Russian Tea Culture

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Mar 30, 2017
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Tea is remarkably prominent in Russian culture.  This is largely due to the fact that tea is hot, and Russia is cold.  Thus, tea there, as it is consumed in most places in the world, is consumed hot.  It was introduced to Russia in the...

What are Tannins? Why are they in my tea?

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Mar 14, 2017
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You may be familiar with tannins from wine.  They give it a dry, astringent flavor.  They do much the same thing for tea as they do for wine, giving it a drier taste and fuller body.  Tannins got their name from their use in tanning...

How to Host British Afternoon Tea

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Feb 28, 2017
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The moment I started drinking tea, my mother immediately began calling me “the British child.”  I am of the opinion that, if you’re going to attach cultural stereotypes to things, you might as well do it correctly.  The first thing to know about British tea...

Books and Tea- Jane Austen

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Jan 20, 2017
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Books and tea go together like peanut butter and jelly, or warm afternoons and sleeping outside in the grass.  As such, we’ve decided to run a quick series on famous authors, and the types of tea which they likely drank, starting first and foremost with...

A Good Cup of Earl Grey

Post by  Aubrey Simonson Oct 08, 2016
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A Brief History of Earl Grey - the Black Tea and the Man Earl Grey is any black tea flavored with bergamot.  This is a traditional British tea, associated with a certain poshness.  It’s flavor is sophisticated, citrusy, and begs to be consumed on a gloomy afternoon,...