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Day 18: Digestive Biscuits

I start most days with tea and some kind of biscuit (what most ‘mericans would call a cookie). Usually, the biscuit I eat is a digestive biscuit, and mostly we buy my favourite, McVitie’s dark chocolate, but we’ve also tried the milk… Continue Reading →

Day 14: Masala Chai and Other Flavours

Yesterday, I latte-fied Numi Organic Tea’s Rooibos Masala Chai. Today I want to talk more about what “masala chai” means and tell you a bit about some of the masala and other blended chais that I have tried recently. Masala… Continue Reading →

Day 10: White Tea

Remember that when we talk about white, green, or black tea we’re talking about the same plant–Camellia sinensis–and that whether it’s one or the other depends on how long it as allowed to oxidize. White tea is considered the mildest iteration of… Continue Reading →

Day 9: Rooibos Part 2–Green and…Chocolate!

Green Rooibos If you do any research on the topic, an assertion you’ll see floating around the internet a lot is that “red rooibos is fermented while green rooibos is not.” While it’s true that the red rooibos undergoes processing… Continue Reading →

Day 8: Rooibos

To Tea, or Not to Tea: That Is the Question. I had a carefully-considered schedule planned for these 21 days. We’d start by exploring the possibilities that black teas have to offer, move on to green and white, and then we’d… Continue Reading →

Day 7: Irish Breakfast

I was really surprised when I learned that the Irish drink more tea per capita than almost any other country, coming in second only to Turkey at 2.19 kg, or 4.83 lbs, per person a year. Another black tea, what… Continue Reading →

Day 6: Pu-Erh

Numi First, a spotlight on Numi Organic Tea. At the Afternoon Tea of my wedding rehearsal, my mom bought a Numi variety pack with some really unique flavors like Toasted Rice, Mate Lemon, and Tumeric Chai. I happened upon a… Continue Reading →

Day 5: Lady Grey

As a devoted Ravenclaw alumna, I figured I ought to devote a post to The Grey Lady’s favourite sulkytime tea (I mean, I think that’s maybe probably true). Lady Grey is a Twinings exclusive, created by them in the 90s…. Continue Reading →

Day 3: Earl Grey–Two Brands, Two Brews

What Makes Earl Grey Special? Jean-Luc Picard’s favourite tea, Earl Grey is a classic consisting of various black teas and bergamot orange oil, resulting in an aromatic cup steaming with citrus-y floral notes. Its distinctive taste makes it well-suited for cocktail… Continue Reading →

Day 2: English Breakfast (Tazo)

Am I cheating by highlighting English Breakfast two days in a row? Maybe. But I thought it might be useful to talk about the differences between Twinings’ and Tazo’s Awake English Breakfast just to emphasize that not all teas that… Continue Reading →

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