Holiday Tea Time — New Year’s Eve

By A.C. Cargill The last day of 2009 is approaching — time to throw an end-of-year tea time bash! While champagne bottle corks will be popping across the nation and the world, hubby and I will be enjoying the “champagne of teas”: Darjeeling. One deep inhalation of the steam rising from the teapot’s spout can …

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Review — English Tea Store Darjeeling Tea

The Subject: Darjeeling Tea from The English Tea Store. Water temperature: 212° F Steeping time: 3 to 5 minutes (see comments) Tea type: Darjeeling Scents, flavorings, etc.: Nothing added Aroma, dry: Plant-ish, fresh, very “tea” Aroma in the cup, plain: Fresh plant-like fragrance Color in the cup, plain: Beautiful ruby-red, almost like red wine Taste, …

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The Weather Outside Is Frightful

By Stephanie Hanson Here in Northern Virginia, the snow is coming down like we haven't seen in at least a decade, at least in my uneducated opinion. The snow is well over my knees, and well, we just aren't used to that here. That might be the way things go up north, but here, we …

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Tea Moments — The Christmas Tree

By A.C. Cargill Once the tree is decorated, it’s time for tea! After untangling 20 miles of tree lights (ok, it’s only seems like 20 miles), deciding between the red sparkly garland and the gold sparkly garland, searching everywhere for the tree ornament hooks, and selecting which of the endless array of ornaments to use …

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Tulsi — O Holy Night, O Holy Basil

Combating the stress of the holidays? There’s nothing like a nice warm cup of tea to help you regain your focus and clarity. And while all teas and herbs, in their warmth, in the ritual, in their own way, have the ability to offer you soothing comfort, there are some that do this better than …

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Book Review — “Loving Tea” by Jane Resnick

One of my favorite times of the week is my visit to the local public library. I feel rich at the vast choices of books, and being able to take as many as I like without worrying about cost (as long as I return them on time, I am notorious for the late fees I …

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Pyramid Teabags

By Kathy McCarthy [reposted from our sister blog] A pyramid teabag is exactly what it sounds like, a teabag in the shape of a pyramid. Introduced a little over ten years ago, this teabag was thought to be an improvement over the traditional pocket-shaped teabag because the pyramid shape gives the tea leaves more room to …

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Tea with Mrs. Claus

By A.C. Cargill I have an annual appointment at the North Pole for teatime with Mrs. Claus. Actually, hubby has an annual appointment to help Santa and the elves with last minute toy making and loading up the sleigh. I tag along, and Mrs. Claus sits me down for tea and a chat. Honest! I’m …

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Review — English Tea Store’s Chai Green Tea

The Subject: Chai Green Tea from The English Tea Store. Water temperature: 180° F Steeping time: 3 minutes Tea type: Green Scents, flavorings, etc.: Coriander, cardamom Aroma, dry: Green tea with spice overtones Aroma in the cup, plain: Green tea with spice overtones Taste, plain: Green tea with spice overtones Aroma in the cup, enhanced: …

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Holiday Tea Time — Winter Solstice

By A.C. Cargill Tea is great for any occasion, and Winter Solstice is no exception. You can gather your friends, steep up a pot of your favorite Oolong, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Breakfast Blend, etc., then lay out a tasty spread of delectable munchables and toast the day. What is Winter Solstice? Usually, it’s the 21st …

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