Scottish Breakfast Tea

Breakfast - it’s the most important meal of the day, or so we’re told. Which means that our breakfast tea is the most important cup (or two or three) of the day. Of course this is not always the case, but there are still many places in the world where coffee has not exerted its …

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China Black

Black tea might not exactly be the Rodney Dangerfield (gets no respect) of the tea world but nowadays it seems that the other five varieties tend to get more attention. To review very briefly, there are generally thought to be five main types of tea in addition to black - green, oolong, white, yellow and …

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Review — Rooibos Chai by Harney & Sons

Name: Rooibos Chai Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Herbal tisane, rooibos Form: Silken tea sachet (loose leaf available) Review: Spiced chai lovers often find themselves in a bind: Hot, spicy chai is a wonderfully soothing drink, but tea's caffeine content can make it inappropriate for nighttime swigging. Harney & Sons' Rooibos Chai blends traditional chai …

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Yixing Teapots

By most accounts, China is the place where tea production, drinking and culture first came into being. So it probably should come as no surprise that some of the world's prized teapots are made there. Jiangsu province, in the region in and around Yixing, is well known for being home to a type of clay …

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Chanoyu: An Overview of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

It's been around for centuries and has adherents who have devoted their lives to its study. So let’s admit right up front that chanoyu – more commonly known as the Japanese tea ceremony - is not a tradition whose many and varied intricacies can be dealt with in a space as short as this. But …

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Tracing Tea

The tea we’re drinking right now will typically have made its way a great distance in a relatively short period of time. Of course, this was not always the case. In earlier days tea had to come to the rest of the world from China - and later India - by one of two routes. …

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Review — Harney & Sons White Vanilla Grapefruit

Name: White Vanilla Grapefruit Brand: Harney & Sons Type: White tea, flavored Form: Pyramid tea bags Review: If there was ever a tea that qualified as a "dessert tea", White Vanilla Grapefruit by Harney & Sons certainly is it. While it certainly is not for those who like subtly flavored teas, vanilla lovers will rejoice …

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Review — Harney & Sons Pomegranate Oolong

Name: Pomegranate Oolong Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Oolong, flavored Form: Pyramid tea bags Review: Pomegranate is currently a popular beverage flavor, and well it should be. It is slightly sweet, tangy, and robust, making it a refreshing thirst quencher indeed! The problem with using it as a tea flavoring is that it can overwhelm …

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Review — Harney & Sons Decaffeinated Ceylon

Name: Decaffeinated Ceylon Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Black tea, decaffeinated Form: Pyramid tea bags Review: Decaffeinated tea is never going to be as good as its "natural" counterpart, but there are times when a decaffeinated option is necessary. While I do suggest that those who are trying to cut down on or avoid caffeine …

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Tea and the Flag

As one who lives the “tea life,” I treasure my ability to live as I choose. This 4th of July makes me feel especially glad to live in a country that is still a beacon of freedom to the world. Despite recent trends, we all can still live life pretty much as we want. A …

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