RED TEA: Common Term Can Be Uncommonly Confusing

By Heather Edwards

Twenty-five years ago, if anyone mentioned "red tea", it meant only one thing: black tea from mainland China that shows a red infusion in the cup.


That is still true. Red tea in China is made from the ancestral tea bushes of Camellia sinensis, dried to a deep brown leaf and brews up to a mahogany red to shades lighter and darker in the cup depending on the province where it grows. Some of the best are Qimun, Anhuui, Fujien, and Yunnan. Chinese red teas are bold in flavor and cover a wide spectrum of tastes from tannic to smooth, earthy to sweet, woodsy... Read more >

Once Upon a Tea: One Adagio Fan's Story

By Anthony Sementilli

During the Summer after my freshman year, some of my best friends and I felt that successfully surviving our first year was worthy of prompting our first pilgrimage to the Mecca of nerds: San Diego ComicCon.

We spent days planning the trip. But, unfortunately, the tickets sold out hours after release, leaving our plans high and dry.

I will say this: I'm so happy we missed ComicCon, and this is why.

Among the venues we missed the most on our obsolete ComicCon bucket list was the "Japanese Tea Garden," a place where you can blend your own tea. I figured, "Well, I'm sure... Read more >

Essayist Calls Tea "Pernicious": WRONG!

By Diana Rosen

It may be difficult to believe this in the 21st century but barely 400 years ago, tea was thought by some British to be "pernicious," or harmful to society. Noted authors and religious leaders drew venomous conclusions and railed openly against the growing tea trade. For example, John Wesley, founder of the Methodist movement, was so disturbed by the increasing popularity of tea that, in 1748, he opined that his followers should completely abstain from tea because it "gives rise to numberless disorders, particularly those of a nervous kind." Apparently, the energy and clarity that tea can... Read more >

"Hey, SweetTEA!"

By Lindsay Jawor

As Dolly Parton's Turvy Jones so eloquently phrased it, sweet tea is "the house wine of the South" (Steel Magnolias, 1989). And it seems to be true, from backyard barbeques to fine dining establishments; even McDonald's now offers Southern-style sweet tea. Enjoyed for decades in the Southeastern United States, sweet tea is making its way steadily north, east, and west, becoming a common beverage option throughout the country. So what's the story behind this summer favorite?

Hot tea was a part of American culture from its birth as an English colony. Most readers know the story... Read more >

End-of-Summer Tea Delights Abound

By Diana Rosen

The calendar indicates that summer is drawing to a close, however, the temperatures remain high, the lure of water sports stays strong and the desire for something cool and refreshing to eat or drink is easily satisfied with our favorite ingredients: Tea!

We suggest tea-infused Italian-style granitas, old-fashioned American popsicles or flavored ice cubes to satisfy both the most sophisticated palate and the kid-at-heart in anyone.

A few things to remember when making cold to icy drinks or foods with tea: always add more! Double the tea leaves or tea bags, add more sweetener and... Read more >