Tea and Enlightenment

In the East, tea has long been viewed as medium to help achieve enlightenment. Rumor has it that the first tea plants grew from the eyelids of a Buddhist monk who grew sleepy while meditating. The monk was so ashamed that he removed his eye lids and threw them to the ground so it would …

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Tea and Biscuits

A nice cup of afternoon tea can always use a good biscuit to go with it. No… I do not mean an American dinner biscuit that is soft and chewy, or one that you pour gravy over. I mean a real English biscuit (translation: cookie!) But an English biscuit is better than just a “cookie”. …

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The Perfect Water Temperature for Tea

In my last post I discussed how important it can be to brew different tea types using different water temperatures; the correct temperature can separate a passable cup of tea from an almost mind-blowing experience. However, the ideal temperature for different tea types ranges from 140º F to 212º F (boiling). With such a wide …

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Buckingham Palace Garden Party Tea Review

I just looked at our Twitter, and I'm amazed at all the recent comments about English Tea Store's Buckingham Palace Garden Party tea.  I never realized how popular it was, even though we constantly get fantastic comments about it (they just keep building up).  Church groups have tea parties and they decide on the Palace …

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Review — Twinings Lady Grey Tea Review

Name: Lady Grey Brand: Twinings Type: Black tea, flavored Form: Paper tea bags, individually wrapped Review: Many people, even those who don't drink tea regularly, are familiar with Earl Grey tea, perhaps the most popular flavored tea ever made! Earl Grey is made by blending black tea leaves with oil of bergamot (bergamot is a …

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Review — Stash Vanilla Nut Creme Decaf Tea Review

Name: Vanilla Nut Creme Decaf Tea Brand: Stash Type: Black tea, flavored, decaf Form: Paper tea bags, individually wrapped Review: In my recent post on tea as a weight-loss tool, I noted that flavored teas can be used to curb cravings: This tea, by Stash, is a perfect example of just such a tea: Packed …

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Grow Your Own Tea

Either from the naturalist in me, the idea of wanting to give it my own try, or maybe just the want for the ultimate freshness, I’ve been looking into growing my own tea plant. After many long hows, however, sadly I've realized that making your own tea is much more than growing the leaves and …

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