• What Makes White Tea So Special?
    As the cold Himalayan winter comes to an end and green slowly returns to the terraced hillsides, tea gardens and estates prepare for the earliest spring plucking and the making of white tea. It is often between the last weeks of April and early spring that the small window to pluck white tea opens up. White tea is characterized as a tea that is not oxidized (meaning broken, bent or rolled) in any way. Therefore, ... read more
    Source: Young Mountain TeaPublished on April 15, 2019 1:28 pm
    3 days ago
  • Spring Teas Arrive In The Desert
    Shi Feng Long Jing Shi Feng Long JingSpring teas arriving brings a lot of joy to our little warehouse in the desert. It is bittersweet this year because of the passing of Weng Shang Yi, the maker of our Shifeng Longjing. He lived to be 90 years old. He started making Longjing when he was fourteen, 1943. During his time as a tea maker, he won so many awards for his skill, that he stopped ... read more
    Source: SevenCupsPublished on April 14, 2019 2:05 pm
    4 days ago
  • Interview with Ashley Lim of Mansa Tea
    Ashley Lim, photo courtesy of Mansa TeaI recently had the chance to meet Ashley Lim, Founder of Mansa Tea after sampling a few of her pu'er teas. Her story was quite intriguing and she kindly agreed to an interview. Learn all about how growing up in a family of tea enthusiasts has shaped her love of tea, and continues to influence her company, below.You were raised in a family of tea enthusiasts. Can you share one ... read more
    Source: Tea HappinessPublished on April 11, 2019 11:52 am
    7 days ago
  • What Tea Means To Me
    I recently had the pleasure of co-hosting a British tea event with Ting of Mojoosh. We discussed British tea history and customs while sipping various teas in delicate porcelain cups, and nibbling scones with clotted cream. The discussion quickly turned more personal, with everyone sharing when they first experienced a sip of tea, and what it meant to them. Ting recently gave me her take on this special afternoon, saying:Every photo I saw when we were ... read more
    Source: Tea HappinessPublished on April 4, 2019 3:22 pm
    2 weeks ago
  • The Total Tea Man – An interview with Nigel Melican
    With 38 years of experience, Nigel Melican is one of the most accomplished tea professionals. With expertise in both the science and agricultural aspects of tea making to the technicalities of production, he has been a part of tea-related projects in 28 countries. He educates and trains, troubleshoots and designs. We are thrilled to be working with Nigel as the lead instructor for the India Tea Tour – an annual spring trip to the heart ... read more
    Source: Young Mountain TeaPublished on April 2, 2019 1:32 pm
    2 weeks ago
  • Thea ex machina
    “Hold on, I’m coming”   Amongst avid tea consumers and many vendors, there is a bias against using machines to harvest tea leaves. This bias runs so deep that some use it as the primary indicator of quality. For example, consider the following observation:   “We recently swapped an invoice of machine harvested tea with an invoice of hand plucked, and guess what . . . The machine harvest invoice got the same price ... read more
    Source: Tillerman TeaPublished on March 31, 2019 7:15 pm
    3 weeks ago
  • Oolong Hai Tea Cocktail Recipe
    It's tea cocktail time! Have you heard of an oolong hai? It's a deliciously refreshing Japanese tea cocktail that is super simple to make. You just need three ingredients- cold oolong tea, shochu, and ice.What Is An Oolong Hai Tea Cocktail?Oolong hai is a drink popular at izakaya restaurants and karaoke bars in Japan. I've had it at a few local Japanese places here in NY, and I just love the earthy, refreshing flavor. I'm ... read more
    Source: Tea HappinessPublished on March 28, 2019 11:30 am
    3 weeks ago
  • White Chocolate Matcha Truffles (aka Brigadeiros)
    My husband is Brazilian and we lived in São Paulo together for about 3 years. Brazilian food is AMAZING, from their traditional dishes to their açai bowls, drinks, baked goods and I could go on and on… One of my favorite things are the traditional brigadeiros (chocolate truffles). The classic ones are made of chocolate, but the variety of flavors and combinations is huge. They are so irresistible that I used to eat at least ... read more
    Source: Tea CachaiPublished on March 25, 2019 11:51 am
    3 weeks ago
  • Interview With Mark Philip Of Storm King Tea
    Mark Philip came to tea the way many tea drinkers do: looking for healthier choices. He fell in love with the humble leaf (as we all do!), and decided to start a tea company dedicated to finding teas people will love to drink, Storm King Tea. Learn all about Mark's passion for tea, why he runs a tea company, and how his approach to tea is related to chef Emeril Lagasse, below!Why did you decide ... read more
    Source: Tea HappinessPublished on March 21, 2019 9:59 am
    4 weeks ago