A few weeks ago, Claire at Twist Teas contacted me via Twitter and asked if I’d like a sample of their tea. I said “yes please”, obviously, because I would never turn down the offer of free tea. A couple of days later I received a lovely box containing no fewer than twelve tea bags, … Read more Twist Teas Sample Box Review
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?
Spring is almost here in the Northern hemisphere and the days are gradually getting a little longer. But, certainly here in the UK, we still have at least another month of cold, wet, windy and generally miserable weather to look forward to. So we’re still stuck indoors with the windows closed and the heating on … Read more The best teas for a cold or sore throat
I love drinking tea and I love reading books: lovely, old-fashioned, printed on paper, put on a shelf, read in the bath, books. There are some beautiful and fascinating books about tea which contain a wealth of information not available anywhere else, not even on the internet. A little knowledge about the origins of tea, … Read more The best books about tea
Growing tea plants The Latin name for the plant from which tea is made, Camellia sinensis, tells us that it is a member of a genus of flowering plants, Camellia, which has between one and two hundred species. They are all evergreen shrubs originating in relatively cool and wet parts of eastern and southern Asia and … Read more All about growing tea plants
Isn’t tea poisonous for dogs? First of all this is not about giving ordinary tea to your dog. All “true” teas, that is, teas derived from the plant Camellia sinensis – black, green, white, yellow oolong and Pu-erh tea in any form, so that includes Earl Grey, Lapsang Souchong, matcha and so on – are … Read more Review of Machu’s Blend – Tea for Dogs
Pu-erh Tea, or Pu’er tea, is a type of aged or fermented tea made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis, just like black and green tea. It is a speciality of the Chinese province of Yunnan, where it is known as “black tea”, and where what we in the West usually call black tea is … Read more What is Pu-erh 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