Tuesday, February 12, 2013

French "tea palace" christens U.S. flagship

Here are a few photos from the recent grand opening, in New York City, of the U.S. flagship store of Le Palais des Thés, founded by tea explorer extraordinaire François-Xavier Delmas.

He graciously invited me to the opening, but I was unable to attend. I still wanted to post these pics he sent, however.

The shop is located in SoHo, at 156 Prince Street. If you drop in, please tell them Mellow Monk says hi!



Le Palais des Thés founder François-Xavier Delmas (right) with U.S. General Manager Aurelie Bessiere outside the SoHo flagship store.



Inside the busy store.



A staff member interacts with a customer.



A customer explores the self-service tea testers.



Aurelie with fellow U.S. General Manager Cyrille Bessière.



François-Xavier with store manager Emery Cooke.



François-Xavier chatting with bloggers Nicole Martin and Mario Nicholas.



Training the next generation of tea lovers.


—Mellow Monk



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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Dani Pigeon reviews Frosty Garden™

Over at Sage and Spice, multitalented Danielle Pigeon has reviewed Frosty Garden™, Mellow Monk's shiraore*.

This comes on the heels of her most thoughtful review of Monk's Choice™, so we are profusely grateful to Dani for helping to get the word out about our grower–artisans and their wonderful (even if we do say so ourselves) green tea.

Thank you, Dani. Many happy steepings to you.

*A shiraore is a green tea made with some leaf stems. Although sometimes confused with kukicha ("stem tea"), shiraore contains primarily green tea leaf, with only a few stem pieces blended in to soften the flavor.



As I said previously in a tweet, I think this is one of the most beautiful photographs anyone has ever taken of our tea (yours truly included).


—Mellow Monk

 

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Sunday, February 03, 2013

Dani Pigeon reviews Monk's Choice

Tea drinker, photographer, and belly dancer Dani Pigeon has written a review of our Monk's Choice green tea — a review thoughtful and thorough as befitting a person so renaissancical [pretty sure that's a word].





—Mellow Monk

 

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