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About Jason Walker

  • Lived and worked in China
  • Traveled to tea origins, markets in China and Taiwan
  • Past work experience in managing corporate education programs
  • MA, Organizational Leadership
  • I founded Walker Tea Review in 2008
  • I have produced over 600 videos for WTR
  • I work with tea retail businesses

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What I believe:

  • As we get better access to higher quality, natural teas, we will move away from flavored teas. After all, fresh natural teas have been preferred for generations
  • Quality tea is becoming a welcome part of our daily lives. I am looking for ways to bring natural loose-leaf teas into the workplace, home, & to our time with family/friends

About Video Reviews

1. Video reviews are as brief as possible. My aim is to show the process from dry leaf to liquid in one take while being as thorough and efficient as possible. I do little to no editing so that there is no impression that I have switched teas. What you see is what you get.

2. Video reviews represent multiple tastings. Multiple tastings allow me to get a fuller profile of the tea. Teas often taste better after the first steeping, and different flavors come out depending on the temperature when the tea is drunk. Multiple off-camera tastings are not intended to mislead the viewer, but to capture more nuances in the tea.

3. Video reviews do not necessarily represent the retailers suggested preparation guidelines. See No. 1 above. Also, my prepartion style is based on the centuries-old gaiwan style used in the birthplace of teas (China). I generally use a little more leaf and steep for a shorter period with slightly warmer-than-recommended water. This method allows for more re-steepings that retain the flavors. As a result, better re-steepings bring out more nuances to the tea and LOWER the cost-per-leaf usage. I (Jason) encourage you to experiment with your teas, following both the retailers guidelines and a shorter steep/resteep strategy as represented in the video review.

How I make money
As you research other tea review websites, you may find that some are/were actually established or managed by tea retailers. Walker Tea Review is not.

  • I sell some ad space.
  • I offer some Members Only content accessible by subscription. Member Only content is labeled “Member Content” below the article title. In addition, some pages are accessible to members only.
  • I am not directly compensated for reviewing teas. I do not charge tea companies to review their teas, and I do not charge viewers who watch reviews.
  • I have also placed some affiliate links in posts. Commissions from sales and affiliate links amount to real revenue.
  • I receive samples of tea. Some of these I request, and some retailers contact me and offer me samples.

If you wish to support my work and the companies represented here, please click on the banners and links on this blog when/if we have helped you make a purchase decision.

 

Walker Tea Review is owned and operated by Jason Walker.

You can reach Jason by email:

jason@walkerteareview.com

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San January 23, 2012 at 15:14

Hey Jason,
I appreciate your hard work you put into your reviews and your honest opinions are helpful too. I see you have tried a lot of brands out their. My question for you is what is the company or companies you highly recommend due to their solid teas and great prices. Is their a gem of a company that you can trust when it comes to prices and solid teas. I am looking for a good company that really gives you good teas at a great price. I am a green tea, oolong, puerh type of guy if that helps you with what type of tea drinker I am. LOL. I thank you greatly in advance for your help in this matter.
Your new fried,
San

Jason January 24, 2012 at 13:37

Thanks San for the encouragement and feedback.

When I make purchases, I don’t have a one-stop-shop for teas. I lean towards the specialists in different areas. For example, I like much of what I get from Seven Cups or China Cha Dao (via Ebay). For Taiwanese oolongs, I tend to choose Naivetea. For Japanese teas, I appreciate Mellow Monk’s work in making small-town, farmer craftsmanship more accessible. If you have a more specific question in mind, email me: jason@walkerteareview.com

Travis August 5, 2010 at 17:05

Hi,
I work with a chai tea company named Tipu’s Chai (tipuschai.com) out of Montana. I’d love to get our chai in front of you and your reviewers on your site. Do you accept samples?
Our chai is organic, fair trade, unsweetened and spicy! It’s made from an authentic Indian recipe passed down through the owner’s family, originating with his grandmother in India. Thanks for your time.

Jason August 5, 2010 at 22:56

Sorry dude- You may have noticed I do loose leaf, unblended teas with no added flavors. Wishing you success though.

Handyman and Tea Guy July 29, 2010 at 06:41

Jason –I am a tea convert from coffee. I think you have a great site here and have enjoyed reviewing it. Your passion for tea really shows!

Jason July 29, 2010 at 09:30

I’m guessing you often need to carry teas in a thermos for your work. I’ve been there. Perhaps I should do a show/article on what teas sit well all day in a thermos.

Charles April 1, 2010 at 23:11

Hi Jason, great website, I’ve really learned a lot from it!

Upton Tea Imports has a few varieties of gyokuro green tea. Among them are their standard one (TJ80) and another that they say is a Chinese gyokuro (ZG81). I wasn’t even aware that gyokuro was grown/made outside of Japan, and there is a significant price difference between the two. I just ordered both of them, and would like to try a tasting along with one of your videos. Do you think you’ll give them a shot?

Thanks
Charles

Daniel November 19, 2009 at 02:28

Hi Adrian,

Are you in Xiamen City? if yes we can have a tea drink together.

and Thanks Jason, I love your reviews very much. well done.

Daniel

Jason August 28, 2009 at 15:04

Adrian-
Thanks for your comments and questions. I felt it best to respond to you here so that others can benefit from our conversation.

I wrote an article about some of the recent books I’ve read about tea. http://www.examiner.com/x-8323-NY-Tea-Examiner~y2009m6d23-3-Tea-Books-Worth-Adding-to-Your-Collection. Please feel free to comment on other books you think are valuable. Schools and courses are trickier, because there are few that currently have a strong enough reputation to give you any immediate cachet with an audience or tea peers.

A tea business will depend on the resources and market available to you. You could consider a tea shop, online tea sales/services, or offering corporate tea tastings in your area.

Please feel free to contact me via email (jasonowalker@gmail.com). Perhaps we can probe further into these options to find the most suitable fit.

Adrian Petersen August 26, 2009 at 17:03

Hi Jason,

My name is Adrian Adler and I am from Copenhagen, Denmark. I first got interested in tea much like you did. I was working in Fujian province close to the Anxi area. The Encounters I had with tea and the gong fu tea ceremony in all aspects of public life sparked my interest, and I have been a studying it ever since.

I was wondering how you gained such a broad knowledge of tea and if you can recommend any books, courses or schools that can help me learn more? How did you end up working with tea? Do you have any advice on how to make a living off working with tea business?

Any advice will be greatly appreciated – and re payed with a cup of fine Tie Guan Yin, should you ever come to Copenhagen.

Best regards

Adrian Adler

Maya L. Dahl August 10, 2011 at 11:40

Adrian,

I was just googling about Chinese tie guan yin tea hoping to find a forum for tie guan yin lover. However I didn’t find what I was looking for but saw your comment in here, hence I’m writing you.

I think it could be interesting to meet other tie guan yin fans and talk about real tea. Please drop a line. I live in Frederiksberg – CPH.

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