A Bouquet in Your Teapot, Pt. III — Teas with Floral Aroma and Flavor

One of the most amazing aspects of some teas is the bouquet they create in your teapot. This statement is sort of a double entendre. First, the word “bouquet” can refer in general to fragrance. Second, “bouquet” can also mean a physical bunch of flowers. In this case, I am talking about fragrance but specifically …

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Why Your White Tea Tastes Lousy

Not so long ago, in the quest to find the next big thing in tea (a notion which pretty much equates to "the next green tea") it seems that a lot of media types and tea merchants began to turn their attention to white tea. This makes some sense, to be honest, since white tea, …

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Gunpowder Green Tea Varieties

No one can truly say how many varieties of tea there are, at least not with any degree of accuracy. Suffice to say that it’s a very large number - in the hundreds, at least, and perhaps even into the thousands. Even if you discount the other five types (black, oolong, puerh, yellow, white) and …

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A Bouquet in Your Teapot, Pt. II — Herbals Made from Flowers

There’s a bouquet in your teapot, with teas having flowers added in (explored in Part I). Then, there are infusions made entirely of flowers. They bring fragrances, exotic tastes, and health benefits to your teatime — oops…I mean “infusion time.” There’s a lot of information online about the health benefits of floral infusions, also called …

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Tea and the Infuser Experiment

An idea has been rattling around my brain for awhile (sort of like a dried pea in an empty jar): an infuser that’s as large as the interior of my cup will let the tea leaves have exposure to the water the same as if they were loose in that same cup. I even jotted …

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A Bouquet in Your Teapot, Pt. I — Flowers in Your Tea

There’s a bouquet in your teapot — especially if you are steeping a tea containing, or processed with, flowers. With Spring in the air, the time is right to try one of these fragrant and exotic tea sensations. And the choices are bountiful. Flowers seem to play a big part in tea in several ways: …

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Chai 101

If you’re drinking tea, then technically you’re drinking chai. At least if you’re located in one of several countries where the words “chai” and “tea” are one and the same. But for most tea drinkers, what we think of when someone mentions chai is a little different. The creamy blend of spicy hot tea known …

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Mother’s Day Magic

It’s getting to be the time of year to spread a little Mother’s Day magic. After all, mother’s do so much for us, starting with, well, life! The history of how Mother’s Day came to be celebrated includes such far flung things as the Egyptian Goddess Isis and her brother, Osiris, a woman named Anna …

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Book Review — “The True History of Tea”

I've had the pleasure of reading and reviewing a number of excellent tea books over the past few years, several of which took a reasonably close look at the history of tea. But worthwhile though these might be, in the history department they don't really hold a candle to Mair and Hoh's thorough and entertaining …

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Tea with Milk vs. Non-Dairy Creamer

Some teas are meant to be enjoyed with milk. But what if no milk is available? Recently, I was working in an office where this dilemma presented itself. My options were to either bring milk in with me (not very practical) or settle for the non-dairy creamer the employer generously provided. Non-dairy creamer won. For …

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