The Tea Anarchist’s Handbook

I spend all of my day drinking tea. I taste for professional reasons. I blend and taste and I taste the blends of others in our company. I taste competitor teas. I don’t ever taste tea bags, except every so often when someone invents a “new kind that actually tastes good”, which it invariably doesn't. …

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Join the Tea Dance

There’s a scene in a recent episode of a popular British series where several of the lead characters go to a “thé dansant” in a nearby town. Skipping the French they used because they were terribly hoity-toity, the Tea Dance was a staple of English life for the best part of a century from the …

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Afternoon Tea Is No Trifling Affair

Popular history is nearly always wrong; or perhaps not quite right. Many people now know that, no matter how many thousands of times it’s repeated on the internet, The 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anna Russell, did not ‘invent’ afternoon tea – which is often incorrectly called ‘High Tea’, just to add to the confusion. The …

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The Remarkable Captain Pidding

[Editor's note: we welcome the first article from a fellow tea blogger. Enjoy!] From The Carlisle Patriot, 18 May 1844 : “CHINESE OLIO AND TEA TALK. - This is the title of a weekly paper just commenced by Captain PIDDING, whose celebrated mixture of teas is so well known. We have seen the first number, …

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