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Questions Answered July 28, 2008

So there have been wonderful questions coming my way since the recent blending classes. Feel free to post your questions on the blog because many of you have the same question. This is a new forum but please share your questions on this tea blending blog so we can all learn and share! Remember there is no such things as a dumb question!

With that said many of you have been wondering about the books I recommend on tea blending.

The first I would check out would be Tea Blending as a Fine Art by Joseph M. Walsh. This tea blending book was written in 1896 and lists some of the classic fundamentals on blending with black teas. An interesting read with insight on the origins of commercial blending. Some important facts he brings up in the book are the areas of grading and varietes along with touching on the American population even at that time unaware of the skill and complexity behind the practious and sophistication in tea production. It is a free to view on books.google.com. Some of the names of teas are no longer in use today but at Art of Tea we have put some of the lessons learned in place (at least in honor of the author). Enjoy and please share your thoughts on this book!

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Contest # 2 Caffeine Free Chai July 13, 2008

Its hot this summer everywhere you go…especially in Northern India. In honor of India and its dynamic production of botanicals and unique spices our challenge this month is to see who can create the best of the best caffeine free chai blend.

We will of course be trying this hot and iced to keep in a seasonal theme. Hot tea is consumed in India even in the middle of the day to cool the system and create internal balance. Chai literally translates as tea, so the options are pretty limitless. However, most traditional chai blends contain a mixture of cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and a base. Here is a sample of a caffeine free chai for your reference. If you are a seasoned chai blender than please share your experience so others may grow. And if this is your first crack at it…give it a shot. Send a pic if you must.

Remember to please be as descriptive as possible especially if you would like us to prepare it a specific way. Ie: Hot, Iced, Shaken…with milk…ingredients and proportions, etc. Have fun!

 

And the First Winner Is…

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Congratulations to Ms. Thorn on contributing your iced tea recipe! As you know you will be receiving a $75 gift certificate towards any teas or tea supplies at artoftea.com. Thanks we loved trying it. It is not only the only submission for the first ever tea blending challenge but it happens to offer a welcoming taste. Look forward to your submission again for Julys tea blending challange for your chance to win again.