Sunday, October 19, 2008

Tea and Truffles

I recently took a yoga class where we had tea and truffles and I never realized how yummy the pairing could be!  We had a Mayan chocolate-like tea, which smelled and tasted delicious.  Then we had a white tea paired with a cherry, Amaretto, white chocolate truffle.  Lastly we had a citrus dark chocolate truffle with a peppermint and chamomile tea.  It was amazing how perfectly the tea and truffles went together.  

The tea we used was loose leaf and I learned a lot about the different varieties, which include oolong, black, green, white and red.  Oolong, black, green and white tea are all made from the same tree but they are oxidized for different lengths of time and have different levels of caffeine.  Only 1 percent of all the tea made in the world is white tea, so it is by far the rarest. It's only made from the best tea leaves.  Red tea is made from the Rooibos Tree which grows in South Africa.  There is a whole culture around tea and it's one of the most wonderful and relaxing experiences for me.  This winter when you curl up with a cup of hot tea, take a moment to savor the smell, feel the warmth on your face and relish the first sip!  Daughter.

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