A Memorial Day Tea Time

Memorial Day is upon us (the real one on May 30th as opposed to the date this year it was observed). One of this blog owner’s sister companies is the United States Flag Store, so this is one of those big days of the year for them. But it’s also a great day for a …

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Origins of the Phrase “A Nice Cup of Tea”

I have always associated the phrase "a nice cup of tea" with the British. Whether it's used anywhere else in the world I can't say for sure but the British seem to give it quite a workout. One of the better-known uses of the phrase is as the title of an essay by George Orwell, …

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Tea Quiz: Pair the Taste with the Tea

Can you pair a taste description with the tea it’s referring to? Take this quiz and find out. But first a bit about tea taste descriptions. Describing the taste of a tea can be like trying to describe color to someone who has never seen. Or music to someone who has never heard. Plus there …

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Offbeat Tea Patents Revisited

If you assumed that the files of various patent offices are full of inventions that are eminently practical, useful, sober and serious, you're absolutely right. But then there are the rest of the inventions. You could spend plenty of time perusing said files for offbeat and just plain weird patents, and I like to skim …

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Stopping for Tea in Stockholm

Considering that the Swedes are avid coffee drinkers, stopping for tea in Stockholm might seem like a futile endeavour. But, as this intrepid tea explorer discovered, that is far from true. Despite the prevailing image of America as a nation of coffee addicts, the land of the free and the home of the brave is …

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How Far Around the World Does the British Tea Influence Extend?

The British Empire, on which it was once said that the sun never set, is a thing of the past, but the British influence on tea drinking is still felt in many parts of the world. How far this extends is another matter. Obviously, tea drinking is still very much alive and well in Britain, …

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Monthly Tea Gadget and Offbeat News Report 19

I certainly don't have the space in these monthly gadget reports to report on 27 gadgets. So I'll start this installment by referring you to an article that does. It's called 27 Items All Tea Lovers Need In Their Lives. A few of which might look familiar to anyone who reads this column. I could …

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Royal Albert Teaware Designs with a Supermodel Touch Recently Launched

A supermodel designing teacups? Well, sorta. Might just go to show that Miranda Kerr is more than another pretty face. An angelic face at that (she is a former Victoria’s Secret Angel model). Her designs, manufactured by the renowned pottery firm of Royal Albert, were unveiled in Sydney, Australia, on May 16th. The designs featured …

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Earl Grey Tidbits & Trivia

As promised in the title of this article I will now attempt to regale, thrill and enlighten you with some tidbits and trivia about Earl Grey tea. But first a few basic facts. Earl Grey is named for a real person - an actual English Earl who lived in the nineteenth century. The other key …

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Recipe for Tea Chicken Tacos

The smoky notes in Lapsang Souchong are perfect for this Latin cuisine. The rich depth of flavors in this dish combines to create a symphony of taste on your palate. Latin cuisine holds such bold notes and only a bold tea will do. This flavor combination will work for almost any meat you choose to …

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