Trying Out Tregothnan’s Classic Tea

Tregothnan is the first and only tea plantation in England. Here, in a quiet corner of Cornwall, Camellia sinensis plants are cultivated for use in an impressive range of truly English teas (and tisanes). The owners of the private estate, which dates back to the 14th century, began growing ornamental Camellias 200 years ago, but …

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Marco Polo and Tea

Those of us with a decent education have heard of Marco Polo (also portrayed in a classic black-and-white movie by Gary Cooper in 1938). A French tea company has even named three special products after him (a scented black tea, a black tea blend, and rooibos herbal infusion). But how does he relate to tea? …

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Fascinating Tea Trivia & More

If you're like me, you probably spend a lot of your time sitting around and musing over the great questions of existence. Take this one, for example. What would happen if you dumped all of the world's tea into the Great Lakes? Okay, so maybe none of us were wondering about that one. But someone …

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It’s Time to Stock Up on Those British Candies for Easter!

Less than a month to go before those egg hunts and chocolate candies in egg, squirrel, bunny, and other shapes are unwrapped and gobbled. Better be sure to stock up now so there’s no shortage when that time comes! Some of the most popular British candies for Easter are Cadbury crème eggs and their Mini …

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3 Things We Can Learn from Chinese Tea Drinking

by Guest Blogger Sarah Rosalind Roberts Tea is deeply embedded in Chinese culture. It is steeped in history and rooted in thousands of years of tradition. In China, it is brewed as a drink for many different occasions and also has many symbolic meanings depending upon the situation. Legend tells us the leaves of the …

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When a Teabag Is Your Best Option

Let’s face it – there are times when you just gotta use a bag. That’s true of lunches brought to school or to work from your home, true of purchases from the store, and true for that time when steeping loose leaf tea just isn’t possible. Yes, there are times when a teabag is your …

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A Brief History of Jasmine Tea

It's probably safe to say that the possibilities for flavoring tea are bounded only by the imagination. But there are a few flavored teas that have become tried and true favorites over the years. One of the most famous of these is probably Earl Grey, which is typically made by flavoring black tea with oil …

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How to Enjoy an Everyday Tea Ceremony

The everyday tea ceremony is just as important as the ones you might participant in for a special occasion. You’re probably asking, “What everyday tea ceremony?” To which I stare at you in shock and disbelief. Well, that’s where we need to start, then: how to make some time for your everyday tea ceremony. And …

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The Seasons of Tea

The last time I checked, many parts of the world experience four fairly distinct seasons. People seem to think that we don't have seasons here in the blistering deserts of south Arizona but that's not quite true. They just break down roughly as follows - warm, hot, hotter and hottest. But regardless of where you …

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Tea and the “Victoriana” Nut Lady

What do nuts, Victorian/Edwardian apparel, and Rapunzel-length red hair have in common? Lisa Griffiths, the lady who will make your tea time go nuts! And nuts and teas go well together, as I discussed in this article awhile ago. Lisa is the founder of That Nutty Redhead – Frosted and Gourmet Nuts, a collector of …

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