I was previously able to offer two teas in my 2020 Yule Gift Boxes that were made locally, here in Hamilton ON by Amy Taylor of The Art of Tea and Tasseomancy and tea was a popular item! So I decided to carry tea kits on a regular basis!
This small tea kit includes 10 grams of an organic Earl Grey’s Bouquet black tea and 10 grams of a premium Vanilla Rooibos herbal tea…along with a “perfect cup teaspoon” and a tea ball! Each bag allows for 4 to 5 cups of tea!
Amy has been making with and working with tea for decades. You can find out more about her tea, tea leaf reading and courses by visiting @taotat on IG or www.taotat.ca
Here are the descriptions of each tea from Amy:
I love a good cuppa Earl Grey in the late morning or early afternoon, don’t you?
It reminds me of the times I visit my Mum at her home in the UK. The best Earl Grey I ever had was while visiting with her in late November way back in 2007. We went to the Salts Mill, a gigantic Victorian Grade II* listed former textile factory, now filled with art, books, flowers, food, and 21st century industry in Saltaire, Shipley.
This Tea was blended in honour of that time and begins with a delightful organic cream Earl Grey base, to which I added beautiful petals from some of my favourite flowers! Calendula, Lavender, Rose, White, Pink and Deep Purple Corn Flower and Osmanthus.
Its a delicious Earl Grey with a beautiful true bergamot and mildly floral finish. I think the ‘Earl’ or the great artist who dominates the walls at the Salts Mill 1853 Galleries David Hockney, just might agree!!
Earl Grey’s Bouquet
Organic Ingredients: High grown black tea blended from Sri Lanka and India, Osmanthus petals, oil of Bergamot, rose petals, calendula petals, white, pink and deep purple corn flower petals, lavender flowers and cream flavour.
Directions: 1 heaped tsp, use boiled water and steep for 3-5 mins. Enjoy plain or add sweetener of your choice. Milk is not normally drank with this tea, but being the rebel I am, I like to add it anyway!
The Story of Earl Grey
Stories about the origins of Earl Grey are numerous. One such tale tells how a British diplomat on a mission to China saved the life of a Mandarin. As a gift of gratitude, the diplomat was given the recipe for this flavored tea. Upon his return to Britain, the diplomat presented the tea to the Prime Minister of the day, Earl Grey. Another story says it was the Prime Minister himself who saved the Mandarin. In any event it was the Prime Minister of England (1830-1834) Earl Grey who made this tea fashionable.
Premium Vanilla Rooibos
This has got to be the most popular tisane that I carry. It’s a simple combination of the beautiful, naturally sweet, slightly nutty, earthy Rooibos leaves with Vanilla bean bits and natural vanilla flavour.
This is the same Rooibos that I use when doing tea leaf readings for my clients or for when I am teaching the Art. My clients always remark on how smooth and delicious this tisane is. But what they may not realize is this mighty plant has many health benefits too!
Antioxidant rich, minerals/vitamins plus a gentle digestive aid and gentle nervine for the nervous system. A perfect blend to take the edge off and to quench any afternoon snack cravings!
Ingredients: Rooibos leaves, vanilla bean bits and flavour. Caffeine free.
Directions: 1 teaspoon per cup, use boiled water and steep for 5 – 7 mins.
Rooibos, (pronounced “roy-boss”, (scientific name Aspalathus linearis) is a broom-like member of the legume family of plants and comes from a small part of Cape Province in South Africa.
Rooibos has all been called Red bush or Red tea, or even bush tea. This tisane has been popular in southern Africa for generations and is now consumed in many countries.
In South Africa it is more common to drink Rooibos with milk and sugar, but elsewhere it is usually served without. The flavour of Rooibos tea is often described as being sweet (without sugar added) and slightly nutty. Rooibos can be prepared in the same manner as black tea, and this is the most common method. Unlike black tea, however, Rooibos does not become bitter when steeped for a long time; some households leave the tea to steep for days at a time.”