Trying Out Tregothnan’s Earl Grey Tea

Following on from my explorations of Tregothnan’s Classic Tea, I also had a chance to find out how their Earl Grey stands up to the other Earl Grey blends out there. As mentioned in my previous article, the Tregothnan teas currently being stocked by Waitrose appear only to be sold in bagged form. For the …

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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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Hydrating Teas for the Winter Months

Depending on what the weather is like where you live, you may find that it is easy to become dehydrated at this time of year. Most of us are pretty good about staying hydrated in hot weather- it is easy to identify thirst, and we are aware of our bodies losing water as we sweat. …

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Introducing Friends to New Teas (and Herbal Infusions!)

There is a certain satisfaction to be gained from introducing people you care about to things that you care about. Tea is no exception, and it is always extremely rewarding to introduce friends of mine to teas. This could mean introducing them to a certain blend of tea, a new type of tea (green, white, …

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Review of Genmaicha Green Tea from The English Tea Store

Genmaicha is one of the more easily identified teas, thanks to the noticeable presence of toasted rice among the tea leaves. To the uninitiated, this might at first seem slightly peculiar. But, as Genmaicha lovers know, these little pieces of toasted rice are the perfect complement to the sweet, grassy flavour of Japanese green tea. …

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Review of Gyokuro from the English Tea Store

Gyokuro is a Japanese green tea of the highest quality, and one that I always look forward to drinking. It is considered one of the highest grades because the processing of this tea is complex, including covering the tea trees with shades during growth. This reduces the tannin content of the leaves, which is responsible …

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Checking in on New Year’s Tea Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are not for everyone- a little like the British delicacy of marmite, they seem to be something that you either love or hate. But, if you are in the habit of making them, it is usually around this time that you might stop and take account of how your New Year’s resolutions …

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Spicing Up Moroccan Mint Tea

On a recent trip to Morocco, I had the chance to partake in a variety of Moroccan tea experiences. There has been much written about Moroccan mint tea on this blog (and rightly so - it is a tea worth writing about!), including how to make it, teahouses where you might sample some, pouring techniques, …

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Dehua Wares in the British Museum!

Time to explore some more great teawares on display in the British Museum in London. This round focuses on Dehua wares. Very stylish! Dehua wares are porcelain wares characterised by their pure whiteness, and are so named because they were produced in Dehua county in the Fujian province of China. Their production began around 1600, …

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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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