New to Tea? Start Here (Part 2: White and Green Tea)

Continuing my informal guide to selecting tea—having gone through the caffeine/no-caffeine decision and having looked at low- and no-caffeine options (see New to Tea? Start Here)—we're now looking at the types of tea that come from one plant, Camellia sinensis. And asking whether you want white, green oolong, black, or fermented? And do you want … Continue reading New to Tea? Start Here (Part 2: White and Green Tea)

Nepali Teas Come into Their Own

Although few knew it at the time, a seismic shift took place when botanist Robert Fortune spirited high-quality tea plants out of China in the mid-1800s. Transplanting them into Himalayan soil, he opined that “a boon will have been conferred upon the people of India” if that country’s poor could be provided with an affordable tea, … Continue reading Nepali Teas Come into Their Own

Nepali Teas Stepping In for Darjeeling

Notice to all Darjeeling fans: this year's strike means there's a lot less tea, along with a higher price tag  (see earlier post). Nepal, however, has been happily stepping in. And also ushering in a few complications. The Cons Darjeeling abuts Nepal's east border, which means the two areas have pretty much the same climate … Continue reading Nepali Teas Stepping In for Darjeeling