Friday, November 16, 2012

Flight of Teas! November 17th & November 18th

The holiday season has begun, tea fans! This weekend, as you and your loved ones are planning your Thanksgiving festivities, don’t forget the most important part-the tea! Stop by our tasting bar to sample a flight of teas selected to compliment your Turkey Day turkey & garnishes. This weekend we are serving Genmaicha, Earl Grey Supreme, and Pumpkin Spice.

Genmaicha, a Japanese green tea, is a favorite amongst tea enthusiasts. During the process of the green leaves drying, rice kernels are added. The kernels tend to get crispy and some burst open, creating the white puffed rice that is noticeable in the blend. With a lighter body, Genmaicha has a toasted flavor. Brew this tea to be served with appetizers that are more sweet than savory to create a complimenting balance for the taste buds.

For the Earl Grey lover, this blend is truly exceptional. Earl Grey Supreme is blended with a higher grade tea base, a good amount of Bergamot, and  Silver Tips. With the Bergamot adding a citrus kick, the bold body and overall brew are perfect for an after-dinner slice of pie or fruit platter.

Introducing one of our newest  blends, Pumpkin Spice! Based with Rooibos Herbal, we blend pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove to create a seasonal favorite. Because this is herbal (no caffeine), one can enjoy this sweet and spicy tea any time of the day! Bring out this blend with desserts to end your wonderful celebration.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Flight of Teas! November 10th and November 11th

Emeric Harney, our GM and third generation-Harney, has returned from an inspiring trip to Japan. In excitement over his return, we are celebrating with a flight of teas inspired by his journey! Come try our green flight of Matsuda's Sencha, Kukicha, and Tokyo Blend. 

Matsuda's Sencha embraces everything a cup of green tea should be: rich aroma, flavor, and history. A great tea man, Matsuda-san, and his family's hard work come through with the perfect picked leaves of this Japanese tea.

Though green teas are typically know for their caffeine-levels, Kukicha is lower in caffeine due to its leaves being the stalks, which carry less in regards to the brewed leaves. With a mellow flavor, this tea has created a large fan-base, providing a gentler vegetal flavor and yellow body that tea drinkers indulge in.

We take our classic Bancha tea and add flavors inspired by Japan's capital city, Tokyo. With toasted sesame seeds and caramel, this light-bodied brew is reminiscent of some of the most exquisite desserts Japan has to offer. 

Roppongi Hills Dean & DeLuca Tasting Event

Matsuda's Garden

Japanese tea masters Tsuyoshi-san and Matsuda-san.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Flight of Teas! November 3rd & November 4th

We are open as of today, Saturday November 3rd, post-Sandy turmoil! We hope that all New Yorkers & New Jersey-ans are recovering well and we would love to share some hot tea with all of you at our tasting bar and cafe. Though we have limited food items to serve today in the cafe, we promise the best of tea to be had! Our flight for the weekend is Winter White Earl Grey, Green Hot Cinnamon, and African Autumn. 

Taking our classic Chinese Mutan White and blending it with refreshing lemony Bergomot, Winter White Earl Grey is a play on the traditional black Earl Grey. Its lighter body and brew compliment any sweet foods or sweet moments!

One of our newer versions of our top selling Hot Cinnamon Spice, this green tea blend is sweet, spicy, and has a lot of caffeine! Get your dose of antioxidants and fix your sweet cravings with Green Hot Cinnamon

Though almost all the leaves have fallen and winter is on the horizon, African Autumn is the perfect blend for that citrus kick complimented with cranberries. It is Rooibos based, making it an herbal blend, so don't be afraid to enjoy cup after cup late into these crisp evenings.