Tea Threes

Tea threes are a way to approach your tea time enjoyment. Three seems to be a number that comes up a lot, so why not apply it to teas? Genies, when extruded from their lamps via the sufficient amount of polishing of the lamps’ exteriors, grant you three wishes. A great time to wish for …

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The Evils of Tea

So, it's unanimous. Tea is a good thing, it's good for you, and we can all gather in a circle, drink it until our eyeballs float, hold hands and sing its praises. Okay, that's an exaggeration, but nowadays most people who have an opinion will probably agree that you can do worse things for yourself …

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Review — “Get Gorgeous” by The Republic of Tea

Name: Get Gorgeous Brand: The Republic of Tea Type: Rooibos, herbal blend Form: Paper tea bags Review: The Republic of Tea seems to enjoy blending rooibos, a naturally sweet and caffeine free herb with a variety of herbs. With the goal of promoting wellness, their "Be Well" line features rooibos and herbal blends that may …

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Boost Immune Function with Green Tea?

Oh, the many and varied wonders of tea. Not only does it taste good, but there are a boatload of studies that indicate that it probably is quite good for us. Which is great news, even for those of us who primarily drink it for the taste. The studies on tea and health keep on …

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Tea Tasting without Professional Equipment

Tea tasting pros have some specialized equipment. Photos show up online all the time of long rows of white tasting sets, making them the most well-known. Long have I been salivating (no, not literally!) over these photos showing “tasting set troops” lined up and ready for inspection (of the teas) and for steeping and tasting …

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Yunnan Basics

Lots of great teas come out of China, recognized by many in the professional tea world as the country in which tea drinking originated. Nestled in the southern part of that country is the Yunnan Province, renowned for some very fine Chinese teas. Bordering Tibet, Burma, the northern most part of Vietnam, Myanmar, and a …

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On Tasting Tea

If you've ever had the misfortune to drink tea while you have a cold, you've probably discovered a simple truth: even the best tea in the world is no good unless you can taste it properly. Professional tea tasters use a strict set of procedures to make sure that they can do their job effectively, …

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Tea Time Looping

My tea time seems to be on a continuous loop quite often. No, it’s not one of those time travel type loops. There is no danger that, by changing one small thing in the past, when I return to the future my kitchen will be upside down or all my teapots inside out. The effects …

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Review — The Republic of Tea’s Good Hope Vanilla Red Tea

Name: Good Hope Vanilla Red Tea Brand: The Republic Of Tea Type: Rooibos, flavored Form: Paper teabags Review: This is one of The Republic of Tea's "red teas" (rooibos), and it is a very tasty one. It is a blend of rooibos and vanilla that produces a luscious tisane which is a great substitute for …

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The Natural History of the Tea-Tree

As I noted in a recent article in these pages, the massive Google Books archive is a treasure trove for anyone with an interest in history, casual or otherwise. That includes tea lovers too. That article took a look at a volume from 1882 called The Tea Cyclopaedia. But there are tea books in the …

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