The first booth we encountered was Press Tea. I recently visited their lower east side store which I found out was a test store. The company will be opening a larger store in the west village soon. Through the experience in the test store, they tweaked recipes to make even tastier drinks. If the sample I was given is any indication, it will certainly be better than before. I had a black rose tea with cream on top, and it was absolutely delicious. Their booth was consistently crowded, a good sign for the upcoming store. If you are curious, here is an adorable video about their brewing process.
Rit and I decided to do a tea flight at the T-Drunk booth. I love the name of this company! The owner Shunan is passionate about Chinese teas and is trying to open a store and website in the next few months. The tea flight was prepared Gongfu style, and we tasted a few lovely green teas and a cliff Oolong. We learned about these teas, along with other important facts. We learned about one coveted type of water in China called 'snow blossom tea water'- snow is collected off of the tree blossoms in winter and let to sit for a year before use. This is apparently the best water you can use! Shunan is planning on offering tea classes in her new store, and I will definitely be signing up. I learned so much from our brief 1/2 hour tasting. We had so many generous samples, I was on the verge of becoming tea drunk!
Glenburn Tea Estate. We tasted three of them and they were just too tempting. The first flush is the epitome of springtime in a cup. The folks at this booth were warm and friendly. I look forward to many beautiful cups of Darjeeling in the coming weeks.
We were lucky enough to get a seat for the Chinese Tea Ceremony presented by Haiya Grzelak of Lotus Leaf Tea. Haiya gave a graceful presentation with music and calligraphy along with the tea. She conveyed the sense of peace and happiness that radiates throughout the tea ceremony.
The cheerful guys from Damn Fine Tea gave out awesome little buttons and tattoos. I love their Assam, and have been meaning to try more of their teas. I'm also a sucker for their artistic packaging. I picked up their double knit blend, which has been on my to-purchase list. Review coming soon! The guys were lots of fun to chat with.
One of my favorite booths was from A Gift Of Tea/iHeartTeas. It was a joy to see Jo of A Gift of Tea, and read through her various children's books. I brought a mini book home for my daughter, who has been talking about it ever since. I also picked up a delectable Green Tea & Lemongrass lip-balm from iHeartTeas. It's perfect for this early spring weather.
It was a tiring but fabulous day. Special thanks to Rit for being my tea tasting sidekick! Tea is always special when shared with a friend. Here are a few pictures of other vendors we enjoyed:
|Fang gourmet tea booth. I was glad to see them here!|
|Delicious Cinnamon Spice tea from Harney & Sons|
|The always popular Capital teas|