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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Skidmore Sips

We at Sip Tea Lounge would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween.  The Fall chill is in the air.  It's an eventful time of year and we have started the season with some wonderful pairing events.

On October 6th we had the pleasure of hosting a pairing for some amazing Skidmore Alumni who live in our area.   During this pairing, five teas were matched with five baked goods from the Sip Tea Lounge kitchen.

The already wonderful pairings were made even better by the company of an amazing group of Skidmore graduates from a wide range of graduating classes.  Sip Tea Lounge is honored to have shared tea with this group.  Thank you for being our guests for this very special event.  We enjoyed sharing tea and stories together.

For those of you who missed it, here is a recap of the menu:

Pairing 1: Genmaicha with Musubi
Originally enjoyed by Japanese peasants because the addition of rice made the tea more affordable, Genmaicha is now a favorite of all tea drinkers. This Genmaicha tea is made from a combination of steamed green Sencha, roasted brown Japanese rice and sorghum which, when popped, resembles popcorn. Brewed, this tea has a comforting aroma with hints of spinach and popped corn. It brews a bright green-yellow liquor.
Musubi (known also as Onigiri) is a delicious Japanese comfort food. Made with sushi rice filled with pickled Umeboshi plum, coated with toasted sesame seeds and wrapped in Nori, Musubi is the perfect partner for Genmaicha tea. Two comforting tastes that pair great together.

Pairing 2: Matcha Tea with Vegan Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cup
Originating in China, this tea was brought to Japan first by Japanese Zen monks who shared it with aristocracy. Made from Tencha leaves of shade-grown tea plants, Matcha powder is whisked into a fluffy froth often used in Japanese tea ceremonies. Popular among the health conscious, Matcha encourages a focused and relaxed mind. Brewed, Matcha makes a thick green paste-like tea.

Sinfully Delicious Vegan Peanut Butter Cups pair well with

Matcha. The creamy texture and sweet taste of the peanut butter cup combines nicely with the bitter Matcha to form a bittersweet symphony of flavors.

Pairing 3: House Spiced Black Chai with Toasted Coconut Brownie
In India,“Chai” means “tea.” A cup of “chai” typically consists of a black tea with milk and sugar. We invite you to share our own artisanal-spiced chai blend. Made with black tea and organic dried ginger, black and white peppercorns, star anise, fennel, cardamom, Ceylon cinnamon, cloves and allspice, this tea will rock your world.
The rich chocolate taste and coconut texture pair well with the big and spicy black chai blend featured here. The strong, yet slight sweetness of the tea brings out the best in the brownie.

Pairing 4: Russian Caravan Tea with Russian Tea Cookie
Russian Caravan is a black tea blend from China with a distinct smoky aroma and flavor. Rising in popularity in the 1700’s, when black tea from Wuyi Mountain in Fujian Province was exported by caravan to the north, this tea became a popular item in Russia. The tea, which picks up aromas very easily, was carried via caravan along the trading routes. Repeatedly exposed to campfires in transit, the tea developed a smoky flavor. Those who tasted it liked the smoky notes and started ordering “smoky tea” from the producers. As a result, the tea was named “Russian Caravan.”
It’s hard to believe such a tiny cookie can have such a big impact. The creamy, nuttiness of this powdered sugar coated Russian Tea Cookie can really pack a punch. That is probably why it pairs so well with the smoky, slightly bitter Russian Caravan Tea. This combination proves the saying that “good things come in small packages.”

Pairing 5: Chamomile Lavender Herbal Tisane with Maple Walnut Bar
Chamomile blended with lavender come together to make a soothing, calming herbal tisane.
Sip Tea Lounge’s Maple Walnut Bar pairs nicely with Chamomile Lavender. The sweet, yet light maple flavor of the bar is enhanced by the elegant Chamomile Lavender Herbal Tisane with its characteristic apple notes.

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Huntington NY  11743

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