Hey there everyone, hope you’ve had a great February as we now head into this hopefully warmer March! What did everyone do on their last day of February? Aside from it being my good friend Tricia Cawley’s birthday, *HAPPY BIRTHDAY*, I took a trip to Waterbury, VT with my mom. Now why would I go to Waterbury might you ask? Well there is a little business located there called Vermont Liberty Tea. Now let me tell you…SO COOL!
We met the owner John who was extremely friendly and taught me so much! It was truly a wonderful visit and would recommend anyone to go there and check it out. Anyway I’m going to share with you the information that John shared with me about tea. It was all super interesting and he told me a lot more than I’m going to write (I could only take notes so fast!), but these were pretty interesting facts.
When we arrived to the building, the first thing I did was take pictures of the outside. Even though it was snowy, sleeting and basically like walking on a huge ice cube, I was overly eager. I needed to run over and snap some pics to get out my pent up anticipation and excitement.
My first thought when I walked in was this place is adorable! I was instantly wide eyed and looking around at all the cool things. We were greeted very quickly and asked if we want to try a tea sample. We hadn’t been here longer than 3 seconds and we were already getting free samples—heck yes! My mother tried a delicious Rooibos tea called Chocolate Indulgence. I tried Keenum Yiji which is a black tea that sort of has a hint of coco—it’s pretty stinkin’ good.
So now’s my chance! I introduced myself and my mom, and told him the reason why I was making the trek to Waterbury—Tea Blog! He immediately started telling me about Vermont Liberty Tea and really interesting facts. I then told him about my brave task of trying to grow tea. To add to my garden! He gave me the leaf of a Rose Geranium which would root just by putting in water. He also taught me how to easily grow my own ginger. I now have my own little indoor garden started!
I started to look around the store more and found some awesome things that I ended up purchasing myself. They were pretty much the best purchases I’ve made lately. Then I looked up and noticed a large brick of tea. It was relatively large and looked really cool. The Chinese back in the day really placed a lot of value on tea and they would be sold in compressed bricks, or even used as currency. If you had a brick of tea and used it for decoration it was a sign of wealth. I thought that was a neat fact.
Another crazy thing he showed me was called Pue-Rh. It was also semi-compressed and in an upside down hat shape. He then began to tell me that this tea was aged in a cave for a really long time. The older the Pue-Rh the more expensive, kind of like wine (certain years are better than others too). Just to give you an idea of how expensive this stuff could be—to get Pue-Rh dated at 1985 sold in Park Height (a store) located in Washington DC it would be $300. That would put a damper on your wallet, however they come in different shapes!
Fun Fact: In Salem, MA during the 1700s, the people of the town would boil green tea leaves in water, then throw out the water and then proceed to put butter on the leaves and eat that. Weird.
I learned so much from this wonderful trip, and I’m excited to further continue my tea adventures throughout VT. I would like to give a special thank you to John from VT Liberty Tea for being a tea guru, my mom for driving me there during pretty awful road conditions, and Elaine Young my teacher for recommending me to go to Waterbury! Go drink some tea!