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A collection of more advanced tea topics, to expand your knowledge even further.

The History of Tea in Taiwan

The History of Tea in Taiwan

If tea drinkers were asked to list their favorite teas and then told afterward that their tea choices provided a peek into their personalities, many would concede that there are plausible connections.

What Is Candle Bush Tea?

What Is Candle Bush Tea?

Why Candle Bush Is So Popular In JapanWe consume toxins through food, drinks, hygiene products, and free radicals every day. The fast-paced...

Hohin Teapots

Hohin Teapots

In this article, we discuss the Hohin teapot and what makes it so unique for brewing Japanese green tea…

What is Higashi?

What is Higashi?

Higashi is an art form of pressed dried confectionery. These vivid and pastel sweets are typically served in the summer tea ceremony.

Tea References

Tea References

I wrote a beginner’s guide to tea themes post that included a reference section. Here are some updates.

Tea Evaluation Template

Tea Evaluation Template

Just mentioning a “tea evaluation template” implies that analytical evaluation, a conceptual breakdown, is a positive thing – so let’s start there.

What is Yuzamashi?

What is Yuzamashi?

The world of tea is almost too large. If you’ve researched tea, you may already know, for example, that gyokuro is primarily defined by shading tea...

Aged Oolongs

Aged Oolongs

I recently reviewed two aged Taiwanese rolled oolongs – these were different than usual because they were only aged six years.

Wild Organic Tea From Shikoku

Wild Organic Tea From Shikoku

Tamaryokucha, also called guricha for its distinct curled leaf, is a processed tea that is hand-tossed in a large wok-like iron pan under a gentle...

Chanoyu: Tea and Ritual

Chanoyu: Tea and Ritual

There are Two Types of Green Tea Used – Usucha and Koicha  Two types of green tea matcha can be used in a tea ceremony.  There are also two ways the...

Matcha Myth Busters! – Part 2

Matcha Myth Busters! – Part 2

Continued from Matcha Myth Busters! - Part 1 Myth Three: Matcha is Expensive Matcha is packed with nutrients, and drinking it can detox the body and...

Matcha Myth Busters! – Part 1

Matcha Myth Busters! – Part 1

Matcha is often misunderstood if people aren’t familiar with it. I was recently hanging out in Austin, Texas -- the health capital of the state --...