December Tea Roundup

With December coming to a close, the frantic holiday rush picks up and it’s hard to find a good time to wind down and relax with a good cup of tea. My seasonal picks for the month of December from the English Tea Store are sure to delight and soothe even some of the most …

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Tea Review – English Tea Store Gyokuro

It's hard to say what the world's best green tea is. In fact, I'll go one step further and say that it's probably impossible to say what the world's best green tea is. After all, it is a matter of opinion and tastes differ and we all like what we like and so on. But …

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Tea Review – English Tea Store Black Peach

When I drink tea, I like to taste the tea and nothing else. Everybody has their own preferences and I'm not saying my way is better than anyone else's. But I like my tea untainted by any such substances as milk, sugar, lemon, sauerkraut (just seeing if you're paying attention) and the like - the …

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Tea Review – English Tea Store Nonsuch Estate Nilgiri

I have mixed feelings about India's teas. If I had to pick a variety of tea that's disappointed me the most over the years, I'd go with Darjeeling. I've only been drinking tea for about eight years now and in the early days I found myself quite impressed with the unique flavor profile of this …

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Review of Spring Pouchong from The English Tea Store

I investigated Pouchongs in some depth a while back on this blog, having previously not known very much about them. However, although I had researched them thoroughly, I had not had a chance to sample them as much as I would like, and as such they featured on my list of five teas that I …

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Review of Earl Grey Green Tea from The English Tea Store

Type of tea: Green Loose or bagged: Loose Recommended steep time: 3 minutes Another of the teas I wanted to explore more, Earl Grey Green tea from The English Tea Store was something that I approached with slight trepidation; the bergamot flavouring of Earl Grey is something that I associate so strongly with black tea …

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Review of Scottish Breakfast Tea from The English Tea Store

Type of tea: Black Loose or bagged: Loose Recommended steep time: 3-8 minutes, depending on preferred strength One of the teas featured in a list of teas I would like to explore more, Scottish Breakfast tea from the English Tea Store is a bold, strong black tea without flavouring or scenting. It can be brewed …

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Tea Review — The English Tea Store’s Lovers Leap Estate Tea

Ceylon tea is still something of an unknown (or perhaps lesser known these days) quantity for me, but that's gradually starting to change as more samples start to trickle in. I sampled a few from another merchant a while back that were good but not great. Most recently I took the English Tea Store's Organic …

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Tea Review — The English Tea Store’s Organic Ceylon

Most of us have probably heard the term terra incognita, but perhaps you've never thought much about where it comes from. As the story goes, once upon a time the phrase was inscribed upon those areas of maps that were an unknown. Nowadays, of course, these areas don't take up as much space as they …

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Book Review: The China Tea Book

I've run across a few tea books in my time and, while it's only a rather modest 212 pages in all, Luo Jialin's The China Tea Book takes the cake when it comes to sheer bulk. I don't think I've ever run across a heftier volume on tea, and it would certainly qualify as coffee …

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