Tea and Terroir Through Time, China and France

The concept of terroir is still in flux, though trending toward a more widely accepted framework for an all-encompassing set of synergistic influences.

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Origin India: Tamil Nadu and Kerala

The Western Ghats, South India Backbone of South India The six-hour drive south from Balanoor Tea Estate in Karnataka to […]

Origin India: The Deep South

Balanoor Tea Estate, Karnataka   Piece of Cake His birthday was celebrated in a leafy residential section of Bangalore, one […]

Harvest Review: Africa

The harvest report for 2017 is essentially the same for every African producer nation: Weather patterns continued to shape tea […]

The Statler

This cocktail was first created for the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.  The Historic Park Plaza was originally called the Statler […]

Tea Cocktails

In 2002 when Audrey Saunders first introduced her ‘Earl Grey Mar-Tea-ni’ at the Ritz Hotel in London, it took the […]

The Smoky Tomato

This variation on a Bloody Mary is a wonderful vehicle for an earthy, smoky, Lapsang Souchong tea.  Lapsang Souchong is […]

The Southern Earl Grey

This Champagne Tea Cocktail has been served on multiple continents and is a perennial favorite at L’Espalier in Boston.  It […]

Tea Cocktails

In 2002 when Audrey Saunders first introduced her ‘Earl Grey Mar-Tea-ni’ at the Ritz Hotel in London, it took the […]

Harvest Review: Vietnam

Vietnam in 2017 ranked as the world’s seventh-largest producer of tea and fifth in exports. It has 124,000 hectares under […]

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Tea Packaging: The Innovation Edge

Innovation in tea increasingly depends on innovation in packaging Make the tea bag go away Change the labels Freshen up […]

Origins: Tea Cultivation Takes Root in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

Tucked away near Oregon’s Willamette River in Salem, is Minto Island Tea Company: a nearly half acre plot of land containing Camellia sinensis var. sinensis bushes. More botanic laboratory than tea farm, it’s a 29-year-old science project and the only place in the state of Oregon where tea is being cultivated and sold.

Of Family & Tea: Novelist Lisa See’s Tea Journey

Six-time New York Times bestselling author, Lisa See, loves tea so much that she wrote a novel with Pu-erh tea as its historical background. This comes as no surprise if one knows the See family’s journey, of immigrants in the Wild West and Chinatown with a dash of Hollywood, intertwined with tea.

The Times and Tides of Tea Innovation

Tea innovation is a surprisingly inexhaustible subject. Choose a topic that has shaped society, such as  trade, war, health, literature, […]

Harvest Review: Australia

There is a clear emerging trend in the Australian market away from mainstream black tea to more specialist offerings. Australians’ […]

Curios: First Tea Humidor

Encasing tea in these elegant jewelry cases of inlaid wood was deceptively challenging. This is because the world’s first tea […]

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.

Tea Smoked Salmon

This lightly cured and smoked Salmon can be used as shown here for a first course, or with different accompaniments as a main course.

Tea Smoked Quail

Smoked poultry or fish are seen often in Asian cuisines, while in the west, particularly America, meat is more often smoked.

Tea Smoked Salt

I enjoy using Tea Smoked Salts as finishing salts where a pinch can really bring together the flavor and aromatic components of your dish.

Smoking with Tea Leaves

Smoking with tea leaves is not that different from classic wood chip smoking, and in fact tea leaves and wood chips work beautifully together.

Tea Smoked Pork Loin

Pork takes particularly well to smoking techniques, especially those that are preceded by brining.

The Gift of Tea

Tea is the beverage that welcomes millions of holiday visitors in every land — instantly conveying warmth and comfort. Centuries […]

Tea Brined Holiday Porchetta

This Italian holiday classic is incredibly moist and more tender than you will believe. Although the hands on time is not long, you’ll want to plan two days ahead to tea brine your pork belly overnight, then rub it with tea, herbs and spices and allow to sit another night before slowly roasting.

Harvest Review: Australia

Australians have a history of being black tea drinkers and following their mostly British heritage, but that is rapidly changing. […]

Tea Nog

For the holidays on a variety of menus I have often featured ‘Tea Nog’ which is a handmade eggnog made […]

Tea the Hero Crop

Large government-supported tea estates are failing. Scarcity of labor, the cost of large-scale production and reliance on chemicals and pesticides […]