Some Tea Country Holidays to Note – November Edition

Tea is being cultivated in more and more countries around the world. China and India remain top producers with Sri Lanka and Kenya being close contenders. It makes me and others interested in the culture of these countries, and that includes some of their holidays. So, I have been looking them up and thought I’d …

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5 “Thankful” November Teas!

It’s a month of being thankful. From the beautiful Fall colors to the bountiful harvests, we have a lot of good things going on around us. And the same goes for tea. The tea farmers have, for the most part, done their final harvests for this growing season, and the leaves have or soon will …

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How to Enjoy Tea During Trick-or-Treat Time

If you’re like me, drinking tea is a necessity not to be interrupted by an hour or two of answering a doorbell rung by those trick-or-treaters. So here are some ways to enjoy tea even during that “trick-or-treat” time. Prepare Ahead Steep up a nice pot of tea for yourself and any other tea drinkers …

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3 Reasons You Should Let the Vendor Bake Your Tea

There is a trend toward people trying to bake their own tea. I like that “do it yourself” spirit, but there are 3 reasons why you should let the vendor bake your tea. There may even be more. No, we’re not talking about the kind of baking that produces such deliciousness as cakes, pies, breads, …

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Some of the Tea Gardens of Assam

One of the chief areas in India for growing tea is the state of Assam in the northeastern part of the country. There are hundreds of tea gardens (Chah-Buwas or tea plantations) with names that can be real tongue twisters. Two of my favorites are Borengajuli and Tarajulie (simple to say if you pronounce them …

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Variety Is the Tea Party of Life

Many say that variety is the spice of life, but I say that variety is the tea party of life. And teas seems to be getting more varied, as well. Talk of tea parties, and not always the kind at which tea is served, is rather common these days. Not surprising. Tea parties are social …

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

It’s a time of year for being aware of strange things that could happen at tea time, such as it morphing into something quite “ghoulish.” So it is very important to be able to tell when this is beginning to happen. Here are some signs to watch for: 1 Vocabulary Morphage The re-arisen dead have …

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What Young Pu-erh Tea Is All About

A few years ago I received a sample of a tea called “Young Pu-erh.” It started me on an exploration of this rather unique style of tea. It’s not a black tea nor an oolong. And it’s certainly not a green or white tea. So, what is Young Pu-erh all about? To know that, you …

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5 Conjurers’ Secrets So Tea Doesn’t Scare You!

So often I get comments from folks saying that they are scared to try various teas. Or scared of tea altogether…it’s too complicated…it can turn out bitter…it can get oversteeped or have no taste at all… and so on. But don’t let tea scare you! It’s really quite simple. No need for witches’ cauldrons, strange …

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Some Thoughts on Tea Steeping Instructions

Hundreds and maybe even thousands of articles are written on how to steep tea. Plus a ton of videos. Even so, new information always seems to pop up in discussions with tea-loving friends online. A recent incident prompted me to put down some thoughts on tea steeping instructions, and I hope you will excuse any …

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