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Hot Tea Month

"Tea … is a religion of the art of life."

~ Kakuzo Okakura (1863-1913)

This is the month in the colder climes to warm yourself with the tea of your choice. Although it’s thought that tea has been enjoyed since 2700 BC, it wasn’t introduced to the western world until the early 17th century when the Dutch East India Company brought back its first export of Chinese tea. It is now the most popular beverage after water. Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong and black tea. Green teas tend to be light and sweet or fresh and grassy, with some exhibiting rich, umami (savoury) flavours. Matcha is the fine ground green tea made from Tencha (a tea cultivated in the shade with a sweet aroma) and is used in the ritual Japanese tea ceremony. Matcha is also used to flavour ice cream and other sweets in Japan and has become popular as a flavoring for many western treats such as Green Tea Truffles, "Brownies", and even Shortbread! 🍵

January is hot tea month!  Of all the teas enjoyed, green tea is one of the most vibrantly coloured.

Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation process used to make oolong and black tea.  Green teas tend to be light and sweet or fresh and grassy, with some exhibiting rich, umami (savoury) flavours.

Tea was first used in China, and in 1191, was introduced to Japan by Myōan Eisai, a Japanese Buddhist priest.

Matcha is a fine ground green tea made from Tencha (a tea cultivated in the shade with a sweet aroma). It is expensive and is primarily used in the ritual Japanese tea ceremony. Matcha is also used to flavour ice cream and other sweets in Japan.

This tartan, designed by Carol A.L. Martin, reflects the various hues of green teas, from the darker mossy colours to the lightest of yellow greens.

For a beautiful compilation of delicious-looking dessert recipes using Matcha, click the green tea!