Non Fiction for Tea Lovers

Some of my favorite tea themed reads

White2Tea Old Arbor vs Plantation

A comparatiive tasting of two raw puerhs

The Trouble with Dr. Oz

A rant about why I wish Dr. Oz would be more responsible

Interview with Misty Peaks Tea

Nicholas tells me about how he discovered the Bin family

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Round Up - September 14th through September 19th

Just My Cup of Tea: unBEARably cute
Books and Tea had a post last week that really caught my attention. She read A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson and paired it with some adorable bear themed teacups.

How to Tea: Cold Brewing
Lu Ann from The Cup of Life tells us all about how to cold brew tea. It's one my favorite methods, mostly because it's so darned easy.

Teaspoons at the Table: Campfire Tea Ice Cream Sandwiches
+Alexis Siemons never fails to come up a recipe that makes me want to eat my computer screen. Lapsang Souchong infused butter comes together with ice cream for a smokey and sweet treat.

Tea of the Week: Sunflower's Jasmine Tea
Talk about a blast from the past! Bonnie from Thirsty for Tea recently wrote about a tea that I think has graced every tea lover's shelves. Who doesn't recognize that classic yellow tin?

Mountain Tea
My friend +Robert Godden of +The Devotea shared a funny story about the trials and tribulations of trying to get a cup of tea in Calgary.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Global Tea Hut August 2014 - Kingfisher Jade

+Global Tea Hut has a major advantage when it comes to sourcing because they are based in Taiwan. That puts them right in the heart of oolong territory. There are three main varieties, called the three daughters. I've tried plenty of Jing Shuan and Si Ji Chun but I've never tried a Tsui Yu, also known as Kingfisher Jade. I find myself looking forward to these monthly shipments more and more. In part it is because it is the one tea I don't do a formal review of. In part it is because I love feeling connected to a community of tea lovers. Another part is that I really, really love seeing what the tea gift will be. I feel like a little kid on Christmas morning whenever the package arrives.

This month's surprise was a set of Chinese medicine stones. They are placed directly into the kettle so that they will soften and purify the water for tea. I've heard of bamboo charcoal being used for this purposed but these were basically volcanic rocks. I don't have the set up to do a double tasting with and without the rocks so I decided to alternate with each infusion. While it was a less than perfect method, I was definitely able to discern the difference. The taste was softer and rounder, even the color of the liquor was slightly different. For this tea, it really helped to bring out the sweet floral qualities. There were some vegetal notes but it remained very smooth, especially on the infusions when I used the stones.

I did a lot of experimenting with teas that I am familiar with in the weeks that followed. For some teas, it visibly improved the taste. For others, I felt that it dampened some of my favorite parts. I eventually took the stones out but I'll definitely be playing with them from time to time. It's a bit silly but I also found that I really enjoyed the clinking sound they made whenever the water came to a boil.

This tea was received as part of a Global Tea Hut subscription.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

On The Daily Tea: A Beginner's Guide to Yellow Tea

Yellow tea is probably the one category of tea that most tea drinkers are unfamiliar with. In my latest article for +The Daily Tea I explain how it is processed as well as how to brew it. Do you have a favorite yellow tea? Tell me about it in the comments!

A Beginner's Guide to Yellow Tea

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Just When I Thought That I Had Things Figured Out...

Just when I thought that things figured out, my life has gone all topsy turvey on me again. I announced just a few weeks ago that I had started working at David's Tea. Not long after, a nearby fire severely damaged the location that I was working at. Being out of a job for 9 to 12 weeks was just not an option so I had to look for other opportunities. Having spent the better part of this year applying to every tea company under the sun, I was not looking forward to pounding pavement again. As luck would have it, one found me on LinkedIn in the form of a recruiter for Kusmi Tea.

Starting in October I'll be working in a new shop for their sister brand, Løv Organic, in the Gansevoort Market. They specialize in premium organic teas and herbal infusions. I'm really excited to be part of their launch here in the U.S. Another new chapter has started and much sooner than I thought. Tea has been my passion for so long and this year it was goal to turn that passion into something more. I feel blessed to have had the opportunities that I've had so far. I'm also incredibly grateful for all of the support I've received from friends in the tea community. Their words of encouragement were all that kept me going some days.