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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My Reacquaintance with Flavoured Teas

I am amazed at where my tea journey takes me and several weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to trip to Adelaide and meet with like-minded tea folk.  My tea journey stopped at a cross roads where I was invited to choose between flavoured teas or loose leaf tea with no flowers/herbs added.  I’ve often …

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The Real Issues with Flavored Teas

The following is my personal opinion on the real issues with flavored teas. Some of you may relate to this, having experienced these issues first hand. Others of you will pooh-pooh them, saying you love flavored teas. Either way, here goes… Every once in awhile, I get a real hankering for a flavored tea and …

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Review — The English Tea Store’s Chocolate Orange Black Tea

Name: Chocolate Orange Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black Tea, Flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: The holiday trifecta of diet doom is fast approaching: Halloween with its mini-candy bars, Thanksgiving with cornbread and candied sweet potatoes and Christmas, which supplies me with enough calories to hold me for a full year. I need some flavored …

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Review — Blue Lady by The English Tea Store

Name: Blue Lady Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black tea, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: Looking for a fruity, sweet tea to serve this summer? Blue Lady may suit you very well. The English Tea Store named this blend in honor of the various "Blue Lady" ghost sightings around the country. While I am not …

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All Flavored Teas Are Not Created Equal

Flavored teas have become increasingly popular in the tea marketplace. Florals, fruits, and spices are everywhere you look. This is not a new phenomenon, though, nor are all flavored teas created equal. There is a saying that “necessity is the mother of invention.” I counter that saying with “happy accidents are the mother of invention …

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Lychee Congou China Black Tea from The English Tea Store

Name: Lychee Congou China Black Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black tea, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: Lychee is a delicious fruit with a marvelous scent. In Lychee Congou China Black Tea, black tea from China is blended with lychee flavoring to create a very sweet, fragrant cup of tea. The tea's dry leaf is …

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Review of Pomegranate Lemon Organic Black Tea by The English Tea Store

Name: Pomegranate Lemon Organic Black Tea Brand: The English Tea Store Type: Black tea, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: Warning! Warning! Warning! Pomegranate Lemon Organic Black Tea is a tasty tea when prepared correctly, but if you mess up, you'll end up with a sour, bitter mess. But don't worry, it isn't that much of …

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Review — White Peach Wuyi Oolong Tea

Name: White Peach Wuyi Oolong Tea Brand: Stash Tea Type: Oolong, flavored Form: Paper tea bags, individually wrapped in foil Review: There is something about hot peaches that puts me into orbit. I actually am not a fruit eater, but I can’t resist a properly cooked peach. In fact, one of the best meals I …

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Spotlight on Flavored Tea

There are those tea drinkers (myself among them) who believe that a good cup of tea needs nothing else, whether it be milk, cream, sweeteners, or lemon. But everyone likes what they like, and, of course, there are many people who could not even conceive of drinking a cup of tea without assorted and sundry …

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