More Tea & Scandal in Scotland

Tam O'Braan, Scottish Tea Grower Tam O’Braan’s tall tale of Scottish-grown tea continues to steep in the pages of the British press. Dawn Thompson, writer for The Sottish Mail on Sunday reports this week that Aberdeen scientists have proven that the Scottish Dalreoch White Tea O’Braan sold to Fortnum & Mason and other posh merchants –…

Tea & Scandal in Scotland

English author Henry Fielding is known in tea circles for his quote “Tea and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea”.But a simmering Scottish scandal has left a bitter taste in the mouths of tea drinkers who paid inflated prices for teas touted by a self-proclaimed “Mr. Tea” as the "world’s best".Extravagant claims by the…

The Ritual of Tea

My wife and I have found great delight in introducing our grandson to the ritual of tea. Green, strawberry, or black with lots of milk, Davis is enthralled with all the tea families and takes great pleasure in pouring the tea from his tiny teapot into his porcelain cup with the giraffe handle. He gives…

Why Orange Pekoe Tea Contains No Oranges

William of Orange, Husband of Queen Mary, Kensington Palace Every tea seller tells a story about a customer who sent back their pot of Orange Pekoe tea because it did not taste of oranges. How can this be? The answer to the disappointed drinker’s dilemma may be found in the fact that, while Orange Pekoe…

5 Facts You Don’t Know About the Boston Tea Party

December 16 marks the anniversary of one of the most iconic events in American history. On that night in 1773, about 150 men disguised their faces and tossed 340 chests of tea from three ships docked in Boston Harbor. The already contentious relationship between the colonists and their English overseers deteriorated even further until, on April…

Why Is Taiwan Known for Great Oolong Tea?

Throughout the culture of tea, the name Taiwan—formerly Formosa—is synonymous with classic oolongs. The island country accounts for about 20% of all oolongs produced worldwide. I traveled there recently to explore their legendary tea culture and observe the harvest of Oriental Beauty, one of the most prized teas in any oolong collection.In 1542, when Portuguese explorers…

Tour the Tea Clipper Cutty Sark in London

The iconic clipper ship Cutty Sark has come back to life in her new Greenwich dry dock on the eastern edge of London, not far from where tea clippers once brought endless cargos of tea into the warehouses of the East India Company.  Her journey here was not without incident, and we are fortunate to have…