POLL: How do you make and take your iced tea?


We’re in the dog days of summer and many of us are substituting glasses of refreshing iced tea for our regular cuppa. Lately I’ve noticed that the topic of iced tea is getting a lot attention on Twitter, and below are a couple of polls about what kind of iced tea you like and how you make it. Also, please add a comment (on the blog, Twitter or Facebook) and tell everyone about your special iced tea recipe. Do you have a special mix? Do you take sugar or lemon in your tea? I absolutely love iced tea, and you can read how I like it here.


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TEA TOPICS: Blog views by country

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When I started my tea blog in April 2013 I had no idea where my readers might come from. Being based in the UK, I figured most of my readers would be British, and I suspected a lot of readers would come from the US because of the amount of tea blogs coming out of that country.

While my ultimate goal is to get views from every country in the world, I feel quite honoured to have had readers from 86 countries thus far. If we are working under the assumption that there are 196 countries in the world (a number disputed by some), I still have a ways to go, but I think things are filling in nicely. My top 15 views by country are as follows: Continue reading

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REVIEW: Tip Top Tea – Hong Shui Oolong (2013)


Tea: A 40% oxidised oolong from Lugu village, Nantou County, Taiwan
Sample provided by: Whittington’s Tea Emporium
Twitter: @WTEmporium
Facebook: Whittington’s Tea Emporium
Link to Hong Shui on Whittington’s Tea Emporium website

Dry leaf:

- The dry leaf consists of large rolled leaves that are a chocolate brown colour

- It has a sweet, roasted aroma. However, when the dry leaf is added to a pre-warmed gaiwan or teapot, it gives off a distinct peach aroma Continue reading

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REVIEW: Green Terrace Teas – Li Shan High Mountain Oolong (2014)


Tea: Lightly oxidised oolong tea from Lishan, Heping District, Taichong City, Taiwan (spring harvest 2014)
Sample provided by: Green Terrace Teas
Twitter: @greenterracetea
Facebook: Green Terrace Teas
Link to Li Shan Oolong on Green Terrace website

Over the past couple of months I have reviewed five teas from Green Terrace Teas. While I’ve enjoyed all of their teas, I have thoroughly enjoyed the lightly oxidised oolongs that they sent me.  This Li Shan High Mountain Oolong really got my curiosity going when it arrived because I tried their Li Shan Black Tea last month and found it a unique and special tea that has a remarkable sweet flavour. I was eager to compare the two Li Shan teas, as well as to see how Li Shan High Mountain stacked up against their other oolongs.  Continue reading

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REVIEW: Tip Top Tea – Simao Gao Shan (2013)


Tea: Green tea from Simao, Yunnan Province, China
Sample provided by: Tip Top Tea
Twitter: @tiptoptea
Link to Simao Gao Shan on Tip Top Tea website

Simao Gao Shan is one of Tip Top Tea’s newest additions. I am very pleased to be reviewing this tea, as Yunnan green teas are some of my favourite Chinese green teas. Compared to a Chun Mee or a gunpowder, I think Yunnan green teas are lighter and sweeter, although they are unforgiving during the infusion process, so using proper water temperature and steeping time is vital. Read on to see what I thought of this Simao Gao Shan. Continue reading

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REVIEW: Tip Top Tea – Menghai tuo-cha – RIPE pu-erh (2007)


Tea: Ripe (Shu) pu-erh tea from Menghai County, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China
Sample provided by: Tip Top Tea
Twitter: @tiptoptea
Link to Menghai tuo-cha on Tip Top Tea website

Pu-erh is an extremely complex tea that, if stored and aged properly, develops complex, refined flavours. While pu-erh is not for everyone because of its strong earthy notes, it can be a bizarrely addictive tea that is a great substitute for coffee or strong black teas. Once you find a pu-erh that you like, investing in a cake, nest or brick could provide you with years of brilliant tea.

So, how does Tip Top Tea’s Menghai tuo-cha stack up? Has it aged well? Is it a tea to invest in? Read on to see what I think.

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REVIEW: Kedoçay – Dragon Well (2014)


Tea: Green tea from the Hangzhou region of Zhejiang province, China
Sample provided by: Kedoçay
Twitter: @kedocay
Link to Dragon Well on Kedoçay website

Dry leaf:

- The dry leaf consists of large, flat leaves Continue reading

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