October 16, 2019

Recipes for Fall

Did you know that October is National Pumpkin Month? To celebrate we found some tasty Fall recipes you can enjoy with a cup of S&V tea! Scones/Sweets Pumpkin Snickerdoodle SconesPumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze Country Living’s 21 Pumpkin Scones You Need to Make This Fall Pumpkin Flan with Maple Caramel Pumpkin Coffee Cake Soups/SavoriesPumpkin Carrot Soup Pumpkin Leek TartsCarrot Parsnip Soup with our Gunpowder Green Tea Canapes with our Blue Moon Tea Other Fall Favorite Flavors! Chestnut Mascarpone Mousse Maple Apple Blondies Homemade Apple Bread Apple Cider Cupcakes and Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars Maple Oatmeal Cookies                                  Pork & Mushroom Puff Pastry Swirls Sweet Potato Crostini w/ Cheese, Pear & Thyme          Salad, Crostini…. with our Jing Shuan Oolong Tea                             Harvest Season Tea Party with our Tippy Yunnan Black Tea Pumpkin Teas […]
August 22, 2019

Carbonated Teas – Creating Your Own Tea Sodas and Cocktails

Looking for a great drink to enjoy on these last long, hot days of Summer?  Enter Sparkling Tea Sodas.  I recently purchased a Soda Stream and,  while I thought it might be a silly gadget purchase, I love it!  I drink a lot of seltzer, and usually buy flavored seltzer, but with the Soda Stream I’m enjoying adding the unflavored seltzer to a variety of Simpson & Vail teas. A basic tea soda recipe is 1/2 tea to 1/2 seltzer and then sweetened as necessary.  To get you started on your own tea soda journey, here are a few recipes I found online: Non-Alcoholic Tea Beverages: This Bubbly Iced Tea recipe from Cooking light is a basic recipe.  Use 6 teaspoons of loose tea instead of the teabags […]
March 1, 2019

Quick and Delicious Spring Tea Party Ideas

Did you decide at the last minute that you’d like to host a Spring Tea Party?  No problem.  We’ve got you covered. One of the most important things to remember when hosting an afternoon tea party is that the foods need to be fresh.  So how can you make a tea party easy and quick to prepare so you can enjoy the party with your friends?  Here are a few tips to cut down on the workload on the day of your party. Plan ahead.   Planning your theme, design and menu ahead of time helps in many ways to make your tea event less stressful.  Once you decide on a theme, make your shopping list for any additional decorations you may need.  Then make a list of all […]
November 21, 2018

DIY Tea Gifts

Hohoho!  The holiday season is rapidly approaching and it’s time to make your list and check it twice.  We all like to give our family and friends lovely things to let them know we love them, but these holiday gifts don’t have to break our bank accounts!   I found some really great “do it yourself” DIY tea gifts online that I like, and, hopefully, you will like them as well. Make a Magnetic Tea Chalkboard.  The teas or herbs in this gift can be packaged individually so your friends can create their own blends, or you can fill the tins with your favorite tea blends for them to try – like our popular holiday teas! 2.   Fill 1 Ounce Tea Tins with your favorite teas and create […]
November 20, 2018

Tea Dyed Gift Wrapping

  Want to take your tea obsession one step further this holiday season?  I’m wrapping all my gifts this year in custom made, tea dyed fabrics!  This wrapping is great for books, puzzles, clothes and more.  You can also custom create your own gift – tea-dye shirts, socks, napkins, placemats…. the possibilities are endless. I toodled over to Joann’s Fabrics and found some bleached and unbleached muslin fabric.  I did a test run yesterday of 4 teas/herbs and the results for 3 of them were better than I imagined. I found some great information on how-to for dying fabrics at DIY Natural and at WikiHow.   First I ground all the teas & herbs I was using into smaller pieces (list below); then I measured 2 tsp of the […]
October 23, 2018

Holiday Gifts – 2018

The Holiday Gifts season is rushing towards us at breakneck speed!  Are you ready?  We’ve been working all Spring and Summer on new gifts and updating our most popular gifts from 2017.  We’re proud to show you the results of our efforts! Black & Green Tea Samplers – Updated   For 2018 we’ve updated the offerings in these gift boxes as well as changed the labels on the package.  These packages now list the tea name, description and brewing information right on the bag. Dessert Tea Sampler – Updated   Two (2) new dessert teas were added to the line this Summer: Baklava Black Tea and Blueberry Cinnamon Crumble.  The 2018 Dessert tea gift box features these 2 new teas as well as the 8 most popular blends […]
September 25, 2018

Fabulous Foods for Festive Fall Fetes

Do you love to bake?  Or are you hopeless in the kitchen but still want the aromas and the praise for delivering festive Fall treats? Whatever level of kitchen prowess you possess, we’ve got you covered. Fabulous Foods First, for the baking from scratch folks, here are some links to recipes you can make to capture all the taste sensations associated with the Fall season.  Tea Cakes, scones, pies and more! Fall Tea Cake Recipes   This blog from foods52 features 10 tea cakes that are perfect for the Fall season.  Pictured at left is their Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf.  Try it with a China Yunnan tea like our Cangyuan organic black. Other recipes include: Cinnamon Scone Bread – try with our Colombian Tippy Organic Black Tea Brown Butter […]
June 25, 2018

Making Cold Brew Tea

You’ve probably heard of cold brew coffee, but have you tried cold brewed tea yet? Enjoy cold brew teas this summer as a refreshing option to your usual iced tea brewing method.  Cold brewing is easy: Simply add your tea leaves to a jar or container, fill with cold water and refrigerate.  Then strain out the leaves and enjoy!For more detailed directions:  You’ll need to use more tea than when brewing hot. Place a 1 ounce iced teabag or 1 ounce of loose tea in a 1/2 gallon container. Fill with water, secure the lid and refrigerate 6-10 hours.  Pull the teabag out of the water (or strain out the tea leaves).  Pour the cold brewed tea in a tall glass, add water if needed, and enjoy. Like […]
April 2, 2018

New Literary Tea: Maya Angelou!

Creating a tea blend to honor an inspiring and influential woman Poet, Author, Dancer, Actor, Singer, Activist, Teacher … Maya Angelou was a true Renaissance Woman.  Born Marguerite Johnson, Dr. Maya Angelou has inspired millions around the globe.  Her honest, witty, insightful books and her uplifting poetry and prose give us a fresh way to look at the world around us. Her numerous speeches, writings and interviews offer us the gift of her intelligence and grace to carry with us throughout our years.  In a May 28, 2014 interview Dr. Angelou said “What I really want to do is be a representative of my race.  The human race.  I have a chance to show how kind we can be.  How intelligent and generous we can be.  I have […]
March 13, 2018

New Teas from around the Globe

Great news from the tea sippers at Simpson & Vail. We’re thrilled to offer you 16 new teas from around the world! We had a very enjoyable time sipping samples of various teas before settling on the selection below. Colombia: Read our blog post here about seven new Colombian teas: black, green and blended. China: Cangyuan Yunnan Organic Black Tea This exquisite organic tea is grown in Cangyuan county, a remote location in western Yunnan.  It is comprised of long black and tippy leaves interspersed with ample golden buds.  It brews to an amber colored cup with the slight aroma of pipe tobacco and a smooth, creamy, slightly sweet full-bodied taste.   Da Hong Pao Organic Oolong Tea This exquisite Oolong tea comes from the Song Meng Garden […]