Matcha vs Dust-in-a-Teabag

Someone asked the other day why dust in a bag is considered bad but powdered matcha is considered good, even premium. In other words, if whole or broken leaves are supposed to be better, why is matcha an exception? Great question, and one to which I flippantly answered: “Marketing and tradition!” Well, that question deserves …

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Mixing Loose Tea and Teabag Teas

When blending teas, I sometimes end up doing the unthinkable: mixing loose tea and teabag teas. Yes, you heard me correctly. Despite the eyebrows that this might raise from some loose tea devotees, I find that it can actually be a very practical approach when my options are limited. But before I go any further, …

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Simon’s Crumbs

At some point everyone who enters the realm of estate and single-source tea – that is to say, good tea – encounters the leaf debate: Is whole-leaf tea the best form for making the best tea? The purist’s argument goes that broken leaves have too many surfaces that allow all the tasty and aromatic oils …

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Making the Switch from Bagged to Loose Tea

Many of us tea drinkers start out with the proverbial tea bag and a mug of hot water when we make our first forays into drinking tea. Often, this is due to influences at home or from other tea drinkers. Mainly, it is a result of the extreme popularity of tea bags as a convenient …

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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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Review — The English Tea Store’s Versailles Lavender Earl Grey

Name: Versailles Lavender Earl Grey Brand: The English Tea Store Type: Black tea, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: Looking for an elegant, refined tea perfect for summer sipping? Try Versailles Lavender Earl Grey, a tea that is a pleasure to look at, sniff and sip. A very nice combination indeed! The base tea appears to …

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Review — British Earl Grey Flavored White Tea by The English Tea Store

Name: British Earl Grey Flavored White Tea Brand: English Tea Store Type: White tea, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: For those who enjoy the flavor of bergamot but crave a lighter, cleaner tea during the summer should enjoy this offering from the English Tea Store. This is a "white" Earl Grey, blended from Pai Mu …

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Review — English Evening by The English Tea Store

Name: English Evening Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black and green tea blend Form: Loose leaf Review: I'm not quite sure what makes this an "evening" blend, though I suspect it's somewhat austere flavor has something to do with it. I can't speak to the caffeine content: As always, if you are concerned about caffeine, …

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Review — Organic Irish Breakfast by The English Tea Store

Name: Organic Irish Breakfast Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black tea Form: Loose leaf Review: The English Tea Store's Organic Irish Breakfast tea is pretty much what I expected: Super strong, robust, not very complex, but possessing the ability to wake a person up and clear their palate of any lingering breakfast flavors. It is …

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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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