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The Perfect Arnold Palmer

Nothing says summer like ice cold black tea and lemonade

Is It Possible to Decaffeinate Tea?

I try my best to answer an age old question.

What Countries Grow Tea?

Tea can be found in over 60 different countries.

8 Things You Should Do Before Starting a Tea Business

Important tips for getting started in the the tea biz.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Global Tea Hut: July 2015 - Mountain Wind

Wow, I'm really behind on sharing my +Global Tea Hut experiences with you all! Good tea takes time I suppose. The puerhs that they have sent in the past have been some of my favorites so I was excited to see Mountain Wind in this envelope. The leaves were incredibly beautiful, especially as they slowly unfurled in my bowl. One of the most valuable lessons that this subscription has taught me is bringing things back to basics. Fancy equipment is nice but it's easy to get caught up in having "stuff" and the technical mechanics of brewing. At the end of the day all you really need is a bowl, hot water and a handful of leaves.

The taste was vegetal with wonderfully sweet peach notes. There was very little bitterness which was surprising considering how young the tea is the way that it was prepared. This is truly one of those teas that I was that I could purchase more of. The July issue of Tea & Tao Magazine focused on water. Water as the mother of tea was a recurring theme that tied together the many articles inside. Their stories of gathering water from mountain streams really made me wish that I lived near such a source.

It's tempting to hoard these leaves for a special occasion but I know better than that. I'll be planning a session to finish them soon, perhaps outdoors. I've been meaning to have some tea by the water so this is a good incentive to finally do it.

You can find out more about Global Tea Hut here.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Happy Earth Tea Concubine Oolong Spring 2013

Country of Origin: Taiwan
Leaf Appearance: dark, tightly rolled
Ingredients: oolong tea
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: brassy gold

Sometimes I do a happy dance when I reach into my "to do" pile and pull out something really awesome. That's exactly what happened when I grabbed this offering from +Happy Earth Tea. Who wouldn't get excited about a highly oxidized concubine oolong from Dong Ding? The very same leaf hoppers that bring us Oriental Beauty have bitten the leaves which are then processed like a typical rolled oolong. The result is an intensely sweet and aromatic treat for the senses. I rarely rinse oolongs so I got right to drinking with this one. Nutty and sweet toasted notes were followed by hints of apricot and orchid. The aftertaste reminded me of brown sugar or the carmelized topping of a crème brûlée. In short, this tea was absolutely delicious. Once unfurled, the leaves looked quite dark and almost leathery. Part of me gets a little thrill when I find bug bites on my tea. Believe it or not, that means it's the good stuff! I drank through at least six infusions and lost count after that. While I wouldn't call this selection a daily drinker, you definitely do get a lot of bang for your buck.

Concubine Oolong Spring 2013 sample provided by Happy Earth Tea.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Friday Round Up: August 23rd - August 29th

Matcha Shots
+Alexis Siemons has been contributing a great series of articles to +Fresh Cup Magazine. In her latest piece she gives us all inspiration to combine matcha with fresh fruit juice. How refreshing does watermelon or honeydew sound?

Tea Review - Wymm Tea Sheng Pu-erh - 2014 Mangnuo Tengtiao
+Georgia SS of Notes on Tea reviewed one of my favorite puerh teas. I was glad to read that she enjoyed it just as much as I did.

2014 Autumn Zhang Ping Shui Xian
+Cwyn N is usually pontificating about puerh addiction but this week brings us an unusual find of compressed oolong. I've been contemplating ordering from this vendor and these will definitely find their way into my shopping cart when I finally bite the bullet.

Revisiting the 2007 Puerh Market Crash
Varat over at The Guide to Puerh Tea gives us some insight into the infamous puerh market crash. It's definitely a complex issue with many sides to it. I appreciate their inside perspective.

Steep Thoughts: Happiness of Tea
+sara shacket brings us a truly insightful post this week. I really think she hit the nail on the head when she said "However you come to tea, whatever you like about it, it's right.".