One of the best things about learning about tea is learning about tea; the subject is immense and there is always more to learn. There are so many great resources out there, too many to list in this post, so here's a great starting point. We're just thrilled that so many people are learning more about tea. These are in no particular order.
Bonnie Eng is a cook and a passionate tea lover. Her blog explores all aspects of tea and food. It's a great resource to learn about new and exciting ways to enjoy tea. She provides well organized tea reviews categorized by tea type. Her recipe section features foods that pair well with tea and even some that use tea as an ingredient. There is also a section for tea spots that she recommends as well as crafts that involve tea.
Writer and self proclaimed "Tea Nerd" Nicole Martin writes about all aspects of tea, in addition to hosting a podcast where she interviews people from the tea industry. She is also a prolific tea reviewer, so this is a great place to start learning more about tea if you are looking for new teas or if you want to compare tasting notes.
A tea review site like no other. Friends James Schergren and Denny Chapin do weekly video tastings and bi-weekly articles about a broad spectrum of tea. They give viewers/readers deep insight into their evaluation of the teas as well as the vendors. This is a great way to learn and develop more of an understanding about what to look for when tasting tea.
Max is the Senior Digital Editor at Savour and he's super into tea. He offers carefully crafted articles on various food topics with a heavy focus on tea. His writing about tea is educational and accessible without glossing over the details. He also writes about ice cream and dumplings.
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The mission of this blog is to nurture a thriving community of tea lovers. Founders Michelle Rabin and Sandy Bushberg spent over 25 years in the health care field, promoting healthy eating and lifestyle choices before discovering the merits of tea. Since then learning about tea has been their passion and the blog covers all aspects of tea and tea culture. They collaborate with guest writers from the tea community on many of their articles. Our sourcing director, Andy has been known to write guest posts from time to time.
Amanda Wilson writes tea reviews with whimsical, personal style that is upfront and honest. She is passionate about tea and, in her own words "geekery" which consists of gaming, Minecraft, Sci-Fi, fantasy and Role Play. All of these interests collide on her blog which makes for an engaging read. It is no secret that she is a big fan of Eco-Cha and we eagerly await her comments on our new teas.
If you are in the mood for some lavish photos of tea an food paired with sweet things in exciting locales then this is the blog for you. Kathy was born and raised in Hawaii, but is based in Manhatten now. She is a tea specialist who does consulting for brands, restaurants and hotels about tea blending, concept development and sourcing. Her writing is focussed on tea and travel.
Founded by Tony Gebely in 2009, it has won best tea blog at the World Tea Awards in 2014 and 2015. The focus is on education and news in the tea industry. Tony has been immersed in tea since 2005 when he travelled to China and South-East Asia. He is an avid writer and advisor to the American Tea Room and Tea Journey Magazine. One interesting tool on the site is the cultivar database which is a wealth of information about tea from different regions.
Born of a mutual love of tea and writing the site features a diverse group of women who all contribute tea reviews of forms. The founders wanted a venue to share their love of tea and help people learn about tea. Since they began, the list of contributors has gown steadily. While the reviews are unbiased and honest evaluations of each tea, each reviewer has her own style and preferences. Once you find a reviewer who shares your tastes it makes it easier to find new teas to try.
Drew Bednasek has been into tea since he was in his twenties and he was looking for a coffee alternative. Since then he's travelled all over the world and has a unique perspective on tea in different cultures. The teas he reviews span the entire spectrum of teas and they are well organized into categories by tea type and company. His tea travel stories are especially interesting.
Despite the name, Char loves more than just oolongs. She is an avid crochet artist with a very impressive tea stash. She mostly does tea reviews, but she has travel and recipes as well. Her reviews include detailed steeping instructions and original photos. Not to mention her handmade amigurumi crocheted Owls which make appearances throughout the blog.
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This month's batch of tea being shared with the Eco-Cha Tea Club was made by Mr. Su — an 80 year-old artisan of traditional Dong Ding Oolong Tea. He planted a plot of the Tie Guan Yin strain in his backyard several years ago, and this is the second time we've sourced this tea type from him. Mr. Su is our favorite representative of traditionally made tea in Taiwan, and it brings us a special kind of joy to be able to share his tea with our tea club members.
This batch has a particularly sweet character, with slightly tangy, fruity notes and a pleasantly clean lingering aftertaste. It has just enough of that cured, almost fermented character that makes it reminiscent of a traditionally made Tie Guan Yin Oolong. But given that it was only roasted once, it maintains a mild flavor profile similar to a Hong Shui Oolong.