The Ultimate Celebration of All Things British!

http://www.nationalteaday.co.uk/ April 21st, 2017 National Tea Day is celebrated in April in the UK. While tea is the most popular beverage in the UK, this is its official day. This day is entirely different from National Hot Tea Day in the US, which is celebrated each January. This day celebrates all aspects of tea, including …

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Delicious Tea and Food Combinations

Tea is the new wine! Pairing tea with various foods is similar to pairing with wine. Usually people serve white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat. There is a misguided perception that the color of the wine and food determine how the two are paired together. It is all about providing …

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Oolong Tea – A Historical Perspective

This will hardly be a thesis, but I thought it might be interesting to get a little bit of historical perspective on oolong, that type of tea that is generally less known than black and green but better known than relatively obscure teas such as white, yellow, and puerh. Needless to say it's not mentioned …

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Tea Review: English Tea Store’s Spring Pouchong

This is the second of the two Taiwan oolongs I recently sampled via English Tea Store. The first tea, Formosa Oolong Estate, which I reviewed on October 16, was a darker, more roasted type of oolong. Spring Pouchong is from the other end of the spectrum; namely, a greenish, flowery oolong. And while I enjoyed …

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Oolong Blasphemy

Ever ones to experiment with our teas, hubby and I came up with a different way to approach multiple steepings of oolongs. It’s a bit unorthodox. Some might even call it oolong blasphemy. Multiple steepings are usually short and quick. We find that the teas are often too hot to drink immediately after steeping and …

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Tea and the Olympics: Triathlon

The triathlon is an event that requires both endurance and physical versatility. It consists of three sections where competitors must swim 1.5 km (0.93 mile), cycle 40 km (25 mile), and finally run 10 km (6.2 mile). The women's triathlon takes place on the 4th of August, beginning at 9:00am BST, or 4:00am EST (this might …

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Oolong Tea: a San Francisco Experience

There are many different tea experiences to be had, and there has been some discussion on this blog recently about different ways to take your tea and the conflicts this might create (see the articles here, and here). Tea houses take many shapes and forms, with some offering an overwhelming selection of teas and some …

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Favourite Tearooms in Australia — Part IV

Carrying on my tearoom theme, I want to draw attention to another tearoom that I had the pleasure of visiting in Adelaide.  Tbar is a wonderful tea salon which, according to their website serves loose leaf tea with reverse osmosis water.  As I walked into the salon, I was faced with a wonderful array of …

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Review — Ti Kuan Yin Slimming Oolong

Name: Ti Kuan Yin Slimming Oolong Brand: English Tea Store Type: Oolong Form: Loose leaf Review: Mmm. . .Ti Kuan Yin, my favorite tea! Also known as "Iron Goddess of Mercy", this Chinese oolong is a staple in the collections of many a tea lover. One of the things that I love most about this …

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How to Steep a Great Cuppa Oolong Tea

Steeping a great cuppa oolong in our house has just gotten easier. Hubby and I purchased a new tea mug with lid and infuser basket. The basket is for us the most interesting part of the set. We made a happy discovery almost as soon as we brought it home and unpacked it. Awhile back …

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