Global Tea Hut May 2014 - Golden Vajra

My first shipment from Global Tea Hut, an awesome Autumn red tea from Yunnan.

Socially Speaking: Adagio Tea's Twitter

A case study of a tea brand who I think does Twitter the right way.

Growing Tea in New Jersey?

My foray into growing Camellia Sinensis in New Jersey.

World Tea Expo 2014: Day 2

My first World Tea Expo! I had an amazing time in Long Beach.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Reader Survey: What Would You Like to See Here?

There other day I asked on Twitter what questions people had about tea that they would like to see answered in a blog post. I got some really awesome responses (thanks guys!) but I thought that I would post it here too for those of you that are tweet-less. What would you like to see here on +Tea for Me Please? Is there a tea topic you'd like to know more about? Give me your feedback! Readers are what keep this blog running so keep those comments and emails coming. I love hearing from you all.

Life has been a bit crazy lately but I'm working on getting back on track with my monthly podcast and email newsletter. My boyfriend and I will be moving in together towards the end of next month. He knows I love tea but I'm not sure he's quite prepared for how deep my obsession with the leaf really is. I'll be sure to share what me new tea set up looks like once we are settled in. :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Misty Peak Teas 2013 Sheng Yiwu Mtn Autumn Pu'er

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: compressed
Ingredients: puerh tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: orangish gold

Yiwu is probably my favorite mountain for puerh but the good stuff is getting harder to find these days. All of the offerings +Misty Peak Teas are hand made from start to finish by the Bin family. This is a bit unusual in the world of puerh so I was excited to give this tea a go. My sample had been broken off of a cake but the dry leaf was mostly whole and had a nice shine to it. The taste had the sweetness that I've come to expect of Yiwu but there was also a robust, brightly astringent quality to it. Part of that may be because this is an autumn harvest. There was some interesting fruity notes that helped break things up a bit. Although it had a lot of strength, it's not as funky as I was expecting. The flavors stayed true right up until the end and I must admit that I gave out before the tea did. I'm really tempted to indulge in an entire tong of this tea. Maybe once there's some room in the tea budget...

2013 Sheng Yiwu Mtn Autumn Pu'er sample provided by Misty Peak Teas.

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Gift of Shou


One of the advantages of managing a tea house is that I now have a place where I can meet up with tea friends on a regular basis. Sometimes those meetings are unexpected. Last Saturday I was pleasantly surprised to see +Payton Swick from the excellent blog Someteawith.me. We had several mutual friends in common and it was great to have a chance to talk shop. He was kind enough to share a bit of 1995 shou puerh that he had obtained on a trip to China. When I brewed it the tea was inky dark but surprisingly light and sweet tasting. On a hot summer day, it was exactly what I needed to recharge.

This was a great reminder that I don't give cooked puerh enough credit. I lean much more towards sheng but shou can be delicious it is own right. This was a great day at the tea house because not only did I get to meet Payton but +Mario Nicholas+Chante Ramsey and Lisa from Chambre de Sucre stopped by.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Lochan Tea Doke Silver Needle 2014

Country of Origin: India
Leaf Appearance: large, silvery needles covered in downy hair
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 5 minutes
Water Temperature: 175 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: gold

I have been itching to try this tea for the longest time. +Lochan Tea Limited has a reputation for making some really amazing teas at their Doke Farm in Bihar, India. Their Rolling Thunder is one of my favorites so I was really excited to dig in. The dry leaves were quite large and super fuzzy. I didn't quite become Lenny from Of Mice and Men but they were unbelievably soft to the touch. I was expecting the taste to be similar to a typical Bai Hao Yin Zhen but this was a whole other animal. It was creamy and nutty with a really pleasant fruitiness. There was also just a hint of floral lingering in the finish. I was having a very bad day at this point and this tea completely made me forget about everything. My day turned around shortly after that. It definitely must have been the tea :)

Doke Silver Needle sample provided by Lochan Tea.