Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Teapot

You’ve all heard that little ditty “Twinkle, twinkle, little star…” but have you heard about twinkly teapots? Yes, twinkly. The quality of twinkliness is not in every teapot. Those cute little Yixing (pronounced “eesheeng”) clay teapots are usually of a fairly matte or even flat finish. Some ceramic teapots also have a softer appearance due …

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“Indian Tea: Its Culture and Manufacture” by Claud Bald

The Indian tea industry was not yet a century old, in 1908, when Claud Bald published (the second edition of) Indian Tea: Its Culture and Manufacture, but it was doing quite nicely for itself. The first forays to assess the Assam region for its tea growing potential didn’t really get rolling until about eighty years …

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