Review — White Eagle Long Life Tea

The Subject: White Eagle Long Life Tea from The English Tea Store. Water temperature: 180° F Steeping time: 3 minutes (Don’t oversteep!) Tea type: White Scents, flavorings, etc.: N/A Aroma, dry: Freshly harvested alfalfa Aroma in the cup, plain: Pale alfalfa Taste, plain: Full feeling in mouth, buttery (similar to lemongrass herbal), dried alfalfa, peachy/apricotty …

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Taylors of Harrogate Know Tea

I have in the past few years been enjoying widening my tea horizons. But I continue, like an old lover, to return time and again to the Taylors of Harrogate brand. Taylors of Harrogate is one of Britain’s, and the world’s, leading merchants of tea, not surprising since they have been blending and selling it …

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From Scratch

Do you remember reading Little House on the Prairie as a child? My eight-year-old niece recently read the series. One morning, her parents woke up to find her in the kitchen trying to make dumplings from scratch. She declared the day a "Pioneer Day" and told them to turn off computers, TVs and iPhones. Of …

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Who Are Twinings of London?

What can you say about a tea company that’s been in business longer than the United States has been a nation? Quite a lot more than we can fit into this article, I’m sure. But suffice to say, for starters, that any company that’s been around for 300 years (and change) must be doing something …

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Anything but….

To call something “vanilla” is to infer that it lacks excitement. What is it about vanilla that people find boring? This association couldn’t be further from the truth! The warm sweetness of vanilla is what makes things taste scrumptious – everything from bakery items to tea! In fact, I have found an increasingly steady trend …

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Tea with Betty Crocker

As all good things, my tea cake came out of a moment of desperation. Those of us special tea drinkers with celiac disease or gluten intolerance (termed coeliac disease in Britain) cannot simply run down to the corner bakery for something to go with our cuppa, or grab a delectable fresh package off the shelf. …

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Tea and Parkinson’s Disease

The National Parkinson Foundation estimates that more than 60,000 new cases of this degenerative disorder of the central nervous system are diagnosed every year in the United States. More than 1.5 million Americans are currently affected, including such high-profile personalities as actor Michael J. Fox. With this in mind, the notion that tea might help …

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Rooibos and Cardiovascular Health

If you have yet to sample the pleasures of the South African herbal beverage known as rooibos (Aspalanthus linearis) it might be time to give it a whirl. Rooibos is also known as redbush, for the distinctive red color of the needle like leaves and the deep color of the finished beverage. This caffeine free …

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Easter Tea!

The spring equinox has come and gone, while we our still waiting for our last frost date to get serious about the garden. The crocuses and daffodils are out in force, and the tourists are flocking to D.C. to see the cherry blossoms. We've even had a few beautiful days, although today definitely feels like …

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Tea and Cholesterol

There’s certainly no shortage of assorted and sundry wondrous claims for the potential health benefits of tea. Among these, the possibility that drinking tea might help lower your cholesterol level. One study suggested that drinking black tea might result in lower levels of low-density lipoprotein, a “bad” cholesterol, in a test group. The study was …

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