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Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Round Up: January 25th - January 31st

Japanese Green Tea in Flux
+Ricardo Caicedo hosted an interesting guest post on his blog about the state of the tea industry in Japan. While U.S. tea drinkers have become more interested in higher quality Japanese teas, it seems that they are experiencing the opposite affect locally.

Fujian Face-Off! Lapsang Souchong vs Jin Jun Mei
+Geoffrey Norman is a bit of a regular in the Friday Round Up lately. I can't help it, I just love his mix of humor or tea knowledge.

She and He and Tea
+Robert Godden penned a very thought provoking post on gender issues in tea. It was uncharacteristically on topic and not quite as ranty as I had hoped :)

Afternoon Tea at The Palm Court
I love reading multiple perspectives, especially when it's tea friends like +Jee Choe and +Georgia Silvera Seamans. Notes On Tea and Oh, How Civilized is how you might usually know them. Believe it or not, I have never been tea at the Plaza even though I technically work there.

Shoes & Tea
+Darlene Meyers-Perry always has a wonderful sense of aesthetic and she's a girl after my own heart when it comes to certain things, like shoes! In this short but sweet post she pairs shoes with teaware.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Announcing the New Tea for Me Please Newsletter!

I've dropped a few hints but I'm finally ready to announce some big changes to my email newsletter. For the past few years I've sent out monthly emails with curated links and blog recommendations. I've gotten great feedback from many of you on those but the Friday Round Up seems to have mostly taken its place. After racking my brain on what to do, I finally came up with an answer. My newsletter is transitioning to a quarterly journal.

Every January, April, July and October subscribers will receive access to a high quality PDF chock full of articles on tea. Each issue will have a different theme and I'll be kicking everything off with puerh. There are articles from my friends at +Misty Peak Teas+JalamTeas+Crimson Lotus Tea and even some things from yours truly.

For those that are already subscribed, it will delivered to your inbox on January 31st. If you haven't signed up yet, what are you waiting for? Just use the form below to sign up.

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Podcast Episode 12: How to Make a Stovetop Chai Latte

I'm determined to stay on top of the podcast in 2015 so I'm publishing January's episode just in the nick of time. A few of you have asked me about how to make a chai latte. In my newest podcast episode, I show a method that I've been using for years. It's relatively foolproof so don't like the stovetop part scare you! In case you'd like to get your hands on the chai that I used in the video, check out my review of Yogic Chai Original Masala Chai.

Don't forget to subscribe in iTunes! I'd love it if you could take the time to leave a review of the podcast there :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Global Tea Hut - December 2014: Old Man Camphor

I so look forward to my Global Tea Hut every month. It often seems like I'm always drinking teas for reviews but this is the one tea that I set aside just for me to enjoy. I usually do a write up with pictures here but its nice to take a break from the usual formalities. December's shipment included a very nice Christmas card and a group photo of +Wu De and the gang.

I've become quite a puerh obsessive the last few years but I'm definitely much more of a sheng person. That being said, I really enjoyed this seasonally appropriate selection. Old Man Camphor certainly lived up to its name. It was dark and earthy with a lot of natural sweetness. The mouth-feel was surprisingly smooth and silky. The magazine was packed with useful information as always. I particularly enjoyed the article on puerh leaf grading. Several articles focused on tea gatherings and it really got me thinking. I'd love to have similar gatherings here in New Jersey or NYC. I think I might make that part of my tea related resolutions for 2015.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Golden Tips Tea Halmari Gold Assam Black Tea Second Flush 2014

Golden Tips Tea Halmari Gold Assam Black Tea Second Flush 2014
Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: small, twisted with lots of golden tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time:  5 minutes
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Teamaker
Liquor: amber

This tea has got to be the prettiest Assam that I've ever seen. If I didn't know any better, I'd think that it was from Fujian. The taste was full bodied and complex with a bright, refreshing astringency. It had the maltiness that Assam black teas are known for along with notes of fruit and dark chocolate. It's on the pricey side but definitely worth the try if you are a fan of teas from this region. It could probably take milk and sugar if you wanted to but I highly recommend trying this tea unadulterated first. As always, I love the depth of information provided by +Golden Tips Tea Co Pvt Ltd. The estate name, date of harvest, harvest season and grade were provided for every tea that they've sent me a sample of. I appreciate this so much! There are so many in the tea industry who mark their tea simply as Assam. This shows that they do not know where the tea that they sell comes from. It's also deceptive because the consumer has no idea how old the tea is.

Halmari Gold Assam Black Tea Second Flush 2014 sample provided by Golden Tips Tea.

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