Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Roundup: February 11th - February 17th

The Phoenix Collection: Tea with David Lee Hoffman

Last week's roundup featured a post from The Tea Squirrel that reported her experience tasting tea with David Lee Hoffman. Now you've all got to read this perspective from Mike at The Tea Letter! I loved getting to see some of the tea museum.

Zealong - Oolong from New Zealand!

Cody at The Oolong Drunk did a tasting with a wonderful tea that I have not had in years. Zealong is some seriously good stuff and his post made me want to hunt some down. It's definitely amazing that they manage to make a tea that is so close to a high mountain oolong from Taiwan.

2018 TRIP: Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms' Tea Tour Recap

Connie at Tea in Spoons is adventuring in Japan and this week we get the first taste of her experiences. I can't imagine the excitement she must have felt traveling the winding road to the fields and picking her own tea leaves.

White2Tea's 200X Wuliang

There are few things I love more than discovering new tea blogs. The more the merrier! I recently discovered a blog called The Mellified Cup and I've very much been enjoying their posts. Check out this short and sweet review of a funky aged sheng.

Toronto Tea Festival Highlights

Mel over at Mel Had Tea shared a beautifully photographed collection of highlights from the Toronto Tea Festival. I'm so glad that she mentioned the food because I just had a conversation with a friend about how much good eats there are in Toronto.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Seven Cups Da Hong Pao 2017

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, somewhat twisted
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: deep reddish brown

As many of you know, I'm a bit of a Seven Cups fangirl. Their videos on YouTube and iTunes were a huge part of my early tea education. I'm still obsessed with their Huang Zhi Xiang, one of the first teas that I really fell in love with. When I had the opportunity to try some of their newest Da Hong Pao from Mr. Liu, I just had to jump on it.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday Roundup: February 4th - February 10th

2018 Tea Outlook

World of Tea shared some predictions for this year from a variety of tea folks, including yours truly. It was an honor to be included among so many industry professionals. I love getting different perspectives like this.

Nepali Tea at the Sunday Tea Tasting

Virginia at Virginia's Pairteas attended a tasting of Nepalese teas at L'Espalier in Boston. As usual, her post is comprehensive and chock full of knowledgeable tidbits. I think we are going to see a lot more from this region in the future.

Toronto Tea Festival 2018 Recap and Thoughts

The Toronto Tea Festival is an event that has been on my tea travel wishlist for several years now. I've decided that 2019 will be the year (once I get through all of my wedding craziness) but for now, I'll have to live vicariously through Lu Ann's recap.

An epic tea tasting with David Lee Hoffman

Anna at The Tea Squirrel wrote about her experience meeting someone who has become a bit of a living legend in the tea world, David Lee Hoffman. She tasted 18 different teas and was understandably tea drunk by the end of it. Talk about epic! Her post reminded me of how much I enjoyed his "camel breath" puerh back in the day.

2010 Kang Yang Chun Liu An Tea from Bana Tea Company

Speaking of tea luminaries, Char at Oolong Owl picked up a dark tea from Bana Tea Company that was made with material selected by tea master Vesper Chan. I would definitely be tempted to buy a whole basket of it. Her notes of musty books sound like it would be right up my alley.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Book Review: A Social History of Tea


The history of the world is intimately tied to the history of tea. For those of us nerds who happen to love both, information tends to be gathered piecemeal. There are few comprehensive resources to feed our quest for knowledge and a lot of misinformation along the way. Jane Pettigrew and Bruce Richardson are two people who definitely know their stuff so I was super excited to dig into this book.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Friday Roundup: January 28th - February 3rd

The Tea Explorer: an Analysis

Rita at Adventures in Tealand shared her analysis of a film I've been dying to see. The Tea Explorer follows Jeff Fuchs, who you might all know from Jalam Teas. It's not available in the U.S. but those lucky enough to attend the Toronto Tea Festival can catch a screening!

Searching for Tea, In Tea Country - The Story

Gabby at Tea End Blog traveled to Cameroon, a country that exports quite a bit of tea. As it turns out very little is actually consumed there. It took some searching but at long last Gabby was able to find some tea.

Tea for the Super Bowl

I'm not one for watching most sports, especially football, but the Super Bowl is a game that I often wind up watching anyway. Sara at Tea Happiness posted some pairings that might help ease my pain a bit. Shou puerh to wash down the greasy snacks sounds like just the ticket.

18 Best Places at Drink Matcha in New York City

Jee at Oh, How Civilized put together a very comprehensive list of all of the best matcha spots in NYC. There are many of my favorites on here but also a few that I need to check out. My favorite place? Setsugekka. It's a must visit!

Adagio Tea' Master Collection

Georgia at Notes on Tea took a thorough look at the Masters Collection offered by Adagio Teas. This a great post to check out for anyone who is considering these teas. Her takeaway echoes much of my own experiences. Gongfu may just be the way to go with some of these teas.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Exploring the Green Teas of Sichuan with Four Seasons Tea Co.



I've been meaning to get this post out for a while now but my backlog is vast. So much tea, such little time! The Teavana location that I worked at finally shut its doors so I'm no longer juggling two jobs. Hopefully, this will give me a lot more free time to get back to what I love doing. Thank you all for hanging with me and still supporting everything I do here on the blog!

Jeff from Four Seasons Tea Co. has been my go-to guy for oolong and fine black teas ever since we were introduced a few years ago. When he emailed letting me know that he just got in some Sichuan green teas I jumped at the chance to give them a try. Rather than review them separately, I thought it might be fun to compare each of the teas in one post. All three teas are actually from the same mountain within Sichuan.