Review — The English Tea Store’s Tarajulie Estate Assam

Name: Tarajulie Estate Assam Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black tea, Assam Form: Loose leaf Review: The dry leaf is dark brown, somewhat broken and small, sparingly sprinkled with a few tips. It has little discernible fragrance when dry and doesn't even smell like much once infused to a surprisingly light bodied copper liquor. The …

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A Comparison of Indian and Chinese Teas

When you consider that tea is the most popular drink in the world after water it isn't really that surprising to see just how many countries grow and produce it. When you look at global tea production, India and China instantly stand out, both producing well over twice as much tea annually as their nearest …

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Tea – A Taste Adventure

Tasting notes are something I normally avoid. This is because I have mild synaesthesia and, if I see a picture of something or think about it, then I can smell and taste it. General descriptions, such as light, refreshing, complex or strong, are fine but, as soon as individual flavours are described, it's impossible for …

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How to Steep a Great Cuppa Oolong Tea

Steeping a great cuppa oolong in our house has just gotten easier. Hubby and I purchased a new tea mug with lid and infuser basket. The basket is for us the most interesting part of the set. We made a happy discovery almost as soon as we brought it home and unpacked it. Awhile back …

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Review — Oolong Orange Blossom from The English Tea Store

Name: Oolong Orange Blossom Brand: The English Tea Store Type: Oolong, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: Some teas are at their tastiest when consumed during cold weather, while others taste better on balmy days. I am happy to report, however, that Oolong Orange Blossom from The English Tea Store is an all-weather tea. A tea …

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Tea Kettle Philosophy — Suspending Disbelief

Another pot of tea means another tour of duty as “kettle sitter” to keep watch and know when the water has boiled. I tell people I watch the kettle so I don’t have to endure that screeching whistle sound, but maybe it’s really to give me time to unravel the secrets of the universe. So …

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Iced Tea: Theme and Variations

For anyone who knows classical music the notion of a theme and variations is not unfamiliar. The theme is often a simple melody, which is stated and followed by a set of related variations. Ditto for jazz, in which a soloist typically uses the fine art of improvisation when sketching out variations on a particular …

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Can You Be a Tea Drinker in Small Town America?

There is a vicious rumor going around that you can’t get a decent cuppa tea in Small Town America. There really is such a rumor. I’d never make up anything so scurrilous! No doubt the perpetuators of this untruth have not dared to venture beyond the easy driving distance from their favorite tea store in …

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Tea, Altitude and Climate

Camellia sinensis, like any plant, has it's own personal set of preferences as to where it will happily grow. It likes an acidic, well drained soil and needs at least 50 inches of rain a year to flourish. It also needs a long day length, which limits the distance from the equator that it can …

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