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 […]
March 7, 2018

Seven New Teas from Bitaco Tea in Colombia

Freshly picked and blended in Colombia In October 2017 we were pleased to have Santiago and Andres from Bitaco Tea visit us in Brookfield.  Besides putting a face to the voice on the phone, it was fantastic to hear more about their history and operations.  Bitaco Tea is an offshoot of a very well known branded teabag tea Te Hindu.  After many years, and much success, in the teabag market they decided to cultivate a new market with orthodox teas.  Knowing much about teabag production but not enough about orthodox processing and organic growing methods, they set out to hire some of the best in the tea world to consult with them on their new venture.  The results have been outstanding and every tea shipment we get from […]
November 19, 2017

Holiday Gift Ideas

    The holiday season is rapidly approaching and our little elves have been busy creating lovely a holiday gift for all the tea loving friends and family members on your list! After customer requests for tea only gifts, we introduced last year a few lovely selections.  This year we have improved these selections with the addition of our colorful gift labels. The holiday season should be a time to enjoy  ice skating, choral festivals, caroling, decorating the tree, visiting friends, baking, etc., however, it often descends into madness while you race from place to place searching for the “perfect” gifts for loved ones.  We hope these gifts will make your holiday shopping easier so you can enjoy the spirit of the season!       Black Tea […]
November 8, 2017

Easy & Delicious Holiday Cookies (Part II)

We introduced you to Refrigerator Shortbread Holiday Cookies in our previous blog post, now here’s another great recipe that you can make ahead of time and bake as needed.  It’s perfect for the busy holiday season and so unique and delectable your family and friends will truly be delighted! Matcha & Hibiscus Swirl Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup butter (softened) 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 cups flour ½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp Kosher salt 1 pkg. Vanilla Matcha powder 1 ½ Tbsp Hibiscus, ground Directions: Cream together the butter and sugar in large mixing bowl. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix. Next add the flour, baking powder and salt, and mix well. Split the dough in half and put in separate bowls. […]
October 30, 2017

Easy & Delicious Holiday Cookies (Part I)

The holiday season is rapidly approaching and, while this can be a frantic time, it’s a great opportunity to spend time with loved ones baking holiday cookies.  This year we’d like to spend more time enjoying the company of our family and friends and less time in the kitchen preparing for these festivities. With that in mind we are passing on this delicious shortbread recipe.  You can make it ahead of time and store in the refrigerator or freezer for a quick delicious treat anytime your guests arrive.  This recipe is also perfect for cookie swaps or gifts.  The best part….you can make one batch of these cookies and by adding variations to the dough you’ll have a lovely assortment of cookies. Delicious Refrigerator Shortbread 1 cup (2 […]
May 24, 2017

Mocktails and Cocktails with your favorite Iced Teas

It’s National Iced Tea Month!  We’ve just launched a new line of five different iced teabags.  These new iced teabags make it easy to brew up a batch of iced teas and, with one bag making a gallon of iced tea, it’s easy to make a few other drinks besides traditional iced tea.  Here are a few ideas to get you started. Traditional Black Tea:       This brisk black tea blend is made from orange pekoe and broken orange pekoe leaves that don’t cloud when brewed cold, making it the perfect iced tea choice for you and your guests. With or without sweeteners, this traditional black tea is bright and refreshing.       Try these recipes using the traditional teabags: Lemonade Iced Tea Mix 1/2 […]
February 8, 2017

Banana Bread with Caramel Walnut Shortbread Tea

I love banana bread.  I don’t make it often, but I love it.  Due to the infrequency of baking this treat I think I forget how yummy it is.  That is until it comes out of the oven, onto my plate and into my mouth!   I was so happy when I realized today that we had a couple of bananas that were a little past their prime.   I decided to make this baking event into a blog post so I could have an excuse when my calorie conscious partner came home from work.  He was not surprised when he was bowled over by the smell of fresh baked banana bread as he walked through the front door.  His only comment “I thought you’d be baking.  You seemed […]
January 7, 2017

Matcha Tea – The Tea that’s on everyone’s lips

  It’s National Hot Tea Month and I don’t think we can have a discussion about tea without highlighting the hottest tea trend right now  Matcha green tea. Matcha is a powdered green tea grown in Japan and used in the famous Japanese tea ceremony.  It is also made in small quantities in other countries such as China and Vietnam, although tea producers in these countries use a different leaf than in Japan. Today this lovely tea is consumed in a variety of ways.  It is prepared in the traditional manner, made into lattes and other beverages and is added to smoothies, cakes, cookies and more as an ingredient in baking. Production Matcha is grown in the same way as Gyokuro tea.  When new shoots on the tea bush […]
December 7, 2016

Roasted Chestnut Snowball Cookies & Holiday Tea Treats

    Here’s a new recipe that will delight you and your guests this holiday season.  We can’t believe how tasty these cookies are!  Traditionally Snowball cookies are made with ground nuts, however, we added our new Roasted Chestnut herbal tisane to the butter in this recipe to create an incredible taste sensation! Try the recipe below or there are a few variations to try with this recipe.  You can add nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans…) either toasted or untoasted and ground (1/2 – 1 cup) or add 1 cup of mini chocolate chips.  These cookies are rolled in powdered sugar.  We did roll them in powdered sugar, however, we also discovered that these cookies are scrumptious rolled in either a mixture of confectioner’s sugar & cinnamon or a […]