The Saga of the Sensitive Sniffer Continues

Being able to smell all the delicate nuances in dry tea leaves is a wonderful thing. Too bad I can’t selectively block out other smells around me during a tea tasting. Unlike tea companies that have rooms dedicated to tasting tea and that therefore have an environment free of extraneous olfactory stimulants, hubby and I …

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The Diaspora of Tea

Although all tea (Camellia Sinensis) originates in the Eastern part of the world, as in so many other aspects of modern life, there exists a complex network of tea exportation, adaption, and dissemination—a widespread and multi-layered diaspora of tea. If you are wondering what exactly I mean by “diaspora of tea”, think of the geographical …

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The Many Moods of Sencha

As I mentioned to my esteemed editor when I proposed this article, some of the worst teas I've ever tasted were sencha. On the other hand, some of the best teas I've ever had the pleasure to sample were sencha. Which is something that could probably be said about many varieties of tea - Assam …

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