fancy teas are available in east memphis too!
We've been talking a lot lately about all the premium teas available at our Midtown location, but did you know we have a fabulous selection at our East Memphis store too? And the fabulousness doesn't end there: our Sanderlin location also boasts the fab gnomie Dorothy, our resident tea expert, and she volunteered to help me with this post on our superb teas available at Muddy's East Memphis.
So tell me about the five incredible teas you carry at the Sanderlin Muddy's.
Well, they're all made by Rishi, and they're all organic and very high quality.
Which is your personal favorite?
Wow, that's tough. It depends on my mood. Earl Grey is good anytime, of course, and I'm a big fan of our Jade Green Tea. It's a very light pure green tea, and what is REALLY cool about it is it's such a high-quality tea, you can use the same tea bag for more than one cup of tea if you don't oversteep or burn it. Then there is our English Breakfast. It's so robust and malty, so it goes really nicely with our sweeter items. And the Yunnan Breakfast is really similar--you know, I'm really impressed that we have a Yunnan offering. And it's really good, similar to the English Breakfast but different. It starts off really strong and then mellows out in your mouth. If I'm having a bold flavored pie, like the Tollhouse Jack, I would definitely have a cup of Yunnan Breakfast with it. And then there's our Chamomile Medley, which is completely herbal and has no caffeine, so you can see the benefits of being able to drink that any time of day. It's delicious too, with a really high grade chamomile and notes of lemon and spearmint. You feel good drinking it, just like you feel good when eating a cupcake! So I guess, yeah, all the flavors are my favorite.
And I hear you really like the Rishi brand a lot?
Yes! I've done quite a bit of research on them. Rishi means something like "seer" because they're "seeking the truth of tea." They're always innovating, learning, and blending new teas and trying to figure out the best way to get the best tea to the most people. Their philosophy reminds me a lot of Muddy's actually--they really complement our own approach with always trying to provide the highest quality baked goods to everyone and always learning and really all our guiding principles. And of course all that would mean nothing if their tea wasn't actually good stuff, but, as you would expect with their approach, it definitely is amazing.
Even in the tea bags? I know tea connoisseurs like yourself tend to prefer loose tea like what is available at our Cooper location.
See, that's one of the ways Rishi's innovative, "seer" sort of approach is paying off quite nicely. They make a different kind of tea bag than all the rest. It's a plant-based mesh with much larger holes than the traditional tea bag, and it's quite large and roomy, so it really is the closest a tea bag can possibly get to brewing like a loose leaf tea. Trust me, this is the only tea bag I've ever had that does not disappoint at all.
And you've had a lot of tea, yeah?
Yes, ma'am. I have about 70 types of tea in my home right now, and I'm always adding to my collection! I started becoming interested in it when studying abroad in England and we would have tea between courses every day. I became very interested in the culture and ritual of tea there, and then I came home and started reading and learning more of the details and technicalities. I worked for Teavana for quite a while and built up my knowledge there too. So yeah, you can trust me when I say Rishi is EXCELLENT tea!
apricot almond oat bars
Though we could make a compelling case that any of our yummy Muddy's treats would go well with a nice hot cup of tea, we're especially excited about pairing our Apricot Almond Oat Bars with it this week! It's been a while since we've seen our Apricot Almond Oat Bars in our case, but they're back for the spring and summer, just in time to satisfy all those cravings for buttery, fruity goodness!
Our Almond Oat Bars are available in a variety of flavors--Strawberry, Raspberry, and Blackberry, too--but Apricot is the star of our case this week. All of our bars begin with a thick, ultra-buttery, ultra-toasty crumbly cookie base laced with loads of almonds and oats. We then slather this layer with jam and finally top it with still more toasty goodness in the form of a crumble with your name on it.
I'm not going to lie: more than one of us gnomies eat our Almond Oat Bars for breakfast on a regular basis, though they're certainly sweet enough to be a satisfying dessert too. It's a simple but indulgent treat that lends itself divinely to a spot of tea. Virtually any warm drink is nice with it, but Dorothy is partial to how the Earl Grey's orangey lemony bergamot complements the slight tartness of the apricot.
Planning a tea party in the near future? Forget the crumpets. Just order a dozen of our Apricot Almond Oat Bars HERE, and you're good to go! In the meantime, you can treat yourself to one or two this week (April 25-30), when they're in our case Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.