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Tea Drunk

Tea Drunk is a Certified Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise in New York City and is known for being the most prestigious Chinese tea house in the North America. Founder and Tea Expert Shunan Teng travels to the historic tea mountains of China each spring to commission some of the rarest tea in the world to showcase their top terroir, superb craftsmanship, and true-to-origin varietals. 

Shunan commissions and sources teas in the most conservative fashion to bring discerning connoisseurs the utmost traditional essence of historical teas. Teas that are meticulously curated like Gua Pian Green Tea (Melon Seed Tea) from Lu An. Lu An is one of the oldest tea-making regions in China with over 1000 years of tea-making history. This historically famous style of tea goes through a unique La Da Huo processing step that gives the tea a pleasantly toasty flavor that compliments its grassy umami taste, buttery mouthfeel and bold sugary undertone. We feel this flavor profile and mouthfeel rivals that of the hip Japanese Matcha. Gua Pian is being highlighted as the next trend in tea, with whole loose leaves, there is a lower extraction rate of caffeine, allowing your body to get all of the benefits of the complex compounds found in green tea (such as l-theanine and catechins) with a more body friendly level of caffeine. 

Although many different flowers and herbs can be dried, steeped in hot water, and called “tea,” actual tea leaves come from the plant camellia sinensis. From just this one plant alone, humans discovered that through manipulation of heat, moisture, and physical disturbance of the tea leaves, this one plant can yield almost endless variations in taste and aroma. It’s a fragile ancient art form and through education and access, Tea Drunk aims to cultivate awareness in preserving it for years to come. 

You can also increase your level of tea savvy straight from the source with Tea Drunk. Experience teas such as Gua Pian right from the comfort of your home (or wherever you may be) with Tea Drunk’s Educational Tea Club. Their twice monthly expert led Zoom sessions allow you to travel deep into your cup and senses in a welcoming community of tea lovers. They have two tiers of sessions, a Sampler and a Reserve, with the Reserve specializing in the highest tier of rare teas. Each box is hand curated based on concepts such as vintage, location, or theme to help you develop your palate in comparative tastings. The tea club grants you unparalleled access to transparency and high-quality education while having a blast exploring teas with others virtually. 

Shunan, is an avid educator on tea and has spoken at many prestigious institutions including: Yale University; Christie’s; Van Cleef & Arpels; World Tea Expo; and Stony Brook University. She has collaborated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art to execute a temporary Chinese tea house in the museum and is the educator for TED Ed lesson – The History of Tea

It’s truly an experience that goes well beyond any other tea subscription service on the market. You are able to deepen your personal tea knowledge alongside other like-minded individuals and grow together in community while connecting with this ancient art form of traditional tea processing. It’s an act people have been doing for tens of thousands of years, and today we get to do the same thing with people all over the world. With Tea Drunk, tea is not just a beverage; it’s an experience meant to be savored and shared. 

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Chicago’s Russian Tea Time Reopens

 Chicago’s iconic culinary treasure, Russian Tea Time, at 77 E. Adams St., has officially reopened their doors with a fresh renovation to their interior after closing last July, offering patrons a timeless destination and experience unlike any other in the city. The establishment, which has been in business for over two decades, has also launched an extensive carry out and delivery program for patrons to enjoy from the safety of their homes, including their signature Afternoon Tea Service. 
 
“It is bittersweet for us to finally reopen our doors to the public after a year of renovations,” said Partner Enesh Mantyyeva. “Our team has worked endless hours throughout these past months to create a welcoming ambiance for our guests, only to finally finish during such a trying time. We hope our community will welcome us back with open arms, and get to enjoy our cuisine both in the restaurant as well as safely at home.”
 
This newly renovated space has been completely refreshed, while also maintaining its unique charm. With red tufted banquettes, emerald green dining seats, and ornate vinyl decorative wallcoverings throughout, the space emulates a sense of timelessness that has, and continues to be, a unique feature to this downtown hotspot. Ornate picture frames line the walls, while beautiful lighting fixtures bring a polished and refined ambiance.
 
Known for hosting long-time regulars, tourists, dignitaries, celebrities and fellow Chicagoans, Russian Tea Time combines a warm ambiance, exceptional food, and house-blended tea for an unforgettable experience all can enjoy. To celebrate their renovation, the team has created an exclusive $25 Reopening Prix Fixe menu of family favorites, available both in restaurant and to-go. Items on the menu include an alcoholic beverage of choice that includes either House-Flavored Vodkas, along with vodka selections imported from Russia, Poland, and Ukraine, Scandinavia, Western Europe, and U.S.A. along with fan favorites including Ukrainian Borscht, Potato Dumplings Vareniki, Stuffed Cabbage Golubtsi, Chicken Kebab Shashlik, and more. In addition to the prix fixe menu, the restaurant is also offering their signature Afternoon Tea Service, which includes one pot of Tea, scones, along with an assortment of tea sandwiches and mini sweets, for $34.95.
 
Given the current circumstances, Russian Tea Time wants to ensure each of their guests feel as safe and comfortable as possible, and in doing so, have officially launched their carry out and delivery services, where patrons have the opportunity to order off any of their restaurant menus. Available from Tuesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., patrons can enjoy their favorite dishes at home, which includes vegetarian dishes and gluten free options as well. For more information or to make a reservation or carry out order at Russian Tea Time, please visit online or call (312) 360-0000. 
 
About Russian Tea Time
Known as “the restaurant where everyone feels at home and everyone is welcome,” Russian Tea Time has earned the distinction of being one of Chicago’s landmarks serving Chicago residents and out-of-towners alike with a taste of Russian fare since its inception in 1993. Perfectly nestled in the heart of the city at 77 E. Adams St., this space has since become one of the city’s greatest staples, located just steps away from the Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and more.
 
Russian Tea Time reinterprets the nostalgic cuisine of the former Soviet Union, with an elaborate and descriptive menu with excellent vegetarian fare, along with wild game, poultry, and specialty meat dishes. A mix of “hearty” and “comfort” Russian, Slavic, and Jewish classics are well-complemented by upscale dishes of Imperial Russian Courts. Their signature Afternoon Tea Service is offered daily from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m, with an extensive tea menu that includes options such as Oolong, Green, White, Black, and Caffeine Tea, as well as a selection of savories and sweets to complete any dining experience.