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Tea Shop

Still highlighting things from the past few weeks...

A couple of Mondays ago, during my regularly scheduled pre-hospital hanging out with aunt_toad, we checked out Angelina's Teas, a new--you guessed it--tea shop that has opened up in Winston-Salem. After some sinfully delectable sweet potato pancakes at Midtown Cafe & Dessertery, we wandered across the parking lot to check out the more than 470 varieties of tea that Angelina's had to offer. It was impressive, to say the least. Boxed, bagged and loose--mostly loose--the teas of the world were widely represented.

I spent most of my time perusing the loose varieties, in hopes of locating something similar to the Most Awesome Tea™ that our friend Carroll brought us back from China. (He actually brought us several cool teas, but this one wins, hands down.) Due to the outright spectacular-ness of this intensely nutty tea, it was immediately designated as Special Occasion Tea™, and now that I'm down to the dregs of the container, I refuse to brew any more of it until I can identify a suitable replacement.

Anyway, I have my hopes pinned on this shop. There were dozens of loose, green teas that looked and smelled promising, all sorted by province. With a little homework, I might be able to narrow down the source. Coupled with the ability to sample cups of tea (for a small price), I should be able to pick out a substitute that satisfies my palate before shelling out around--eek--$22/ounce. Ah, well... I never claimed not to have expensive tastes. Now I just know they're literal. ;)

I did pick up two more inexpensive varieties to try while I was there, so I'm making note of them:

    tease™ dragon's well green tea, $9.09 for 3.5 oz.

        ...also known as Lung-Ching, one of the most famous China green teas. Hand
        processing and pan-frying creates the signature flat shape. Its exquisite
        chestnutty flavor and delicate aroma are perfect any time of day...
blah blah
        blah...low in caffeine and good for multiple infusions.

    tease™ ruby tang blend (which I plan to brew iced), $7.89 for 3.5 oz.

        ...tart hints of blood oranges softened by the suggestive sweetness of pears
        and mandarins, creating a fruit tisane that is full-bodied and refreshing.


That last one contains pears, hibiscus, rosehips and blood oranges, so we'll see. I'm not that big of a hibiscus fan, so hopefully it won't be too overpowering, though it does yield a pretty-colored cup.

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neebs
Aug. 24th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
That second one sounds SO YUM!!!!

If I move to NC ever, I will sit around in big straw hats and wear white gloves and drink that iced with you. =)
yarbiedoll
Aug. 24th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Come on over.

On that note, I think I need to make a Southern Belle icon.
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