It would not be a proper lesson on tea without sitting down and discussing the origin of tea. Where is it grown? More importantly where can it grow?
Something historic happened last week. Something with such mixed blessings it's difficult to really even interpret it's possible long term ramifications yet. But I'll certainly try. Those of us who really love our Darjeeling teas may already be aware, but most people won't be. Darjeeling is now ruled by the Gorkha.
This year's World Tea Expo is my 3rd trip to this event. I've appreciated the opportunities to learn and meet new people each year. I've made friends and contacts from every corner of the world and every continent save for Antarctica. The events and sights from this first day of the expo are similar to those from the past two years. Full of energy, vibrant colors and effusive scents tantalizing for everyone here. Read more to learn more.
Check out my coverage of both Day 1 and Day 3 of the 2011 World Tea Expo.
It seems oolong teas are all the rage right now. They're being grown in Hawaii and New Zealand as well as Nepal and most of these oolong teas are wonderful! This rule stands true for this Himalayan Jade oolong tea from SAFA Himalaya.
You can meet some pretty stellar people by going to exhibitions. Just that is what has happened the past two years at the World Tea Expo for me out in Las Vegas! This tea was presented to me by the fine folks at Jun Chiyabari.