As I start to scratch the surface of getting to know the tea blogging community, I’m excited and slightly scared at the same time. Excited to see that tea inspires passion, words of kindness, experimentation and a joy of life in so many people. But scared at the same time as to whether I’ll be able to add something of value.
I’ve started using a site called Bloglovin’ where you can easily follow bloggers, organise posts into categories and have a one-stop shop for all written things on tea (or anything else you fancy reading about!). If you’d like to follow me, you can do so here. I promise to follow back (there are never too many tea blogs to follow!) and I’ll return comments too.
Anyway, I thought I’d help my readers discover other great tea enthusiasts so here goes my first round-up of my favourite tea posts from April. Hope you enjoy it!
Best tea review
This one comes from Anna, aka the Tea Squirrel, and it’s for a Nilgiri Blue Mountains Frost tea. I enjoyed her post because she introduced the tea by explaining why it’s special and then gave detailed instructions and tasting notes for tasting the Western and Asian way. Smooth and with a citrusy aftertaste, this tea is definitely on my wish list now. If you know where to buy it in the UK, leave me a note please.
Did you know about…
Japanese black tea? The country is known for its grassy, strong green teas like Sencha and Matcha, but thanks to Tara Motokichi, there is such a thing as Japanese black tea. I love reading about tea history and this story from My Japanese Green Tea really captivated me. At a time when black tea consumption was growing (especially in The British Empire), Japan’s economy was at risk because of the dependency on green tea. So Tara Motokichi took a dangerous trip (it was the 19th century after all) to India where he did research and collected seeds to take back.
If you really want to geek out over this, it also means that the Japanese black teas are descendent of a camellia sinensis of the assamica variety, rather than the variety sinensis used in China!
Best tea-related practical advice
With this post on tasting tea like a sommelier, not only did I learn a really easy way to express myself, but fell in love with Mel’s writing style. I am definitely a new fan! She is really natural in her explanations, helpful and honest. This particular post will help you understand how to describe the look and taste of tea, with a handy list of words generally associated with different teas to get you started.
Which one is your favourite?
Until next time,