Teapot History: Debuting Our Favorite Brown Betty

How do you serve your tea? Do you simply brew a cup? Or do you serve from a teapot? Whether it is for two people or six, teapots have been around for centuries. Teapots come in many forms, sizes, and are made in several materials like ceramic, metal, silver, or even glass. The earliest teapots …

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January 2015 Teas of the Month – Buckingham Palace Garden Party

January brings fresh beginnings and with it, many new resolutions. There are the typical "lose ten pounds," "make time for family" and other very worthwhile goals. But many of us choose to try new things, or master a hobby or skill. The English Tea Store brings you teas of the month, which is a featured selection offered …

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Finding Tea in Martin Yan’s Hidden China

I wasn't very familiar with Martin Chan until I recently ran across a TV show called Martin Yan's Hidden China. For anyone else who might have been living under a rock, suffice to say that Yan has been the host of the PBS show, Yan Can Cook, since 1982 and has also hosted various other …

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The Tea Provinces of China, Part II

Continued from Part I. Six more provinces in China known for their fine teas: Hunan Located northwest of Anhui. Tea production goes back 2,000 years, and this province is now the second largest producer of tea in China, with compressed teas being most common. Produces Gu Zhang Maojian, Yellow Tea, Silver Needles teas. Jiangxi Borders …

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The Tea Provinces of China, Part I

Tea lovers everywhere respond Pavlovian-style when one word is said: “China.” Small wonder. Some of the finest teas available and some of the priciest come from China. It is also considered by many to be the birthplace of tea drinking. China, land of inscrutability, of a civilization that goes back thousands of years, of such …

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Pu-erh Tea

Pu-erh can be a controversial tea: Many tea lovers are confused (at best) about how it is made, fraud in the sale of pu-erh remains a concern, and more than a few people simply don't care for the stuff. I'm a pu-erh fan going back to my earliest days of tea drinking, but do admit …

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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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Review of Golden Heaven Yunnan by The English Tea Store

Name: Golden Heaven Yunnan Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black tea Form: Loose leaf Review: Yunnan golds are always a surprise. Some are earthy, some spicy, some sweet. I've tasted some that taste purely of honey, while others are deeply complex. This Golden Yunnan offers a blend of earthy flavor along with a strong jolt …

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Tea and the Chinese New Year

According to the Chinese Calendar, February 3rd of 2011 is the beginning of the new year (year 4708 or 4709, depending on whom you’re consulting). Each year also has an animal associated with it (there are 12 in all, with the list recycling every 12 years). This is the year of the Rabbit (in Chinese: …

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Spotlight on Black Tea

For most of us – or at least for most of us this side of Asia – tea and black tea are almost synonymous. Though other types of tea have become more popular in the West in recent times, if someone mentions the word tea, it’s likely to conjure up an image of that old …

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