Breakdown of Brands: Barry’s Tea

Barry's Tea, an Ireland delicacy, began in 1901 by James Barry. His tea loving family and himself started a little shop on Prince's Street in Cork City. Most of their tea was sourced from India & Sri Lanka. James began handing down his expertise in the family and in 1934, Anthony Barry, a relative of …

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Going For Gold!

With the Olympics going on at the moment, it’s been quite a ride so far for the delegates over at Rio de Janeiro. History was made not just by America’s own Michael Phelps but some nations alone such as Fiji, who won their very first medals. Whether you support Team USA, Team GB, or any …

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Everyone associates St. Patrick’s Day with wearing green but it’s much more than that. Over the years, I have learned there are more ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s. Being an American, I have only seen people wear green, go to parties, and hold parades in the news. It wasn’t until recent years I found out …

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Tea for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is approaching once again. Whether or not you like to celebrate this religious-turned-secular holiday, it tends to make rather a splash in the media and as such you probably will hear something about the numerous celebrations taking place. But a holiday is a holiday (even if it’s not an official U.S. holiday), …

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Tailoring Your Tea to Your Water

Different regions have different types of water. This may be an obvious thing to point out, but since water is essential to drinking tea, this simple statement has implications for tea lovers everywhere. As our editor pointed out in a recent article, your water could be the reason that your tea didn’t taste quite like …

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Irish Tea Debate — Lyons vs Barry’s

Ireland and tea go together like … uh, well … Ireland and tea! The Irish people drink the most tea per capita of any country in the world, with 3 million tea drinkers averaging 4 to 6 cups of tea per day each. Most of that tea is the Lyons brand (founded in 1902 by …

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What’s in a Name? – Tea Companies

According to Inc. Magazine the five characteristics of a great company name are that it should "stick" with those who encounter it; should tend toward brevity; be functional; tell a story; and invent a new language. Whether or not some of the better known tea companies have names that meet those standards is a matter …

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Tea and the “Honey Do” List

In many U.S. households, the guy takes care of certain things and the gal takes care of certain things. Not saying I agree with this, but to each his/her own. Over the years the phrase “‘Honey Do’ List” has come to refer to the guys’ list — things like fixing drawers that stick, replacing rotting …

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Irish Tea Brands

Say what you want about the Irish, but don't say they're not a nation of fanatical tea drinkers. As of 2009, the Irish were tied for second place (with Mauritania, of all places) for annual per capita consumption of tea. The Mauritanians and the Irish each drank an average of a little more than seven …

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When a Breakfast Tea Isn’t

There are quite a few “breakfast blends” out there. These are teas that have been blended to “pack a punch” to help you start your day. However, some of these excel in flavor while remaining mild to such an extent that they go beyond breakfast. These blends often contain teas from the Assam, Nilgiri, and …

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