2018 TRIP & EVENT RECAP: Nodate Tea Ceremony in Wazuka (Matcha Pt. 1)

Wazuka Tea Ceremony Demonstration Outside

As part of my trip to Japan, one thing I wanted to experience was a tea ceremony! Luck would have it that last Sunday in Wazuka, the town Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms is located in, had one! This will actually be part one of my three part mini-series on matcha.

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2018 TRIP & TEA 101: Comparing Seasonal Sencha Green Teas (ft. Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms)

Teas Provided by Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms

Obubu Tea Green Teas Unshaded

Last week, I wrote about shaded (Kabuse) green teas and I said that I would talk about unshaded (Roji) teas this week. However, I realized that it actually might be more useful to talk about harvesting seasons and why they are important, purely because most plants around the world are left unshaded in order to receive optimal sunlight.

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TEA FEATURE & TEA REVIEW: Tea Thoughts & Pique Tea

Some products received as gifts

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Like most of my Tea Features, I came across Nazanin from Tea Thoughts on Instagram! I enjoyed her beautiful tea-inspired pins and recipes. Through her social media, it is obvious that she loves tea and has built on that love. In this post, I plan to introduce Nazanin and her pins, as well as review a tea she gifted me from Pique Tea!

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TEA FEATURE & TEA REVIEW: The Sugared Teacup Custom Box Featuring For Tea’s Sake, First Edition Tea Co., Tealish, T by Daniel, and The Honest Leaf

The Sugared Teacup Spoons

Today’s Tea Feature will be Deb from the Sugared Teacup and I will be also reviewing a Holiday Tea Box she curated for me. I came across Deb when I crossed paths with her on Instagram. Deb has been such a great part of my tea journey.

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TEA FEATURE, BOOK REVIEW & TEA REVIEW: Tea-spiration by Lu Ann Pannunzio & Encha Organic Matcha’s mini-Encha

Tea-spiration Book and Encha Matcha

I intended for this post to be a Tea Feature of Lu Ann Pannunzio and review of her book, Tea-spiration: Inspirational Words for Tea Lovers. However, during the holidays, Lu Ann sweetly sent me a card along with some of her favourite matcha from Encha Organic Matcha! So, instead, this will be a Tea Feature of Lu Ann with a review of her book, Tea-spiration, and a Tea Review of mini-Encha.

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TEA REVIEW + UPDATE: T by Daniel’s Wow!, Rated R and Chocolate Mar-TEA-ni

T by Daniel Oolong Black Tea Spoons

Ending off the year with an oolong and two black teas. I admit, one big reason why these are the last teas of the year is because of their names: “Wow!” and “Chocolate Mar-TEA-ni”. They seem like fitting teas to end the year off with!

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