Korean Green Tea

Receiving new tea—especially something you've never tried—is always exciting! Last month, my daughter and son-in-law surprised me with a gift set of green tea from Teas Unique of Korea. Although tea has been grown in Korea for ages, I've had only Korean tisanes (ginger, ginseng, citron, and barley), and one actual tea, the phenomenal South … Continue reading Korean Green Tea

Ruby Black Tea from Taiwan

A few months ago, Mindlake Tea offered free samples of their tea so that they could compare feedback from those who lived in areas more prone to having soft water (Japan, Taiwan) with those who lived in hard-water regions, such as the U.S. Because I know well the difference water makes—my mom's northern Michigan well … Continue reading Ruby Black Tea from Taiwan

An English Teapot That Spans Centuries

For all the information online, it's frustrating when you come up short! Last summer, I picked up this charming, diminutive, teapot at a yard sale. In pristine condition, it's clearly never been used. Because the teapot—part of The Afternoon Tea Collection, made in England—says that it's been "reproduced from original copper plate hand engravings in … Continue reading An English Teapot That Spans Centuries

Is Licorice Tea Really Good for a Sore Throat?

These days, the slightest sore throat necessitates Covid testing, but beyond that, what can you do to alleviate the scratchiness and discomfort? At TeaHaus, we generally suggest a hot cup of ayurvedic Vata—a caffeine-free herbal blend of licorice, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, anise, and mallow blossoms. The thick, creamy body of this tea coats your throat, … Continue reading Is Licorice Tea Really Good for a Sore Throat?

Japanese Kutani Porcelain Tea Sets

I never meant to own a bunch of teapots, but somehow I do. Most came from yard sales, and some were given to me, like this gorgeous vintage tea set featuring a peacock and chrysanthemums. My friend thought I'd appreciate this charming set, brought back from Korea by her parents many years ago. A little … Continue reading Japanese Kutani Porcelain Tea Sets

World’s Tea Industry, as Pandemic Drags On

While pandemic fatigue has certainly set in, most of us are still forced to deal with it—whether learning that our child's school has closed once again due to staffing shortages, or needing yet another COVID test, or finding out that {fill in blank} is out of stock indefinitely. The tea world has been hard hit … Continue reading World’s Tea Industry, as Pandemic Drags On

Greek Mountain (Shepherd’s) Tea

Selling a house is stressful. Selling a beloved house filled with joyful moments is even more difficult. Selling such a house due to circumstances and not desire is harder still. Yet here we are, in such a position within my family. And as the house lingers on the market, stress levels are, well, you can … Continue reading Greek Mountain (Shepherd’s) Tea

Comparing Tieguanyin Roasted Oolong Teas

Same tea plants, same tea name, different teas! I previously compared two Tieguanyin oolongs—Modern Green Roast Grade II and Traditional Green Roast—from Life in Teacup, a company specializing in Chinese teas (see post). They kindly provided me with five Tieguanyin teas in all, so today I continued my exploration of Tieguanyin (or Tie Guan Yin; … Continue reading Comparing Tieguanyin Roasted Oolong Teas

Fireweed Tea

We are bombarded with health claims about various herbal teas but, unfortunately, few of these claims have been conclusively substantiated by comprehensive research studies. However, what about fireweed? It's a fascinating plant. The Plant Native to much of North America (with related plants native to Europe), fireweed is well adapted for survival. As its name … Continue reading Fireweed Tea

Oriental Beauty Oolong: The Name, the Science, the Tea

Since teas from Vietnam are spotty as far as purity and quality go, I was excited when TeaHaus was able get the oolong Oriental Beauty. But interestingly, many things come to play with this tea—its potentially problematic name, the role of pests, the source, and of course the quality of the tea itself. Here's a … Continue reading Oriental Beauty Oolong: The Name, the Science, the Tea