Review — The English Tea Store’s Chocolate Orange Black Tea

Name: Chocolate Orange Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black Tea, Flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: The holiday trifecta of diet doom is fast approaching: Halloween with its mini-candy bars, Thanksgiving with cornbread and candied sweet potatoes and Christmas, which supplies me with enough calories to hold me for a full year. I need some flavored …

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Review — The English Tea Store’s Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh

Name: Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh Brand: English Tea Store Type: Pu-erh, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: I do confess that I don't normally think of Scotland and pu-erh as having any sort of natural connection to each other, though perhaps that is due to a lack of imagination on my part. I'm glad, though, that …

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Review — The English Tea Store’s Hawaiian Colada Rooibos

Name: Hawaiian Colada Rooibos Brand: English Tea Store Type: Herbal tisane, rooibos Form: Loose leaf Review: If you like pineapple, The English Tea Store's Hawaiian Colada Rooibos ought to be up your alley. I've never had a flavored tea or tisane in which the pineapple flavor is so strong. While this isn't a bad thing, …

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Review — The English Tea Store’s Godiva Roche Rooibos

Name: Godiva Roche Rooibos Brand: English Tea Store Type: Herbal Tisane, Rooibos Form: Loose leaf Review: Looking for a chocolate rooibos? Godiva Roche Rooibos is a good one. Made from rooibos, cacao beans and peels, vanilla and what appears to be a handful of calandula petals, this is certainly a rich treat for chocolate fans. …

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Review — The English Tea Store’s Pumpkin Spice Black Tea

Name: Pumpkin Spice Black Tea Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: It's that time of year again: Coffee houses and ice cream retailers are trotting out calorie laden "pumpkin spice" lattes, milkshakes and ice creams, and who can blame them? The flavor of pumpkin meshed with allspice, cinnamon and other …

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Refuting Tea Misinformation, Politely

It's a conundrum: The world is rife with tea misinformation, and those of us who love this beverage often find ourselves wincing at one of the many tea misunderstandings that often come up in conversation or online. Nobody likes a know-it-all, of course, so I often just keep my mouth shut (or my fingers off …

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What’s Your (Teabag) Type?

Like many tea drinkers, I have a distinct preference for loose leaf teas. Still, there are times when a bagged tea makes sense, particularly when I'm short of time. Tea drinkers now have a lot of options when it comes to teabags, some of them make sense, while others I find annoying or, even worse, …

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Chai for Fall

Here in Chicago, there is definitely a chill in the air, and while I love the colors of fall, I often find myself putting on an extra sweater as the temperature drops. Still, even though I know that the chill will eventually give way to the freezing cold of a Midwestern winter, I've got one …

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The Challenges of Tea for One Sets

Living alone has given me a keen appreciation for "tea for one" sets. Not only are these sets often quite cute, they also are the right size for preparing tea for one person. (Except when they aren't.) One troubling feature of many tea for one sets is that the tea pot has a much larger …

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Beans for Breakfast?

The great British breakfast is legendary: The exact menu varies, but it typically includes eggs, bacon, sausages, toast, mushrooms, black pudding and, believe it or not, baked beans. It sounds strange to us Americans, but our friends across the Atlantic are fond of adding a big scoop of Heinz Baked Beans to their breakfast plates. …

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