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What Should It Taste Like?

Walker Tea Review - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 04:15

From Dragonwell to Darjeeling, classic single-origin teas deliver distinctive results. Growers and producers of these signature teas know their work is built upon the delivering these sought-after flavor profiles. Each of these teas expected to smell, feel, and taste a certain way. The beauty and charm of working with (and enjoying) these teas comes from...

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Rose Chateau by The Love Tea Co

SororiTEA Sisters - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 20:10
I steeped this tea at 200 degrees in about a cup of water for about four minutes. This is another selection from the Love Tea Company, who donates a quarter of their proceeds to mental health causes. Their teas also come in cute little reusable canisters! The dried leaf has rose petals and other flower petals too, it looks like. According to the ingredients list these could be hibiscus, calendula, or sunflower petals, which are all included in the blend! In addition, there’s green tea in here and some curled oolong bits and some pieces of dried fruit (which turn Read More

International Tea Day – December 15th, 2017

T Ching - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 13:00

According to Wikipedia, International Tea Day has been celebrated for the last 12 years all around the globe. “International Tea Day aims to draw global attention of governments and citizens to the impact of the global tea trade on workers and growers, and has been linked to requests for price supports and Fair Trade.”

So what can we do here in America to celebrate this auspicious occasion? If you have a favorite tea shop in your community, go there alone or meet some friends to share a pot of your favorite tea. Supporting our local tea merchants will help to ensure that the establishment will continue to thrive and provide the best tea selections that are available.

A more time-consuming effort would be to invite some non-tea drinkers over and put on a great show for them. Bring out your favorite pots and cups, and demonstrate how to brew a delicious cup of tea. You can coordinate a holiday gift of some tea-related items to encourage them to get excited about tea. A large mug with stainless strainer and lid are ideal for newbies who can use them at home or take them to work. Although this one is most suitable for women, there are so many options to choose from:

Ceramic Tea Brewing Cup with Infuser Basket and Lid, Lotus Print

A simpler. and less expensive option could be just the strainer with lid that would easily fit into their existing favorite mugs:

Brew-in-Mug Extra-Fine Tea Infuser with Lid

For those relying on internet tea shops, be sure to have your kitchen stocked with delicious teas to offer your friends and neighbors when they stop by to celebrate the holidays. A hot cup of tea will always be welcome.

Finally, let’s send along some light and blessings to all the countless tea pickers around the world whose job is underpaid and overworked, but without whose efforts we wouldn’t have the exquisite pleasure of making a delicious cup of tea each and every day from the comfort of our own home.

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2017 Tea Gear Guide

World of Tea - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 04:54

Yes, the end of the year is nigh and for those celebrating holidays (of any sort) it’s the time to buy gifts. Whether you’re the illustrious tea aficionado of your...

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Friday Roundup: December 3rd - December 9th

Tea For Me Please - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:00
Daintree Tea and Tim Tam Slams

Char at Oolong Owl paired Australian grown tea with a sweet treat. She even tried to gongfu it (note to self: don't do that). Thanks to an Aussie tea friend my fiance is completely addicted to Tim Tams. If you haven't tried them yet, you're missing out!

6 Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday with Tea

Happy Birthday to Lu Ann from The Cup of Life! This week she brings us six great ideas to incorporate tea into your celebrations. My own birthday is coming up in a few weeks so I'll definitely be trying out a few of these.

Gui Fei: the Taiwanese Honey Tea

Gaby the Tea Guy is a fairly new tea blog that I've just discovered. In this post, he gives us an ode to one of my favorite Taiwanese oolongs. His descriptions make me want to go drink some right now. We can all give thanks to the leafhopper insect for its delicious honey aromas.

What Camera Do You Use?

Jordan from Tea-Tography gave some excellent insights into how to capture beautiful photographs of your tea. I love that she shows us similar shots from different cameras, proving that there are a lot of other factors where the difference is made. Her pictures constantly inspire me to do better with my own photography efforts.

[Paris] Yam'TCha

Get ready to start drooling. Tea friend Joo, from Made in Joo, traveled to Paris and visited a most wonderful restaurant that offers a full tea pairing course. This post is a seemingly never-ending stream of gorgeous plats of food paired with traditionally served teas. What a wonderful experience for any tea drinker!

Blast From the Past: What would jesus, moses, allah, and buddha say?

T Ching - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 13:00

(I chose this article because today is Bodhi Day, a sacred day for Buddhists. This was originally posted in December 2007. ~Jaelithe, T Ching Editor)

As we find ourselves in the throes of the holiday season, it’s easy also to find ourselves rushed and stressed out. I was at the post office this week and had to wait 30 minutes in line for my turn. Everyone was grumbling, frustrated and angry.

I don’t think this is what our most holy of figures would like to see. Hallmark tells us that the holidays are magical times with Santa and festive holiday meals. Hollywood portrays a similar misrepresentation of happy families and joyous reunions. For many, holidays can be quite a different reality. The stress of family gatherings and the financial expenditures that are required for travel and gift giving are certainly enough to make us crabby. So what can we realistically do to put us on a kinder, gentler, holier path?

No big surprise here. I’m talking TEA.

Yes, tea: If everyone would commit to taking a few precious moments each day to brew up some tea, then sit down in a quiet place to relax, we would be on our way to a much kinder and gentler holiday season! It’s not too much to take twenty minutes. This little time to yourself can be most helpful when you’re feeling pulled in too many different directions. Think about what the holidays are really all about. Think about what’s really important in your life. I think the BIG guys would approve. Amen.

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Tea Geek: A Brief Re-Introduction

World of Tea - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 23:36

My name is Nick and I’m a tea geek—self-proclaimed, perhaps, but self-identified for certain. Admittedly, I’m in no way sure of, nor particularly concerned with the origins of the term,...

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Colds and Flus and Tea

T Ching - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 13:00

Winter brings with it the festivities and holidays, but also can be a dreaded time of year for some because of colds, flu or other associated sicknesses.

With a little planning, you can get through the season with barely more than a sniffle,  even while people around you are dropping like flies. Some of this is based on science, but also my experience working in several restaurants which involve handling cash, touching keyboards, interaction with staff and the public. In other words, a landmine of potential ways to catch something. The tactics discussed within this article has worked for me for several years, even those where I did not get a flu shot. While not scientific, there is also clinical evidence which leads me to the overall conclusion that regular tea drinkers simply do not get sick as often.

Part One – The physical defense

In the 1980’s and 1990’s there was a product called “The Club” for automobiles. Cities like New York, where I grew up had a big problem with car theft at the time. The club was nothing more than a metal bracket that hooked to your steering wheel making it impossible to steer the car. The club wasn’t foolproof and eventually, thieves developed workarounds. But the main purpose of the club was to make your vehicle a less inviting target. A thief, when given the choice, would choose a non-club equipped vehicle over yours.

The same thought process applies with the avoiding colds. And the first part is simply making yourself a less inviting target.

To reduce the physical chances of coming in contact with the cold or flu means frequent hand washing and proper humidification. At the very least, keeping your bedroom at proper humidification levels while you sleep will allow your nose and sinus passages from becoming dried out overnight, which will reduce the chances of a virus getting a foothold when you are around sick people.

Frequent hand washing is also important especially if you are in public spaces.  However, anti-bacterial gels have been shown to have potential long-term negative health consequences. The FDA has already banned certain ingredients found in hand sanitizers. But even some of the non-banned ingredients – the alcohols and ethanols – may have side effects. While sometimes there is no choice, it is better to use soap and water where possible.

One little trick to FORCE you to wash with soap and water is a side effect of drinking tea. If you sip on tea throughout the day, you will inevitably have pretty regular bathroom trips. Therefore by default, you will need to use a restroom and use soap and water! 

Part Two – The immune defense

Assuming something gets through, your immune system in the next line of defense. The flu shot, while not 100% effective is going to reduce your chances of contracting the flu, and at the very least reduce the intensity if you should get it. Beyond that, your overall immune system condition is very important. A diet full of sugar, processed foods and inactivity will result in an immune system that is not at full strength. All this intertwines with your gut bacteria. As Dr. Steven Gundry describes in his book ‘The plant paradox’ – consider your body a condominium for microbes. If you do not give them good living conditions, they will not perform their functions efficiently. Therefore having a good overall ‘gut’ is vital for a strong immune system.

Eating well and physical activity will keep your immune system up to snuff during the vulnerable season. Even a little exercise daily is better than nothing, and there are numerous apps that follow the seven-minute scientific workout that allow you to get moving without needing expensive equipment and requires just a little time each day.

One of the main reasons that hand sanitizers might be negative is because they destroy good bacteria as well as bad. They also do not carry away dirt like soap does. So while they may in short-term kill everything on your hands, they will also dry out your hands and introduce chemicals that may not be ideal for your micro floura as a whole.

Part Three – Boosting the immune system

The supplement industry makes billions off various pills. Do they in fact work? Some supplements contain immune boosting ingredients, but there is not much in the way of studies that confirms lower incidents of flu or colds by taking them versus what you get in everyday foods. Vitamin C may help to avoid colds but does not really seem to do so. Plus, there are side effects from overdosing. Your best bet is to get as much vitamin C from foods such as greens and citrus. 

But did you know that simply drinking tea on a daily basis will help boost your immune system? It turns out there are studies that show certain components found in tea – specifically EGCG and L-theantine that help strengthen the immune system by priming T cell activity. Tea in general is anti-bacterial/anti-fungal, which is why tea drinkers also get less cavities.

Part Four – Breakthrough!

No matter how much you wash your hands, or how many precautions you take, there will be a time where the enemy slips through your defenses and attempts a beachhead. The key is to wipe this beachhead out as quickly as possible before the germs can grab more than a toe hold. Normally we can sense something wrong – a headache, post nasal drip, or some imbalance that says something is not right. Here is where you need to add some weapons to the arsenal.

But before we move forward, if you caught the flu you will know it. The flu is highly contagious during this initial phase. If you feel like you got hit by a truck – STAY HOME. 

Certain herbs like ginger, lemon balm, sage, or lemon verbena serve as antiviral sore-throat soothers. Also Echineccia has been shown in clinical trials to be as effective as tamiflu – with fewer side effects and much lower cost. If you happen to have a sore throat, honey will also work to soothe. 

There has been some evidence that zinc lozenges will reduce the length and severity of a cold. But should you decide to go this route, there are side effects from over dosing and usage is not recommended except when you are actually sick.

Echinecea is another common supplement. You could in theory take tablets, but drinking a tea with echinecea in it is probably a better bet, because it will contain more than just the one ingredient and more side benefits, plus the hot fluids which are recommended.  It also lowers the chances of overdosing. Using this rapid response method has worked for me personally, as well as other people I’ve advised. Whenever I feel any imbalance, I immediately switch to a mostly herbal tea regimen, including blends formulated with Echinecea. That, coupled with going to bed early has allowed me to wake up the next day refreshed and germ free.

From a cost perspective tea is also superior. Firstly, you can drink the tea all the time – not just when you are not feeling well. Most herbal teas can be consumed on a regular basis without overdosing or negative side effects. Just be aware if you are any medications, and look up the ingredients that are not familiar to you. WebMD is a great resource for this. Common ingredients like sage or ginger can be consumed moderately on an every day basis. Plus there are other benefits, such as anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Conclusion

If you are drinking tea now, you are already boosting your immune system naturally. Keeping some herbal varieties with some of the ingredients mentioned, eating right and keeping fit will greatly increase your chances of avoiding sickness. Does tea help prevent colds and reduce the symptoms of a cold – YES!

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Apple Delicious from Love Some Tea. . . . . .

SororiTEA Sisters - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 16:22
Well, this isn’t what I expected, and am I ever glad! When I saw the name “Apple Delicious”, I assumed this was a fruit tisane. I expected to open the pouch and find big chunks of dried apple and other fruits. Instead, the most gloriously dark green, thick, twisted leaves spilled out. The aroma was not the fake apple and berry flavoring I had expected, but instead – a lovely and light apple – REAL apple – scent wafted gently up. I looked up the company as I prepared to steep the tea and saw that this is hand harvested Read More

Song Yi Tea Roast Lishan Oolong

Notes on Tea - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 16:01

Every time I've prepared this roast oolong, the day has been overcast and misty, if not raining. I strongly recommend it for those kind of days, but before I share my complete notes, I want to introduce the tea company. Song Yi Tea is a fourth generation tea company based in Taiwan. The original plantation located in Nantou County dates back to 1898! In addition to the Roast Lishan, Song Yi also offers Dongding, Alishan, Shanlinshi, Jinshuan, Tie Guan Yin, and Sun Moon Lake Black. Some of these teas come in straight and roast versions. I received a sample pack from Song Yi and today I review the Roast Lishan Oolong.


ROAST LISHAN OOLONG

Steeping parameters (recommended): 1 gram per 50 mL boiling water; I steeped 3 grams in 150 mL of 212F water
Dry leaf appearance: medium tightly rolled balls, dark green to dark brown in color with visible stems
Dry leaf fragrance: custard fruit, toasted, nutty
Infused leaf appearance: large, dark leaves
Liquor color: clear, bright, amber
Infusion 1 (65 seconds): lightly toasted, nutty, fruity
Infusion 2 (55 seconds): smooth roast, nutty, fruity; infused leaves smelled like charred vegetables
Infusion 3 (65 seconds but should have been 55 seconds): subdued, heavy-feeling liquor, heavy roast, light smoke
Infusion 4 (65 seconds): lighter
Infusion 5 (75 seconds): ghost notes


I prepared this tea again steeping 5 grams in 5 ounces of 195F water with 30-second infusions. The rinsed leaves smelled like sweet roast and nuts. The first cup was light bodied, sweet and fruit. The second infusion had an upfront roast and sweet char and a lingering tart, red fruit. The third infusion still had an upfront roast but with less edge. The fruit was still present though it was ephemeral. The lasting note was woody. The fourth cup had a softer roast note. The sweet char was back but the fruit has disappeared. The woody taste was aged cedar.

THE TAKEAWAY

I find that roast oolongs can be hit or miss. Many are over roasted. This Roast Lishan Oolong had a strong roast note but it did not dominate the many other lovely flavors. The second infusion in my first session with this oolong was outstanding! Smooth roast, nutty, fruity; infused leaves smelled like charred vegetables. However I preferred the second session with this tea. If you buy this tea, try it both ways and let me know your preference.

Roast Lishan Oolong provided by Song Yi Tea.

Tea Traveler

T Ching - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 13:00

Ever since time immemorial people traveled from the orient to occidental lands along trade routes to carry the stories of Tea for various causes of business, religion, and personal gains. Horses, camels, and boats were used to carry tea but the storyteller was always constant – the human beings.

One such man is Jeff Fuchs, who traveled over the Himalayas from Xishuangbanna to Kalimpong and mostly walked it. Tibetans on the roof of the world helped this chapter of history to be written most romantically because the terrain was tough and challenging which needed a higher degree of courage and not many found it possible. His book and film are a very inspiring search and research in tea growing areas of Yunnan which extends to Sichuan, Guizhou, and further tea growing areas around Yangtze up to Taiwan around the 30-degree latitude which has sweet green teas. Now to push back is Darjeeling which crystallized around Kalimpong and has the right lands for isolating the most favourite strains of Tea. Traditional Dian Hong is the sweet base of this aromatic tea which waits to remove the astringency to become an ultimate of Jin Jun Mei. Right minds enamoured in the art of Tea have roamed in these lands like Dan Robertson and Austin Hodge or have settled there to study the subtleties of puer like Olivier Snider and Brian. Robert Fortune has left the work unfinished which I take morally to do as the service to this crop which provided employment to millions and has existed for millions of years. Image provided by author.

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French #7 from Blue Hour Tea. . .

SororiTEA Sisters - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 18:00
Don’t let the flowers fool you: this Earl Grey blend is POWERFUL. It’s packed to the gills with the Earl’s trademark bergamot, plus lavender and cornflowers. This blend packs a punch. DO NOT OVERSTEEP IT. Tired? The smell itself is so strong that it will wake you up immediately. Cranky? The flavor will get your gears in motion. Dead on the inside? The caffeine will give you a shove. This is like Earl Grey’s spunky hippie sister got into his tea stash and started messing around with it “I picked these today,” she whispers, dropping a handful of blossoms into Read More

Tillerman Tea Organic Chingjing Gaoshan Oolong - Winter 2016, Spring 2017

Notes on Tea - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 16:01
In my last review, I featured two oolongs (Wenshan Bao Zhong) from Tillerman Tea from back to back seasons grown by different farmers. Today I present two oolongs -from consecutive seasons, but this time the farmer is the same: Chingjing Winter 2016 and Chingjing Spring 2017. Chingjing (Cingjing or Qingjing) is named for the mountain on which it is grown. These teas were processed from the Qing Xin cultivar by grower Yen Ching-Yu (Katie).

The suggested parameters for both teas were 6 grams per 100 mL at 195F for 40 seconds or 3-5 grams in 8 ounces for 90 seconds. I averaged the instructions and used 3 grams in 6 ounces of 195F water starting with a 3-minute steep.



CHINGJING WINTER 2016

Dry leaf appearance: small, tight (in comparison to the Spring 2017) balls of varying shades of green with visible stems
Dry leaf fragrance: sweet, buttery, corn silk
Infused leaf appearance: large leaves
Liquor color: yellow
Infusion 1 (3 minutes): buttery, savory
Infusion 2 (3 minutes, 30 seconds): buttery, savory herb like tarragon
Infusion 3 (4 minutes): ghost note of butter

If you steep 3 grams of the this tea in 100 mL for 30-second infusions, you get buttery notes for three steeps. Extend the fourth infusion for 30 seconds to get a floral character like a tea with blended with cornflower.



CHINGJING SPRING 2017

Dry leaf appearance: larger and looser (in comparison to the Winter 2016) balls of varying shades of green with visible stems
Dry leaf fragrance: sweet, buttery
Infused leaf appearance: large leaves
Liquor color: gold
Infusion 1 (3 minutes): buttery with a floral center, light to medium bodied, lightly conifer scented steam
Infusion 2 (3 minutes, 30 seconds): depth of flavors with a lingering coniferous note in the back of the mouth on the cheeks
Infusion 3 (4 minutes): floral, fruity (cantaloupe), lingering dryness

THE TAKEAWAY

Another pair of enjoyable oolongs from Tillerman Tea. Playing around with steeping parameters will reveal different components of each tea. I honestly don't have a preference between the two. I can say that my favorite infusion of the Winter 2016 was the second one. That tarragon note! This tea pairs well with a pesto sandwich, by the way. My favorite infusion of the Spring 217 was the third one. I really enjoyed floral and fruit layers. Yes, pair this tea with cantaloupe. I did.

Both Chingjing Gaoshan Oolongs provided by Tillerman Tea.

Sir Rhuberry Oolongbottom from BlendBee. . . .

SororiTEA Sisters - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 13:42
Tea has often been a solitary experience for me. It’s an opportunity for me to get lost in a cuppa, explore the aroma of the blend, and let the heat of the fresh brew melt away my thoughts. There are opportunities that allow tea to be communal in my life and I had that opportunity recently with a friend. One of my husband’s childhood friends is Korean and grew up with tea as a strong part of his daily routine. I had the opportunity to share Sir Rhuberry Oolongbottom from Blend Bee with him. This tea had a sweet aroma Read More

How To Make a Tasty Green Tea Latte

T Ching - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 13:00

There are different ways to make a green tea latte, but all of them involve matcha, which is the fine powder made from grinding a special variety of green tea. It has two unique characteristics in its farming and processing: The first is that it’s shade-grown for three weeks before it is harvested, and then when processed the stems and veins of the plant are removed. In other words, matcha is not simply ground green tea leaves of any variety. (See my other article “25 Matcha Trivia You (Probably) Didn’t Know” for more information about Matcha) So if you want to make a delicious green tea latte, you will need real matcha.

How To Make A Traditional Hot Green Tea Latte

This method takes the most time, but will generally yield the best flavor. Start with a wide mug that’s at least eight ounces in size. Using a fine sifter, sift about one teaspoon of matcha into the mug. The sifter helps break up clumps that may happen in storage. It’s important to use wide mugs as the tools to make the latte work better with more room.

The next step is to heat some water. You can use either a tea kettle or a saucepan for this step, but the important thing is not to use boiling water in your latte. Remove 1/4 cup of water before it reaches a boil, or let the water stand after boiling for about a minute to reach the correct temperature. Boiling water will negatively affect the taste of the matcha and may make it taste harsh.

Pour the hot water into the mug with the matcha and then combine it into a paste. You can use either a whisk or a handheld frother for this step. Bamboo whisks are traditional and work the best, but the other methods will work as well. Make sure the end result is a smooth paste with no lumps.

At this point, you can heat up 3/4 cup of milk and one teaspoon of sweetener such as sugar or honey. Use more or less sweetener as desired. Any type of milk can be used, including non-dairy and low-fat milks. However, take note that low-fat milks will produce less foam and have a less rich taste. Full-fat cow’s milk, coconut, or almond milk tend to work the best.

As with the water, do not let the milk boil. The best way to do this is to use a thermometer and only let it reach about 150 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to produce foam, you have a couple of options. If you have a handheld frother, you can run it for 30 seconds just below the surface of the warm milk. If you don’t have a frother, you can whisk the milk after you pour it into your mug.

Speed It Up – A Hot Green Tea Latte Fast

If you have less time, you might want to consider the following faster method of making a green tea latte. In this method, you’ll combine the 3/4 cup of milk with the 1/4 cup of water in a microwave-safe jar. Place it in the microwave uncovered and cook it for two minutes. Watch it carefully to make sure it doesn’t boil.

When the milk and water mixture is hot, sift in one teaspoon of matcha and your desired amount of sweetener. In the quick method, it’s better to use powdered sweetener such as sugar or a sugar alternative.

Seal and cover the jar, then shake it for a full minute. Make sure to use a towel or potholder to protect your hands. You can also use an immersion blender if the jar doesn’t have a lid. You’ll only need about 20 seconds on this method.

This method doesn’t look as pretty as the long way, but it should have a similar taste.

Cool It Down – Making An Iced Green Tea Latte

In the summer, an iced green tea latte is just the thing to cool down and still get the same calming energy of matcha. In this method, you’ll need a cocktail shaker, a jar with a lid or a wide glass. Cocktail shakers work the best for creating froth and making your latte nice and cold.

Put one cup of ice into the cocktail shaker and then sift two teaspoons of matcha into the shaker. Add half a cup of water and half a cup of milk along with desired sweetener. Again, higher fat milks will produce more froth. Close the cocktail shaker and shake it for a full minute.

If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can combine the above ingredients except for the ice and either whisk or use an immersion blender to mix.

Once the mixture is combined, you can use it to create two smaller lattes or one large one. Add ice to serving glasses and strain the mixture from the cocktail shaker into the glass. If you used one of the other methods, then simply pour it in. If the mixture isn’t cold enough, try chilling it for a few minutes in the freezer first.

Iced green tea lattes are perfect with a small amount of whip cream to finish.

Coffee House Green Tea Latte

Making a green tea latte similar to those found at coffee houses such as Starbucks differs only slightly from the above methods. One difference is that vanilla syrup is often used as a sweetener. In the case of an iced green tea latte, you add about four teaspoons of matcha powder to one cup of milk and blend with a frother or electric whisk. Then add one cup of ice and mix in your desired amount of vanilla syrup. Starbucks uses a premade blend of matcha powder and sugar that goes into the cup first and is followed by steamed milk. Some coffee houses also use premade matcha and milk bases that can be added to ice, blended with ice or heated up.

If you like this article, you may also enjoy following articles written by me for green tea recipes:

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10 Holiday Teas

Walker Tea Review - Sun, 12/03/2017 - 04:23

The next time you jump on Amazon looking for the best holiday teas, here are 10 teas with some of the highest number of ratings and the highest percentage of 5 star votes. The list covers a fairly wide range of both caffeinated and caffeine-free teas. Plenty of the cold-weather familiars, including cinnamon, cardamom, and...

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Dunkism 101

The Devotea - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 20:34

One of my more popular posts ever, Dunk!, explained some of the science and social effects behind dunking biscuits in tea. You can read it again now, if you want. I’ll wait. In it, I said “My short summary here is just an overview, there is obviously a lot more to be said on the […]

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Don’t Overthink It

The Devotea - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 21:01

“Tea is nought but this: first you heat the water, then you make the tea. Then you drink it properly. That is all you need to know.” – Sen Rikyu A week ago, the World Tea Expo’s 2017 “Best Tea Brewing Device” (and 2016 “Innovation Of The Year”) ceased sales, ending one of the most […]

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Review: Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte

The Hour For Tea - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 04:51
Now that it’s the time of year for “pumpkin spice everything”, how do the seasonal flavored teas hold up under the promise of autumnal tea-time goodness?  Today’s beverage: Pumpkin Spice Latte by Tazo Chai, which can be found at selected … Continue reading →

It’s Finally Tea Time!

Joy's Teaspoon - Sun, 10/04/2015 - 21:19

Whew! I don’t know about you, but I love hot tea. I mean, duh, but wait for it. For me, tea is the ultimate comfort drink. There’s nothing I love more than curling up with a blanket, a book and a hot cuppa. Finally, FINALLY, it’s cool enough to do that (in Seattle – Naomi, you’re on your own in Vegas).

In Seattle, we’ve had a scorcher of a summer and while it’s been wonderful, it’s pretty uncomfortable curling up on a leather sofa in your short shorts and sipping hot tea when it’s 90 and humid. I’m just going to let you sit for a moment with that picture in your mind. 

But there’s always iced tea, you say? Well sure. And I drank a considerable amount of iced tea this summer. It’s wonderful and refreshing. There are so many options for turning tea into summer treats.

However, nothing beats a lazy morning, sipping on a piping hot Earl Grey while reading about ghost stories or endless love. There is nothing cozier than curling up in blanket, staring into the fire and breathing in the smell of a jasmine green.

Finally cool enough for a proper tea time. #100happydays #day7

A photo posted by Audrea Fink (@audrea11) on Sep 30, 2015 at 2:18pm PDT

AND. IT’S. FINALLY. TIME. TEA TIME! The best kind of tea time. The fall leaves, morning fog, crisp air, boots and scarves kind of tea time. The time where your cup warms your cold fingers and the steam warms your cool nose.

The best part of it all is that now, it’s going to be the perfect tea time (in Seattle at least) for the next few months. And I’ve already started gearing up the office to be prepared. A co-worker and I built our own little tea cozy corner.

Life achievement- having a #tea spot at work. #LexBlog #tealife

A photo posted by Audrea Fink (@audrea11) on Sep 18, 2015 at 11:32am PDT

That entire cabinet the basket is sitting on is filled with tea, so you can be sure we’re prepared for the teapocalypse here. So bust out your mugs, scarves, boots and hipster hats because it’s finally time to enjoy a proper cup of tea (without sweating and sticking to your leather seat).

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