Review — The English Tea Store’s Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh

Name: Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh Brand: English Tea Store Type: Pu-erh, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: I do confess that I don't normally think of Scotland and pu-erh as having any sort of natural connection to each other, though perhaps that is due to a lack of imagination on my part. I'm glad, though, that …

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Winding Down Summer with Tea

Another trip around the sun, another Summer winding down, and another occasion to celebrate with tea: the Autumnal Equinox rolls around once more. For those of you who don’t pay a lot of attention to the various phases of our journey through this solar system, I’ll give a brief rundown of what “Autumnal Equinox” is. …

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A Touch of Pu-erh

Pu-erh seems to be one of those love ’em or leave ’em teas. Some people say they taste like dirt. Other consider them heavenly. They can be purchased in cakes to enjoy now or to store in a safe place to age and improve over time. They also come in bricks and tuochas (little bird’s …

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Favourite Tearooms in the UK — Part I

I was having a twitter conversation with a dear tea friend recently,and I was mortified to hear they didn’t have a positive experience in a UK tearoom. As I had written, “what to look for in a good tearoom” in a previous post, I felt a strong urge to put the kettle on and reminisce …

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Pu-erh Tea

Pu-erh can be a controversial tea: Many tea lovers are confused (at best) about how it is made, fraud in the sale of pu-erh remains a concern, and more than a few people simply don't care for the stuff. I'm a pu-erh fan going back to my earliest days of tea drinking, but do admit …

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Tea Fakery

Fakery abounds in the tea world, as with many other products. Why not? Expensive teas, commanding prices in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars, are as tempting to counterfeiters as are the works of Gucci and other designers. They say that knowledge is power, though, so with a bit of knowledge, you can tell …

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Pu-erh Roundup

Arguably one of the most misunderstood and yet expensive teas around, pu-erh (also spelled “puer,” “pu-er,” etc.) is well worth a try. First of all, you can get multiple infusions out of most pu-erhs, even flavored ones. That makes them a good value. Or you can choose to do one strong infusion (lots of flexibility …

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Tea Experiment — “Mocha” Pu-erh

Trying some Young Pu-erh awhile back and then looking into various chocolate teas gave me an idea: chocolate pu-erh. Actually, considering the caffeine content which is close to a cuppa coffee, the beverage hubby and I concocted (after a bit of experimenting) is better called “mocha” pu-erh. There is a chocolate pu-erh or two on …

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Review — Golden Moon’s Pu-Erh

Name: Pu-Erh Brand: Golden Moon Type: Pu-Erh, shu/cooked Form: Loose leaf Review: Pu-Erh is perhaps best described as an “acquired taste”. Processed differently than most teas, it doesn’t taste much like the way we think tea ought to taste. Still, it can be quite delicious, as Golden Moon’s Pu-Erhproves. While pu-erh is often sold packed …

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