Review — Rose by Golden Moon

Name: Rose Brand: Golden Moon Type: Flavored black tea Form: Loose leaf Review: For reasons that I don’t fully understand, flowers as flavors never really caught on in America. If you visit the United Kingdom, you’ll find all manner of rose and violet-based confections and chocolates in stores, but nary a whiff of these floral …

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The Science of Ceylon

Ceylon teas are normally categorized by the elevation they are grown at. They can also be categorized by the growing region or the estate, if it is a single-estate tea. The elevation is the critical factor in distinguishing between different Ceylon teas. It is all due to how the elevation affects the final outcome of …

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Main Ceylon Tea Growing Regions

Tea growing in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) was an economy-saving move. As coffee plantations fell victim to a disease called “coffee rust,” plantation owners turned to learning about how to cultivate tea plants (Camellia Sinensis and its varietals). These days, the tea plant of choice is the assamica varietal exclusively. In my previous article “Darjeeling …

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Review — Harney & Sons Decaffeinated Ceylon

Name: Decaffeinated Ceylon Brand: Harney & Sons Type: Black tea, decaffeinated Form: Pyramid tea bags Review: Decaffeinated tea is never going to be as good as its "natural" counterpart, but there are times when a decaffeinated option is necessary. While I do suggest that those who are trying to cut down on or avoid caffeine …

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Review: Lovers Leap Tea

© 2010 A.C. Cargill photos and text – All rights reserved. No copying, posting on other sites, or other uses allowed without written permission of the copyright holder. The Subject: Lover’s Leap Estate Tea from The English Tea Store. Rating: Water temperature: 212° F Steeping time: 4 or 5 minutes (see comments) Tea type: Black Scents, …

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Ceylon Tea and Honorable Women

For the past year I have grown to favor Ceylon Tea, and most recently the loose leaves from the Lover’s Leap Estate. The leaves that made the hot tea in my cup near at hand have been grown on moist mountainous land more than halfway around the world from me on the small island nation …

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Tea Moments — Hubby Bakes Some Pies

Tea and homemade pumpkin pie — even after the holidays are over, these are two of my favorite things. A pie pumpkin we bought back around last Halloween (talk about procrastinating!) sat uncut on the counter taunting us. “Bake me into a pie!” it kept saying. (Did I mention it was a talking pumpkin? They’re …

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Adding a “Bit of Cute” to Your Tea Time

By A.C. Cargill Is your tea time getting a bit bland? Same old teas and tea time treats? Same old mugs, cups, teapots, etc.? Liven up this important break in your day with new teas, new treats, and a “bit of cute” — tea paraphernalia that are a little out of the ordinary. Equipage that, …

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Have a Ghost in for Tea

By A.C. Cargill Even ghosts like tea, especially at this time of year. Decorate your dining room with carved jack-o-lanterns, faces aglow from lit candles within, add in some rubber bats hanging about (literally) and plastic spiders spinning cotton candy webs around the room. Then, have a few of these “spirits beyond the pale” in …

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