My friend Anya is way more into wine than tea, so it took some cajoling to get her to travel an hour and a half away from home to our small tasting room where we settled in for a three-hour tasting of teas from all over India. Continue Reading
Plan a trip to Kerala this time not to soak in its beaches but to be devoured by sights of lush green tea plantations rolling down the hills of Munnar. This picturesque hill station located in the Idukki district of Kerala offers an expanse of plantations, waterfalls, lakes, valleys and exotic flora and fauna. Also known as the Kashmir of South India, Munnar served as a summer retreat for the erstwhile British rulers. Continue Reading
Ah! For a cup of tea. A good refreshing cup of tea. Tea comes in different shades, flavors and tastes. A morning cuppa, mid-morning sip, afternoon cup, evening fresh brew and if possible a nightly brew too. What is this potion, which has stolen the heart of millions of drinkers?
We, at The Tea Shelf have always been quite intrigued by the benefits & possibilities that each of the varieties of tea has. Once a coffee drinking client had scoffed at our brew selection and had questioned – what good does tea do to anyone. It had made us go into a bit of research, which had yielded some facts that were truly amazing. Continue Reading
“Ah! That’s the flavor; I bet that’s a first flush.”
“No, it’s not. Look at the color of the brew, it’s a bit darkish. This has to be second flush.”
And then we both took our first sip. Both were trying to move the liquid around our tongue and trying to breathe in the oxygen, and then I felt it the odd muscatel flavor. It is definitely a second flush.
Well, the story goes like this. I love tea and so does he. It was a love at first brew! But I could practically never distinguish between the tastes and flavors, so it was he who told me about First Flush, Second Flush, Third Flush and mid flushes. Continue Reading
The day begins with the kettle swiftly set to boil over a bright azure flame. The sense of time is urgent as the day begins and people have to get ready to be on their way. The welcome whistle of the kettle awakens our subconscious as preparations are overridden by the dire need for tea. A minute is set aside to stumble about and make the final measurements for the heavenly healthy cup of tea. Continue Reading
It is amazing to see how the wine industry is so much more sophisticated in terms of educating and marketing their products. We have been consuming wine for just about as long as we have been consuming tea. Both beverages have a long and complex history that is deeply tied to the places where they are cultivated. While the wine world has its own issues to deal with, I think the one thing they are getting right is education. There are a few things that wine people do extraordinarily well which tea people are still just starting to catch on to. Continue Reading