Welcome to Contemplative Tea! Where it’s always tea time for the soul. Grab your favorite cup and join me in leaving a legacy of tea.
Ichiban Sencha, or as Lori and I lovingly call it “Icky-ban Sencha”, is a prime example of how easily you can mess up making a cup of tea. It’s refreshing to read even the most experienced tea connoisseurs and experts can incorrectly make a cup of tea the first time they brew a cup. The first time …
Single estate teas are growing in popularity, but finding them can still be a challenge. Many small estates will pluck their tea leaves by hand, but it is often more economical for them to either outsource the production of the leaves to another party or to join with several other small tea estates at a …
Gunpowder tea is one of my favorite green teas. Partially for the name (everyone sounds macho when they say they drink gunpowder for breakfast!) and partially for the grounding flavors. Grown predominately in the Zhejiang province in China, this tea dates back to the Tang Dynasty. It is called gunpowder as the leaves are tightly …
How tea leaves are grown and processed determines greatly the variety of tea which one drinks. For simplicity, teas are reviewed and sorted below by color. If you’re looking for a particular tea, please check out the alphabetical listing.
It is advised to always taste with a friend as each palate picks up different flavors and aromas. Plus it’s great fun to compare tasting notes. As a result many of the reviews reference the tongue of my tasting partner, Lori.
Best friends for over four years, we met at work (both of us are accountants by trade). I’ll be forever thankful that Lori is the beautiful lass that’s joined me on this journey to leave a Legacy of Tea.
Enjoyed for over thousands of years, today tea is the second most widely consumed beverage on the planet (with water being the first).
In the battle for the best cup, which contender will win? Could it be the Illustrious Loose Leaf? The Time-Tested Tea Bag? Or the Seasoned Sachet?
Now that you’re hooked on the good stuff, you’ll want to store it properly so it won’t spoil.
Tea has a language all it’s own. Grow in your tea terminology and feel confident as you speak the language of tea.
Coming soon! Updates and thoughts from the tea industry.