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.

  • Use Tea to Make These Perfect DIY Beauty Gifts
    Tea’s a common go-to for relaxation. The process of brewing tea is relaxing, some teas and tisanes give you a calming feeling, and taking time for yourself is a great stress-buster. You can use tea to DIY your way to relaxation, too, with decadent beauty products. Better yet, make these easy recipes and gift relaxation to friends, family, and loved ones this holiday season. Tea Bath Bombs Fancy bath bombs are all the rage, ... read more
    Source: ArtOfTeaPublished on December 2, 2016 9:00 am
  • 7542, Pure puerh power
    Enjoying the qi of 7542 raw puerh"Ever heard of Cha Chi?" is an article I wrote in 2005 and I've noticed that it continues to be read on a regular basis. New tea drinkers seem to have a hard time to understand this concept of energy felt in the body. It doesn't fit well with Western teachings about biology. Cha qi can sound more esoteric and spiritual than physical when someone tries to explain it.So, ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on December 2, 2016 8:38 am
  • Little Adam’s Peak
    I was incredibly fortunate, when I woke yesterday without knowing exactly where I was, to discover this sublime view from my bed. I’d arrived in Ella late the night before, from Ratnapura, and without the moon I couldn’t get a sense of the landscape. I was woken at 5am by the birds singing, as well as the shrill cries of the squirrels, who were celebrating daybreak in their own way. I went out onto ... read more
    Source: Discovering TeaPublished on December 2, 2016 5:18 am
  • Blast from the Past: Experimenting with a Samovar
    Given the high number of Russian immigrants in our area of the Pacific Northwest, we recently decided to try out their time-honored way of drinking tea.  We took a trip to a nearby store that sells groceries and kitchen supplies for the Russian community, and purchased ourselves an electric samovar.  The ladies working in the store seemed excited that we were interested in their style of doing things, and gave us enthusiastic instructions in the ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on December 2, 2016 3:00 am
  • Review: Dachi Tea Co. N°8 Scarlet Honey Oolong
    I’ll call this tea “No. 8.” It is the most mysterious, unusually flavored tea I’ve ever tried. A true testament to the versatility of oolongs. The smell, even in the package was tangy…fruity and floral with strong notes of pineapple. I brewed it in boiling water for two minutes and got an elegant, sweet, cup that sent me back to my childhood and a drink called “Hawaiian Punch.” (Apparently they still make it, but I ... read more
    Source: Teaviews.comPublished on December 1, 2016 11:27 pm
  • Friday Round Up: November 27th – December 3rd
    Google Is a Lazy Co-Author+Robert Godden isn't one to sugarcoat his feelings, especially when it comes to something related to tea. In this week's blog post he highlights the myths that are perpetually repeated in tea books. This is one of my biggest pet peeves so we're definitely in agreement here.5 of the Best Chai Brands You Should Try Tis' the season for chai. +Lu Ann Pannunzio put together a great list of some of her favorites. I never got ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on December 1, 2016 11:00 pm
  • What Blogs to Read This Month in Tea // November Round Up
    It’s officially my favourite (and busiest) month of the year! Aside from the holidays, December is filled with family/friends birthdays and we can’t forget about December 15 – International Tea Day! If you’re subscribed to my newsletter then you may have downloaded the tea themed calendar I created last year for 2016. I’m currently working on a 2017 version that should be in your inboxes in the next couple of weeks. That tea date and ... read more
    Source: The Cup of LifePublished on December 1, 2016 8:42 pm
  • Random Notes on Decent Drinkers
    Over the past year or so I’ve tried a number of teas that really are quite good, but they didn’t yield much creativity for me in terms of writing for this blog. Mostly I write on whatever I think is remarkable or a curiosity. But I’m sure you’ll agree that while we all want very good teas in our collection, we still have many which are more daily drinker teas. Some of these are very ... read more
    Source: Cwyn’s Death By TeaPublished on December 1, 2016 6:40 pm
  • 2016 Yunnan Sourcing Mangfei — TeaDB James InBetweenIsode Episode #113
    A review of a very affordable, strong young pu’erh from Yunnan Sourcing. ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on December 1, 2016 12:00 pm
  • Le dragon fait virevolter les feuilles d’automne
    Ce Chaxi est le même que dans l'article précédent, mais l'ambiance qui s'en dégage est tout autre. Un temps gris et froid a remplacé le soleil. Cela me donne envie de rester à l'intérieur, pour mon cours hebdomadaire de thé.Cette strophe du poème XXVII de Victor Hugo dans 'Les Feuilles d'automne' me semble appropriée. Au lieu d'aller voyager, Hugo rêve des endroits où il a envie d'aller:Et je rêve! Et jamais villes impérialesN'éclipseront ce rêve ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on December 1, 2016 7:22 am
  • Tea and Travel: Finding Comfort in Tea While Abroad
    If you were given the chance to live abroad for a year, would you take it? My response was an absolute yes. It was a no-brainer decision when my husband was offered the chance to move to Dublin, Ireland for work. As avid travelers, we looked at this move as a chance to explore new places and cultures. There’s always something different to see, smell, hear, or taste. We would have Europe at ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on December 1, 2016 3:00 am
  • When is the best time to start drinking a tea
    Here are a few questions from a dear customer recently, I thought I had written related topic since it is some of the more frequent asked questions, but I couldn't find it in my blog,  it must be in the emails.  I should have this written down for good. Here we go.***How do single tree dancongs like your private stash develop with time? More specifically, is it preferable to let them rest for some time after ... read more
    Source: Tea ObsessionPublished on November 30, 2016 4:14 pm
  • Denong Tea 2015 Early Spring Harvest Enchanting Beauty Raw Pu-erh
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: varied greens and brownsIngredients: puerh teaSteep time: 10 secondsWater Temperature: 185 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: deep goldI first discovered Denong Tea at their World Tea Expo booth earlier this year. It had been quite a stressful day with surprisingly little tea consumed. I was instantly revived as soon as I took a sip of their Enchanting Beauty. It was love at first taste. I loved it so much that I told everyone ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on November 30, 2016 11:00 am
  • Which Tea Of The Month Program Should You Join?
    You know you love tea. You’ve found your favorites and you can’t imagine your day without a cup or two. But do you know how to find new teas? After all, you could find your new favorite blend or single-origin tea in the next cup you try! To help you discover awesome teas you might not have tried otherwise, we have our Tea of the Month program. Choose between our three-month, six-month, and yearlong plan ... read more
    Source: ArtOfTeaPublished on November 30, 2016 9:00 am
  • Tea Basics: Why You Should Drink Loose Leaf Tea
    If you’re someone who drinks tea for its health benefits and/or aroma and flavor, you might want to think twice the next time you go to grab those convenient tea bags you purchased because they were the cheapest and most convenient option. Tea leaves need space to steep to their fullest potential. Being wrapped up in a small bag keeps them from delivering the best flavor and quality that tea has to offer. Loose leaf ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on November 30, 2016 3:00 am
  • Things you should know about Matcha
    Ever wondered why Matcha is the new “it beverage ”? The new “it beverage” you’ve seen as shots, lattes or delicious pastries… So, why is it so popular? My personal answer is: “It’s bitter, and it’s sweet, just the way life is” …also, it’s healthy, gives you a caffeine kick and doesn’t make you crash the way coffee does, at least not me! Not all Matcha is equal, when it comes to the taste, the ... read more
    Source: Humble Tea LeafPublished on November 30, 2016 2:42 am
  • Is Dayi or Xiaguan worth it?
    So reader Serg asked in my fake Dayi post if it’s worth it to navigate through the sea of offerings on something like Taobao looking for real Dayi or Xiaguan teas. There are actually two parts to this question – the first is if it’s worth it to navigate it through the sea of fakes, and the second is if something like Dayi or Xiaguan is inherently worth it. First of all, buying teas off ... read more
    Source: A Tea Addict’s JournalPublished on November 30, 2016 2:06 am
  • Tea – Should it be in your survival kit?
    UK survival expert John Hudson has a lot to say about how to survive in the wilds. The star of the Discovery Channel series, ‘Dude, You’re Screwed,’ has survived the elements in the cold seas off the British Coast, in the snows of the Arctic circle, in Asian and Central American Jungles, and in the high altitudes of the Atacama desert. Although yet to venture off-grid in New Zealand, he offers a unique message ... read more
    Source: REVOLUZZION: The Voice of TeaPublished on November 29, 2016 6:55 pm
  • Tea Review: Lupicia Holiday Tea Selection
    Lupicia has a very special place in my tea journey. I vividly remember the day I entered into Lupicia store in Kyoto in 2011 just like yesterday. I was like a kid in a candy store. I did not know where to start since there were hundreds of different types of teas. Nowadays I don’t drink as much flavored tea as I used to drink back then. Yet whenever I long for flavored teas ... read more
    Source: ChapediaPublished on November 29, 2016 1:28 pm
  • Ruling Halts Overtime
    Twenty states that objected to new federal overtime rules were granted their wish Tuesday when a judge prevented the U.S. Department of Labor from requiring businesses to pay time-and-a-half to employees who worked more than 40 hours a week and earned less than $47,476 per year. The rules would have applied to an estimated 4.2 million workers, including many in foodservice. Salaried workers who thought they were going to be […] The post Ruling Halts ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on November 29, 2016 11:48 am
  • Sugar’s Calories May Serve as Destressor
    The beverage industry has been increasingly replacing sugar with non-nutritive sweeteners in its products to control or reduce total calories. It turns out it’s the calories in sugar that may be what reduces acute stress. A study comparing the effects of sugar and non-nutritive sweeteners on an individual’s emotional state explored whether these two types of sweeteners influenced the emotional state of tea drinkers under stress. “Tea-induced calmness: Sugar-sweetened tea […] The post Sugar’s Calories ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on November 29, 2016 11:46 am
  • The Coffee-ization of Tea
    Christine Muhlke writing in GQ this month suggests “your next coffee should actually be tea.” “About a decade ago, when cafés and coffee roasters became obsessed with bean origin, ideal milk temperature, and mouthfeel, ordering coffee began to seem like a lifestyle choice—a development tolerable only because the coffee itself got way, way better,” she wrote, adding, “Now, we’re seeing the same thing happen to tea, with an explosion of […] The post The Coffee-ization ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on November 29, 2016 11:35 am
  • Qi Aerista Smart Brewer Funded
    Rick Ha and Karen Wan brought their prototype smart brewer to World Tea Expo last June as one of the final steps prior to launching a crowd-funding campaign. They were delighted that the Qi Aerista Smart Tea Maker was named a finalist in both Innovation and the Brewing Gear categories because of its app-controlled ability to brew a range of teas from delicate green to Russian black. It even cold-brews […] The post Qi Aerista ... read more
    Source: WorldTeaNews.comPublished on November 29, 2016 11:17 am
  • 5 of the Best Chai Brands You Should Try
    Let’s be real for a moment. I don’t always make myself a cup of masala chai from scratch. While I do know that it’s incredibly satisfying and delicious to drink a warm cuppa that I know was made entirely by me, there are many days I just want to use a tea that is already blended for my convenience. There is no doubt that I love masala chai. It’s always a favourite when the colder ... read more
    Source: The Tea Cup of LifePublished on November 29, 2016 10:57 am
  • Mid-2000s Liubao [Episode 186]
    Some mid 2000s Liubao (Heicha) sent to James by a private Malaysian collector. ... read more
    Source: TeaDBPublished on November 29, 2016 9:39 am
  • Rishouen Tea
    After my trip sponsored by JETRO, I still had time for more tea tourism. I visited Rishouen Tea in Uji city. They were the first to invite me by email, once I had announced that I would be going to Japan. Rishouen tea company sells premium Japanese tea for businesses and the general public, both in Japan and internationally. The company was founded in 1947 by Giichirou Kagata in Uji. Now it’s run by Kouji ... read more
    Source: My Japanese Green TeaPublished on November 29, 2016 8:57 am
  • My tea gift for Christmas 2016
    The Christmas season provides a great opportunity to share the joy of tea with friends and family. But what is a good tea to introduce others (or oneself) to real, natural high quality tea?This Jinxuan Oolong from Zhushan from spring 2016 is, imo, a very good choice. It has fresh, flowery aromas similar to the popular high mountain Oolong. The taste is mellow, almost sweet and long lasting. It's rather easy to brew and not ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on November 29, 2016 7:11 am
  • The Benefits of Holy Basil
    Ginger spiked tea with a few leaves of Holy Basil added to it is something I distinctly remember as a part of those days during my growing-up years when I could sense the beginning of an irritating cough or needed an urgent relief to the blocked nasal passage. In fact, the “Queen of Herbs” also known as Holy Basil or Tulsi is an integral part of the average Indian household and grown in earthen pots ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on November 29, 2016 3:00 am
  • Tippy’s Tea of the Month: Longjing
      Dearies I know we’ve talked about Green Teas quite a bit, but there is one in particular that is a Chinese staple with an interesting story, Longjing. This tea’s name translates to ‘dragon well’, and is grown only in China’s Zhejiang province. Why is this well-loved tea called Dragon Well? It all goes back to the legend! There are actually a few different versions of the legend, but in my favorite version, a Taoist ... read more
    Source: The Lovely TeacupPublished on November 28, 2016 11:41 am
  • Dong Ding Farmer and Tea: He Refused To Sell A Tea
    Before I went to Dong Ding Mountain, my friend warned me that the farmer would refuse to sell tea if he thinks the person doesn't understand his tea.After I tasted 7 of his Dong Ding Oolongs, I settled with #3 Dong Ding. While they were packing my order, my mother and I went to get our luggage ready. "His tea is pretty good, right?" my mother asked. "Yes, I like it." "Then I should buy some for your uncle. ... read more
    Source: Floating LeavesPublished on November 28, 2016 11:08 am
  • Le guide-cadeau du temps des fêtes
    Le décompte est commencé : plus que quelques semaines avant le temps des fêtes! Nous vous avons concocté un guide-cadeau rempli de suggestions originales, pour tous les goûts et tous les budgets. Moins de temps à courir les boutiques à la recherche du cadeau idéal, plus de temps pour profiter de moments en famille. Pour la mère qu’on veut gâter : Théière Mme Zhang Tasse anglaise de la collection centenaire de Royal Albert 1910 ... read more
    Source: Blogue du dégustateur de théPublished on November 28, 2016 9:15 am
  • Going Green for Beauty
    Green tea is probably the healthiest thing you can drink: it supports the process of weight loss with its fat burning properties, it is filled with antioxidants, it improves blood flow and lowers cholesterol levels, while its L-theanine has a calming effect. Obviously, there are numerous health benefits to consuming green tea, but what about using it as a natural remedy in your beauty routine?  No doubt at all: green tea combined with other ingredients ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on November 28, 2016 3:00 am
  • Review: Organic India Tulsi Lemon Ginger Tea
    Organic India began working with individual farmers in northern India that grew organic Tulsi. They have quickly grown into a large company that offers a wide variety of Tulsi teas as well as a variety of Indian spices. What is Tulsi? It is an herb often known as Holy Basil. This is not a basil plant as we know it in Italian cooking. It is a unique herb with a unique flavor. It is considered ... read more
    Source: Teaviews.comPublished on November 28, 2016 12:33 am
  • Tea with Samorost 3
    As a card carrying costal liberal, I've had much cause to retreat into imaginary realms these days.   Even though I have a full VR headset, I still love my flat screen games that doesn't involve shooting zombie hordes or being a space pirate.My current favorite is the exquisitely detailed microworld of Samorost 3.  I made it to the tree root planet where a tree root wizard served a milky tea to my character- a ... read more
    Source: Tea ClosetPublished on November 27, 2016 10:54 pm
  • 2006 Mengku Pu erh Shou Brick
    Ripe or shou pu erh tea is my 'turn to' tea in the evenings when I have a tea session.  The earthy, aromatic smoothness of the tea remains one of my favorite Chinese tea.  I had not been blogging about ripe tea in the recent months as I had been revisiting and opened ripe cakes and bricks which I had written in this blog over the years.  I recently opened a 2006 Mengku ripe brick. ... read more
    Source: travelling teapotPublished on November 27, 2016 9:26 pm
  • Pictures in the Park(s)
    Source: Cha Bei — 茶 杯Published on November 27, 2016 7:48 pm
  • The Great Tea Debate: Oxidation vs Fermentation
    When I first started drinking tea everyone referred to the changes that occur in tea during processing as fermentation. It has become a bit of a raging debate as to whether oxidation is accurate. Since this is my first science themed journal, I thought it would be a good time to tackle this issue. Now, what exactly do these terms mean? Fermentation is a metabolic process where sugar is converted into acids, gasses, and alcohol. It ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on November 27, 2016 11:00 am
  • Cold brewed tea – plain and simple
    We have shown you how easy it is to prepare cold brewed tea here. Now we share some recommendations from The Steepery Tea Co’s tea collection that make excellent choices for iced tea. These particular loose-leaf teas are aromatic and flavourful suitable for enjoying plain and simply.   White Tea White Peony Tasting notes: Velvety | Stone Fruit | Floral   Green Tea Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls Tasting notes: Fresh | Sweet ... read more
    Source: The SteeperyPublished on November 27, 2016 4:57 am
  • Jingmai Miyun 2016
    Nel mese di settembre ho comprato da Bannacha un paio di campioni di uno sheng prodotto proprio in questa primavera, quindi giovanissimo. Questo Pu Erh, chiamato Jingmai Miyun, è stato prodotto dagli stessi proprietari del sito usando materiale proveniente appunto da Jingmai. Non è la prima volta che acquisto da Bannacha perchè già lo scorso Gennaio avevo acquistato dei tè da loro ma purtroppo in quel periodo non ne scrissi sul blog, per fortuna però ... read more
    Source: Quello che mi passa per la tazzaPublished on November 27, 2016 2:17 am
  • Toraya Cafe – Kyoto
    Beautiful views of the interior garden at the Toraya CafeOne of my favorite experiences while in Kyoto was wandering little streets, with my dear friend AM, and discovering the Toraya Cafe (Toraya Karyo Kyoto Ichijo). Returning to this little piece of heaven is a must-do the next time I visit. I had known of Toraya, a famous maker of Japanese confections and tea sweets, from my tea studies. The company has been around since the 16th ... read more
    Source: Steph’s Cup of TeaPublished on November 26, 2016 5:11 pm
  • Time to open some Shu Pu .. two cakes
    With all of our extended family visiting we are consuming Pu-Er at a prodigious rate. Jean self promoted to “Tea Boss” took auntie under tutelage. First lesson: “Best not to use Pa Pa’s teabowl. ... read more
    Source: Cha Bei — 茶 杯Published on November 26, 2016 2:45 pm
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    Source: Cha Bei — 茶 杯Published on November 26, 2016 1:52 pm
  • Saturday Morning Tea
    Good morning, dear tea friends! A heavy dampness hangs over this late fall morning, and I eagerly reach for my glass teapot to start my morning tea ritual. Today I’ve chosen a rich, fruity selection from Nepal. This tea is from the Mist Valley Estate, located at an elevation of 4,200 feet in Jitpur, Ilam […] ... read more
    Source: Art and TeaPublished on November 26, 2016 9:29 am
  • Cours de puerh cru
    Qingbing de Lincang de puerh cru sauvage de 2006Les fêtes de fin d'année approchent à grande vitesse. C'est le moment de déguster des thés exceptionnels comme mon puerh cru sauvage de Lincang de 2006. Je suis allé puisé cette galette dans ma réserve personnelle cadenassée à double tour! Elle faite avec des feuilles d'arbres sauvages plusieurs fois centenaires, de haute montagne. Ces feuilles furent triées pour n'utiliser que les grades les plus fins et une ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on November 26, 2016 7:35 am
  • Friday Round Up: November 20th – November 26th
    In Search of Japanese TeawareMy dear friend +Jo J casually mentioned in chat one day that she was in Japan. My reaction was somewhere along the lines of, "Say what!". I've been eagerly awaiting to here about her adventures there and this week's post is exactly what I wanted to hear.World O-Cha festival 2016Speaking of Japan, Florent at Japanese Tea Sommelier gave us a report of his experiences at what sounds like an amazing event. It's held ... read more
    Source: Tea For Me PleasePublished on November 25, 2016 11:00 am
  • Blue and green
    Blue and green are my favourite colours. Blue, because the sea has been very important to me, and the island in Brittany where I spent all my childhood summers taught me a lot about life. The blue that comes and goes with the tides, a blue that turns green then brown when the tide goes out, the blue of the swollen sea, the blue of Brittany’s skies (though there are those who love its ... read more
    Source: Discovering TeaPublished on November 25, 2016 9:19 am
  • Happy Thanksgiving 2016!
    More than ever, in this rapidly changing world, I want to say thank you to all of you who start, continue, or come back to follow my tea blog. Your interest and support are phenomenal. I am so grateful to you all who make it possible that I live (from) my tea passion. Striving to find the best leaves and teaching you how to get the most out of them is my mission and responsibility. ... read more
    Source: Tea MastersPublished on November 25, 2016 7:55 am
  • Giving Tuesday
    Holiday season seems to be the time to focus on gifts. Kat’s got her long list of friends and family that you need to get gifts for, and she’s been hunting for the perfect gift for everyone. Now is the time when I start to gently remind her that she needs to consider her charitable donations as well. We’re spending so much time and effort on family and friends, but what about organizations that ... read more
    Source: The Lovely TeacupPublished on November 24, 2016 9:00 pm
  • Thanksgiving Blessings
    Those of us living in the U.S know the sense of fear and foreboding that has reached epidemic proportions. Truth is, it’s a scary time in the world as people suffer around the globe.  At this time of Thanksgiving however, let’s lift our cup of tea and focus our energies on our blessings. We can begin with the simple cup of tea. Despite struggles around the world due to climate change, bigotry, war, or ... read more
    Source: T ChingPublished on November 24, 2016 7:00 am
  • 7,000 Years of History
    The history of Korean ceramics dates all the way back to 5000BC with early earthenware pottery. With over seven thousand years of practice, it’s no wonder they are considered some of the finest artists around!Combining influences from Japanese styles and Chinese techniques like kiln firing, Korean pottery saw drastic changes which led to distinct styles during the Silla period, as well as the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties. The last of these, spanning from 1392 to ... read more
    Source: Wooree Tea StoriesPublished on November 23, 2016 8:11 pm
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