, anymore will create that horrible bitter taste in tea not create a stronger brew – a common mistake!

If you have tried it let me know what you think! Personally, I adore it!

Helen

xoxo

Tea Tuesday

White Peony with Pink Rosebuds is a blend of the finest white tea and whole pink rosebuds. It has a mild, refreshing, delicately rose-scented taste.

Authentic White tea is only grown in the Fujian province of China, where the delicate buds and leaves can only be picked for a few weeks each year.

*One of Vogue’s top gifts for hostesses and The Daily Telegraph’s top gifts for Mother’s Day*

This tea is so light, floaty and delicate its great for something refreshing without requiring an ice tea.

Exhibitions, Arles and Tea

So, things have seemingly been pretty quiet recently.. this would be true had I not been in Arles for the les rencontres d’arles festival for a week, had to put up a degree show, plan my London exhibition all along with having a full time job at a tea shop in central London.

First things first, degree show.  I have recently finished my degree in Photography (my results are out on Friday) and as part of my course (and with all art courses) we had an end of year final degree show.  My work was based around the exploration of the human form and how sexuality is defined.

I used pins to pin my work to the wall which helped create an even deeper visual element as it mirrored the tension created by the corset strings.Image

Image I also adore this dress, it cost me £30 from Asos and well its pretty.

Overall the exhibition went very well although it was a pain trying to organise 30 something people and all their work so they were happy with their space, now the next challenge is the London show which is taking place next week at the Rag Factory.

Arles on the other hand was insanely warm, on average about 30c and rather humid.  I did stay in my first youth hostel ever however which was a lot of fun.  We also managed to have the city nailed in about two days which meant although carrying portfolios and cameras everywhere we didn’t have to worry about maps.  The mosquitoes on the other hand were a complete nightmare, even through jungle strength bug spray 3x a day.  These photos are by Alex and Pedro.  I will add mine when I have a moment to go through them.

ImageImage im the one in the pattern dress and with red hair 🙂Image

one of my favourite photos, thanks to Pedro for this one x

 

Image im the one in the black lace.. of courseImage Nica handbags are ace although im really not pro having my photo taken I do kind of like thisImage best moment ever, turning up to your hostel 3-4 hours before it opens after walking from the station for 45 mins in 28c heat

 

ok if you are still with me this bring me onto tea..

Now, some of you may know that last year I discovered that tea was on of the best drinks on the planet.  I have mostly stuck with Jasmine tea and Cinnamon tea throughout this time although there have been hints of trying new flavours with Earl Grey cupcakes and peppermint tea for example.  Over time I have thought how amazing tea could potentially be and well this had lead me to getting a job in a tea shop in London.  We do however only sell loose leaf tea not serve it.

I have to say this has certainly been one of my best choices to date, I am learning to much and the people i work with are amazing. Not to mention there is something to be said for being able to your rent two weeks after you have finished your degree.

Its funny because someone I know turned around to me at the weekend and said what on earth are you working in a tea shop for you don’t like tea.  I thought this was partly rude as they haven’t been in touch in a  long time but also people change.  Since starting my job I have tried so many different flavours of tea its unreal (on average 6 tastings a day although these are small) and I have begun to learn that there are so many different kinds of tea out there especially ones that I enjoy.

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I think I am going to start adding ‘Tea Tuesdays’ to my blog now where I review a different kind of tea every Tuesday and people can share opinions/recommendations on what they enjoy.

Don’t worry photography will still be around but since my degree its taking the back burner a little bit while I have some me time.. or rather me and tea time 😀 haha, ok, that was bad.

 

Hope all is well with everyone, I promise to keep up with everything a lot more

xox