Oxidized or Fermented Tea?

Often when talking about oolong tea you sometimes hear that a tea was 25% fermented, or that black tea is fully fermented. Sadly both those things are wrong to say, they are common usage due to a translation error from Chinese into English. But the correct word in both those situations is oxidized. To be …

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Review —French Blend Black Tea

This exquisitely feminine and floral blend of black teas, jasmine, lavender, bergamot and vanilla is a beautiful treat to drink either day or night. There is a wide variety of black teas in the overall blend, providing for a strong, robust black tea base created from Ceylon, Assam, Nilgiri, Kenyan and Chinese black teas.   Because …

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Tea and Hydration

As summer approaches here in the northern hemisphere, it's an appropriate time to take a look at the topic of tea and hydration. Given that water comprises anywhere from 50-70% of our bodies, it's not surprising that makes up such an important part of our daily intake. According to many accounts, the consensus is that …

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How Tea Can Help Your Garden

After savoring the aroma and flavor of your cup of tea, did you know that the used tea leaves can continue to benefit you and your garden? Tea is a powerful fertilizer, so powerful in fact that recently Harvard University switched to an organic fertilizer comprised partially of green tea.  There are many ways you …

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Review — Angel’s Dream Black Tea

A lovely tea, reminiscent of the fall, yet strangely refreshing in the summer, Angel's Dream black tea from The English Tea Store is a blend of maple and blackberry flavors. These two flavors blend surprisingly well together, making a cup which is both warm and refreshing. A full-bodied blend of black teas from Sri Lanka …

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Review — Monk’s Blend Black Tea

Monk's Blend Tea is a highly prized grenadine flavored black tea. This particular Monk's Blend Tea combines a bright and delicious grenadine with a more mellow vanilla flavor to balance out the slight tartness that the grenadine brings. Grenadine is a red syrup used in some cocktails and other specialty drinks. The slightly tart yet …

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Tea Movie Review: All in This Tea

If you’ve crossed the line from casual tea drinker to connoisseur then you’ll understand that there's something about a truly great tea that can inspire equally great passions. At times, these passions may become so consuming that they seem to border on obsession. If you’re looking for proof of this idea look no further than …

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Sweet Tea: House Wine of the South

With the approach of summer, it’s as good a time as any to tackle the subject of sweet tea, which, in the South, is synonymous with iced tea. It’s a regional favorite that’s become so popular nowadays that it’s even made its way to your neighborhood McDonald’s. For some tea connoisseurs, the notion of “ruining” …

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Review — Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea Review

Name: Irish Breakfast Tea Type: Twinings Form: Paper bagged tea Review: I confess to being somewhat surprised as to how much I enjoyed this tea:  I was expecting Twinings Irish Breakfast Tea to be strong, brisk, dark and otherwise unremarkable. It is true that this is a "commercial", paper-bagged tea that can be found in …

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Afternoon Tea Bargains

The current recession has curbed spending for a lot of people, and taking "afternoon tea" (tea served with sandwiches, scones and sweets) can appear to be an out-of-reach luxury. But is it? Afternoon tea can be expensive because the best known teas are often served in fancy hotels. Hotels cater to tourists and those with …

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