(Sort of) Arcane Tea Terms: Congou

Language is an ever-changing thing, as anyone who's ever struggled to read Chaucer or Shakespeare can probably attest to. The British Library was so convinced that the English language is constantly in flux that they created a web site to try to document some of those changes. Of course, the language of tea has changed …

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Teas of the World: Chinese Rare and Lesser Known Teas

Rare teas are generally ones that are fairly unknown and available in small quantities, but along with this the term is meant to indicate high quality. A number of these teas come from China, which is no surprise since they remain the top country for tea growing but had also at one time a few …

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Teas of the World: Chinese Anxi Teas

China, the much-acknowledged birthplace of tea drinking in the world, is a large country divided into provinces. Fujian is one such province and is also a source of some fine teas. They are so varied, though, that we will start with the county of Anxi. Time to go exploring!About Anxi County The area has the …

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A Little More Smoke

I've written about smoky teas a number of times in these pages, mostly discoursing about how much I didn't like them. My latest opus on this topic is here. Once upon a time you would not have heard a good word pass from my lips about smoky teas. Not that it was for lack of …

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Teas of the World: Chinese Fujian Teas

Teas are grown in an ever-increasing number of countries in the world, with China still being one of the leaders. Your first stop on our world tea tour is the Fujian Province where a good portion of these teas come from. About the Province During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the Fujian Province served as the …

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Tea Review: English Tea Store Golden Heaven Yunnan

I consider myself to be a rather avid fan of Assam tea, a black variety that hails from the Assam region of India. Although I'm always careful to note that Assam teas are definitely not all created equal and some of them are rather yucky, to be quite honest. But I'm such a fan of …

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News Bites From the World of Tea

As mentioned in a recent article here, India's tea industry is hopeful that the government there will declare tea the country's national drink. At least one government official cautiously suggested as much not so long ago. But a more recent news report claims that another government minister is not so confident, citing a similar initiative …

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Pairing Tea and Food — Simple Summer Couscous Salad and Golden Yunnan Tea

Here is the 2nd of the baker’s dozen (13) of recipes that I selected off of a foodie site since they seem to really fit this bill of going great with tea. This is a more unusual recipe to serve with tea but seems to fit this time of year. After reading my take on …

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Exploring Some Dragon Teas

[Editor's note: We are welcoming a new author on our blog - Elise Nuding! Let us know what you think of her first posting.] The 23rd of January 2012 marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year, ushering in the Year of the Dragon. The dragon is highly esteemed in Eastern cultures as it is …

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Keen on Keemun Tea!

Ever since I tried Keemun tea, I have, as the expression goes, been keen on it! This black tea tickles my tastebuds in a wonderful way that makes a nice change from my usual morning cuppa Assam. Some tea experts describe the flavor this way: “A winey, fruity tea with depth and complexity.” “…having a …

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