On the Fine Art of Describing Tea

I'll bet I'm not the first person to remark that the spectacle of someone describing wine in flowery, high-falutin' language can be just the tiniest bit ridiculous. In fact, I know I'm not. I can't recall any specific instances, but I know it's the sort of thing that I've seen mined for comic effect on …

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5 Trials and Tribulations of a Tea Reviewer

Oh, the trials and tribulations of a tea reviewer! We endure slings and arrows of outraged tea vendors (a bit of paraphrasing of Shakespeare here). I was faced with one lately and so began thinking of others. Here are the top five on my list. You may have others. 1 A Totally Awful Tea Oh, …

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Anatomy of a Tea Review

Tea reviewing is not exactly rocket science. In fact, I sorta dove into reviewing teas head first when a tea company sent me some samples and then this competing company found out and said, “Hey, would you like to try our teas?” So, I said like “Sure, why not?” And then, so, like, they sent …

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Review — Tangiers Lemon Flavored White Tea

Name: Tangiers Lemon Flavored White Tea Brand: English Tea Store Type: White Tea, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: I’ve long said that white peony tea and lemon are a natural pairing: While I love the fruitiness of unflavored white peony, a little kick of lemon is sometimes a welcome addition, adding a bit of tang …

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Review — Scottish Breakfast Tea

Name: Scottish Breakfast Tea Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black tea, blend Form: Loose leaf Review: This is an interesting blend of Indian teas, including Assam, as well as Keemun from China. According to a video produced by the English Tea Store, one of the goals in the blending of this tea was to suggest …

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Review — Jasmine with Flowers Green Tea

Name: Jasmine With Flowers Green Tea Brand: English Tea Store Type: Green tea, scented Form: Loose leaf Review: This is a ridiculously inexpensive tea ($3.89 for four ounces as of November, 2011) and, for the price, brews up a respectable cup of jasmine green tea that should suit jasmine lovers well. The dry leaf itself …

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Review — The English Tea Store’s Chocolate Orange Black Tea

Name: Chocolate Orange Brand: English Tea Store Type: Black Tea, Flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: The holiday trifecta of diet doom is fast approaching: Halloween with its mini-candy bars, Thanksgiving with cornbread and candied sweet potatoes and Christmas, which supplies me with enough calories to hold me for a full year. I need some flavored …

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Review — The English Tea Store’s Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh

Name: Scottish Caramel Toffee Pu-erh Brand: English Tea Store Type: Pu-erh, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: I do confess that I don't normally think of Scotland and pu-erh as having any sort of natural connection to each other, though perhaps that is due to a lack of imagination on my part. I'm glad, though, that …

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Review — The English Tea Store’s Hawaiian Colada Rooibos

Name: Hawaiian Colada Rooibos Brand: English Tea Store Type: Herbal tisane, rooibos Form: Loose leaf Review: If you like pineapple, The English Tea Store's Hawaiian Colada Rooibos ought to be up your alley. I've never had a flavored tea or tisane in which the pineapple flavor is so strong. While this isn't a bad thing, …

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Review — The English Tea Store’s Godiva Roche Rooibos

Name: Godiva Roche Rooibos Brand: English Tea Store Type: Herbal Tisane, Rooibos Form: Loose leaf Review: Looking for a chocolate rooibos? Godiva Roche Rooibos is a good one. Made from rooibos, cacao beans and peels, vanilla and what appears to be a handful of calandula petals, this is certainly a rich treat for chocolate fans. …

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