If you wander around upstate New York long enough, you're bound to come across remnants of its extensive canal system. The Erie Canal, begun in 1817, was an engineering sensation, designed by two engineers that didn't have much experience and requiring eighteen aqueducts and eighty-some locks (or lift locks). The restored 1844 aqueduct—or water-filled bridge—over … Continue reading Tea on the Road: The Erie Canal and Locktender’s Tea
I began our family road trip as any tea-lover would do: with a travel mug of a favorite tea that I made before we left. Farther along on the trip, however, I found a dearth of tea options. But no worries, right? After all, we were in wine country! Where—when sampling wines at Dr. Konstantin … Continue reading Wine and Tea: Commonalities Beyond Terroir
Tea cocktails are quite the rage these days, with good reason! Tea's complexity and astringency—along with the dizzying number of teas available—make it a natural when combined with alcohol. (See my earlier post about blending.) However, there is nothing 21st-century about using tea in boozy drinks. Granted, the word "cocktail" was coined as recently as … Continue reading Alcohol + Tea = Delightful!
Ups and Downs If asked to list the countries that produce the world's best teas, Georgia probably doesn't cross most people's minds. In fact, many of us probably haven't had Georgian tea—or even realized that tea is produced there. Now I'm not referring to the sweet tea that's popular in our southern states, such as … Continue reading The Revival of Tea in Georgia
Almost a thousand years ago, a Chinese emperor made white tea, whose frothy foam . . . was said to resemble the moon and stars. (Barnes 2014:18) Clearly, things have drastically changed because (1) when we want frothy tea, we're whisking matcha green tea rather than white tea, and (2) we expect our white tea … Continue reading What Is White Tea?
Concerned about how many disposable items you use in a day? Or the ridiculous over-packaging that's rampant in our stores? Or the mountains of plastic accumulating in our oceans? Want to make a bit of a difference with minimal effort? If you drink mainly teabag tea, just switch to loose leaf. Besides having a dramatically … Continue reading Be Kind to the Environment When Making Tea
We are halfway through National Iced Tea Month. Did you notice? Do you care? Between doing your job while maneuvering office politics, paying bills, making sure your family is fed, tracking social obligations, and repairing car and house, simply keeping up pretty much consumes June! Yet, here we are in mid-June, with summer officially arriving this week, making this, actually, … Continue reading What Teas Make Great Iced Tea?