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.

  • Friday Round Up: January 15th – January 21st
    Tea and Presidency+sara shacket published a timely post this week on intertwining histories of tea and the U.S. presidency. I don't think it's a coincidence that so many historical greats had a penchant for the leaf.Attack of the Adorable Tea Vloggers+Geoffrey Norman made a round up of his own this week, a list of some of his favorite tea vloggers. Yours truly is included amongst some of my favorite YouTube channels.Silver Bud Winter Mar-tea-niFew things excite me more ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on January 20, 2017 11:00 am
  • Everybody Darths, Sometime
    I've heard people talk about me, when they think I'm not nearby. "He's more machine now, than man", they'll say, with a wistful tone and a distant gaze. You may fire up the kettle when ready, commander. Is it because of my Sith chamber, pictured above? Perhaps my favoured drinking spot could be considered to be a little austere, but I think that it's a comfortable place to take my tea - ... read more
    Source: The Half-DipperPublished on January 20, 2017 8:28 am
  • Blast from the Past: Inquiring Minds Ask about Specialty Tea
    A wonderful, kind, amazing man, known as The Candyman, David Klein, the originator of something you’ve all probably enjoyed – Jelly Belly jelly beans –  invited me to join his Internet board of entrepreneurs recently.  There is an interesting and wonderful interactive mix, including founders of big companies and inventors of ‘real cool stuff.’  Being a bit tired and trying to think of something creative for my contribution this month, I decided to invite these ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on January 20, 2017 6:08 am
  • 2015 Yunnan Sourcing Year of the Goat Ripe Pu’erh, Teas I Own [Inbetweenisode 118]
    An inexpensive, ripe tea from James. OMGWTFBBQ?! A nice daily drinking Menghai County ripe from Yunnan Sourcing. ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on January 20, 2017 4:02 am
  • Tea News That Caught My Attention–Calendar Week 3
    A lot of non-tea related things happened this week but I have been having my daily seeps regardless. I am about to finish my stash of Earl Grey I buy in bulk at the Oriental Pastry & Grocery on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. I love going there to get my raw almonds, cardamon seeds and things like that…and the two brothers who own the store are the sweetest people ever. I have also been having Matcha, and ... read more
    Source: Humble Tea LeafPublished on January 19, 2017 11:41 pm
  • Tea And The Presidency
    Washington and Lafayette at Mt. Vernon, painting from the Metropolitan Museum of ArtSince tomorrow is inauguration day I decided to take a look back at past US Presidents and their tea drinking habits. I'm going to try as hard as possible to keep my own political views out of the post. Let's just get into history and tea!Awhile back I was perusing used books and found Tea With Presidential Families and couldn't resist it. I ... read more
    Source: Tea HappinessPublished on January 19, 2017 6:07 pm
  • 2015 Chen Yuan Hao Mansong Yibang
    Recently I received an incredibly generous gift from a tea friend, a group of about ten huge samples of ChenYuan Hao puerh teas. I expected a couple of samples and got a haul that stunned me when I opened the package. So, this blog post begins a series on CYH teas that will likely take some months to complete. I plan to intersperse reviews of these teas in with other posts so they don’t get ... read more
    Source: Cwyn’s Death By TeaPublished on January 19, 2017 7:35 am
  • What is Purple tea?
    We are all familiar with the various tea types such as black tea, green tea, oolong and so forth. But have you heard of purple tea? Purple tea is being marketed and sold mainly by Kenya-based tea growers. Although some purple tea exists in India and China, for economic reasons Kenya is aggressively trying to develop and commercialize this newer form of tea. Agriculture and Tourism are the biggest money makers in Kenya, and of the agricultural ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on January 19, 2017 6:08 am
  • Standards for Consistency
    Recent discussions in the tea industry have evolved around the establishment of industry-wide standards . . . Quality, classification, processing, and definition of teas as well as the accreditation of industry professionals. Although I am a proponent of establishing standards for tea as a whole, my initial wish would be to have standards of accreditation given study. This would eliminate discussions on whether a person is an industry recognized tea sommelier/master/expert or an enthusiast. The ... read more
    Source: Tea and HatsPublished on January 18, 2017 4:32 pm
  • Tea Review: White 2 Tea 2016 A&P Dianhong Black Tea
      This week’s tea, White 2 Tea Dianhong Black Tea,  is a very good representative of Dian Hong black teas. Dian Hong black tea (aka Yunnan Black Tea – Dian meaning Yunnan and Hong meaning red) is among top Chinese black teas. It’s large leaf Puer material from Lincang area. This tea came with White 2 Tea Club June shipment and has been sitting in my tea cupboard since then. That’s because I just want to ... read more
    Source: ChapediaPublished on January 18, 2017 1:03 pm
  • The Jade Leaf Shan Cha Summer 2016
    Country of Origin: TaiwanLeaf Appearance: dark, long and twistedIngredients: black teaSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: dark reddish amberTaiwanese black teas have become something of an obsession for me over the last few months. They were always something I enjoyed but for some reason, they just seem to hit that sweet spot. I really enjoyed the Red Jade #18 from this company so that set the stage for high hopes for their Shan ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on January 18, 2017 11:00 am
  • Clearing up the “Fog” on Earl Grey Lattes
    If you’ve ever seen “London Fog” on a drink menu and wondered what it is, we’re here to clear up any confusion. London Fog is another way to describe an Earl Grey Latte. Earl Grey, a black tea with a hint of bergamot, is mixed with steamed milk and often a hint of vanilla syrup.  The Basics of the London Fog “London Fog” is a bit of a misnomer. Earl Grey lattes were created ... read more
    Source: ArtOfTeaPublished on January 18, 2017 9:00 am
  • The Legend of Darjeeling
    Legend says winter comes from the hands of Chys Khan, the master of the cold. It is passed from his hands to those of Father Christmas, who is responsible for distributing it throughout the rest of Europe. Both have a white beard, but Chys Khan is wrapped up even warmer. He ‘lives’ in the coldest inhabited region on the planet, in the Sakha Republic, Siberia. Although several towns contend for this honour, the -71.2 °C ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on January 18, 2017 6:08 am
  • Review: Pahadi Tea Single Estate Tippy Assam Black Tea
    Pahadi Tea specializes in tea from the Himalayan Hill Region. They are excited to provide the freshest tea possible, having fulfillment centers located in the heart of each production origin. In their black tea categories they have a wonderful selection of Darjeeling teas, flavored teas, and Assam teas. When I opened this tea, it smelled so fresh! Then I saw the size of the leaves! They are the largest Assam tea leaves I have ever ... read more
    Source: Teaviews.comPublished on January 18, 2017 6:07 am
  • At The Tea Table with Author E.J. Mellow
    When I think of the perfect writing spot I think of the place E.J. Mellow sits down at to create her intriguing work. Natural light releasing energy, framed artwork and quotes inspiring the day and teacups always filled to the brim. In case you couldn’t tell yet, E.J. Mellow is an author and as a writer myself, I connected with her through her award winning contemporary fantasy book series and, later, her tea obsession. I ... read more
    Source: The Cup of LifePublished on January 17, 2017 6:33 pm
  • Toronto Tea Events!
    Toronto Tea Festival, Saturday & Sunday, January 28th – 29th The end of January is shaping up to be an inspiring finale to Hot Tea Month, which is mostly celebrated in the US where it is necessary to add the word “Hot” to the title. Stateside, “tea” on its own usually refers to iced tea – not a cozy image for these short cold days. In ... read more
    Source: The Tea StylistPublished on January 17, 2017 6:09 pm
  • Penton Rebrands and Enhances the “North American Tea Championship” as the “Global Tea Championship”
    Changes Reflect Growth for the Championship, As Well As One of the Fastest-Growing Beverage Categories in the World Penton, parent company of World Tea Expo, World Tea Academy, and World Tea News, has rebranded and enhanced the North American Tea Championship as the Global Tea Championship. The Championship is an independent competition that evaluates and distinguishes the highest quality and best tasting specialty teas. Previously, the Championship was only open […] The post Penton Rebrands ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on January 17, 2017 6:08 pm
  • Red Miso is Done!
    After 3 whole years fermenting in my basement I am excited to announce that my homemade Red Miso is finally ready! Yesterday I packaged up the entire batch into 3 quart sized mason jars. That's a lot of Miso. I'll definitely be sharing with local friends and family.For more information on how I made this Miso please check out my post from last January called Red Miso's Second Birthday.  It turned out great! I tasted ... read more
    Source: Black Dragon Tea BarPublished on January 17, 2017 6:08 pm
  • 2007 Xizi Hao Xishangmeishao Raw Pu’erh [Episode 193]
    Another production from Taiwanese boutique, Xizi Hao. Big thanks to Peter for generously providing the sample! ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on January 17, 2017 9:41 am
  • Baozhong Zhuo Yan d’hiver 2016
    A Taiwan, une vague de froid, c'est quand les températures passent sous les 20 degrés Celcius! Ce fut le cas ces derniers jours, mais aujourd'hui le soleil a fait remonter le thermomètre et m'a donné envie de goûter à mon Baozhong Zhuo Yan d'hiver. Il a été récolté le 20 novembre au Wenshan dans une plantation mixte de Qingxin Oolong et de Manzhong, 2 cultivars de qualité avec une bonne longueur en bouche et des ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on January 17, 2017 8:23 am
  • NAJTIA Bamboo Certification Course
    NAJTIA (North American Japanese Tea Instructors Association) is a non profit organization which acts on behalf of the Nihoncha Instructor Association of Japan. Before NAJTIA, you could only study the material from the Nihoncha Instructor Association in the Japanse language. It’s a big step forward for Japanese tea culture worldwide. There are currently two online courses available: a free Introduction Course, and the Bamboo Certification Course. The Bamboo Certification Course This online course is essentially ... read more
    Source: My Japanese Green TeaPublished on January 17, 2017 8:17 am
  • Canadian Millennials Warm to Hot Tea
    Spending on tea by Canada’s Millennial tea drinkers is expected to double by 2020, according to the Canadian Tea and Herbal Association. Millennials (aged 19–37) currently make up more than a third of all Canadian tea drinkers, according to association president Louise Roberge. The median age of all Canadians is 40.8 years and most (82%) live in urban areas, according to government statistics. January is Hot Tea Month, so it’s […] The post Canadian Millennials ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on January 17, 2017 4:37 am
  • Rooibos Extracts Credited with Undoing Skin Damage
    Rooibos can undo some of the damage caused by the sun’s harmful ultra-violet rays, according to a report released by the South African Rooibos Council. Once the skin has been exposed to the sun’s rays, rooibos extracts have the ability to remove precancerous damaged cells and to block the onset of inflammation, said Professor Wentzel Gelderblom, a lead researcher in the study. “It does so by stopping the multiplication of […] The post Rooibos Extracts ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on January 17, 2017 4:21 am
  • Tea in Mexico: Part Two
    This continues an interview with Claudia Aguilera, a trained tea professional and tea vendor in Mexico, talking about tea culture and her experiences in the industry in Mexico. Is there a connection between Mexican tea drinking and teas produced in South America? Not really. Teas in Mexico come basically from American and European tea brokers. There is very little concern about tea production in our continent. In our case, only Mexicans attending tea expos get ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on January 17, 2017 3:00 am
  • The Republic of Tea Turns 25
    Specialty tea company The Republic of Tea this month celebrates its 25th anniversary with the launch of a new, celebratory blend, Ginger Peach Chocolate Truffle Black Tea. The family-owned business, which focuses on natural and healthy premium teas and herbs, has grown from its initial 21 teas to now offering more than 300 loose teas, teabags, and pouches. It also sells a range of sipware: mugs, travel cups, carafes, teapots, […] The post The Republic ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on January 16, 2017 3:33 pm
  • Turkey’s Tea Exports Rise; Organic Production Favored
    Turkey is the world’s fifth-largest tea-growing region after India, China, Kenya, and Sri Lanka. Most of its tea gardens are in the mountainous Rize province in northeast Turkey, close to the Black Sea, where the climatic conditions—snow in the winter that preserves and protects the tea plants against fungi and pests, and plenty of rain in the summer—are ideal for growing. Tea is a national staple across all demographics in […] The post Turkey’s Tea ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on January 16, 2017 3:28 pm
  • Recently I had the pleasure to order a pile of tea from Yunnan Sourcing, a company I’ve admired for…
    Recently I had the pleasure to order a pile of tea from Yunnan Sourcing, a company I’ve admired for a long while but from whom I had never ordered. This chronicles my first tea from that order, a 2005 Bo Wen “Yue Chen Yue Xiang” Ripe Pu-erh. This is a 12 year-old Ripe (Shou) Puer, and as such my expectations are that it would have an earthy sweet flavor with dark liquor and ideally a ... read more
    Source: Cha Xi CollectivePublished on January 16, 2017 1:00 pm
  • Marshmallow Puer: 2005 Yunnan Sourcing Bo Wen
    Recently I had the pleasure to order a pile of tea from Yunnan Sourcing, a company I’ve admired for a long while but from whom I had never ordered. This chronicles my first tea from that order, a 2005 Bo Wen “Yue Chen Yue Xiang” Ripe Pu-erh. This is a 12 year-old Ripe (Shou) Puer, and as such my expectations are that it would have an earthy sweet flavor with dark liquor and ideally a ... read more
    Source: Some Tea With MePublished on January 16, 2017 1:00 pm
  • DIY: Tea Ice Cubes
    Dearies, I’m sure you’re reading the title of this post thinking we’re crazy. Iced tea in the wintertime? Well, it’s true! If you are a regular reader of the blog you’ll know I’ve recommended iced tea in the colder months before. It actually helps us think about summertime and sunny weather! Since it’s been particularly cold and grey these days, Kat has decided to throw a little iced tea party for her friends. It ... read more
    Source: The Lovely TeacupPublished on January 16, 2017 11:01 am
  • Video – Episode 24: Interview with Lauren Purvis of Mizuba Tea Co.
    I've gotten a bit off schedule when it comes to videos over the last few months. 2017 is a new year so let's start off on the right foot! I'm going to change the format a bit going forward. For starters, I'll only be publishing episodes here (and on YouTube, of course). I discovered that the majority of viewers were watching there anyway.This will help me to avoid having to pay podcast hosting fees and I ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on January 16, 2017 11:00 am
  • Find Your Own Happy Hour
    The term “happy hour” usually inspires thoughts of discounted drinks and appetizers, coworkers gathered around a high-top table, or a group of friends meeting up for drinks. It’s often that set time of 5 to 7 pm when things are a little bit cheaper and you can wind down from work.  Why follow that strict idea of Happy Hour, though. We believe Happy Hour is what you make it and you can throw your own ... read more
    Source: ArtOfTeaPublished on January 16, 2017 9:00 am
  • Congregation of Vapours
    I have of late, but wherefore I know not... lost all my mirth.  Foregone all custom of exercise. And, indeed, it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the Earth, seems to me... a sterile promontory. However, what better way to desterilise one's promontory than with some EoT? This little baby has been sitting in a box, on a shelf, in my office, calling to me.  Every ... read more
    Source: The Half-DipperPublished on January 16, 2017 7:18 am
  • Visiting an Ancient Salt Mine
    During man’s early years salt was a vital ingredient for survival. It meant food could be preserved and thus made available during lean times. This importance made salt highly prized and the salt trade brought immense riches to merchants who would coin the saying “salt was more valuable than gold”.Thailand's Ancient Salt Mine or Bo Kluea in Nan Province has been producing salt for centuries surviving battles and wars by those who wish to seize ... read more
    Source: The Guide to Puerh TeaPublished on January 16, 2017 4:05 am
  • Lucky Bags
    More than one friend had told me that what they missed the most, after they left the States, were the freeways.  While galloping on deserted Interstate 10 early morning on New Year’s Day, I pondered how I would never miss the freeways because I would never leave the States. When I reached the day’s destination – one Japanese supermarket in the Valley – it was exactly quarter till 9 a.m.   There were only 11 strangers ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on January 16, 2017 3:00 am
  • Jeong Jae Yeun: Hwangcha Halmeoni – Grandmother Hwagcha
     Jeong Jae Yeun "Hwangcha Halmeoni" This post has been long in coming.  In May 2014 we returned from Tea Tour Korea where we had the pleasure of meeting again the artisan tea producer Jeong Jae Yeun.  Our tour took us to many artisan tea producers, at most stops we asked the simple question, "How did you become interested in producing tea?" Nearly all of their answers began with, "My grandmother made tea."  Well, simply put, ... read more
    Source: Tea at Morning Crane TeaPublished on January 15, 2017 10:48 pm
  • Reading the Tea Leaves
    We all love a cup of tea, but your enjoyment needn’t end once you’ve finished drinking it. There could be more to your cup – much more! It could even tell you of your future…The reading of tea leaves is known as tasseography and has existed as an art for hundreds of years. It is used to predict the fate of the drinker from patterns in their left over tea leaves and sprung up in ... read more
    Source: Wooree Tea StoriesPublished on January 15, 2017 6:32 pm
  • À chaque famille de thé son bénéfice santé
    Depuis que Shen Nong a découvert, voilà plus de 4000 ans, que le thé avait le pouvoir de stimuler et de désintoxiquer, l’homme n’a cessé de s’intéresser à ses vertus médicinales. Si les propriétés stimulantes, diurétiques et antibactériennes du thé sont reconnues depuis longtemps par la médecine chinoise, c’est plus récemment que ses bienfaits ont été confirmés par la science moderne. Aujourd’hui, à la différence des taoïstes d’autrefois, nous ne considérons pas le thé comme ... read more
    Source: Blogue du dégustateur de théPublished on January 15, 2017 8:14 am
  • No Frills. 18 Quick Hits, Less Premium Young Tea Report
    One of the perks (or drawbacks) of having a blog is literally drowning in tea/samples. I’m not really in the market for young tea, especially not cheaper young tea. This is mainly because I don’t drink these teas nearly often enough and the number of samples I cross path with are more than enough to satiate my sporadic young tea craving. As a result, I cranked through this batch of samples pretty quickly in a ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on January 14, 2017 2:00 am
  • Friday Round Up: January 8th – January 14th
    5 Things I Know About Tea, That I Didn't Know Last WeekElizabeth is the author of a new to me blog called The Tea Journals. She's just starting to go down the rabbit hole and I've really been enjoying following her journey.Causes for Sour Flavors in Puerh Tea+Cwyn N's posts are always insightful and full of knowledge. This week she sheds some light on some of the reasons why sour flavors might occur in tea.How ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on January 13, 2017 11:00 am
  • Behind The Leaf: Silver Needles White Tea
    Dearies we’ve talked about white tea before. This is such a delicate, delicious, beautiful tea. I know we’ve mentioned that there are two main types of white tea, White Peony (Bai Mu Dan) and Silver Needles (Bai Hao Yin Zhen). Silver Needles is the more delicate tea with more fuzzy white buds. I thought it would be fun to focus a little bit more on this tea, since it’s so special. Silver Needles is ... read more
    Source: The Lovely TeacupPublished on January 13, 2017 10:59 am
  • How To: Read Tea Leaves
    Any Harry Potter enthusiast or fan of the mystical has heard of the intuitive powers of tea leaves. The belief is that drinking a cup of tea with loose leaves in it will lead to a cup that tells your fortune. Leaf formations at the bottom of the empty cup could provide clues to your future. While we aren’t sure we believe in the validity of these fortunes (especially given our lack of skill!), we ... read more
    Source: ArtOfTeaPublished on January 13, 2017 9:00 am
  • A taste of the 18th century thanks to Medea Bindewald
    On this CD, Medea Bindewald plays music by Jacob Kirkman on a 1756 double manual harpsichord by Jacob Kirkman (the composer's uncle)! I found this idea of playing on a historical instrument intimate to the composer so daring and meaningful that I helped crowdfund this CD last September. It's fabulous to be able to make the past alive again!The CD has arrived this week and I could make my own project come true: brewing and ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on January 13, 2017 7:48 am
  • Enjoying a detour
    Many people think I only visit the plantations at harvest time. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I like to meet a planter or farmer when he has time for me, and nothing to sell. When he’s not constantly preoccupied by the quality of the tea he’s making at that moment. In Japan, if I visit the tea fields during the first half of May, when the country’s finest teas are being produced, ... read more
    Source: Discovering TeaPublished on January 13, 2017 7:40 am
  • Blast from the Past: When the cold takes its toll, try peppermint tea
    Have you ever craved something warm and relaxing during the winter – something to soothe your body of ailments from the cold?  Recently, while on the cold snow-covered mountains of central California, I discovered why so many people enjoy peppermint tea.  The change from warm southern California weather to cold central California weather had taken a toll on my body.  But this warm aromatic tea tickled my nose and enticed my palate.  My body aches ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on January 13, 2017 3:33 am
  • Review: Dachi Tea Co. No. 7 Oriental Beauty
    Oriental Beauty is an odd tea. The flavor bouquet can be so… floral, it reminds me of soap or bath gel. In other words, it is not one of my favorites. Which is surprising, because it is so highly oxidized that it is quite close to being a black tea, and black teas ARE my favorite. On the other hand, Oriental Beauties tend to be SO fragrant and flavorful, you can get many, many, pots of tea ... read more
    Source: Teaviews.comPublished on January 13, 2017 1:36 am
  • Fuji-kaori Hôji-cha
    No, I havn’t added to Thés du Japon such a dream hôji-cha, but only made it myself with the kama-iri cha from Fujieda, Fuji-kaori cultivar. Indeed, hôji-cha, a too much underestimated type of tea, can give very varied aromas when... Read More › ... read more
    Source: Japanese Tea SommelierPublished on January 13, 2017 12:59 am
  • Tasting: Origins Tea Oriental Beauty
    Oriental Beauty is a well known Taiwanese oolong. One of my favorite versions is served iced at Té company. It has a sweet honey-like flavor and the nuances hold up to the icing. Oriental Beauty is highly oxidized which brings out the sweet and fruity notes. The oxidation process actually starts right before it is harvested, when munchy little critters feast on the leaves.I recently received a few teas from Origins Tea, a company that specializes ... read more
    Source: Tea HappinessPublished on January 12, 2017 7:58 pm
  • 2004 XG FT8653-3+1, Teas I Own [Inbetweenisode 117]
    A 2004 Feitai production with the classic 8653 recipe. Stored in southern Taiwan, this tea firmly fits into the semi-aged category and is an upgrade over the 2005 XG FT8653-5 that was previously reviewed. Tea is provided courtesy of Toby (https://www.instagram.com/toby8653/) and Emilio (https://www.instagram.com/thejadeleaf/). ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on January 12, 2017 10:42 am
  • The English Tradition of Afternoon Tea
    I’ve been spending my winter this year in Spain and much to my displeasure, the Spanish are not enamored with tea……yet!  Being in Andalusia along the southern coast, which is reported to have the warmest temperatures in the EU during the winter months, it’s no surprise to find countless retired Brits establishing homes here. One town in particular, Nerja, is said to be 51% British. Needless to say,  I brought along all of my favorite ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on January 12, 2017 3:01 am
  • Iced Tea
     Here's another version of "iced tea!"  🙂  The Pacific Northwest has had quite the number of winter weather events this year, very unusual for us. This was taken last weekend after freezing rain.My tea plant, Cami (short for Camellia), lives happily on the back balcony.  At least she did until last night when we had a snow storm!  I'm happy to report that the limb is bent, but not broken.Mother Nature commands my attention, my ... read more
    Source: Steph’s Cup of TeaPublished on January 11, 2017 7:16 pm

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