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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February 2015 Teas of the Month – Chocolate Mint

What do you give a tea lover for Valentine's Day? Chocolates. Chocolate Mint Tea, that is, and it happens to be our other Tea of the Month for February. The Chocolate Mint Flavored Black Tea blend from English Tea Store is the delectable paring of chocolate and mint. This tea delivers a bright and coppery infusion …

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NovelTea – Bubble tea

One of my favorite ways of enjoying tea may not be familiar among the British but it is beginning to sweep the United States by storm. Bubble Tea, or Pearl Tea and Boba Tea (boba is what bubble tea is called in the area I live in), is a Taiwanese variant of milk and tea …

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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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3 Tips for Blending Your Own Teas (and a recipe or two)

You see tea blends all over the place (for purposes of this article, I will include those “blends” that include non-tea substances). There are ones with marigold petals and ones with peppermint. There are some with dried pieces of apples and berries. Some have spices added such as cinnamon, black pepper, and cardamom. There are …

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The Appeal of Consistent Tea

Consistency for many is a very good thing while for others it is a bit of a bore. The same is true of consistent tea. For some it is ho-hum and for others it is the “must have” cuppa three, four, or even five times a day. So, what is a consistent tea and what …

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5 Teas That Are Meant to Be Served British Style

Some teas are best when steeped in a gaiwan. Others in a Yixing style teapot. And still others were specifically produced to be served British Style, that is, steeping up a strong and somewhat bitter liquid that reacts well to milk and sugar (these should enhance, not drown out, the tea’s flavor). Sure, you can …

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Black Tea – Meet Green Tea

Variety is the spice of life. It's a somewhat overused phrase, but when it comes to tea drinking it's true. I'm a black tea drinker first and foremost, and there's nothing I like more than a good Assam. But I also like to mix things up with other varieties of black tea from time to …

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On the Merits of Blending Your Own Tea

[Editor's note: the following article uses the term "blend" to refer to both blended and flavored teas, which are actually two very different things as shown in this other article on our blog.] There are a lot of tea vendors out there who offer a blend-your-own-tea option, but how useful is this, really? Customisation is …

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Can You Blend CTC and Orthodox Teas?

Having a bit of this tea and a bit of that tea in your tea pantry or cupboard is frustrating enough. You don’t have a sufficient amount of that Ceylon black or Keemun or Kenyan to steep a full pot. You do have a nice batch of CTC Assam around, though, and you know that …

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