As a note, I am going to try to start writing once a week about good tea links I have found. There have been a number of times I’ve started projects on this blog to write regular updates about this-or-that topic, most of them I haven’t stuck with.
Hopefully I’ll be able to stick with this one.
Some articles that caught my eye on The Daily Tea:*
- A nice article by Nicole Martin about the World Tea Expo.
- Some really wonderful ideas for cooking with tea (savory recipes too, not just sweets) from Cynhia Gold. I particularly like the ideas of tea-infused vinegars, and a tzatziki with matcha.
- Some interesting recipes from The Daily Tea Team, including snickerdoodles with a chai twist, a peach-whiskey-iced-tea cocktail, and a tea-rubbed filet mignon with buttery mushrooms. To be honest, I’ve never had any luck cooking with tarragon, and I quit drinking Earl Grey quite some time ago, but the mushrooms in that last recipe sound pretty good, which is why I’m including the link.
- An article about the gongfu method of brewing tea, which sounded quite elegant. And entirely too time-consuming for someone like me, who is a bit impatient. Perhaps when I am older I will appreciate it more.
- A very informative article about how using a mesh strainer will affect the taste and texture of your tea. Included is a very handy chart showing hole sizes for different sizes of mesh.
JAS eTea also has an electronic newsletter, the Fine Tea Focus Newsletter. There were two issues this week, both interesting:
- The issue sent out this morning (June 15) discussed labeling on Pu-Erh cakes and what the various numbers, Chinese characters and English names mean. The same information appears on their Fine Tea Focus blog on June 6.
- The issue sent out June 12 discussed Darjeeling teas, which are originally from China but are grown in northern India. Usually thought of as a black tea, Darjeeling is also available in white, green and oolong varieties, although there is some difference of opinion whether Darjeeling oolong is a true oolong.
* Although I do have a subscription to The Daily Tea, I try not to post links to articles that require a subscription to read. Also, they currently have a contest going to win tea and a subscription, but it requires liking their page on Facebook. I don’t use Facebook much anymore, so the contest really doesn’t interest me that much.