10 Super Things to Toast with Tea in August

August is hot. ’Nuff said. There also seem to be no major holidays or special occasions during this month. But August is chock full of lesser known occasions that deserve a tip of the teacup in recognition. Here are ten of them to get you started. (Don’t forget, of course, the 2012 Olympics in London!) …

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Tea Kettle Philosophy — The Path Less Taken

More pondering over the tea kettle, awaiting that all important moment when the water has reached the boil for steeping the tea. There is a poem by Robert Frost that speaks of the road less travelled and that taking that road for him turned out to make all the difference. Well, us tea drinkers can …

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Blue Tea vs Grey Tea

When we moved from the New York City area to semi-rural South Carolina a few years ago, it was an adjustment to say the least. I had to get used to “y’all” instead of “you guys.” Instead of Italian restaurants and all-night diners on every corner there was something called a “meat-and-three,” which is just …

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Salvaging So-So Tea

Bad tea is bad tea, and that's the end of it. Okay, well, maybe not quite. After all, in such matters where taste and personal preferences are concerned, terms like "good" and "bad" are not necessarily so cut and dried as we might like them to be. While I might consider Lapsang Souchong, Earl Grey, …

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Quiz: Are You a Serious Tea Lover?

Ok, so you know you're a Tea Princess or a Tea Prince, or you are well on your way to being one. You want your tea just so and will no longer settle for that “stuff” they call tea when you dine out or eat in. But are you a serious lover of tea, too? …

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“Gulper” Teas

What are the qualities of a “gulper” tea? Just as there are “sipper” teas that cannot be gulped or you will miss savoring every complexity of their usually delicate flavor, there are teas so hearty with one predominant flavor characteristic that they beg to be gulped. I call these my “gulper” teas (pretty obvious). There …

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“Sipper” Teas

Some teas have such delicate and often complex taste and aroma that they whisper “Sip me!” These are what I call “sipper” teas (duh! pretty obvious). These teas are best experienced by letting them envelope your tastebuds in small amounts, giving you a chance to savor their flavor. Perhaps a quick review of how we …

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