May 2015 Tea of the Month – Keemun Panda

The first discounted tea this month is our Keemun Panda, in bags or loose leaf. Keeman is written in traditional Chinese like this: 祁門紅茶, and pronounced chee-MEN. It brews into a vibrant red with smoky and chocolately hints. Of all the China black teas available, Keemun Panda is probably one of the best known. Keemun is …

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May 2015 Tea of the Month – Earl Grey Green

Is it grey, or is it green? Our second Tea of the Month for May is both! Enjoy 15% off the forever favorite made fresh with bergamot and green tea. Bergamot is a small citrus orange that blossoms in winter. Tea was originally flavoured with bergamot to imitate the more expensive types of Chinese tea. …

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5 Ways to Add That Asian Touch to Tea Time

Tea has practically become synonymous with England. The Brits do more than their share to keep those tea gardens in other parts of the world very busy growing and processing tea. Two of those places are China, where tea growing and drinking is said to have originated, and Japan, where tea is so important to …

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3 Things We Can Learn from Chinese Tea Drinking

by Guest Blogger Sarah Rosalind Roberts Tea is deeply embedded in Chinese culture. It is steeped in history and rooted in thousands of years of tradition. In China, it is brewed as a drink for many different occasions and also has many symbolic meanings depending upon the situation. Legend tells us the leaves of the …

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The Chinese Method of Preparing Tea

If you're ever in the mood for some truly offbeat reading, you could head on over to Project Gutenberg and take a look at a curious 1854 book by one Rev. I. Platts. It's called The Book Of Curiosities: Containing Ten Thousand Wonders and Curiosities of Nature and Art - which is a somewhat abridged …

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Teas of the World: Chinese Anxi Teas

China, the much-acknowledged birthplace of tea drinking in the world, is a large country divided into provinces. Fujian is one such province and is also a source of some fine teas. They are so varied, though, that we will start with the county of Anxi. Time to go exploring!About Anxi County The area has the …

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Tea Review: English Tea Store Keemun Panda

If pressed to choose my least favorite type of tea, I'd probably have to go with Lapsang Souchong. For those who may never have heard of it, it's a Chinese type of black tea whose leaves are cured/flavored by exposing them to the smoke of a pine wood fire - or at least "real" Lapsang …

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News Bites From the World of Tea

As mentioned in a recent article here, India's tea industry is hopeful that the government there will declare tea the country's national drink. At least one government official cautiously suggested as much not so long ago. But a more recent news report claims that another government minister is not so confident, citing a similar initiative …

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Yunnan Black Tea (Dian Hong)

As much as I like a great cup of Chinese or Japanese green tea, I have to say that, for me, there's nothing quite like black tea. I've said it many times before and I'm sure I'll say it many more - for me Assam is the be all and end all when it comes …

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Yunnan Black Teas

While I consider myself to be somewhat of an universalist when it comes to tea (I'll drink tea from anywhere), I admit to a strong bias for Chinese black teas, particularly those from Yunnan. While Yunnan is perhaps best known in the tea world as the producer of pu'erh, it also grows and makes some …

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