2011 has been a truly spectacular year. After visiting the tea fields in Thailand in March, I recently had the rare privilege of traveling to Munnar, a hill station located in the Indian state of Kerala. On the map, it’s near the south-western tip of India. Its high elevations, cool temperatures and the vast, rolling fields of tea make it a popular tourist destination for locals.
If you’re not familiar with pu-erh, it’s a type of post-fermented tea that’s generally produced in the Yunnan province. The output can be loose teas, or these beautifully compressed dark cakes which many people collect and age like fine wine. (more…)
I was recently digging through my camera and found this photo from a Thai restaurant in Philadelphia. It got me to thinking…
A few photos from a recent visit to Peet’s Coffee and Tea. Peet’s is one of the few commercial chains out there that offers a wide selection of teas. They also carry a few rare teas which I’ve found to be quite tasty. My Golden Dragon Oolong tea came on a little tray with a tea pot, two cups and a tea strainer. They even have free Internet, so it was easy to enjoy my tea and get a bit of work done.
I’m a big fan of Lupicia Teas and thought I’d share my passion for them by giving away some great teas!
The winner will receive these three teas from Lupicia:
- Grapefruit Green – Green tea flavored with fresh grapefruits makes a refreshing taste.
- Melon Oolong – A great combination of juicy melons and aromatic Taiwanese oolong tea.
- Sakurambo Vert – Fresh cherry flavor makes this quality Japanese tea even more appealing. Also suitable for iced tea.
Below are the directions on how to enter!
There have been two teas which I’ve fallen in love with. The first is this Earl Grey loose leaf blend from Teaflection which has quickly situated itself as a well-loved household staple, and second there’s this tieguanyin from Xuyou Teahouse which I blogged about earlier as well.
Sometimes you fall in love with a tea, and its absence leaves you aching for more.