Class Is In Session: Tea Terminology

Whether you are new to the tea scene or a veteran of tea, it’s important to learn your tea jargon. I am sure many of you have read the description of a tea and often wondered what a flush or a tisane was. Today we finally explore the meaning of some of these terms. Learn …

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Tea Name Circus

Sometimes it can seem like there is a tea name circus going on out there. “In the center ring! … a high-flying green tea! … the great Longjing … no, wait, that’s Dragonwell … uh, I mean, Lungching … whatever!” Yes, I fuss a lot about calling those herbals things “teas” versus “tisanes” but this …

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The Controversy of “Tisane” versus “Tea”

A big controversy is swirling in the world of tea: what is a “tisane” versus what is a “tea.” Every time I get into a discussion of this with people, either in person or through social media (Twitter and Facebook), I’m reminded of a recent conversation of “car” versus “bicycle”:  “How do you like my …

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Some of the Coolest Tea Names

Just as there are some teas out there with downright strange names, partly because of language differences and partly as a way to compete in a crowded marketplace, for the same reasons there are some really cool tea names. Nothing seems to point out cultural differences like food names. We want our foods and beverages …

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Some of the Strangest Tea Names

How do you compete in a crowded marketplace? One way some independent tea vendors employ is putting — uh, well, let’s call them “memorable” names on their teas. This is especially true when they come up with their own blends. That these names are memorable is a certainty. Whether they help you, the customer, make …

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