Thursday, October 15, 2009

TEA BLENDING TALK WITH THE BLUEGRASS HERB GUILD


Last evening I had the pleasure of speaking on the art of tea blending to the Bluegrass Herb Guild in Lexington, KY. Their graciousness and hospitality so delighted me, as at times I am pressed to find those with true interest in the wonderful benefits both mentally and physically of tea. The evening began with a splendid sampling of delectable herb and spice filled- dishes and the most wonderful conversations. Polly Singer then introduced me to the group, and I began the program where I shared information on the most common types of tea, the differences between true herbal tea blends (They must have a black or green tea base.) and Herbal tisanes and infusions (There is no true tea base, but merely a liquid rendered through steeping the herb...), and the joy of concocting your own brews in the comfort of your own kitchen. I shared some blend and infusion recipes with all in attendance, then selected four attendees to receive samples of my own blend of lavender tea. My eleven year old son referred to the blend as a “drink from heaven”. With a grand endorsement like that, I felt confident in sharing the blend! I want to thank Polly for inviting me to present the program to this wonderful group of gardeners, herbalists, and hopefully, soon to be tea enthusiasts. I am excited to be a new member of this guild and look forward to getting to know this wonderful group. What a perfect way to spend a cold rainy night in October!

5 comments:

...mmm... said...

Lead the way in that membership with all your charming flair.

What a charming endorsement from your son. I suspect that made your heart melt!

I had to nod in full agreement when I read this line: "...at times I am pressed to find those with true interest in the wonderful benefits both mentally and physically of tea." --Absolutely! Shall we sit down for a nice tea adn discuss all its merits to our hearts content? Ahh..I think I will go have a cup oy my Scottish blend tea now. It is sooo soothing even with its caffeince.

...mmm... said...

P.S. i need to read that CS Lewis book too at some point.

ChaChaneen said...

Ah, what a lovely evening you had, wish I could have been there! Have a great day!

Betsy said...

I'm sure you charmed them, Rebecca! And who can resist a 'drink from heaven'? How sweet! Tea is an after dinner ritual for me and The Mister...so soothing..and you are right, it's good for you, too!

Rebecca said...

Everyone, thank you for such kind comments.

MMM, yes, that comment from my son made my heart melt. He is the most polite and kind child. I fear this world will be brutal to him, but I cherish his wide-eyed optimism and sense of wonder. Yes..we shall discuss away!..That would be lovely...