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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,...

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...

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...

Tea Recipe: Lemon Verbena Tea-Pops

Lately I have been playing around with one of my favorite herbs, Lemon Verbena. While not the most common herbal tea, the flavor, a combination of lemongrass, licorice, and spearmint, is both unique and versatile, making it perfect to concoct tea recipes with. And...

To Boba, or Not to Boba?

I’ve been seeing a lot of reports on my newsfeed this week on the healthiness (or lack thereof) of bubble tea, and since I’ve gotten a bunch of questions regarding it, I will share some quick thoughts. First of all, the bubble tea fad in the United States...

Green Tea Could Protect Against Zika Virus

The Zika virus has been all over the news recently, most notably that an outbreak in Brazil threatened to cancel the 2016 Summer Olympics. The virus itself is one of many mosquito-borne viruses (West Nile, yellow fever and dengue fever, to name a few), and the...

Tea Video: DIY Teacup Bird Feeder

The birds are singing a happy tune, providing a soundtrack for our summer days.  So why not provide them with a crafty little feeder that also shows your love of tea? Here’s a video on how to make your own Teacup Bird Feeder (video credit to Nifty):...

Tea Recipe: LiberTEA Slush

With Independence Day weekend nearly upon us, it is time to think about what we’re going to drink.  Iced tea, of course, but when you really want to see fireworks – perhaps something a little more …adult?  And what better way to celebrate our...

That Tea Tastes Silky

When one thinks of the luxuries in life, you think of sparkly diamonds, fast cars, smooth silk and, of course, delicious tea.  It should come as no surprise, therefore, that the last two are actually related: one helped in the discovery of the other, making great...

The Titans of Tea

When most folks think of tea plants, they think of waist-high little bushes.  Farmers do this on purpose, of course, pruning the plants so they stay at optimal plucking height.  But is not obvious, however, is just how big tea  left to grow in the wild can get –...

Tea and Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome is caused by a genetic defect wherein a child is born with an extra copy of their 21st chromosome. It is the most common form of genetic intellectual disability, affecting approximately one out of 691 people in the United States, according to the...

How to Cold Brew Iced Tea

When I was a young boy growing up in South Carolina, I remember my grandmother putting tea in a pitcher and leaving it out in the sun to steep.  My twin brother and I would run outside every few minutes to check on the progress of this “sun tea,” as she...

Tea Recipe: Jasmine Panna Cotta

Looking for the perfect tea-infused dessert recipe for this Memorial Day weekend?  Look no further!  Sweet, delicate and absolutely exquisite. I give you Jasmine Panna Cotta with honey. JASMINE PANNA COTTA (…with honey on top) 1/3 cup water 1 teaspoon unflavored...

Tea Recipe: Matcha Lemonade

With the weather finally starting to show signs that summer is imminent, I thought I’d share one of my favorite tea-infused refreshments, Matcha Lemonade. Sweet, tangy, and chock-full of antioxidants (some reports say as much as 137 times more antioxidants than...

Throwback Tea Thursday: Jan Huyghen van Linschoten

Jan Huyghen van Linschoten was a Dutchman by birth, but to some he was a merchant and adventurer, to others a liar and scoundrel. In 1583, at just 20 years old, a trip to India was funded by Portugal (the country which enjoyed a monopoly on trade with the East Indies...