Friday Roundup

Friday Roundup: June 9th – 15th

The Friday Roundup is a weekly collection of five of my favorite blog posts from around the world. It’s my little way of getting the word out about all of my favorite tea blogs.

Portrait: Maria Uspenski

Linda, aka The Tea Stylist, posted an in-depth interview with Maria Uspenski. I just saw both of them at World Tea Expo so it was great to get to know more about Maria’s story. The story of how she started her company, The Tea Spot, is truly inspirational. I definitely need to read her book.

White Crow 2018 Lincang Shoumei White Tea from Bitterleaf Tea

Char from Oolong Owl and I have a similar addiction to compressed white tea. This week she reviewed a shoumei offering from Bitterleaf Teas with a super cool wrapper. It is a beautiful looking cake to boot. It will definitely be interesting to see how this one will age over time.


Lu Ann from The Cup of Life gave us a great guide to making a perfect cup of iced tea. The tips she included are all tried and true things that I have practiced myself, both on the job and at home. The pitcher she featured is my go-to tool. I also need to shout out the fantastic photography in this post!

Trying Keemun Black Tea

Eustacia Reads dove into Keemun, a black tea from the Anhui Province of China. This tea is seriously underrated. It was much more popular when I first got into tea. Keemun is often used for breakfast style blends but high-quality examples are definitely worth giving another look.

DavidsTea’s Traditional Tea Discovery Kit

Michelle at One More Steep wrote about her experience with a collection of traditional teas from DavidsTea. This kit sounds like a great starting point for those that are just beginning to explore. I do wish that the milk oolong they included was an unflavored version.

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.