TEA &

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Tips for Making a Perfect Cup of Tea
The freshness of the leaves​ - The loose leaf tea quality is an essential part of the quality of the brew. The tea leaves' biggest enemies are light, heat, strong smells, and humidity. In order to ensure the freshness of the loose leaf tea leaves, Make sure your loose leaf tea is stored air tight and light sensitive containers.


 The water quality - Chlorine in tap water can interfere with taste. It is recommended to use filtered water or mineral water.


 Water temperature - Boiling water should be used to brew black tea leaves.
For a brew of more delicate loose leaf tea leaves, it is recommended different temperatures according to which loose leaf tea chosen. There are a number of tea kettles that manage this electronically.


 The amount of leaves ​- 1 tablespoon to 4 cups of water is a good starting point. Then there is personal taste. If you like stronger add a little more. Do not use a tea ball when using loose leaf tea. Use a basket or straight into the pot and use a strainer when pouring into cup.


 Brewing duration- The brewing duration changes according to the types of loose leaf tea leaves, but in general, the smaller the leaves, the shorter the brewing duration.
The leaves should be brewed between three to five minutes.​


 Additives- Various things may be added to brewed tea in order to suit it to the preferred personal taste. It is well known that adding sugar enhances many flavors in food and drinks. Other common additives are lemon, vanilla pods, herbs, milk and alcohol.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEA TASTING

PARTY TIPS

 

Hosting a tea tasting party is a fun, easy and healthy way to enjoy the company of good friends while learning about tea and experimenting with new blends. These simple tips will provide practical steps for hosting the perfect tea tasting experience.

 

Decide what type of tasting you’d like to host.

First, tailor the featured selections to the guests’ knowledge of teas. Novice tea drinkers may enjoy a tea tasting that introduces them to the basic tea types—black, oolong, green, and white—while more experienced tasters may enjoy comparing teas from one group but from different growing regions. You can also add some creative flair to your party themes such as Health and Longevity, Relaxation and De-Stress, Innovative Herbal Infusions, Food & Tea Pairings, or Global Celebrations. You can even make your party more like a wine tasting and feature various

Mart-TEA-nis!

 

Determine your guest list.

Send out invitations at least two weeks before your tea tasting party. Consider sending out free online invites through www.evite.com.

 

Design a tasting sheet or card.

Specify the type of tea, the growing region and any other relevant harvest or producer information, and a brief description of the tea. Make sure each guest has their own tea tasting sheet and provide them with instructions to evaluate the teas’ aroma, appearance, flavor, texture and finish. Encourage your guests to slow down, pay attention to details and savor. In addition, having a tasting card is especially handy if guests find teas they want to purchase for themselves. Print out copies of the  tea tasting terms for all your guests to use when evaluating and discussing their teas. People sometimes feel less intimidated if they have the vocabulary to describe the nuances.

The bottom line is to have fun, get the conversation flowing, and learn something new.

 

Decorations for the tea tasting are as creative as you want to make them. Whether you go for a more traditional feel or incorporate a global flair, your atmosphere should be light, engaging, casual and comfortable. Scented candles should be avoided so they don’t interfere with smelling the teas. Starting off the event with some tea trivia related to your tasting theme is a great conversation starter. Purchasing a book about teas and tea tasting can also help add to the education and conversation factor.

 

Party Time: A tea tasting party can be held any time of day, but if caffeine is a concern, schedule your party as an afternoon affair. • Tasting Time: 90 minutes to 3 hours is a good length of time to enjoy the tea tasting experience in a comfortable and relaxed way.

Food: Welcome guests with drinks and food before the tasting and end the party with more of the same.

Tea Varieties: Serve 6 different types. That is enough for comparison purposes and it won’t fatigue the palate. Use roughly 1/4 cup of each sample per person.

Loose or Tea Bags: Either loose tea leaves or tea bags are fine. If using tea bags, select the ones that contain full leaves, not the tea “dust” that are often found in low-quality brands. Gourmet tea is an affordable luxury so invest in high quality ingredients when entertaining.

Tasting Order: Similar to wine tasting, for the best experience, brew and taste teas pro- gressing from mild to strong flavors.

Tea Serving Sets: Although any tea set will do, using tempered glass teapots and cups will most enhance the visual appeal of your tasting samples as the teas’ colors and tex- tures are clearly displayed.

Palate Cleansers: Supplement the “tea tasting courses” with mild-favored bread or unsalted crackers as any hot or spicy foods may dull the taste buds.

Humor: Encourage your guests to share their thoughts and humor on each tea.

After Party Follow Up: Send an email or note after the party that includes a list of the teas served and where they were purchased so that guests can buy them on their own.

Six different teas – use roughly 1/4 cup of each sample per person. • Small display bowls to showcase the tea samples

Pitcher of cool water – for rinsing glasses and palates between teas • Dump bucket – for discarding tea before the next pouring

Tea Tasting cards – for describing and recording each tea tasted.

Pens and paper

 

Basics of Tea Tasting 1 2 3

Evaluate the Tea’s Flavor Profile Similar to wine, tea is a drink full of flavor complexities and nuances.

Tea is generally described as having a foreground (top note), middle ground, and background flavor. These three flavor dimensions come together to create the tea’s flavor profile.

Evaluate the Smell of the Dry Leaves Begin by smelling the dry leaves to determine the tea’s “nose” and examine the leaves.

Evaluate the leaves to see if they have the following characteristics.

• Adhesive: Well-rolled, wiry leaves that tend to cling together when picked up.

• Attractive: Well-made, uniform in color, size, and texture.

• Bloom: Leaves look lively and have a lustrous quality.

• Brown: Leaves are brown in color.

Although black is a desirable color for black tea leaves, tippy teas are never totally black due to the presence of the lighter-colored tips, which are desirable.

• Dull: Lacking bloom.

• Dusty: Leaf tea that contains some tea dust. • Golden Tip: Tea contains golden colored leaf tips. This is desirable.

• Leafy: Tea containing larger than average leaves. • Leggy: Tea leaves are long and thin.

• Stylish: Leaf of superior appearance containing “tip”.

• Tip: Pieces of the leaf tip.

• Tippy: Teas that contain generous amounts of leaf tip and therefore produce a more flavorful cup.

• Well-twisted: Refers to how the leaf was rolled. A leaf that has “twist” is well-rolled.

• Whiskery: Leaves covered with a fine hairy fiber. Also described as “hairy”.

• Wiry: A thin long leaf that has been nicely rolled. Evaluate the Infused Leaf After steeping the tea in hot water and infusing their flavor in your cup, remove and smell the fragrant leaves. This is an often-overlooked part of the tea tasting experience. Open up you bag and examine the leaves to see if they have the following characteristics.

• Aroma: Leaves have a fragrant smell.

• Bright: Leaves have a lively reflective quality rather than looking dull.

• Coppery: Leaves have a coppery color, usually denoting a good quality tea.

• Dark: Leaves are dark or dull in color, sometimes denoting a lesser quality tea.

• Dull: Leaves that lack a bright, reflective quality.

Evaluate the Liquor

The liquid produced by the tea leaves, which is your cup of tea, is sometimes referred to as the tea’s liquor. When appreciating a tea’s liquor, pay attention to its color and aroma, in addition to its taste.

• Aroma: An attractive smell sometimes referred to as “nose” or “bouquet.” High grown teas, such as Darjeeling, are prized for their distinctive aroma.

• Astringency: The lively, pungent sensation on your tongue that gives tea its refreshing quality. This is not to be confused with bitterness.

• Bakey: An unpleasant taste caused by using very high temperatures during drying (“fir- ing”) the leaves and consequently driving out too much moisture.

• Biscuity: A pleasant taste resembling fresh baked bread that can be found in some Assam teas.

• Bitter: An unpleasant bitter taste.

• Body: How the tea liquor feels in your mouth. A tea is described has having light, me- dium, or full body. Full-bodied teas have fullness and strength as opposed to being thin. A tea’s body will vary according to the region in which it was grown.

• Brassy: An unpleasant, bitter metallic taste.

• Bright: Liquor looks lively as opposed to dull. This quality becomes more apparent after the addition of milk.

• Brisk: A vivacious, slightly astringent taste as opposed to flat or soft tasting liquor.

• Character: Distinct qualities of the tea that allow the taster to detect the region where the tea was grown.

• Color: Describes depth of color. The region when the tea was grown and the grade of tea play a part in the resulting shade and depth of the liquor color.

• Coloury: A liquor that possesses depth of color, sometimes indicating full body or taste, but not necessarily so.

• Course: An undesirable harsh, bitter taste. • Complex: A multidimensional aroma or taste profile.

• Dry: A slightly bakey or scorched taste.

• Dull: A liquor that lacks a lively, bright character in both appearance and taste.

• Fine: Tea of exceptional taste and quality. • Flat: Lifeless liquor completely lacking in briskness. This can be the result of tea that is old or has been stored improperly.

• Flavoury: Tea that has a pronounced, satisfying flavor. Pronounced flavor is more generally found in high grown teas such as Darjeeling, Nilgiri, Kerala, and Ceylon.

• Full: Tea possessing color, strength and body as opposed to being empty or thin.

• Hard: Tea that has penetrating and desirable strength, particularly used for Assam tea.

• Harshness: An unpleasant degree of strength.

• Heavy: Tea that possesses a thick, strong liquor with depth of color but is lacking in briskness.

• Hungry: When the characteristics generally associated with the tea variety or region of origin are not present.

• Light/Pale: Liquor that does not have depth of color but may be flavoury or pungent. Darjeeling tea is a good example of this.

• Malty: A desirable malted barley taste often found in Assam tea.

• Mellow: Tea leaves which have matured well produce a mellow tasting tea.

• Muscatel: Grapey taste. This is an exceptional characteristic found in some Darjeeling tea.

• Point(y): A desirable brightness and acidity often associated with Ceylon teas.

• Pungent: A bright liquor that has pronounced briskness and a strong, astringent flavor. Highly desirable.

• Rich: A pleasantly thick and mellow liquor. • Round: A full, smooth-tasting liquor.

• Stale: Tea that has an unpleasant taste because it is old or has been stored in damp conditions.

• Strong: Liquor possesses strength of body and flavor.

• Thick: Tea that has good body as opposed to being “thin”. Assam tea is known for pro- ducing a thick liquor.

• Thin: Tea that lacks body. This is not necessarily undesirable as certain tea growing regions, such as Darjeeling, are celebrated for their tea’s thin, flavoury liquors. However teas from Assam should never have a thin liquor.

• Tired: Tea that is past its prime and consequently has a flat or stale character.

 • Woody: Tea that has a sawdust-like character.

TASTE SUCCESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tea Blending Party!

 

Make your next event, be it birthday, wedding, shower, club meeting or just for fun, an event to remember.

 

Blend your personal tea with a unique enhancement of flowers, herbs and spices. 

 

Plan your event TODAY!

 

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TEA BOX

What a great way to have your guest mingle. This activity results into the perfect tea favor.

The set up is simple, unique and beautiful.

 

Purchase a TEA BOX for your next wedding, wedding shower, baby shower, or any special event in your life. 

 

Camellia Estate makes it easy for you to look great for your next event.


Enjoy Camellia Estate loose leaf tea at your next precious moment.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Perfect Anniversary

Bonding over dinner since the first date is the usual beginnings of any relationship.

My husband always prefers my cooking versus dinner out.

An easy gormet and favorite menu.

 

Starters:

Assorted cheese and charcuteries.

Dirty Martini with bluecheese stuffed olives.

Entree:

Pistacio chocolate lamb chops

Purple mash potatoes

Green beans with bacon

Spumante Champagne

Dessert:

Pana cotta with fresh raspberries.

Cream Earl Grey tea.

Visit the recipe page and shop our teas online.

 

Setting the table wtih your best and adding fresh flowers.

My husband usually picks a bouqet from our garden. 

Spending time with each other at home with our favorite things is always the perfect anniversary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saint Patricks Day Tea

for Adults

It's the simplest thing in the world to change corn beef and fresh slaw into mini finger sandwiches. Switch up the ordinary colcannon into mini pototoe pancakes topped with sour cream and caviar. Replace boiled cabbage with mini cabbage purses stuffed with roasted butternut squash puree. Throw in a couple of open face cucumber sandwiches and you have simple fun twist to St. Paddy's Day traditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toss some pistacio in the scone recipe (green food coloring optional) with some pistacio butter.

Serve a strong Irish Breakfast topped off with your favorite whiskey!

 

A Children's Tea

My favorite is a princess theme.

The hired princess is a great help with entertainment, games and moving the party along.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow White is a classic and so many things to do with her character.

Activity: Making mini apple pies.

Ready made pie crust, flour, rolling pins, small pin tins.Semi cooked spre-cut apples, sugar,spices,and lemon. Small individual pie box for transport home. Kids bake at home.

If your character is a singer this is a great extra for the entertainment portion.

Treasure chest hand out gifts from the princess pertaining to theme and princess.

Seven Dwarf bowling on the lawn.

Decor: Apples, Mirrors, gnomes,woodland creatures

Menu:

Cut sandwich bread in the shape of an apple, diamond, and crown shapes.

Egg salad sandwiches

Apple and havarti cheese

Cream cheese and blackberry jam

Fresh fruit seasonally best served with whipped cream.

Cake with a woodland creature theme.

You can carry this theme with decor on the table using existing stuffed toys you already own along with mirrors you have cover your bases for decorating.

Serve Bunny Whisker Tisane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mothers Day Tea Tasting

Decorate with vintage photos from your own album or search the web for some unique ones if you do not own any. If you can do a time line of grandmothers to present.

If you have miniature tea sets tuck amongst the frames and add potted flowers which can double as gifts to take home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use at least 3 different flavored tea for a variety of tea tasting.

Bring out those fun shaped cookie cutters and make those tiny sandwiches special. Begin with the tried and true cream cheese and cucumber.

Pimento cheese is another favorite. For small ones add some peanut butter and jelly or update with almond butter and fresh sliced strawberries.

Add some specialty chocolates and fresh fruit and you have a simple tea party for all ages.

Stack on tiered trays. If you don't have any use favorite books you have shared and tier with these in and out the framed pictures and flowers for the perfect Mother's Day afternoon tea.

Suggestions are Cream Earl Grey, Blueberry Verde', and Moonstruck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liberty Tea Tasting

Have a lady liberty themed tea for 4th of July.

 

Fine china with a hearty high tea menu of ham and potatoes.

Women in long dresses and men in white tie and tail coats. Or their military finery.

Red, white and blue for the decor, of course and buntings drapped accordingly.

Keeping with the spirit of the boycott of the Boston tea party serve a Tisane. This brew is a deep red which also keeps with the color theme.

Serve Sarah from Camellia Estate, a perfect Tisane to serve cold or hot.

 

 

Wedding Tea

First thing is colour theme. Then coordinate your flowers and foods to match as well. Peaches were added into the theme for there colour and then paired with a peach tea and champagne punch to match.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peach jam goes well in the hot tea as a sugar substitute.

As for food sundried tomatoe quiche. Ham and bourbon peach jam triangle finger sandwiches on pumpernickle bread. Homemade pimento cheese on endive. Lemon lavendar cake with fresh peaches and cream.

Serve Darjeeling for the Tea Tasting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witch's Tea

This is one of my favorite teas to throw. You can be so creative. Giving out prizes for the best witch costume is a chance to bring all your friends together and see how creative they can be. One year I had a cowboy witch, christmas tree witch and a chicken witch. It was amazing.

The menu can be spooky fun or sophisticated, depending on the mood you want to set. Evening candlelit or afternoon casual.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Solstice Tea

An elegant dessert tea with the use of white and all your silver brought out of your cubbards to be shined adding to the elegance. 

Food preparation can also be white. White chocolate covered strawberries and grapes.

White coconut cake. Ask your guest to come in white as well.

White linens with vessels filled with white spray painted limbs to bring in the outside.

Give out goodie bags containing bird seed. 

Serve Honeysuckle White loose leaf tea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Perfect EGG!

 

1. Use a small saucepan. Place eggs in the pan, and fill with enough cold water to cover the eggs by about 1/2 inch (1cm)

2. Bring to a boil on high heat. When the water boils, reduce the heat to low so that you have a gentle simmerCook until done. Using a timer, follow the timing below to get the results you desire:
3. Cook until done. Using a timer, follow the timing below to get the results you desire:

  • 2 minutes: very soft yolk and eggwhite

  • 3 minutes: the white is just set, and the yolk is just starting to thicken

  • 4 minutes: the white and yolk are set, with the center of the yolk still creamy

  • Note: if your eggs are very fresh (1-4 days old), add an additional 30 seconds to the above times.

 

Tap the top of the shell with a teaspoon (or an egg spoon, if you're so inclined). Work your way around the top, then use the spoon to lift the egg cap off.

 

  • Whack it with a butter knife. Using a quick flick of the wrist, shear through the upper side of the egg, and lift the top off. You might want to practice this technique at home before taking it out in public. Use a little too much force, and you could send your soft-boiled egg into grandma's lap.

WHAT to wear??

Winter Tea Fashions

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LOOSE LEAF TEA

All tea is produced from a plant called Camellia sinensis. The thousands of different varieties of teas available in the world only vary by the region it was grown, the time of year picked, and the processing method. 
 
Our premium teas come from all over the world and many of our Chinese and Japanese teas fit into one of these main categories of tea: white, green, oolong, and black tea.

We also carry herbal infusions or tisanes, sometimes called herbal tea, which do not actually contain the Camellia sinensis plant. 
 
Each type of tea has its own characteristics including a different taste and differing health benefits.  You can also learn about different tea types by reading the following tea descriptions or browsing our full selection of loose leaf teas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White Teas

White tea is the purest and least processed of all teas.  This loose leaf tea brews a light color and flavor. Find out more about white tea or shop our White Teas.

Green Teas

Green tea is the most popular type of tea, mainly because it is the beverage of choice in Asia. Some loose green teas are scented with flowers or mixed with fruits to create scented or flavored teas.  Find out more about green tea or shop our Green Teas.

Oolong Teas

Oolong tea, also known as wu long tea, is full-bodied with a flavorful fragrance and sweet aroma.  Most people commonly recognize oolong tea as the Chinese tea served in Chinese restaurants. Find out moreabout oolong tea or shop our Oolong Teas.

Black Teas

Black tea is the tea most people know since you likely grew up dipping tea bags of black tea in your cup (or enjoyed this tea from an iced tea pitcher in the South). Find out more about black tea or shop our Black Teas.

Herbal Teas

Herbal tea does not contain any leaves from the Camellia plant family, so it is sometimes referred to as a tisane. Herbal teas can be broken into three categories: rooibos teas, mate teas, and herbal infusions.

Herbal infusions consist of pure herbs, flowers, and fruits. They can be delicious hot or iced. Find out more about herbal teas or shop our Herbal Teas.

Rooibos Teas

Rooibos tea, or red tea, is made from a South African red bush. Rooibos teas can be delicious hot or iced. Find out more about rooibos teas or shop our Rooibos Teas.

Blooming Teas

Also called artisan or flowering teas, these teas actually 'bloom' as they steep. They are hand tied by tea artists and often include some type of flavor or scent along with the beautiful design. These romantic teas make a great gift for your significant other!

Shop our Blooming Teas.

Tea Blends

Tea blends often have the best of both worlds since they combine more than one type of premium tea.  Mixing teas in a blend is one of the best ways to get great flavor.   Shop our Tea Blends or make one of your own!

 

Autumn Refreshment

 

First brew a pot of 

Camellia Estate Ariadne Tea

"Just Peachy" White loose leaf tea,

Shot of Troy& Sons Oak Reserve

Add 2 oz Ginger Beer 

4 oz chilled Ariadne Tea

1 tablespoon honey

Dash of lime juice

Serve in a high ball glass and garnish with Lime Twist!

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Tea & Murder

with Agatha Christie

 

"Murder is Easy"

Murder is Easy is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 5 June 1939 and in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in September of the same year under the title of Easy to Kill.

Each Month I will be recognizing this author by hosting a tea and movie along with friends. Hope you will join in this adventure into English literature with hosting your own social.

Serve Cream Earl Grey for Tea Tasting

 

 

 

Tea & Murder

with Agatha Christie

 

"Halloween Party"

Hallowe'en Party is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in the UK by the Collins Crime Club in November 1969.

During the preparation of a Hallowe'en party, a girl named Joyce Reynolds tells everyone, including Mrs. Oliver, that she saw a murder once, but only recently realized that it was a murder that she had seen. At the end of the party, Joyce is found drowned in an apple-bobbing tub. With Mrs Oliver's help, Poirot must unmask the real evil of the night.

Serve Lorilie for Tea Tasting

 

 

Tea and Murder

with Agatha Christie

 

Mrs. McGinty's Dead

 

James Bentley is tried for the murder of Abigail McGinty, the charwoman of Broadhinny who also took in Bentley as her lodger. The evidence is overwhelming, and soon after he is sentenced to hang. Superintendent Spence is not convinced of the man's guilt, and so he visits Poirot, asking him to look into the case. Poirot then heads off to the village, where he becomes the paying guest of Maureen and Major Johnnie Summerhayes. Ariadne Oliver, Poirot's novelist friend, has also come to Broadhinny to collaborate on a stage adaptation of one of her novels with dramatist Robin Upward. With the clue of a bottle of ink purchased by the dead woman shortly before her death, Poirot searches Mrs. McGinty's belongings and finds an edition of The Sunday Comet newspaper, where an article concerning two women connected with famous murders has been cut out. With the story are two photographs of the women. Poirot discovers that Mrs. McGinty had seen one of the photographs before, and knew to whom it ... Written by shanty_sleuth

Serve Ariadne for Tea Tasting 

 

 

Tea and Murder

with Agatha Christie

 

Murder on the Orient Express

 

Upon arriving at the Tokatlian Hotel in Istanbul, private detective Hercule Poirot receives a telegram prompting him to cancel his arrangements and return to London, England. He instructs the concierge to book a first-class compartment on the Orient Expressleaving that night. After boarding, Poirot is approached by Mr. Ratchett, a malevolent American he initially saw at the Tokatlian. Ratchett believes his life is being threatened and attempts to hire Poirot but, due to his distaste, Poirot refuses. "I do not like your face, Mr. Ratchett," he says. As Poirot pursues his investigation, he discovers that everyone in the coach had a connection to the Armstrong family and, therefore, had a motive to kill Ratchett. Poirot proposes two possible solutions, leaving it to Bouc to decide which solution to put forward to the authorities. The first solution is that a stranger boarded the train and murdered Ratchett. The second solution is that all 13 people in the coach were complicit in the murder, seeking the justice that Ratchett had averted in the United States. He concedes Countess Andrenyi did not take part, so the murderers numbered 12, resembling a self-appointed jury. Mrs. Hubbard, revealed to be Linda Arden, Daisy Armstrong's grandmother, confesses that the second solution is correct.

Serve Moon over the Nile  for Tea Tasting

 

 

Tea and Murder

with Agatha Christie

 

The Sittaford Mystery

The death of the presumptive

future PM is predicted during a séance in a snowbound country hotel and, not surprisingly, he is found stabbed to death the next morning. 

 

The Sittaford Mystery is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie, first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in 1931 under the title of 

The Murder at Hazelmoor[1][2] and in UK by the Collins Crime Club on 7 September of the same year under Christie's original title.[3] It is the first Christie novel to be given a different title for the US market.

If you are a fan of Timothy Dalton, Lawrence Fox or James Murray this is the Miss Marple to watch for all three cuties.

Serve Moon over the Nile Tea for Tea Tasting

Snowed in with

Miss Marple!

 

 

 

Tea and Murder

with Agatha Christie 

 

Sad Cypress

The novel is written in three parts: in the first place an account, largely from the perspective of the subsequent defendant, Elinor Carlisle, of the death of her aunt, Laura Welman, and the subsequent death of the victim, Mary Gerrard; secondly an account of Poirot's investigation; and, thirdly, a sequence in court, again mainly from Elinor's dazed perspective.

Serve Black Rose for Tea Tasting

 

 

Tea and Murder

with Agatha Christie

 

Why didn't they ask Evans?

 

The cryptic final words of a dying man lead Miss Marple and two young adventurers to a dysfunctional family harboring dark secretsWhile visiting her friend Marjorie Attfield, Miss Marple learns that her son Bobby had recently found a body, identified as a Mr. Pritchard, on the cliff side. He's received a letter asking him to appear at the enquiry but it seems to be a wild goose chase meant to keep him away from the real enquiry taking place elsewhere. Now accompanied by a friend, Frankie Derwent, they trace the dead man to nearby Castle Savage, home to a dysfunctional family with great deal of money. The family patriarch, Jack Savage, had died not long ago and the dead man had some connection to the Savages. But what is the key to solving the mystery of Pritchard's last words to Bobby as he lay dying: "Why didn't they ask Evans?". Written by garykmcd

Serve Seraphina for Tea Tasting

 

 

Tea and Murder

with Agatha Christie

 

Greenshaw's Folly

 

Miss Marple, Joan West and her niece, Louise Oxley, the latter offers to undertake the work of editing the diaries while Miss Marple ponders similarity between Miss Greenshaw and a Mr Naysmith who liked to give false impressions for fun, sometimes leading to trouble. Louise Oxley is employed to work on the diaries and begins work at Miss Greenshaw's house. The next day she is asked to invite the old lady's estranged nephew, Nathaniel Fletcher, to lunch but told not to inform Miss Cresswell – Raymond suspects a reconciliation and a change in the will. The day after, on arriving at the house, she is struck by the resemblance between Alfred and a portrait of Miss Greenshaw's grandfather. She is working on the diaries at midday when she hears a scream from the garden and Miss Greenshaw herself staggers towards the house with an arrow embedded in her breast. Louise wants to help the woman as she collapses into the room below her but finds that she is locked in her own first floor room. A few windows along, Miss Cresswell shouts that she is in the same predicament. A police constable arrives a few minutes later who frees the women from their respective rooms, followed by a police sergeant and then Nathaniel Fletcher who arrives for his lunch appointment.

Serve Darjeeling for Tea Tasting

 

 

Tea and Murder

with Agatha Christie

 

At Bertram's Hotel

 

Miss Marple spends a holiday in a luxurious London hotel. The sinister atmosphere, the odd disappearance of a clergyman and the murder of the commissionaire moves her on the trail of a clever criminal gangJane Marple, the elderly amateur sleuth, takes a holiday at London's Bertram's Hotel, a place of which she has fond memories from her youth. The establishment has retained a mixed Edwardian atmosphere and Victorian atmosphere, from its prim staff to its elderly patrons. In its tearoom Miss Marple encounters a childhood friend, Lady Selena Hazy, who reveals that she frequently thinks that she recognises people in the hotel only for them to turn out to be complete strangers. Miss Marple is intrigued by her fellow guests, who include the famous adventuress Bess Sedgwick, 20-year-old Elvira Blake and her legal guardian Colonel Luscombe, and a forgetful clergyman, Canon Pennyfather..

Serve Cream Earl Grey loose leaf tea 

 

 

Tea and Murder

with Agatha Christie

 

The Clocks

 

Sheila Webb, a typist-for-hire, arrives at her afternoon appointment on Wilbraham Crescent in Crowdean, Sussex, to find a well-dressed corpse surrounded by six clocks, four of which are stopped at 4:13, while the cuckoo clock announces it is 3 o'clock. When a blind woman enters the house about to step on the corpse, Sheila runs screaming out of the house and into the arms of a young man passing down the street.

Special Branch agent Colin "Lamb" takes Sheila into his care. He is searching out a clue from a note found in a dead agent's pocket; letter M, number 61, and a sketch of a crescent moon written on a bit of hotel stationery (sketched in the book). At 19 Wilbraham Crescent, home of the blind Miss Pebmarsh, a police investigation begins into the murder. Information on the dead man's business card proves false; neither the company nor the salesman is real. The clothing reveals nothing else, as all labels have been removed. He was killed with an ordinary kitchen knife. Colin and Inspector Hardcastle interview the neighbours. Their homes adjoin the murder site on the street or from the back gardens in this unusually arranged Victorian housing development. Colin likes Sheila.

Hardcastle questions Mrs Lawton, the aunt who raised Rosemary Sheila Webb. Rosemary is the name on a clock found at the scene of the murder, but lost before police gathered them up. Colin approaches Hercule Poirot, an old friend of his father, to investigate the case. He challenges Poirot to do so from his armchair. He gives Poirot detailed notes. Poirot accepts, then instructs Colin to talk further with the neighbours.

Serve Charleston Indigo loose leaf tea

 

 

Tea and Murder

with Agatha Christie

 

After the Funeral

 

After the funeral of the wealthy Richard Abernethie, his remaining family assembles for the reading of the will at Enderby Hall. The death, though sudden, was not unexpected and natural causes have been given on his death certificate. Nevertheless, one of the attendees, Mrs Cora Lansquenet, says, "It's been hushed up very nicely ... but he was murdered, wasn't he?" The family lawyer, Mr Entwhistle, begins to investigate. Before long there is no question that a murderer is at large.

Entwhistle calls on his long-time friend, Hercule Poirot, to resolve any doubts about the death of Richard. Poirot employs an old friend, Mr Goby, to investigate the family. Goby, a most resourceful man, rapidly turns up a number of reasons within the family for members of it to be desperate for the money in Richard's estate. Goby employs all sorts of clever methods to uncover the most private information, using agents who pose as actors, lawyers or even Catholic nuns. None of the family members can yet be cleared of suspicion. Poirot warns Entwhistle that Miss Gilchrist may herself be a target for the murderer.

Serve The Essential Man loose leaf tea

 

 

Tea and Murder

with Agatha Christie

 

4.50 from Paddington

 

Mrs. Elspeth McGillicuddy has come from a shopping expedition to visit her old friend Jane Marple for Christmas. On the way, her train passes another train running parallel to her. Then, a blind in one of the compartments flies up and she sees a man with his back to her strangling a woman. She reports it to a ticket collector who does not believe her. When arriving at Miss Marple's cottage, she tells all to her. Mrs McGillicuddy describes the woman as wearing a fur coat and with blonde hair. Only Miss Marple believes her story as there is no evidence of wrongdoing. The first task is to ascertain where the body could have been hidden. Comparison of the facts of the murder with the train timetable and the local geography lead to the grounds of Rutherford Hall as the only possible location: it is shielded from the surrounding community, the railway abuts the grounds, and so on. Lucy Eyelesbarrow, a young professionalhousekeeper and an acquaintance of Miss Marple, is sent undercover to Rutherford Hall.

Serve Almond Blossom Oolong loose leaf tea

 

 

 

 

Tea and Murder

with Agatha Christie

 

Poirot Christmas

 

When Simeon Lee, a mean-spirited, tyrannical patriarch of a dysfunctional family, summons his offspring to his country manor house in Kent for Christmas, he employs Poirot to attend the reunion. The detective is not given a full explanation for his assignment, but he soon observes the palpable animosity, suspicion, and resentment among the three Lee sons. Also in attendance is the beautiful Pilar Estravados, the only surviving child of Lee's daughter, who recently passed away after living in exile in Spain. The ruthless Senior Lee, who made his fortune in the South African diamond fields, sadistically treats his progeny with deliberate cruelty and obviously relishes pitting one against the other. It comes as no surprise when the old man's throat is mysteriously cut in an apparently locked room, and although he was frail and wheelchair-bound, there appears to be evidence of a great struggle. Poirot is aided in his quest for a solution to the baffling mystery by Chief Inspector Japp.

Serve Winter Solstice loose leaf tea 

 

 

Agatha Christie

 

Born on September 15, 1890, in Torquay, England, Agatha Christie published her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, in 1920, and went on to become one of the most famous writers in history, with mysteries like Murder at the Vicarage,Partners in Crime and Sad Cypress. She sold billions of copies of her work, and was also a noted playwright and romance author. She died on January 12, 1976 

 

"People often ask me what made me take up writing ... I found myself making up stories and acting the different parts. There's nothing like boredom to make you write. So by the time I was 16 or 17, I'd written quite a number of short stories and one long, dreary novel. By the time I was 21, I finished the first book of mine ever to be published."– Agatha Christie

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