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Tasting the 2017 Harvest in Taiwan

 In April I was in Taiwan working on a new herbal tea blend. I'm excited and hope to share more about it with you soon.  While I was there, I couldn’t resist popping into a couple of local teashops and tasting some of the 2017 teas that had just been harvested. We’ve put together this short little montage from one of my stops to just give you a feel for what’s it’s like. The music makes it feel more glamorous than it was. Picture a...

Top 5 New Health Benefits of Black Tea Discovered in 2016

  Black tea is the one of the most consumed beverages in the world, second only to water. Beloved in the UK and throughout the former British Empire as the base for the traditional “cuppa”, it’s also the go-to tea here in the USA, especially for iced tea. Somehow green tea gets all the press in terms of health benefits. But black tea has amazing health benefits all it’s own. Here’s a quick summary of some of the most cited studies on the health benefits...

DIY Chai

With Thanksgiving Day this week and the temperatures dropping, I started thinking about chai. All those hearty spices and the classic Thanksgiving meal are a flavor combination made in heaven. I receive a lot of requests to add chai to our product line up. So far I’ve resisted. But don’t get me wrong I love a nice cup of chai on a cold winter day. But I’m not a big fan of pre-fab tea blends and you probably already have everything you need to make...

Why do we call it “Royal” Breakfast Tea?

Imagine with me a pivotal moment in history. It is 1986. England has only recently agreed return Hong Kong to Chinese rule, a move widely criticized by British conservatives and perceived by much of the world as the dying gasp of the British Empire.  Queen Elizabeth II has been invited to visit China making her the first British monarch ever to set foot on Chinese soil. Tensions are high and the cultural differences have everyone involved walking a diplomatic high wire. The Western press has...

How to brew the perfect cup of tea!

There is no one right answer.One of the most personally satisfying aspects of my tea business is empowering people to take charge of their own health. One key is listening to your body. That includes listening to what your body is saying every time you brew a cup of tea. How much you enjoy that cup of tea will be directly proportional to how well it meets the needs your body is expressing right then. Make sense? The BasicsThe best I can do is provide...

The Different Kinds of Teas

Everywhere I turn lately it seems someone is talking about how great tea is for you, and they're right. The different kinds of teas become confusing for a lot of people. Especially when they start talking about green tea vs. black tea vs. white etc. Today, let's just focus on some definitions and we'll jump into the, "which tea is better for you" debate in a future post. White Tea: White tea is made from only the new shoots or leaf buds of the tea...