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What is Tea

That’s a good question! Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world, surpassed only by water. An often-surprising fact to tea novices is that all teas (Black, Green, Oolong, White, and Pu’erh) come from the same plant. The scientific name of this versatile plant is Camellia sinensis (it’s actually related to the lovely

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Stanley’s blend – A review

I have been drinking a lot of Earl Grey teas recently, last night I decided that I wanted to try something a little different. I had purchased some “Stanley’s Blend” black tea from Harney.com a while back and decided I would try a cuppa. Full boil water, half a clam shell of tea leaves. Steeped

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Silver Needle Tea – Bai Hao Yin Zhen

About Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle) White tea is made in four counties in Fujian province, Fuding, Zhen He, Jian Yang, and Song Xi, though Bai Hao Yin Zhen (Silver Needle) white tea is only made in Fuding and Zhen He. These counties grow unique cultivars of the tea bush, Fuding Da Bai and

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Parisian Cafe – Flavored Black tea

This is one of my favorite teas. It has hints of vanilla, bergamond, and a touch of currant. This  lively blend of flavored black tea, brings with it memories of days gone by. Soothing flavor and aroma. It’s like you are sitting at a sidewalk cafe in Paris, enjoying life and relaxing. Prepare this tea

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Gaiwan Preparation

The Chinese gaiwan or covered cup is considered the preferred method for brewing teas with delicate flavors, such as green and white teas, but is suitable for any type of tea. This method has been used in China since about 1350. The gaiwan consists of a saucer, bowl and lid. It is extraordinarily versatile and

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Singbulli Summer Oolong

I just received my monthly tea subscription, inside was a wonderful oolong tea. Singbulli Summer Oolong is a very smooth oolong from India. I prepared it Gaiwan. First infusion I set my water to 190 degrees F. I let it steep too long at 1:00, it was strong but still smooth, a touch of bitterness

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