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.
One of my favorite teas is one that contains zero tea leaves. No, it’s not an herbal, it’s the Japanese green tea, Hojicha. Hojicha contains only stems. Another creation from the early twentieth century, this concoction did not exist before mechanical harvesting. Hand harvesting of tea leaves allows for only the essential parts of the …
Plucked from the same plants which grow Japanese Sencha tea, Bancha is harvested later in the growing season from succession flushes. This second harvest from these plants usually occurs about twenty days after the Sencha harvest and any subsequent harvests after that are used as a way to help tidy up the tea plants before …
Though often marketed as a pure green tea, Genmaicha is actually a blend made from Bancha green tea and rice. The name “Genmaicha” translates to “brown rice tea”, likely due to the color of the added dried rice. Relatively new by the history of tea, it was created in the 1920’s by a Kyoto merchant …
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.
Contemplative Tea Tasting Team
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.
And of course, there is yours truly:
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.