• Crimson Lotus Tea 2018 Spring Daydream
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: varied shades of green, compressedSteep time: 20 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: bright gold There are times that I buy a tea because it’s unique or because I read positive reviews of it. And then there are times where something is a total impulse buy for completely illogical reasons. I must confess that I purchased this tea solely because of the wrapper design. The girl relaxing in a clay teapot hot tub is ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on August 21, 2019 11:00 am
    1 day ago
  • AV2 Clonal Wonder · Giddapahar Estate
    Tea Producer: Giddapahar Estate Wulong Tea India Darjeeling AV2 Mid-June 2019 A second flush Darjeeling with a slightly lighter than typical mix of leaf colors (greyish yellow tips, with moderate olive brown to olive brown leaf pieces) that produce a strong orange yellow liquor. Strong muscatel and vanilla notes, malty, sweet, round. Toffee finish. An exceptional second flush Darjeeling. Source ... read more
    Source: Tea EpicurePublished on August 19, 2019 8:02 pm
    3 days ago
  • Black Fusion · Doke
    Tea Producer: Doke Black Tea India Bihar End of July 2019 Brownish black, slightly tippy leaves that produce a vivid yellow liquor. Notes of cinnamon, leather, honey, fresh cut wood and vanilla. Sweet and bright. A good black tea from Bihar. This tea can be purchased directly from the Tea Swan (a subsidiary of Lochan Tea) website here. Tea Swan links: Website Facebook Instagram Twitter... Source ... read more
    Source: Tea EpicurePublished on August 19, 2019 7:51 pm
    3 days ago
  • Castleton Moonlight Second Flush · Castleton Estate
    Tea Producer: Castleton Estate White Tea India Darjeeling Mid-July 2019 Beautiful budsets that produce a light yellow liquor with notes of wet autumn leaves and burnt surgar. A bright minerality in the attack with a lingering honey, vanilla, pear aftertaste. A good white tea from Darjeeling. This tea can be purchased directly from the Tea Swan (a subsidiary of Lochan Tea) website here. Source ... read more
    Source: Tea EpicurePublished on August 19, 2019 7:43 pm
    3 days ago
  • Niroulla Summer Smoked · Niroulla Tea Garden
    Tea Producer: Niroulla Tea Garden Black Tea India Darjeeling End of June 2019 Moderately uniform leaf pieces of typical size that produce a solid orange yellow liquor with notes of smoke, leather, and apricot. Juicy with a cherry brightness and a long grape finish. A good second flush Darjeeling tea. This tea can be purchased directly from the Tea Swan (a subsidiary of Lochan Tea) website here. Source ... read more
    Source: Tea EpicurePublished on August 19, 2019 7:35 pm
    3 days ago
  • Black Lotus · Viettaste Business JSC
    Tea Producer: Viettaste Business JSC Black Tea Vietnam 46 Tang Bat Ho, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi June 2019 Large black leaves that produce a deep orange liquor. A good balance of tea and lotus aroma, notes of moss, cedar and jackfruit. The tea taste is not lost in this traditionally scented lotus black tea from Vietnam. This tea can be purchased from Viettaste Business JSC. You may reach them via email... Source ... read more
    Source: Tea EpicurePublished on August 19, 2019 7:22 pm
    3 days ago
  • Masters by Adagio Teas
    Adagio’s collection of Masters teas has been around for a quite few years. The Yunnan Golden Curls is a long-time favorite of mine. They recently expanded this line and launched it as an entirely separate website, Masters by Adagio Teas. I was super excited when I first heard about this. It is great to see a higher profile company investing in teas where the focus is on quality and terroir. Consumers are now able to ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on August 19, 2019 11:00 am
    3 days ago
  • Matcha Marshmallow S’mores!
    I was watching a feed feed video about making s’mores in the oven. I know, I know, it goes against everything that is wonderful about s’mores. Finding the perfect stick, getting your marshmallow too close to the coals so that is catches on fire by accident, and of course trying to find the perfect way to melt your chocolate slightly. BUT, I don’t have access to a nice fire whenever I want but I do ... read more
    Source: Tea ThoughtsPublished on August 18, 2019 10:54 am
    4 days ago
  • Friday Roundup: August 11th – August 17th
    The Friday Roundup is a weekly collection of five of my favorite blog posts from around the world. It’s my little way of getting the word out about all of my favorite tea blogs. Kintsugi Ricardo from My Japanese Green Tea posted an introduction to the art of Kintsugi. This traditional method of gold mending is used to repair broken objects. I think it makes them even more beautiful than they were before. I really ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on August 16, 2019 11:00 am
    6 days ago
  • Fin Ho Red Shan Tea · Phin Ho Tea Processing Cooperative
    Tea Producer: Phin Ho Tea Processing Cooperative Black Tea Vietnam Thong Nguyen Commune, Hoang Su Phi District, Ha Giang Province April 2019 Large tippy leaf sets that produce a strong orange yellow liquor with overwhelming notes of cocoa, with a robust astringent cocoa finish. An outstanding black tea from Vietnam. This tea can be purchased from the Phin Ho Tea Processing Cooperative. Source ... read more
    Source: Tea EpicurePublished on August 12, 2019 2:05 pm
    1 week ago
  • Fin Ho White Shan Tea · Phin Ho Tea Processing Cooperative
    Tea Producer: Phin Ho Tea Processing Cooperative White Tea Vietnam Thong Nguyen Commune, Hoang Su Phi District, Ha Giang Province April 2019 Pure buds that produce a yellowish white liquor with notes of roasted almond and toasted brioche. Sweet with a pear, honey finish. A fine white tea from Vietnam. This tea can be purchased from the Phin Ho Tea Processing Cooperative. You may reach the... Source ... read more
    Source: Tea EpicurePublished on August 12, 2019 2:05 pm
    1 week ago
  • Tung San Green Tea · Phin Ho Tea Processing Cooperative
    Tea Producer: Phin Ho Tea Processing Cooperative Green Tea Vietnam Thong Nguyen Commune, Hoang Su Phi District, Ha Giang Province April 2019 Light grayish olive curls that produce a light greenish yellow liquor with notes of charcoal, sage and osmanthus. More floral than vegetal. Very sweet enduring aftertaste. A good green tea from Vietnam. This tea can be purchased from the Phin Ho Tea... Source ... read more
    Source: Tea EpicurePublished on August 12, 2019 2:05 pm
    1 week ago
  • Tua Chua Green Tea · Phan Nhat Tea Co., Ltd.
    Tea Producer: Phan Nhat Tea Co., Ltd. Green Tea Vietnam Group 16, Thanh Binh Ward, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien Province April 2019 Light grayish olive curls that produce a light greenish yellow liquor with notes of honey, spinach and parsely. Slightly astringent, lacks balance. A good green tea from Vietnam. This tea can be purchased from Phan Nat Tea Co. Ltd. You may reach them via email. Source ... read more
    Source: Tea EpicurePublished on August 12, 2019 2:05 pm
    1 week ago
  • Tua Chua Bitter Tea · Phan Nhat Tea Co., Ltd.
    Tea Producer: Phan Nhat Tea Co., Ltd. Yellow Tea Vietnam Group 16, Thanh Binh Ward, Dien Bien Phu City, Dien Bien Province April 2019 Prisitne large leaf-sets resembling pu'er maocha. Light yellow liquor, smoky, with notes of violet and parsley. Bitter attack with a round, sweet finish. A good yellow tea from Vietnam, that lives up to its name. This tea can be purchased from Phan Nat Tea Co. Ltd. Source ... read more
    Source: Tea EpicurePublished on August 12, 2019 2:05 pm
    1 week ago
  • Understanding the Numbers on Factory Puerh Wrappers
    One of the things that I found the most confusing about puerh when I first got started was the numbers on factory puerh wrappers. There wasn’t a lot of information available way back when. I knew that some numbers were famous (like 7542) but I had no idea what any of that meant. I am by no means an expert but I thought it would be useful to cover the basics here on the blog. ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on August 12, 2019 11:00 am
    1 week ago
  • Friday Roundup: August 4th – August 10th
    The Friday Roundup is a weekly collection of five of my favorite blog posts from around the world. It’s my little way of getting the word out about all of my favorite tea blogs. NYC Tea Tour Day One Rachel from iHeartTeas finally visited NYC so we had to have an epic tea crawl. In this post, she shares everything that we did on our crazy first day. There was everything from a fancy tea ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on August 9, 2019 11:00 am
    2 weeks ago
  • The Depths of Infusion at Camellia Sinensis Montreal
    Saying you're taking a 'tea class' at Camellia Sinensis really isn't the right turn of phrase. It's really more of a 'tea experience'. Yes, there is learning (quite a bit), and yes there is note taking (at least for me, the obsessive note taker). But this comes wrapped a relaxing sensory experience, getting lost in the leaf. Hours fly by unnoticed while you smell, taste, and feel the tea.This is an intensive tea class, and ... read more
    Source: Tea HappinessPublished on August 8, 2019 12:54 pm
    2 weeks ago
  • Live Interview with Being Tea
    If you don’t already know Suzette Hammond of Being Tea, you definitely should! She is a professional tea trainer and educator who has been working in the industry for over 15 years. She also runs amazing tea skills and meditation classes through her Patreon. Tea education can be a touchy subject but I think Suzette really gets it right. There are no stuffy certifications that promise you the moon. Her classes offer a structured but ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on August 7, 2019 11:00 am
    2 weeks ago
  • Trade War, Tariffs, and Tea
    Trade War With China From the beginning of American history China has been an important trading partner. One of the causes of the American Revolution was the monopoly of the East India Company that made it illegal for us to trade with China directly. Tea was the key element in that trade, helping to make America’s first millionaires. Throughout our history, there has never been a tariff on tea. A tax on tea supplied to ... read more
    Source: SevenCupsPublished on August 5, 2019 4:02 pm
    2 weeks ago
  • Friday Roundup: July 28th – August 3rd
    The Friday Roundup is a weekly collection of five of my favorite blog posts from around the world. It’s my little way of getting the word out about all of my favorite tea blogs. Tea Fest PDX 2019 Heather from Hanamichi shared her thoughts about this year’s Tea Fest PDX. I think the wagashi workshop sounded particularly interesting. The sweets she made are ALMOST too pretty to eat. This a festival that I hope to ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on August 2, 2019 11:00 am
    3 weeks ago
  • Grouses, Gripes and Other Miscellany
    I’ve been travelling most of July and haven’t been able to conduct the research that is needed for an informative piece so, this month, it is grouses, gripes and other miscellany. In other words, it is a collection of opinions all of which are firmly held until I change them. Here, in no particular order, are a few.  Tea Masters  Few things in the tea industry are more off-putting than the (usually) self-appointed title ... read more
    Source: Tillerman TeaPublished on July 31, 2019 11:22 pm
    3 weeks ago
  • Zhao Zhu Tea Yesheng Wuyi Red 2017 No. 626
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: small, dark and twistedSteep time: 20 secondsWater Temperature: 203 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: deep amber The Wuyi Mountains immediately bring oolong to mind for many tea lovers but the black teas produced in this region are just as special. That is why I was excited to give this tea a try. It Zhao Zhu describes it as a wild black tea but I do wish there was a bit more detail given about that. Yesheng ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on July 31, 2019 11:00 am
    3 weeks ago
  • Adagio Masters Tea Collection Review
    Adagio recently launched their Masters Tea Collection intending to deliver the freshest and finest specialty teas. The teas offered are a limited edition from a small production and are launched as they are finished processing and shipped to the Adagio’s headquarters. The Masters Tea Collection website is pretty user-friendly and very informative. They feature the farmers of every tea to connect the consumers and understand where the tea came from. They also showcase the regions where ... read more
    Source: Tea CachaiPublished on July 30, 2019 12:16 pm
    3 weeks ago
  • Friday Roundup: July 21st – July 27th
    2019 First Flush Ramro Cha · Mandal Gaon Have you seen the wine rating style tea write-ups that Tony has been sharing on Tea Epicure? I really enjoy the short, no-fuss approach that he is taking. The numeric scoring system will make it easy to navigate previously rated teas. This Darjeeling oolong sounds like it would be right up my alley. East Matcha Green Tea Frappucino Jee from Oh, How Civilized shared her recipe for ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on July 26, 2019 11:00 am
    4 weeks ago
  • Uncle Nearest Whiskey + Peach Infused Oolong
    Ok, so I’ve discovered a new whiskey that I LOVE. I found it by chance, it had an incredible story so I decided to give it a try! I got sucked into learning about the greatest whiskey maker the world the never knew. Read about Uncle Nearest here! So, I broke two of my rules to make this cocktail but I’m not mad about it. A whiskey like Uncle Nearest is not one that I ... read more
    Source: Tea ThoughtsPublished on July 25, 2019 4:34 pm
    4 weeks ago
  • Daurim Li Shan Cui Feng High Mountain Oolong Tea
    Country of Origin: TaiwanLeaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolledSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: greenish-yellow Duarim is an online retailer and wholesaler based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Taiwan. They are a new-to-me company but I was excited to try their directly sourced teas. There will be quite a few more teas to write about but I am excited to share my first experience with their offerings. Li Shan, also known as Pear Mountain, is part ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on July 24, 2019 11:00 am
    4 weeks ago