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Easy Tea Scone Recipe


Do you know who invented afternoon tea? Afternoon tea was invented in 1840 by Duchess of Bedford. The tea and desserts were served to accommodate her hunger between lunch and late dinner. Eventually she started inviting her friends for teatime to enjoy her tea and a company. Afternoon tea was served on low table therefore another name for afternoon tea is low tea. Check out our amazing homemade scone recipe and make yourself a nice cup of Earl Grey.


Prep: 10 mins   Cook: 9-11 mins   Ready in 25 mins



·       3 cups plain flour
·       ½ cup white sugar
·       5 teaspoons baking powder
·       1/2 teaspoon salt
·       1 ½ sticks cold butter
·       1 egg, beaten
·       1 cup of milk or heavy cream




Step 1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Lightly grease a baking tray.
Step 2. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Rub in butter. Mix the egg and milk in a small bowl and stir into flour mixture until moistened. 
Step 3. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly. Roll dough out into a 2cm thick round. Cut into 8 wedges or circles, and place on the prepared baking tray.
Step 4. Bake 9-11 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

Step 5. Let the scones cool down.
Serve and enjoy with clotted cream, strawberry jam, and your favorite tea.

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Types of Tea

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Tea has been around for centuries, dating all the way back to 59 BC. It’s one of the most popular drinks in the world, and tea farmers have long mastered the art of tea growing and fermentation. Today we have thousands of types of teas that people enjoy sipping on each day. 



All teas come from the Camellia Sinensis plant and contain caffeine. The teas listed below have different fermentation processes, and therefore offer different amounts of caffeine, steeping temperature, color and taste. Fermentation (aka oxidation) is the process in which a tea absorbs oxygen.  



Black tea is one of the most popular teas in the world. This rich, flavorful tea undergoes the most oxidation, which causes higher caffeine and makes the leaves appear darker. Due to its high caffeine content, it makes for a great morning drink. Black teas are typically produced in China and India. Common examples of black teas include Assam, Darjeeling, and Ceylon. It’s also used to create popular tea blends like Earl Grey, English breakfast and Masala chai.



Green tea originated in China and later spread to Japan and Europe. Today it’s tremendously popular in the United States. To create green tea, Camellia Sinensis undergoes light oxidation. That is why the dry leaves maintain their green color. Green tea contains a large amount of catechins, which are antioxidants that help fight free radicals from damaging cells. Sometimes green tea is infused and mixed with other plants, seeds and flowers to create specific blends. For example, our Jasmine Gold Dragon tea is created by adding jasmine flowers, which creates a wonderful floral aroma. In Japan sencha green tea is mixed with popped rice to create the savory Genmaicha tea.



Oolong tea is closer to green tea in color, taste and caffeine. During the oxidation process, it’s fermented longer than green tea, but not as long as black tea. Oolong tea is famous for its floral and fruity aroma. The largest producers of oolong are Taiwan and China. Sometimes the tea is aged just like Pu-erh teas to create deeper and more interesting notes. 



White tea is very gentle and light in color compared to other teas. It’s also the least processed tea. When steeping, it’s important to use a lower temperature (175-185 F or 80-85C). If it’s too hot, the flavor will be lost and the tea will become bitter and unpleasant. Great examples of white teas include Silver Needle tea and Pai Mu Tan tea produced in the Fujian Province of China. 



Yellow tea is not very common and is hard to find. The oxidation process is similar to green tea however, tea leaves are allowed to sit and yellow, creating a pale yellow brew when the tea is steeped.



Fermented Pu-erh comes in bricks, cakes or loose leaves. High quality Pu-erh is very rare and can be very expensive. To create Pu-erh the tea is aged for months or years, which makes for unique earthy notes and an unusual dark color. The taste of Pu-erh is achieved by allowing bacteria and fungus to influence it. Some people describe the flavor as very earthy. Pu-erh tea can also be used in the making of kombucha. 



We call all teas tea. However, herbal teas (aka tisanes) are created by blending and infusing different plants, dried fruits, berries or twigs. Most herbal teas do not contain caffeine. The most popular examples of herbal teas are chamomile tea, peppermint tea, elderberry tea, rooibos tea, and lavender tea. 


There are so many great teas found across the globe and from different plants. No matter which tea you choose, you’ll get to enjoy the health benefits all teas have to offer. 

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How to Make Milk Tea

2 min read. 5 min to make.

Milk tea is a traditional drink that features a blend of black tea and milk. It’s often found in cafes and homes across Great Britain and Asia. In India traditional milk tea is called masala chai. Today milk tea is getting its popularity in the United States. The most common name for milk tea in the US is tea latte.


Today you can find many different types of milk tea, including matcha latte and pu-erh latte. In addition, many people like to add milk to green teas. Below you’ll find our pro tips for making milk tea and our favorite recipe.



Tips for the perfect milk tea.

Tip#1. Use high-quality loose leaf black tea if possible. We recommend our English BreakfastEarl Grey, Darjeeling, or Assam teas. Loose leaf teas have a deeper aroma and taste richer than conventional tea bags. 


Tip#2. If you use soy milk, make sure that you gradually add cold soy milk to the hot tea. Fast mixing will result in separation of the soy milk and your tea creation will be doomed. First, add a little bit of soy milk, then hot tea. Keep doing this until your cup is full. This allows the soy milk to adjust and not separate. 


Tip#3. Never put lemon in your milk tea. The acidity from lemon will curdle the milk and who wants that? 



Perfect Milk Tea Recipe for 1 person.



  1. Black tea- 1 heaping spoon of loose tea or 1 tea pyramid.
  2. 1 tablespoon of cow’s milk, coconut milk, almond milk or soy milk. You can also use sweetened condensed milk.
  3. Sugar, agave syrup, stevia, honey or any other sweetener of your choice.
  4. Frothed milk (if you feel fancy).



  1. Boil water to 212F or 100C.
  2. Put 1 tea sachet in a mug and add boiled water.
  3. Steep your tea for about 3-5 minutes.
  4. Remove loose leaf tea or a tea bag to prevent bitter taste and astringency.
  5. Add sweetener for your choice.
  6. Now add frothed milk. 


Voila! This simple milk tea recipe is warm and delicious and can be paired well with tea sandwiches or desserts.

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Simple Southern Style Sweet Tea Recipe

Simple Southern Style Iced Tea Recipe with Alcohol
Simple Southern Style Iced Tea


Did you know any of our teas can be enjoyed iced? Use double the amount of tea, add ice, simple syrup and stir!

Here is simple recipe that you can try this weekend.



·      8 oz Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon

·      16 oz freshly brewed Earl Grey Tea

·      Lemon wedges



1.    Fill a 1-quart jug with ice till ¾ full

2.    Add Bourbon then add tea

3.    You may add sweetener to taste


Serves 2-4 adults. Enjoy and subscribe to our newsletter!

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