Congratulations to David and Lily Duckler on the opening of the new Verdant Tea House!

I’ve been saving this tea for a special occasion.

Today was this special occasion! The dream of a proper Tea House in Minneapolis came true today!

This was the right time for tasting but I couldn’t keep this tea all to myself. This was the Duckler’s Wedding Tea and they had served it to everyone who attended on their special day. (Some of the Wedding Beeng was saved for annual Anniversary celebrations, which I think is very romantic!)

I decided to take my packet of tea to share at Happy Lucky’s Tea House. (For anyone who is new, this is my local tea pub in Fort Collins, and I take tea to share. They drink my tea and I drink theirs)

Celebrating is best shared with others!

I arrived early enough for the shop to be quiet (before the afternoon rush).
Preston set up a gongfu tray for shop owner George, manager Andy and the staff to enjoy many steepings of tea.

Because the shape of the tea leaves are somewhat like wheat, the flavor opened up quickly when exposed to water during the first steep.

One quick rinse, and the first pour was lightly smoky…smooth textured with the aroma of sweet straw hay.

The second pour was more developed and sweeter. Andy said the tea reminded him of an olive tree that had been cut down by his house which smelled sweet when the wood slowly burned (although I didn’t taste or smell smokiness any longer).

I sat quietly at the tea bar, and thought about Lily and David’s wedding day. I imagined how this particular tea fit into their plans, knowing that tea is an important consideration!
Many guests would be served this tea outdoors, the scent of flowers in the air mingled like invisable bubbles with much joy. Lily a beautiful bride and David happy. (What a vision!)

Everything fit. The tea, the scene…all blended with elegance.

The sweet, buttery tea would weave a silky thread uniting everyone in joyous celebration, lifting the spirit.

Eric commented that he had tasted a young Yabao before but he wasn’t fond of it. This aged Yabao however, was “really special”! (All agreed!)

Excellent tea to celebrate an excellent friendship on a special occasion. What an honor!

To have dear friends who care so much for others is a great treasure.

I lift my cup with my friends to David and Lily, and all the people at Verdant Tea House!

מזל ט 我 祝 你 好运!
CHAroma

What a nice post! You’re a sweetheart, Bonnie!

JustJames

drat… if i could click ‘like’ and then ‘unlike’ over and over i would because then you’d get a flashing appreciation of this post from me. CONGRATULATIONS LILY AND DAVID!

mrmopar

Way to go David and Lily! Congrats and much hope for your success!

Bonnie

Thanks…if you click on the photo I took just now of the tea, you’ll see that I put the tea on a piece of 75 year old crystal that was my grandmother’s…that looks like it has bubbles (pop the cork). A sense of humor doesn’t hurt!

mrmopar

That is so cool!!

Lily Duckler

Thank you!!!! We feel lucky every day to have found tea, to have found each other, and to have met so many amazing people through the beauty of tea. I just cannot express our gratitude. How can you put it into words? We are incomprehensibly lucky, and are making it our mission to share that with as many people as we can.

I hope to see you all soon- please come and share tea with us! And if you are far away, then I will lift my glass up for you each time we make tea!

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CHAroma

What a nice post! You’re a sweetheart, Bonnie!

JustJames

drat… if i could click ‘like’ and then ‘unlike’ over and over i would because then you’d get a flashing appreciation of this post from me. CONGRATULATIONS LILY AND DAVID!

mrmopar

Way to go David and Lily! Congrats and much hope for your success!

Bonnie

Thanks…if you click on the photo I took just now of the tea, you’ll see that I put the tea on a piece of 75 year old crystal that was my grandmother’s…that looks like it has bubbles (pop the cork). A sense of humor doesn’t hurt!

mrmopar

That is so cool!!

Lily Duckler

Thank you!!!! We feel lucky every day to have found tea, to have found each other, and to have met so many amazing people through the beauty of tea. I just cannot express our gratitude. How can you put it into words? We are incomprehensibly lucky, and are making it our mission to share that with as many people as we can.

I hope to see you all soon- please come and share tea with us! And if you are far away, then I will lift my glass up for you each time we make tea!

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Grandmother to 3 teenaged girls and 5 young boys. (we all drink tea!) I began teatime in the Summer over 30 years ago when my children were little. We took a break from play for tea and snacks every day. My children loved tea time.
There are several tea houses close to my home and a Tea Festival in Boulder. Fort Collins is a bit of a foodie town. We brew lots of Beer (Fat Tire is one brand) and have several Spice Shops (Savory was one featured on Food Network).
Colorado State University is a mile from my home and the Rocky Mountains begin to climb at the end of my street. The climate is semi-arid with LOTS OF SUN AT 5000 feet. (Heavy Winter snows start in higher elevations). Living my whole life in Northern California (Silicon Valley) I have to admit that I LOVE IT HERE!!!
I attend a wonderful Greek Orthodox Church and enjoy cooking ethnic foods (all kinds). I am disabled with Migraines and Fibromyalgia.
My family is Bi-racial (African-American, Scots) and Bi-cultural, (Peru, Cyprus, France, Mexico, Native American)
I’ve worked at a Winery, was a System Analyst, in telecom, been an Athlete and Coach, Artist, Vista Volunteer. Love healthy cooking (and delicious food!). Love to travel and have been to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta, Peru, Croatia, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska

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