• A Flight of Taiwanese White Tea with The Wild Tea Company
    When The Wild Tea Company offered to share samples I was immediately intrigued. I’ve come across wild and semi-wild grown teas here and there but this was the first time that I had seen a vendor specialize in them. Taiwan is very well known for its oolongs but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do a comparative tasting of four different white teas. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I’m so glad ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on May 27, 2020 9:00 am
    2 days ago
  • How to Learn More about Tea
    I receive a lot of messages from budding tea drinkers who are looking for ways to learn about their new favorite beverage. When you’re first starting out the world of tea can be wonderfully overwhelming. There is so much information out there, some of it conflicting, that it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. Here are some tips that I’ve learned along the way. Read Everything You Can One of the best ways to ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on May 25, 2020 9:00 am
    4 days ago
  • Friday Roundup: May 17th – May 23rd
    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. Is there someone I’m missing? Let me know about it in the comments below! What I’ve Learned after Starting the Online Tea Tasting Experience Ricardo from My Japanese Green Tea started hosting online tea tastings since the pandemic started. I ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on May 22, 2020 9:00 am
    7 days ago
  • Oscar Brekell’s Tea Selection Misty Mountain
    Country of Origin: JapanLeaf Appearance: dark green, small and needle-likeSteep time: 1 minuteWater Temperature: 175 degreesPreparation Method: kyusuLiquor: deep greenish-yellow Doesn’t the name Misty Mountain just make you want to drink this tea? This is the second tea that I’m sharing from Oscar Brekell’s Tea Collection. Several teas were generously gifted to me when I attended his book signing in NYC. I love being able to reference his book while enjoying the teas that he carefully curated. His teas ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on May 20, 2020 9:00 am
    1 week ago
  • Torturing My Husband with Tea
    I realized that I haven’t formally introduced Husband Tea Torture here on the blog! Although my main creative medium is writing, I’ve been producing YouTube videos on and off over the years. That has fallen a bit by the wayside since Google+ was shut down. Their interface made it easy to record live interviews directly to YouTube. Last year my husband, Jason, had the idea to do a series where I make him drink ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on May 18, 2020 9:00 am
    2 weeks ago
  • Friday Roundup: May 10th – May 16th
    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. Is there someone I’m missing? Let me know about it in the comments below! Tea Together Tuesday: Old Favorites and New Discoveries I’ve really been enjoying everyone’s Tea Together Tuesday posts. This week Jenn from Tea Leaves and Tweed shared her ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on May 15, 2020 9:00 am
    2 weeks ago
  • Songyi Tea Exquisite Alishan Oolong Tea
    Country of Origin: TaiwanLeaf Appearance: dark green, tightly rolledSteep time: 40 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: deep gold Alishan is a region of Taiwan well known for its high mountain oolong. The name might seemingly refer to a single mountain but it actually an entire range, consisting of about 25 major peaks. Tourists flock to the national scenic area there to witness the “sea of clouds” effect of the mist rolling over the mountains. This particular tea ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on May 13, 2020 9:00 am
    2 weeks ago
  • Quntizhong: China’s Heirloom Tea Plants
    One of the quntizhong bushes used to make the original Shifeng Longjing from West Lake in Hangzhou, called Longjing Lao Cha Shu Quntizhong.The specific variety of tea plant used to make any tea has a big influence on the final product. All of the hundreds of tea cultivars in existence have their own distinct flavors, aromas, and patterns of growth. The differences between each tea variety can be so great that many famous Chinese teas ... read more
    Source: SevenCupsPublished on May 12, 2020 3:16 pm
    2 weeks ago
  • Brewing Tea: An Act of Love
    Tea is always on my mind but with the build up to mother’s day it was taking up a different space for me. My mom is one of the reason I’m such a tea lover. Both of my parents and most of my family drank tea of course but in Middle School and High School I spent most of my time at my Mom’s house. In this time, she taught me the ways of tea. ... read more
    Source: Tea ThoughtsPublished on May 12, 2020 10:12 am
    2 weeks ago
  • Teaware Show and Tell
    Last week I participated in a teapot show and tell Zoom call organized by Zhen and Phil of Zhen Tea. That inspired me to share a bit of my teaware collection here on the blog. It is the perfect opportunity to highlight some of my favorite artists. Petr Novak I own quite a bit of teaware made by Petr Novak. Each one of them has a different personality. One thing they all have in ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on May 11, 2020 12:30 pm
    3 weeks ago
  • Friday Roundup: May 3rd – May 9th
    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. Is there someone I’m missing? Let me know about it in the comments below! How Many Teapots Are Too Many? A Review of “Inside the Head of a Collector” Jill from It’s More Than Tea wrote a post that I ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on May 8, 2020 12:00 pm
    3 weeks ago
  • Tea Bento Ceylon Gem
    Country of Origin: Sri LankaLeaf Appearance: small, darkSteep time: 3 minutesWater Temperature: 203 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain cupping setLiquor: coppery reddish-brown By now I think most of you know that I am a raving fan of Amba Estate when it comes to Ceylon. Their teas are amazing! That is why I was super excited to receive a sample of Ceylon Gem from Tea Bento. Not only is it a tea from my favorite Sri Lankan producer but the leaves are ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on May 6, 2020 9:00 am
    3 weeks ago
  • Cultivating Femininity: Women and Tea Culture in Edo and Meiji Japan by Rebecca Corbett
    I could have sworn that I had written a review of this book the first time that I read it. Somehow it slipped my mind! When it came up as assigned reading for Tea Book Club I had the perfect opportunity to revisit it. It really made an impression on me but I wanted my memory to be fresh for our group discussion. Although I’ve never formally studied the Japanese tea ceremony, I do ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on May 4, 2020 9:00 am
    4 weeks ago
  • Seeing Red: Red Oolongs and Red Water
    The Prologue Being in semi-quarantine for nearly two months affects the mind. Now that’s not news you say; clearly, it’s the case. Yes but, one is given to ponder the most fundamental and complex of human questions, the ontological and epistemological foundations of life, being and becoming, knowing and believing, red oolongs and red water oolongs. Heady stuff. TRES I had learned, during a visit to TRES in 2017, that small leaf black tea ... read more
    Source: Tillerman TeaPublished on May 3, 2020 11:32 am
    4 weeks ago
  • Friday Roundup: April 26th – May 2nd
    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. Is there someone I’m missing? Let me know about it in the comments below! Very Expensive Vs Moderately Priced Longjing This week Eric from One Man’s Tea Journey compared two different Dragonwell green teas. Sometimes it is worth splurging on ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on May 1, 2020 9:00 am
    4 weeks ago
  • Bitterleaf Teas Secret Garden 2017 Manzhuan Old Tree Raw Puer
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: fairly green, loosely compressedSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: bright gold I was excited to receive a sample of this tea with an order that I placed with Bitterleaf Teas. Part of that is because I’ve heard really good things about it from tea friends. Part of that is also because The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett was one of my favorite books when I was growing up. ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on April 29, 2020 9:00 am
    4 weeks ago