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How To Have A Tea Change

Updated on April 15, 2014
 Jhongshan tea farm
Jhongshan tea farm | Source

The Beginning

Growing up in England I remember my mother always had the kettle on for a cuppa. It was a ritual throughout the day.

The recipe for ‘a brew’ was one spoonful of tea for each person, one for the pot, and a heaped one for luck.

Dark brown – ‘strong enough to stand the spoon up in’ was the desired effect. Add full cream milk, sugar to taste and stir vigorously.

Woollen knitted tea cosies were plonked over the teapot.

It was often a social occasion with women of the village drinking tea, lighting cigarettes and having a gossip.

My tea making ability didn’t evolve much over the years other than becoming a tea bag freak. So easy, didn’t necessarily need a teapot.

It took many years for realisation to hit with a vengeance – tea is universal and versatile. I experienced a tea change and I'm still exploring. So much to learn.

In fact it’s amazing what you can do with tea.

 Picking the leaves - tea plantation -Jhongshan
Picking the leaves - tea plantation -Jhongshan | Source

Tea in Taiwan

In Taiwan a visit to the Jhongshan Agricultural Leisure Area is true tea experience.

This is a sleepy place, with lush tea plants undulating as far as the eye can see.

In the sunny garden, dogs roam lazily, fish whirl in the pond, coloured birds circle, pigs snuffle. Curiously, an imitation painted cow poses prettily.

Out in the plantation, we work, picking tea leaves, carefully selecting the new, bright green, shoots.

Back at the farm we wash the leaves, dry them thoroughly before dipping them into a light batter. Into the sizzling Wok for a deep fry produces a delicious mouth watering snack before lunch is served.

Welcome to the Jhongshan Agricultural Leisure Area
Welcome to the Jhongshan Agricultural Leisure Area | Source

Tea for Lunch –


Menu

Tempura tea leaves.

Chicken, simmered slowly in tea.

Pickled tea leaves.

Tofu, tea soaked and then fried until crisp.

Tea based jelly

Scrumptious slices of green tea cake.

And, of course a cuppa. A steaming, fragrant, refined sort of cuppa. Milk and sugar -an absolute no -no!

I’m totally hooked. It all melts in the mouth.

There are many tea plantations farms in this area, and it’s possible to visit several in plantations in a day just cruising from one to another and sampling what’s on offer.

Jioufen teahouse Taiwan
Jioufen teahouse Taiwan | Source


Tea Houses

Teahouses are plentiful – warm and welcoming. The Jioufen teahouse is splendid.

It is so relaxing, sitting cross legged, watching tea being prepared in an exacting way, and then slowly sipping, totally appreciating the fragrance and quality.

I chose to taste Oriental beauty tea and then the local Oolong. All of it delicious.

Even more delicious is the environment, soothing background music, the gentle sound of a waterfall – paintings and pottery decorate the tearooms, all geared to creating an unforgettable experience.

Judging by the number of locals filing through to have their tea fix - this is not just another tourist venue. It’s an all day, everyday occurrence.

Camellia Sinensis - tea
Camellia Sinensis - tea | Source

Tea Explorer

At the Yixing Xuan Tea House in Singapore Mr Vincent Low's Chinese Tea Appreciation courses are legendary.

There is no doubt Mr Low is passionate about his subject. Formerly a successful banker, he had a tea change, leaving his profession to study at Taiwan's famous Lu Yu - University of tea.

In 760 AD Lu Yu is credited with perfecting the art of tea making.

Like wine lovers, many Chinese tea drinkers are connoisseurs, constantly in pursuit of the perfect leaves.

The tea plant is said to contain antioxidants, purportedly a plus towards combating ageing. Obviously cheaper than Botox. Tell me more.

Yes, tea is recommended as a relaxant and for soothing for the effects of stress.

In the welcoming atmosphere Mr Low's enthusiasm bubbles like the boiling kettle as he explains the leaves of the tea, the aroma, the history and appreciation in a real cuppa.

I find it intriguing that all teas (with the exception of herbal or teas that do not include real tea leaves) come from one plant - Camellia Sinensis.

So - English breakfast, the Chinese Oolong or Japanese green tea all derive from the same plant.

The four major types of tea result from how the tea has been treated. Black (roasted), green (sundried), Oolong (part roasted, part sundried), jasmine rolled among jasmine flowers.

Green Tea -Yellow Tea -Oolong Tea -Black Tea
Green Tea -Yellow Tea -Oolong Tea -Black Tea | Source

Watch those Bubbles

It's important to watch the size of the boiling bubbles to indicate the precise moment to pour on the tea:

To ascertain the correct bubble boiling moment the kettle is transparent.

As to the size of the bubble here’s the criteria - 'eyes of prawn' for green tea, 'eyes of crab' for jasmine or oolong, 'eyes of fish' for black tea.

So far so good, but now I'm confused. Surely he's not going to serve tea in the doll's house size tea set?

How wrong can you be? The tiny cup ensures the tea does not stand and become stale. It is constantly refilled throughout the tastings.

The delicately adorned thimble cups are to hold, to admire, to sip, to slow down the process. Sipping encourages relaxation.

Tea for Ten?

Tea for two is not the agenda Vincent Low recommends. Tea should be taken with a group of friends.

The conversation should flow; so get ready for a good gossip. The taste must be savoured, the ambience calm, background music soothing.

This is not a drink to quench the thirst but to appreciate the aroma; to let the flavour develop on the palate.

And for good measure you're in top company at Yixing Xuan. On a visit to Singapore the Queen and Phillip dropped by for a cuppa. If they want an encore I'm ready.

tea house Jioufen Taiwan
tea house Jioufen Taiwan | Source

Back Home

I now imagine myself an expert in the intricacies of tea.

I envisage coming home and throwing tea parties to die for. I will not be fazed. Not even when I’m asked where the wine is?

Unfortunately, old habits are difficult to break. I do admit I still dunk the teabags.

And when times are tough I resort to the old dark brown brew with milk and sugar. My comfort tea.

You might say I haven't obtained a tea degree, although, when appropriate, I can brew with the best.

teahouse taiwan
teahouse taiwan | Source

Other Uses of Tea

Cold tea has long been recommended for bathing sore, tired eyes. Today tea bags seem most appropriate for this.

Cold tea can be useful for insect bites and is said to relieve the itching.

Cool tea can help to alleviate the heat of sunburn.

Marinate meat in cold tea before cooking – to make it sweeter and less dry.

Around the house cold tea can be used as a cleaning alternative - use to clean glass, mirrors, wooden floors.

Tea Today

Tea is definitely on a roll. High tea and Afternoon tea are served daily in many hotels and restaurants.

Tea shops are crammed with tea pots, strainers, infusers, caddies, sugar and creamers – oh yes, and numerous choices of tea.

There’s the - Biggest Morning Tea - raising money for cancer.

And iced tea – readily available now in most supermarket.

Tea Quotes

Come along inside….
We’ll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place. The Wind in the Willows

‘I say let the world go to hell, but I should always have my tea.’ – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground.

‘A cup of tea would restore my normality.’ – Douglas Adams

‘Dad was at his desk when I opened the door, doing what all British people do when they're freaked out: drinking tea.’ Rachel Hawkins, Demonglass

'Find yourself a cup; the teapot is behind you. Now tell me hundreds of things.' Saki

'Better to be deprived of food for three days, than tea for one. '

– Ancient Chinese Proverb


I hope you all enjoy your cup of tea with this hub. What's your favourite tea?




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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      travmaj - This was absolutely wonderful. I feel like I have just taken a relaxing journey across China. The pictures were perfect and your text was interesting and so informative. You have quite a gift for this type of hub. I am heading for the kitchen to brew some tea. Sharing. Theresa

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I'm afraid I am getting much "baser" with my coffees and teas.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great hub, travmaj. I never realised tea was more than a drink; it's a culture.

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Excellent hub with great pics and interesting information. Overall the hub is awesome and i had a good read. Thanks to you for a good share. Voted UP!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Very interesting hub and great pictures! A nice way to celebrate that great and healthy beverage!

      I love tea but recently I discovered also rooibos and honeybush who both give delicious taste as well as a change!

      I love also those tea made of plants that open as a flower in your teapot.... that's also a good converstion subject!

      You forgot one quote "It's not my cup of tea" ;-)

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Theresa - I'm so pleased you enjoyed the journey and the tea change. How things evolve - or how we learn more about the small pleasures in life and then enthusiasm steps in. Thank you so much for your positive comments and the share - hope you enjoyed your cuppa.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi travmaj, what a great tour, and I love my cup of tea! being English I can't get by without at least 5 cups a day! I love all the different rituals surrounding tea, and you are so lucky to have seen and experienced these different ways of drinking tea, wonderful!

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Mhatter - thanks for being here - I know what you mean - I bring home beverages - have to declare at customs - then arrive home and just go for the norm. Help!

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      phoenix - Hello and nice you dropped by - I agree, there's so much more to tea, it is indeed a culture. Thanks for stopping by

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      My Cook Book - thank you for your warm and positive comments. I appreciate your stopping by.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      kidscraft - thanks for being here for a cuppa - yes I like those flowers, I think they might come under herbal teas though - you made me laugh with me forgetting the comment 'It's not my cup of tea,' made me think, I could have used - 'not for all the tea in China' Well, next time.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Nell Rose - thank you and a pleasure to join you for a cup of tea - my memories of growing up in England fused with picking tea leaves in Taiwan - bizarre. Yes, in many ways I am lucky. Although you never know where life is taking you- do you? Hope you are well and warming up after the harsh winter.

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      A wonderful tribute to tea. Though I live in a country of coffee drinker I'm a great tea fan. I feel better when having a cup of tea. I love the way you write and present your hubs. Absolutely amazing.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      I never fail to learn something interesting from your hubs Maj...a University of tea!...we should have those in the U.K given how much of the stuff we drink don't you think?...I am envious of Mr Low's chosen profession I must say, although I would probably prefer to run courses on coffee appreciation. I'm not all that typically English when it comes to drinking tea, as I prefer it without milk..... I do agree with Mr Low in that tea should be enjoyed with friends to encourage stimulating conversation....super hub Maj, your work just gets better and better....I have to go, the kettles boiling :-))

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      janetwrites - I'm glad you enjoy tea - it is versatile! - Thank you for your compliments re my hubs - I have little techno knowledge it's all trial and error. No wonder I like to sit down with a cup of tea. Thanks again

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Hello Valley, good to hear from you. Tea in England (perhaps north) has certainly evolved since I was a child. Tea without milk was almost a sin!

      I love the seriousness of the brewing and bubbles and serving - intriguing.

      From one tea drinker to a coffee sipper - raise your cup - cheers!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Chicken in tea sounds delicious. I've had it in ginseng wine, but have yet to try the tea recipe! Thanks for sharing, Travmaj, and passing this around.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I so enjoyed this subject. My Irish Nana was a huge tea lover and the tradition of enjoying a nice cup of tea has been passed down trough mnay generations. I enjoyed learning about some of the beautiful regions specializing in this healthy and tasty sip.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Michelle thanks for this - I'm a tofu freak and the light taste of tea in the crispy tofu was exceptional. I'm still in awe of the diversity of tea. Thanks again

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      shiningirish - thank you for having a cuppa with me - appreciate it. Thinking of past generations sipping and talking - what a lot of humour, sadness, gossip etc have been shared over the humble cup of tea.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Thank you for sharing a cuppa! I grew up with tea--strong and sweet out of a Samovar--still loving strong teas! And what a tea adventure!!

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. I love tea. I always drink it in the morning and in the evening. I learn many things here. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Audrey - thank you for being here - I appreciate it - the Samovar - how fascinating - tea is an adventure.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      prasetio30 - thank you for your kind comments -and the vote - keep on enjoying that morning and evening tea - good to hear from you

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Very useful. I enjoyed reaading the information about the tea. It is interesting to know how to make tea and even how to pour it.

      Thank you very much. :-)

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      ignugent - You are most welcome. I agree, there's so much to discover and probably more to delve into. Thanks for commenting.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I enjoy tea, and this was a beautiful story. It's interesting to hear how it is in other countries, and how many ways tea is used.

      I am usually lazy with my tea. I have mostly tea bags, although I have many varieties of tea. I do have one cannister of a whole herbal tea blend, Chai Oolong, from Teavana. It is very tasty, certainly a tea to savor.

      Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Kathryn - thank you for having a tea change with me - tea certainly does evolve. I'm fascinated with the varieties and methods around the world.Thanks for the link - I'm also linking this to your excellent hub -Fruity Iced Green Tea Refresher. Thanks again...

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Well no one does 'tea' better than you and if this isn't the ultimate/definitive/consummate tea hub then your current score isn't a perfect 100 (congratulations on that by the way)

      I love a good cuppa tea preferably in a nice cup and saucer but because "I drink alone" it's usually just in a mug , lol.

      Lately in the last year I've been leaning towards green tea and flavored like mint green tea or honey ginseng green tea - straight up with no milk.

      So yes my tea is right up there with coffee in the morning and a beer in the evening. Tea makes everything just right and so does this wonderful travel and tribute hub too.

      Sending you warm wishes from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time 10:41pm

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Hello again Colin - thank you so much for stopping by and having a tea change here. Nice to hear your variation on the tea theme - there are so many - just fantastic. (I agree with a beer in the evening - lots of beer boutiques springing up here - maybe a beer change next)

      My mum would have agreed with you - tea makes everything just right - so as I sip mine I'm sending best wishes to you Colin and Tiffy and Gabriel.

      I say - that 100 is a bit scary!

      Hope all is well at lake erie - best -and thank you all - 10-11pm

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      J Jude 4 years ago

      Loved the TeaChange articles Maj, My cupboards are full of little boxes of different teas. Reading this has made me thirsty, I am going off to put the kettle on. Keep up the interesting and informative writing. Voted up.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Hey JJ - good to hear from you - nice to have that cuppa. Yes, I have a cupboard stashed with lovely teas - very unlike how I grew up. Keep the kettle boiling... cheers.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Coming in again to share more tea!!

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Michelle - I'm most pleased to have you here - raising my cup to you! Have a good weekend...

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Interesting hub. There is nothing like having a cup of tea to help relax and de-stress. I like green tea. Such a comfort.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      truthfornow - I do agree, a cup of tea can make that difference and add a degree of comfort - and the plant is so versatile. Thanks for stopping by to join me....

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi travmaj,

      Your hub went perfectly with my cup of green tea. Absolutely lovely. :)

      Voted up +++ and sharing

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Sueswan - so pleased you enjoyed your cup of tea with my cups of tea. Thank you for the vote and share -

      Have a good day...

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      maria sial 4 years ago from united kingdom

      Great work travmaj, i love your detailing, never try to know so much about tea... there is a hell of information for me . Rated up and interesting

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      mariasa - thank you so much for your lovely comments - glad you enjoyed the cuppa here.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      And here's more tea from Travmaj! Sharing this again!

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Hi Michelle - cheers to tea - will pop over for a coffee soon...Thanks again

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      GwennyOh 4 years ago from LaLa Land

      What a lovely article travmaj. I am going to pour myself a cup of Earl Grey now, you have me in need of one. Thanks for sharing this information. Beautiful pictures too!

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      GwennyOh - thank you so much for joining me in a cuppa - Earl Grey sounds delicious. Appreciate you stopping by. Most enjoyable.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      travmaj, you have won me over with this fantastic hub. I love it! I'm an avid tea lover, no . . . a tea feind. I wrote a tea hub as well. This hub is so unique with a feel of going on a poetic journey around the world. I grew up in a household influenced by the British traditions of daily tea by way of Jamaican heritage. Black tea with sugar and milk is my comfort cup as well. I also love green. Thanks for the experience of this hub. Up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      janshares - I appreciate your most thoughtful comments and so happy you joined me on this tea journey.

      What a versatile plant and so much more to glean, I've been fascinated by the comments I've received.

      Interesting how we all have our comfort cuppa - usually from formative years.

      Thank you again for being here and the votes - just about to have my early morning cup.

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Beautiful writing! I feel as though I could listen to you talk for hours.

      My favorite tea is jasmine. The aroma gives my brain happy sparks. Peppermint tea is my go-to tea. Right now, I'll have a cuppa green because that's what's in the cupboard.

      Thank you for sharing. Love the photos.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Coming in for another cuppa and sharing, Travmaj!

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Radcliff - thank you so much for your positive comments - much appreciated.

      So happy to meet another tea person, and yes, after all my talk about tea, sometimes I just have to go with 'what's in the cupboard!'

      Raising my cuppa - cheers

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Cheers to you Michelle, for another cuppa and another day - much appreciated.

      Best as always...

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      What a wonderful article on my favorite subject! I prefer Darjeeling tea and its leaves are flavorsome. Any time to us is tea time though I restrict to two cups one in the early morning and the other in the evening with snacks. Thanks for cheering up with your cuppa.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      ARUN KANTI - Good morning, I'm just enjoying my early morning cup of tea. Thank you so much for being here and joining us for a cuppa. Most appreciated.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      What a wonderful and interesting hub! I have heard of a Japanese tradition of drinking tea which took 8 hours. I have seen this in a report in TV about Japans tradition. It was so relaxing just to look at, but I think I don´t have the time to do that myself. My favorite tea is the creamy english way of drinking black tea that I have inherited from my hubby. It´s the drink in our house. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed and I learned a lot from reading it. Have a nice day!

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Thelma - thanks for your lovely comments - I don't think I could spend eight hours on tea either but it is an interesting subject and has so many varieties and so much to offer. Yes, love the english way of tea drinking - so here's cheers - best wishes...

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Wow - it's so nice to see you back again my friend for I have missed you very much and you have some of the best hub presentations I've ever had the pleasure of seeing and reading . When I am here I will post and link your main/bio/intro page to my FB wall for everyone to see and I am sending to you our most sincere best wishes from Colin, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada and we are in the middle of our hot summer and I was in the lake 6 times today - although I still drank hot tea all day but it's time for a cold beer I think and I will salute and toast to your health and happiness

      lake erie time 10:02pm

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Hello again - good to be back although very rusty and so much to do. Can't seem to write anything. Thank you for the toast - I will reciprocate tonight perhaps in something a little stronger! Thank you so much once again for stopping by and commenting and your support - I do appreciate. Keep on enjoying that sunshine - it's chilly here - sending best to Tiffy and Gabriel and of course the master poet Epi - Cheers Colin.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      I didn't realize tea all derived from the same plant either. I would love to visit a tea house as I have fallen in love with tea the past couple of years. Tea has become comforting for me, too. Interesting information here and I like the tips on using tea around the house.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow travmaj, I would call you a tea expert. I knew China and Japan had tea ceremonies but I didn't realise this was so big in other places. I am not a real tea drinker, I do prefer coffee. But I used to play bowls and at the end of every night everyone sat down and had a cup of tea together. I really enjoyed it then. My wife loves tea and it is my job to make it. I have always been told I make the best cuppa, which is weird because I rarely drink it myself. Anyway, good informative hub. Voted up.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      BNadyn - thanks for this - good to know you too are embracing tea also. I'm just having my early morning tea and contemplating the day. Best regards...

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Jodah, thanks for stopping by for a cuppa and the vote. My husband prefers coffee too but, like you, he can make a decent cup of tea. Pleased to hear your wife is one of the tea appreciation society.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I'm pretty sure I've passed by this hub before but just don't remember leaving a comment. :) Nevertheless, I enjoyed this a lot. I love tea. I don't like anything complicated though but I always experiment. So far, my favorites are simply green tea and dandelion. I never like milk in anything, so even my coffee is black.

      What a delightful read, very interesting and informative complemented with great images.

      Up+++, pinning and sharing.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I really enjoyed reading this article. Great information shared. You just made me get up and get some tea. Thanks!

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      CriSp - thank you for the comments and vote, like you I'm still experimenting, seems like there's new tea on the shelf every week. Such fun choosing.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Lastheart - thanks for the positive feed back - I hope you enjoyed that cup of tea.

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      Beth Perry 3 years ago from Tennesee

      What a fascinating Hub! And the photos are so nice.

      On the uses of tea: a doctor friend recommends cold damp tea bags to reduce the darkness of bruises, especially if applied when the wound is still fresh.

      Voted up and thanks for sharing.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      bethperry - I like your friends tip - tea for reducing bruises. There seems no end to what it can be used for. Thank you for commenting and for voting and sharing. Most appreciated.

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