How could you not be excited about the prospect of a Royal Wedding? They don’t come around that often and we pin all our hopes for a lasting and loving relationship for this lovely young couple.
I plan to lose myself for a day of pomp and circumstance surrounding Prince William (Wills to some!) and the beautiful Kate Middleton (only a middle class girl!) We could not resist jumping on the Royal bandwagon at Local Coffee + Tea and have created a tea to celebrate the occasion aptly named Royal-Tea.
If you are already sick of all the hoopla (like my husband!) then sit and make yourself a cup of this stately and sophisticated tea, a perfect marriage between green sencha and bancha, orange pieces, slivers of almonds and cream caramel. Tea and fruits fit for a Royal table I think.
The tea, like the Royal couple brings together two different backgrounds.
Chinese sencha (‘Sen’ meaning green and ‘cha’ meaning tea or ‘infused tea’) is a style of green tea normally produced in Japan but here we have a perfect unison between Chinese leaf and Japanese style.
After harvest, the leaves are heated in a wok to prevent oxidation giving the leaves a slightly mellower ‘roasted’ flavor and characteristic thin, cylindrical shape which results in a very light, refreshing and uplifting tea less vegetal in flavor than those produced in Japan.
Bancha or the ‘common’ green tea in Japan is harvested from the second flush of leaves in late summer/autumn. The larger leaf gives a very mellow flavor and contains less caffeine.
The peel of citrus fruit is bitter and not very appetizing when raw but adds great taste and health benefits when dried and added to tea, and it tastes delicious.
Cream caramel is a tasty ‘concoction’ of sugar and fats which are dried and added to enhance this tea. I try to bring you teas with only all natural ingredients, but sometimes Royal exceptions must be made!
Almonds are something I try to eat all year round for their healthy heart benefits (they contain monounsaturated fats which are good fats responsible for lowering LDL cholesterol).
In Ayurvedic medicine, almonds are considered a nutrient for the brain and nervous system and said to induce high intellectual level and longevity. I knew there was a reason I liked them so much! They pair very well with oranges too. and Walnut adds to the ‘nuttiness’ of our tea.
Back by popular demand!
If you are reading this description and thinking this all sounds familiar, you may have enjoyed this tea over the holidays. Festivi-Tea was created to celebrate Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens. And we have brought it back to celebrate another holiday, a Royal Wedding!
Whatever the name of this tea, enjoy April 29th and celebrate in true Royal fashion with a good cuppa Royal-Tea.
Please join me in wishing Prince William and Kate a long and happy life together.
The Tea Lady
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