Tea Crush

Happy National Hot Tea Month! This seemed the perfect time to confess – I have a new tea crush. Nothing will ever replace my love of an exquisite jasmine brew, but this blend from Steve Smith comes surprisingly close to being on par.¬† Preserve is a masterful mix of Spring harvested green from China, lemon…

Tea in a Japanese Garden

As in the award winning  Portland Japanese Garden. The only thing better than sipping on serene Sencha is doing it in a tranquil setting. The Umami Cafe, part of a new expansion, provides just that. The glass walls of this intimate room give the feeling of floating amongst the trees. Staff does a nice job of…

A Sense of Sencha

Next to jasmine, sencha is my preferred choice of green tea. Both, however, are only as good as the source which leads the field wide open to disappointing results. When I was¬†serving teas back in the early 90’s, most of the sencha on the scene was low grade and used by merchants looking for a…

Oolong Ice Cream Tea from Smith

I’m a die hard Jasmine lover and an Oolong fan so this new No. 001 Oolong Ice Cream Tea from Smith Tea sounds truly tempting. Blended in collaboration with the local Salt & Straw ice cream wizards, this loose leaf creation combines jasmine petals, buttery Oolong, vanilla and Marcona almonds. Not sure if the candy…