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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“The Leading Teas of the World – Ceylon” by Herbert Compton

Once upon a time the country off the southeastern coast of India that we now know as Sri Lanka had another name. It was called Ceylon and though the name would eventually change the tea that is grown there still bears the old one. Ceylon tea is a relatively new development, coming to the island …

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Sencha from Sri Lanka? Yep!

A vendor posted on Twitter that they carried in their product line a sencha that was grown and processed in Sri Lanka. Needless to say, that raised a few eyebrows, especially among those carrying and selling sencha from Japan. Time to take a closer look. First, what is “sencha”? Some sources say it simply means …

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Teas of the World: Assamica Teas

We think of Camellia Sinensis var. assamica teas as those grown in the state of Assam in northern India. But this varietal of the tea plant is also grown elsewhere and, due to that alternate growing environment, can taste rather different from those grown in Assam. The assamica varietal is raised in these locations (and …

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Tea vs. Coffee in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka may not be a massive tea-growing region, at least not on the same order as China, India or Africa, but they actually rank rather high on the list, after those aforementioned areas. Like its neighbor immediately to the West - India - the island is best known for its black tea. It is …

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Teas of the World: Low-Grown Sri Lankan (Ceylon) Teas

Last but not least, here are some low elevation (low-grown) Ceylon teas. The number 3 or 4 player in tea growing in the world is the island nation off the south coast of India. Formerly named “Ceylon,” it is now called Sri Lanka. The teas, though, are still referred to as Ceylon teas. They are …

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Teas of the World: Mid-Grown Sri Lankan (Ceylon) Teas

The number 3 or 4 player in tea growing in the world is the island nation off the south coast of India. Formerly named “Ceylon,” it is now called Sri Lanka. The teas, though, are still referred to as Ceylon teas. They are used in many blends, including brands like Barry’s and PG Tips, instead …

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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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Teas of the World: High-Grown Sri Lankan (Ceylon) Teas

The number 3 or 4 player in tea growing in the world is the island nation off the south coast of India. Formerly named “Ceylon,” it is now called Sri Lanka. The teas, though, are still referred to as Ceylon teas. They are used in many blends, including brands like Barry’s and PG Tips, instead …

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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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