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.

  • Snow Curtains in Tibet
    Winter has set in marking the end of my own season within the Himalayas and Tibet. It is time for the  grand silences and deep cold – that seep into and out of the earth – to bring their annual change to the earth. This year brought with it all of the mountain magic that it always does with additional reference points on the ancient trade routes that once passed through the Himalayas, the health… ... read more
    Source: Jeff Fuchs’ Tea and Mountain JournalsPublished on December 21, 2014 11:43 pm
  • The Book of Tea, by Kakuzo Okakura
    The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura The increased interest in tea in recent years has resulted in many great books on the subject, with many more sure to follow. After all, tea is a vast topic and hardly one that can be dispensed with in the space of a few volumes. If you'd like to look back to what some authors of yesteryear had to say about tea, you'd do well to start with… ... read more
    Source: Tea Guy SpeaksPublished on December 21, 2014 3:06 pm
  • teaBOT – Robotic Tea Maker
    We're always up for a new tea gadget and so here's the teaBOT, which its makers describe as a gadget that makes "personalized loose-leaf tea through robotics." Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper ... read more
    Source: Tea Guy SpeaksPublished on December 21, 2014 12:19 pm
  • Tidings of Comfort and Joy
    Confession:  I'm feeling a little like Grinch right now.  Work deadlines have me spending this weekend at the PC, instead of at tea class and other fun things.  And I've got miles of projects to sew before I sleep.   But the truth is that my grumbles are so, so minor. I enjoy the work I'm doing and this bubble of intensity is temporary. I have a life filled with health, love of family and… ... read more
    Source: Steph’s Cup of TeaPublished on December 20, 2014 10:20 pm
  • Malaysia Tea Expo December 2014
    I was at the tea expo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia over the weekend.  This tea expo was held at Viva Home Mall.  I wanted to refill my stash of liu bao tea and wanted to see what oolong the tea expo had to offer. It was interesting that this tea expo had most of the stalls promoting pu erh tea than other teas like oolong or liu bao.  Pu erh tea here takes centre stage as… ... read more
    Source: travelling teapotPublished on December 20, 2014 8:21 pm
  • Saturday Morning Tea
    Good morning, dear tea friends! On this Winter Solstice Eve day, I’m celebrating the return of the light with a very special tea, called Mackeypore Golden Pekoe Tips. From the Assam tea growing region in northeastern India, this tea has been created from tender buds that were plucked at dawn. I envision a group of tea […] ... read more
    Source: Art and TeaPublished on December 20, 2014 10:39 am
  • PG Tips Chimps Christmas Commercial
    Source: Tea Guy SpeaksPublished on December 20, 2014 9:25 am
  • Da Hong Pao – Art of Tea
    The Art of Tea is one of the resources that devoted disciples of tea should have in their library. The magazine is one of the most in-depth sources of information about the origins and development of teas and teaware printed in English. In its pages, one can learn the differences in the authentic tickets placed […] ... read more
    Source: Walker Tea ReviewPublished on December 20, 2014 7:00 am
  • Mature Pu’erh [November 2014 Tea Drinking Report]
    In the month of November 2014, the tea of the month was Mature Pu’erh. During this month, I had Mature Pu’erh at least once a day (unless totally unfeasible). I’ll still consume other teas, but the primary focus is understanding and building a palate for a specific type/genre/region of tea through repetition. This is the most personal blogging type style of post for TeaDB, and the goal is to stretch my palate as well as… ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on December 20, 2014 6:00 am
  • 04 Chen’s Teapot Ancient Tree
    I recently ordered this '04 Chen's Teapot Ancient Tree and had been a bit on the fence.  It doesn't quite brew up the way I expect as the early brews are rather thin and I thought perhaps the two weeks it spent in extreme aridity in my mother's house might have done some harm.  The lasting brown sugar tail on this tea is intense but still there is something not quite right.  The cynical part… ... read more
    Source: Tea ClosetPublished on December 19, 2014 4:06 pm
  • New Year’s Matcha Marshmallow Wands
      As the hustle and bustle of Christmas almost comes to a close, we must start planning for yet another celebration– New Year’s. Here’s a simple yet adorable (and definitely New Year’s worthy) recipe that goes hand in hand with the sparkle and glam of the brand new year. Featuring Aiya’s Cooking Grade Matcha, this glittery Matcha Marshmallow wand gives the traditional marshmallow a pleasant twist. The soft, fluffy texture pairs almost too perfectly with the mild tea taste… ... read more
    Source: Aiya America’ Matcha BlogPublished on December 19, 2014 2:17 pm
  • Sung inspired fruit bowl pure porcelain -
    voici une paire de bols en porcelaine pur; de loin on ne vois pas les cornures c'est très subtil120 pounds par bol  plus 20 pounds de frais d'envoi email mrmfrancois@gmail.com pour passer commande here is a pair of Sung inspired fruit bowls  120 pounds plus 20 pounds of shipping  email mrmfrancois@gmail.com to place an order.       ... read more
    Source: Tea jarPublished on December 19, 2014 11:12 am
  • Friday Round Up: December 14th to December 20th
    Magnetic Tea Chalkboard +Bonnie Eng's creativity strikes again! I LOVE her latest DIY project. It would make a great gift for your favorite tea lover (or even for yourself) If only my tea collection was that small... :) Obscurantism: What Tea are you Really Buying? +Tea Guardian posed a very interesting question that has been a subject of debate for some time. Can any partially oxidized tea ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on December 19, 2014 11:00 am
  • What IS NOT tea?
    What about all these other “teas”? Confusion about what is a true tea comes from the indiscriminate use of the word “tea.” It seems that any beverage made from hot water and a plant ends up with the appellation “tea.” People say they like mint tea, rooibos tea, yerba mate tea, and others. While these beverages may have healthful properties, they are not products of Camellia sinensis and therefore should not be called ˜tea.” Tisanes… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on December 19, 2014 7:03 am
  • WTP, EP.19: App Review Double Feature! Tea & Tea Drop!
    Third times a charm! Or not. It seems one of the apps I intended for review was…….not up ... read more
    Source: World Tea PodcastPublished on December 19, 2014 6:00 am
  • Tea and food pairing: Cantal Vieux and Bourgeon de Pu Er
    I’ve already written about cheese, when I celebrated the pairing of a fresh goat’s cheese and a Premium Bao Zhong. Today I’m recommending another combination: a Cantal Vieux and a Bourgeon de Pu Er. The tea is infused hot, as usual, but it’s best to then let it cool and drink it at room temperature. This allows you to prepare your tea a few hours before the meal, keeping it in your teapot. To… ... read more
    Source: Discovering TeaPublished on December 19, 2014 4:38 am
  • Little Green Apples
    Been on a bit of a puerh hiatus lately. The truth of aged sheng is the caffeine is aged out, and I need the boost so I've been drinking a good deal of black tea instead. And I've had my reasons.My roommate is a psychopathic maniac with an alcohol problem. He's out of meds and won't go get any more. I just can't manage to chop up a tuo with any appreciation when he's drunk… ... read more
    Source: Cwyn’s Death By TeaPublished on December 19, 2014 4:36 am
  • Really Need a Chasen Bamboo Whisk?
    Hesitation to start matchaI sometimes see people making matcha with an electrical milk frother. Someone even uses an ordinary beater. Matcha beginners might wonder if you really need a chasen (bamboo whisk) to make matcha. For the people who want to try matcha for a bit to see if they will like it, purchasing chasen can be a reason to hesitate to try it. People might have an electric frother, but not a chasen. If… ... read more
    Source: Tales of Japanese TeaPublished on December 18, 2014 8:30 pm
  • Mandala Tea’s 2012 Ripe PuEr – InBetweenIsode #9 w/ Denny
    Delicious. This tea comes from 40-50 year old abandoned tea plants, fermented for 46 days and pressed in March, 2012 in the Jing Mai Mountain region of China. Molasses, plum, and robotussin. I also have a really intense tea sniff at 1:25. Wooooahhhh! ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on December 18, 2014 3:52 pm
  • Aiya Tea Matcha to Go Stick-Packs
    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: deep green, powdered Ingredients: matcha green tea, soluble corn fiber Steep time: n/a Water Temperature: cold Preparation Method: waterbottle Liquor: deep green I really love matcha but it can be hard to make on the go. When I'm at work, my prep area is virtually non-existent so ease of use is a must. That's why I was so happy when +Aiya America ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on December 18, 2014 11:00 am
  • Holiday Tea
    After yesterday's unsuccessful pu session, my mother meekly asked, "Is this type of tea okay to drink?"  She held out an orange tin of Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice.  One of my father's students had gifted him this tea and she had saved it for me because she knew I loved tea. Putting the puerh aside, I have been quaffing a great deal of this holiday brew with milk- it's a crowd pleasing sweet… ... read more
    Source: Tea ClosetPublished on December 18, 2014 8:40 am
  • Tea/vanilla/lobster, a trio of deliciousness
    When this festive time of year rolls around, it’s time to pull out all the stops to create a symphony of tastes on the plate. Look no further: here is the winning combination– fragrant vanilla bean and luxurious lobster united by good black tea (my pick is Yunnan Gold for which there are many online and bricks and mortar sources). As a sumptuous main dish on a sparkling holiday buffet, this melding of the crustacean’s… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on December 18, 2014 7:03 am
  • Testing Oolong like an electronic piano
    A musician friend gave me a very simple advice to select a good electronic piano (for my children) a few years ago: play the highest and the lowest note on the piano. These 2 notes are the most difficult to get right and natural since they are the most extreme ones. If they sound good, then the notes in between should also sound good. This advice came back to my mind when I read Thomas'… ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on December 18, 2014 6:45 am
  • DIY Matcha Mason Jar Cookie Mix
    There’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to the holidays– celebrating with loved ones, delicious food, presents, and the warm, fuzzy feeling this season evokes in us. Gift giving, though not most important, ranks high in importance during the holidays, and what better way to say “I love you” to your friends and loved ones than by making them something by hand? Here is a thoughtful holiday gift idea that is sure to put a smile on… ... read more
    Source: Aiya America’ Matcha BlogPublished on December 17, 2014 3:57 pm
  • Really, really aged tea
    The role played by tea in the formation of an independent United States is a familiar one, but one aspect of this history that I had never considered before was the possibility that some of the actual tea offloaded in protest into Boston Harbor might be preserved in the archival collections of historians and collectors. Knowing that tea casks, related documents, and other Boston Tea Party artifacts were still in existence, I shouldn’t have been… ... read more
    Source: Gongfu GirlPublished on December 17, 2014 1:25 pm
  • FOP Yunnan Green
    This is a tea I recently tried and, I must say, it was love at first taste. It is a green tea from the Province of Yunnan in the far southwest of China. Yunnan borders Burma, Laos and Vietnam and it is renown for producing tea especially fine pu-erhs and black teas for hundreds of years. It also produces rice, flowers, tobacco and mushrooms among other agricultural products. The letters FOP stand for Flowery Orange Pekoe that… ... read more
    Source: teascopiaPublished on December 17, 2014 1:25 pm
  • Coups de cœur thé pour les Fêtes!
    Nous voici revenus dans cette période de l’année où la douceur silencieuse hivernale côtoie la frénésie festive des Fêtes. C’est pour moi une occasion en or pour faire découvrir mes coups de cœur thé à ma famille et à mes amis. Que ce soit pour créer un accord gastronomique, simplement me réconforter ou bien prendre le temps de savourer les parfums tranquilles d’un grand cru, chaque thé choisi permet de beaux moments d’échanges. Afin… ... read more
    Source: Blogue du dégustateur de théPublished on December 17, 2014 1:18 pm
  • 2006 Old Bear Raw Pu’erh — White2Tea — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #8
    Inbetweenisode Episode #8 from James. The tea is a 2006 Fang Cha Raw Pu’erh appropriately titled the Old Bear. Smoky and strong, the Old Bear also develops a really nice softer form in later steeps. ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on December 17, 2014 12:31 pm
  • Maharaja Chai Eggnog
    Maharaja Chai Eggnog Wednesday, December 17, 2014Posted by Admin Celebrate traditional flavors of the season with a Teavana twist by adding a spice infusion to your eggnog. Ingredients SERVES 12 1/4 cup Maharaja Chai Oolong 1/2 gallon favorite ready-made Eggnog Whipped cream Cinnamon sugar topping or nutmeg Dash of brandy, whiskey or rum (optional) Instructions 1. In a 16 oz Perfect Tea Maker, measure 1/4 cup of Maharaja Chai. 2. Fill… ... read more
    Source: Heaven of TeaPublished on December 17, 2014 11:05 am
  • Sense Asia All of Vietnam in One Box
    It's usually my policy to never write about something here without trying it myself first. In this case I'm making an exception because this is a truly extraordinary collection of teas. Sense Asia has put together 32 different teas, all from Vietnam. I was immediately struck by their unique approach. Included with the collection is a book containing profiles of Vietnamese people from all walks ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on December 17, 2014 11:00 am
  • How oolong got its name
    The old man sipped his tea. He had never grown weary of that flavor. His father had picked Oolong tea, as had his father’s father and grandfather. And his young grandsons would also one day pick tea just like his daughter did now. It all made sense in a comfortable kind of way. He was proud to be a farmer of Oolong tea, and took pride in the fact that it was the best tea… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on December 17, 2014 7:03 am
  • Chinese, X
    swing low sweet chariot, coming forth to carry me home home from China I can smell grass cuttings and blue sky ... read more
    Source: The Half-DipperPublished on December 16, 2014 11:30 pm
  • Drinking SE Asian Teas
    How fortunate I am to have friends that love tea AND that travel to far away places and bring back teas to try!  I recently had the chance to taste tea from Southeast Asia, specifically Laos and Burma.The Laos tea was from an "old tree."  We think that means no one knew exactly when the tea tree was planted.  Maybe it went rogue, but now it's being harvested and processed into black tea.  It brewed… ... read more
    Source: Steph’s Cup of TeaPublished on December 16, 2014 8:40 pm
  • L’assistant du Maitre de Thé
    La semaine passée dans un article précédent, j'ai clairement expliqué la définition spirituelle d'un Maitre de thé. Cette semaine je tenterais de mettre en lumière le rôle de l'assistant du Maitre de Thé.Le titre spirituel d'Assistant est aussi défini par une ligne vibrante et consciente placée dans les plans spirituels. Cette ligne est une parallèle à la ligne de Maitre de thé.   -Simplement parallèle.-Il ne s'agit pas uniquement pour l'assistant de faire chauffer l'eau qui… ... read more
    Source: Le thé et le cheminPublished on December 16, 2014 2:02 pm
  • Pine tree, 600 years old, trained to grow horizontally at Kyoto temple
    From Deep Kyoto, this wonderful photo of an amazing tree that has been growing for 600 years at Kyoto's Yoshimine Temple. The tree is named "Yūryu no Matsu" (遊龍の松) or “Playful Dragon Pine."Yoshimine Temple, incidentally, is part of the 33-temple Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage. —Mellow Monk blog feed, facebook, reviews, steepster, teas, tweets, videos ... read more
    Source: Mellow Monk’s Green Tea BlogPublished on December 16, 2014 12:04 pm
  • Hankook Tea Teuksun Green Tea
    Country of Origin: South Korea Leaf Appearance: small, deep green Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: kyusu Liquor: pale green Korean teas are fairly new to me but I've been enjoying them very much lately thanks to +HANKOOK TEA. This one hails from the Honam Tea Estate in South Korea. I thought it was interesting because it is a blend ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on December 16, 2014 11:00 am
  • Cold Brewing Green Tea
    image source: http://nihonn.seesaa.net/article/103920963.html Did you know that it isn’t necessary to use hot water to brew your tea? Mizudashi (水出し) meaning “cold brewing” in Japanese is an easy way to brew your tea without heating the water at all. Making your own iced tea Since cold brewing takes some time, it’s best to brew many servings at once. I suggest that you brew a whole jar. First, measure the volume of water that your jar… ... read more
    Source: My Japanese Green TeaPublished on December 16, 2014 10:57 am
  • Yunnan Sourcing’s 2005 Purple Dehong [Episode 84]
    In episode 84, Denny and James review a wetter-stored pu’erh, the 2005 Purple Dehong. Purchased from Yunnan Sourcing, this also uses the purple leaf varietal. Big thanks to redpandaflying for send this tea! ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on December 16, 2014 9:49 am
  • San Lin Shi Winter Sprout 2014
    Drinking Winter Sprout teaWhat an interesting oolong that I discovered in a small package I brought back from my trip to California. I remembered good things from this tea, and today’s snowy conditions seemed like the perfect day to bring back some memories of sunlight. The first thing that hit me upon opening the package was the scent. There’s an amazing dry-leaf aroma of pineapple that brings to mind nothing short of a…View On WordPress ... read more
    Source: Cha Xi CollectivePublished on December 16, 2014 8:32 am
  • San Lin Shi Winter Sprout 2014
    What an interesting oolong that I discovered in a small package I brought back from my trip to California. I remembered good things from this tea, and today’s snowy conditions seemed like the perfect day to bring back some memories of sunlight. The first thing that hit me upon opening the package was the scent. There’s an amazing dry-leaf aroma of pineapple that brings to mind nothing short of a creamy Pina Colada. It’s astounding… ... read more
    Source: Some Tea With MePublished on December 16, 2014 8:32 am
  • tea in a coffee world
    For me, the Thanksgiving holiday included an incredible day of driving along the Coast Highway in Southern California from Oceanside and down through the little towns that hug the Pacific Ocean at some of its’ most beautiful coastline like Carlsbad, Cardiff, Leucadia, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and La Jolla.  Where retail shops almost meet sand, there is a line-up of eateries and ‘drinkaries’ for miles. Driving along that strip, it seemed every few blocks… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on December 16, 2014 7:03 am
  • Review: Lalani and Co. First Flush Yabukita Sencha
    Grown in Wazuka Garden, in Japan’s Kyoto Prefecture, this first flush (Ichibancha), organic sencha is picked exclusively from Yabukita varietal plants. It’s shade grown for 10 days to enhance its umami notes. Looking at my sample, the leaves are quite striking. Their sheen makes them almost opalescent, adding depth and dimension to their dark olive green shade. Their scent is hard to pin down, sweet and grassy, with creamy vanilla undertones. I carefully follow the… ... read more
    Source: Teaviews.comPublished on December 16, 2014 1:08 am
  • Tea Day – Need to Know
    What tea professionals need to start the week of  Dec. 15, 2014 — Today is International Tea Day… What’s in a name? In Hong Kong TWG is fighting not to lose its identitySpecialty Food Trends for 2015 reports its: Tea’s Time… Shapely Scotch jigger or teacup? Turks take offense at whisky peddler’s attempt to re-purpose the traditional bardağıQTerra NOVO tea brewer launches on Kickstarter… Capital Teas are now available in Keurig-compatible cups. Happy Tea… ... read more
    Source: Tea BizPublished on December 15, 2014 6:35 pm
  • World Tea Expo Showcases ‘What’s Next’ in Tea, Emphasizes ‘Tea Up for Health’
    World Tea Expo (#WorldTeaExpo or #WTE15) is gearing up for its 13th annual conference program and exposition, May 6 – 8, 2015 in Long Beach, Calif. at the Long Beach Convention Center. Among the many highlights, the event will include a new “Tea Up for Health” pavilion and education track (#TeaUP4health).More than 200 exhibitors, top companies and professionals from more than 50 countries will gather at the upcoming event, to focus on business-building strategies, “what’s… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on December 15, 2014 2:56 pm
  • Portland’s Authentic Gongfu Tea House
    By Geoffrey NormanTearooms aren’t difficult to find in Portland, but finding one that serves tea gongfu-style is rare. In August of 2011, Raymond and Pearl Zhang set out to change that with a more traditional teahouse and café aptly called The Red Robe. It takes its name from the famous roasted Wuyi oolong.Located in Portland’s Old Town/Chinatown area, the couple’s reason for opening the shop was to pass on aspects of Chinese culture through tea.… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on December 15, 2014 12:45 pm
  • Time for Dilmah T-Lounge
    Dilmah Tea is beginning to grow its T-Lounge concept into new markets. Expansion in Europe is the next stop and then growth in the Middle East next year. Dilmah has identified the Middle East as an important focus for its future retail efforts.The current T-Lounge beverage menus boast a large number of Ceylon teas spiked with spices and fruit. There are lemonade-tea blends as well as mocktails and t-shakes which combine tea with yogurt or… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on December 15, 2014 12:34 pm
  • Innovative Scottish Tea Weathers Cold
    SUMMARY: Agro innovations demonstrate that tea can be grown commercially in frosty Scotland.The founders of The Wee Tea Company planted their tea saplings in 2011, just in time to weather the coldest Scottish winter in 200 years. It took more than a miracle for that initial planting to survive.The seedlings were planted with synthetic pellets that reflect light and retain heat. Protective polymer sleeves were used to deflect part of the solar spectrum to keep… ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on December 15, 2014 12:27 pm
  • Cameron Tea Taiwan Beipu Black Tea – Oriental Beauty
    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: small, curly and dark with scattered white tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: dark reddish amber Oriental Beauty is one of my favorite oolongs. This one was interesting because it is actually a black tea, meaning that the leaves have been 100% oxidized. Just as ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on December 15, 2014 11:00 am
  • Gifts for the tea-o-phile
    Giving gifts can be wonderful for both the recipient and the giver.  Think about some of the cherished gifts you have received . . . isn’t it delightful how a thoughtful gift brings to mind the one who gave it?  On the other hand, when you think of silly – or thoughtless – gifts you have received, you shake your head in wonder, “What was she/he thinking?” I  think this handy guide – complete with… ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on December 15, 2014 7:01 am
  • History of Tea Podcast – 10 Part Series
    Check out this China History Podcast about the History of Tea in the making. There is no fee to listen to these!  Created by Laszlo Montgomery who produces the China History Podcast, his show is listened to in over 100 countries.  In over 140 episodes he introduces various aspects of Chinese history in 40-50 minute podcast episodes.  The History of Tea is set to be a 10-Part Series! Check it out here and watch for… ... read more
    Source: Tea House Times Tea ScoopPublished on December 14, 2014 7:45 pm
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