Thursday, May 1, 2008
Tea a Magazine Spring 2008 issue
Not long after I wrote about my (small) collection of tea tins, I received the Spring 2008 issue of Tea A Magazine in the mail. The very first feature is "Collecting Tea Tins," and Kirsten Kristensen shares her wonderful collection and how it came to be.
"From the moment I saw them I knew I had to have them, so I bought the whole lot ..." she begins. Kirsten says tea tins basically fell into two categories: those made for everyday use and those made for special occasions or as souvenirs of an event such as a royal coronation or an anniversary year. One of the tins pictured in the article once contained "Tabloid Tea," which was a compressed tablet form of tea made by a London pharmaceutical company. I'd never heard of "Tabloid Tea," although I have sampled both tea and sugar made into little heart-shaped tablets by a company that sells these as wedding favors.
As always there is much to enjoy and learn from the latest issue of Tea a Magazine, including tea recipes, a great listing of tea quotes, and a feature on the tea bowl, a topic about which I plan to write more very soon, since I need to investigate a tea bowl of my own!