What’s All This “Tea Liquor” Talk?

Awhile back the whole issue of tea drunkenness got a once over (see “Is There Really Such a Thing as Being “Tea Drunk”?”), but now we’re going to back up a bit and look at what could be causing this condition: “tea liquor.” Everywhere I look tea drinkers and tea vendors are talking about the …

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How Precise Do You Want to Be with Your Tea?

Tea isn’t rocket science. You don’t have to be accurate down to the milliliter. A bit of icing on the fuel lines won’t lead to a catastrophe. But how precise do you want — or need — to be with your tea? Are you losing spontaneity and the flow of the moment? Or are you …

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Speed Tea Revisited

As I've noted many times before - though it certainly bears repeating - tea is often presented as a low-key, calming alternative to that other drink. You know the one. Though they both offer a kick thanks to their caffeine content, tea also contains a compound called theanine, which is thought to provide something of …

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Are Those Nostalgic Teawares Worthwhile?

Sometimes a “blast from the past” is great and gives you a chance to relive those “happy days.” Other times that blast ends up exploding your notions about “the good old days” instead, making you realize how good these new days are. Nostalgic teawares can do both, as I experienced recently with a certain tea …

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Tea Bars, the $5 Cup of Tea & the Future of Tea

If you pay attention to what the media has to say about tea - and I do - you might have noticed that they were beside themselves not so long ago over the news that a certain coffee retailing giant recently made a move into tea selling by opening a "tea bar" in Manhattan. Said …

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How to Serve Tea in Bed

Whether you are caring for an invalid or treating your spouse or “special someone” to a bit of pampering, knowing how to serve tea in bed can make all the difference in the enjoyment of that occasion. Essential Ingredients This is going to sound like a total no-brainer, but sometimes even the obvious needs to …

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Tea Bowls in the British Museum

Whilst some of you tea drinkers out there might be familiar with a gaiwan (a Chinese lidded bowl used for the preparation and drinking of tea, pictured here), its simpler relative, the chawan, might be less well-known to you. Chawan literally means ‘tea bowl’ and, unlike the gaiwan, it has no lid or saucer. It is, …

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Pairing Teas with Fall Food Favorites

Pairing tea and foods in the way that brings out the best of each can be tricky. Add to that the strong flavors that burst on the scene during the Fall season. If your teas can’t hold their own and work with, not against, those strong flavors, you’ll be in for a horrific “battle of …

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On Microflavoring Tea

Don't bother looking for a definition of the term "microflavoring" by the way. I tried looking for it, just to be sure, and I didn't find one. Which is not surprising, given that it's a term I just recently coined. I don't expect that it's going to catch on, but here's the story of how …

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Seasonal Tea Flavors from Top Brands

Every year around this time the various name brand teas come out with specially flavored teas to fit the holiday mood in the air. We present a few that can get you started. Twinings Christmas Tea — A gift in a teabag! Great either on its own or with milk and sugar. The blend starts …

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