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  • Date
  • August 31, 2021

phoenix oolong | davidstea

oolong tea | guangdong province, China Grown on the Phoenix mountains in China, Dan Cong oolongs come from a special variety of camellia sinensis which presents as a tree rather than a bush. Phoenix oolongs (also known as Phoenix Mountain ooolong, Phoenix Mountain dan cong, Fenghuang Dan Cong, and even Phoenix Mountain Dan Cong oolong) …

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  • Date
  • August 26, 2021

wild tea :: tea pairing

Sometime around 2737 BC Emperor Shen Nong dealt with the accident of tea leaves falling into his outdoor boiling water by drinking the steeped liquid. Since then, foraged plants have been brewed into remarkable and interesting concoctions. (please be smarter than the story of legend and know first what it is that you are ingesting)

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  • Date
  • August 24, 2021

matcha preparation

The tea of ancient rituals can provide you with a moment of calm and focus. Matcha has a distinct earthy, vegetal bitter taste. The process of making it is simple and satisfying; but it will take practice to perfect your technique and will require some specialty equipment. step 1/ scoop 1-2tsp of matcha powder into …

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  • Date
  • August 22, 2021

teacup13 :: collage art

what you find in each direction depends on what you carry with you “teacup13” collage by pheinixx | featuring vintage “soft lilac duchess” chelsea garden bone china, england + vintage aynsley bone china, england + vintage paragon bone china, englandvisit our art store to purchase this artwork (fine art prints, home décor, soft furnishings)

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  • Date
  • August 17, 2021

earl grey cream :: pluck tea

black tea (flavoured) Earl grey tea’s distinctive and iconic flavour comes from Chinese black tea enrobed in bergamot oil, first given to Charles Grey, 2nd Earl of Grey in the 1830s; the stories of how and why it was created and gifted to the Earl are varied, but the Lady of Grey began serving it …

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  • Date
  • August 15, 2021

teacup12 :: collage art

when the fairytale daydream encroaches on reality “teacup12” collage by pheinixx | featuring vintage “blossom time” royal albert bone china, englandvisit our art store to purchase this artwork (fine art prints, home décor, soft furnishings)

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  • Date
  • August 10, 2021

containing tea

Storing tea -whether yours is bagged, loose, in pouches or balled- will spark your joy in a number of ways. Express your style and have fun with storing your tea – jars and tins are just the beginning. Fill pieces of art, antiques and boxes with your tea. Tea -like vampires- do not fair well …

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  • Date
  • August 5, 2021

thank anna for afternoon tea :: tea notes

[image description: Thank Anna for afternoon tea. Duchess of Bedford Anna Russell started the practice of taking tea and snacks to ward off her “sinking feeling” mid-afternoon. This turned into a routine which evolved into the social experience we know as afternoon tea.]

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  • August 3, 2021

jasmine golden dragon :: westholme tea company

green tea | fujian province, china Jasmine tea is unique – the tea leaves are either layered or tossed with jasmine flower buds for several hours to scent the tea. The process can be repeated several times, resulting in tea which can be anywhere from delicately flavoured to overly perfumed. I am wary of all …

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  • Date
  • August 1, 2021

saucer01 :: collage art

stories expand over time and change “saucer01” collage by pheinixx | featuring vintage hand decorated shafford bone china, japanvisit our art store to purchase this artwork (fine art prints, home décor, soft furnishings)

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  • Date
  • July 27, 2021

iced tea limoncello spritz

Lemony sparkly iced tea goodness – take my advice and make a bottle at a time. 16oz cold black tea6oz limoncellosplash fresh lemon juicesoda water Steep your tea according to it’s directions. I used a Nilgiri black tea from India – which I choose because it is very aromatic, with a fruit-forward smooth medium-body. Chill …

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  • Date
  • July 20, 2021

lapsang souchong :: tsaa tea shop

black tea | china Lapsang souchong is distinctive due to the added process of smoking the tea with pine wood – which adds it’s characteristic smoky flavour. Grounded with a meaty earthiness and smooth mouthfeel, the spicy smoky flavours envelope rather than overpower. lapsang souchong :: tsaa tea shop

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  • Date
  • July 18, 2021

teaware03 :: collage art

so many valuable things are never used “teaware03” collage by pheinixx | featuring silver-plated tea strainervisit our art store to purchase this artwork (fine art prints, home décor, soft furnishings)

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  • Date
  • July 13, 2021

succulents in tea tins

Is there anything better than adding tea, graphics and plants to a space? No, I didn’t think so either. Reuse your old tea tins. First, thoroughly wash and dry the tins. Punch small drainage holes in the bottom (I used a hammer and philips-head screwdriver – and here is a lesson I learned, punch the …

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  • Date
  • July 11, 2021

teapot02 :: painted collage art

my grandmother’s teapot unlocked stories “teapot02” painted collage art by pheinixx | featuring classic porcelain, englandvisit our art store to purchase this artwork (fine art prints, home décor, soft furnishings)

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  • Date
  • July 6, 2021

vanilla chai :: diversitea

black tea (blend) | india “Chai” is a term that is tossed around quite a bit, and usually incorrectly. Chai as a word translates directly into tea in more than one language…it is not a type of tea. What many people consider to be ‘Chai tea’ (which is a statement steeped in redundancy) is a …

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  • Date
  • July 4, 2021

teaware02 :: collage art

time spend in solitary pursuits do not have to be understood by anyone else “teaware02” collage by pheinixx | featuring porcelain giawanvisit our art store to purchase this artwork (fine art prints, home décor, soft furnishings)

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  • Date
  • June 29, 2021

bath tea bag soak

Using natural muslin pouches we can soak in a sumptuous tea bath. 1C epsom salts.25C jasmine tea.25C dried lavender10 drops lavender essential oil Mix ingredients together, and fill open-weave drawstring pouches half-way. Tie drawstring tightly to close opening and then tie the loose string again at the end, to provide a large loop. To use …

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  • Date
  • June 22, 2021

tea party :: honey pie

herbal tisane (blend) | prince edward county, canada I keep coming back to the same mental image when enjoying this tisane – a lush afternoon tea set in the middle of a wild meadow. Spicy, fruity, florals are tempered with a surprisingly smooth brightness that engages all of your senses. tea party :: honey pie …

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  • Date
  • June 15, 2021

cold + hot brew iced tea

It is National Iced Tea Month (yup, that is a real thing) so let’s stop limiting what iced tea can be. When we forget the classic iced-black-tea-with-slices-of-lemon-at-a-picnic and simply think of iced tea as another cold drink, possibilities open up. Iced teas are excellent as a base for cocktails or something to mix with soda …

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  • Date
  • June 13, 2021

teacup09 :: drawing

lead me on a simple path towards joy, and I will follow “teacup09” by pheinixx | inspired by vintage “wild strawberry” wedgwood bone china, englandvisit our art store to purchase this artwork (fine art prints, home décor, soft furnishings)

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  • Date
  • June 8, 2021

paris afternoon :: murchie’s

black + green tea (blend, flavoured) | india, china, himalayas There is a lot going on in this cup. Layers of aroma and flavour that work together, but striving to be detected individually. The green tea brings a bright astringency that cuts through the caramel and leather finishing notes of the black tea. paris afternoon …

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  • Date
  • May 30, 2021

teaware01 :: collage art

life can be messy at times “teaware01” collage by pheinixx | featuring featuring bamboo gongfu tea accessories, chinavisit our art store to purchase this artwork (fine art prints, home décor, soft furnishings)

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  • Date
  • May 25, 2021

english breakfast (organic) :: cup of té

black tea (blend) The first “Breakfast Tea” was blended in the late 1800’s, and when Queen Victoria fell in love with this blend during her stay in Balmoral (and subsequently taking home cases with her) it was renamed “English Breakfast Tea”. Taking on a classic is fraught with peril, but this black tea blend offers …

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  • Date
  • May 11, 2021

yellow dragon pu-erh :: tea emporium

pu-erh tea (blend) | yunnan province, china This tea blend (ginger and lemongrass) is made for multiple short infusions – providing a repeating heady cup. A lot of flavour, and difficult to isolate the different notes because it is so well balanced. A comforting balance of vegetal, smoky warmth and subtle citrus notes. yellow dragon …

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  • Date
  • April 27, 2021

sticky rice oolong :: davidstea

oolong tea (blend) | thailand A lightly oxidized oolong is closer to green tea. With a creamy mouthfeel and natural sweetness, this oolong is a perfect pairing for the magical Chinese herb, Nuo Mi Xiang which smells and tastes like sticky rice. With calm aromas and gentle flavours, this blend transports all of the fresh …

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  • Date
  • April 18, 2021

teacup07 :: collage art

layers of exuberant conversation leaves impressions “teacup07” collage by pheinixx | featuring vintage royal albert bone china, englandvisit our art store to purchase this artwork (fine art prints, home décor, soft furnishings)

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  • Date
  • April 4, 2021

teacup05 :: collage art

nighttime brew “teacup05” collage by pheinixx | featuring vintage royal albert bone china, englandvisit our art store to purchase this artwork (fine art prints, home décor, soft furnishings)

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  • Date
  • March 30, 2021

sencha kyoto :: genuine tea co.

green tea | kyoto, japan Not one to seek out bitter tastes, I enjoy this more delicate sencha tea as I get the green-ness I want without any mouth puckering. Japanese green teas are steamed during processing and are generally more grassy and bright. A short 1 minute infusion releases gentle waves of mineral and …

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  • Date
  • March 21, 2021

teacup04 :: collage art

a spray of gold restricting indigo “teacup04” collage by pheinixx | featuring vintage paragon fine bone china, englandvisit our art store to purchase this artwork (fine art prints, home décor, soft furnishings)

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  • March 16, 2021

royal wedding :: harney & sons

white tea (blend) | china A pretty blend that has a striking chocolatey aroma – all the more interesting because the taste is mostly almond, coconut and vanilla. Mutan white tea is known also by the names Bai Mudan, Pai Mu Tan and White Peony. This nutty sweet blend has a smooth mouthfeel underlined by …

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  • March 7, 2021

teacup02 :: collage art

you can taste the bright, crisp sunshine “teacup02” collage by pheinixx | featuring vintage merit china, japanvisit our art store to purchase this artwork (fine art prints, home décor, soft furnishings)

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  • Date
  • March 2, 2021

white moon ancient pu-er :: tao tea leaf

2013 Spring – First Harvest | 4th Anniversary 2009-2013 sheng pu’erh (raw) | yunnan province, china It seems right that this special tea -crafted to celebrate the anniversary of tao tea leaf- represents my first puerh experience and my first tea disk from my first Toronto Tea Festival. My recommendation to bring out the most …

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  • Date
  • February 21, 2021

teacup03 :: collage art

a cacophony of colour underlined in gold as negative space arrives in unexpected places “teacups03” collage by pheinixx | featuring castle china, japanvisit our art store to purchase this artwork (fine art prints, home décor, soft furnishings)

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  • Date
  • February 16, 2021

oolong creme :: sloane fine tea merchants

oolong tea (flavoured) | wuyi mountains, china Do not be afraid of the word “flavours” in this ingredient listing, because it comes after the word “natural” – and that makes all of the difference: this tea has complexity and depth that only comes with restraint. The Wuyi Mountains in China is home of the gift …

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  • Date
  • February 7, 2021

teacup01 :: collage art

busy birds and succulent roses indicating abundance “teacup01” collage by pheinixx | featuring vintage paragon china, englandvisit our art store to purchase this artwork (fine art prints, home décor, soft furnishings)

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  • Date
  • February 2, 2021

long jing (dragonwell) :: steven smith teamaker

green tea | zhejiang province, china This is my personal favourite green tea – I do although prefer a 2 minute steep, rather than the traditional 3 minutes that are recommended. Named after a village in which the natural spring has uniquely dense water that dances and swirls like a Chinese dragon during rainfall. Long …

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