Temperance Tantrum: Get Off My Lawn!

As I have remarked before, there is a tea for every emotion, every occasion.  I have many times mentioned those occasions and/or occasions. I drink Lord Petersham* if Downton Abbey is on the TV. Doke Silver Needle (with corn chips on the side) if I have a migraine. 1910* if bacon and early morning conversation […]

I’m stupid? No, YOU’RE Stupid!

All thoughts of that lovely, historical, whimsical post that I had planned for this week (after delaying it from last week) were swept away as a red mist descended across my eyes. Who are YOU calling Stupid? It started with a news item about the latest weapon in the War. War with a capital ‘W’, […]

The Tea Break That Never Came

My original blog of this week will become my blog of next week, and this week has been rather trying. Not for me, apart from minor issues of earache, toothache and headache, it’s been a good week otherwise. It’s been far worse for many others. In Ferguson, Missouri, USA, a Grand Jury listened to a […]

Oops. You Did It Again.

I remember watching an episode of Man About The House as a kid in the 1970s. If you’ve never heard of this show, it possibly means you are either young or American, neither of which are probably your fault. (There was an American version of the show called “Three’s Company” that starred the late actor John […]

Some You Win…

Each of us has a set of personal rules and standards that govern what we do with regards to the teas we will drink: the when and why. For example; I do not drink tea made from teab*gs. A quick summation of why: On average, tea in teab*gs is of vastly inferior quality Operations growing […]

Of Calgary

Two weeks and two days in Calgary. It’s not like us to visit a country and not hop from place to place. Three days here, five days there: Two weeks and two days would normally be three to five locations. Not this time. Lady Devotea and I had but two aims: to spend some time […]

Goodbye, David

A mini-blog today. A week or so ago, I blogged about David’s Tea, and basically I said the jury was still out. After a second visit, it isn’t any more. We chose between us their Assam (Banaspaty), Oh Canada (Maple Rooibos) and a milky “Pure Chai”. Pleasant, well meaning staff put the teas into these large […]

Tea, Unexpectedly Naked.

If you read yesterday’s blog  (and if not, why not. What’s wrong with you?) you’ll know we left the Oolong Tea Shop very impressed. In fact, I left it believing it to be probably Calgary’s finest tea shop, and so, having business nearby, Lady Devotea and I decided to walk a few blocks and revisit […]

Mountain Tea

My self imposed rule about not reviewing tea places in countries where our own teas are available has meant not much action in the review arena for some time, and now here’s two at once! Whilst the title of this post may briefly excite @lahikmajoe, @lazy_literatus and other Greek Mountain Tea enthusiasts, this post is […]

A Small Brass Band, Surely?

When we head off to try a new tea room in a place we are visiting, the chances are we might never visit that place again. So, I wonder, should we warn them of our impending visit? On one hand, it’s a more authentic experience if we don’t. But really, is that fair? In Thaxted, […]

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