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About teaxplorer

I grew up in the Midwest of the US and was introduced to tea at a very young age - unsweetened iced tea, that is! It was not until my early 20s, when I was seeking a lighter alternative to coffee, that I took tea drinking to a new level. I still remember my mother suggesting that I try putting milk in a cup of black tea (something that actually sounded a bit repulsive at the time, but I gave it a go). I quickly became tired of supermarket tea and started ordering teas from shops and companies all over the US. Throughout my 20s and now into my early 30s, pursuits in higher education studies, work opportunities and marriage have given me opportunities to live in the UK, Canada and Germany and travel around the world, which has sparked an even greater interest in tea and the culture of tea. This blog is my outlet to discuss my love of tea and show off some of my photos. All images and opinions on this blog are my own, unless stated otherwise. I retain copyright on all photographs, but please do not hesitate to contact me at teaxplorer@gmail.com if you wish to reproduce any of my images. Likewise, if you would like me to review and photograph any teas for you, please get in touch. I would be happy to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and I hope you return many times! Happy drinking! Drew B (@teaxplorer)

TEA REVIEWS: Jollybrew – The Guv’nor & Delicate Darjeeling

Website: Jollybrew Twitter: @jollybrew Facebook: Jollybrew Instagram: jolly_brew Blog: Jollybrew Blog Company location: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, UK Jollybrew is a UK-based online tea shop. It sells a large range of loose leaf teas, herbal and fruit infusions, tea bags and … Continue reading

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TEAWARE REVIEW: ingenuiTEA available at Tea Studio

Website: Tea Studio Twitter: @teastudio Facebook: Tea Studio Instagram: tea_studio_london Blog: Tea Studio Blog Company location: London, UK I’m pretty traditional when it comes to teaware, but I’ve seen this style of teapot around for years and was intrigued to try … Continue reading

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TEA REVIEWS: Three new Chinese black teas at What-Cha

Website: What-Cha Twitter: @What_Cha_Tea Facebook: What-Cha Instagram: what_cha_tea Company location: London, UK Always on the hunt for new and interesting teas, What-Cha has recently acquired three new black Chinese teas. One is a pearl, another is a loose leaf and … Continue reading

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TEA REVIEW: TeaFromVietnam – Red Lily Black Tea

Website: TeaFomVietnam Twitter: @TeaFromVietnam Facebook: Tea From Vietnam Instagram: teafromvietnam Blog: TeaFromVietnam Company location: Thai Nguyen, Vietnam Red Lily is the black tea version of Golden Lily, one of four oolongs that started being developed in Taiwan in the 1950s. … Continue reading

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TEA REVIEWS: ChaTale’s West Lake Long Jing & Bamboo Tea

Website: ChaTale Twitter: @chatale_uk Facebook: ChaTale Instagram: chatale_uk Blog: ChaTale Blog Company location: London, UK ChaTale is tea club/subscription service that delivers two teas to you each month. There are four subscriptions to choose from: Yummy Breakfast, Detox, Caffeine Cleanse and … Continue reading

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TEA REVIEWS: Three green teas available at TeaFromVietnam

Website: TeaFromVietnam Twitter: @TeaFromVietnam Facebook: Tea From Vietnam Instagram: teafromvietnam Blog: TeaFromVietnam Company location: Thai Nguyen, Vietnam TeaFromVietnam is a family-owned business in Thai Nguyen. The Vu family started growing tea in Thai Nguyen after World War I, and it … Continue reading

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TEA REVIEWS: Five teas available at Wan Ling Tea House

Website: Wan Ling Tea House Twitter: @wanlingtea Facebook: Wan Ling Tea House Blog: Tea Articles Company location: Blandford St. Mary, Dorset, UK / Shanghai, China / Woolongong, Australia Last month it was my pleasure to be in contact with James at Wan Ling … Continue reading

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