Category Archives: Tea

Grandma’s China Cabinet: Dogwood and Roses

Looking for the creamer (also identified on some sites as a gravy boat), I spotted Grandma’s sugar bowl in my china cabinet.  My intention this morning was to have my Nine Dragons Oolong with cream and sugar…but that ended up … Continue reading

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I am not a tea snob: Proof in the unknown wheat design cup

It is true: I am not a tea snob.  Just yesterday I had a cup of Bigelow’s Earl Gray, made with chopped up bits of black tea in the typical paper sachet bag.  It was among the “leftovers” I brought … Continue reading

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Mao Feng Shui in Golden Wheat & Fleur-de-lis

I had no idea how many varieties of wheat designs were produced in the 40s-60s in the US!  This is the 4th wheat design pattern in my collection, and I still have one more!  Do you wonder what made the … Continue reading

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Rakkasan’s Rukeri Black and Blue Ridge Southern Pottery’s Dixie Dogwood

Like many of the mid-century dishes I admire, a number of them are associated with my two grandmothers.  The cup is Blue Ridge Southern Pottery’s Dixie Dogwood, a “Joni original.”  The single lime green flower appeared on each dish.  It … Continue reading

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3-Finger Black in Harvest Time

Steven Smith Teamaker’s No. 006 was a Maker’s Series limited edition tea co-created with Bela Fleck.  You can view the short video at the link above, that not only explains how this tea was developed, but enjoy a little banjo … Continue reading

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Lord Bergamot No. 55 in Tijuana

Edwin M. Knowles took control of the Potters Supply Company in East Liverpool, Ohio, and by 1900, founded the Knowles China Company.  The plant for Knowles was located across the river from East Liverpool, in Chester, West Virginia.   The company … Continue reading

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Three on a Wire: McCormick, Johnson Brothers, and Rakkasan

No, I am not having tea this late at night in Mississippi.  If you are elsewhere, it could well be morning.  This is the start of the second week on working from home, online classes for our students, and it … Continue reading

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Harmony House “Vintage” and No. 10 Jing Mai Shou Ripe Pu-Erh from 2017

Several days ago, I mentioned doing the pu-erh tasting, and this morning felt like a perfect day for it.  I went outside to see sunshine, blue clear skies, and things that are green and not yellow as the rain last … Continue reading

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Rooibos: Served in Sibongile Pottery

These are trying times, are they not?  And yet, we continue to carve out moments of significance and joy as best we can, even when hard and unthinkable things are happening.  Which brings me partly to my reason for writing … Continue reading

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Fire King Peach Lustre: Perfect for smoky lapsang souchong!

Fire King’s Peach Lustre brings you the tea for today: smoky lapsang souchong.  The earliest date I found for Fire King oven dishes, by Anchor Hocking, was the September 18, 1941 Bayard News from Bayard, Iowa, where Brideson’s Groceries advertised: OUR FIRE … Continue reading

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