Oolong tea is, like black tea and green tea, formed from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. “Oolong” is the Anglicized version of the Chinese name, which translates as “black dragon”. In this post: Origins and history Oolong tea vs. black tea Varieties of oolong tea Brewing or steeping oolong tea Choosing and buying … Read more What is oolong tea?
The wonderful drink that is tea has inspired countless writers down the centuries. Some novelists have their characters comment on the role of tea in their fictional lives. Here is my first list of some of my favourite quotes from my favourite novels and poetry about tea. Since the list proved so popular, I have … Read more Top ten quotes about tea in literature
In an earlier article, I answered the question “what is black tea?” In this article, I’ll explore a little of the huge number of regional variations on this one beverage. Varieties of black tea Although all black tea is essentially the oxidized leaves of the same Camellia sinensis plant, a number of factors influence the … Read more Single-origin black teas
The news that tea lovers everywhere have been waiting for. Okay, I put my hand up straight away, it’s not just tea that has this effect but any hot drink. We’re experiencing a bit of a heatwave here in the UK with temperatures set to reach 38°C (100 °F) tomorrow, Thursday 25th August. Even a … Read more Hot tea in warm weather can cool you down
Tea is the centre of my universe. It should be the centre of everyone’s universe of course but until I’m Queen of said universe, there will be some people out there who don’t get tea. And that’s fine because there is a long list of things that I don’t understand for which there isn’t room … Read more Tea-related desert island essentials
An old phrase says that “every cloud has its silver lining” and my grandmother, the greatest tea drinker in the world ever (both in terms of quantity and she was just awesome), was applied this philosophy to everyday life to an almost maddening degree. My grandmother, my hero For the entirety of the Second World … Read more Tea-related little silver linings
This is a recipe handed down to me by my grandmother, handed down from her mother and possibly even farther back than that. During the war, tea, like most other foodstuffs was rationed in the UK, so this was a way of using up tea leftover in the teapot. My grandmother used to collect the … Read more My grandmother’s recipe for tea loaf
Find out all about how green tea is made, a little of the history of green tea in Europe, the possible health benefits of green tea and how to brew the perfect cup of green tea. What is green tea? The history of green tea Green tea vs black tea Varieties of green tea Health … Read more What is green tea?
Definitely more of a journey than simply an exhibition, A Tea Journey: From the Mountains to the Table is a walk across the continents to explore the history and cultural significance of tea through the centuries. We followed the outwardly unimpressive leaf of that small shrub, Camellia sinensis, on its hugely impressive rise from a medicinal … Read more Exhibition Review – A Tea Journey: From the Mountains to the Table
Apart from being the best drink in the world (we may be biased), tea can be put to good use around the home and garden for a variety of money-saving, environmentally-friendly purposes. So never throw away tea, put it to good use instead. Some of my favourite uses for used or leftover tea include the … Read more Uses for tea around the house and garden