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Category Archives: Tea Varietals

Tea Blends – Mixing the Best Of Many Worlds

Tea Blends – Mixing the Best Of Many Worlds

As I have mentioned before, my parents come from different cultures. My Mother is Chinese and was born in Hong Kong. My Father is Irish and was born in Upstate New York. So, when you combine the two, that leaves me – a mixture of Chinese and Irish ethnicities. Now…

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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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English Breakfast Tea: New York’s Finest

English Breakfast Tea: New York’s Finest

  We all know that taking slices of potatoes and deep frying them is absolutely delicious. It is so delicious that Thomas Jefferson used to eat them all the time when he was in the White House and called them “potatoes served in the French manner.” From that point on…

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Assam: The Malty Ambrosia from India

  Turn on a Football game and you will see about 15 commercials for beer. And most of those are light beer. Light beer has taken this country by storm over the past 35 years. And why not? It has a light taste so people can consume it in mass…

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Tie Guan Yin – Oolong from the Gods

Tie Guan Yin – Oolong from the Gods

  Once upon a time in a tea farm far, far away there lived a man named Mr. Wei. He was a farmer in Southeastern China. Every day on his way to work he would pass an old, rundown temple. “Such a shame,” Mr. Wei would say. Since being a…

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Genmaicha – The Ultimate Tea Combination

Genmaicha – The Ultimate Tea Combination

  Salt and pepper, Macaroni and Cheese and Fish and Chips. Some things were just meant to go together. But, there is one perfect combination that most people don’t know about. And this combination actually makes sense. It combines the two staples of cuisine that the Japanese are obsessive about…

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Why is My Pu-erh Shaped Like A Disk?

You heard about Pu-erh, the mysterious aged Chinese tea and finally decided to branch out and try some. But when your tea arrives, there are only a bunch of mini disks. What in the world is going on?   Pressed Pu-erh is usually the highest quality Actually, all teas were…

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Vanilla: A Flavor so Delicious You Don’t Realize it is Expensive

Have you ever seen those bottles of saffron threads at the grocery store? It looks like there are about 5 or 6 threads in there and it costs almost triple of every spice on the rack. Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice and, because of this, most people never…

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Why Gyokuro’s Are So Prized in Japan

photo: www.flickr.com/photos/stevendepolo/2130756375/ Chestnuts roasting on an open fire Jack Frost nipping at your nose Yuletide carols being sung by a choir And folks dressed up like Eskimos… The Christmas Song as sung by Nat King Cole. In my opinion, you can’t get any better than that during the holiday season….

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