Morning Cup is a daily segment where I post what I am drinking with a quick pic of my beverage and some initial thoughts. This is Morning Cup #11
Oh my gawd! What are you drinking? Why is it so green? Oh, don’t worry. It’s just mugwort tea. This interesting herbal drink from Korea I was introduced to a couple years back by some friends at Puripan Tea Garden in California.
I haven’t reviewed one of Frank’s teas in a long time. It’s time I got to it! This time I’ve got one for you you should still be able to buy! Sadly my review process makes it difficult to get my posts out before Frank sells out of his latest batch of product. But this tea proved so popular that Frank made it a member of the 52teas Permanent Collection!
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Korean teas an wildly underrepresented in the tea industry as it is today. Largely this seems to be due to their herbal and floral nature as opposed to the Chinese, Indian, Japanese and Sri Lankan “pure” teas most tend to drink day to day.
Those who’ve been reading for a while know that I am emboldened by the love of culture. The people of the world are so outwardly similar, but with tiny differences intermingled throughout their daily lives which makes all of us so amazing.
Celebrating these differences can be complex, or simple. In the case of tea, the preparation, presentation and contents of the teas often offer a glimpse into the needs and attributes of a culture’s daily needs.
Today’s review is for Amazon Spice Guayusa (why-yu-sah). Not technically a tea, it comes from a holly plant in the Amazonian rainforest of Ecuador, and is being popularized rather quickly by Runa.
Here is another tea I received by attending the World Tea Expo is Las Vegas. This herbal Organic Relaxation tisane from Teas Etc. is an interesting and colorful blend.
Back in March when I made a visit to the PekOe Sip House we tabled next to a guy and his son. They had picked up a bit of something called Uncle Andrew’s Wellness Blend. It’s a special blend not on the menu, but available in stone and, now I get to try it!
Mint is always a palate pleaser. It’s constantly fresh and lively. Mint is known as a digestive assistant and an herb which helps with concentration. And that’s just how Zhena’s Gypsy Tea markets their Egyptian Mint Green Tea.
There are a lot of ways we create “tea.” The puritans amongst us will scoff at anything not at least partly of Camelia Sinensis. I’m guilty of this myself sometimes. But there’s no denying this nut and beetroot blend from David’s Tea in Canada smells and tastes great!