Tea Adventure — Exotic Flowering Tea

Trying a tea for the first time is a true adventure. There’s an excitement in the air that’s hard to describe, accompanied by a dozen questions running through your mind. How do you properly brew it? Is it good quality? Will you like it? It costs how much? They’re kidding, right? And so on. Thus …

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Spotlight on White Tea

If you’ve been following the media’s coverage of tea in recent years, you must surely have noticed that at some point green tea pulled ahead of all other varieties when it came to popularity. This was due, in large part, to a number of studies that suggested that green tea might have assorted and sundry …

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Review — White Licorice Tea by Golden Moon

Name: White Licorice Brand: Golden Moon Type: White tea, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: I admit to being somewhat skeptical when I first read this tea’s label. See, I am one of those weird people who doesn’t like licorice (the black, chewy kind) but does like anise in small doses. I feared that this “White …

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Review — Golden Moon’s White Persian Melon

Name: White Persian Melon Brand: Golden Moon Type: White tea, flavored Form: Loose leaf Review: Mmm…melon. This is a lovely blend of white tea (it looks like white peony) and Persian melon flavoring. The tea infuses to a lovely light-bright yellow color, with a sweet nose that smells remarkably like a fresh melon. On the …

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White Tea and Black Roses

Two of the misnomers in the world of flora are white tea and black roses. White tea, strictly speaking, is not white. Natural black roses (not dyed ones) are not really black. First, a quick primer on color theory. There are additive colors (such as paints) and subtractive colors (such as light rays). Additive “white” …

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Tea and Caffeine

Editor's note: This article was originally published on February 9, 2010. The decaffeination process described here has since been shown not to be effective. My thanks to Nigel Melican of Teacraft.com for his note on this. It’s the long , cold days of winter where I live, and tea is something I drink for taste, …

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Can Tea Help You Reach Your Goals?

As we march forward to the beginning of a new year, many of us reflect upon our lives and re-assess our behaviors with a desire for self-improvement. There are many common New Year’s Resolutions that can be supported by the drinking of tea, so let’s take a closer look at how what’s in our cup …

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Tea Tips for Newbies

By Stephanie Harkins [reposted from our sister blog] Just getting acquainted with the wide, wide world of tea? Have you only just started to branch out beyond the familiarity of bagged tea or realized that tea comes in a lot more varieties than black or green? Tea can be very intimidating to someone just learning about …

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Processing Tea

Tea has been a popular beverage in America since the first European settlers landed here in 1492. It cemented its place in our history when colonists tossed it into Boston Harbor in 1773 during the Boston Tea Party. It’s made from the dried leaves of Camellia Sinesis, which is an evergreen shrub. Green tea, oolong …

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