Madeleines

“She sent for one of those squat, plump little cakes called 'petites madeleines,' which look as though they had been moulded in the fluted valve of a scallop shell. And soon, mechanically, dispirited after a dreary day with the prospect of a depressing morrow, I raised to my lips a spoonful of the tea in …

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In the Leaves for June

Once again it is time for you to join me as we mystically attune ourselves to the month of June and sip the tea of insight to reveal the leaves of fortune. The first symbol I discerned was a strawberry, which predicts coming changes in your life and pleasure. Then, there was a car, which …

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A Comparison of Indian and Chinese Teas

When you consider that tea is the most popular drink in the world after water it isn't really that surprising to see just how many countries grow and produce it. When you look at global tea production, India and China instantly stand out, both producing well over twice as much tea annually as their nearest …

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Tea – A Taste Adventure

Tasting notes are something I normally avoid. This is because I have mild synaesthesia and, if I see a picture of something or think about it, then I can smell and taste it. General descriptions, such as light, refreshing, complex or strong, are fine but, as soon as individual flavours are described, it's impossible for …

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Tea, Altitude and Climate

Camellia sinensis, like any plant, has it's own personal set of preferences as to where it will happily grow. It likes an acidic, well drained soil and needs at least 50 inches of rain a year to flourish. It also needs a long day length, which limits the distance from the equator that it can …

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Taking Tea Along in a Thermos

My husband and I recently went away for a weekend of walking, carefully timed to miss out on the current unseasonably warm weather. We had to search long and hard to find a place where it was raining in an April this lovely, but we didn’t shrink from the task. I’m fairly sure my feet …

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Green Tea and Bone Strength

There have been so many amazing health claims about tea by this point that you can’t help but be sceptical. Between the cancer curing, the disease fighting and all the other general health promoting, you’d think we’d all been happily brewing the elixir of life for centuries. If we ever stop drinking tea, we’ll realise …

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In the Leaves for May

Once again we pour the water of time into the kettle of knowledge and boil; carefully allow it to cool to the correct temperature for May 2011 before brewing the tea of truth. Earl Grey will be my spirit guide this month as we decipher what the leaves have to tell us. In the bottom …

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Tea Bonsai

Despite my consistently disastrous history with house plants, I’ve always gotten on rather well with bonsai. Maybe it’s because I’m a forestry graduate; they just don’t seem to die on me like all the non-tree-based plants. Bonsai is the art of growing trees and woody shrubs in such a way that their size and form …

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