Da Hong Pao – Art of Tea

by Jason Walker on December 20, 2014

in how to, Member Content

The Art of Tea is one of the resources that devoted disciples of tea should have in their library. The magazine is one of the most in-depth sources of information about the origins and development of teas and teaware printed in English. In its pages, one can learn the differences in the authentic tickets placed […]


China Tea Markets

by Jason Walker on November 7, 2014

in Chinese, how to, Member Content

Travel in China offers great opportunity for individual discovery of tea. When you consider each city/town will often have its own tea market, you might expect such a visit would offer a kid-in-the-candy-store sensation. While there are great teas and great people to encounter, there are a few things worth knowing:


Tea As Meditation

by Jason Walker on September 18, 2014

in how to, Member Content

Tea and meditation have associated themselves for centuries. One legend puts the birth of tea plants alongside the creation of a new form of meditation. The story goes that Bodhidharma tore off his eyelids after falling asleep seven years into a nine year wall-gazing meditation. His discarded peeper-covers fell in the dirt and became tea […]


Using Aroma Cups

by Jason Walker on August 24, 2014

in how to, Member Content, review

If we hurry through the day, it is easy for our sensory experiences to get combined into a mishmash. In fact, a part of our brains seems dedicated to making sure multiple sensations get combined into a single memory. But the tastes, textures, and aromas we experience in tea are separate sensations, and aroma cups help distinguish […]


Properties of Aged Wulong

by Jason Walker on July 20, 2014

in Member Content, wulong/oolong

Suppose a tea vendor or processor  somewhere in China or Taiwan is going through his storage room and finds a container of tea that has been sitting there for more years than he can remember. Knowing that tea cost him something, and looking to recover that cost, he comes up with an idea: “I’ll call […]


Book Review: Homegrown Tea

by Jason Walker on June 29, 2014

in Member Content, review

    Summer’s warm days and vacation activities invite visions of fresh harvests from gardens and reading lists for lazy days. So when a tea book comes along that talks about growing, processing and enjoying your own tea, it just may create the perfect marriage of pastimes. Cassie Liversidge’s Homegrown Teas: An Illustrated Guide to […]


Men’s Health Article – Try, Try Again

by Jason Walker on May 22, 2014

in review

You have to be on your toes when reading articles about tea. The recent Men’s Health article earns a few tips of the hat and a few finger wags. Some Things They Got Right It was good to see companies like Camellia Sinensis, Tea Trekker, and Seven Cups getting the press they deserve. Also good […]