A Brief Guide to Black Tea

Ask a tea drinker in the United States, Great Britain or any one of a number of other countries in the West to picture a cup of tea and they’ll probably imagine that old tried and true of the tea drinking world - black tea. Yes, the times they are a’ changin’ and tea drinkers …

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Getting the Temperature Right with Tea Thermometers

All you diehard tea drinkers know that different teas need different water temperatures. Too hot and your tea ends up being cooked instead of steeped. Too cool and the flavors inside those wonderful tea leaves won’t be unleashed. So, how do you know when it’s right? Tea thermometers, of course! Some tea aficionados say they …

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Book Review — “Tea Travels” by Ellen Easton

I have three passions in life: food, tea, and books. When all of these can be combined, I'm in seventh heaven. They often meet in the form of cookbooks, and when I find a new cookbook, sometimes I am hard pressed to resist. The cookbook shelf in our kitchen overflows, and still, I just can't …

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The Good, The Bad, The Iced

We're just about a month into summer now and it's pretty much the peak of iced tea season. In the United States, iced tea still makes up the overwhelming majority of tea consumed. Of course, that's with good reason, as you surely know if you've ever downed a glass or five on a sweltering day. …

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Tea Showdown — Eng. Breakfast Blend No. 1 vs. Scottish Breakfast

Not all breakfast teas are created equal. Some are pure Assam, with a malty allure that makes your senses of taste and smell go on high alert. Others are blends that can start with Assam and expand with the addition of Darjeeling, Keemun, or other black teas. They dance around on your tongue with happy …

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