April 2015 Tea of the Month – Peach Apricot

Both of our teas this month are fruity, just right for the fresh blossoms of spring here in the states. Peach apricot is our first choice for the month, being a Ceylon black flavored with real papaya, apricot, and peach fruit. I love peaches. Chambersburg is a drive to the east from where we live …

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Tea of the Month – March 2015 (Part 1)

I am wondering why we chose Bourbon Street Vanilla Rooibos for one of our March Teas of the Month. For St. Patrick's Day I am thinking Scotch (by association), Irish Whisky, green beer. But Bourbon? Ok. Let's think this through another way - Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras. But that was in February this year. So …

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Honeybush vs. Redbush Tea

I like both Redbush (Rooibos) and Honeybush teas, though both are actually the leaves of flowering legumes, and not really tea at all. Neither has caffeine, both are low in tannin, and both come from Africa. Both are rich sources of antioxidants. Both have naturally sweet undertones. Close cousins, both these herbs require a longer-than-Ceylon …

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Top 5 Herbal Infusions (aka “Herbal Teas”)

There is a lot of concern these days over caffeine and about drinking something that will help this ailment or that ailment or make your hair shinier, your skin glow, and other such beneficial effects. Several herbals have come to the forefront, mainly through the constant marketing of them as miracle cures. But some of …

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Growing Herbs for Tea and Tisanes

I don't have an overly green thumb but I do okay. My efforts in this area nowadays are limited to an assortment of plants kept on the balcony and they are managing nicely, thank you for asking. However, my one attempt at growing tea, which came a few years back, was not exactly a rousing …

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Teas of the World: Greek Mountain “Tea”

Anyone who has read my articles for awhile now and/or followed me on Facebook, Twitter, etc., knows that I prefer to use the word “tea” only for those beverages made from the Camellia Sinensis plant and its varietals. So, this Greek Mountain “Tea” is for me a bit of a misnomer. Like guayusa, rooibos, honeybush …

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Cascara: The Coffee “Tea”

A while ago I wrote an article for this blog about the herbal infusion made from the coffee plant. Since then, I have had a chance to explore it a little more, and can my experiences with it. Although it is tempting to bill this beverage as one that might suit those partial to both …

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Korean Ginger “Tea” (Tisane)

Featured as one of the five herbal infusions that I would like to explore more, Korean Ginger “Tea” is a deliciously sweet, invigorating ginger brew that I often feel I can’t get enough of. As the quote marks in the title (and its inclusion in my previous article) indicate, it is technically a herbal infusion …

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5 Herbal Infusions I Would Like to Explore More

Hearing things mentioned or coming across them online or in stores can catch my interest and get me in the mood to explore them more, such as these herbal infusions:1 Yerba MateThis South American plant has become something of a trendy beverage in many Western countries, renowned for its coffee-like ability to wake you up, …

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Guayusa Gaining in Popularity and Visibility in the U.S.

It’s one of the more obscure herbal infusions out there, but guayusa, a mate-esque South American beverage, is gaining in popularity and visibility. A few years ago this blog published an article introducing guayusa and this article about it being part of South American traditions, and since then it has only become more well-known. One company …

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