July 2015 – Teas of the Month

July has arrived! It may seem like the past few months have been flying by, but we're here to give you a little bit of tea encouragement. The teas listed below offer special pricing that will last all month long (no code needed.) The first tea is our Regular Earl Grey Tea in Fine Loose …

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PG tips – Flavored Teas!

If you know me, one of my favorite brands of tea to brew is PG Tips. It is usually my go-to tea for whenever I feel like I need a good pick-me-up or something to warm me up in the cold days of winter. It was one of the first British teas I tasted before …

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Blueberries in the Morning

One thing I love the smell of in the morning, is blueberries. Blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, and now blueberry tea. Recently I tried out the English Tea Store’s Blueberry Green and it’s one of my new go-to teas - refreshing enough to wake me up but also somewhat calming. Good for a weekend morning where you can …

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On Microflavoring Tea

Don't bother looking for a definition of the term "microflavoring" by the way. I tried looking for it, just to be sure, and I didn't find one. Which is not surprising, given that it's a term I just recently coined. I don't expect that it's going to catch on, but here's the story of how …

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Tea Quiz: What’s in This Tea?

Time for another tea quiz, all you fellow tea lovers. Let’s see how it goes. This time around it’s all flavored teas (sometimes misnamed as “tea blends”) where you need to identify not the tea itself but the “stuff” added to it. First, the question in the title can be said several different ways. There’s …

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“Enhanced” Is More Accurate for Tea Than “Flavored”

The distinction was made some time ago by another writer on this blog between a tea blend and a flavored tea. The former was all tea, that is, leaves from the Camellia Sinensis bush, and the latter was tea with “stuff” added such as fruits, flowers, spices, oils, etc. Now, I am going to push …

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On the Merits of Blending Your Own Tea

[Editor's note: the following article uses the term "blend" to refer to both blended and flavored teas, which are actually two very different things as shown in this other article on our blog.] There are a lot of tea vendors out there who offer a blend-your-own-tea option, but how useful is this, really? Customisation is …

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Losing My Taste for Flavored Teas

My taste for flavored teas has for the most part faded like a cheap rug in the sunlight. The reason is pretty simple but takes a bit of explaining and some examples. Once upon a time, Earl Grey was my favorite tea. I was gaga over it. Wouldn’t drink anything else. Then, I started branching …

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Angel’s Dream Tea — Heavenly Sweetness in a Cup

Looking for that heavenly taste in a teacup? I may have just found it: Angel’s Dream Tea. It’s a flavored tea that evokes thoughts of pancakes and fruit sundaes all at the same time. Flavoring and scenting teas has been a tradition for centuries, in fact, about as long as tea has been consumed by …

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Tea and the Kitchen Sink

In response to my article “Teas with Something Extra,” a friend on either Twitter or Facebook (I can’t remember which) commented, “Hey, if you're gonna add ‘stuff’ to your tea, why not throw in the kitchen sink?” So very true. Once you’ve loaded down a tea with so many pieces of fruit, or flower petals, …

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