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Chinese Classic Scented Teas
Most people are aware that China has a long history of tea drinking and tea production. But you might not be aware that they are also one of the first countries to have flavored teas with different ingredients.
According to “The Story of Tea, A Cultural History and Drinking Guide” by Mary Lou and Robert J Heiss, Chinese Classic Scented Teas have been present since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Floral blossoms of chrysanthemum, gardenia, jasmine, osthmanthus, rose and yulan(magnolia) are well known and very popular. Later, in the Qing dynasty (1644-1912), fruit flavors of bergamot(orange), lichee, and pomelo were introduced. All these flavors are now considered Chinese Classic Scented Teas.
Of course today there are hundreds of different flavored teas, whether they are black, green, oolong or white. However, the Chinese Classic Scented Teas remain through the ages as some of the most popular flavored teas today.
Trenton Teas carries several Chinese Classic Scented Teas for your tea drinking pleasure. Our Rose Tea is a modern version of the classic Chinese scented Meigui Hongcha, made by layering red rose petals and tea leaves during production, then sieving out the petals. The result is a sweet full taste of rose petals in a fine black tea. Try this tea with or without a small amount of cream or milk.
Our Lichee Tea is a version of the Chinese scented Lihi Honcha, made by spraying the tea leaves with fresh squeezed juice of ripe Lichees after production. This creates a black tea with a pleasant fruity flavor that allows the flavor of the Keemun to shine through.
And our Jasmine Pearls – Dragon Phoenix is a Chinese scented tea where tender green tea leaves are scented with Jasmine Spring Blossoms and hand rolled into balls. The result is a heavenly floral Jasmine fragrance in this green tea.
Try one of these delicious Chinese Classic Scented Teas at Trenton Teas today, and as you savor your cup, you will be transported back into the history of tea!
Our Spring High Tea will be on Saturday June 9, 2012 from 12pm to 2 pm. The menu will be a lovely selection of spring tastes and flavors. We are having not only hot tea but a wonderful iced tea at this Spring High Tea. The first course is a fresh spring salad with strawberries, apple and walnuts with a rich poppyseed dressing. Each guest will then have a choice of soup, entrée and dessert. In addition, each guest will enjoy an Orange Scone served with Lemon
Reservations are required. The cost is $24.00 per person, tax and gratuity not included. Please call early as Trenton Teas High Tea events fill up quickly.
We look forward to seeing everyone there! A link to the Spring Tea Menu can be seen here.
The Mad Hatter Tea Party and Trenton Teas were featured on Mohawk Valley Living this past Sunday, January 15th. The Mad Hatter and Alice were there to greet Richard and Sherry, and invite them to a sneak preview of the Mad Hatter Tea Party taking place this Saturday, January 21st at Alee’s Restaurant, 247 Elizabeth Street, Utica, NY from 4-7 PM. Purchase your tickets here on the website at Trenton Teas, or at the Trenton Teas store or at Alee’s Restaurant. Hurry, don’t be late for this very important date! This party will be lots of fun for all. Costumes or a fun hat is optional attire. We look forward to seeing everyone at the party! There will be lots of fun finger foods and desserts–and of course the best tea from Trenton Teas at the Mad Hatter Tea Party in Utica!
We have 15 Holiday Teas now at Trenton Teas. They run the spectrum from black teas to fruit teas to green teas and rooibos, but they all have one thing in common–they’ll make you think of Christmas and those happy end of the year holidays we all love! Here is an alphabetical list of our holiday teas at Trenton Teas. They are all available for purchase here at the online store as well as the store at 247 Elizabeth Street in Utica, NY.
Adirondack Campfire Cocoa
Just put the Holiday Tea’s name in our search box and it will take you right to the tea and its description.
Enjoy a hot cup of Trenton Teas Holiday Tea Today!
Trenton Teas will have a tea chat on Wednesday, May 18th at 6:30pm. Learn about proper tea etiquette and how to brew the best tea and iced tea. This is a free event. There will be a black tea sampling with nibbles. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 315-381-5049.
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Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!!
Our Valentine Sweetheart Tea was yesterday, February 13th at Alee’s Restaurant. It was a huge success. We filled the restaurant to capacity. Everyone loved the menu, the food and the teas. Also served were raspberry white chocolate chunk scones served with Lemon Curd and Devonshire Cream. The most popular teas were Love Affair, our chocolate strawberry Rooibos blend, and Cupid’s Kiss, which is our green and white tea blend with passionfruit. We are planning future events so stay tuned to our blog, Twitter and Facebook fan pages for more information.
Valentine Afternoon Tea will take place
on Sunday, February 13, 2011
at Alee’s Restaurant, 247 Elizabeth Street, Utica NY
UTICA, New York – January 20, 2011 – Trenton Teas will host a Valentine Sweetheart Tea at Alee’s Restaurant on Sunday, February 13, 2011. The event will be a traditional afternoon tea from 2pm to 5pm.
Brian Karwowski, owner of Trenton Teas, wanted to give tea lovers and sweethearts the opportunity to celebrate Valentine Day with a traditional afternoon tea with some new twists. The teas featured at the Sweetheart Tea will all be from Trenton Teas.
Each guest will have a choice of soup, salad, croissant and dessert from a special Valentine themed menu. In addition each person will have a White Chocolate Raspberry Scone with homemade lemon curd and Devon-Style Cream. The cost is $22.00 per person.
Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Call Kelly Bowen Trenton Teas at Alee’s Restaurant 315-797-2181 for reservations.
Trenton Teas Owner Gives Free Tea Talk
Brian Karwowski presents:
“Tea – From The Field To The Cup” with Tea Sampling
UTICA, New York – December 29, 2010 – Tea is the topic of a presentation given at Trenton Teas, 247 Elizabeth Street, Utica NY at 6:30pm on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011.
Brian Karwowski, owner of Trenton Teas, will give a talk on “Tea – From The Field To The Cup”. Learn all about tea’s history, its benefits and how to properly steep a fine cup of loose leaf tea. There will be samples of tea for tasting afterward.
The presentation is free to the public, but seating is limited. Registration is required by Monday, January 17th. Call 315-381-5049 or stop by Trenton Teas to register.
Looking for the perfect blend of tea? Try Lapsang Souchong tea.
The Lapsang Souchong Tea is more than just your average tea. For one, it’s not merely tea but has many other uses. It can be used as a marinade for roasted meat, a flavor enhancer for ice cream as well as with salty and spicy dishes. Plus, it can be the perfect substitute for coffee.
The Lapsang Souchong is a natural black tea that originated in the Province of Fujian in China. The locals call it the ‘smoked tea’ because its leaves undergo a process of smoke-drying over pinewood fires. This is the key process of making the Lapsang Souchong tea that gives it its unique smoky taste.
The process of making this tea starts by harvesting the mature leaves that usually begins in the second week of May. The harvested leaves are picked to produce Lapsang. Next is the withering process where the leaves are spread over smoldering pine, oak or cypress tea embers. Then, they are pan fried, rolled and placed in wooden barrels for oxidation process to begin. Lastly, they are hung over an oak, pine or cypress smoke to dry.
Tea is considereded healthy because of its high antioxidant content and does not add calories to your diet. Being a black tea in nature, the Lapsang Souchong Tea can be a great substitute for coffee. It has enough caffeine to keep you alert and awake throughout the day but not as much as some strong coffee that often cause jitters. This tea is also great for losing weight. The antioxidants combined with caffeine make this possible as it said that it will help speed up your metabolism. Low in caloies and high in anti-oxidants make it the perfect beverage when dieting.
You can definitely do a lot with Lapsang Souchong Tea. Finding it in your search for top quality tea will be a real treat.