Monday, July 13, 2009

To a Tea

We recently ventured up to Cameron Highlands and made sure to walk around Southeast Asia's largest black tea plantation, BOH. They produce approximately 5.5 million cups per day, which constitutes 70% of all tea made in Malaysia. After sipping some of their finest, I've become a bit obsessed and my kettle's been working overtime—even in this tropical heat!


My current favorites come from the Seri Songket range, named after an exquisitely-woven Malaysian fabric. The flavors are a blend of spices, fruit and flowers with my must haves being Earl Grey with Tangerine for a morning pick-me-up and Lychee Rose at bedtime. Another major perk: the tin packaging is just as fabulous as the tea itself!


Now, if I only had one of those MADSEN cargo bikes, I could have filled that sucker to the brim with leaves and rode off into the sunset...

22 comments:

T0PERA said...

muito bonitas as fotografias

Debra said...

Oh what a fun day trip. I can only imagine how great that tea is. Your photos are fabulous. Living through your wonderful adventures!

Melissa said...

Sounds wonderful. And what beautiful pictures!

On a side note, I think that your photos would make for a great coffee table book (once your Malaysaian travels are over). What an awesome visual journey! They do say a picture is worth a thousand words, right?

Joyce said...

My husband would have been in heaven surrounded by so much tea. I like the tins very colorful! Yep I think you do need that bike!

tiffany said...

Wow, amazing! And those tins are gorgeous. I just saw a DIY project with extras -- paint over the script part with chalkboard paint to use for storing various items. Super adorable!

abigail said...

I want a Madsen cargo bike too!
and to try some of that tea.

wonderful blog, I'm so happy to have found it.

Christy said...

Did you go into that glass building hanging off the cliff? Gorgeous photos, all of them. Since I'm married to a Brit, I'm totally addicted to tea too. Even in the summer!

...love Maegan said...

wow. gorgeous.

layersofmeaning said...

The picture you emailed me of you with the monkey made me smile! I love it!
Thanks for participating, the post will up on Wed at 11am
Maria Fe

Vanessa said...

So stunning, Courtney! It looks like a dream.

Lara Bobo said...

wow! those pictures are gorgeous.

{this is glamorous} said...

beautiful photos! lychee rose sounds delicious

simply seleta said...

LOVE the new header!!!! You're so creative, giving a long-standing title a whole new meaning.

Having a heart throb over those sassy tea tins.

Courtney said...

W-o-w. That plantation looks beyond gorgeous-- the land and the building on the cliff! Both Seri Songket teas you mentioned sound fantastic too; do they sell that stateside? I'll have to keep my eyes peeled since E & I both love tea. And, yes, the pretty tins would be an added bonus!

Kara said...

The views in those photos are so majestic. How blessed are you and JJ to have such an experience at this young of an age. So cool. The best part is that I know you totally appreciate it.
xx
Kara

jae said...

speaking of suckers...i'm one for a good cup of tea and it looks like you have found tea heaven!

Shani said...

How beautiful! For me, a cup of tea equals a moment of relaxation... there, it looks like the atmosphere and views bathe you in relaxation!

TheBeautyFile said...

Gorgeous photos!! I love a great cup of tea in any weather...

Melissa said...

I'm jealous. Those photos are beautiful! :)

the sweet life with olives said...

great new header, super cool. your day trip looks more like a merchant ivory film! crazy how vast and diverse the world is, and what fun to be able to share it all over a blog:-) really enjoy peeping into your life in Southeast Asia. I studied in the area for three years during university and I loved it more than words can express. Haven't been back in AGES... it's a real treat to see it again through your eyes.

mrs boo radley said...

Oh my, I haven't stopped by your blog for so long! Looks like your loving Malaysia.

Anonymous said...

This post brought back such fond memories for me. Our Malaysian road trip was one of my fav's during our 4 year stint in Singapore. We drove to KL & spent a few days, then continued on to the Cameron Highlands. We stayed at an English B&B - something with Rose in the title (was 10 yrs ago). We toured the BOH plantation & loved it.....their tea is divine! From the CH, we drove to the beach & stayed at Pangkor Lout. We covered it all - city, mountains, low lands & beach...it was a great trip!