Tea Time

While we were in San Fran, we fell in love with SAMOVAR, a tranquil tea lounge in the beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens. For our week’s stay, we made it a late afternoon/early evening ritual to go to the lounge to try out a different pot of tea each time. It was just so relaxing and fun… And delicious (all of their teas are of the highest quality — organic, fair trade and loose-leaf).

It was also pretty eye-opening and gave us a greater appreciation for tea. It’s amazing to discover how many varieties exist, the possibilities of complexity, and the know-how for making a truly perfect cup.

Photo Credit: Ingrid Taylar

(That’s SAMOVAR right above the waterfall)


This is the Wuyi Dark Roast Oolong Tea

Flavor Profile: Deep and complex…with a rich body, a roasted aroma, and sweet finish of raisin sugar, honeysuckle, and roasted barley. Warm and earthy notes of bittersweet chocolate and peat moss. Expertly dark roasted, this Wuyi has very little floral notes. If you are a coffee lover, this tea will woo you. {via}

The fact that this tea can be described so extensively just goes to show how drinking tea can really become a hobby and an ongoing education. Are you a fan of tea? Have you ever been to a tea lounge?

10 thoughts on “Tea Time

  1. Annie!! Your back and I have been hiding under a rock! So glad to hear that you guys had a fab time I’m SF and you even got an extra day there. I am a tea junkie and this tea sounds amazing! I need to try this place on my next SF trip! xx

  2. I used to hate tea! I am a water drinker: I don’t drink soda and I rarely drink coffee or smoothies or juice. Anything other than water just tasted like flavored water and I was not a fan of anything tainting my drink of choice! But now suddenly I find myself really loving tea. I think it has something to do with how cold it is and giving up hot chocolate in order to watch my weight. Now I drink at least two cups a day and I have so many favorite flavors. Actually I was just at Northside Social and went to order their Wuyi Oolong Ginger tea, but the guy said they ran out of ginger so it was just wuyi tea and since I didn’t know what that tasted like I went with something else. Next time I’ll try it though!

  3. I also love tea and tea houses are so special! This place looks so amazing and Im glad that you had fun.
    Btw: you made me so happy yesterday…awww thank you for your sweet comment!
    Hugs and kisses

  4. I LOVE tea. My mom has always loved tea, so I grew up trying lots of different kinds. Now I have a whole shelf devoted to my collection of loose-leaf tea…
    I’ve never been to a tea lounge, but it sounds marvelous!

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