Cwyn and I both have an affinity for Naka. Her love for it so well known that she's become a bit associated with it. This week she wrote about a "ball" style offering from Bitterleaf Teas. Her notes definitely make me want to give this one a try. The reference to Waylon Jennings' Heartaches for Dime is definitely relatable as well.
Jee at Oh, How Civilized really spoke to me this week with this recipe for matcha lemonade. I LOVE adding the green stuff to citrus juice. They're the perfect combo for hot summer days. I know it's short notice but if you're in NYC and want to learn how to make layered drinks like this, she'll be hosting a workshop at Chalait tomorrow.
James at TeaDB wrote a thought-provoking blog post this week. Aging teas seems to be all the rage these days but there is a high barrier to entry for beginners. He makes some great arguments for starting out with oolong. The comment section shows that not everyone agrees but it is an interesting conversation nonetheless.
Sara at Tea Happiness has a knack for capturing beautiful tea pictures with NYC as a backdrop. This week she shared her experience with a sample that she received from the "ambassador of tea", Rajiv Lochan, at World Tea Expo. How amazing is it that the tea was packed at Jungpana just one week before it was given to her?
Virginia at Virginia's Pairteas does some fascinating research about tea and its relationship to aroma. At World Tea Expo she did a study on ß-damascenone, a chemical compound that is responsible for a rose-like aroma in black tea. The interesting thing is that not everyone experiences it the same way. If you find this post interesting and haven't read her book yet, you definitely need to!