From Russia with … Tea!

Every tea-drinking culture around the world has developed their own containers for the purposes of preparing and drinking tea. Some of the most beautiful and elegant of this tea ware is a legacy of the grandeur that was once Imperial Russia. Along with stately samovars and exquisite Lomonosov porcelain, Russia has given the world podstakanniki, …

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Winter Yard Work and a Cup of Tea

Yard work doesn’t end when Winter comes. It just gets a bit easier, mainly because there are fewer bugs on the hunt for fresh feeding grounds (like my arms and legs). You do have to bundle up a little more, though, since the weather is usually a bit nippy then. A hot thermos of tea …

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The Colors of Tea

Tea is a colorful sort of substance, as you may have noticed. But forget about the many colors of our teaware and all of the other ancillary equipment that comes with tea drinking for a moment and think about the actual colors of tea itself. There's black, of course, the old tried and true workhorse …

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Tea and the Brass Buttons

Tea is known to stimulate and to calm. What better beverage to partake of while doing something tricky (at least to this person who rarely holds a needle and thread) like replacing all the buttons on an otherwise splendid blazer? For this teetotaler there is none. The problem: A few years ago, I bought a …

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Review — Tangiers Lemon Flavored White Tea

Name: Tangiers Lemon Flavored White Tea Brand: English Tea Store Type: White Tea, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: I’ve long said that white peony tea and lemon are a natural pairing: While I love the fruitiness of unflavored white peony, a little kick of lemon is sometimes a welcome addition, adding a bit of tang …

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“Tea, Its Mystery and History” by Samuel Phillips Day

Say what you want about life in the digital era, but don't say that it hasn't brought us a wealth of books in electronic form that previously were not readily available to most of us. Of course, that includes books about tea, a number of which we've taken a look at in these very pages. …

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Fortune Cookie Tea Time

Fortune cookies aren’t just for that bit of something extra at the end of your meal at the local Chinese restaurant. They make great tea time treats, too. You can buy them by the boxful at some stores selling Asian foods and serve them at your next tea party. I doubt that many people really …

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Review — Scottish Breakfast Tea

Name: Scottish Breakfast Tea Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black tea, blend Form: Loose leaf Review: This is an interesting blend of Indian teas, including Assam, as well as Keemun from China. According to a video produced by the English Tea Store, one of the goals in the blending of this tea was to suggest …

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Review — Wild Blueberry Organic Black Tea

Name: Organic Wild Blueberry Black Tea Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black tea, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: Now this is the sort of flavored tea that I like: It doesn’t club me over the head with flavor, and I can still taste the tea. At the same time, it is unmistakably a “blueberry” tea: …

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