The Story of Oolong Tea

A long time ago, way back in Ancient China, a young farmer and his wife lived on a small plot on the foothills of the Xiping Mountain.  They grew many things on their farm, like most folks did to feed their families, but what the young farmer was most proud of was his...

WARNING: This Post Could Get Cheesy

It's all over social media nowadays, this new craze that's hitting the tea industry.  At first glance any aficionado would be taken aback, myself included, but then my sense of adventure kicked in. I tried the cheese tea. And it actually wasn't that horrible, kinda...

Cool Down, Fight Cancer

Esophageal cancer is the 8th most common form of cancer, killing around 400,000 people every year.  And, if you are a tea drinker, you may be doing something rather routine - drinking it when it just finishes steeping - that may facilitate Esophageal cancer. While...

Tea Recipe: The Matcha Citron

As 2018 gets rolling, one thing is becoming near certain: the Matcha craze is nowhere near over! So I figured now would be a good time to stoke the flames with a new tea cocktail recipe, featuring, of course, Matcha! I call this one The Matcha Citron. Enjoy: The...

Boost Your CreativiTEA!

Ever have a deadline pounding on your desk, but just didn't have the creative juices flowing to get it done?  We all have, of course, but it turns out the juice we should be turning to actually comes from a leaf. That's right, according to a new study published in the...

Tea + Beer = Delicious!

From reading my blog for the past 13+ years (you have been reading that long, right?), one thing is abundantly clear: I love tea. But what is less well known is my love of beer. Beer has been enjoyed by mankind for thousands of years, just like tea.  In fact,...

New Year, New Tea

With 2017 finally winding down, it is just about time to start thinking of your New Year's resolutions. And this year, my dear reader, I encourage you to shoot for something practical.  No, you probably won't be able to make it to the gym every single day, and no, you...

Tea Recipe: Crimson Punch Wassail

Christmas is here! I am bringing the cheer in my favorite way possible: a new Tea Cocktail! This one is a riff on the classic Wassail, a beverage traditionally drunk as an integral part of wassailing, a Medieval English Christmastide drinking ritual intended to ensure...

The Future of Tea in 2018

With 2017 rapidly winding down, many food insiders are beginning to make their predictions for the year ahead.  The common themes among them seem to be naturalness, health and quality.  All of which, of course, bodes well for tea! In fact, according to the BBC, 2018...

Tea on Diwali

Today marks the beginning of a five day festival in the Hinduism faith known as Diwali. It brings family and friends together to brighten up the darkest (it is a new moon tonight, so there will be no illumination) night of autumn (or spring, depending on the...

Tea Recipe: Peachy Oolong Rosé Sangria

With the (unofficial) last day of summer, Labor Day, nearly upon us, I thought we'd end the season with a bang. And by "with a bang" I mean, of course, with a tea cocktail! Here's my newest concoction, just in time for your Labor Day BBQ, the Peachy Oolong Rosé...

Tea For Your Brain

According to the Mayo Clinic, Dementia is a very common disease affecting the elderly, with over 3 million cases diagnosed every year.  It is a cruel and lamentable affliction (I, unfortunately, had first-hand experience with my grandmother), and, for the most part,...

True Majestea

All you true Tavalon fans out there know a lot of the history of the company already, but for those who don't know, Tavalon was first known as a brick-and-mortar store on 14th St (right next to Union Square) in Manhattan.  We served hot teas, iced teas, tea lattes,...

Tea Recipe: Earl Grey Honey Cake

The Honey Cake has existed for hundreds of years, found throughout most of Europe, all the way back to the Medieval times.  One of the reasons for its popularity is the simple fact that its primary sweetener, honey, helps keep the shelf life quite long (honey itself...

Tea Recipe: Rock & Rye Punch

Lately I've become obsessed with an old cordial known as Rock & Rye.  It has started making a comeback, appearing on store shelves more frequently than in years past. My first experience with this little known beverage was with my Irish grandmother, who would...