Tea and the Curry Take-Away

Step aside, fish and chips, there is a favorite food style in town in the UK — Indian curry. It’s actually not new nor new to the UK (the first Indian restaurant opened there in circa 1773), and it’s certainly not new to tea time, especially that evening meal often called “High Tea.” So, it’s …

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Tea and the Bollywood Movie

Hubby and I have been so busy with the fix-up on our new (old) home that we haven’t had a lot of chance to attend many of the events around the area. A festival downtown featuring crafts and food, a 4th of July fireworks show, and now a presentation by one of the local university …

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Can You Get a Premium Silver Needle Tea from India?

Some of us tend to think of Silver Needle as the sole purveyance of the Fujian Province in China (see an earlier article comparing versions). But is that just tea snobbery or tea ignorance or maybe even a bad tea experience? In my case it could be all three. Sigh! Fortunately, I am always eager …

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Tea Pioneers: The Bruce Brothers

For quite some time now tea and tea culture have been considered a rather genteel sort of pursuit, whether it be the tea parties favored by ladies of a certain age or the quiet meditative pursuits of Asian-style tea drinking and ceremonies. But when it came to the pioneering efforts of certain key tea pioneers, …

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Tea — India’s National Drink?

It seems like a natural assumption that people who live in countries that grow a lot of tea drink more of it than those in other countries. But it's not always true. The Chinese, who grow more tea than any other nation, are ranked 33rd on the list of tea consumption on a per capita …

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McLeod Russel — The Elephant in the Tea Room

McLeod Russel India Ltd. is a huge tea company operating primarily in India. They are the proverbial “elephant in the room” and not to be ignored. So, I’m not. The story of McLeod Russel starts with two men — Captain J.H. Williamson and Richard Boycott Magor — originally from England but in Calcutta at the …

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UNTEA — It’s Not What You Think

Years ago there were commercials touting the “uncola”! Today, there is the UNTEA. No, it’s not Rooibos, honeybush, chamomile, yerba maté, guayusa, or a host of other plant matter being called “tea.” It’s not even true tea, the kind made from the tea bush (Camellia Sinensis). So, what is this thing called “UNTEA”? To answer …

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Spotlight on Black Tea

For most of us – or at least for most of us this side of Asia – tea and black tea are almost synonymous. Though other types of tea have become more popular in the West in recent times, if someone mentions the word tea, it’s likely to conjure up an image of that old …

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British East India Company, part 2

by Stephanie Hanson Part 2 The British East India Company used opium as a way to raise revenue from the Chinese people to then buy the tea that the English people clamored for. The powerful company practically destroyed the agricultural economy in parts of India, where opium began to dominate the landscape -- opium that …

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