Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Dial Back The Caffeine" with Peet's Green Peony Tea

I just received an email about Peet's "Green Peony" tea. Available for a limited time only. Here's what Peet's says about it:

One of the world’s most unusual teas, Green Peony is completely hand-made. Plucking only the finest spring growth, the leaves are skillfully hand-tied into a beautiful flower shape, and then pan-fired by hand. This rare tea comes from a pair of s mall villages in southern Anhui Province, China, on a remote mountain where virtually every family grows tea. Most of the farms are less than 1/3 acre, and we have acquired the finest production from dozens of individual farmers.

The result is an exquisite little work of handcrafted art... but the real magic happens when the artwork meets water. As the tea infuses, the compact rosette unfurls to become a spectacular water-borne blossom - with a breathtaking resemblance to the gorgeous peony flower. It's a tea that's especially fun to serve guests - and likely to produce big smiles and gasps of wonder around your table.

The tea itself is smooth and sweet, with a light, floral aroma. And it won't turn bitter from over-steeping, even if infused up to an hour. So you can keep adding water as the tea is consumed and enjoy two or three delicious cups from the same leaves.

The cost: 19.95 for a two ounce package. But, hey, you get what you pay for, right?

Available at your local Peet's or if there isn't one near you, order online:


Sometimes you just need to slow it down. . .

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