I was not impressed with what I saw on the Teaism website. I’ll try your second suggestion…looks like they are only 20 minutes from our hotel! I also plan to stop in at a Capital Tea location. Keep the suggestions coming!
@peter – Thanks much!! I think it’s working already! @jackie I only mind because updates get sent to my email on my phone…that gets old quick as I think all these people are reading the blog and it turns out it’s spam!
The comments are not getting approved. But they do turn up in my to approve section and not in the spam section where they belong. There are a lot of them that get through that way. When in say Feb. none of them were getting past the spam folder.
Mine have in a big way! I started out 2011 drinking a lot of flavored teas and not a whole lot of straight black or green teas. But fast forward to July 2011 and my tastes began to change to reach for/buying more straight teas. I’ve found I prefer them to the flavored ones. I still reach for a flavored tea now and again, but only when I’m in the mood for them. Typically I now go for Yunnans and straight greens. Odd how that works out.
Congrats again! This is a neat idea! I love the above suggestion of tea infused cocktails. I’ve never tried it myself, but I know there are some yummy recipes out there.
Is there anyone in your area that does tea tastings? Maybe you could have that at the reception too? That would be different. As for the teas to serve? You could try a few of each in the cocktail as well as non-alch hot and iced. Depending on where you live, no idea how hot or cool it would be where you are.
Have you ever heard of http://www.madpotsoftea.com/ ? She does PersonaliTeas based on a questionare you fill out. Maybe she could come up with a wedding blend for you to make favors out of? That could be neat.
Best of luck planning. I loved planning my wedding and would be happy to help even if it’s just to bounce more ideas off of me. Let me know.
I placed too many orders last week! I ordered Milk Oolong and Caramel Spice from David’s Tea, Sleeping Dragon (a new green from Adagio), and today I will be placing a Teas Etc. order of far too much tea! But some of it is for my Grandma for her 80th birthday. She told me on the phone she’d love to drink loose leaf black tea, but not that flavored stuff! So I found a few they carry she might enjoy. 🙂
@liberteas – I was grossed out as well and will probably not buy from them anymore. Their new teas coming out don’t really interest me either. I’m also tempted to say something IF I happen to stop in about the whole picking stuff out of the tins! I’m sorry but that’s pretty gross and really shouldn’t be allowed.
@peter I agree. I know I’ve learned more about tea in the last 6 months than I ever knew before and my knowledge keeps on growing. So now when people ask about the teas in the shop I work in I know what everything is and I can give an informed response to the potential customer. Most emails from friends who have been drinking tea much longer than I are now addressed: Dear Tea Maven or Dear Tea Expert. I’m not either, I’m simply informed…but they make me chuckle!
@jackie again I agree they should at least know what the basics are! I had the same issue with a staffer who swore to me Oolong and Wulong (spelling?) were different teas! I’m pretty sure it’s the same tea different spelling! (also had this chat with a customer in the shop too….sigh. These are not hard things to learn – a simple internet search will give a quick education.
Bottom line Teavana makes my head hurt and my tummy crave more high quality tea!
I agree with all of these points. The biggest is that I now know more than the employee behind the counter. Now when I go in they don’t even tell me about the tea…they end up rattling off all of the other non tea items in the tin!
I really prefer Adagios style (only what I’ve seen in the videos) – where they have the tea there to smell, taste, and touch! They REALLY allow the customer to interact with the tea.
Sadly Teavana is really just in it for the $. They will be losing more from me as I may have found a sub for their Early Grey White at Harney and Sons – Winter White Earl Grey, I haven’t tried it yet, BUT it certainly smells like what I used to buy from Teavana.
I had a Teavana sales associate in the tea shop last week and she confessed they have a script they must learn word for word AND, and this was gross! They often tend to pick the candied fruits and other non tea pieces out of the big tea tins!! Really? Why on earth would you tell me that and think I’d be ok knowing that? Then again she also told me they had tea tastings referring to the thermos things they have out in the store. I almost died.
I tried some Royal Purple from Royal Teas of Kenya last weekend and it was amazing stuff. I also thought I grabbed a sample but alas I didn’t and I could kick myself now! But I *hope* do do a blog on the company and maybe I can get another taste it was that good!