Review of Stash English Breakfast Decaf Tea

Name: English Breakfast Decaf Tea Brand: Stash Type: Black tea, English breakfast, decaffeinated Form: Paper Tea bag Review: While every tea company has its own idea of what an English breakfast tea should be, there are a few qualities that remain constant. An English breakfast tea is black tea, strong enough to stand up to …

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Review of Chinese Flower by Harney & Sons

Name: Chinese Flower Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Flavored green tea Form: Available in both teabags and loose-leaf Review: This is one of those teas that is both a pleasure to look at as well as to drink. The gorgeous dry leaf is a blend of Chinese green tea and dried flower petals (Harney & …

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Tea-for-One Sets

We’ve all heard of tea-for-two, but sometimes your tea moment calls for solitude. Tea-for-one sets to the rescue! They are a visual representation of how separate pieces, useful on their own, can join together to make an even more useful whole. (There’s a moral in there somewhere, I think.) Like Russian Matrushkas, where each doll …

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The Teas of Fujian

All the tea in China. If you’ve never wondered how this popular phrase came to be, consider that not only is China the birthplace of tea drinking and culture but to this day remains the number one tea-producing country in the world - albeit with India more or less hot on its heels. There are …

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Tea Taste Terms Circus

The lexicon of tea terms keeps growing, sort of like when the Ringling Brothers Circus joined with Barnum & Bailey. The vital question, though, is if these terms have any real meaning. There are lots of claims about how teas taste and a host of terms that have “cropped up” (pun intended) to describe those …

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Book Review: The Way Of Tea

Poll a bunch of coffee drinkers about why they consume said beverage and you probably wont get many responses that remark upon the relaxing and contemplative feeling derived from drinking a cup of coffee. Coffee drinking, as a general rule, is about the buzz. Some people drink tea for the same reason. After all, it …

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Iced Tea Roundup — Some Good Teas to Serve Chilled

Not every tea makes an acceptable chilled (iced) tea. When cooled, some teas become bitter or just downright make your teeth hurt with every sip. Other teas cry out loudly for milk and sweetener but don’t taste good chilled, according to my personal experiments. Fear not, though. There are plenty of teas out there that …

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Stevia: Life Made Sweeter

There are a few more choices these days in the search for something sweet. With diabetes on the rise, amongst other increased health concerns, never before has there been such a concentrated effort to find alternative, natural sweeteners. No longer do consumers have to choose between the pastel pink, blue or yellow packets of artificial …

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Stash’s Fusion Green and White Tea and Jay Lake’s “Escapement”

Stash’s Fusion tea of a green and white blend is, at first glance, a tea of familiar elements. And yet their combination masterfully creates an entirely new flavor experience, unique unto itself. It is the taste expression of Jay Lake’s novel “Escapement”; a story of familiar elements masterfully combined—fused—into an entirely new world. In “Escapement”, …

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Tea Prevents Cancer?

Is there a connection between tea and cancer prevention? There are quite a few studies that suggest that this may be the case. A number of these findings were summarized in Tea and Cancer Prevention, a document released by the National Cancer Institute, a division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Though the report …

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