Given a preference, nearly any tea drinker would rather have “pure” tea. Pure is clean. Pure give the sense of being closer to Nature – fewer steps away from Sun and Earth. We choose to drink pure tea not only because of what we want to be closer to, but what we want to be […]


US Grown Tea and The Judgment of Paris

by Jason on November 21, 2013

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  Note: I originally submitted this article to the U.S. League of Tea Growers. It was published as The Flavor of US Grown Tea on Nov 15, 2013. The buzz about the potential of US grown tea seems to increase in a rate proportional to the number of new tea bushes put into American soil. […]


What Should It Taste Like: Ali Shan

by Jason on September 28, 2013

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Part of a series: What Should It Taste Like? It is tempting to pile all the Taiwan high mountain oolongs into the same heap. After all, there can be strong similarities across them. These higher elevation mean some of the highest tea gardens in the world- even higher than Darjeeling estates. But lumping them together […]


Conversation: Sri Lanka Teas

by Jason on September 12, 2013

in Member Content, origin, Voices of Tea

Sri Lanka has been producing teas now for about 150 years, yet they can be some of the least understood, and least appreciated teas. For so many years, Ceylon teas were found in Lipton teabags, or were commodity grade offerings. That is changing. Elevation, location, and harvest time can make significant differences in your Sri […]


There are a only a couple of people I trust who could sip a tea blindfolded, and tell me detailed facts about what they have sipped. Many people could identify a longjing, for example, but few could pinpoint its origin, what cultivar it is, and comment on specific flaws or strengths created during processing. This […]


Part of a series: What Should It Taste Like? One of the challenges of shopping for teas online is knowing whether you are getting the kind and quality of tea that you should expect. This challenge becomes even more compounded when you have never tasted a certain kind of tea before, or are not sure […]


What Should It Taste Like: Dragonwell

by Jason on February 20, 2013

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Part of a series: What Should It Taste Like? When tasting a new tea for the first time, a series of conflicting thoughts and feelings can occur. On the one hand, there is the desire to start with a blank slate of expectations, and simply receive the tea for what it is. But once you […]

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