• Books and Magazines

    The Meaning of Tea’s Making of Tea

    I’m a big fan of Scott Chamberlin Hoyt’s film The Meaning of Tea and it’s accompanying book. Making of Tea has been on my wishlist for a while so I couldn’t resist picking up a copy when I saw The Meaning of Tea booth at the New York Coffee and Tea Festival. It is a silent film that follows the process of making Oriental Beauty oolong from leaves in the field to the final tea cup. They show every step of the journey including picking, withering, rolling and baking. The fact that there was no narration allowed the tea to really be the star of the film. At only 11 minutes long, it’s short but…


  • Reviews

    The Meaning of Tea Golden Monkey

    This is an organic black tea that was sourced from Yunnan Province in China. The dry leaves were really beautiful to look at. They were various shades of golden brown with a curly and slightly fuzzy appearance. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 212 degree water for four minutes. The liquor was a deep reddish mahogany. This tea was smooth and malty with pronounced notes of citrus. I’ve never experienced such a strong fruit flavor in an unflavored black tea. There was a dry finish to each sip but very little astringency. It wasn’t as robust as some Yunnans that I have tried but it was crisp and…

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    The Meaning of Tea Organic Moroccan Mint

    The Meaning of Tea now also offers a line of loose leaf teas. This blend consists of organic green tea (gunpowder) and organic peppermint leaf souced from Anhui, China. The leaves of the green tea were rolled into very tiny balls. I made this tea in my Breville One-Touch Tea Maker with 175 degree water for three minutes. The liquor was bright gold in color. This tea is a by the book Moroccan mint. Everything was exactly as it should be, light bodied but  incredibly sweet and minty. There was hardly any astringency and the cooling aftertaste lingered long after each sip. I am looking forward to making some of this iced on…

  • Books and Magazines

    The Meaning of Tea: The Book

    Having really enjoyed The Meaning of Tea documentary I was very excited to read the companion book. It is a lengthy read at 321 pages plus three appendices. Just like with any other movie, the book has a lot more detail that didn’t make the cut. The interviews are lengthier and more in depth. I learned new things with each chapter and new perspective. It really is amazing how tea serves as a connective tissue across borders, languages and cultures. This book beautifully illustrates that point. The sepia toned photographs and tea related quotes sprinkled throughout the book add to the stories being told. For any lover of tea this book is a…

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    The Meaning of Tea: The Movie

    This post is the start of a series on The Meaning of Tea. One of my favorite things about tea is how each culture celebrates it in a different way. Love of the leaf ties us all together and that is what this film is all about. Through interviews with tea people from all over the world director Scott Chamblerin Hoyt  journeys to India, Japan, Taiwan, Morocco, England, France, Ireland, and Tea, South Dakota. The people featured are from many different walks of life. It is easy to see the passion they all have for life and tea. I always enjoy watching interviews with James Norwood Pratt. I could listen to him pontificate…