Tea Review — The English Tea Store’s Lovers Leap Estate Tea

Ceylon tea is still something of an unknown (or perhaps lesser known these days) quantity for me, but that's gradually starting to change as more samples start to trickle in. I sampled a few from another merchant a while back that were good but not great. Most recently I took the English Tea Store's Organic …

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Tea Review: English Tea Store’s Izu Matcha

(This is a review of a specific tea. If you would like more information about matcha in general, please see “The growing popularity of matcha” or follow the link below to product information for ETS’s Izu matcha.) Located about sixty miles southwest of Tokyo, the Izu Peninsula is a resort area favoured for its beautiful …

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Review ― British Earl Grey White Tea from The English Tea Store

Tea Name: British Earl Grey Flavored White Tea Tea Type: Pai Mu Tan (also called Bai Mu Dan and White Peony) with oil of bergamot The dry tea emits a fairly strong Earl Grey fragrance (that comes from the oil of bergamot), and hubby and I were immediately a bit apprehensive. What were we getting …

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Review ― Formosa Oolong from The English Tea Store

Tea Name: Formosa Oolong Estate Tea Tea Type: Oolong from Taiwan The British found out centuries ago that tea drinking was essential and drinking good tea was even more essential. How do you have civilization without a good “cuppa”? You can certainly feel civilized after a cup of this tasty oolong. Oolongs are semi-oxidized, that …

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Review ― Yorkshire Harrogate from The English Tea Store

Tea Name: Yorkshire Harrogate Tea Type: A blend of unspecified black teas This tasty and economical version of Taylors of Harrogate Yorkshire tea is a true find! Open the pack and inhale a wonderful jammy fragrance emitting from those dark brown broken tea leaf pieces. Hubby and I steeped some of those leaves for 4 …

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Tearoom Review: Franchia in New York City

Some years ago when I worked in New York, Franchia was a frequent stop for their wonderful teas, their delicious vegan menu, and their soothing atmosphere. Since we moved out of the area, Franchia has been amongst the things I miss the most. So when I had the opportunity to visit The City recently for …

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Review — Golden Moon Tippy Earl Grey

Name: Tippy Earl Grey Brand: Golden Moon Type: Black tea, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: It does seem that every tea company has to have its own version of Earl Grey. In fact, I recall a tearoom that proudly declared that it did not offer any teas that are “adulterated” with “flavorings” while unblinkingly including …

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Review — Stash Irish Breakfast Black Tea

Name: Irish Breakfast Tea Brand: Stash Type: Black tea Form: Paper tea bags, individually wrapped Review: I like Irish breakfast teas, even more than a lot of English breakfast teas. I’m not sure why this is, but it seems that many a tea-blender wimps out when blending an English breakfast, creating something that doesn’t stand …

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Nile Delta Chamomile

The Subject: Nile Delta Chamomile from The English Tea Store. Rating: Water temperature: 212° F Steeping time: 5 minutes Tea type: herbal (not a tea) Scents, flavorings, etc.: N/A Aroma, dry: Fresh, bright, lively, sweet, rich Aroma in the cup, plain: Fresh, bright, lively, sweet, rich Taste, plain: Rich yet mild, not bitter, relaxing Aroma …

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Tea Product Review: Copco’s Tea Therma

It’s National Hot Tea Month. What better time to review a tea product? New products for preparing and enjoying tea are coming out everyday. Recently, I was asked if I wanted to try one of these products and, thinking it would be a good way to help out fellow tea drinkers, I said “Sure!” They …

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