Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Gift To Savour

Blend of Tea is happy to announce that for all orders received between now and December 31, 2013, we will be adding a token gift from our side. We ship almost anywhere in India and at no extra cost. Do read more about this festive offer at Subho's Jejune Diet

Monday, April 22, 2013

A Spot of Tea?

Most of us drink tea because we love it. But there are a zillion other reasons that people drink tea. Manual laborers drink tea for the stimulation, poets drink tea to keep the imagination lubricated, while the aristocracy drinks tea to sooth their anxieties, whatever that means.

Set out writing this post to alert you on the low stock of Angel's Catalyst, our premium white tea, but saw something and got waylaid. Green Living AZ ( has come up with a nightie (please read that as nifty) infographic that captures some of the essential facts about tea. Thought you guys would enjoy it.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Tea and Feminism

A piece of information that will surely interest you (if not surprise you) in the context of entire societies grappling with the basics of gender equality.

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Tea drinking as a global phenomenon (tea is the second highest consumed drink in the world; the highest is water) is less than two hundred years old. When it was introduced in Great Britain, it was largely a drink of the nobility.

Poor Irish women who drank tea in the 19th century might as well have been chugging a bottle of whiskey. Critics viewed the provocative kettle as stifling to their country’s economic growth and the tea-chugging habit as reckless and uncontrollable. Tea was a waste of time and money, luring working girls away from their never ending husband and home-tending duties.
See the whole story on the Smithsonian Magazine Blog.

Tea Leaf Prophecy: Joni Mitchell

A tea leaf prophecy made seven years ago came true over the last several months. The thinking behind our tea catalog and website for example.

Blend of Tea, the name, is an insider joke. And you are all insiders now. The concept of naming a catalog that lists only single estate whole leafs "Blend of Tea" came upon us one rainy afternoon when we were staying in Begumpet in a two room apartment. What we wanted to do was to highlight the interface that tea has with every aspect of our lives. Tea and art, tea and music, tea and poetry, tea and health - you get the idea. That was the source of our name, a blend of tea and ...

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The world of art and culture is replete with references to the magic of tea. Thought we would share some of our favorite ones here. This post is made of the lyrics from the Joni Mitchell classic about war and about how her parents met. The song first appeared on her 1988 album Chalk Mark in a Rainstorm. She went on to record it again with Herbie Hancock for his 2007 tribute to her, "River: The Joni Mitchell Letters." I have appended the post with the audio of that version for you to enjoy. Do share your thoughts in the comments.

Study war no more
Lay down your arms
Study war no more
Lay 'em down, lay 'em down now
Study war no more
Lay down your arms
Study war no more

Newsreels rattle the Nazi dread--
The able-bodied have shipped away--
Molly McGee gets her tea-leaves read--
You'll be married in a month they say
"These leaves are crazy!
Look at this town--there's no men left!
Just frail old boys and babies
Talking to teacher in the treble clef."

She plants her garden in the spring
She does the winter shoveling
Tokyo rose on the radio
She says she's leavin' but she don't go

Out of the blue, just passin' through
A young flight sergeant
On two weeks leave--
Says "Molly McGee, no one else will do!"
And seals the tea-leaf prophecy.
Oh these nights are strong and soft
Private passions and secret storms
Nothin' about him ticks her off
And he looks so cute in his uniform

She plants her garden in the spring
He does the winter shoveling
But summer's just a sneeze
In a long-long-bad-winter cold
She says, "I'm leavin' here" but she don't go"

"Sleep little darlin'!
This is your happy home
Hiroshima cannot be pardoned!
Don't have kids when you get grown.
Because, this world is shattered
The wise are mourning--
The fools are joking
Oh, what does it matter?
The wash needs ironing
And the fire needs stoking."

She plants her garden in the spring
He does the winter shoveling
The three of 'em laughing 'round the radio
She says "I'm leavin' here" but she don't go"

She plants her garden in the spring
They do the winter shoveling
They sit up late and watch the
Johnny Carson show
She says "I'm leavin' here but she don't go"

Saturday, April 13, 2013

What is the Average Size of a Teacup?

I made a promise a long time back to tell you how to brew a perfect cup of tea. Let me start by asking "what is the average size of a teacup?"

Have you ever looked at the brewing instructions that come with your tea? The standard "how to make a perfect cup" usually says something like - bring water to boil, add tea leaf, a teaspoon of leaf for a cup of water, brew for five minutes and hey presto! For those who care about the tea they drink, nothing could be more ambiguous. Leaving aside the fact that different categories of tea, different crops, and different time and location demands different brewing methods, there is the whole question of what is "a cup" of water, what is "a teaspoon." Readers of Sita Ki Rasoi will quickly pull out their telescoping measuring cups and spoons, and yes, it should work, but it frequently doesn't.

So Blend of Tea decided to put a video tutorial together on what the average size of a teacup is. We will be sharing more tea videos and news (you already know about the pick of the season that we have listed on our business site) with time.  So till then, here is the video on average teacup size.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Lahpet: The Pickled Tea of Burma

You may have heard about tea being brewed and drunk as a beverage, but it is unlikely that you have heard of people eating tea. You will be surprised to know that Lahpet is a pickled tea leaf preparation that is considered a delicacy in Burma. The fermented tea leaf pickle or salad comes in two forms, the regular every day pickle that is served with meals and the more elaborate Mandalay lahpet or Ahlu lahpet. The Mandalay lahpet is served in a compartmented tray, with the tea leaf pickle at the center, with fried garlic flakes, roasted peas, roasted peanuts, roasted sesame seeds, dry fish and shrimp, pickled ginger, fried coconut pieces and other exotica like fried grubs and other insects.

Traditionally, lahpet is offered to guests during ceremonies, to monks on their initiation, and to the gods of the forests. It was also used as a peace offering after war, as a symbol of putting the past behind.

Image from Koocrow at Edibly Asian, see link in post body.

The best recipe for lahpet is the one I found at Edibly Asian, which is where I borrowed the image from too.

Here is another middle of the road recipe for making pickled tea. And here is a more detailed one. If you are more of a visual learner, here is one with a video.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Brew from the Blue Mountains

I visited Tamil Nadu and Kerala on work as a younger person, but not with the time and leisure to explore the tea of the region.  When I did pick up store bought tea that claimed to come from the south of India, it was almost always a disappointment on all counts other than cuppage.  So it was with some pleasure (and lot of goading by a friend) that I discovered pure leaf teas from the blue mountain thanks to a friend who was more excited about it than I was.

Of greater interest to me till this point was the amazing natural beauty of this region and the richness of its indigenous cultures.  Most of the tea growers and pickers are from the indigenous Badaga people (though there is ample evidence that they actually were migrants from neighboring Karnataka), with their white mundu and dhoti.  The word Nilgiri (Blue Mountain) also turned up in the context of Nilgiri Oil, a brand name that has now acquired a broader genericity, given to Eucalyptus oil from this region.  This naming also embodies the destruction of the Nilgiri Biosphere since neither tea nor eucalyptus (nor wattle for that matter, which is also majorly cultivated in the region) are native to this region.  As a result, much of the natural fauna and flora have slowly been edged toward endangerment, much like the grassland fauna of Andhra Pradesh.  The Asian elephant, the gaur or Indian bison, and many other birds, as well as plants of this biosphere are today listed as near extinction.  You can google the Nilgiri Biosphere to know more about this.