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

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Awesome Tea Creators of YouTube

I'm always on the look out for fun and interesting YouTube videos that revolve around my favorite topic (tea!). Recently I've discovered some folks who are doing really cool things so I thought that I would share them with you. These are channels that I subscribe to and their content is primarily tea oriented. Some are people that I consider close friends, some of them are total strangers. That's the beauty of the internet getting together with tea. It brings us all together :)

I'm sure that there are some people that I missed so let me know in the comments if there is a channel that I should add to this post!

Tea DB
You might remember these guys from when I interviewed them on my podcast. James and Denny definitely hold the record for the most videos made. They're on episode 66! I really enjoy their chemistry and tea nerd tendencies.

Tea Sisters
This channel makes me wish my sister liked tea. Nicolette and Sophia are an adorably dynamic duo who puts together some really creative content.

The Snooty Tea Person
If you love tea puns, I've got the YouTube channel for you. The Snooty Tea Person is best described by her tag line: Answers. Anecdotes. An-tea-oxidants.

Tea Avenger
I originally found Tea Avenger through their Tumblr blog. She's only got a few videos under her belt but I really enjoyed the Tea of the Day features.

Kathy YL Chan
Fellow blogger Kathy YL Chan has put together a series of great instructional videos involving tea. Some of the recipes sound and look absolutely delicious.
Lazy Literatus
Long time tea friend Geoff Norman has made some very entertaining videos where he reviews tea as Batman. Need I say more?

Tea Geek
Tea Geek is the host of a show called Let's Talk Tea. They've had a handful of episodes so far but they've all been very thought provoking.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lochan Tea Doke Black Fusion 2014

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: dark, wiry with golden tips
Ingredients: black tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 205 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain infuser mug
Liquor: dark amber

One thing that I love about the teas that I've tried from +Lochan Tea Limited is that they are never quite what I expected. Of course, I mean that in the best way possible. The dry leaves were mostly whole with some golden tips interspersed. I was surprised to find a depth and complexity that I've never really gotten from an Indian grown black tea before. The taste was robust with notes of molasses, rose and a pleasant bit of maltiness. It wasn't exactly what I would describe as sweet but it had a unique sugary mouth-feel. I drank this on an unusually rainy and windy night and it really hit the spot. Even though this is a fairly full bodied tea I have to strongly suggest giving it a go without any additives. You would be robbing yourself of many of its nuances. There was some astringency but it never crossed the line into bitter or unpleasant.

Doke Black Fusion 2014 sample provided by Lochan Tea.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tea Journeyman Satemwa White Antlers

Country of Origin: Malawi
Leaf Appearance: dark, twiggy
Ingredients: white tea stems
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 185 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: pale amber

Every once in a while I hear about a tea that I am dying to try and this one has definitely been one of those. I met the folks from Satemwa at World Tea Expo and was really impressed by how much they care for their staff. Unfortunately I visited at the end of the last day if the show so the leaves of this tea had been spent. As luck would have it, +Tea Journeyman Shop carries it so I was overjoyed to receive a sample. It is unusual in that it is from Malawi and because it is a white tea that is comprised entirely of stems. The taste was incredibly complex with dominant notes of honey and spice. There was also an interesting vanilla quality that lent a bit of creaminess. At first I was skeptical of the claim that this tea could be brewed five more times but it was really true. It maintained the aroma and flavor profile right up to the very end.

Satemwa White Antlers sample provided by Tea Journeyman.

Monday, August 18, 2014

World Tea Podcast - Episode 7: Tea for Me Please? Of Course!

Last week I was a guest on World Tea Podcast, which is hosted by my Canadian tea friend TJ . He was part of the crazy crew that stayed in the beach house with me at World Tea Expo. We brewed four different kinds of tea, including a Japanese green that he crafted himself while interning at Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms. If you have haven't subscribed to his show in iTunes, you definitely should!