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Jan 30, 2014


39th Annual Arts Festival, Mt. Dora, FL


The weather is going to be beautiful! Stop by for a free sample of Tantalizing Tea while you are browsing the 39th Annual Mt. Dora Arts Festival this Saturday and Sunday, February 1 & 2 from 10-5. Will be located outside Ashley's Corner on Donnelly Ave., Mt. Dora, Florida. 

Look forward to seeing you there!


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Taste of Tea

Oct 24, 2013

29th Annual Craft Fair, Mt. Dora, FL


Join us for a tea tasting at the 29th Annual Craft Fair in Mt. Dora, Florida on October 26 & 27 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Stop by "Ashley's Corner" at the corner of Donnelly and 3rd Ave for a "taste of Tantalizing Tea".

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Clifford House Blend

Apr 25, 2012


Museum to introduce special tea blend


Eustis, FL –


Kathy Niles, who owns Tantalizing Tea in Eustis, used her unique knowledge of loose teas to craft a unique blend of Chinese oolong tea, orange peel and citrus fragrance for the Eustis Historical Museum that evokes the early years of Eustis and the historic Clifford House.


“The museum asked me to blend fragrances and tastes that would speak to the area’s long history with citrus,” says Niles, whose company sells specialized tea blends to stores and individuals around the world. “Knowing that Eustis was once the ‘Citrus Capital of the World’ helped me find the right ingredients to tell the story of the house.”


For Eustis Historical Museum President Timothy Totten, the special tea blend is a unique opportunity to share the history of early Eustis with the community.


“Mr. Clifford tried to begin construction the house in the 1890’s,”

says Totten. “But the Great Freeze of 1894-95 destroyed the citrus crop and the local economy for many years.”


G. D. Clifford, who kept his dry goods store open by extending credit to the beleaguered grove owners in the area, had to postpone the construction of the family’s dream home until the citrus industry recovered. The Clifford family was finally able to move into the home on Thanksgiving Day 1911, sixteen years after the freeze.


For Niles, whose teas have been featured in venues as far flung as the Sundance Film Festival and as prestigious as the annual congressional luncheon presented by Senator Mel Martinez, the opportunity to create a tea for the museum was a new and satisfying challenge.


“I’ve lived in Eustis since 1973,” says Niles. “Being able to give back to this community by honoring it’s history is a privilege.”


The Clifford House Blend will be introduced on Saturday, March 17th during the Second Annual Clifford House Artisan Market on the grounds of the museum. Niles will be on hand to offer samples of the tea and to teach more about proper preparation of loose teas. The market, which features more than forty artisans displaying and selling their local art, takes place from 10am - 4pm and is free to the public.

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January is National Hot Tea Month



Celebrate National Hot Tea Month with your favorite cuppa. Warm, soothing, and full of wonderful health benefits. Tea is second to water in worldwide consumption.

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Visit Tantalizing Tea at Tavares Light-Up Celebration

Come visit our booth and enjoy tea and sweets in historical downtown, "America's Seaplane City",  Tavares, Florida in their annual Light-Up Celebration on beautiful Lake Dora.


Date: December 3, 2011
Time: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Parade - Main & Ruby Streets; Events & Entertainment at Wooton Park, 100 E. Ruby Street, Downtown

This year's theme is "Twas the Flight Before Christmas". The parade starts down Main Street at 5:30 pm. Activities at nearby Wooton Park will follow and include Santa arriving by seaplane (of course!), falling snow, ice skating, horse drawn wagon rides, S'mores Pit, Photo booth, Face painting, Bounce House, Kids DJ, Library Book Giveaway, Rock Climbing Wall, great food & more food, as well as a variety of seasonal entertainment. A not-to-be-missed event, fun for the entire family.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Pink Tea-Mt. Dora, FL

Aug 11, 2011

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History of Iced Tea

Jun 4, 2011

June is National Iced Tea Month


Iced tea was first introduced at the St. Louis World's Fair in June 1904. Credit is given to Englishman, Richard Blechynden, who was representing the tea growers from India. On this hot, sultry day, Mr. Blechynden and staff were having a difficult time sampling their hot tea to fair attendees. Desperately trying to figure out what to do next, he saw a block of ice and was struck with an idea. They used an ice pick, chipped away at the ice block, & dropped the ice in the cup. The rest is history!


Iced tea is a refreshing way to enjoy some of your favorite teas that you usually serve hot. Steep your tea like you usually do, let it cool, and pour it over ice.


Be adventurous! Many teas that you never considered as iced teas are delightful iced!

Comments | Posted By Kathy Niles

Ban on Exports

Feb 28, 2011

Ban on Exports of Tea Leaves


According to an article in the Thai Indian News the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) announced a ban on the exports of tea leaves which will unfortunately affect the Darjeeling region.


Darjeeling tea is considered the "Champagne of Teas", and produces around 8 million kilograms of tea annually.


This is a huge concern for the locals whose only source of income is from working as a laborer in the tea gardens.


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