Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring hot or boiling water over cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world. It has a cooling, slightly bitter, and astringent flavour that many people enjoy.Tea originated in China as a medicinal drink. It was first introduced to Portuguese priests and merchants in China during the 16th century. Drinking tea became popular in Britain during the 17th century. The British introduced it to India, in order to compete with the Chinese monopoly on the product.Tea has long been promoted for having a variety of positive health benefits.
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    • Recipe: National Hot Toddy Day, 2015

      With the majority of the nation under a bit of a cold spell (as I type this the wind chill in my town just hit a cool and breezy -21 degrees Fahrenheit), we thought it best to revisit one of the best winter drinks around: the hot toddy. A classic drink for these bone-chilling days, the Hot Toddy is best consumed next to the warmest fireplace and under the softest blanket you can find.

      Rob Theakston/ Drinkhacker.com- 3 readers -
    • Gloom among the 2015 brightness

      Or would it be truer to say that there are shiny bits among the enveloping gloom? As 2015 gets underway, and the secateurs are being sharpened for vintage 2015 (and, more pertinently, the blades on the mechanical harvesters) there’s plenty to cheer about for Cape wine, but also some worrying stuff.

      Tim James/ GrapeGrape- 2 readers -
    • Alan Kerr’s Vintage’s January 10th Release Notes

      It’s January, things are a little less hectic, the holiday haste is done and life is supposedly back to some sense of normality. Cellars tend to get depleted over the jovial season and if that is the case, one can stock up with a few of the wines from Vintages “Smart Buys” release. WINES OF THE MONTH 256693 CONCHA Y TORO SERIE RIBERAS GRAN RESERVA CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2012 Ma ...

      Alan Kerr/ Gang of Pour On Wine- 5 readers -
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  • Carl’s Pond Winery 2010 Private Reserve Petit Verdot, Rattlesnake Hills, $25

    … Kitsap Peninsula winemakers Frank Reale and Gary Sleeger opted to bottle on its own this traditional blending variety, which they sourced from Konnowac Vineyards — an established Yakima Valley site valued by some of the state’s smallest wineries. Aromas of dark boysenberry and pomegranate and coffee lead to a mouthfilling drink of blueberry, Montmorency cherry, tea leaves and slate. Enjoy with well-marbled meats or pork belly. Rating: Recommended Production: 15 cases Alcohol: 12.4% …

    Great Northwest Wine- 4 readers -
  • Drinking Tonight - 1985 Barolo Riserva Rocche Di Castiglione, Michele Chiarlo

    … Chiarlo Upon opening the bottle the nose was locked tight and I decanted it two hours before dinner. And it needed that time. In fact it got better and better all evening. The nose slowly evolves into a old fashioned Barolo with wonderful notes of warm rosehips, dried cherries, rose petals, red tea, hot gravel, a mushroom forest and coffee grounds…

    Barolista- 5 readers -
  • The Top 25 Wines Of 2014: An Exclusive TWAV List

    … Cellars 2003 Brut Sparkling Wine, Finger Lakes Gorman 2011 “Pixie” Red Mountain Syrah Hermann J. Wiemer 2010 Reserve Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes Hosmer Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc, Finger Lakes Hunt Country Vineyards 2011 Meritage, Finger Lakes J. Lohr 2011 Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles *Justin 2011 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon *Kenwood…

    Toledo Wines and Vinesin Cabernet Franc Syrah- 3 readers -
  • Best tea rooms & shops in Hong Kong

    … weekly music concerts (on weekends) at the tea house as well as frequent tea classes at both locations making it a full-rounded experience. You can call for current schedule and fees. Address: 290B Queen’s Road Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Tea house: The K.S. Lo Gallery, Hong Kong Park, Admiralty, Hong Kong Website: www.lockcha.com/teahouse…

    Winebeing- 4 readers -
  • Discovering Writer Mark Pendergrast

    …, sailing, reading, and games of chase and charades.” He’ s also very well educated, having earned a B.A. in English literature from Harvard (I have legacy there), taught high school and elementary school, then went back to Simmons College (legacy there, too) for a masters in library science. In 1991, he began writing books full time. This is a snapshot of Mark Pendergrast, who is the coffee critic for Wine Spectator Magazine. Tags: Coffee, Mark Pendergrast, tea …

    Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog- 5 readers -
  • Wine of the Day December 14, 2014

    …, it starts with juicy almost Morgon like youthful plum, black cherry and strawberry fruits, mineral notes, wild herbs, peppery spice, mint tea and mushroom with a hint of leather and cedar. The latest Puffeney Trousseau weighs in at 13%, and has a pretty deep hue, it’s is a little more ruby in color than the last few years, it is wonderfully…

    grapelive.com- 3 readers -
  • Dinner

    … set aside when both sides are ready. When all the breads have been cooked, wrap them tea towels and re heat (1-2 minutes in a hot oven) just before use. Tomato salad. 400g of assorted small tomatoes, halved and tossed with a crushed and diced clove of garlic, finely chopped parsley and coriander, salt, pepper and olive oil. Black beans. A can…

    Wino sapien- 2 readers -
  • Glassware Matters

    … a different configuration for nearly every red and white wine varietal. Riedel claims that these specific shapes match the unique characteristics that distinguish the various wine grapes allowing improved appreciation of the aromas, texture, flavors and mouthfeel. Thus their Cabernet glass has a taller bowl and a narrower opening than their wider…

    Grapelinesin Cabernet Sauvignon- 1 readers -
  • Be Impressed by Spierhead Winery 2013 Vintage Wines

    … to use Dijon clones 115 and 667, along with the Pommard clone. The 115 clone I have read is the most widely planted clone, can add aromas of black cherry, blueberries, boysenberries, anise, leather and rose, and is such as well rounded grape that it could be used to produce wine on it’s own without need to be blended with other clones. 667 does better…

    MyWinePalin Pinot Noir Chardonnay- 2 readers -
  • Zerba Cellars 2011 Wild Z Red Wine, Walla Walla Valley, $24

    … of cranberry, toasted marshmallow, cococunt, cloves and tar with a pinch of dill. There’s much more fruit on the robust palate, which features black currant and boysenberry, backed by fine-grained tannins, tar, tea leaves and more dill. These wines are poured in their three tasting rooms — Woodinville, Wash.,; Dundee, Ore., and in the Walla Walla Valley town of Milton-Freewater, Ore. Rating: Excellent Production: 747 cases Alcohol: 14.2% …

    Great Northwest Winein Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot- 2 readers -
  • Eight Bottles From 1964 & A Backup

    …. Very nice and mature. The taste is mature and dry with notes of red cherries, forest floor, dry tobacco and rosehips. A medium long, warm finish that ends a tad dry. Fully mature and very fine with the food. 87p (tasted 2014/11) 1964 Monbazillac, Château du Rauly A big, intense, semi sweet nose with notes of dark saffron, dried apricots and pineapple…

    Barolista- 2 readers -
  • Thankful for Organic: Healthier Holiday Wines

    … where gold was discovered in 1848. Cedar, oak and vanilla combine with blackberry, blueberry and raspberry to make a succulent wine ideal for turkey, game and turducken. ($34, narrowgatevineyards.com) Oakville Ranch 2011 Cabernet Franc: Out of Napa’s Oakville district these certified organic grapes produce a wine full of cedar, vanilla, blueberry…

    Michael Cervin/ Boozehoundz- 1 readers -
  • Holiday Spectacles: Cirque Dreams Holidaze (Review)

    … If Jingle Bell Rock rings your chimes, you’ll be as happy as an Elvis impersonator at Graceland. Cirque Dreams Holidaze raises questions of profound significance. They’re questions we don’t raise publicly. Doing so risks ice thinner than gun control conversations with your tea party aunt on Thanksgiving. Our answers reveal our innermost…

    Cy Ashley Webb/ Stark Insider- 4 readers -
  • Naked Thanksgiving Wishes

    … and availability of authentic olive oils may plummet. Nudo, however, gets first call on the genuine olive oil from its collaborating producers, so Nudo adoptive parents and subscribers can still source the good stuff. In keeping with the “Cyber Monday” discount concept, Nudo is offering our readers a 20% discount on all olive tree and tea garden…

    Wine Imbiber- 3 readers -
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