Tea Bags: Evolution and More

Once upon a time there was tea. If you wanted to make a cup of tea or a pot of tea you steeped the loose leaves in water and that was it. And so it went for many thousands of years. And while it seems likely that during those thousands of years someone came up …

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Black Tea vs. Green Tea

All tea is not created equal. If you've been drinking tea for even a short time you've probably already figured this one out. Now far be it from me to suggest that health should be the primary consideration when trying to decide what tea to drink. While tea has been shown to have a potentially …

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Review — Stash Lemon Ginger

Name: Lemon Ginger Brand: Stash Type: Tisane (herbal tea) Form: Paper Teabag Review: While I find the ritual of preparing loose-leaf tea relaxing, there are evenings when I just don’t want to fuss in order to get a hot drink. Fortunately, Stash’s Lemon Gingertisane is a soothing, tasty concoction conveniently packaged in teabag form. Lemon …

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Book Review: ‘Dark Road to Darjeeling’ by Deanna Raybourn

Tea lovers, take heart at a new mystery novel that will transport you to a tea garden in a Himalayan valley near Darjeeling, India. It is Dark Road to Darjeeling by American author Deanna Raybourn. Grab yourself a tasty cup of freshly steeped Darjeeling tea first, though! This novel will whet your tea tastebuds (and …

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Review — Stash Cinnamon Apple Chamomile

Name: Cinnamon Apple Chamomile Herbal Brand: Stash Type: Herbal tisane, flavored Form: Paper tea bag Review: One of the nifty things about drinking tisanes and flavored teas is finding one that is so well-blended that it satisfies your cravings for high-calorie treats. Stash’s Cinnamon Apple Chamomile Herbal is one of those tisanes. Chamomile is a …

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Will the Real Devon Clotted Cream Please Stand Up?

What’s teatime without scones and Devon clotted cream? Blah. Which explains why there is a growing market for these tasty treats. In fact, the popularity of Devon Clotted Cream is resulting in a bunch of “wannabes” out there — clotted creams that are made elsewhere and use the name. There is now a concerted effort …

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Main Ceylon Tea Growing Regions

Tea growing in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) was an economy-saving move. As coffee plantations fell victim to a disease called “coffee rust,” plantation owners turned to learning about how to cultivate tea plants (Camellia Sinensis and its varietals). These days, the tea plant of choice is the assamica varietal exclusively. In my previous article “Darjeeling …

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Review — Golden Moon Darjeeling

Name: Darjeeling Brand: Golden Moon Type: Black tea, Darjeeling Form: Loose leaf Review: What a scrumptious tea! The dry leaf of Golden Moon’s Darjeelingsmells strongly of mixed nuts, and has the characteristic Darjeeling “look” of small, somewhat broken leaf in varied colors. Some of the leaves range from very dark to light brown, while a …

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Tea Vacation with Agatha Christie

Lately I have been armchair-traveling around the world, planning tea vacations. Tea vacations? you say. The fact surprised me, too, but given second thought it is a perfect idea—a vacation for people who love to travel and love to drink tea. At the moment, I prefer the comfort of my armchair, tea in hand, and …

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“Tea and Cookies” by Rick Rodgers

What better way is there (next to warm buttery scones) to complement a nice cup of tea than the addition of a cookie? Better yet, a plateful of cookies.  There are so many varieties to choose from. Tea and Cookies by Rick Rodgers is a wonderful new book for all of us tea and cookie …

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