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Tasting the 2017 Harvest in Taiwan

 In April I was in Taiwan working on a new herbal tea blend. I'm excited and hope to share more about it with you soon.  While I was there, I couldn’t resist popping into a couple of local teashops and tasting some of the 2017 teas that had just been harvested. We’ve put together this short little montage from one of my stops to just give you a feel for what’s it’s like. The music makes it feel more glamorous than it was. Picture a...

Top 5 New Health Benefits of Black Tea Discovered in 2016

  Black tea is the one of the most consumed beverages in the world, second only to water. Beloved in the UK and throughout the former British Empire as the base for the traditional “cuppa”, it’s also the go-to tea here in the USA, especially for iced tea. Somehow green tea gets all the press in terms of health benefits. But black tea has amazing health benefits all it’s own. Here’s a quick summary of some of the most cited studies on the health benefits...

Meet Our Old Tree Silver Needle

Meet Our Old Tree Silver Needle Tea Today I finish introducing you to our white teas. I’ve saved the best one for last, Our Old Tree Silver Needle White Tea. Silver needle white tea is considered by many tea connoisseurs as the ultimate of the commonly available teas. This tea (in it’s modern form) was first developed during the Ming dynasty and is called Silver Needle White Down. (In the West we typically shorten the name to just “Sliver Needle”) “Silver needle” refers to the...

Meet Our White Peony Tea

White Peony Tea (Chinese name: Bai Mudan) First, let’s get the most frequent confusion out of the way. There are no flowers in white peony tea. It is pure white tea. It is called “white peony” because the dried leaves resemble somewhat the petals of a white peony flower. OK, whew! Got that out of the way. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve answered that question. White peony tea was first created in 1922 in Fujian, so it can’t really be called a...

What is White Tea?

Despite tea production and consumption being an art that may date back as many as 2000 years, there are remarkably few standard definitions in tea production. For centuries the specifics of tea processing were carefully kept secrets. Consequently, new entrants into the field had to replicate the results of their predecessors using trial and error. They often developed different techniques to achieve similar seeming results. Consequently, there are no hard and fast definitions of the different categories of tea. In general, producers agree that white...

DIY Chai

With Thanksgiving Day this week and the temperatures dropping, I started thinking about chai. All those hearty spices and the classic Thanksgiving meal are a flavor combination made in heaven. I receive a lot of requests to add chai to our product line up. So far I’ve resisted. But don’t get me wrong I love a nice cup of chai on a cold winter day. But I’m not a big fan of pre-fab tea blends and you probably already have everything you need to make...

What is a"Trichome"?

What’s a trichome? First let me say, I know the word trichome is going to result in many people interested in marijuana visiting this post. So let me say upfront, I’m not referring to that kind of trichome and we don’t sell that particular “herb” on our site J But I wish you all the best in your searching. Ok, got that out of the way. So what is a trichome and why should you care? The word trichome reminds me of the name of...

Why do we call it “Royal” Breakfast Tea?

Imagine with me a pivotal moment in history. It is 1986. England has only recently agreed return Hong Kong to Chinese rule, a move widely criticized by British conservatives and perceived by much of the world as the dying gasp of the British Empire.  Queen Elizabeth II has been invited to visit China making her the first British monarch ever to set foot on Chinese soil. Tensions are high and the cultural differences have everyone involved walking a diplomatic high wire. The Western press has...

How to brew the perfect cup of tea!

There is no one right answer.One of the most personally satisfying aspects of my tea business is empowering people to take charge of their own health. One key is listening to your body. That includes listening to what your body is saying every time you brew a cup of tea. How much you enjoy that cup of tea will be directly proportional to how well it meets the needs your body is expressing right then. Make sense? The BasicsThe best I can do is provide...

Beginner's Guide to Pairing Tea With Food

I have mixed feelings about codifying things. I’m strongly in the “rules are made to be broken” camp but I also think people are basically well-intentioned and that most rules were initially created for a good reason. I picture a harried kindergarten teacher with a water-color painting activity. She’s got a room full of bright, wildly creative young minds. She doesn’t want a lot of rules to constrain them but, after about the tenth time little Jimmy soaks a fellow classmate in chartreuse, she has to...