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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.

Black Tea: The Basics

Black Tea: The Basics

  OK. So last week I kind of got in trouble with my wife. I guess she didn’t find the as much humor in the “Who’s on First” whiskey analogy as I did, even though she was a good sport about it. So, to keep in her good graces, I…

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Green Tea: Do You Really Know What It Is?

Green Tea: Do You Really Know What It Is?

  When I was preparing last week’s Tea Time, I was experimenting with different types of whiskey to use in the recipe. After Tea Time went out,  my wife and I had the following discussion: Ashley: Why is the title “A Whiskey and Tea Cocktail?” I thought you used Bourbon?…

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A Whiskey and Tea Cocktail

A Whiskey and Tea Cocktail

  What is the best tea to use when you want to add a bit of whiskey or bourbon to your cup?  I’ve heard of doing that and would like to try it.  I generally only drink black teas.  I know there are various types of whiskey also, so I’d…

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How to Make Loose Tea (Without Any Teaware)

How to Make Loose Tea (Without Any Teaware)

  Spaghetti may be the simplest thing to make, therefore, the true testament of an awful cook is someone who has no idea how to make pasta. All you need to do is boil water, throw in the ingredients and then toss it in a strainer. Yet as simple as…

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Silver Needle Tea: 100% Fluffy Tea Tips

Silver Needle Tea: 100% Fluffy Tea Tips

  People love to get the best of the best. But, what is more interesting is that people take the best of the best and then take the best from that. For example, not only do we need the freshest green asparagus, but we then try and only buy the…

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The Secret to Perfect Tasting Tea

The Secret to Perfect Tasting Tea

  We all know the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. One bowl of porridge was too hot, while the other was too cold. Finally, she found the one that was just right. This story really relates to us as tea drinkers when it comes to preparing tea. We…

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Can I Use My Used Tea Leaves the Next Day?

Can I Use My Used Tea Leaves the Next Day?

  Question: What is the best way to dry a tea before consecutive steepings for storage until the tea is used again – Elizabeth from Fulton, MO This question is, by far, the most common one I have received in the past couple of weeks. I think the problem people…

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How to Avoid Bitter Tea Face

How to Avoid Bitter Tea Face

  A few years ago I saw a Superbowl commercial about people getting “bitter beer face.” I always found those to be funny, but also relevant to the tea world. If your tea is turning bitter, then it most likely means that you are doing something wrong. I don’t mean…

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What Does “Steep” Really Mean?

What Does “Steep” Really Mean?

  “Steep 4 minutes in boiling water…” “Do not over-steep or the tea will become bitter…” Can be steeped up to 8 times…” You may have seen phrases like these used by Golden Moon Tea and others in the tea world and if you have been confused by what the…

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How to Avoid Soy Milk Separation in Tea

How to Avoid Soy Milk Separation in Tea

  Hi Marcus! I’m an avid tea drinker (all day long) and prefer a black tea with milk and sugar most of the time. My problem is this…I don’t care for dairy products and usually use soy milk, although not recommended. This works fine with Pu-erh, which is my go to tea,…

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