What Is “Swig Tea”?

As warmer weather approaches, the swigging of tea commences. But just what is swigging and “swig tea”? An official definition of “swig”: v. To drink (liquid) or engage in drinking liquid in great gulps. Based on the above definition, you could equate swigging to gulping, chugging, and swilling — they are all applicable for “swig …

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Tea Review — The English Tea Store’s Lovers Leap Estate Tea

Ceylon tea is still something of an unknown (or perhaps lesser known these days) quantity for me, but that's gradually starting to change as more samples start to trickle in. I sampled a few from another merchant a while back that were good but not great. Most recently I took the English Tea Store's Organic …

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Teas of the World: High-Grown Sri Lankan (Ceylon) Teas

The number 3 or 4 player in tea growing in the world is the island nation off the south coast of India. Formerly named “Ceylon,” it is now called Sri Lanka. The teas, though, are still referred to as Ceylon teas. They are used in many blends, including brands like Barry’s and PG Tips, instead …

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Is Drinking Tea Bad for You?

Is drinking tea bad for you? Clearly not. Yet this is the exact question asked by the title of a recent article in The Guardian newspaper. Apparently, some studies have suggested that drinking an excessive amount of tea can cause brittle bones. And by excessive, they really do mean excessive (a gallon a day), even …

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Organic Tea – Great Reassurance or Just Another Word in the Marketing Jungle? Part 2

As we have learnt in part 1 of this article, buying “organic” tea might arguably be our best option to protect ourselves from the possible health hazards arising from the use of pesticides in tea cultivation, at least at first sight. A closer look reveals a different picture, though: “Paper doesn’t blush”, as they say, …

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Tea Kettle Philosophy — The Movie “Pay-off”

Enduring the rigors of your day so that you can end it with a wonderful tasting tea (by the potful or even steeped gongfu style) is like getting that movie “pay-off.” So says this tea kettle philosopher. Time to put the kettle on and contemplate just what all this “pay-off” business is about. Ever sit …

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Monthly Tea Gadget and Offbeat News Report VI

Is drinking tea bad for you? Well, apparently it is if you drink it to ridiculous excess. Of course, you could probably make the argument that anything you consume in ridiculous amounts becomes bad for you. A recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine has garnered a rather ridiculous amount of press in …

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Tea and the Full Moon

You may not know this, but tea is a favorite beverage of the man in the moon. Just kidding. There is no man in the moon. No matter. Steep a pot of tea and raise a teacup toast to our nearest neighbor in that celestial vastness. “Full moon” is one of those expressions that grew …

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A Tea Drinker’s Experiment with Milk

If you've read my ramblings at this fine tea site or at my own tea site then you'll know that I don't make any secret of my dislike for the practice of adding stuff to tea. Stuff like milk, cream, sugar, honey, laundry soap (just seeing if you're paying attention) and so on. By the …

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5 Teacup Styles Explored

Teacups come in a wide array of sizes and shapes. They all have that essential characteristic: being able to hold tea liquid. But from there they cover quite a design spectrum. To keep this down to a manageable size (we’re talking blog article here, not doctoral dissertation), I will limit my coverage here to five …

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