Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Blue Moon or Harvest Moon, a tea of my liking


My apologies for not blogging for a while. Now as the summer comes to a close I reflect back of favorite teas. Pu-erh, Golden Tip has to be my top pick. I have some vintage 7 year old Pu-erh from Hong Kong, still the Golden Tip wins out.  Of the bubble teas, pineapple, taro and then Matcha. My drink for healing has to be continuous brewed Kombucha I up drinking quite a bit, my need to back off a bit, but love how it makes me feel. I call it the Red Bull of tea.  Keep drinking teas, its a decorum of sorts that has held on for decades.  The Olympics was quite a boost for tea drinking.
Finally, is it called harvest moon or blue moons when we have two full moons in one month? Um

Open for blessings
Tea with Wheatley

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The end of July tea choices

Well as July passes by the big phenomenon for me in tea has to be Bubble Tea. I call it the tea that is not a tea.  I now have 16 flavors from melons like watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew too berries like strawberry, raspberry and blueberry to exotics like Taro, almond and Matcha to name a few. My favorite has to be pineapple, that reminds me of pineapple upside down cake. Then there the bobas or pearls, regular tapioca with Carmel, brown and white sugar, strawberry, mango, and orange. All shaken over ice not stirred to become a fun and thirst quenching summer drink. My favorite tea is still the Pu-erh, Golden Tip and then there is Kombucha the "Red Bull" of tea; if there is a youth elixir this is it. Welcome August, summer is in full swing.

Open for Blessings
Tea with Wheatley

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

More than tea

As a tea purveyor, what else are you doing to promote tea?  What are you doing that's contributing to the community? We are doing a local community garden and I am developing a bubble tea with fresh chocolate mint.  As a traditionalist, sipping Darjeeling yum... Lots of bubble tea drinks, blueberry is the new big hit!  Giving a talk on tisanes next month and how they compliment tea. Any suggestions welcomed, feel free to give input.  Will the drought or possible drought affect tea down the road?  Something to ponder.

Ron W
Tea with Wheatley

Monday, July 16, 2012

Oolong kind of day

Well another scorching hot day 90's + and sipping Ti Kwan Yin oolong, not my fave but revisiting reminds me there are several grades of Ti Kwan Yin.  My all time favorite is the Milk Oolong which has priced its way out of my budget.  Bubble Teas are still on the rise! New flav Royal Cin a man Ice Tea, makes my nieces laugh every time they say it, soon to come; Mojhito Mango Mint and Strawberry Passion.  Still slurping my Kombucha, this stuff is so crazy, not your typical tea, but it makes me feel great.

Ron W
Tea with Wheatley

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tea time once again

Wow it's seems like months since I blogged, confused and lost trying to tie my blog to website, and it did not work.  Sipping Forever Spring Oolong, yes even in hot summer I enjoy hot tea. My cold drink of choice is Kombucha, I have gotten past the vinegar nose and the way it makes me feel or not feel is worth it. No joint pain, great probiotic, smooth skin, still waiting for hair to grow back and change from gray to black, when that happens I will tell the world.  Great bubble tea menu has developed, with the help of a new friend Nick from MN. Wow, I feel as if I have been under a rock and society has passed me by.  Creating some new fun flavors! More to follow. Tea cup sales online have been generous, did not realize what a collection of Royal Albert Tea cups I had.

Ron W
Tea with Wheatley

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bubble Tea Update

As summer approaches, next weekend officially. Expanding bubble tea - now offering popping pearls with mango, strawberry and orange.  New flavors by next Friday - Strawberry, Honeydew to accompany Watermelon, Chai, Green Tea Latte, Cantaloupe and Mango. Any favorites drop a line, goal is to expand to 12 and then begin offering the slushy ones as well.  Thanks World Tea Expo, great conference! Take aways were bubble tea, squareup, and WuWo ceremony. The passion for tea goes on.

Ron W
Tea with Wheatley

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

High Tea In Vegas

  Sorry Tea followers,

I was amissed to speak of the wonderful High Tea (Cream Tea) I had at the Four Seasons in Vegas.
It was simply fantastic.  Even though it was 104 degrees that day, I swung my blue blazer over my arms and headed to this remarkable establishment, The Four Season Hotel.  I arrived a little early, but they with class got me in and the experience was excellent.  I started with a crisp Berinnger champagne, crisp hint of honey, dry but clean to the palate.  Next I ordered the Assam which was ok, not great but presented fabulously.  Then came a rectangle plate with cups of piped lemon curd, Devon shire cream and a boysenberry jam.  The waiter informed me to start with the scones while they were still hot, breaking in half I spread a little of each of the above and marveled in the currant scones quality and texture, again yum.  There were also a nice selection of finger delicacies from salmon pinwheels to chicken filled cones all superbly done.  I set back, read the sports they brought over, and felt like I had arrived.  What a fantastic establishment, go instead of dropping all your dough on the tables and enjoy a well done tea. Reservations a must.

Ron W
Tea with Wheatley

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Tea Cups anyone?

Today was a day of inventory of tea cups, to my surprise I have quite a selection of Royal Albert.  I am sure I have them under priced, but with e-bay auction who knows.  The last day shall be interesting.  Started some Kombucha with Cherry and Chia seeds and Blueberry and Chia seeds.  Bubble tea still seems to be the big seller.  Can't wait to expand the line up.  Found my oolong that I so easily accused TSA of taking, don't like them they always inspect me, latest was to see what was the beverage in my travel tea cup... tea of course.

Happy tea drinking,
Pomegranate Ice Tea tomorrow
Tea with Wheatley

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

After the Expo

Great time at the Tea Expo, Wuwo ceremony was very moving. Also, enjoyed the infusion competition and watching how and how not to steep tea.  Most inspirational class was with the millennials, we just don't get it,(boomers).  They want honesty, trust,fast and consistent product exchanges; that they can relate to and share with peers.  I did lose a tasty oolong thru TSA, hope they are enjoying it as much as I would have. Summer time here we come, Matcha lemonade, yum, don't knock it til you try it.

Ron W

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It's off to the Convention

Excited, flying to Vegas tomorrow for the World Tea Expo.  Sipping 3 year old Pu-erh from Ying Kee Tea House in Hong Kong.  Yum... reading that pouring the first pour off of teas reduces the caffeine, funny all Ying Kee's teas state to pour off to clean leaves before steeping.  Big Memorial weekend, ice tea and bubble teas were the big hits.  Looking forward to tea at the 4 Seasons in Vegas, low baller.

Ron W

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The tea thats not a tea with bubbles

Hello tea lovers,

As the summer approaches, the new beverage craze has to be bubble tea.  Discovered in Taiwan, this drink sensation has sugar, milk, tea or flavoring and fun to chew tapioca pearls that are all sipped thru a fat straw.  Most popular flavors are watermelon, cantaloupe, chai and mango. They also have bursting pearls with spritz of orange, strawberry or mango.  Asian restaurants are serving this beverage as an aperitif after the meal, and it can be served hot or cold.  Try it when you come across it, or better yet let your children try it.

Ron W.
Tea with Wheatley

Thursday, May 17, 2012

As Spring continues, Summer on the way

Hello again, fellow tea enthusiasts.  Ice tea is the word of the day, besides the favorite Sweet tea, note most hot teas can be chilled and drunk as ice tea.  Local favorite Unsweetened White, Ginger, Orange, Peach.  Also, Bubble tea has arrived to the mid west. Already popular on the east and west coasts, this Asian phenomena of flavored, sweet, and often times milk based beverage with tapioca pearls has a great following of drinkers.  Also, saw Kombucha tea in our local Sentry market.  Looking forward to the Tea convention.  Something to ponder trying to book a flight, why when oil goes up the airfares increase, but when it drops they don't go down? Business has been slow as most consumers wait on the side line to see where our economy is headed.  Support your local businesses!

Ron W
Tea with Wheatley

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Gorgegous Spring day 76 degrees

Spring is in the air, ice tea made with White Ginger Orange Peach, and left Who would have thought that Wisconsin would have such lovely weather. Thanks God :) Still sipping Kombucha Tea, I think it works, feel great, but why wouldn't you feel great with this weather. Happy St. Patricks Day, and March Madness has taken its place, my bracket is devastated. Go Kansas!  Finishing the day with Milk Oolong and preparing to bike to church tomorrow in protest to high gas.

Open for Blessings
Tea with Wheatley

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Another Warm Day in the Bay

Wow, 70 degrees in March. Outdoor furniture, and sipping a Yunnan Gold in limited supply.  Lots of  Non Profit groups coming by for contributions, give and it shall be given unto you.  What's your favorite hot water heater? Have you descaled it lately?  I descale my Zojirushi's at least twice a month when I notice build up on the screen.  Found a great company Frontier, I believe they sell bulk citric acid that works wonders.  Good water, and clean vessels makes for a great cup of tea.  Bubble Tea and Sweet Tea becoming popular with the lovely weather.  Vote for Tea with Wheatley for the next cash mob on Kenosha Cash Mob, like them on Facebook and join in.

Open for Blessings
Tea with Wheatley

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Feels like Spring

Tea of the day Golden Tip Pu-erh, Sweet tea is popular with the nice weather.  Water, use spring its the best.  Try this, pour a glass of water out of the tap and a glass of spring and notice the difference. I was contemplating should I even give the plants and animals tap? Things that make you go ummh.  Reading, "Steeped in History the Art of Tea", interesting, two varieties of tea plants, Assam is the one the Brits stole from China and produced in India.  I really enjoy the different Assam's, sorry Oolongs I'll be back soon.  Interesting link about serving tea:, Can you imagine a guest asking for cream or sugar when he arrives to the table :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

It's Friday once again

Hello again Tea Followers,

I am making a vow to those who follow me to write at least once a day when open.  It seems that time flys when your having fun, it's been a week.  Today I am writing about one of the most important things to making tea, water. I just finished reading "The Art of Tea", and it devoted multiple pages on the best water. And yes rushing spring water was the most favored. I by accident or without knowledge, only brew my tea beverages with Nicolet Spring water, official Green Bay Packer water. 

Thanks Dr. Oz, your show this week on teas that help boost weight loss brought new converts to the shop.  Pu-erh, a fermented and aged prized tea from China, that is often aged in caves, two cups.
White tea, my favorite to start the day, two cups at lunch. And Bilberry, which I don't have yet, two cups in the evening. 

The Kombucha Tea is coming along great, more than I can drink! Bring your jar, mug container or whatever and mentioned you heard about it on my blog and get a free cup.

Young tea drinkers, thanks for your patronage, it's super watching you explore the world of tea.
Seasoned drinkers, thanks for the pleasure of great conversation of times past. Thank God, I am not the only one to see Berlin Wall before it came down. Hoorah.

Til we chat again,
Ron W

Friday, March 2, 2012

TGIF Morning Tea

Hello fellow tea imbibers, my KT is coming along fine, two additional flavors, working on ginger and pomegranate.  Sipping 4-8 Oz's of the mother batch daily has trimmed my waist line and now acquiring a taste for the bitter grog. Wonder why the first swig makes me light headed, so little alcohol it should not matter.  Tea of choice in addition to the KT, Golden Tip Pu-erh, which too requires gaining a taste for as well. A blast of winter is on its way, stay warm and enjoy your tea for the day.

Open for Blessings
Tea with Wheatley

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tea in the Bay on a Saturday Afternoon

As our mild winter breezes by, today was sunny and vibrant day in the bay of Geneva Lake.  My tea of choice was the Ti Kwan Yin, steeped up a nice dark green leaf, aromatic of a grassy nose. Hearty swirl with mild, but semi stringent finish on the tongue; Real yummy accompanying Gluten Free Lemon Square. Met up with friends from past and past past, fun catching up.  Working on my Continuous Brew of KT, its very interesting so far, and the primary ingredient is... you guessed if you said tea.  More to follow.

Ron W.
Tea with Wheatley