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Sipping Tea on a Chilly Morning at Work: White Spring Tea from TWG Tea and the Urban Tea Merchant

I’m doing a pick up shift this a.m. and really needed an uplifting tea to get me moving. I usually grab a black tea most mornings but since I woke up before the sun rose I thought I’d be a little kinder to my mind and body.

I just steeped a cup of White Spring Tea from TWG Tea and the Urban Tea Merchant. It was a perfect choice.

I took my time popping the tea leaves in my strainer, warming my tea cup and settling into my seat with my White Spring Tea.

The White Spring Tea is like a landscape that metamorphoses, bright and dewy, full of the magic of spring transforming the world with fresh silver tips of Yin Zhen white tea and fragrant cherry blossoms.

White Spring Tea is a mild tea but can be steeped for longer without tasting bitter.

I have a long shift ahead – looking forward to getting stuck in as usual with TWG Tea and the Urban Tea Merchant.

White Spring Tea

The First Day Of Spring: Geisha Blossom Tea from TWG Tea and The Urban Tea Merchant

It maybe the first day of spring but Toronto is mighty cold and windy. Ah, what can you do?  Sometimes it’s about channelling the best of intentions and just embracing the new season for what it is.

I pulled out my Geisha Blossom Tea from TWG Tea and The Urban Tea Merchant as I flipped through books this past weekend. Brewing the Geisha Blossom was not only relaxing and a wonderful self-care experience it was re-awakening and infused a must needed feeling of ‘new beginnings’ into my time off.

The Geisha Blossom Tea is an elegant and highly refined, this TWG Tea blend of green tea and refreshing ripe southern fruits infuses into a fragrant cup that will calm and appease after a day’s disruptions. The peach notes are mild but a wonderful hint of the summer to come. Even though I had the Geisha Blossom Tea hot, it would make for an awesome ice tea and perhaps with some white wine splashed in for good measure.

Pick some up soon and Happy Spring!

Geisha Blossom Tea

New Year Tea: French Earl Grey Tea from TWG Tea and the Urban Tea Merchant

We are well into the New Year and I have been having a quiet but relaxing start. I’ve really taken time to check in with myself, do more reading, hitting the gym, eating better and sleeping.  Man – you think that it would be an easy life.  I can assure you – is it ever?  My goal for the New Year is balance and taking care of me.  Tea is always part of my quiet time.  Especially tea from TWG Tea and the Urban Tea Merchant.

My tea for January from TWG Tea and the Urban Tea Merchant is the ever chilled, French Earl Grey Tea. She’s as gorgeous as Provence in the summer.  TWG Tea has created a fragrant variation of the great classic, Earl Grey. This black tea has been delicately infused with citrus fruits and French blue cornflowers.

As the winter wind blows its cold force outside my office window, I sip on French Earl Grey Tea from TWG Tea and the Urban Tea Merchant and think of the summer. It’s the little things.  Happy Belated New Year!  J

French Earl Grey Tea

Staycation Tea: Rwanda Express BP1 Tea and Okayti Excellence SFTGFOP1 from TWG Tea and The Urban Tea Merchant

I’m on holidays and have been spending time with my feet up most days on the couch and a good book on the go.  My tea of choice has been Rwanda Express BP1 Tea and Okayti Excellence SFTGFOP1 from TWG Tea and The Urban Tea Merchant.

I like delving into the tea unknown sometimes and these two have been keeping me company and entertained like no ordinary tea would.  A perfect indulgence for some extended time off.

Rwanda Express BP1 Tea

A most exceptional and exclusive TWG Tea creation. A rich and malty broken leaf black tea blended with the vigour of cracked coffee beans.  The best of both worlds.

I have been sucking this tea back with extra milk and sugar.  I usually don’t go all out in my tea preparation but Rwanda Express BP1 Tea has all the makings of a fine estate coffee in a tea.  Think rich, luxe and eccentric all rolled into one.

Okayti Excellence SFTGFOP1

Separated from Nepal by a simple stream, the Okayti tea estate, founded in 1888, harvests some of the most exquisite teas in the world for TWG Tea. The lush gardens are spread out over undulating terrain at altitudes of 1,300 to 2,000 metres. The first flush is eagerly awaited by connoisseurs each spring. This harvest boasts delicate pistachio-green rolled leaves which exude a pronounced flavour of mangoes, papaya and guava. A shimmering topaz-coloured infusion yields a buttery aroma with a round, mellow finish and boasts a lengthy aftertaste of grassy meadows and wild flowers. The preferred tea of Queen Victoria.


Santa Claus Parade Weekend Tea: ‘Red Christmas Caviar Tin Tea’ and ‘Christmas Jewel Caviar Tin Tea’

The Santa Claus Parade comes rolling into town this weekend in Toronto.  My ritual is to watch the parade in my pajamas, grab some Tea Biscuits and pop the kettle on with my favourite tea and watch the parade on my couch.  This year I will be channelling Red Christmas and Christmas Jewel Tea from TWG Tea and the Urban Tea Merchant to keep me feeling jolly.  It’s never too early to start sipping holiday tea and the Santa Claus Parade provides the best excuse.

Red Christmas Caviar Tin Tea

One petite tea tin and petite gift box enclose a heart-warming, TWG Tea theine-free red rooibos, a festival of flavours and spices to reminisce and celebrate all year long. 50g

Christmas Jewel Caviar Tin Tea

Handcrafted using the finest quality ingredients, the Christmas Jewel Tea is a delightful wonder to warm a cold winter’s night, encased in an artfully designed locket as an invitation to a world of enchantments.

An enchanting composition of green tea, festive spices, sweet orange and jasmine pearls plated with molten 24ct gold.


The Weekend Tea Collection from TWG Tea and The Urban Tea Merchant

Who needs international travel when you can sample the best in the world class cities with The Weekend Tea Collection from TWG Tea and The Urban Tea Merchant?

TWG Tea, the world’s finest and most luxurious tea brand, invites you on an extraordinary private getaway with the launch of five new exclusive Weekend Teas to arouse vivid sensory escapes to the world’s most exotic destinations. The Weekend Tea Collection teas complement the first five teas in the range to create a cruise collection of ten distinctive TWG signature teas that offer an elegant and effortless retreat from the saturating heat of the summer sun.

A dazzling juxtaposition of glamour and history, the Weekend Tea Collection invites tea drinkers to bask in the heat of the golden sun, drinking in the scent of red fruits and berries whilst wandering along the picturesque promenades of the Cote d’Azur with A Weekend in St Tropez, or to voyage to the summit of Victoria Peak with the grand mélange of green tea, wild rhubarb, blossoms and malty toffee of A Weekend in Hong Kong. Tea lovers and world travellers everywhere can now moor their thoughts and journey along the Grand Canal lined with glistening Venetian palazzos, journey on a voyage of the senses to the garden city of Singapore, or delight in the mystic memories of a cool night among the Dubai desert dunes, all in the privacy of their own teacups.

This complete Weekend Tea Collection teas are:

Weekend in Bombay

Weekend in Casablanca

Weekend in Istanbul

Weekend in Moscow

Weekend in Shanghai


The Urban Tea Merchant Pop – Up Store at Holt Renfrew Yorkdale (Toronto)

Shoppers at Holt Renfrew, Yorkdale can savor the exquisite specialty TWG Tea, the finest teas in the world, in a bright and airy tea shop reminiscent of old world/new world, located just inside the Holt Renfrew Yorkdale 1st floor.

The Urban Tea Merchant is proud to be the exclusive distributors of TWG Tea in Canada. Toronto will be the second location in Canada for The Urban Tea Merchant to officially retail TWG Tea in a stand-alone Pop-Up store. The pop up will feature a carefully curated selection of one-of-a-kind TWG Tea accessories and packaged teas to delight the eye and enliven the taste buds. With expert knowledge from The Urban Tea Merchant’s trained Tea Ambassadors, tea lovers will be able to select the perfect gifts for friends and loved ones.

If tea preparation and service often seem steeped in tradition, stylish and timeless TWG Tea designs will certainly appeal to modern tea drinkers in their adaptation of tradition to the contemporary tea table. Elegant tea tins, a myriad of hand-blown glass, porcelain, stoneware and cast iron teapots, fine bone china teacups, saucers, creamers and sugar bowls, as well as tea filters and tea scoops of all sorts can be found in TWG Tea’s accessory collection at The Urban Tea Merchant’s Pop-Up Store in Holt Renfrew, Yorkdale.

TWG Tea also offers limited edition teas and seasonal blends, and is constantly sourcing, innovating, expanding and refining the teas in its collection. Established at the epicentre of the world’s tea-producing region in Singapore, TWG Tea tasters assiduously ensure that their selection is always of the very highest quality, to maintain the consistency and freshness of each harvest.

The pop up will open on July 16th and will operate during regular store hours at Holt Renfrew Yorkdale, until December 31st, 2015.