A Royal Tea: Victorian Earl Grey

Having identified suitably royal teapots and teacups, it's time to pick a tea to enjoy during this weekend's royal wedding—because I imagine that you, like me, are viewing this wedding from your couch! Earl Grey, of course, is one of the most "English" of blends, although its namesake and history are a bit murky (see … Continue reading A Royal Tea: Victorian Earl Grey

The 12 Teas of Christmas: A tea for dancing

On the Ninth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me nine ladies dancing, a gift referencing the merriment of the Twelve Days of celebration. So here is a tea—Gwendalina's Baked Apple—that just might inspire you to dance with Gwendalina, or with your own true love! This marriage of black and green tea is generously … Continue reading The 12 Teas of Christmas: A tea for dancing

Tea Leaves Blended with Coffee Beans. Really.

When this is placed before you, well, who needs anything else?But truly, a solid tea serves as a wonderful counterpoint to this dessert's sweet richness. And here at Cupán Tae—located in Ireland's captivating city of Galway—there are many fine choices. While I went with the sturdy, no-nonsense Irish Breakfast, my far more adventurous daughter opted for … Continue reading Tea Leaves Blended with Coffee Beans. Really.

Fruity Teas

I drive my family crazy by wanting to buy fruit only when it's actually in season. Mouthwatering tomatoes (yes, a fruit) can be had only when just off the vine—coupled with just plucked basil, mmmmm. I hated papaya until I had it fresh picked, sunshine warmed, with a complexity of flavor. And your fruit teas should … Continue reading Fruity Teas

Earl Grey Tea: Who Was It Named For?

Although Earl Grey tea—with its distinctive bergamot flavor—is one of the most well-known and beloved tea blends, the origin of the tea and its name is less certain. Charles, the Earl Grey Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey, is often cited as the source of Earl Grey tea. There are stories about his being gifted with such a … Continue reading Earl Grey Tea: Who Was It Named For?