Just Your Cup of Tea

Review, suggestions of tea for every occasion

Jasmine Oolong Tea — Teavana

Taste: A balance of crisp orchid and sweet jasmine with a clean finish

Aroma: Scented with jasmine blossoms

Occasion: For sunny morning breakfasts with friends and family


Black Currant Tea — Harney & Sons

Taste: Smooth black tea with a natural black currant flavor

Aroma: Lightly scented with earthy black currants

Occasion: For an afternoon spent creating something


Green Tea with Mint — Bigelow

Taste: Light and airy green tea with a strong note of mint

Aroma: Aromatic menthol notes with earthy undertones

Occasion: For waking you up and energizing you in the morning


Raspberry Balsamico Herbal Tea — Teavana

Taste: Assortment of berry flavors with an elegant balsamic finish

Aroma: Smells sweet, but has depth

Occasion: For an evening of catching up with friends


Tea Glossary

Black Tea: Black tea, or just plain “tea” as it is often called, comes from Camellia sinensis leaves that are first crushed and then exposed to air for several hours so it oxidizes and produces a brew that is strong in flavor and dark in color.

Green Tea: This tea comes from Camellia sinensis leaves that are immediately steamed or pan-fired rather than being exposed to air. This way, no oxidation occurs. It makes for a more delicate brew, typically lower in caffeine.

Oolong Tea: This tea comes from Camellia sinensis leaves that are exposed to air for only a few hours, just half the amount of time as black tea.

Chai: Tea made with cardamom and various other spices, typically prepared with cream.

Herbal Tea: A tea made of dried herbs and spices, usually containing no caffeine.

Loose Tea: Dried, crushed tea leaves sold in a packet or container rather than in individual tea bags or sachets.

Tea Infuser: Container for loose tea leaves so that they stay out of the drink itself. Available in many shapes and sizes.

Tea Bag or Tea Sachet: A small, porous bag containing tea leaves or powdered tea. These are individually packaged.

Steeping: Soaking a tea sachet or tea infuser in hot or boiling water to extract the tea’s flavor