Tea Blog Posts From Around the Web

Here are the most recent tea blog posts from around the web, this list is updated twice daily. Please contact me if you’d like your site included in this list. If you’d like an OPML export file to add to your favorite RSS feed reader, this page is for you.

  • Tea Evaluation and Scoring
    News about a tea competition results awhile back started me considering what a tea competition evaluation and scoring process might be like.  As my mind works it would be interesting to compare some of the methodology and evaluation processes to the very different but vaguely related process of judging teas against personal preference when drinking them for enjoyment.  I didn’t expect a lot of telling overlap to emerge but did eventually get around to researching… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on May 26, 2016 7:00 am
  • Facts About Oolong Tea And Weight Loss
    Facts About Oolong Tea And Weight Loss Many people have been asking about the benefits of oolong tea (wulong) and how is oolong tea good for weight loss. The short answer is that oolong, like green tea, black tea, white tea, and dark tea (ex. Pu-erh) contain varying levels of polyphenols and caffeine that are known to speed up metabolism and help with weight loss.   Does oolong tea burn fat? In 2001, the American… ... read more
    Source: Soleil TeaPublished on May 25, 2016 11:46 pm
  • "That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone,that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of asingle life would lead us to believe."~ John Berger ... read more
    Source: Steph’s Cup of TeaPublished on May 25, 2016 6:59 pm
  • La recherche de l’équilibre!
    Une idée simple mais fondamentale lorsqu’on prépare du thé est celle de comment faire un bon thé. J’aime bien dire que l’essentiel c’est de l’eau et des feuilles, mais outre la qualité de ces deux derniers, trois paramètres sont à considérer pour obtenir le meilleur de notre thé, ceux que l’on écrit soigneusement sur les sacs : quantité de feuilles par tasse, température de l’eau et temps d’infusion. Pour une préparation en théière, on met… ... read more
    Source: Blogue du dégustateur de théPublished on May 25, 2016 2:48 pm
  • The Jade Leaf’s Hong Shui Oolong [Taiwan Tapes] — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #83
    This episode guest stars Emilio of The Jade Leaf and features one of his popular oolongs and the increasingly unpopular, scarce Hong Shui Oolong. ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on May 25, 2016 11:21 am
  • 2016 Spring Tea Trip: Muzha – The Visit
    My fabulous tea travel companions were David Galli, who has been giving me a lot of recordings from this past April's trip to Taiwan and Jake Knapp, who has given me 100+ beautiful photos he took (more are coming - Yippee!).It was really fun to listen to some of the recordings and look through the photos. They gave me a chance to relive those moments. Thank you, David and Jake!I love visiting Farmer Zhang at Muzha. Some of you who… ... read more
    Source: Floating LeavesPublished on May 25, 2016 11:18 am
  • 3 Leaf Tea Wild Pu’erh Buds
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: small, pine cone-like budsIngredients: puerh teaSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: glass gaiwanLiquor: very pale yellowYa Bao is a bit controversial in the tea world these days. There's a raging debate as to whether it is puerh or white tea. Some say it's not even tea at all. My vote is for white tea (due to the way the leaves are processed) but I've heard good evidence for… ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on May 25, 2016 11:00 am
  • Whitepaper from World Tea Expo chock full of information
    I routinely read the World Tea News as a way to keep current with industry news. I was delighted to learn that they have put together a White Paper that highlights their upcoming Expo.  For those who will not be attending next month, however, it offers a glimpse into topics that interest tea drinkers around the globe. Two items that caught my attention were written by Shabnam Weber. “Specialty tea is the No. 1 growing… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on May 25, 2016 7:03 am
  • India Black Teas
    Egads! What am I doing with 70 samples of India teas?   For various pathological reasons, I have been drinking a lot of subpar bagged English blends in the morning.  I fell into a strange dichotomy. Whereas I will spend serious mental energy selecting, brewing, obsessing over China teas,  I treat India teas as a basic commodity like milk that I grab off the supermarket shelves.I cannot reliably start the day without a dark tea-… ... read more
    Source: Tea ClosetPublished on May 25, 2016 12:19 am
  • A Cosmic Teapot From A Far
    For a belated birthday present, I treated myself to one of Petr's lovely teapots.  When I first opened his box from Czech Republic, I was pleasantly taken aback by this teapot's daintiness-  it is perhaps the most delicate stoneware my hands have touched- nothing nothing like the chunky clunky bowls I made in college. The pot performs admirably in the ways I care about- pouring, heat retention, and ergonomics.Aesthetics and form have a strong sway… ... read more
    Source: Tea ClosetPublished on May 24, 2016 11:59 pm
  • Malaysia KL Da Hong Hua Tea Expo 2016 Part 2
    One of the booths in this tea expo belonged to Long Bean Terminal.  Yes, the owner calls himself 'long bean' and he is an extremely cheerful new friend I made while at the tea expo.  Long Bean is the distributor of 'Fu Lu Yuan' pu erh tea.  This tea is made by Deng Shi Hai, who is regarded as a pu erh tea master.  Mr Deng, now residing in Taiwan, had produced a series of pu… ... read more
    Source: travelling teapotPublished on May 24, 2016 8:33 pm
  • Amazon Introduces its Own Private Label Tea
    Amazon announced last week that it will soon begin selling private label tea (along with gourmet coffee, nuts, spices, baby food and vitamins) and even some perishables. The products, marketed under the Happy Belly brand name, are exclusive to Amazon Prime members for now. Prime members pay $99 annually for expedited shipping and other perks. The announcement follows a major expansion of Amazon’s expansive distribution system. Offering speedy delivery of […] The post Amazon Introduces… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on May 24, 2016 12:26 pm
  • Green Tea Shows Promise for Treating Adult Acne
    By Stephenie Overman Decaffeinated green tea extract (GTE) shows some promise in treating adult women with acne, according to a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. The results of the trial, conducted by Dr. Po-Hsuan Lu of the Far Eastern Memorial Hospital in Taipei and Chung-Hua Hsu of Taipei City Hospital, was published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine. Eighty women 25 to 45 years of age who had been diagnosed with […] The post Green Tea… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on May 24, 2016 12:15 pm
  • Changing Weather Adversely Affect Sri Lanka and India Tea
    By Samantha Molineaux-Graham Last week’s torrential rains and mudslides in Sri Lanka brought into sharp focus the potential for catastrophe that unpredictable weather can have on the region’s tea industry. Until recently, Sri Lanka commanded the highest price for tea exports than any other country in the world but saw the dollar value of its tea exports decrease by 12% from January 2015 to January 2016. The tea industry employs […] The post Changing Weather… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on May 24, 2016 12:08 pm
  • The Best Iced Teas for 2016
    North American Tea Championship Honorees Will Be Featured at the North American Tea Championship ‘Winners Tasting Circle’ at World Tea Expo Penton’s North American Tea Championship (NATC), the only independent and professionally-judged tea competition in North America, presented 11 first-place wins to the best, premium iced teas in various categories, as well as Best Packaging and Best Value awards – just in time for National Iced Tea Month in June. […] The post The Best… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on May 24, 2016 12:04 pm
  • 2005 Mengku Zhengshan Daye (YS) [Episode 159]
    A good value, mature pu’erh for those that like the cooling/camphor sensations associated. ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on May 24, 2016 11:28 am
  • Podcast 030: Sharp Tea-Ceré
    I first saw the Tea-Ceré at the 2015 World Tea Expo in Long Beach. It’s a wonderful concept. Imagine adding tencha leaves and quickly obtaining a matcha that has been ground and whisked for you. What’s more, you can grind other types of tea for use in culinary purposes. The guest for this show is Chun Li, she is in charge of the branding of the Tea-Ceré in the US. You can buy it through… ... read more
    Source: My Japanese Green TeaPublished on May 24, 2016 11:17 am
  • Weather and Tea
    Cludy Munnar Panorama, Kerala, Western Ghats, India I’ve recently noticed articles on how climate change is affecting the production of tea.  First, I noted an article on Assam’s tea production being affected, then saw others about other tea-producing areas as well.  One of them stated that it could affect tea production by a cut of over one-half sometime in the future. Since I have no background or knowledge in the area of climate and weather and know… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on May 24, 2016 7:06 am
  • Review: The CoffeeTrade Company Mountainjack Tea
    This tea is a proprietary blend of plan and smoked black tea and roasted chicory, buckwheat, and wild rice. It’s promoted as a sort of “replacement” for coffee on their website. The idea is that you may want to switch to tea for health benefits, but if you missed the roasted taste of coffee, this may fill the niche. On paper, it seems kind of expensive, but when I receive my sample, it’s comprised of… ... read more
    Source: Teaviews.comPublished on May 23, 2016 11:32 pm
  • Behind the Leaf: Chinese Green Teas
    Dearies, do you know where your green tea comes from? I did a post about popular Japanese green teas recently, and now I’m going to discuss some popular Chinese green teas. I remember traveling through China with Char. The big cities are so very interesting, and the rural areas we saw were just beautiful. Travel was a bit tough at times and I constantly worried about chips and scratches, but it helped that we… ... read more
    Source: The Lovely TeacupPublished on May 23, 2016 1:59 pm
  • Interview: Gabrielle Jammal of Tea Sommelier at the Baccarat Hotel, NYC
    Gabrielle, left, I'm on the rightA few months ago I had an amazing afternoon tea experience with Jee and Lisa at the Baccarat hotel. We instantly bonded with the tea sommelier Gabrielle, who's passion for tea is clear from the moment you meet her. We had such fun chatting about tea, that we've even found time to meet for lunch away from the hotel. I thought you'd all be interested in learning a little bit… ... read more
    Source: Tea HappinessPublished on May 23, 2016 11:34 am
  • Snapchat for Tea Lovers
    Social media has always been a huge part of my tea experience and my latest obsession is Snapchat. That's right, it's not just for teenagers! The main purpose of Snapchat is to share live, in the moment pictures and videos. It's a bit more off the cuff and less polished than Instagram. The other major difference is that your posts can only be viewed for 24 hours. A warning: viewers can take screenshots so you… ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on May 23, 2016 11:00 am
  • Enjoying Tea Outdoors
    As Summer approaches and the temperatures warm, many will say it is too hot for tea. For me, it is one of my favorite times of the year to drink tea.  One of my favorite ways of drinking tea is outdoors while enjoying nature.  While it is possible to fill a thermos with tea and take it outside, I like to brew my tea outdoors gongfu style.  One of nature’s greatest gifts is the tea… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on May 23, 2016 7:30 am
  • Malaysia KL Da Hong Hua Tea Expo 2016 Part 1
    I had just returned from my weekend trip to Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia.  I spent some time visiting the tea expo there together with my Malaysian tea buddy group.  I was also invited to view my friend's tea collection that was supposedly the largest Dayi collection of any single collector.  More on that later.This year's tea expo was held at Tropicana Mall that started from 20 through 29 May.  There were about 50 booths where… ... read more
    Source: travelling teapotPublished on May 22, 2016 9:51 pm
  • What is GABA Tea?
    High blood pressure, stress and insomnia will affect one in three people at some point in their life. In the past people have simply taken medication in order to combat these disorders, but as research develops we are more aware about the long term effects medication has on our body. In response to this research there has been a resurgence of natural remedies which can be effectively added to the diet to compliment these treatments.… ... read more
    Source: Wooree Tea StoriesPublished on May 22, 2016 8:37 pm
  • More Earl Grey, Hot With Star Trek’s Captain Picard
    Source: Tea Guy SpeaksPublished on May 22, 2016 11:00 am
  • Star Trek’s Captain Picard On Earl Grey Tea
    I've never been a fan of the liquid perfume that's better known as Earl Grey tea, but of course we all like what we like. Here's a short clip in which Captain Picard, of Star Trek: The Next Generation, professes his fondness for it. Which leads to the obvious question - what would Kirk drink? Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online ... read more
    Source: Tea Guy SpeaksPublished on May 22, 2016 10:00 am
  • Star Trek – Klingon Tea Ceremony
    It's a tea ceremony of a decidedly different sort and it's enacted here by Star Trek: The Next Generation's resident Klingon, Worf. For more about the ceremony - which does not use tea as we know it - look here. Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online ... read more
    Source: Tea Guy SpeaksPublished on May 22, 2016 9:00 am
  • Raspberry Matcha From Tea’s Me
    I love love love matcha Green Tea! So any matcha samples are warmly received. I’ve never tried the matcha and raspberry combo before, so I’m excited when Tea’s Me’s Raspberry Matcha blend comes through the post. The packaging is nice and minimalist, in a clean white, re-sealable pouch – which is important with matcha tea since oxygen exposure degrades its quality. It’s also great to see on the back of the pack that this is… ... read more
    Source: Tea Review BlogPublished on May 22, 2016 5:18 am
  • Peruvian Spiced Berry From Inca Tea
    I’ve had various teas from Inca Tea‘s range before, so I was particularly looking forward to reviewing their Peruvian Spiced Berry Tea. Until now my favourite of theirs had been their Tawantin Black Tea, because it was a way for me to enjoy a high quality black tea the old fashioned way (with a splash of milk!) but still receive the added health benefits of the purple corn being in this blend. So their Peruvian… ... read more
    Source: Tea Review BlogPublished on May 22, 2016 4:25 am
  • What is Ming Qian, Qing Ming, Pre-Rain Tea?
    Ming Qian or Pre-qingming (明前) literally means “before Qing Ming Festival” (清明) in Chinese. It refers to the early spring picking season. This is a brief 15 day window between March 20th and April 6th. Tea leaves picked in this season are usually small and tender. Ming Qian teas are available in limited quantity and are often considered the best picking of the year. As such, they are typically the most expensive picking. … ... read more
    Source: Soleil TeaPublished on May 22, 2016 1:29 am
  • What does Ming Qian Tea Mean?
    Ming Qian or Pre-qingming (明前) literally means “before Qing Ming Festival” (清明) in Chinese. It refers to the early spring picking season. This is a brief 15 day window between March 20th and April 6th. Tea leaves picked in this season are usually small and tender. Ming Qian teas are available in limited quantity and are often considered the best picking of the year. As such, they are typically the most expensive picking. … ... read more
    Source: Soleil TeaPublished on May 22, 2016 1:29 am
  • 2011 Xiao Jin Gua Sheng
    Well, 2010 really. This tea goes by the conventions of sheng nomenclature attributing the tea to the pressing time rather than the harvest. I scored this cute little 237g melon for $38 when picking up some accessories from Verdant Tea, I’m especially fond of their Yunnan bamboo strainers and decided I needed one for every type of tea. But even more happily, Verdant puerh stocks are rather full, perhaps the whole marketing fiasco of the… ... read more
    Source: Cwyn’s Death By TeaPublished on May 21, 2016 4:36 pm
  • Pu’erh as RTS Resource Management
    According to Youtube’s analytics, TeaDB’s video audience is 87% male, nearly half falling into the 25-34 demographic. Denny and I also fall squarely into the middle of both of these categories. From this data we could theoretically cross market things that “normal people” like.. Movies, cars, fantasy football, etc. However, given our status as nerds, I’m more likely to draw a different conclusion.. That many of you grew up playing a Blizzard RTS.. Starcraft or… ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on May 21, 2016 3:00 am
  • Tippy’s Sweet Matcha Butter Cookies
    My lovelies, we’ve discussed springtime picnics and afternoon teas, and I thought I should give a recipe that you can use for both, or even just for snacking on your own. Have you ever made green tea cookies? Kat and I have an recipe for a buttery, tender cookie that have pleasing sweetness and a powerful matcha punch. These cookies are perfect for any gathering, or could be enjoyed on your own with your… ... read more
    Source: The Lovely TeacupPublished on May 20, 2016 11:30 am
  • A Look at the World’s Oldest Tea
    Uncovering Last week my family and I had the privilege to help a dear friend. Her mother’s apartment needed to be cleared out, and, sadly, she was a hoarder who hid her valuables. Treasure among the dross. Or, was it all treasure to her? This made me rethink my own possessions. Like a little box that I’ve kept since . . . well, forever. Discovering Opened, the box’s contents look like trash to someone who doesn’t attach a memory to… ... read more
    Source: It’s More Than TeaPublished on May 20, 2016 11:06 am
  • Friday Round Up: May 15th – May 21st
    Camellia Flower Pu'erh Cake - Aliexpress+Kayleigh Jade of Kitty Loves Tea wrote about the infamous "God of Night Sweats" cake. I think I may be one of the last of my tea friends to try this rather dubiously translated cake.HoneycombCody at The Oolong Drunk wrote a great review of a Bing Dao puerh from Bitter Leaf Teas. I love the thoroughness of his posts. I never can get myself to track that much detail but I… ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on May 20, 2016 11:00 am
  • Review: Mizuba Tea Company Daily Matcha
    I recently had the good fortune of attending an online tandem tasting via google hangouts with other lovely tea folk. The tea discussed was Mizuba's daily matcha. The tea friends in attendance were: Geoffrey Norman, Rachana Rachel Carter, Jo Johnson, and Nicole Martin. Now let me explain first that this tasting was taking place at 9pm, and I suffer from frequent battles with insomnia where I spend way too much time contemplating every creaky, creepy… ... read more
    Source: Tea HappinessPublished on May 20, 2016 9:27 am
  • Blast from the Past: Real Tea – On the Go
    It was three-and-a-half years ago that I converted to tea after thirty years of drinking stinking coffee.  The wonderful thing about tea is that you can drink it all day long and suffer neither the jitters nor the social plague of coffee breath.  For those of you who subscribe to the creed that freedom is the absence of choice – you’ll find yourselves a willing prisoner to tea.  Black, green, white, oolong, blended, first flush,… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on May 20, 2016 7:08 am
  • “The best tea autist blog”?
    Spring 2016 Jinxuan BaozhongI laughed when I read this on an Internet Forum about my blog:"This is the best tea autist blog. He takes really nice photos while reviewing teas that 99% of his readers will never be able to afford or find. He brings his huge tea kit outside all the time and always meticulously photographs every drop of tea." (...)Thanks for the compliments (best, nice photos). However, I would like to take this… ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on May 20, 2016 6:01 am
  • Spring comes round again
    After Darjeeling, we turn our attention to Nepal, China and Japan, to enjoy their new spring teas. In Japan, we return to the farmers we know, and we also enjoy discovering teas from others. In China, we are guided by the traditional appellations, which are attached to a particular village. In Nepal, we know which plantations are capable of producing the best teas at particular times of year. There is sometimes an added difficulty… ... read more
    Source: Discovering TeaPublished on May 20, 2016 5:49 am
  • When will 2016 TOST to be scheduled?
    2016 TOST (Taiwan Oolongs Study Tour) has been scheduled:10/27 - 11/3/2016Highlight Taiwan's Pacific Coast tea districts:HuaTung Encanto:  Hands on study Taitung Oolong  Visit and study at TRES / Taitung Branch  Visit Dancing Crane Terrace, study on Formosa Bonita  Visit Taiwan's 'Little Switzerland' (六十石山) inner side of Coastal Mountain.Yilan Charm:   Study on Yilan Jade, Yilan Milk Oolong, Yilan Amber   (How different terroirs found compared from Alishan, Lishan, Shanlinsi...)We will still cover:Wenshan Pouchong District, TaoChuMiao Tea District, Mid Taiwan… ... read more
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on May 19, 2016 6:50 pm
  • 2015 TOST – Opening Ceremony
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on May 19, 2016 4:25 pm
  • Standards For Specialty Tea — Plucking and Leaf Uniformity
    This post is part of a continuing series of writings by Seven Cups founder, Austin Hodge, for the International Specialty Tea Association. The aim of this series is to detail twelve elements that can be used to authenticate and value specialty tea. The previous post, on the condition of the tea leaf, can be found here. Element #2 — Adherence to Plucking Standard Tea production starts with plucking. Plucking requires a defined bud leaf configuration called… ... read more
    Source: Seven Cups Fine Chinese TeasPublished on May 19, 2016 4:23 pm
  • 2015 TOST – Walking around Taipei old business district
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on May 19, 2016 4:17 pm
  • 2015 TOST – Visit TCTMA
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on May 19, 2016 4:07 pm
  • 2015 TOST – Visit various tea shops in Taipei new tea business circle
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on May 19, 2016 4:00 pm
  • 2015 TOST – HS Train Experience
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on May 19, 2016 3:48 pm
  • 2015 TOST – Study at Hong Hsing Tea Nursery (Mr. Kang)
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on May 19, 2016 3:43 pm
  • 2015 TOST – Visit a few tea gardens in MingJian (SPK)
    Source: Taiwan Tea TourPublished on May 19, 2016 3:03 pm
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