May 2015 Tea of the Month – Keemun Panda

The first discounted tea this month is our Keemun Panda, in bags or loose leaf. Keeman is written in traditional Chinese like this: 祁門紅茶, and pronounced chee-MEN. It brews into a vibrant red with smoky and chocolately hints. Of all the China black teas available, Keemun Panda is probably one of the best known. Keemun is …

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A Little More Smoke

I've written about smoky teas a number of times in these pages, mostly discoursing about how much I didn't like them. My latest opus on this topic is here. Once upon a time you would not have heard a good word pass from my lips about smoky teas. Not that it was for lack of …

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China’s Black Teas: Keemun

If I had to choose one type of tea to drink exclusively for the rest of my life, I'd probably have to go with black tea. If I had to narrow that down even further and choose just one variety of black tea to drink exclusively for the rest of my life, there's no doubt …

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Winding Down Summer with Tea

Another trip around the sun, another Summer winding down, and another occasion to celebrate with tea: the Autumnal Equinox rolls around once more. For those of you who don’t pay a lot of attention to the various phases of our journey through this solar system, I’ll give a brief rundown of what “Autumnal Equinox” is. …

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Review of Keemun Panda by the English Tea Store

Name: Keemun Panda China Black Tea Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black tea, Chinese Form: Loose leaf Review: As those who follow me in the tea world know, I am fond of Keemun. Unfortunately, a fair number of Keemuns on the market cost a pretty penny and they aren't always easy to find in tea …

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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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The Teas of Yunnan

As noted in this recent article on The Teas Of Fujian (one of China’s many provinces), all the tea in China covers quite a bit of territory, especially given that China is the number one tea-producing country in the world. And while it might not be sporting to play favorites, it wouldn’t be too farfetched …

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Tuesdays Are for Tea

By A.C. Cargill Tuesdays Are for Tea…and so is the rest of the week, but Tuesdays are a bit more special. Why Tuesday? Because this day occupies a unique position in the work week. Tuesday isn’t a depressing Monday when you head back to work from the pleasures of a weekend spent at the beach, …

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