Tea for Generations to Come

KITSUKI, Japan Small family-owned tea gardens are inseparable from the economic and social past of historical places such as Kitsuki, a scenic coastal city and authentic samurai town, home to a castle that dates to 1394. Tea permeates the culture here, having entered the fabric of Japanese society beginning in the 9th century. In the […]

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Of Morning Dew & Half-Day Sun – Taiwan’s Zhulu Tea

A high-mountain wulong known for its elegant aroma and sweet lingering aftertaste, Alishan Zhulu tea is appreciated by connoisseurs worldwide. Discover its story from Ren Zhi Deng, who was a catalyst in transforming his hometown into one of the most revered tea-producing areas in Taiwan.

Culinary: Smoking Foods with Tea

Smoking is an ancient food preservation technique prized now more for the flavors imparted by the smoke during the cooking process then the actual preservation of the food. Tea sommelier and author Cynthia Gold shares new recipes for smoked pork loin, smoked quail, smoked salmon, even a smoked cocktail.

Tea & Tech: The Designing Mind of Allen Han

The intense, curious, and inventive mind of Allen Han has been focused for years on industrial design. The 45-year-old is best known for his role in creating the Xbox 360 and the Kindle Fire. But, since 2014, this designing mind has been turned to a new venture: creating the Teforia system, perhaps the ultimate in […]

Consumer: The Beauty in Tea

Centuries ago, legend has it, Asian princesses used an essence derived from the green tea leaves grown on the Korean island of Jeju to preserve their ageless beauty. Turns out, those princesses were definitely on to something. Today’s beauty products companies are capitalizing on the super-antioxidant polyphenols found in tea to make both skin and […]

Origins: Obaatian, the Brazilian Mestizo Tea

It’s dawn and Elizabete Ume Shimada is already behind her sewing machine. Every day, this 90-year-old woman wakes at 4:30 does her daily gym, has a simple breakfast and goes to her post at the front balcony of the house, to work on new bags for the lychee harvest. From here she can watch the visitors […]

Origins: Making Nomad’s Tea in Mongolia

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia The nomadic way of life shapes Mongolia like no other country. Mongolia is the most sparsely populated country in the world – its 600,000-square-mile plateau is home to all who roam the vast steppes. Three-fourths of the county is pasture land with the rest divided between forests and the Gobi Desert. The economy […]

Origins: Historic Ceylon

From the vibrant colors and culture of Colombo to the peaceful hillsides of Kandy, Sri Lanka is both a tea lover’s and traveler’s paradise.  Formally known as Ceylon, this South Asian Island in the Indian Ocean is located 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of India.  Its stunning beaches, exotic wildlife, and rich history provide the […]

Origins: Tea in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia In a country where eating is more or less the national sport, tea is prominent on the nation’s menus — lots of it. Tea has been a traditional beverage for Malaysians for more than 150 years, particularly among Chinese immigrants although exactly when the habit took hold is unclear. But observing just […]

Origins: Kanchanjangha Organic Nepal Tea

RANITAR, Nepal Tea was a gift fit for their king that the humble people of Nepal have cherished since its arrival. Long before marketers labeled it organic, Nepal tea was grown with care. It was always the province of smallholders clinging to the mountain side like the trees they nurtured.  Tea developed naturally. Unlike India […]

Countenance: Travelers Along the Tea Horse Road

Tea once traveled the most daunting journey of any plant on the planet. Few tea drinkers know the story of how tea spread to every nation from its origin in the mountains of China. Traders for 13 centuries loaded tea on the backs of yaks, mules, horses, sheep, and man.  It took months for caravans […]

Curios: Double Wall Gaiwan

Manual founder and creative director Craighton Berman funded this Tea Maker No.1 on Kickstarter. The minimalist tea brewer is made of slip-cast porcelain and cool-to-the-touch laboratory-grade borosilicate glass. Inspired by the Chinese gaiwan, its double-wall construction keeps the steep temperature stable. The tea maker holds 6 oz (175 ml), slightly more than the traditional brewing […]

Curios: The Deviehl is in the Details

Crafted from exotic materials, these magnificent cups from Deviehl are a testament to London’s ability to create heirlooms for the most discerning aristocrats. A sensory delight to drink from, these exquisite objet d’arts are marveled by the arbiter elegantiae who spends his days in the continual pursuit of savoir-vivre. Rich colors and understated adornments make […]

Curios: The Scent of Tea

Literally steeped in alcohol, the subtlety of the rare teas in this collection from Jo Malone London was completely preserved, according to master perfumer Serge Majoullier. “Infusion is a traditional perfumery process not often used today. We thought it would be interesting to revisit it to create a highly modern collection of scents,” said Majoullier. […]

How to be a Tea Tourist in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia One of the great pleasures of traveling is taking time to enjoy tea in a new place in accordance with the customs of the local residents. These are our picks: Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur: This Colonial hotel adjacent to the Botanical Gardens is oh-so-majestic if you wish to take tea in the […]

Curios: Customized Tea Towels

                      Personalization was already taken to new heights when Spoonflower began in 2008 and created a way for consumers to design, print and sell their own fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. Now, a new launch from those creative minds at Spoonflower brings Roostery to the […]

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Kunlun Mountain Snow Chrysanthemum Tea: The two-mile high tea blossom

   Kunlun Mountain Snow Chrysanthemum tea is as striking to taste as it is to look at. It’s a candidate for any list of the world’s best herbal teas. But it also has a rich, aromatic whole leaf black tea flavor. It’s caffeine free but with a caffeine-ish zip. Additionally, it makes a terrific do-it-yourself […]

Enjoy Your Tea: Don’t Be Mythinformed

Enjoy your tea: 10 myths that get in your way Tea is a wonderful drink, with at least 3,000 varieties on the market. It’s inexpensive, with as wide a range of flavors as wines. Enjoy its variety and subtleties. Let’s start again. Just put up with your tea. It can be an awful drink, with […]

Off the Record: The Women Innovators of Tea

Ten innovative women who shaped the history of tea: social, political, trade, business, and cultural.

Human Elephant Conflict, An Environmental Tragedy

  Elephants are an integral part of Indian culture. They are generally referred to as Ganesh, the elephant headed Hindu God. As per Hindu mythology, obeisance to Ganesh is obligatory before paying reverence to any other God. The elephants have been an influence on every aspect of life in India. Unfortunately however we have today […]

Tea & Tech: The Designing Mind of Allen Han

The intense, curious, and inventive mind of Allen Han has been focused for years on industrial design. The 45-year-old is best known for his role in creating the Xbox 360 and the Kindle Fire. But, since 2014, this designing mind has been turned to a new venture: creating the Teforia system, perhaps the ultimate in […]

The Tea Explorer

By Rita Fong and Drew Taylor A Review The Tea Explorer is a documentary film written, produced, directed, and shot by Andrew Gregg that stars Jeff Fuchs, noted Canadian writer, photographer, explorer, and tea merchant. It’s a film about some of the people whose lives have been touched by and are still entwined with the […]

Tiki and Tea, A Tea Smoked Cocktail

William Prine, at L'Espalier, located at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston, has created this fabulous straight tiki style cocktail with Keemun and clove smoke that really brings it to life.