Classic Tea Party Books

The phrase "tea party" has a number of meanings nowadays. It might refer to an actual tea party, complete with actual tea and those cute little crustless sandwiches. Or it might refer to a political movement of recent vintage. Or it could refer to a number of political uprisings that took place during our colonial …

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Tea and the Badly Written Book

Every now and then I get offered the opportunity to read a new book and write a review. Usually, like many of you, I consider reading time also to be tea time. Sadly, there are times when the tea is the only good thing about the experience. Thus was the case with the latest book …

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Longing Heart Flowering Tea and “Love Lies Bleeding” — A Taste of Mystery

If you’ve ever tried a flowering tea, you know there’s more to the experience than just the end result. A flowering tea is crafted as a beginning-to-finale art form. A tight little ball of mystery is dropped into a warm bath, and a breath of anticipation is held. Then, slowly and deliberately, petals of green …

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Jasmine Dragon Tears and Michael Williams’ “Trajan’s Arch” – Magical Realism and Real Magic

The English Tea Store’s Jasmine Dragon Tears tea is a steamed, hand-rolled, jasmine-infused experience that is not to be rushed. Heated in water just shy of boiling, the pearls unfurl to reveal themselves and the top bud of the plant, still bearing soft hairs, so indicative of a gentle handling and masterful touch. The tea …

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The Land of Tea in Literature — “The First Excellence” by Donna Carrick

China is known by some as the land of tea, that is, the place where tea drinking began. For thousands of years, China had a stranglehold on the tea market that was finally broken by a tricky Scotsman. It is a land with a long history, lots of traditions, and relatively recently an upheaval and …

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Tea Books: The Latest Crop

Time for you and time for me, And time yet for a hundred indecisions, And for a hundred visions and revisions, Before the taking of a toast and tea. - T.S. Eliot -   Where's the link between tea and great literature? Glad you asked. A little while back the New Yorker examined those links …

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Oolong Orange Blossom Tea and “The Secrets of Jin-Shei”

Oolong is a traditional Chinese tea that is only partly fermented, giving it an in-between character that lacks the bitterness and body of black tea, yet is richer and rounder than a conventional green. English Tea Store’s Oolong Orange Blossom Estate Tea is a particularly satisfying rendition of this Far East treat, with the gentle …

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Ginger Tea and “Shades of Milk and Honey”

English Tea Store brand Ginger Tea is a classic tea with a twist. The high-quality black tea leaves brew into a rich, golden liquid just right for polite tea society, yet the mild ginger brings a hint of glamor and heat to the overall sipping experience. It’s similar to what you’ll find in reading Mary …

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Book Review: ‘Dark Road to Darjeeling’ by Deanna Raybourn

Tea lovers, take heart at a new mystery novel that will transport you to a tea garden in a Himalayan valley near Darjeeling, India. It is Dark Road to Darjeeling by American author Deanna Raybourn. Grab yourself a tasty cup of freshly steeped Darjeeling tea first, though! This novel will whet your tea tastebuds (and …

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