Friday, December 29, 2017

Friday Roundup: December 24th - December 30th

Can you believe that this is the last Friday Roundup of 2017? Time flies when you're having fun!

The Most Inspiring Tea Blog Posts of 2017

I'm beyond honored to be included in The Tea Squirrel's list of inspiring blog posts. Many of those listed were highlighted here on the roundup throughout 2017. The blogging community really is an awesome one and I am so happy that I get to be a part of it.

The Resurrection!

I couldn't help but smile when I saw that Amanda from My Thoughts are Like Butterflies announced that her blog will be making a comeback after the new year. Her voice has been missed and I can't wait to follow her tea adventures again.

Fujien Tenjocha Fugaku

Ricardo from My Japanese Green Tea ended the year on a high note. This week he reviewed a sencha that was aged in a shrine atop Mount Fuji. How cool is that! I'll definitely have to give this special tea a try myself.

Custom Blended Christmas

Geoff from Steep Stories of the Lazy Literatus had the genius idea of creating a custom tea blend as a gift for family members. He shared a bit of his process in this week's blog post. I admire his dedication to customizing the tea for each recipient. This might just be something that I'll have to try myself next year.

2010 Menghai Tea Factory 8592

Tristan Jordan gave us a thorough review as well as some great background info on the Menghai Tea Factory. That level of context can be really helpful, especially if you are just starting out. I'm a big puerh fan but haven't had the opportunity to really dig into the big factory teas much. This post definitely inspires me to make sure that I do that!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Friday Roundup: December 17th - December 23rd

White2Tea Snoozefest - Autumn 2017

Cha Crusade is a Sydney, Australia based blog that I've really enjoyed reading lately. This week they reviewed a tea that I was very close to ordering myself. I have way too much tea on hand to justify it but it was nice to live vicariously through this post.

Review: Take Flight Tea Case

Sara from Tea Happiness reviewed a brand new product from our mutual tea friend Darlene at The Tea Lover's Archives. This definitely looks like a practical and fun solution to make tea away from home. No more bad restaurant tea!

Hooty Tea Travels - 2017 Los Angeles: Denong Tea and Cheese Tea

Char over at Oolong Owl has been having some awesome tea travels. Denong Tea's new space looks absolutely beautiful. I'll definitely be putting it on my "must visit" list for the next time I'm in California. She got a chance to try super trendy cheese tea too!

Tea Review: 2017 Jeju Island First Flush Black Tea (Teas Unique)

Heather at Hanamichi wrote a short but sweet review of an oxidized Korean tea. It's great to see teas from this region getting some much-deserved press in the tea world lately. I've just received some samples from Teas Unique that I'll be sharing here on the blog soon.

Tea Review: Bitterleaf Teas' 2016 Fall Mao Cha Party Mix Tasting Set

Comparative tastings can be very educational, especially when you're first getting into tea. Curated sets like this one from Bitterleaf Teas are a perfect place to start without breaking the bank. I also really love that the results are kept secret until the end.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday Roundup: December 10th - December 16th

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

Maria of East Meets West Tea reviewed a novel that I really loved and often recommend to others. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is definitely a must read if you haven't checked it out already, especially if you have an interest in puerh or Chinese culture.

Sweet and Rare, Unicorn Japanese Black Tea from World Tea House

Mel from Mel Had Tea always takes such lovely photographs of the tea she reviews. This week was no exception as she shares a bit about an unusual black tea. It definitely made me smile to see that she found it at my friend Phil's Canadian tea shop.

Send the Oolong Drunk to Houston!

Cody from The Oolong Drunk, a frequent fixture here on the Friday Roundup, has an amazing opportunity to speak at the Houston Tea Festival. He's going to need some help with travel expenses to make that happen. Please consider contributing to his fundraiser.

Tea Reflections

There are few things I enjoy more than having tea together with friends. That doesn't happen as often as I would like but I get to live vicariously through blog posts like this one. Anna from The Tea Squirrel and Mike from The Tea Letter each wrote about their experiences sharing what sounds like a very unique tea.

Puerh Rescue Dot Org

Cywn's signature wit and humor always make my day when a new post appears in my feed. I too would like to volunteer on behalf of all of the neglected and abused puerh out there. Remember, a puerh tea is a living thing and it has feelings. The adopt-a-pu illustration really puts this one over the top.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

WuyiOrigin Mi Lan Xiang

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: dark, long and slightly twisted
Steep time: 30 seconds
Water Temperature: 212 degrees
Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan
Liquor: deep gold

There are some pretty cool things about being a tea blogger. Finding random boxes of mystery tea on my doorstep definitely takes the cake. I was lucky enough to have such a box arrive from WuyiOrigin, operated by the well-known tea producer Cindy Chen. I first made the acquaintance of Cindy when tea friend Eric Scott from Tea Geek mentioned how much he enjoyed the beautiful photos she shared of the Wuyi mountains. She and her husband Mr. Zhou both come from tea families and they only sell teas that their family processes.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Roundup: December 3rd - December 9th

Daintree Tea and Tim Tam Slams

Char at Oolong Owl paired Australian grown tea with a sweet treat. She even tried to gongfu it (note to self: don't do that). Thanks to an Aussie tea friend my fiance is completely addicted to Tim Tams. If you haven't tried them yet, you're missing out!

6 Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday with Tea

Happy Birthday to Lu Ann from The Cup of Life! This week she brings us six great ideas to incorporate tea into your celebrations. My own birthday is coming up in a few weeks so I'll definitely be trying out a few of these.

Gui Fei: the Taiwanese Honey Tea

Gaby the Tea Guy is a fairly new tea blog that I've just discovered. In this post, he gives us an ode to one of my favorite Taiwanese oolongs. His descriptions make me want to go drink some right now. We can all give thanks to the leafhopper insect for its delicious honey aromas.

What Camera Do You Use?

Jordan from Tea-Tography gave some excellent insights into how to capture beautiful photographs of your tea. I love that she shows us similar shots from different cameras, proving that there are a lot of other factors where the difference is made. Her pictures constantly inspire me to do better with my own photography efforts.

[Paris] Yam'TCha

Get ready to start drooling. Tea friend Joo, from Made in Joo, traveled to Paris and visited a most wonderful restaurant that offers a full tea pairing course. This post is a seemingly never-ending stream of gorgeous plats of food paired with traditionally served teas. What a wonderful experience for any tea drinker!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday Roundup: November 26th - December 2nd

Holiday entertaining. Tea and food pairings to wow your guests

Wondering how to work tea into your holiday gatherings? She's covered everything from cocktails to dessert. I'm definitely going to have to give some of these ideas a try when I host my family for Christmas Eve dinner.

White Teas from Vietnam

Geoffrey Norman of Lazy Literatus always has a nose for sniffing out unusual teas from interesting origins. Vietnam has a lot of potential as a tea producing region and I loved seeing the pictures that Geoff Hopkins shared.

Oollo Tea's Four Seasons Oolong

Michelle at One More Steep reviews a delicious sounding oolong from Canadian brand Oollo Tea. I just love her photography style and thorough yet straightforward writing. Notes of roasted chestnuts would really hit the spot right now!

Classic Tea Time Christmas Wreath

This week Bonnie at Thirsty for Tea brings us a crafty and creative Christmas wreath. I love the idea of using mini tea tins and tiny teaspoons. I have a ton of things like this from my time working at Teavana so I will definitely be making my own version soon.

They say that great minds think alike and I find that is especially true when it comes to tea blogs. Three of my favorite writers posted holiday gift guides this week.

The Tea Happiness 2017 Gift Guide

Three Gifts for Tea Drinkers

Gifts for the Discerning Tea Lover