How to Taste and Describe the Tea You Drink

Have you ever been in a situation where you're doing a wine tasting and you hear: "I love that hint of cassis" and while you're thinking "what's cassis?" you hear: "fruit forward baking spices" and you're like "huh?" At: "I love the hint of torrefaction," you blankly stare. If asked: "does this lean more toward … Continue reading How to Taste and Describe the Tea You Drink

Strawberry Mint Lavender Tea: Why It Works!

EWW was my reaction when I initially heard of the TeaHaus tea blend Strawberry Mint Lavender. This was well before I joined the TeaHaus staff, at a time when my daughter first started raving about this odd blend. Strawberry and mint, fine, but throw in lavender? Really? But quite astonishingly to me—who's not a fan … Continue reading Strawberry Mint Lavender Tea: Why It Works!

What Is Benifuki Tea?

A blank canvas transforms simply with an artist's stroke. So, too, a plucked tea leaf. With expertise and mastery, such leaves may retain their vegetal nature and striking green hue. Or, they may evolve into complex black tea, their molecular changes proven by the reds, coppers, and browns of the cup. And while Japanese teas … Continue reading What Is Benifuki Tea?

Jin Jun Mei—A Gentle Black Tea

One of the best perks of my job? Drinking tea! So today I tried a tea that was new to me, a sample of Jin Jun Mei kindly provided by Life in Teacup. And wow, this is a gorgeous tea! The fluffy leaves, with their long minute hairs, look like delicate golden and charcoal twisted … Continue reading Jin Jun Mei—A Gentle Black Tea

Reasons for Citrus in Tea

There's a seasonality to the teas we drink—perhaps most pronounced for those of us who annually enjoy four distinct seasons. Whereas a full-bodied, steaming hot tea comforts during winter's cold, we often reach for light and sunny brews on the first precious warm days of spring. Citrus teas fulfill that need nicely, reminding us of … Continue reading Reasons for Citrus in Tea

Jasmine Tea from Cambodia

I have a terrible habit of saving tea for the "right" time. A time when I can fully engage, when life is less hectic. You'd certainly think that a year of mostly working from home would provide such a time, but no, I still didn't brew any of the "special" tea. So today, realizing that … Continue reading Jasmine Tea from Cambodia

All About Mint Teas!

For mint lovers, a potent mint tea is a delight! That blast of coolness is like nothing else—so much so that it's even hard to describe the experience of mint without using the word "mint"! Native to many regions of the world, this herb has been valued for centuries for its heady scent and invigorating … Continue reading All About Mint Teas!

Tea, Chocolate, and Chili Peppers (divine combined!)

There were, in the early 1600s, women who "by the use of chocolate had correspondence with the devil." Riiiight. But this claim, as related by A. Saint-Arroman in his 1852 book, Coffee, Tea and Chocolate: Their Influence Upon the Health, the Intellect, and the Moral Health of Man, vividly illustrates how a seemingly innocuous choice to drink … Continue reading Tea, Chocolate, and Chili Peppers (divine combined!)

Reviewing “The Wellness Tea” (with an objective look at health claims)

My late mother-in-law chided me for being skeptical, a trait I attributed to:  –my science background (must be data-driven and reproducible!) –the fact that my mother was an auditor (look for misrepresentations or falsified info!) –my years as an editor (identify all errors and weak arguments!) but my MIL was correct: I tend to start … Continue reading Reviewing “The Wellness Tea” (with an objective look at health claims)

Saying Goodbye to 2020, with a Look at Tea from Vietnam

My recent posting frequency hasn't been stellar as of late. Along with many of you, I'm weary. Of loss. Of grief. Of the long winter stretch ahead of me, with little to motivate. The holidays, such as they were, are behind. And ahead? Anything? Anything at all? Some nights it seems there is little incentive … Continue reading Saying Goodbye to 2020, with a Look at Tea from Vietnam