Tea Meets Vodka

If you like your tea to have a little bit of a kick, you're in luck. There are many varieties of alcoholic beverages these days that are flavored with tea. One of the more popular of these categories lately seems to be vodka. Perhaps it's because vodka is a clear, relatively flavorless liquid that distillers …

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More Offbeat Teas

Tea is grown and produced in many countries around the world, but there are several tea-growing regions that are best known for turning out one specific variety of tea. Take Japan, for instance, which is known primarily for its many varieties of green tea and not much else. Or the state of Assam, which is …

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Offbeat Tea News

Most of us have probably heard the one about monkey-picked tea. It's a popular legend (most likely with no basis in truth) about specially trained monkeys who were once sent out to pick leaves that were inaccessible to less agile humans. Trying to go this notion one better, China's Jiuhua Mountain Tea Plantation recently went …

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Offbeat Tea Drinks

For those of us who live in the West, there was a time when tea meant one thing — black tea in a tea bag, typically served with milk or cream and a sweetener of some sort. Needless to say, things have changed considerably in recent years. Nowadays, we have access to a wide range …

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Tea, Meet Beer

With the rising interest in specialty and artisanal foods and beverages in recent years have come a number of the latter that have sought to merge tea in one way or another with something that has a little more of a punch. As noted in an earlier article on this blog, these include various formulations …

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Tea, Meet Coffee

Tea is tea and coffee is coffee and never the twain shall meet. Or shall they? Well, if the truth must be told sometimes they come pretty close. While some tea drinkers wouldn't touch coffee with a ten-foot stirring stick and there are coffee drinkers who feel the same way about tea, there are also …

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Tea Goes Trendy for Flavors

With the popularity of this tiny hot beverage, it’s easy for some to say that tea has gotten too trendy and that anything too trendy will come to an end.  But they said that about soap, about fast food, about hip-hop and all these things are here to stay.  Indeed, the American societal embrace of …

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Tea and Spirits Revisited

If you're a teetotaler you might as well stop reading now. This article is not for you. But if you're open to flavoring your tea with something a little stronger or, for that matter, flavoring your strong stuff with a little tea, then read on. For more on the notion of mixing alcohol with tea, …

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