Tea in the Garden

As the weather becomes more conducive to spending time outside, I find myself heading out into the garden for a cup of tea more and more often. Granted, the emergence of more summery weather in my part of the world has been a little behind schedule, and this week we’ve had a relapse into chillier, …

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Is Milk in Tea a Flavoring?

Milk and tea seem to be a topic that is popping up on this blog quite a bit lately. From exploring the correct way to add milk to A Tea Drinker's Experiment with Milk to my own toe-dipping into the whole issue of whether milk should be put in the cup first or not, the …

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Rethinking the Perfect Cup of Tea

I've written about that elusive creature known as the perfect cup of tea on a number of occasions now. My most recent thoughts are here. I'm still not convinced that such an item exists. But I guess all we can do is to try our best to get as close as we can to that …

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How to Have Samovar-Style Tea without the Samovar

The basics of a samovar are simple, so you will be asking yourself why you would need one. And indeed you do not need one. You can enjoy a samovar-style tea time without having a samovar.A samovar, developed in the 17th century, is actually two items: a large urn that holds hot water and a …

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Allow Your Children to Drink Tea or Not? – What a Question!!!

In the Age of Communication, publishing and distributing their thoughts and ideas is always at people’s fingertips. Actually, this is really great, and the world of tea has benefited hugely from this: there are myriads of tea bloggers, creators of websites or books or e-books related to tea, content writers and “niche journalists” out there …

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Tea Developments, Monthly Report May 2013

Here’s a quick look at some tea developments that may not necessarily be new but are still not in the mainstream of tea drinkers’ awareness. U.S. Tea Growers Expanding Nigel Melican reports: “I now have positive responses from tea growers in eight US states - and many more potential growers - that's marvellous [sic] in …

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Virtual Tea Estate Tours

I've noticed something over the course of the years that I've been writing about tea. Actually I've noticed quite a few things but the one most pertinent to this discussion is that while there are a zillion and a half tea merchant sites, tea blogs and whatever other Internet stuff related to tea, there don't …

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The Horror of Lip Marks on Your Teacups

Oh the horror of lip marks on your teacups. But let’s face it, folks, life is messy. When your teacup gets those nasty lip marks on it that never seem to wash off and just keep building up, your life can seem even messier, bordering on total disaster. Lipstick is, of course, a culprit here, …

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On the Origins of Earl Grey Tea

If memory serves right there's only one major type of tea that's named for a person and that would be Earl Grey, a variety that's most often made by flavoring black tea with the aromatic oil from the peel of a citrus fruit called bergamot. Which makes for a very aromatic product indeed, and it's certainly …

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Full-Leaf Tea v. Loose-Leaf Tea

While many of you tea drinkers out there will know exactly what these two terms mean, I feel that there is often some confusion about the difference between the two. This is partly because tea is often both loose-leaf and full-leaf. But despite not all loose-leaf tea being whole-leaf tea, and vice versa, I have …

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