Monday, May 22, 2017

How Long Have People Been Drinking Tea?


When I got into tea one of the first stories that really grabbed my imagination was that of Shennong. Who doesn't love the idea of a mythical horned emperor accidentally discovering the beverage that changed the world? Some versions say that a Camellia Sinensis leaf fell into his mouth while others say that it fell into some boiling water. This event occurred at the oddly specific time period of 2437 B.C. It is fairly unlikely that a single raw leaf would add much taste, let alone cure the 70+ poisons that he supposedly ingested. Nevertheless, the fable does lead one to wonder, how long people have been drinking tea?

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Round Up: May 14th - May 20th


White2Tea & The Post Truth Era of Puerh
MattCha's Blog made some interesting observations about how the puerh landscape has changed over the last couple of years. I'm not sure I agree with the political correlations but there are a lot of good points made.

The Efficiency of Machines vs Our Preference of Taste
Tyas at The Tea Crane Blog pontificated a bit on how the use of machines has changed the way that Japanese green teas taste. Having had the privilege of trying some lightly oxidized selections, I can say that we share a similar preference.

Hello old friend...
+Courtney M. Powers wrote about a tea that I remember fondly. We enjoyed it many moons ago at World Tea East in Philadelphia. Talk about a blast from the past!

15 of the Best Tea Advice & Tips for Your Tea Journey
+Lu Ann Pannunzio collected some great advice from tea bloggers, vendors, and tea drinkers. You might even see a tip from yours truly.

Creating Your Own Tea Oasis
+Rachana Rachel Carter has put together an amazing oasis of relaxation around her tea tray. Check out this weeks post for a guide to making your own place to relax and enjoy tea.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Adagio Teas Hunan Gold


Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, curled with scattered golden tips
Ingredients: yellow tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: glass gaiwan
Liquor: deep gold

+Adagio Teas recently sent me a gift certificate. After sifting through their site for a bit I was really excited to stumble upon a yellow tea. This one hails from the Hunan Province of China. Although it is categorized on their site as green tea, the processing differentiates it from being a true green tea. After the "kill green" step the leaves are wrapped in material, usually paper or cloth. This is repeated several times with the leaves being dried in between.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Book Review: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See


I had heard about this book quite a long time ago and I was so excited by very the idea of it. A fiction novel based in Yunnan is right up my alley, especially if tea is involved. The author, Lisa See, did a ton of research and incorporated many real life aspects of the tea industry into her story. She even went so far as to travel there with Linda Louie of Bana Tea Company in 2014. Her efforts paid off because everything that the main character experienced felt very authentic.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Round Up: May 7th - May 13th

The Correlation Between Puer and Cat People
Cody at The Oolong Drunk conducted an informal study that confirmed my own suspicions. A lot of tea people are also cat people! That makes them doubly awesome. 😊

All About Aroma
+sara shacket tackled a bit of the science behind how we experience aromas in tea and then put to use tasting a Dan Cong oolong. I'm a bit lazy about using aroma cups but it's always worth the extra trouble for this kind of tea.

Arbor Teas' Silver Needle
Michelle at One More Steep wrote a detailed review of Silver Needle. I reviewed a lot of teas from this company when I first got started blogging. This is a great reminder to revisit their offerings.

Pursuing the Moon and Good Tea: A Conversation with Nihoncha Instructor Tyas Sōsen
Jordan Hardin is fast becoming one of my favorite contributors to World of Tea. This week he shared an in-depth interview with fellow blogger and Japanese tea seller Tyas of The Tea Crane.

Puerh Tea Headlines Spring 2017 Edition
+Cwyn N's brand of tea humor always makes my day. This post reminds me the old Headlines segment on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Jalam Teas Bang Pun Unfermented Puerh

Jalam Teas Bang Pun Unfermented Puerh

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: loosely compressed, mixed greens and browns with visible buds
Ingredients: puerh tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: deep gold


I have a treasure hoard full of mini puerh cakes from +JalamTeas that I guard as though I were Smaug on Lonely Mountain. Only less violent...maybe. There are some posts coming down the pipeline that will group several teas from similar regions in Yunnan but in the meantime, I wanted to share this gem with you all. It was sent out to subscribers just after I moved into my apartment back in 2014. Time flies when you're having fun but the wonderful thing about puerh is that it is actually better to let it sit around for a bit.