Holiday Tea Time — Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is once again upon us. And tea is an important part of this annual gathering of kith and kin. No matter what you traditionally serve in your house, there is a tea that is perfect to go with it. Flavored teas are especially welcome at such times, and not just any flavors but typical …

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PG Tips Line-up Expanding!

A top brand of tea in the UK is PG Tips, a Unilever brand. That special blend has been pleasing palates for over 75 years. In late February 2014 they added some updated blends and flavored teas to their line-up. Premium Range: PG Tips has found an exciting new way of making tea; by pressing …

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The Passing of a Tea Legend – John Harney

In memorium – John Harney 20 August 1930 to 16 June 2014. The English Tea Store, owner of this blog, has been proud to carry a selection of the teas from a tea company that has become quite well-known here in the U.S. – Harney & Sons. Recently, John Harney, founder of this company, died. …

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The Twinings in Three Centuries

If you wanted to discourse on the various members of the Twinings tea dynasty, you certainly wouldn't be at a loss for material. The company moved into their fourth century of operations a few years ago and the latest of the Twinings line - Stephen Twining - is in the tenth generation of tea people …

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Yorkshire Tea on a Gold Platter!

Nothing says the holidays like gold. It’s everywhere — tinsel, garlands, ornaments on those highly-decorated trees, candles, and of course those serving platters. So why not serve up your Yorkshire Tea on one of these gold platters? No reason why not, so let’s do just that, starting with these two loose leaf teas! Left: Yorkshire …

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Louis the PG Tips Chimp – RIP

Not to be too much of a downer, but it was revealed not so long ago that a certain individual named Louis passed on at the age of 37. I omit his last name because I gather that he didn't have one. Louis, one of the beloved PG Tips chimps, was living out his twilight …

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Stephen Twining – 10th Generation Tea Guy

Many decades ago, for a school assignment, I undertook the task of seeing how far back I could trace my ancestry. Given my limited resources, I was only able to go back a few generations but it was an interesting project nonetheless. In this particular respect I find it a little hard to relate to …

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Exploring Devonshire Tea

Featured in a recent article of mine as one of the teas that I would like to explore more, Devonshire Tea is a black tea that I decided to get to know a little better this month. A blend of different black teas (rather than a pure black tea) this blend uses teas grown in …

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Tea Pioneers: Richard Twining

Say what you want about a company that's been around longer than the United States, but you've gotta assume that they're doing something right. There may be other tea companies that have been doing business as long as Twinings of London but I'm not aware of any. The firm got underway 307 years again, in …

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PG Tips Monkey Pens Life Story

It might be stretching the point a bit to say that PG Tips, the popular British tea maker, built their success on their clever advertising campaigns. It would have all been for nought if no one liked their tea but it probably didn't hurt that they've come up with some of the best known ad …

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