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Sweet and savory snacks accompany tea service at the Grand Hotel

Sweet and savory snacks accompany tea service at the Grand Hotel

by Patricia Mack

This is the tea party I only imagined when I was a little girl pouring make-believe orange pekoe for Teddy Bear and dollies, all of whom sat politely at my tiny table. And I, Grand Lady that I imagined myself to be, Mom’s Easter hat flopping over my brow, never spilled a drop.

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Pinot Grigio infused with Tattle Tea's Love Struck Rooibos

Pinot Grigio infused with Tattle Tea’s Love Struck Rooibos

Wining about tea

In previous centuries, wine was often served spiced with ingredients like honey, cinnamon and cloves. Nowadays, the practice is much less common, apart from mulled wine during the winter holidays or jugs of sangria served at tapas bars. Yet, the possibilities for enhancing wine are endless.

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ManaTea Infuser

ManaTea Infuser

Your Tea Just Got a Whole Lot Cuter

Hipster owls are so yesterday. Here comes the manatee! Your tea-drinking experience won’t ever be the same with the addition of this adorable animal tea infuser.

While this little product might not steep your tea as quickly as metal infusers, it still fulfills its purpose. The ManaTea is made from food-safe silicon, is easy to use and surprisingly stable — the cute creature’s flippers keep it from falling into the tea cup. The manatee’s body holds a good amount of tea and works well for medium to large tea leaves. It’s also very easy to clean.

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Dilmah Tea — Review

on December 13th, 2013
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Rilhena Estate Ceylon Souchong

Reviewed by Julia Mason

Sri Lanka’s only vertically integrated tea company, Dilmah owns some of the best Ceylon tea estates. Instead of blending teas from various regions, this family-owned company is committed to producing single-origin tea using traditional methods. All of their teas are made using the “orthodox” style – a production process that begins with handpicking the leaves and ends with oxidization and firing.

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Tea Honey

on April 29th, 2013
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Savannah Bee Company Tea Honey

Savannah Bee Company Tea Honey

by Patricia Mack

When it’s teatime, don’t ask me, “One lump or two?”

I take my tea with honey.

It used to be any kind of honey — orange blossom, blueberry, sage, buckwheat, thistle, heather, dandelion — or any kind that was on hand. But I’ve found something better: Savannah Bee Company Tea Honey.

Its sweetness is more subtle than other commercial honeys, and its viscosity is thinner, reminiscent of some European honeys that pour quickly and cook or roast beautifully into elegant glazes for vegetables and poultry. The heat of the hot steeping tea combines with this honey to create a new flavor note that is altogether pleasing with neither the tea nor the honey dominating the wonderful, delicate brew in the cup.  

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This tea from Organic India is made with tulsi (also known as Holy Basil) which is used in ayurvedic medicine in order to support the body's natural immune system

by: Sylvie Greil

In an effort to reduce caffeine consumption, we have been relying increasingly on holistic herbal teas to make it through that afternoon slump. Our favorite new panacea is Tulsi Ginger Tea. Tulsi, or holy basil, is one of the most revered herbs in India. It is used in ayurvedic medicine and said to function as an adaptogen. This means if you are stressed out, it will calm you. If you are feeling sluggish, it will give you a boost. Tulsi in combination with uplifting ginger is amazing and delicious. This tea by Organic India delivers the spicy lift of ginger without too strong of a kick. With a bit of honey, it’s a smooth and soothing brew that literally tickles the taste buds. In addition, ginger is also a great digestive, so after a too- heavy lunch or stomach upset over looming deadlines, it offers tummy-settling relief.


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Tea cappuccino

Tea cappuccino (photo credit : CBTL)

by Anneli Rufus

Just when you thought the world could not possibly produce another frothy caffeinated beverage, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has just launched a new concept: Tea Cappuccino. Since the word “cappuccino,” when first applied to coffee drinks, referred only to the hooded brown robes of Italian Capuchin friars and not to anything specifically coffee-ish, it can just as aptly be appended to a tea drink — or a bean dish or anything else that is richly brown, come to think of it.

Debuting recently at all CBTL locations, Tea Cappuccino combines freshly brewed tea, whole-milk foam and vanilla bean sauce in three different flavors: chai, Scottish Breakfast and Anniversary Blend. The latter blend marks CBTL’s fiftieth anniversary; the company was founded in Southern California in 1963.

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Teatime at The Tea Room

on August 17th, 2012
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The Library

The Library

Afternoon Tea, Southern Style

by Patricia Mack

Afternoon tea is so civilized, so comforting, so refined, so… so… Southern. Yes, Southern, and that is said with all due respect to our English cousins who standardized this lovely daily ritual centuries ago. Thank you, but I’ll take my “cuppa” with a little Tupelo honey and a genteel Georgian accent.

There are many cozy tea rooms to be found in America’s Southeastern cities, where in times past “Afternoon Tea” with invited guests was a singular social event in the homes of upper class families. Culinary historians dazzle us with descriptions of the food: Madeira cake, fruity, buttery and winey; caraway seed cake, sliced thinly and incredibly fragrant; oatcakes; scones; toasted currant bread…. And the tea, clear amber and hot poured from fine china or silver-plated teapots. Those days are largely gone but tea aficionados still prize the wondrous taste of a cup of freshly brewed tea in a serene environment where remnants of ceremony are still observed.

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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Peach Infused Teas

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Peach Infused Teas

by Sylvie Greil

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is where coffee aficionados get their fix of a large morning drip or afternoon blended mocha, but they are also known for offering excellent tea. Their chai, for instance, is not made from powder but actually steeped with high-quality tea leaves and herbs.

So it’s no surprise that we like their new line of limited edition peach-infused teas from the highlands of Sri Lanka and the tea gardens of northern Thailand. Try a cup at a location near you or order online at for easy at-home brewing. Want to know about more gourmet products we’ve tasted, such as the Whoopie Pie and tender spring onions? Then check out the latest edition of The Food Paper April 2010 newsletter!