Browsing the archives for the Black Tea tag

JusTea’s top-notch tea—and noble mission

I ordered some Kenyan farmer-direct black tea from JusTea Indiegogo campaign, and it is absolutely delicious: a spicy, smoky aroma; rich red color; and full-spectrum, pleasantly tangy flavor, without being bitter. It is the best black tea I’ve had in a…

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French "tea palace" christens U.S. flagship

Here are a few photos from the recent grand opening, in New York City, of the U.S. flagship store of Le Palais des Thés, founded by tea explorer extraordinaire François-Xavier Delmas. He graciously invited me to the opening, but I was unable to atten…

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Harris Decaf Tea, Cold Brewed, Offers Life Lessons

This post is about drinking tea that falls quite far outside my normal comfort zone, both in terms of the choice of tea itself, and the way it was prepared.Pictured here is a pitcher of iced tea that some of my friends brewed up:This is Harris Tea’s de…

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Why Can Green Tea Bags Be Worse Than Black Tea Bags?

Before I delve in, I want to explain the exact meaning of this post’s title. Among tea bags, there is a broad range of quality. But my personal experience has been that green tea bags range much farther into the low end of quality, poor quality, than…

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Featured Tea Company: Hampstead Tea

In addition to starting a series featuring tea bloggers, I am also starting a series featuring tea companies.Today’s tea company is Hampstead Tea. Hampstead Tea is based in the UK, and accordingly, is not well-known in the US. The company has a small…

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Top 5 Most-Viewed Pages for Styles of Pure Black Tea on RateTea

This post highlights the top 5 most-viewed pages on RateTea for styles of pure black tea. These styles include both blends defined by their character, like English and Irish breakfast, as well as those defined by their region of origin, like Darjeelin…

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Where are the Keemun Tea Bags?

In the course of managing RateTea, I see all sorts of interesting patterns and trends, and make lots of random observations about the nature of the tea market, especially in the U.S. I’ve been thinking about Keemun black tea lately, as I recently rece…

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The Oxidation of Tea And Classifying Tea As Black, Green, Oolong, Etc.

When I first got into tea, my level of knowledge was a lot more basic than it is now. I had heard the standard adage “black tea is fully oxidized” and its counterpart “green tea is unoxidized”. I initially thought that the different classes of tea (b…

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Masala Chai at Cafe Clave

I’m still basking in my success of “getting” as many people as I did with my April fool’s joke. Tallying up the blog comments, comments on various forms of social media, and private remarks, I think I had well 100 people going. Mission accomplished!I…

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Top 5 Most Unusual / Interesting Black Teas I’ve Tried

This top 5 post focuses on unusual black teas, black teas that have something novel, exciting, and different about them.One of the reasons behind this post is that I sometimes read and hear the idea, expressed by enthusiasts of Chinese and/or Japanese …

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