Gong Fu Style and Young Hyson Imperial Organic Green Tea

Small Chinese Tea CupsToday marks my first attempt at gong fu (Chinese tea ceremony). I bought a cheap gong fu travel set on Amazon.com that included a gaiwan (teapot), a pitcher, a strainer and five tea cups — all in the tiniest form you could possibly imagine. No tray or pets come with this set.

I celebrated the inaugural occasion with Young Hyson Imperial Organic, a Chinese green tea from Upton Tea Imports. I also ordered a pu-erh sample from Crimson Lotus Tea but figured that to be too ambitious and involved for a first-time gong fu-er (and pu-erh-er). Continue reading “Gong Fu Style and Young Hyson Imperial Organic Green Tea”

Healing with Salada Green Tea

Salada Green TeaI had a head cold the other week that left me feeling crummy. I called in sick at work but decided to keep a previously scheduled doctor’s appointment. For health’s sake, I surrendered to the poking and prodding of the physical exam and even elected to get a flu shot which probably worsened my symptoms a bit. Afterward at the grocery store I searched for a green tea to help nurse me through. Something I hadn’t tried before.

Salada Green Tea did what is was supposed to do that afternoon. It provided comfort, hydration, and a dose of antioxidants. Things were much better the next day, and I got a chance to sip the tea without a compromised sense of smell and taste. Continue reading “Healing with Salada Green Tea”

Golden Tips Tea Company – Part One

Golden Tips Tea PackageTea produced in India can come from several regions, and Golden Tips Tea Company has them all covered. They sent me a small sampling of teas, which arrived in a carefully assembled package, boxed the usual way in cardboard but with an outer wrapping of firmly sewn muslin cloth with fancy wax seals.

Impressed already with the packaging,  I couldn’t wait to start sipping. There’s no point in drilling into details such as tea leaf grade or flush; you can find all that information on the Golden Tips Tea website). Instead, I’ll just give my brief opinions of each tea. Continue reading “Golden Tips Tea Company – Part One”

Fluoride and Tea: Should You Be Concerned?

Fluorite Crystals
Courtesy of Parent Géry

The truth about fluoride in tea (and water) is a topic too important to ignore. Tea consumption used to be something I would limit solely based on daily caffeine intake. Nowadays, I take fluoride content into consideration as well. Continue reading “Fluoride and Tea: Should You Be Concerned?”

Reviewed: Tetley Black & Green

Image of Tetley Black & Green Iced TeaTetley Black & Green is the US counterpart to the UK’s Tetley Blend of Both. It comes with 72 round tea bags per package.

Black & Green is an easy tea to enjoy hot, and it makes an exceptional iced tea. Disappointingly, it doesn’t play as well with milk (for those who like their tea English style) as does the fuller bodied Blend of Both, which you can now find on Amazon.com. Continue reading “Reviewed: Tetley Black & Green”