Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Cooler weather has arrived and that means the holiday shopping season will soon be here. If you're searching for the ideal gift for your favorite tea lover, we have a list of customer favorites that are sure to delight anyone who appreciates fine Chinese tea, teaware, and tea culture. In the first installment, we present a fun list of stocking stuffers, all under $20. You're sure to find an item or two you can't resist!
Roy’s long-awaited book, Great Teas of China, will arrive from the printer just in time for the 2009 holiday season. In the book Roy picks 10 of his favorite Chinese teas and provides an in-depth picture of the origins, preferred growing regions, processing techniques, and more for each tea, all interspersed with colorful and revealing anecdotes from his lifetime in tea. A must for any tea lover who aims for greater appreciation of some of the world’s most renowned varieties of Chinese tea. Place a preorder and as a special thank-you we'll ship you a signed copy as soon as its available (expected ship date early December). Price is $18.95. Over 1,000 years ago Yang Gui Fei was the concubine of Emperor Tang Ming Huang. Her beauty has been well documented: to maintain her looks she bathed regularly in a special blend of herbs and tea. Our luxurious Imperial Tea Bath sachets, filled with finest natural herbs and premium green tea, bring Yang Gui Fei’s immortal beauty secret to your own tub! And for the holidays, we’ve made the package even more romantic by adding our spectacular Valentine Rose blossoming tea. The special Imperial Tea Bath Holiday Gift Pack includes two tea bath sachets and two Valentine Rose blossoms, guaranteed to soothe, relax, and refresh the one you love most! Price is $18. We've been using this durable, functional glazed stoneware gaiwan in our teahouses for over 16 years - that's why we call it our Teahouse Gaiwan. We love its sturdy construction, bright white interior that makes it easy to view the color of the liquor as the tea steeps, and wide mouth that allows for great temperature control with delicate green teas. Now you can enjoy the same benefits when you brew tea at home! The 6 ounce capacity is just right whether you’re brewing tea for one or to share. Now offered at a special value price of $18. Those who appreciate the finest oolong and puerh teas know that the best way to savor these treasures is with traditional gong fu preparation. For the full gong fu experience you’ll want an attractive, sturdy set of tea tools to make quick and elegant work of the pleasant task of brewing tea. Our value-priced set of Hardwood Tea Implements is the perfect answer, a durable, attractive six-piece set with everything you need to make a great pot of tea! Price is $18. Customers love the soothing Chinese music we feature in our teahouses. Traditional with a pleasantly contemporary spin, each of our Tea Music CDs has a tea theme. Over a dozen titles to choose from. Makes a great stocking stuffer for your favorite tea lover…or music lover! Price is $15.95. A great solution for puerh lovers on the go! Our Mini Puerh Box is a handsome 6-ounce container filled with individually wrapped single-serving puerh tea balls, the most convenient way to enjoy one of China's most unique teas at home, at work, while traveling, or any time. Price is $15. Customers love our new portable Imperial Tea Bottle! In China the preferred way to drink tea informally is to toss a handful of leaves into an insulated glass bottle and top it off with hot water all day long. Our 10-ounce Imperial model Chinese tea bottle features double-walled glass construction to retain heat, a silicone o-ring seal to prevent leaks, and an attractive etched design. Comes in a handsome padded, silk-lined brocade presentation box--the perfect gift for any tea lover. Price is $12. Our Gourd Tea Strainer is hand-crafted to our specifications in Taiwan. Made from a real dried hu lu gourd with nylon mesh carefully hand-sewn into the bowl, our strainer is sized to nestle into the mouth of a standard-sized pitcher and makes quick work of removing any stray leaves that may escape from the teapot. It's an elegant, traditional, and natural addition to any collection of gong fu tea implements. Price is $6.50. Long a favorite in our teahouses, our hot and spicy Imperial Chili Sauce is now available for your home kitchen! Made with organic tea seed oil, spices, and plenty of fiery chili peppers, according to a traditional Chinese formula, it will enliven almost any dish, from plain noodles to steamed vegetables to potroast. Sure to delight anyone who enjoys the delicious fire of chilis. Four-ounce jar makes a great stocking stuffer. Price is $6.