What Is Yellow Tea?

While pretty much everyone knows that there's black and green tea, and many know about white and oolong, far fewer are familiar with yellow tea. And that's rather a shame because yellow tea is a tea worth having. Yet yellow teas are not commonly seen. Few gardens produce them, production is costly, and quantities are … Continue reading What Is Yellow Tea?

New to Tea? Start Here (Part 3: Oolong and Black Tea)

Continuing my informal guide to selecting tea, we've come to black tea, the most oxidized of the tea types, and oolong, which falls between green and black tea in oxidation. If you've decided that the vegetal nature of green teas just is not for you, head for an oolong or black tea. Black Tea. Everyone … Continue reading New to Tea? Start Here (Part 3: Oolong and Black Tea)

New to Tea? Start Here (Part 2: White and Green Tea)

Continuing my informal guide to selecting tea—having gone through the caffeine/no-caffeine decision and having looked at low- and no-caffeine options (see New to Tea? Start Here)—we're now looking at the types of tea that come from one plant, Camellia sinensis. And asking whether you want white, green oolong, black, or fermented? And do you want … Continue reading New to Tea? Start Here (Part 2: White and Green Tea)

New to Tea? Start Here

Step into any tea store, in person or online, and the choices are staggering. If you're new to loose tea, the range of options can even be paralyzing. Where do you possibly begin? Added to the confusion is that although tea leaves (Camellia sinensis) are rightfully called "tea," other leaves, flowers, and even spice blends … Continue reading New to Tea? Start Here

Passionate about Iced Passionfruit Tea!

Passionfruit may evoke a steamy romance in the sultry tropics, but that would be totally off base. In fact, the fruit may actually tranquilize rather than excite: The pulp, leaves, and flowers of the passion fruit has been long used as a sedative by South American Indians and is noted for its calming effect. (AIHDP) … Continue reading Passionate about Iced Passionfruit Tea!

Tea and Wine Taste Descriptions: Fact or Fiction?

Tea and wine taste nothing alike. Yet are these wine or tea descriptions? lush, buttery floral and vanilla notes floral aromas of jasmine, orange blossom and honeysuckle flavors of spiced plum and dark cherry, notes of cocoa leather, tobacco smoke, and dried cherries velvety mouth feel and subtle and lightly smoky notes of cocoa and leather … Continue reading Tea and Wine Taste Descriptions: Fact or Fiction?

Add Tea to Your Fruit Shrubs!

Shrubs require only three ingredients: fruit, sugar, and vinegar—although it could be argued that the Babylonians' date vinegar-and-water drink was an early shrub, and that has only one of the three listed ingredients. Regardless, today we recognize a shrub as a fruity vinegary drink that may or may not include alcohol and that can incorporate … Continue reading Add Tea to Your Fruit Shrubs!

Is Sun Tea a Good Idea?

I just saw yet another recipe for sun tea—made by putting tea leaves or tea bags into a container full of cold water and then letting the thing sit in the sun for a few hours to brew. But sun tea is a terrible idea! And although this particular article (Carr 6/1/20) claims that bacterial … Continue reading Is Sun Tea a Good Idea?

Tea, Tea Tree, Tea Oil: Which Ones Mean “Tea”?

Say "tea" and people immediately imagine, well, not necessarily the same thing that I'm imagining. Same with "tea tree." Or even "tea oil." The word "tea" is often applied to herbal brews, which are perhaps more accurately called tisanes. However, the Oxford English Dictionary does say the word "tea" can be: used as a general name … Continue reading Tea, Tea Tree, Tea Oil: Which Ones Mean “Tea”?

Staying at Home, Whipping Up Matcha

Being totally averse to grocery store runs in general, I've found that this continuing stay-at-home order has given me an ironclad excuse to not do any grocery shopping. Literally, at all. Okay, well, there was the time that my daughter stood in line for 2+ hours (!!) to get into the store so I did … Continue reading Staying at Home, Whipping Up Matcha