Saturday, December 3, 2011

Celebrate the Holidays with CaryTown Teas

We have extended our holiday hours for the month of December, Monday thru Saturday 10 am to 8 pm and Sundays 12 pm to 5 pm. We hope that these longer shop hours will help all of you that have crazy work schedules.

On top of our new hours, we have also started blending our holiday teas, including;

Holiday Chai
Winter White
Hot Cinnamon Spice
Cinnamon Plum
Holiday Blend
Turmeric Ginger
Sage Bergamot
Fire Ginseng

And dont forget all of our tea accessories, including;

local tea pottery
glass tea pots & mugs
blooming tea sets
matcha sets
yerba mate sets
prepared gift baskets
custom tea sample chests
gift certificates
tea of the month club memberships
AND plenty of stocking stuffers.....

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Yerba Mate + Bike Ride = AWESOME !!!

I was recently up in the D.C. area to visit some friends and I had the pleasure of bringing my bike along. I lived up there years ago and am kicking myself in the face for never using the W&OD trail . I never knew that northern Virginia had such a pretty hidden treasure.
I spent a lot of time on the trail and there are so many things that I love about it but I have to say my favorite memory is this picture. I stopped under a tree that was right next to these three guys and had a Yerba Mate stop. While they were busy trying to eat my bike I revved up my energy for the next part of my ride.
In remembrance of that awesome day, We are doing a September special. When you buy a Hand Carved Diamond Yerba Mate Set at the discounted price of $50 you will get 2 FREE ounces of both the Roasted Lemongrass Yerba Mate and the Tupa Yerba Mate !!! Also, if you have the chance, I really recommend you check out the trail.

Monday, September 12, 2011

We're BAAAAaaaaaack !!

And we have a whole shop full of freshly blended teas for you. PLum Oolong and Cranberry Autumn are back for the season, dont miss out!!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011


Just a reminder, Patricia and I will be closing the shop from August 20th to September 6th. We will be visiting some of our various herb farms on the west coast.

If there are any teas that you are running low on now is the time to come snatch them up !! We dont want anyone to run out of tea while we are gone ( we know how much that sucks).

Come in any time Tuesday thru Saturday 11am - 6pm. But dont wait till the last minute, people are rrrreeeaaaallyy stocking up fast !!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Starting July 15th we will be switching to our
Summer Hours

Sunday & Monday






And we will be CLOSED August 20th thru September 6th. We will be visiting some of our herb farms out west...soooo if you are getting low on tea then you might want to come by and stock up!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011


It all began on a hot summer day in June 1904, in a city on the banks of the Mississippi River. It was the Worlds Fair and exhibitors throughout the grounds were working to attract fair goers to their booths and ultimately promote their ideas or products. Among them was Englishman Richard Blechynden, representing Indian tea growers; he was overseeing one of the opulent pavilions. Decorated in the finest silks, and staffed by Indian men dressed in traditional garb, who were all meticulously trained in proper tea service, Richard anxiously awaited the opportunity to introduce the finest black teas India had to offer to the crowd of fair goers. The U.S. tea market was dominated by China and believe it or not, green tea was the best seller in the Midwest.

When a heat wave hit St. Louis, Blechynden’s hopes for a successful tea party were dashed. Absolutely no one was lining up to sip hot tea in the sweltering heat and pavilion remained empty.

While contemplating what to do next, Blechynden noticed an ice delivery at a nearby food stand and the idea struck him! He purchased several blocks of ice, borrowed ice picks and put the well dressed staffers to work chipping away and filling glasses, first with ice, and then with brewed tea. The tea was a hit! Cold and refreshing was a sure fire winner on the hot, humid summer days, and crowds lined up to get a taste and cool off. India had finally made a dent in the U.S. tea market and iced tea clearly became the tea of choice for Americans; now 85% of the tea consumed in the US is served over ice.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Drink Recipe: Spiced Rooibos Punch

Spiced Rooibos Punch

Yields 35 cups of punch

If you do not have fresh, juicy oranges and lemons, use frozen lemon juice (defrosted) and a not-from-concentrate orange juice in a carton. The Rooibos can be placed in a teaball (metal or plastic infuser) or use teabags so you do not have to strain it out after brewing.

1 teaspoon whole cloves
2 cinnamon whole sticks
6 quarts cold water
5 teaspoons Rooibos
juice of 6 oranges
juice of 3 lemons
2 cups pineapple juice
3 cups sugar or alternative sweetener, approximate

(needless to say, use organic ingredients)

Place the spices in a cheesecloth or tea-infusion bag, and the Rooibos into a separate bag if using loose. Add both to the water and bring to a boil. Let stand five minutes, then remove the two bags and discard. Stir in the three fruit juices, then the sugar or other sweetener, adjusting to taste. Can be served hot or chilled.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Just Ducking Around

Really excited about these floating infusers, they came in yesterday and are definitely going in some Easter baskets..

Thursday, March 10, 2011

By the White Moonlight

Moonlight White

Moonlight White is made with minimal processing, relying mainly on natura withering. Due to drought conditions this year, the fresh tea leaves had less moisture and during processing, the tea dried at a faster rate, so this lot seems a bit less oxidized and has a noticeably fresher edge to it. Still, this tea has a distinctive fruity, melon, honey and a bit flowery character. It has a truly unique character of ancient cultivated assamica with specific fruity, honey and brisk character that differs from the more savory Fuding white teas. Prepare like white tea or try infusing more leaf, a gaiwan and prepare using the gong fu cha method, similar to making puerh.
This is the first time I have ever seen a white tea fly of the shelf this fast. Truly an amazing tea.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

"Tea Time" Mail Art Is Here Again !!

Patricia and I want to say thank you to all of you who sent us those wonderful pieces! And of course a H-U-G-E THANK YOU to Mim for putting the "Tea Time"mail art call out there. There are so many wonderful pieces!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We are Going Home !

Its been close to half a year and we are FINALLY going home !! We are hoping to be back in the shop at 24 S. Nansemond st. by the 1st of March. Here are a few pictures of what it looks like now.