Tea Talks: Dan Bolton

by Jason on August 3, 2014

in Member Content, Voices of Tea

I have wanted to talk with Dan Bolton for some time now. Dan is supportive of all who are tea content producers – people who write, photograph, and otherwise print/publish tea information. He tracks down the people and stories of tea across the world. And when he isn’t digging for stories in the beverage industry, […]


Healthy competition can be a very good thing. In the case of tea farmers and producers, tea competitions can drive participants to learn more and create better teas. It can be good for tea drinkers as well. Taiwan has been organizing tea competitions for nearly 40 years, and these competitions have raised standards and improved […]


Tie guan yin wulong may be one of the most misunderstood teas. It can be grown in different places, grown from different cultivars, and processed in different ways. The resulting teas may all be called tie guan yin, but have very different character. I asked James Grayland of Wan Ling Tea House and Dan Robertson […]

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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 […]


. Whenever you explore the taste and sensation of a new kind of tea and a decision about the tea must be made,  a series of questions begin to flow through your mind. The simple version of the question is: “Is this a bad (or good) tea?”. But what happens is often a series of […]


Conversation: On Lapsang Souchong

by Jason on September 27, 2012

in black, Chinese, origin, Voices of Tea

. Lapsang Souchong is a tea that many people either love or despise, but what is meant by “lapsang souchong” can be widely varying. Given the range of teas that fall under the name, it is possible to loathe and relish lapsang souchong at the same time. Lapsang souchong may be one of, if not […]


. Kumamoto Prefecture, “the origin of the bear,” is home to one of the world’s largest calderas in the world, and offers great Japanese teas. I asked Paul Kotta of Mellow Monk Japanese Green Tea to tell us about Kumamoto teas. Paul has worked to develop strong connections among Kyushu Island growers, and has been able […]