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From Our Members… 2018-06-09T13:25:53+00:00
  • Friday Roundup: July 15th – July 21st
    Puer Aeterna, Naka in 2018Cwyn and I both have an affinity for Naka. Her love for it so well known that she's become a bit associated with it. This week she wrote about a "ball" style offering from Bitterleaf Teas. Her notes definitely make me want to give this one a try. The reference to Waylon Jennings' Heartaches for Dime is definitely relatable as well.Matcha LemonadeJee at Oh, How Civilized really spoke to me this ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on July 20, 2018 11:00 am
    12 hours ago
  • India Tea Tour – Personal Reflections
    In early April, Young Mountain Tea and International Tea Importers (ITI) put together the first ever India Tea Tour – a comprehensive experiential learning trip designed for tea professionals. Taking a deeper dive into the Indian tea industry, this trip would cover everything ranging from tea processing, cultivation, importing, and exporting to the science behind tea’s transformation from leaf into beverage. Accompanied by renowned tea consultant Nigel Melican, participants would be immersed in the Indian ... read more
    Source: Young Mountain TeaPublished on July 19, 2018 2:00 pm
    1 day ago
  • Bitterleaf Teas In Bloom 2017 Jingmai Raw Puer
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: compressed,Steep time: 15 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: goldI have a bit of a tea pet problem so I placed a few orders with Bitterleaf Teas near the start of the year. A sample of this tea, among a few others, was included with my orders. I'm sure you all can imagine my squeal of delight when I spotted the label in my box. Hummingbird was another selection of theirs from Jingmai that ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on July 18, 2018 11:00 am
    2 days ago
  • Meet the Tea: Sencha
    Sencha is a style of green tea that can be found in every tea growing region of Japan, so much so that it actually accounts for 80% of all of the tea grown there. The name literally translates as infused tea. This was to differentiate it from whisked tea, like matcha, which had been more popular until the 18th century. There are many cultivars that can be used to make sencha and they all have ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on July 16, 2018 11:00 am
    4 days ago
  • Friday Roundup: July 8th – July 14th
    Let's Talk Tea - Chariteas - Grey Dragon | ReviewKimberly from Tea is a Wish Your Heart Makes reviewed a very unique white tea that I discovered at World Tea Expo a few years ago. If you're a fan of Indonesian teas this is definitely one that you need to check out. I found it interesting that most white tea gives her heartburn but this one does not. I wonder why that it. Could it ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on July 13, 2018 11:00 am
    1 week ago
  • Upton Tea Imports Lumbini Estate FBOPF SP. Gold Tips
    Country of Origin: Sri LankaLeaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of golden tipsSteep time: 3 minutesWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: stainless steel infuser basketLiquor: dark reddish brownJudging by the reviews that get published here on the blog, someone might assume that I have a heavy bias towards Chinese and Taiwanese teas. The truth is that this is more reflective of the samples that I receive than it is of personal preference. I enjoy drinking tea from all over the world, ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on July 11, 2018 11:00 am
    1 week ago
  • Q&A with the American Specialty Tea Alliance
    By now you all know how passionate I am about tea. One could even say that I am obsessed. I do everything that I can to help the industry grow, both through this blog and other efforts. There are times where I am frustrated by certain attitudes (like closed-mindedness), outdated policies, and resistance to change that hold things back from getting to where they could or should be. For several years fellow bloggers and I ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on July 9, 2018 11:00 am
    2 weeks ago
  • Friday Roundup: July 1st – July 7th
    Tea Affogato!Nazanin at Tea Thoughts wrote about some experimenting she did with the easiest tea infused desert ever. I've become a big fan of affogatos ever since I attended a tea ice cream social in NYC a few years ago. Make sure you read all the way to the end so that you don't miss her recipe for dairy-free cardamom ice cream!1992 Tibetan Kang Brick from Yunnan SourcingCody, aka The Oolong Drunk, recently met up ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on July 6, 2018 11:00 am
    2 weeks ago
  • WuyiOrigin 2017 Ya Shi Xiang Old Bush
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: long, dark and twistedSteep time: 10 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: goldThe time has finally come. I get to write about one of my favorite tea names to say, duck shit! Seriously. The literal translation of Ya Shi Xiang is duck shit aroma. There are various stories as to how this name came to be. The one that I hear most often is that the farmer who first discovered the variety named it something ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on July 4, 2018 11:00 am
    2 weeks ago
  • Sustainability Award – World Tea Expo
    Earlier last week we were thrilled to receive the Tea Sustainability Award at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas. “We see receiving this award as a vote of confidence for our work from the community and industry we are a part of,” said Raj Vable, founder of Young Mountain Tea. “These people are our mentors… This is an honor we need to live up to.” Young Mountain Tea was recognized for creating the Global ... read more
    Source: Young Mountain TeaPublished on July 3, 2018 8:00 pm
    2 weeks ago
  • Tea Thoughts from the 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show
    Since I missed World Tea Expo this year I am going through some major "con" withdrawals. The Summer Fancy Food Show was held at the Javits Center in NYC this past weekend so I figured that I should give it a go. It has been a few years since I last attended this show but there are usually quite a few tea companies present. Although there were several staple brands missing, I did discover quite ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on July 2, 2018 4:42 pm
    3 weeks ago
  • Friday Roundup: June 24th – June 30th
    I missed out on World Tea Expo for the second year in a row. Thankfully, I can live vicariously through the experiences of my fellow bloggers. I'll be continuing to add posts to this roundup as they appear.iHeartTeasWorld Tea Expo 2018 – 6th Annual Tea Bloggers Round TableMy Japanese Green TeaWorld Tea Expo 2018World Tea Expo 2018 Part 2World Tea Expo 2018 Part 3World Tea Expo 2018 Part 4Oolong OwlHooty Tea Travels – World Tea ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on June 29, 2018 11:00 am
    3 weeks ago
  • Yatra Tea Company Sakhira Estate – Nepal 1st Flush 2017
    Country of Origin: NepalLeaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolledSteep time: 3 minutesWater Temperature: 203 degreesPreparation Method: glass infuser mugLiquor: deep goldWhen I first got into tea Nepal was a little-known growing region that was touted as an affordable alternative to Darjeeling. As I learned in Jeff Kohler's book, Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World's Greatest Tea, Nepalese tea was even sold and labeled as Darjeeling by unscrupulous tea dealers. I'm happy to say that there has a been ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on June 27, 2018 11:00 am
    3 weeks ago
  • Book Review – Tea Horse Road: China’s Ancient Trade Road to Tibet by Michael Freeman and Selena Ahmed
    I read A LOT of books on tea. I also happen to be a natural speed reader so I often tear through even the thickest of tomes very quickly. In the case of Tea Horse Road: China's Ancient Trade Road to Tibet, that wasn't so easy to accomplish. The hardcover edition of this book clocks in at a hefty 6.3lbs. I do most of my reading during my work commute so carrying a book that ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on June 25, 2018 11:00 am
    4 weeks ago
  • Friday Roundup: June 17th – June 23rd
    I'm Living on a Japanese Tea Farm!Mel over at Mel Had Tea has been living on a tea farm in Japan. Lucky duck! I've been living vicariously through her Instagram stories. This week's blog post gives us some insight into what life is like in Wazuka. I especially love the video that she made. It is a dream of mine to travel there one day (among a long list of other tea places around the world).How ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on June 22, 2018 9:06 pm
    4 weeks ago
  • Teaful Alishan Oolong Tea
    Country of Origin: TaiwanLeaf Appearance: deep green, tightly rolledSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: bright goldI'm a sucker for gaoshan, aka high mountain oolong. It's one of those teas that really hooked me way back when I started on this crazy journey. One of the things I love most about tea is that there is always something new to try and interesting to learn, even with an old favorite that I have had many times before. ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on June 20, 2018 11:00 am
    1 month ago