Ginger Tea and “Shades of Milk and Honey”

English Tea Store brand Ginger Tea is a classic tea with a twist. The high-quality black tea leaves brew into a rich, golden liquid just right for polite tea society, yet the mild ginger brings a hint of glamor and heat to the overall sipping experience. It’s similar to what you’ll find in reading Mary …

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Keep Your Tea Cozy

How frustrating to steep up a pot of tea for family and friends only to have it grow cold as you share good food and conversation. Tea cozies to the rescue! “Cozy” (also spelled “cosy”) is defined in The American Heritage® Dictionary as “snug, comfortable, and warm.” Sounds very appropriate for these keepers of the …

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Last Taste of Summer

Fall is in the air, coming in on a cool breeze under a cliched blue sky with light puffs of clouds. So, this afternoon we hung up our hammock. The end of summer may not seem like the typical time for such an activity, yet it was the allure of the cooler weather that made …

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Time Travel and a Garden Party

Time travel is possible, or at least the feeling of time travel.This weekend I went to the Virginia Scottish Games. If you have never been to a Scottish Games, make the effort. Lots of men in kilts throwing heavy objects, an abundance of deep-fried anything, endless variations of meat and pastry, Celtic kitsch, and some …

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Harvest Season

Typically, we think of harvest time being closer to Halloween or Thanksgiving. Harvest festivals have sprung up as alternatives to Halloween celebrations, and Thanksgiving celebrates the bounties of the harvest. Yet, the harvest season actually begins a bit earlier. A Celtic holiday, Lughnasadh (Lu-na-sa), celebrates the beginning of the harvest on August 1st. We may …

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The Science of Ceylon

Ceylon teas are normally categorized by the elevation they are grown at. They can also be categorized by the growing region or the estate, if it is a single-estate tea. The elevation is the critical factor in distinguishing between different Ceylon teas. It is all due to how the elevation affects the final outcome of …

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Bottled Tea and Health

Tea is good for you, right? As a matter of fact there are numerous studies out there that have shown that it probably is. But (with apologies to George Orwell) it wouldn't be too far off the mark to suggest that when it comes to health benefits, some of the teas are more equal than …

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The Joys of White Teapots

Did you know that in ancient times white in dreams was symbolic of happiness in the home? In today's culture we often consider white as a symbol of purity.  For the homemaker, white is an indispensable tool for creating beautiful tablescapes and I don't think you can go wrong with a white teapot in your …

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Variety Is the Spice of the “Tea Life”

The whole point of living the “tea life” it to escape the doldrums of a daily beverage routine with a variety of teas. Like the spices that enliven the taste of our favorite dishes, these teas enliven our meals, our mid-afternoon break from the day’s toils, and that special time before we head off to …

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Review — Golden Moon Vanilla Mint

Name: Vanilla Mint Brand: Golden Moon Type: Blend of green and black teas, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: I confess that this tea had me at first sniff. The blend of crisp mint and rich vanilla reminded me of the “Mint Meltaway” candies of my youth. I couldn’t wait for the tea to infuse. I …

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