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Chrysanthemum’s The Word

Chrysanthemum’s The Word

With spring coming – yellow is definitely on the mind. Golden sunlight, highlights in your hair, shorts and cool cotton dresses, tall glasses of lemonade and, maybe the most important of all, yellow flowers. Tulips, daisies, buttercups and, in terms of tea Chrysanthemum. Golden sweet tea made […]

Study With A Cup Of Tea

Study With A Cup Of Tea

For all you students out there: whether you’re in midterm, just getting out of midterm, or just really stressed out – put down that cup of coffee and pick up a cup of tea. Tea boosts your brain and mental state in ways that jittery […]

Tea Service On Singapore Airlines

Tea Service On Singapore Airlines

Tea has been flying these days. First British Airlines announced their special Twinings tea for flying and now Singapore Airlines is jumping on the aircraft.  Singapore Airlines has launched a new English Tea service for business and first class passengers on selected flights between London and Singapore.This new option – which is being offered on flights SQ317 ,departing London at 1055,  and SQ305 ,leaving Heathrow at 1515,  is being launched in response to “the resurgence in demand for the time-honoured and quintessential Afternoon Tea”. It includes open cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches , warmed currant scones with clotted cream and jam, and petit fours, including a ‘Milk Chocolate Tear’ and a fresh berry fruit tart.Passengers will also be offered the No.16 Afternoon Tea and No.42 Earl Grey tea blends from Harrods.

With SIA now serving tea on their airplanes – it seems that tea really is the thing.  Although people used to try and pitch it as such, flying is not a glamorous thing. Stressed and harried you try to get through all the gates, get scanned and searched and squeeze into the plane just in time, often to watch lackluster movies and bad reruns for 10 plus hours. This putting of the finest teas and tea services on airplanes means that they are trying to help people get comfortable in what is arguably one of the least comfortable places. Tea is the comfort that people need when they are so far from their soft warm homes and friendly pots of tea. It is an acknowledgement that tea can make one of the least relaxing environments safe and warm- and that is something for us tea lovers to be happy about. Maybe one day there’ll be good cups of tea in all of the aircrafts. With all these aircrafts drying to bring high tea up to the skies, that day doesn’t seem far away.

Sweet Tea Recipe Ideas

Sweet Tea Recipe Ideas

With warmer days ahead of us, it natural to start thinking about sweet tea. Golden sunlight, hot hazy days and sitting in the shade with a tall glass of the stuff. No coats or heavy clothing – just sunning yourself like a cat- with tea […]

One Direction Drinking Tea Backstage

One Direction Drinking Tea Backstage

It is reported that the very popular band One Direction is more British than previously realized. Instead of the typical “rock and roll” mentality for backstage preparation, they and their management have been requesting “to keep their dressing room low-key before the shows and requested […]

St. Patty’s Day Tea Time

St. Patty’s Day Tea Time

St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us and this evening in celebration there are already people getting the Irish party started – going out and partying, practically dying themselves green, and drinking like… well a leprechaun. It’s a good time to get in the shamrock spirit with tea – you don’t have to be in a pub to have green fun.

One way to celebrate is to have traditional Irish tea. Traditional Irish Breakfast Tea is made with with Assam and Ceylon to make that strong warm tea.  But make the tea with a strong black tea and let it brew for a good amount of time. Before you pour it in your cup, make sure you put your milk and sugar in your cup first – that’s how the Irish typically prepare their tea. They also use 1/3 real cream, but if that’s too much for you, you don’t have to. Traditionally the Irish have left the tea pot boiling all day so that people could have tea as they like and all day long. Maybe that’s one more reason to drink tea this day.

Another more interesting spin you could take this March 17th, is to literally make green tea to get into the spirit of things. One thing to try is making sweet  Honey Mint  Green Tea. To make this, brew your green tea along with mint and then when it is finished brewing add honey and even lime juice for taste. This can be served hot or cold – depending on how brisk your St. Patty’s day is.

Whether you decide to go traditional with black tea or more cheeky with Green tea – I hope you are granted with the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s day. Especially with tea on your side, you’ll have no problem with that. Remember to wear Green tomorrow and if not – maybe if you drink Green Tea, that’ll be enough so you don’t get pinched.

 

 

What Does Your Used Teabag Say About You?

What Does Your Used Teabag Say About You?

People have been analyzing people’s personality through numerous things throughout the years: how you walk, how you write, and even how you stand – but have you ever thought about what your used teabag says about you? As things often are on the internet – […]

Tea As Art In Beitou Museum

Tea As Art In Beitou Museum

The image above is an array of tea pots carved from coral forming the character for the word Bai Fu, Chinese for “good fortune”. It is by Lu-Chih-song, not only a great artist but a polio survivor; she spent 2 years carving each tea pot – the […]

Is Milk Oolong Flavored Artificially With Milk?

Is Milk Oolong Flavored Artificially With Milk?

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Answer by Lisa Lin:

They both exist:

– Natural milk oolong is called jinxuan oolong, and is from Alishan Mountains in Taiwan. However, most people find the original milk taste not strong enough.
– Other oolong teas with artificially added milk flavor can be made anywhere in Taiwan or China.

By the way, the fact that the milk flavor is artificially added, doesn't mean it's a low quality tea. I have seen many flavored milk oolongs before with really high quality leaves.

Milky Oolong Tea

Green tea now associated with lower stroke risk

Green tea now associated with lower stroke risk

Yoshihiro Kokubo, the lead author of a new study that followed over 80,000 Japanese adults for an average period of 13 years and found that  those who drank increasing daily amounts of green tea, and caffeinated coffee,  had an increasingly lowered risk of stroke.Those who drank two to three six-ounce […]