Old Tree Bancha. Does that mean bancha made of leaves from ancient tea plants (good)? Or bancha that's been sitting around awhile (bad)? Actually, neither. I had never heard of this tea until Lisa of TeaHaus told me about it after touring Japan's tea gardens in Shiga Prefecture back in 2018, having been invited by … Continue reading Old Tree Bancha Tea Contains the WHOLE Tree!
Do you ever tire of the constant headlines shouting out the newest and best health food, the latest claim? The "drink this" and you'll live better and longer? Right now, some people are jumping on a study published on January 8 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology that probes possible links between drinking tea … Continue reading Drink Tea, Live Longer?
Barley is something that I think about only when making soup, yet it's among the top five crops grown worldwide. And although barley didn't reach the American shores until 1494, it's one of the world's oldest cultivated grains, documented archaeologically as early as 8000 BC. And not just consumed as food—barley was used to make … Continue reading Roasted Barley Tea
It's interesting, although rather unfortunate, that "tea" means so many things in English—and I view our often limited choice of words as one of the (many) downfalls of our language. (For example, I can think of several words and descriptions for "snow" but the Sami have 180 and the Scots apparently some 421!*) The Oxford … Continue reading “Tea”—May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor
Having had little experience with pu-erh tea, I recently decided I must see what this tea is all about, so here I look at two different types—a raw pu-erh and a "cooked" one. It's a drop in the bucket, I know, but it's a start! And from all that I've read, a clay pot is … Continue reading Discovering Pu-Erh
You've heard of ice wine, right? That super concentrated dessert wine made from ripe grapes that were allowed to freeze while still on the vines and then quickly handpicked during the night so that they never thawed? Because the water within each grape freezes but the sugars don't, the grape dehydrates and you end up … Continue reading Frozen Black Tea—A Rarity Produced from Frostbitten Tea Leaves
In this season of gift-giving, gift-giving itself can be filled with landmines. Will they like it? Will it demonstrate that I know what they like? Will it demonstrate that I have good taste? Because a gift can say as much or more about the giver than the recipient. Indeed, most, if not all, of what … Continue reading The Quality of Tea Both Shapes and Reflects Social Standing