Lady Loutrel's Afternoon Tea as featured in Harper's Bazaar

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Dear Friends,   Recently, we posted about High Teas and that the Hotel Loutrel in downtown Charleston was featuring Oliver's Teas for their afternoon tea.  I had the chance to attend, and it was amazing!  The folks at Haper's Bazaar agree.  Check out their review of Hotel Loutrel (Link Here) as well as our own review below! I cannot recommend the experience highly enough!   Dear Oliver,I recently had the fortune of enjoying a spectacular Saturday at Lady Loutrel’s Afternoon Tea in Downtown Charleston, S.C. at the charming Loutrel hotel. The tea service is new to the property this summer and it has certainly made a splash! The organizers have left nothing to chance with decorations, table service, food, and...

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Rooibos "Tea"

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  Dear Oliver,   Rooibos has become my new best friend.   I know, you could argue that I love all your products, Oliver, but right now rooibos has taken the lead.   It started with my search to find a caffeine-free afternoon beverage. And, I didn’t want to rely on decaffeinated versions of other products.   Rooibos fits the bill perfectly and has a mild, somewhat sweet and nutty taste, naturally. The Oliver Pluff Red Chai version adds cinnamon, ginger, green cardamom pods, allspice, cloves, and black pepper to make it especially aromatic.   Upon researching more about rooibos, I found it is not derived from the same plant as its famous cousins, black, green, and white tea. Because...

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Enjoying High Tea

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  Starting in the month of May, The Hotel Loutrel in Charleston is beginning to offer high tea (Thursdays through Sunday) and will be serving Oliver Pluff Teas.   You can find more about the experience by visiting The Loutrel’s Experience page (click here).  If you get to visit Charleston over the coming weeks I hope you get the chance to attend!   With tea rooms on my mind,  my dear friend and I had a wonderful discussion about the Fine Tea Rooms she has had the opportunity to visit.  Please enjoy.   Dear Oliver,   One of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon is enjoying a lovely Afternoon or High Tea. I have found that having “Tea” can vary...

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Cacao Teas

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As for consumption, cacao is said to be more bitter than its counterpart cocoa, which is often mixed with sugar. Therefore, different techniques have been developed to enjoy its complex flavor profile. Brewing, as shown with the Cacao Tea, is a common option. Oliver Pluff & Co. offers its cacao options already encased in easy-to-use individual brewing bags, or as loose roasted shells.

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'Tis the season for Tea Parties

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Dear Oliver, December is an important month in the history of tea in the “New World” as earlyEuropeans dubbed the lands across the Atlantic. These early settlers were relianton European goods and services for many of the staples that they wereaccustomed to using and enjoying in their daily lives. Tea was one of the valuablecommodities primarily traded by the East India Company.   By 1773, the East India Company had a virtual monopoly on tea shipped to thecolonies, which was set in place by British Parliament in the Tea Act. This actgranted the company preferred status and a monopoly on tea exports to thecolonies, exemption on export taxes, and refunds on certain surplus teas. All thiscut out independent colonial shippers...

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Happy Veteran's Day

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As the United States prepares to honor its Veterans this November 11, it is interesting to note the role of tea and coffee as traditional staples for troops both stateside and overseas during times of training, deployment, and conflict.

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Tea in the 18th Century

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At first, tea was mainly accessed and consumed by wealthy individuals and families. The high cost and the expensive tea “equipment” made purchasing prohibitive for most people. By the middle of the 18th century when costs declined more people began to enjoy daily tea – possibly a third of all households took part in this ritual daily or at least on special occasions. “America was becoming a country of tea drinkers.”

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Labor Day Cold Teas

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  A cool morning at the beginning of September is what we call 'false-fall', and people in the south know 'second-summer' with the heat and humidity is coming back soon.   As we head into Labor Day weekend, and the unofficial end of summer, I thought I would share the following note with you from a dear friend who is a huge Oliver Pluff fan.  I hope you enjoy it and use it to help you pick you favorite  end of summer iced and cold brew teas.  Please let me know your favorite way of making iced tea.    Have a great Labor day Weekend! ~Oliver Sitting here at the neighborhood pool in late summer, with cool fall days still in...

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Tea Cocktails

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  Gunpowder Punch Any green tea will do, but we love the refreshing taste of Gunpowder garnished with fresh mint and a squirt of lemon.  Ingredients: Gunpowder Tea Ginger Beer Rum Mint Leaves Lemon Wedge Ice Shop Spiked Sweet Tea   Dip the rim of an empty glass in a bowl of water and a bowl of sugar to create a perfectly sweet sugared rim, then mix the ingredients in a cocktail shaker before pouring over ice in the glass.  Ingredients: Southern Style Sun Tea Vodka Lemon Juice Sugar for the Rim Ice Shop Boozy Bohea Arnold Palmer Elevate everyone’s favorite summer afternoon cocktail with our Colonial Bohea black tea. Mix equal parts tea and lemonade for the perfect blend...

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Commemorative Tin for the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment

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August marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment and a chance to celebrate the courageous generations of women who led an almost 100 year struggle to secure their rights. To honor that milestone in American History, we decided to create a limited-edition commemorative tin and to honor the women who changed the world back then, continue to change the world today today and will change the world tomorrow!    We came up with the idea for this project as we put together this custom label for the Women’s Rights National Historical Parkin Seneca Falls NY, which tells the story of the first Women’s Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY on July 19-20,1848. During the course of our partnership with the Historical...

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