Saturday, January 21, 2012
Ten Ren's Tea
It was exciting to accidentally discover Ten Ren's Tea while we were walking along the streets of New York. Ten Ren Tea Company was founded half a century ago. They are now one of the largest growers and manufacturers of tea in Eastern Asia. Originally started in Taiwan, they soon expanded to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, amassing 120 chain stores around the world.
Beautiful golden tins of assorted teas line the back wall. They have a modern tea bar which provides a wide variety of hot or cold teas served in new and exciting ways. I was happy to be able to order a warming cup of Tung Ting Oolong. A popular Oriental tea, it is cultivated in the high mountains of Taiwan and is semi-fermented. Considered a green oolong, it brews into a golden green tea with sweet aroma, a floral taste, and a lingering aftertaste.
Bubble Tea was one of the options we selected during our visit to Ten Ren Tea. A high quality tea is mixed with fruit juices and delicious tapioca pearls. The pearls, with their 'gummy bear' consistency add a sweetness and texture unique to this beverage. Served with an extra large straw, each sip is a surprise! We are happy to be able to say we have tried Bubble Tea! Have you had the opportunity yet?