A Mistress and her Servant. – Dialogues on Trade in Tea and Sugar, Etc.

You could probably make a vocation out of studying those many and varied old texts about tea that are now available for free, in digital editions, if you were so inclined. Which would be great work if you could get it and I've written about quite a few of them at this site. Some are …

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Super-heated Water and Tea Flavor

The problem with boiling water for tea in a microwave, something that many tea aficionados abhor, is mainly the problem of “super heating.” But what is this and does it impact the flavor of the tea steeped using it? According to an episode of “Good Eats,” which hubby and I used to watch a lot, …

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Why I’ve Become Impatient with (Some) Tea

The last time I checked there were only 24 hours in an average day. As you may know. While I might have been willing to spend a few more of those hours on so-so tea at some time in the distant past, I'm not often in the mood for it much anymore. For my own …

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Review of Earl Grey Green Tea from The English Tea Store

Type of tea: Green Loose or bagged: Loose Recommended steep time: 3 minutes Another of the teas I wanted to explore more, Earl Grey Green tea from The English Tea Store was something that I approached with slight trepidation; the bergamot flavouring of Earl Grey is something that I associate so strongly with black tea …

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Autumn Tea Time and the Mother-in-Law

Autumn tea times are the best for me. They can be spoiled, though, with a mother-in-law watching over your shoulder to make sure things are done just so. In fact, such behavior can make you quite jittery and downright irritable. Not good for any tea time, but especially bad for those autumn tea times! One …

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5 Signs That You’re “Going Indian” at Tea Time

Your tea time evolution, as started in 5 Signs That You’re “Going British” at Tea Time, takes another turn as the influence of the second largest tea exporting country in the world takes hold. How do you tell if this evolution is taking place? Here are 5 signs that you’re “going Indian” at tea time: …

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On Houqua the Tea Guy and Hu-Kwa the Tea

As I've said many times before, there are a few types of tea I've tried really hard to like. But in several of these cases I finally realized that all of my efforts were in vain. There's Earl Grey, of course, which still tastes like liquid perfume to me, and there are a few others. …

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Don’t Judge a Tea by the First Steep

Having been so fortunate as to gotten to taste test a whole bunch of tea samples from a bunch of tea companies, I have found that the initial taste of a tea, and even that whole first potful, is not an indicator of things to come. A recent experience with two black teas that I …

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A Petite Primer on Picking Pickled Teas

I guess you could pickle just about any food item you put your mind to (including a peck of peppers), but I'm sure there are certain items that are better suited for this sort of thing. Until recently, my only knowledge of pickling, in relation to tea, had to do with lahpet, a pickled tea …

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Tea and the Backgammon Game

There is nothing like a cuppa tea to make just about any activity seem extra special. Whether it’s reading a book, balancing your checkbook, or playing a game with your nearest and dearest, the event is somehow extra special. So it was with the first backgammon game hubby and I had ever played together. We …

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