Class Is In Session: Tea Terminology

Whether you are new to the tea scene or a veteran of tea, it’s important to learn your tea jargon. I am sure many of you have read the description of a tea and often wondered what a flush or a tisane was. Today we finally explore the meaning of some of these terms. Learn …

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“Enhanced” Is More Accurate for Tea Than “Flavored”

The distinction was made some time ago by another writer on this blog between a tea blend and a flavored tea. The former was all tea, that is, leaves from the Camellia Sinensis bush, and the latter was tea with “stuff” added such as fruits, flowers, spices, oils, etc. Now, I am going to push …

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Mixing Loose Tea and Teabag Teas

When blending teas, I sometimes end up doing the unthinkable: mixing loose tea and teabag teas. Yes, you heard me correctly. Despite the eyebrows that this might raise from some loose tea devotees, I find that it can actually be a very practical approach when my options are limited. But before I go any further, …

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Tea Blends vs Tea Flavourings

Or “Why is there a banana in your teacup?” In response to a recent online post soliciting feedback about a new chocolate-peanut butter “tea,” I wrote that I enjoy peanut butter cups with my tea, not in it. I was outnumbered by dozens of commenters who thought it sounded divine. Several included lists of their …

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Review — Yorkshire Harrogate by The English Tea Store

Name: Yorkshire Harrogate Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black tea, blend Form: Loose leaf Review: Yorkshire Harrogate leaf is most peculiar: A blend of dark brown CTC (machine processed) tea with a few tips and leaves strewn in. I'm not quite sure what the tea-blender was going for when putting this tea together, but whatever …

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Ceylon Blends

The quality of Ceylon teas has been on a steady rise since tea plantations revived Sri Lanka’s agricultural industry when their coffee crops fell victim to disease. You can have a pure Ceylon tea from a particular estate or enjoy one of these delicious teas in a blend where their flavors harmonize with the qualities …

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