Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Yet Another Flavored Black Tea Addition

This is another flavored black tea suggested by a customer. Butter Truffle Black Tea. It  is reminiscent of 
 a butter cookie with a hint of orange. I'm having a cup right now and enjoying the aroma and the taste which complement each other to heighten the total experience. Thank you Leslie for the recommendation.

Ingredients:  black tea, pistachios, cumin, sliced almonds, coriander, pink peppercorns, flavoring

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Black Tea may lower blood sugar

 A good customer came in to the shop and we were discussing teas and she said that black tea made her feel sick. We talked a little more and then I went online to see if I could find a potential reason and found the article and the link below. It makes a lot of sense from other complaints I have received regarding black teas. Usually these are people drinking their black tea black with no sugar or milk and often on an empty stomach.

Wanted to share the information in case this has been your experience. Always learning more about tea.



Black Tea May Lower Blood Sugar

Substance in Black Tea Mimics Diabetes Drugs
WebMD Health News
WebMD News Archive
July 30, 2009 -- Black tea contains a substance that mimics type 2 diabetes drugs Precose and Glyset.
Black tea contains more of the substance, a polysaccharide compound, than either green or oolong tea, report Haixia Chen and colleagues of Tianjin University, China.
Coarse tea has been used as a diabetes treatment in China and Japan. It's known that tea polysaccharides reduce blood sugar.
Now Chen and colleagues show that tea polysaccharides inhibit an enzyme called alpha-glucosidase, which turns starch into glucose. The diabetes drugs Precose and Glyset work by inhibiting this enzyme.
"Many efforts have been made to search for effective glucose inhibitors from natural materials," Chen says in a news release. "There is a potential for exploitation of black tea polysaccharide in managing diabetes."
It's not clear whether simply drinking black tea would help. Chen's team used chemical extraction methods -- not simple brewing -- to derive the polysaccharides from tea they purchased at local markets.
Chen and colleagues report their findings in the current issue of the Journal of Food Science.

New addition to our Flavored Black Tea offerings! Kentucky Bourbon Black Tea

Kentucky Bourbon Black Tea... what an amazing flavor. The flavors and aromas of Kentucky's best-known beverage infused into a custom blend of handpicked Chinese and Indian teas. Vanilla and caramel notes with a hint of char from the bourbon barrel.
This tea is excellent hot and with nothing added. Add a little honey and you have another experience all together. Then chill it again with a bit of honey it becomes addictive.

Hats off to Bruce Richardson for bringing this excellent tea to market!!

Ginger in Bloom

This ginger plant started as a small cutting here in the tea shop and ended up in a garden in Connecticut with a customer that has a green thumb and coaxed it into blooming. I wish you could all smell it. Just amazing!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Shop Closed May 6 thru May 11... gone to World Tea Expo

World tea expo is May 6 thru May 9 so I will be out of the shop trying to find some great new teas for you.
I'll be back in the shop on the 12th

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

And the winner is.......!!!

We have drawn the winner of the travel mug. And the winner is Emily Porter-Goff from Milton VT.
Happy St Paddy's Day Everyone!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Handcrafted, made in Vermont Wooden Travel Mugs

I just received my Wild Wood Travel Mug. Sean Murray, the artist swung by this morning to drop them off. I made my first tea in it. It was a First Flush Jungpana Estate Organic Darjeeling. It only seemed right to make an amazing tea in this amazing mug. I got a couple made so I am going to give one away!!! Send me either by email or snail mail, your information...name address and email and I will enter you into the drawing. It seems right to draw the winner on St Patrick's day  since the artist is an Irishman.

Wild Wood Vermont carries Vermont made cedar travel mugs created by artisan Sean Murray. These Cedar Mugs are hand turned on a lathe out of a solid block of cedar wood. They come with a screw on stainless steel liner and lid. Your hands will be happy when you hold this mug; not only is it light weight, but it is also smooth to the touch. The finish on the mug is a very durable, all natural, Zero VOC, Oil finish. This mug holds 16 oz and fits in standard vehicle beverage holders.
Wild Wood Vermont, LLC