Surviving the Dog Days with Tea

Summer is a relative concept. Which may have some influence on how you consume tea. When I was growing up back in the Northeast, summer began with pools opening on Memorial Day, followed by school letting out. A period of heat followed, the pools closed on Labor Day and school started again. Leading up to …

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The Dog Days of Tea

You’ve no doubt heard of the Dog Days of Summer. But what about the Dog Days of Tea? No? Well, let me enlighten you. First, a bit about what the Dog Days of Summer are. Date-wise, these Dog Days occur mainly in the months of July and August here in the Northern Hemisphere. They are …

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“Tea, Please…and Hold the Ice!”

Iced tea weather is upon us, but for some folks that ice poses a problem: dilution. As ice cubes melt in your glass on a hot day they can water down your tea, weakening it to the point where it’s barely more than water. That can cause many tea drinkers to say “Tea, please…and hold …

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Fresh-Brewed Iced Tea from a Convenience Store?

I ran across a press release recently that announced that a certain well known convenience store chain was rolling out something called "fresh-brewed" iced tea in its stores. Which got me to wondering. I've seen this phrase used before and have never thought much about it, but just exactly what does fresh-brewed tea mean? I …

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7 Teas I’ve Tried Chilled

Awhile ago I tried a bunch of teas served cold just to see how they’d do. The results were less than predictable and rather uneven – ranging from “ugh, what is that?” to “wow, where have you been all my life?” I wanted to summarize of few here in case you want to run your …

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Historical Takes on Iced Tea

As I write this, we're approaching the midpoint of summer, and if that's not a prime time for iced tea drinking, I'm not sure what is. It's hard to say with any certainty who might have been the first to come up with iced tea. But we here in America are enthusiastic fans of it …

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Ice Tea or Iced Tea? – A Matter of Semantics

It occurred to me recently that I've seen the type of tea that we drink chilled referred to as both "ice tea" and "iced tea." It's not something I ever paid close attention to and I'm pretty sure that the latter spelling is the more popular but I thought it merited looking into a little …

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“Sweet Tea” Explained (Sort of)

Having lived in the Southeastern part of the U.S. for several years, I never quite managed to understand the phenomenon known as “sweet tea.” Now, after moving away, I think I finally get it. In short, it’s sort of a brown Kool-Aid, especially when made with the teas that have fruit flavors added to them.A …

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Spring Forth into a Summer of Tea

When it comes to tea, certain seasons are known for certain things. I'm drawing a blank when it comes to autumn and winter, though it's safe to say those are times when the warming qualities of a nice hot cup of tea are much appreciated. We are currently passing through spring, perhaps best known for …

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Iced Tea – It’s What’s for Winter

It is the wrong half of the year to even be talking about iced tea. I get it. I'm wondering if my Esteemed Editor will even be able to read through another piece that addresses my slightly offbeat tea-related quirk. I won't go over the basics of it again, since I already did that here, …

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