Tea: What Are Good White Tea Blends

One of the most recent trends in Western tea drinking is white tea. Though white tea has been around for centuries, it has only recently become popular outside of the Asian world. And, even in China and Japan, where most white tea is grown, it was traditionally reserved for special occasions because of its rarity. Today, however, tea drinkers all over the world are enjoying white tea more and more. White tea comes from the same plant as other teas, the camellia sinensis. But, it is harvested before the leaves are fully open and while the buds are still covered with fine white hair. This makes the tea leaves much mellower, resulting in a much milder tea than black and …

Tea’s Potential For Weight Loss

Losing weight is a topic on the mind of many. It’s no secret that long term weight loss and maintenance require long term life changes. In order to successfully lose weight and keep it off you must consume fewer calories each day than your body uses. This allows your body to use stored fat as energy, rather than food. So, eating less is just half the equation. Since you can only reduce your calorie intake by so much, it’s critical to also increase the amount of calories your body uses each day. This is why exercise is so important. Exercise burns calories while you’re exercising, but also increases your metabolic rate for several hours after you finish. Exercising by lifting …

Tea: When Are The Best Green Tea Pluckings?

Green tea has become a very popular beverage in the Western world. It has been popular in Asia for centuries, where it was produced more than 3000 years ago. Today, most green tea is still produced in Asia, though other countries produce green tea, as well. There are literally hundreds of varieties of green tea, and many different grades of quality within these many varieties. Green tea comes from the same plant as black and white teas; the Camellia sinensis. Green tea differs from black tea in the way it’s processed, however. Green tea is not fermented during its processing the way that black tea is. Rather, after the tea leaves are plucked, they are laid out to wither for …

Tea: What Makes For A Quality Tea Experience?

Tea is more than a beverage – it is a way of life that leads to well being and satisfaction and it is healthy and tastes good as well. To start the day with a steaming cup of your favorite tea puts the rest of the day in a better perspective and to end that day with a final cup makes the experience that much better. In the mind of many tea drinkers the day just seems better with tea in it. It only follows therefore, that the higher the quality of the tea, the better the experience. Many people ask – what is the best way to have a quality tea experience? First – start with tea that you …

Tea: How Do You Drink White Tea?

Tea is the world’s most popular beverage, next to water. But, some people are still fairly new to tea drinking, and are still learning the popular varieties and deciding which ones are they like best. One of the tea varieties that’s most popular today is white tea. White tea comes from the same plant as black and green teas, the camellia sinensis. What makes white tea different is when it is harvested and how it’s processed. White tea is harvested much earlier than other teas, before the leaves are fully open. At this point in the growing process, the tea buds are still covered by fine white hair, which is why it’s referred to as white tea. Unlike other types …

Tea, High Tea And Afternoon Tea – What’s The Difference?

Tea the Drink There are two forms of tea that often cause confusion in the tea world: tea the drink and tea the meal. Tea the drink is made from the Camellia Sinensis plant and from the processing of the plant white, green, oolong, and black teas are produced. The basic teas are also often blended with other plants like vanilla, mint and melon as well as flavors like Oil of Bergamot to make Earl Grey Tea, The beverage is made by steeping processed leaves, buds, or twigs of the tea bush in hot water for a few minutes. The processing can include oxidation, heating, drying, and the addition of other herbs, flowers, spices, and fruits. The term “herbal tea” …

Tea: Drinking White Persian Melon Tea

White tea is fast becoming a very popular drink in the Western world. Once consumed only in China and Japan, and only for the most elegant of occasions, white tea is now being consumed as an everyday beverage for people all over the world. White tea is special because of its very light and delicate flavor and fragrance. It’s far milder and less astringent than black teas, and lacks the grassy flavor of many green teas. In addition, white tea has all the health benefits of green tea, and possibly even more benefits. Like black and green tea, white tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant. But, white teas are harvested much earlier than other teas, before the leaves are …

Tea: How Is White Tea Graded?

White tea has become a very popular drink in recent years. Though it’s been grown at least as far back as the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.), it is a new beverage to most people in the Western world. Later, during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) the emperor Hui Zhong declared white tea to be the most elegant form of tea, and this declaration made white tea more popular and increased the number of tea gardens growing the variety. During this same dynasty, a new method of white tea preparation emerged, known as the Song method. Prior to this, white tea leaves were processed into cakes and prepared by boiling pieces of the tea cake in kettles. During the Song Dynasty, white …

Tea: How Is Green Tea Different From Other Teas?

For years, green tea was consumed almost exclusively in Asia. For centuries, green tea has been used by Chinese herbalists to treat many health maladies from menstrual difficulties to headaches. In China and Japan, most people drink green tea all day long. However, here in the Western world it has gained popularity only in the last few years. There are many ways to enjoy green tea, and many things to learn about it. There are several differences between green tea and other types of tea. Processing – Green tea comes from the same plant as black tea, but it is processed differently. Green tea, however, is not fermented like black tea. Green tea leaves are laid out to wither for …

Sangria Summer Nights

For years now a staple to my summertime diet has been to have a glass or two of sangria while sitting out on my patio on those warm summer evenings with friends. Sangria is a wine based punch that originates from Portugal and Spain. The word “sangria” is derived from the Spanish word “sangre” which means blood. Sangria is usually made from red wine, sliced citrus fruit, sugar, and a sprit such as brandy or triple sec. A lot of tourists flock to Spain and Portugal to get a taste of authentic sangria. What many people don’t realise is that in this part of the world sangria is predominately served out of a punch bowl at informal gathers with the …

Saving Your Skin—With Green Tea

Green tea has become the miracle drink of recent years. It is mentioned as a cure for everything from stomach trouble to fatigue, from rheumatoid arthritis to tooth decay. People in the Far East have been turning to green tea for various ailments for centuries, so it isn’t surprising that the beverage has become a popular remedy worldwide. Perhaps the most interesting claim of fans of green tea is that it can be beneficial in the war against cancer. A 1994 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed that green tea lessened the risk of cancer of the esophagus in Chinese subjects by close to 60 percent. In addition, a study at the University of Purdue …

History And Origin Of Tea

The history of tea is really quite fascinating. There are many myths that surround the creation of tea. One such popular myth is from a Chinese legend stating that tea was discovered in 2737 BC when Chinese emperor Chen Nung accidentally dropped the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. Not wanting to throw the water out, he took a sip and tea was born. One would think that tea would grow on vines in the ground. However, tea is actually grown from trees found in the hotter climates of the world. From China, tea was brought to Japan who incorporated it into their special occasions and into their holiday meals. When it reached England in sixteen sixty-two, tea was fully …

How Is Black Tea Graded?

You may have only recently learned the many benefits of drinking black tea. As a result of what you’ve heard about black tea’s potential medicinal effects and its unique taste, you may be prompted to learn even more about this intriguing beverage. Consequently, you may be curious about how black tea is graded. Tea Grading Defined for the Consumer If you’re confused by the concept of tea grading, you’re certainly not alone. There are numerous misconceptions surrounding the process. First of all, there is really no standard method of tea grading. That means that grading can vary significantly from country to country and from region to region. In addition, a particular grade does not guarantee quality or taste. If you …

How Is Black Tea Different From Other Teas?

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that drinking tea can be a healthy experience. Tea contains ingredients which may be beneficial in the fight against heart disease, cancer, and various stress-related illnesses. In the Western World, green tea has gotten a great deal of attention in recent years. However, black tea remains a popular beverage worldwide. If you are not familiar with black tea, you may be wondering how it differs from other brews. An Intriguing Flavor To begin with, black tea has a heartier flavor than other forms of tea, particularly green tea. As a result, an individual who is interested in an intriguing taste sensation may be drawn to black tea. The black tea produced in China …

How To Make Your Own Cider

People here in Chicago stepped outside this week to falling leaves, (rapidly) cooling temperatures, and that crisp scent in the air that could only mean one thing: Fall is really here. And with the brisk weather, falling leaves, and Halloween decorations comes another fall staple: apple cider. Yes, cider! That sometimes clear, sometimes murky, dry-or-sweet-or tart libation that Americans drank by the gallon before beer came along and screwed everything up. Yet despite its seasonal charm, and despite a recent surge in popularity (no doubt thanks to my tireless efforts), for some people this drink is still hard to find. That’s why I’ve put together this helpful guide. Whether you’re like me and lament the downfall of hard cider as …

Happy Hour – A Tradition That’s Here To Stay

They definitely don’t make happy hour like they used to! Those of us fortunate to have been old enough to drink during the era of disco dancing and the mullet hairdo definitely know this to be an absolute truth. The decade of the 80’s is best remembered for many things but few realize that it was the decade during which the happy hour was reborn. The idea of featuring alcoholic beverages before dinner wasn’t new during the 80’s. In fact, by then consumption of alcohol had been going on for centuries. The era of Prohibition attempted to change all that, but those efforts failed. Back between the years 1920 and 1933 it was illegal to manufacture, import, export, or sell …