Raising a Cup to Will and Kate

Everyone loves a Royal Wedding.  Especially one like this, between a Prince and a commoner. It’s literally the stuff fairytales are made of. The big day will have everything Walt Disney could have asked for, from the trumpeters to the eighteen-horse carriage procession to the evening of dancing in the great ballroom of Buckingham Palace. …

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Aqua Vitae

I come from a country which is very aware of the importance of spring water. The Scottish whisky industry has grown up along side the burns and springs of the countryside and the difference that it makes is instantly clear in the product. Without varying the production method much at all a single malt whisky …

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The Rise and Rise of Tea Houses

Tea has always had the element of the social about it. The Chinese tea ceremony originated around appreciating art and poetry in groups, the Japanese samurais adopted it and used it to come together and discuss tribal conflicts peacefully. All over the middle east tea is associated with hospitality and the welcoming of others in …

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Ignorance Is Bliss

I am by no means an expert in tea, but at this point I'm probably slightly more than an enthusiast. Somewhere between a lover and a connoisseur, maybe bordering on aficionado. Tea researcher is probably the best term I can come up with. I aspire to greater tea-related things. It sometimes leaves me in an …

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The Scent of Tea

There have been a myriad of tea-related beauty products over the centuries as people tried to find other ways besides drinking it to take advantage of its various health giving properties. If you search for tea and beauty, you will find a bewildering array of creams, shampoos, bath products and perfumes, predominantly centered around green …

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Tea Gardening without the Garden

One of the drawbacks of living in a top floor flat is that a kitchen garden is at best precarious and at worst hazardous. There's really only so much you can do with a window box and a hanging basket. You could maybe encourage some beans to climb up the drain pipe to your window, …

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In the Leaves for April

Once again it is time to pour the tea of knowledge from the pot of the future into the cup of insight, swirl it mystically and see what guidance we can find as we continue our perilous journey in to April. The first of the portents revealed by a very agreeable cup of Earl Grey …

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Tea — The Smart Choice

Confirmation, if it was needed, that tea is the clever person's drink of choice has come from a new Dutch study, published in Nutritional Neuroscience, which seems to show that a cup of tea will improve your brain power. Evidence that tea is as good for the mind as it is for the body is …

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