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Author Archives: Marcus Stout

Owner of Golden Moon Tea. Amateur chef, wannabe world traveler and an obsessive compulsive tea drinker. Half Chinese, Half Irish which gives me a unique perspective on tea, culture and turning red when drinking alcohol.

What to Look For in Great Tea

What to Look For in Great Tea

  Think of the best restaurant you have ever been to. Think of the happy people enjoying themselves, the smells of the kitchen that started to make your mouth water and the wonderful crusty bread that crackled when you broke it. Then when the food came it was probably so…

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Why The Chinese Tap 2 Fingers with Every Pour of Tea

Why The Chinese Tap 2 Fingers with Every Pour of Tea

  When I went to my cousin’s wedding in Vancouver, I discovered there are a lot of Chinese customs that I was clueless to, which is pretty embarrassing considering I am half Chinese! One of the most interesting ones dealt with tea. Every time someone had their cup filled with…

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Smoky Tea Infused Bloody Mary

Smoky Tea Infused Bloody Mary

  As Labor Day is coming up this weekend, I thought it would be nice to talk about a great drink for the morning of or after your celebration. As many already know, the traditional Bloody Mary is made with tomato juice, spices and vodka. But sometimes we don’t want,…

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Why You Should Ice Brew Japanese Teas

Why You Should Ice Brew Japanese Teas

  Now that Football season is coming up I already know there will be about 1,000 commercials for a certain beer company on TV. Even for those who don’t watch football, I am sure you have seen the commercial of a silver train freezing everything in its path. They then…

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Green Tea Guide (For People That Don’t Like the Taste)

Green Tea Guide (For People That Don’t Like the Taste)

  Question: What additional ingredients would you advise to add to green tea for a person who does not appreciate the taste of pure green tea? – Kerry from Charlestown, WV I get this question a lot when I talk to people. There are many people that want to start drinking…

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Does Green Tea Help Olympians Cheat?

Does Green Tea Help Olympians Cheat?

  Track and Field has always been my favorite Olympic event. When I was growing up I idolized Carl Lewis. Lewis used to dominate the 100m, 200m and long jump events. Coming off of 4 Gold Medals in the Los Angeles Olympics, I couldn’t wait for the 1988 Seoul Olympics…

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Why Hot Tea Cools You Down On A Sweltering Summer Day

Why Hot Tea Cools You Down On A Sweltering Summer Day

  Whenever I see my Grandmother, she is always drinking hot tea (or just hot water). It doesn’t matter if it is the dead of winter or the middle of the summer – a Hong Kong summer, which are notoriously brutal. I always wondered why she did this. Her answer…

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How to Choose the Perfect Teapot

How to Choose the Perfect Teapot

  Question:  “I was just eyeing your Tokoname teapot and it got me wondering… what do you look for (or rather, what should *I* look for) in a teapot? This one sounds like it’s geared toward Japanese greens, which I do not drink often. So I’m trying to figure out…

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Why Most Americans Drink Coffee Not Tea

Why Most Americans Drink Coffee Not Tea

  No matter where you go in the US, you see coffee. It’s in every restaurant, grocery store, gas station, airport, office building, meeting and almost every American home. But, have you ever wondered why you see coffee everywhere and not tea? The answer is actually quite interesting.    Coffee…

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My Favorite Peach Iced Tea

My Favorite Peach Iced Tea

  When I was a kid there really was not such a thing as flavored iced tea – you had plain iced tea (sweetened or unsweetened) or iced tea with lemon. When I went to college in Tennessee, I experienced a real peach iced tea for the first time. And…

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