About 3 years ago, I traveled to Japan for the first time. This was also my first time in Asia. Earlier that year, I had completed a yearlong journey around the world which took me to a variety of foreign environments (20+ countries). So... I believed that I was mentally prepared for the unknown that … Continue reading My First Taste of Matcha
This week I had the very fortunate opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the production process for Darjeeling tea. I was visiting the Longview Tea Estate and they granted me behind the scenes access to their factory and expansive fields so that I might get a better understanding of exactly what goes into making Darjeeling tea.
I began my day with a delicious Indian breakfast. The cuisine is all vegetarian at the place I am staying. I really love vegetarian food I have decided. I really need to expand my recipe volume and maybe, just maybe I could get behind vegetarianism for good. With breakfast out of the way, the Estate … Continue reading Darjeeling: Day 2, The Tea Fields
It was a delicious Monday through Friday of sipping this past week. Below is the list of what was in my cup with links to each's respective review. Enjoy! Monday: "Indefatigable Ox" 2015 Bu Juan (Shu Puerh) Tuesday: "Eiju" Japanese Sencha (Green Tea) Wednesday: "Competition Grade" Baozhong (Oolong) Thursday:"Monkey Picked" Hou Kui (Green Tea) Friday: 2006 Gong Ting … Continue reading 5 Teas, 5 Days: A week in (tea) review.
I found myself in the mood for a puerh today -- it was cold and cloudy outside and I needed something to warm both my body and mind. I dug into my stash and decided upon one which I had recently purchased from UNYtea: a 2006 Gong Ting Ripe Puerh. The packaging called for 5 … Continue reading Tea Review: Gong Ting 2006 Ripe Puerh
This was the first time that I had tasted this tea. Two things attracted me to it... It is picked by Monkeys! (Okay, it is not actually picked by monkeys. I will admit I was let down when I discovered this wasn't true. More on that below*...) The dried leaves are huge! So naturally, I … Continue reading Tea Review: “Monkey Picked” Taiping Hou Kui Green Tea
This tea was part of my recent purchase from UnyTea. It came with the Eiju (and more) which I reviewed yesterday. Jeff has piqued my interest in a number of teas via his Instagram Live sessions, so naturally I wanted to share them with you too. This strip-style oolong did not disappoint! Scope: Name: "Competition … Continue reading Tea Review: Baozhong “Competition Grade” Oolong