The Larkin Tea Blog

"There is something in the nature of tea that leads us into a world of quiet contemplation of life."
- Lin Yutang

Hot Cross Buns

By Judy Larkin | Apr 10, 2020

Hot-cross buns! Hot-cross buns! One a penny, two a penny, Hot-cross buns! If you have no daughters, Give them to your sons; One a penny, two a penny, Hot-cross buns! That was a jump rope ditty that children sang as they played at Easter Time. When I was growing up in the North of England,…

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In Time for Easter

By Judy Larkin | Apr 4, 2020

As children, my sister and I always decorated Easter eggs, and this was a tradition that I continued with my boys and then the grandsons.  We would have so much fun experimenting with different designs and ways to color the eggs.  This year I got the brilliant idea of seeing what happened if the eggs…

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Are Your Hands Red and Raw from Constant Washing?

By Judy Larkin | Mar 18, 2020

Here in West Virginia at the Larkin Tea Company, we’re not actually distilling hand sanitizer but because our hands are raw from washing them fifty thousand times a day, we’ve made our own hand lotion using green tea and coconut oil.  (It could also be used as a body lotion.) It is a very easy…

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Tea and The Coronavirus

By Judy Larkin | Mar 7, 2020

People have been asking us about how safe it is to drink tea from China. Due to the proposed tariffs on tea from China, we ordered our supplies before the end of 2019. All the Chinese tea in our possession was harvested and delivered well before the virus broke out. It takes over two months…

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March Newsletter, 2020

By Judy Larkin | Mar 1, 2020

Again, during the month of March, we are honoring the rich heritage of Ireland, the ancestral home of the Larkins. CELEBRATING THE BEAUTY OF THE EMERALD ISLE We met the artist, Helen Magee while attending the Showcase Ireland Trade Show in Dublin, Ireland this past January.  Her landscapes of the Irish countryside are so beautiful…

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February Newsletter, 2020

By Judy Larkin | Feb 1, 2020

IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTER In the bleak midwinter Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone; Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on snow, In the bleak midwinter by Christina Rossetti It’s February and it’s cold. In the Larkin household that means it soup weather.  A warm bowl of…

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What speaks more of the Holiday season than cranberries?

By Judy Larkin | Dec 12, 2019

Judith Krall-Russo, fellow Certified Tea Specialist and Food Historian, who calls the American Cranberry “The Queen of the Bog” writes: “The large American cranberry is one of a few fruits that are native to only North America. Native Americans prized this tart berry using them not only for food, but also as a medicine and…

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Rose Petal Sugar

By Judy Larkin | Sep 7, 2019

This could be an easy, fun activity to do with the children when they are “bored” this summer.With a delicate rose scent and sweetly spiced flavor, this sugar is good in hot tea – whether you mold it in shapes or leave as loose granulated sugar. Utensils 1 Pint Glass or Mason jar with lid…

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The Winner Of the 2019 Tea Cozy Competition

By Judy Larkin | Aug 21, 2019

Congratulations goes to this year’s winner – Jessica Andruss of Charlottesville, VA shown here holding the public’s favorite tea cozy – Summer Catnap. “You made a really fun competition and I enjoyed seeing pictures of all the cozies that people had made,” said Jessica. This year we received 53 entries from all over the United…

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