Looking at my phone, I saw a message from Annie Xiang, complete with an introduction or her experiences and passion for tea. She was pivoting from a career in tax accounting to the wilderness of tea leaves as we met over many infusions of tea at a local tea house. From that first conversation, I […]
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The Taste of Kyoto: Hojicha Classic From Hojicha Co.
The streets of Kyoto not only fill the air with the humming din of vehicles passing by but also the pleasant aromas of freshly roasted green tea. Nearly a year ago I reflected upon the Hojicha Hanamitsu and found autumnal comfort from its rich, smoky, depth of flavor, and vanilla smoothness. This time is different. […]
10 Memorable Teas from 2019
As the year wraps up I cannot help but extend gratitude to everyone that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, sharing tea with, and engaging in discussion within this community. I’ve learned so much not only about tea, but also in regards to myself within the world of the leaf. Whether it’s a profound tea-drunk […]
TEA.L : Tea Ceremony Collection
When I dove into my Foundations: A Look into Longjing, I had no idea it would come across the eyes of Zhao Lu, Co-founder of TEA.L. Founded on the principle of togetherness, he and his partner have used the values rooted in respect and reverence toward individuality and the celebration of both people and tea […]
3 Teas from Senbird Tea: Fukamushi, Gyokuro, Sobacha
I appreciate the strength Japanese tea provides in my tea journey, and seek the bold, balanced flavors sought through fertile cultivation and precision in processing techniques. When Senbird Tea, a Japanese family-owned tea business who utilizes independent tea farmers reached out to offer a balanced selection of teas to try, I felt the calling to […]
Hojicha Hanamitsu from Hojicha Co.
There’s excitement in the changing of seasons, and right now I look forward to Autumn’s arrival in the midwest. Brisk mornings compliment warm rich sunlight and leaves gracefully end their lush emerald display in an encore of vibrant yellows and cherry reds. My tastes in tea align to match the elements and experiences of another […]
Longjing (Dragonwell) 2019 from UNYtea
Longjing tea is a staple when it comes to Chinese green teas. Known for its nuttier profile and smooth taste, it presents a different side of the flavor spectrum when compared to Japanese green teas like Sencha or Gyokuro. Panned-roasted by hand and lighter in color with yellows and sun-lit greens, it’s visually recognized by […]
Foundations: A Look into Longjing (Dragonwell)
Heralded as the most famous Chinese green tea and legendary around the world, Longjing or Dragonwell, is one tea we’ll want to know a thing or two about. Accessible in flavors and simple to prepare for taste, let’s dive into this smooth tea known for its roasted chestnut, fresh beansprout, and creamy flavor and mouthfeel […]