Why Tea Blends Can Vary from Batch to Batch

See if this scenario sounds familiar: You buy a tea blend, you love the tea blend, you run out of the tea blend, you buy some more of the tea blend, you don’t like the new batch of the tea blend. If it does, then read on to find out what might have happened and …

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Can You Blend CTC and Orthodox Teas?

Having a bit of this tea and a bit of that tea in your tea pantry or cupboard is frustrating enough. You don’t have a sufficient amount of that Ceylon black or Keemun or Kenyan to steep a full pot. You do have a nice batch of CTC Assam around, though, and you know that …

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Blending Away the Tea’s Character

Tea blends, where teas from various regions, not just several tea gardens from the same region, are combined usually exhibit the flavor profiles of each tea used. Sometimes, though, the blenders can blend away the tea’s character altogether. (Note: we’re not talking about those flavored teas where flower petals, spices, etc., have been added to …

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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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Tea and the Pioneer Spirit II

In January of 2010, I wrote about tea and the pioneer spirit, where that sense of frugality which comes from people living off the land day by day carries through to my desire to get the most from my teas. Time to add to that story. My first sequel. Don't you just hate sequels? They …

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Blending Teas — Get Creative!

Have you ever considered blending teas on your own? What about mixing favourite flavours to come up with something new and yet familiar to your tastebuds? We began doing just that in our home when our son began drinking tea. Albeit, he was drinking herbal tea with us at dinner, mostly because we didn’t want …

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