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Tea History

Lapsang Souchong & Laphroaig

Smoky Lapsang Souchong

Lapsang Souchong, The Smoked Tea Lapsang Souchong, sometimes called ‘smoked tea’ is originally from the Chinese Wuyi region in the province of Fujian. It’s thought to be the oldest black tea in history. It’s also one of the first teas the English drank when tea became popular, and one of the teas that was tossed […] Read more…

How to Read Tea Leaves


The Art of Tasseography, aka Tea Leaf Reading Tea Leaf Reading, or Tasseography, has been around for centuries. In ancient eras, similar readings were done with wine sediment. Today, people use coffee grounds from a French press, in the same way. Tea leaf reading has remained popular through the ages. Though its ‘recent’ heyday was […] Read more…

Teacup Tuesday: Royal Worcester Royal Lily

blue and white royal lily pattern

An antique pattern with King George III lineage Royal Lily is a pattern from Royal Worcester (Est in 1751) When King George III visited the Worcester factory in the late 1700s, he ordered a breakfast service in what was then called the Blue Lily pattern. Afterward, it was renamed Royal Lily in honour of his […] Read more…