by Little Yellow Teapot (a tea steeping marvel and occasional contributing author to this e-zine)
Woohoo! Par-TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEA time with your fave little teapot and two fab teas. I know I promised these for last Friday, but heck, my humans were extra thirsty and needed me for other tea steeping duties. And anyway, what better way than this to start your Monday? You might want to review all the preparations for this event that took place. Setting the mood was the key. Mr. Bobblehead Kitty had other plans and couldn’t attend (he was represented by Mr. Kitty Cream Pitcher). But since the teas had already been selected, we needed to go ahead as planned. My humans forgot the candle, but otherwise they did pretty well.
First, let’s see how that Hattialli Tippy Assam tea turned out. Unlike those CTC Assams, this tea is good straight, but my humans still liked it with milk and sweetener, as you can see here.
Check out the “golden” tips in the dry tea, a sure sign of a less bitter yet flavorful tea:
And for you folks who prefer your tea without milk, get a good look at how beautiful this tea looks in a glass cup, and it tastes as good as it looks, mild, a bit malty, no bitterness (even when steeped for five minutes in water that had been heated to boiling) in the photo at right.
Now for the second tea – masala chai blend. Now, my humans go totally ga-ga over this stuff, no joke! There are so many versions out there (and in the U.S. it is usually simply called “chai”) but this one seems to have hit just the right balance of spices, and it’s not that powdered stuff either. The best way to prepare is on the stovetop but that would have disappointed Mr. Gingerbread Teapot who had been selected from the Tea Gang for steeping honors for both of these teas. We did use plenty of milk, though, and warmed it before adding to the hot tea in the cup. And a bit of sweetener brings a special quality to the overall flavors, making my humans drool (they usually only do that when they see photos of stuff like chocolate cake posted online).
Well, there you have it…two great teas, two great members of the squash family, and two great teapots. What more could you want from a Fall tea time! TOOOOT!
Disclaimer: all items were furnished by the vendor but all opinions expressed here are totally unbiased.
© 2015 A.C. Cargill photos and text