Saying “I Love You” with Tea!

Tea is a sensory experience. And so what is a better way to say “I love you” this coming Valentine’s Day than a really special tea? Well, there’s chocolate… but it goes great with tea, so start with the tea and all else will follow!

Our teawares featured in a recent love-filled tea article [photo used with permission]

Our teawares featured in a recent love-filled tea article [photo used with permission]

Speaking of chocolate and knowing full well that you’re all thinking about it right now and about getting that heart-shaped boxful for your special someone, I thought it would be good to start with a list of which teas to pair with which chocolate. Here’s a start:

Tea Goes with
Assam teas in general white, milk, dark chocolate
Citrus flavored teas citrus flavored chocolate
Darjeeling teas in general milk, dark, white chocolate
Earl Grey dark, milk, flavored/filled chocolate
English Breakfast Blend milk chocolate
Floral scented teas floral flavored chocolate
Fruit flavored teas fruit flavored chocolate
Genmaicha milk and white chocolate
Gyokuro dark and flavored/filled chocolate
Herbal infusions milk and white chocolate
Hojicha (Houjicha) milk, dark, white, flavored/filled chocolate
Jasmine Green Tea milk, dark, flavored/filled chocolate
Keemun dark chocolate
Lapsang Souchong dark and flavored/filled chocolate
Longjing (aka Dragonwell) milk and white chocolate
Masala chais (spiced teas) milk, white, flavored/filled chocolate
Matcha milk, dark, white chocolate
Oolong teas in general milk, dark, bittersweet, flavored/filled chocolate
White Peony (aka Paimutan, Baimudan) milk, dark, white chocolate
Pu-erh teas in general dark chocolate
Sencha milk, white, flavored/filled chocolate
Silver Needle white chocolate
Ti Kuan Yin and other floral Oolongs dark chocolate
Vanilla Flavored Tea dark chocolate
Wuyi Oolong milk chocolate
Yunnan Black Tea milk and white chocolate

Be sure to set the stage for that love-filled tea time. Proper props: an attractive teapot plus teacups, a vase of flowers (preferably red roses), tall taper candles, and nice mood music playing softly in the background. That should get the right vibes going!

Another tip is to make your tea experience truly sensory. Feel the tea leaves, inhale the aroma of them before steeping, take time to enjoy the aroma in the cup before sipping, then take that first sip, let it flow around your mouth before swallowing, then open your mouth slightly and inhale some air to further spread the aroma around. Say a big “Ah!” and take another sip. In short, slow down, take a bit of time to pay attention to your senses. A good tea will satisfy them greatly!

Getting sensory with tea – and hands on with the tea leaves! [photo is screen capture from a CCTV documentary about tea (heart image is clipart found online)]

Getting sensory with tea – and hands on with the tea leaves! [photo is screen capture from a CCTV documentary about tea (heart image is clipart found online)]

Hope this all helps. Post a comment here or see us on our Facebook page to let us know how it goes!

About Janice and Stephen Shelton

Purveyors of Premium Teas
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