February Tea Wrap Up

The Groundhog was right on his prediction when he said there would be six more weeks of winter. Pretty much everywhere in the United States there is snow, freezing rain, or just cold in general. I have been fortunate enough to live in a state that has managed to avoid most of the dreary, wintry …

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Tea Kettle Philosophy ― First Year French Class

Fill the kettle, set it on the stove, and turn on the heat — these tasks have become almost second nature and certainly don’t need a lot of brain power, leaving the majority of my mental capacity to ponder. Time to engage in some deep thoughts. Awhile back, I mentioned my French Lit class in …

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Single-Estate vs. Blended Teas

What makes a tea desirable? It’s a tricky question and a proper answer could probably fill a volume or three. But when it comes to flavor profiles there are essentially two different mindsets. Many tea drinkers tend to stick with one or a few teas, drinking them on a regular basis and demanding a flavor …

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Review — Borengajuli Estate Tea

The Subject: Borengajuli Estate Tea Water temperature: 212° F Steeping time: 5 minutes (actually, 3 minutes might be better) Tea type: Black Scents, flavorings, etc.: Nothing added Aroma, dry: Fresh, planty tea smell, fragrant Aroma in the cup, plain: Planty tea smell Taste, plain: Strong, somewhat bitter, Aroma in the cup, enhanced: Milk and sweetener …

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Tea Blends vs. Single Estate Teas: Part Two

In Part One, I likened the flavor and drinking experience of blended teas to a symphony--many elements working in harmony for an immersing experience. If drinking a blended tea is like listening to a symphony, then drinking a great single estate tea is like listening to a virtuosic soloist. With single estate teas, you get …

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Tea Blends vs. Single Estate Teas: Part One

Although most tea drinkers are familiar with a terms like "breakfast blend"and "Margaret's Hope Darjeeling," far fewer could probably explain what exactly a breakfast blend entails, why it is that teas are blended, or what "Margaret's Hope" stands for. Understanding the difference between a tea blend and a single estate tea can enhance your enjoyment …

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