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July 14, 2012

Souvia Tea Newsletter – Manly Teas, Iced is Nice, Glad Dads

Filed under: Newsletter — wbwingert @ 10:34 am
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The Heat is On

Manly Teas

Father’s Day



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The heat is on….



Summer heat is on the way here int he Desert Southwest but not to worry – June is National Iced Tea month.   Iced tea makes a great summer beverage and is is fast and easy to make at home – Check out this video from the archives on easy ways to make Iced tea.   Iced tea hydrates well, is easy to make and a great alternative to sugary sodas.

Father’s day is also in June – always a good time to review the Manly Tea list.

  • New Hours – We are open at 9am and stay open until 7pm Monday-Friday, no change to our Saturday hours 9am-5pm
  • Tea 101 is back – June 10th – 2pm-4pm – Learn all about tea, tastes 6 varieties and interact with fun people



Tea -  a manly drink



Gunpowder teaWhile in Asia and many European countries, tea is enjoyed by men and women alike, here in the U.S, men are just now beginning to venture into the world of tea. Perhaps it was the image of women in frilly dresses, wearing extravagant hats enjoying tiny, crust-less sandwiches and bite-size pastries while sipping a cup of Earl Grey from delicate, flower-trimmed porcelain cups that had most men running towards the cup of java. In the past, coffee, bold and strong, was considered a more fitting drink for guys.

Over the past ten years, however, tea has not only experienced a renaissance but it has also gotten a whole new image. The reason for this new popularity is in part due to the extensive research into the many health benefits tea has to offer, but also choices are no longer limited to Earl Grey and English Breakfast. Men like the subtle flavor nuances among black, green, oolong and pu-erh teas which are the result of terroir, climate, soil texture and harvest time. In this sense, tea has much in common with wine.

In an attempt to entice men to explore what the world of tea has to offer, we have compiled a list of teas with characteristics that will appeal to the male palate:

 Lapsang Souchong – A black tea from the Fujian province in China – also referred to as “smoked” tea. Lapsang has a distinct smoky flavor which is achieved by drying the tea leaves over a wood fire. The flavor is strong yet smooth with a note of smoke, reminiscent of a campfire or pipe tobacco. Some tea aficionados compare it to a single malt scotch.

Gunpowder – A great way to try a straight green tea.  Plus what manly man wouldn’t like something with the word “gun” in it! This tea is produced in the Zejiang province of China and received its name because of the pellet-shaped leaves that are reminiscent of black powder grains. It is a great full flavored green tea, and is sometimes blended with mint into “Moroccan Mint”.

Pu-Erh  – This is one of the oldest teas with a history of over 1700 years. Originating in the Yunnan province in China, it used to be offered as a tribute to the emperor and some of the higher end pu-erh teas today are called tribute teas. Pu-erh is an aged tea that undergoes microbial formation after the initial manufacture which creates a rich and earthy tasting with an extremely smooth finish. It is available as loose tea or compressed into cakes, or small nests. Some fall in love with it immediately, for others it might be an acquired taste, but it is definitely worth trying.


A famous tea quote compares each cup of tea to an imaginary journey! With over 3000 varieties produced by the tea plant (Camellia sinensis), there is a tea for every hour of the day, for every mood and for every palate. What men wants miss out and cling to his mundane cup of java!



Father’s Day…



Father’s Day – originally celebrated early in the last century was not made official until much later.  This holiday invokes fear in Children and their Fathers alike – Will I get another tie or multi-tool?  What can I get Dad he will genuinely like?

Fret no more – combining the manly tea list with a Starter Kit solves the dilemma.  Not only is it a personal gift it is actually good for your Dad!  Choose teas dad will like hot or iced or bring Dad in and let him choose!

No offense to the necktie industry but really – it’s June and ties are somewhat overkill.



Thanks for Reading…



Thanks for reading this month.  Hope you found a nugget or two to take away.  Win one of 3 chances for 50g of any of our manly teas by emailing the answer to- What President made Father’s day official?.  We hope you’ll visit us in the store, at one of our partners or online soon.  If you can’t get in, remember… we ship orders over $50 for free the same day and your tea will arrive quickly!


July 10, 2012

Tea with the Queen!

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 1:47 am




…well, maybe a slight exaggeration. While I was not invited to last week’s Royal Garden Party, the Queen and I shared the same locale – Edinburgh, Scotland.  Bret and I arrived last week for a short vacation and found out that it was Royal Week -meaning interesting events and the possibility of having a brush with the Royals

During my week in Edinburgh, I felt spoiled – everywhere I went (even the pubs) I could have a pot of tea.  Given the weather there, it was a great way to stay warm!

Did you know that the Scottish thirst for tea dates back two centuries?  Indeed, it was nineteenth century Scottish entrepreneur and botanist, Robert Fortune, who helped the British East India Company introduce tea plants to Darjeeling in 1848, creating the tea industries of India and Ceylon. He was the 007 of tea, smuggling himself into China’s closed interior to study the cultivation and manufacture of tea.  At the time, this was a well kept secret and foreigners were not permitted to travel further than the port cities.

In 1884, another Scot – the grocer Thomas J. Lipton bought several coffee plantations in Ceylon and converted them to tea gardes that supplied the working class through his tea stores all over the UK.