Tea Traditions — Europe

Generally speaking, we tea lovers in the U.S. have Europeans to thank. Specifically, the Dutch. Holland was thriving, with great artists like Rembrandt, a rich culture and traditions, and strong ties to areas of the world such as the Far East that supplied much sought after goods like tea. That tea was the catalyst for …

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Evolution of the Tea Bag

Tea bags have been around since the early 1900s. Back then they were hand sewn from silk muslin.  Thomas Sullivan, a New York coffee and tea merchant, is credited with being the first person to market his tea in bags. It wasn't long before machines were invented to manufacture the tea bags.  Many other innovations followed and tea …

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Thankful for Tea

It’s hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is almost here. I love all holidays, but Thanksgiving’s particularly high on my list, and it’s not just because of  the pumpkin pie. I love the way families come together to share a meal, and unlike all the meals we scrape together during the rest of the year, this …

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“Frightful” Tea Treats

What’s a Halloween teatime without “frightful” treats? For one thing, it’s not very Halloweenish. I mean, after all, the whole point is to get at least a little shiver going up and down your spine, right? Then, you gulp some tea and get all warmed up again. Ah! You basically have two choices here: buy …

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Why Tea II?

What’s your hot beverage of choice? Well, that probably depends. In most cases it’s likely to be an accident of birth, for lack of a better term. If you live in the United States odds are good that you’re going to be a coffee drinker. If you hail from the United Kingdom and assorted and …

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Review — Tiger Wing Taro Vanilla Cream

Name: Taro Vanilla Cream Brand: Tiger Wing Type: Green tea, herbal blend Form: Paper tea bags, individually wrapped Review: Do you ever get cravings for a fingerfull of cake frosting? If so, try this tea. Yes, it really is that good. Tiger Wing (the bagged-tea producing offshoot of Golden Moon) blended green mate (a stimulant …

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Tea Lessons — Practice Makes Perfect

Steeping tea is not exact science, even though there is a lot of science to it. There are so many different ways that tea leaves are processed, resulting in so many different kinds of teas, that it’s easy to do something wrong. Of course, I’m talking about “true tea” from the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis …

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Darjeeling Blends

Those darling Darjeeling teas show up in a variety of tea blends, adding their unique flavors and creating a new taste sensation in your teacup. What determines how Darjeeling teas affect the tea blend’s taste depends on which flush is used. Generally, the flush descriptions (according to the Darjeeling Tea Association) are: Spring Flush — …

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Spotlight on Oolong Tea

If you’ve done even a cursory Web search for oolong tea - which often goes by such names as wulong and a host of related variations - then you’ve probably already discovered that it is the weight loss miracle of the ages. Of course, you’ll want to take these tidbits of information with a grain …

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Review — Golden Moon’s Pu-Erh

Name: Pu-Erh Brand: Golden Moon Type: Pu-Erh, shu/cooked Form: Loose leaf Review: Pu-Erh is perhaps best described as an “acquired taste”. Processed differently than most teas, it doesn’t taste much like the way we think tea ought to taste. Still, it can be quite delicious, as Golden Moon’s Pu-Erhproves. While pu-erh is often sold packed …

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