TEA REVIEWS: Grey’s Teas – Kenyan and Ceylon white teas

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Website: Grey’s Teas
Twitter: @greysteas
Facebook: Grey’s Teas
Blog: Grey’s Teas Blog
Company location: Warwick, UK

In May I reviewed a handful of spring 2015 teas available at Grey’s Teas. You can find those reviews by clicking here. Today I’m pleased to be reviewing two white teas from the spring 2015 harvest that are from areas not particularly well-known for white tea production – Kenya and Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Whilst the Kenyan and Sri Lankan tea markets have much experience producing black teas, both are branching out and producing green, oolong, dark and white teas, and with great success, in my opinion.

Read on to see what I make of Grey’s Teas Kenya White Lelsa Silver Tip and Ceylon Oodoowerre Silver Needle White.

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TEA REVIEW: Global Tea Hut – Summer 2015, “Elevation”: Big-leaf Red Tea, Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

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Website: Global Tea Hut
Twitter: @GlobalTeaHut
Facebook: Global Tea Hut
Instagram: globalteahut
Blog: Global Tea Hut: Tea & Tao Magazine
Company location: Miaoli, Taiwan

I am very grateful to Jaye (@CardiffTeaCup) and Paul (@paullovestea) for graciously sending me a gift through Global Tea Hunt’s subscription service. When you subscribed to Global Tea Hut for $50 to $175, you can send a gift to a friend. Read more here.

Global Tea Hut is a tea subscription service that sends subscribers a rare tea each month, as well as a magazine and a gift (e.g. tea chocolates, cloths, teaware, etc). Global Tea Hut operates by getting donations from tea farmers. It then packs and sends the tea, magazine and gift to subscribers in more than 30 countries. Subscribers can donate between $20 and $500 per month to receive their Global Tea Hut tea, magazine and gift. Moreover, Global Tea Hut is working to build a global tea community by featuring subscribers in its magazine, setting up web forums and hosting tea events around the world (e.g. in Los Angeles, Moscow, Barcelona, Estonia, Australia and France).  All donations from subscribers are used to run a free tea centre in Miaoli, Taiwan.

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Last year I wrote a piece about Moroccan tea culture and got a response from a reader about how they had similar mint tea in southern Spain. So when I recently visited Granada, I wanted to investigate the tea scene.

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TEA REVIEWS: Three teas available at Yeh Tea

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Website: Yeh Tea
Twitter: @YehTeaCouture
Facebook: Tea Hearts
Company location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Today I have the pleasure of reviewing three teas available at Yeh Tea, an Amsterdam-based company. Yeh Tea carries a large selection of green, black, white, blended and herbal organic teas, as well as tea accessories. Yeh Tea ships worldwide.

Read on to see what I think about Yeh Tea’s Bi Luo Chun, Gyokuro and Yunnan.

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TEA NEWS: The Premio Dardos Awards


I would like to thank Kayleigh at KittyLovesTea for her nomination for the Premio Dardos Awards – bloggers. Kayleigh has a detailed description of the award, so please visit her blog for more information. And while you are there, take some time to check out her excellent tea blog!

Writing my blog over the past two-and-a-half years has been exciting, and I hope I’ve provided my readers with interesting articles and reviews. I love the network I’ve created with tea lovers all over the world through my blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The Premio Dardos Awards asks that I nominate another blogger for the award. It also asks that I tell three things about myself.

My nomination is:

Mehmet Emin Akyuz, who runs the blog Chapedia. His blog is full of great tea reviews and articles about other tea-related topics. Mehmet also has a wonderful Instagram feed. Mehmet is based in Istanbul, Turkey, and his family grows tea in Rize Province of the country.

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TEA REVIEWS: Five teas available at Shibui Tea

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Website: Shibui Tea UK / Shibui Tea Canada
Twitter: @ShibuiTeaUK / @ShibuiTeaCanada
Facebook: Shibui Tea
Instagram: shibuitea
Blog: Shibui Tea Blog
Company location: Edinburgh, Scotland / Montréal, Québec

This week I’ve had the pleasure of tasting five teas carried by Shibui Tea. Shibui Tea is a family-run business that trades in the UK and Canada. John runs things in the UK, whilst Paul heads up the Canadian trade.

Shibui Tea sells an extensive selection of loose leaf teas, pyramid tea bags and teaware. Today I’m reviewing five teas from Shibui Tea’s range, which is just a small snip-it of the 200+ teas and herbal infusions it currently sells.

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TEA NEWS AND TEA REVIEW: Tea Studio has a new website and a new blend

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Website: Tea Studio
Twitter: @teastudio
Facebook: Tea Studio
Instagram: tea_studio_london
Blog: Tea Studio Blog
Company location: London, UK

As I mentioned in a review in June, things were moving and shaking at Tea Studio. Whittington’s Tea Emporium (WTE) recently merged with Tea Studio, and the founder of WTE, Kyle Whittington, would continue to run his popular tea events at the new Tea Studio company location at Trinity Buoy Wharf, and he planned to redesign the Tea Studio website and introduce new teas. Those changes are now complete.

You can check out Tea Studio’s new website by clicking here. The homepage is very user-friendly, as it is divided into three main sections from which you can explore Tea Studio’s tea range, teaware and up-coming tea events. It also has a menu bar at the top of the homepage with buttons to learn more about the art used on Tea Studio’s packaging, as well as links to its blog, contact page and so on.

With the release of its new website, Tea Studio has also introduced a new blend called Studio 15 Trinity Blend. To pay tribute to its new location at Trinity Buoy Wharf, which is near East India Dock, Tea Studio wanted to create a blend that reflects changes in the tea trade in Britain during the 18th century. In the early days of the tea trade, China was supplying Britain, but as trading relations soured, Britain planted tea gardens in India to try to satisfy tea demand at home. During the 18th century, the British market transitioned from reliance on Chinese black tea to Indian/Assam black tea. Some companies still have English breakfast teas that are pure Keemun because that was the original English breakfast recipe. Studio 15 Trinity Blend has Assam and Keemun, but it has one other tea to give it a nice kick. Read on to find out more about this tea.

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