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Visit Edison Ford Winter Estates

A visit to Edison Ford Winter Estates? 

TeaLady at Edison Ford Winter Estates 

 

You may have seen my earlier post about the newest tea from Local Tea Company. The Edison Ford Fruit Tea created to celebrate the beautiful winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford at the Edison Ford Winter Estates.  Recently I had relatives visiting from Yorkshire and decided to take a day trip south to the Edison Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers.  If you read my blogs you know I like to share my tea experiences with you (England , Northern Michigan, South Carolina Tea Plantation.) This one is on my own doorstep, I just have to share.  A ‘one tank trip’ not to be missed! Read More

Name that Tea – Organic Strawbango Black

A name for Organic Strawbango Tea

‘The naming of teas is a difficult matter,

It isn’t just one of your everyday games—

Some might think you mad as a hatter.

Should you tell them each goes by several names.

For starters each tea in this world must belong, to the families Black or Green or Oolong;

Then look more closely at these family trees—-

Some include Indians along with Chinese.”

T.S. Elliot, The NAMING OF CATS with liberties taken by Local Tea Company  :>

The naming of this tea was very difficult too.  You have every right to think the name was taken straight from a T.S. Elliot book!  We are very excited about our Organic Strawbango Black tea and know many will love this blend as much as we do.  Maybe even as much as your feline friends.

Organic Strawbango Black  is an organically cultivated black tea from the mountains of Sri Lanka.  Not only do we have a splendid tasting black tea, but two of our favorite Florida fruits are added for the perfect amount of exotic sweetness!  Scattered between the juicyness, you will find delicate Calendula blossoms.  A truly beautiful and aromatic tea.

Have you guessed what those fruits might be?  Strawberry and Mango of course, these two fruits are made for each other.

Join us in celebrating this exceptional tea with a ‘bang’!  Gift yourself, a friend, or a member of your family with Organic Strawbango Black tea.  You can always find this tea from one of our serving partners, Cafe in the Park in Payne Park in downtown Sarasota.  This iced tea is perfect after a bit of fun at Circus Park, or during one of the amazing outdoor music sessions they have.

Cheers,

The Tea Team

Edison Ford Winter Estates Fruit Tea

Edison Ford Winter Estates Fruit Tea

Many of life’s failures are from people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up

 Thomas Edison

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal

Henry Ford

Edison and Ford shaking hands

 

These two quotes say much about these two incredible men.  They are remembered in our community at the beautiful Edison Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. If you have not visited yet, I urge you to take the time to go as soon as possible. You will not be disappointed, the grounds and homes are lovely, and the many exhibits are fascinating.


You will also find the latest from Local Tea Company, Edison Ford Fruit Tea, when you visit.  An exotic blend of fruits growing in the gardens of the Edison Ford Winter Estates, including mango, pineapple, and assorted citrus.  A natural fruit tisane with no caffeine, the Edison Ford Fruit Tea is very popular with visitors.

You will find packets of the Edison Ford Fruit Tea available for sale in the gift shop.  They also have a lovely selection of teapots and other tea accessories.

Edison Ford Winter Estates

Local Tea Company is thrilled to celebrate one more of our SunCoast local treasures.  As we say, Sip Locally.

Cheers,

the TeaLady

Pear Mu Tan

Pear Mu Tan

Pear Mu Tan.  I am glad to announce that we have added another tea to our Organic cultivation varieties here at Local Tea Company.

Pear Mu Tan is a White tea grown in Fujian Province, China.  White teas are surrounded by folklore and mystique heralded from ancient China. Emperors proclaimed this delicate tea as “the culmination of all that is elegant.”

White Teas

The least processed of all tea categories, white is is natural.  The newest leaves are carefully picked when they have a silvery appearance from the hair or ‘hao.’  They are lightly withered, which turns them into an artist’s palette of hues.  From silver to green to brown, the results are a light, fluffy mixture of leaf pieces that yield a subtle and delicate flavor.

Pear Mu Tan White Tea

I had been asked several times about Pear tea.  After using this tea for several days in my travel mug, I knew we had to have it!  This type of White tea is known as Pai Mu Tan, which means “white peony.”   The tea is produced from various tea bush called chaicha, so it seemed natural to name this tea Pear Mu Tan.

There is evidence that Pear has been used as a food since prehistoric times.  In other words, a perfect partner for White tea.  To complement the pear, there are dried apple pieces, mango cubes, and marigold blossoms.  Besides, the shimmering golden liquor has a lingering fragrance and sweet, fresh mellow taste.  This is a lovely tea, both dry and infused.

Organic

Please note, this tea is organically cultivated but has not pursued the requirements to be designated ORGANIC.

White teas are becoming very popular.  They are considered to be the most beneficial of all teas for their health benefits.  With more antioxidants than black or green tea, white tea has anti-cancer properties.  We have read that the tea is heart-healthy, has a calming (anti-sagging!) and detoxifying effect on the skin, and the ability to strengthen our immune system.  A bonus is that it tastes so good!

There are debates aplenty about the amount of caffeine in white teas.  Could it be that as the tea is made from young leaves, they contain the most concentrated amount of caffeine?  The fact that we infuse for less time and at a lower temperature may mean less caffeine is released…and so on.  We may never know the exact reason, and it really does not seem to matter too much!

In my experience, I have found White tea VERY agreeable to my body function.  I do not seem to get as overheated or troubled with the caffeine content.  Therefore, I have been able to drink later into the day.   See how it works for you!

In conclusion, Pear Mu Tan is a tea that really keeps on giving and certainly wears the title ‘the culmination of all that is elegant’ very well.

Cheers,
the TeaLady