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Tea 101 - About Tea

  • cup of tea
    June 13, 2013

    Getting nosy with tea

    cup of tea

    When I first began seriously pursuing tea, one thing odd that I had to learn was to stick my nose into the infused leaves. I had grown up amidst tea gardens of Darjeeling, and drank tea all my life, but until I entered the tasting room of a tea garden professionally 10 years ago, I never had thought of participating in the ritual of tea physically with my nose.

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  • Photo of glass of water
    February 3, 2013

    Tasting Water for Tea

    After the tea leaf itself, water is the second most important element in making a good cup of tea. The fact hardly needs to be stated, but then sometimes it is helpful to state the obvious. Especially when we often...

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  • What's the fuss over spring teas?
    May 19, 2012

    What's the fuss over spring teas?

    First Flush or Spring Flush (more simply, spring teas) is one of the highlights of the tea tradition. After the winter dormancy of around 3 months, new shoots from the tea bushes begin arriving around late February, in case of...

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