A Memorial Tea Time

Get that tea steeping for a great Memorial Day Tea Time!

MemDayTeaMemorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a time to remember those willing to face danger on behalf of us all. This special day started on May 5, 1868, when General John A. Logan issued an order declaring a day to remember those fallen during the War Between the States (commonly called the Civil War). Over a century later that day was declared a national holiday to honor those who had died in military service to their country and was set to be celebrated on the last Monday in May. Officially, the day is observed by a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery where a small American flag is placed on each grave and the president or vice-president gives a speech honoring the contributions of the dead and lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Being an appreciator of fine teas, I say what better way to remember our brave military members than with a special tea time? And as our store site expands its range of teas, we hope you will give some of them a try.

The Menu

  • Pure beef burgers and plump hotdogs (grilled just the way you like ’em and served up on buttered, grilled buns)
  • Slabs of ribs (barbecued to perfection using either a rich tomato sauce or a tangy vinegar-based sauce)
  • Vegan Kabobs (chunks of green bell pepper, sweet onions, cherry tomatoes, fresh pineapple, and mushroom caps), especially if you like ’em spicy!
  • Heavy duty potato salad (unskinned red potatoes, diced sweet gherkins, mayonnaise, mustard, dill, and even some diced sweet onions if you are so inclined)
  • Sweet corn on the cob (wrap each ear in aluminum foil and toss on the grill for awhile)
  • Baked beans (you can add in a few hunks of pork for added flavor or keep it vegan)
  • Coleslaw (freshly chopped cabbage, bits of chopped carrots, and coleslaw dressing)

The Teas

No need to stick with just one tea to serve. Different teas go with the above foods. So steep up two or three. Hot or iced, these teas will deliver manly flavor for your Memorial Day celebration. And women will enjoy them, too!

Teas Foods
  • Assam black tea – I prefer the tippy orthodox kind
  • Kenyan black tea – similar to Assam but without some of the bitterness and astringency
  • burgers
  • hotdogs
  • vegan Kabobs
  • baked beans
  • Ceylon black tea – mild and often with a slight raisiny quality
  • burgers
  • hotdogs
  • ribs
  • potato salad
  • coleslaw
  • Darjeeling – a wide array from which to choose (first flushes are available now)
  • burgers
  • hotdogs
  • potato salad
  • Nilgiri – a bit of a cross between Assam and Ceylon
  • burgers
  • hotdogs
  • potato salad
  • coleslaw
  • Yunnan black tea – one of the wonders of this province of China is their very special and slightly peppery tasting black tea
  • burgers
  • ribs
  • vegan Kabobs
  • baked beans
  • Oolong – a wide range is out there, ranging both from lightly oxidized and roasted to dark on both counts and in flavors that can be floral, fruity, or nutty
  • potato salad
  • Gunpowder – a classic style of green tea where the leaves are rolled into tight pellets
  • burgers
  • hotdogs
  • Chun Mee – a higher end green tea from China
  • Sencha – a mid-quality green tea
  • corn on the cob
  • coleslaw
  • Hojicha – a roasted green tea from Japan
  • Other light green teas
  • corn on the cob

The Mood

Set those flags flying high, invite a service man or woman or two over to join in, stream some Sousa marches on your patio speak system, and have a ball!

About Janice and Stephen Shelton

Purveyors of Premium Teas
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