More Dispatches from the World of Tea

Tea is grown and consumed the whole world over and, as we’ve been led to believe, is alleged to be the second most popular beverage in the world – after good old H2O. Here are a few more news flashes from that great wide world of tea.

Did you hear the one about the tea-drinking horse who was given a lifetime supply of Tetley Tea? There’s no punch line to this one. It’s all true. Read more about it here.

If you’ve done a good deed today and you’re feeling proud of yourself, that’s all well and good but you’ve got a long way to go to keep up with a woman in Taipei, Taiwan, whose good deed every day for the last 30 years has been to distribute tea to passers-by. Really. Get the lowdown here.

Which sounds like it might be some kind of a world record. Here’s another tea-related world record and it’s apparently one that’s been verified. At 73.8 meters in height, and boasting a square footage of more than 5,000 square meters, it’s a teapot museum located in Meitan, in southwestern China. No, you can’t make tea with it, though you presumably could make a lot of tea in it.

Does tea inspire our creative side? Here’s an article about a tea-loving Korean-American artist who would probably answer that question in the affirmative.

What’s it like when an Englishman who’s more accustomed to Peruvian coffee and plain old black tea is exposed to the wider world of fine Chinese teas? All is revealed in this article from the Independent.

From time to time we’re thrilled and amazed (or perhaps not) by reports of ridiculously expensive teas. I can’t help speculating whether these fancy varieties can possibly be good enough to merit such lofty price tags. But until someone coughs up a sample or two I’ll have to keep wondering. Here’s a report on one of these pricey teas from the Wall Street Journal.

And last but not least, where are you going to go for tea the next time you’re in Shanghai? Look here for a few suggestions.

Don’t miss William’s blog, Tea Guy Speaks!

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