Monday, May 30, 2011

A few of our Favorite Flavoured Loose-Leaf Teas

We are thrilled how well our loose-leaf flavoured teas sold during our open house. We thought we would share a little description of the teas we are high-lighting this month (selections will be changing so you'll ahve to check back from time to time to see what our teas are for the month).

Cranberry Rose - (Green Tea Blend): Cranberry slices flattered by tender, sweet raspberry pieces and delicate rose buds in a Sencha base.

Earl Grey Cream - (Black Tea): A perfect, full-bodies aromatic black tea with a slightly creamy flavour.

Cocoa Orange - (Herbal Tea Blend): The sweetness of Orange, a hint of cocoa and a kick of lemon grass in combination with apples.

Love Affiar - (Rooibos Tea Blend): A creamy, sweet combination of heavenly chocolate, strawberry tart and irresistable rhubarb accented with red sugar hearts. (Temporarily sold out! We expect more in about a week!)

Enchanted Forest (Green Tea Blend): A blend of mellow Sencha and spicy, green mate offer a tempting aroma of Black Forect Cherry cake refined with a little sweetness.

Blueberry Yogurt (Rooibos Tea Blend): Combination of fruity, fresh blueberry taste with a little creamy yogurt.

Sunny Passion (Green/White Tea Blend): A blend of attractive Pai Mu Tan and Lung Ching provide for an oveall delicate note. Visually stunning with the addition of rosebuds, pinapple, mango and jucy pear.....cleary our very favorite!

Tiramisu (Rooibos Tea Blend): A light Irish coffee taste complemented by a hint of sweet caramel pieces with a dash of Mascarpone.

Stop by and pick up your tin (1/2 ounce sampler size). Fridays from 11am - 3pm, Saturdays and Sundays from noon - 5pm. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Friday, May 27, 2011

What are you doing on Saturday May 28?

Join us for an Open House from 1-4 pm on Saturday May 28th as Fancy That announces, with tea and tea-bread (while supply lasts!), it's new status as a "Tea Boutique"!

Since 2003, we've been providing rentals of vintage china and glassware for tea parties and special events. Now, we're tickled pink to also offer you a myriad of items for your shopping pleasure, such as flavoured teas, tea bread, imported jams and beautiful gifts and accessories.

We invite you to browse the Boutique, sample our lemon tea and some truly amazing lemon tea bread (so delicious we are excited to share it with you as free samples)!

We are looking forward to seeing you on May 28th! No need to RSVP, just stop by our shop any time between 1pm-4pm. Our address is 272 Main Street (RT1A), Walpole, MA. We are on the 34E bus route (click here for bus schedule). There is parking in the front of and in the rear of our shop.

Please note: samples will be offered self-serve; this is not a seated event.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Vintage Cake Stands added for sale to our Tea Boutique

We are so thrilled to have these wonderful cake stands made from vintage china in the Tea Boutique. The yellow stand is one of my personal favorites! It is Royal Albert china. The color alone is so wonderful. Imagine having one of these lovely stands in your china cabinet or displayed on your vanity with your finest jewelry on the plates. Well now you can! Stop by and take a look! Fridays from 11am - 3pm, Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5pm. Enjoy the pictures!

Don't forget about our Open House this Saturday from 1 - 4pm! Enjoy some tea and lemon tea bread (while supply lasts) while you browse the Tea Boutique. There is parking in front of and behind the Tea Boutique. See you this Saturday? We're looking forward to saying hello to you!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New in May - Cute Tea Pot Shaped Little Tape Measure

We just love dainty things that make you stop, look, and smile. When those little things are under $5, well, ladies and gents, that smile is even bigger! This tape measure is a miniature little white teapot that's more than just a keychain. You can hook them onto their keys or slip them into a purse or pocket and when you need can measure up some fun! Husband hanging a picture soon? Needing that new end table but not sure how it will fit? This is your solution! Stop by during our Open House on Saturday May 28th from 1-4pm and sample some tea bread and black-lemon tea while browsing the Tea Boutique. While you are at it, pick up one or several of these cute little tape measures, new this May in Fancy That's Tea Boutique. (The Open House is not a seated event: the tea bread and tea will be served buffet style, while supply lasts. Parking is in front of and behind the Tea Boutique.)

See you on May 28th!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

New in May - Scone Mixes from Woodland Fairy Acres

Hello everyone! May 28th is fast approaching (our official launch of retail here at the "Tea Boutique") so we thought it would be nice to share a few pictures to show you how everything is coming together and also let you know about a great new product we'll be offering here. But first, some pictures:

We are thrilled to announce that we'll soon be offering five wonderful flavours of Woodland Fairy Acres old world floral scone mixes. We're excited to get them in stock. Such unique flavours:

Sweet Briar Rose
White Jasmine Flower
Country French Lavender and Dutch Cocoa
Lady Chantrey Violet and Wild Blueberry
Bouquet des Fleurs Orange Blossom

These beautifully packaged mixes make an elegant hostess gift and produce scones that have a uniquely delicate flavour- perfect with a cup of tea. I'm sure you will fall in love with them, just as we have.

We're looking forward to seeing you on May 28th between 1 and 4pm when you'll have a chance to sample some wonderful lemon black tea and our signature lemon tea bread (while supply lasts, so come early :))

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Time for Tea - Yields and Brewing Instructions

When purchasing tea, remember once ounce of dry leaf will give you approximately 8 – 10 cups of tea. The average serving uses one rounded teaspoon, or two grams of tea per 8 ounces of water (which is 0.1666 ounces of tea per 8 ounces of water). A dainty tea cup holds about four ounces of liquid. A coffee-cup-size holds about 6 to 7 ounces and a mug holds about 8 – 12 ounces of liquid.

Fancy That’s loose teas will be sold in one 1/2 ounce “sample sizes”.
1/2 ounce will yield approximately 4 - 5 cups
3 ounces will yield approximately 24 – 30 cups

Brewing instructions are simple:

Black Tea: Pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn (previously boiled water has lost most if its oxygen and therefore tends to be flat tasting), steep for 2-4 minutes (to taste), pour into your cup. When you are making a pot of tea you will see the tea leaves uncurl and expand dramatically. This uncurling and expansion is called ‘the agony of the leaf’.

Green Tea: best enjoyed when brewed with spring water that is below the boiling point. Hot boiling water will make the tea into a very bitter brew. Try to use water that is between 175-180°F ….hot but not rapid boiling. Steep for 2-3 minutes and remove the tea leaves. Green Tea can become bitter quickly. Multiple infusions of the same Green Tea leaves (to make two or three cups of tea) allow for the best flavor and fragrance.

Rooibos or Herbal Tea: Measure the desired amount of tea leaves and place into a teapot or teacup. Use 1 tsp or 2.3g of tea leaves for every 8oz (1 cup) of water. Bring the water to a rolling boil Add enough hot water to submerse the tea leaves and let it sit for a few seconds before pouring out the water. Warming the tea leaves and teaware allow for a better brew. Add boiling water and let the tea leaves steep for 3 to 5 minutes.

Iced Tea of any type: use double the amount of tea and brew according to the instructions for the flavour of tea. Remove the tea leaves when the time for steeping has expired and chill the tea. Sweeten to taste. (For some fun, take a glass jar, add the amount of tea (double the amount that you would use for hot tea), place it and tepid water in the jar and set it in the sunlight for several hours, shaking the jar about every 15 minutes. Taste-test the sun-brewed tea until the desired taste is achieved…usually about three hours in the sunlight.)

There you have it! A simple guide on yields and brewing instructions!