The Ladies' Tea Guild

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tea tasting in San Francisco, part 1.

tea set and tray at Red Blossom Tea Company.
I played hooky with a few friends on Monday, when we took the day off and went to San Francisco for dim sum and shopping and tea tasting in Chinatown. We only really walked up and down one street, but we had a lot of fun and came home full of tea. I don't even remember all the teas I tasted, but I bought a lovely Phoenix oolong that has a floral character reminiscent of orange blossoms. Here are a few photos:

Red Blossom Tea Company: we tasted several teas here, including some nice oolongs and green teas. This is where I bought the Phoenix Oolong.

Here is a close-up of the gaiwan and glass tea pot.

Red Blossom Tea Company
831 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108

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Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
-- William Cowper (1731-1800)
"The Winter Evening" (Book Four), _The Task_ (1784)