Friday Roundup: July 15th – July 21st

Puer Aeterna, Naka in 2018

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.

Matcha Lemonade

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.

Some Reasons You Should Consider Aging More Oolong & Less Pu’erh

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.

Review: Junpgana Second Flush 2018 from Lochan Tea

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?

Smell survey at World Tea Expo 2018

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!

My name is Nicole and I love tea...a lot! I have been writing about my love of the leaf since 2008. My work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. I am the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.