About This Blog

I created Adventures in Good Tea to be a place for all the tea-lovers who stumble across it and join it to write about their adventures in good tea. Their posts will be read by others who will then discover more about tea. At least that is the way it is supposed to work, I might be-for awhile at least-the only one to post here, though. I wrote a "Definition of 'Good tea'" which is pasted below.

If you think of tea as coming in a tea bag, and the contents of the tea bag are little brown/black dust specks, then you do not drink "good tea". Good tea, is not only black tea, but also is Green, Oolong, Yellow, and Pu-erh teas. There are also many good flavored teas, and tisanes, otherwise called herbal teas. Rooibos (or red tea) is not a true tea, as it has not come from the Camellia Sinensis plant. There are "good teas" and "better teas" that come in tea bags. The difference between "good" and "not good" tea is mostly the manner of processing the leaf. It is also the part of the plant the tea comes from. "Not good" tea contains mostly crushed tea, the fannings, in "not good" tea you will not find a whole tea leaf-at least not usually. "Good" tea usually either has all whole leaves (as in oolongs) or minimally crushed, torn or cut leaves (except in some Pu-erhs, which are then compressed into tea cakes, which are then in turn left to "ferment" under control). You will also find "good" tea that is shaped into a cake, with individually rolled leaves, woven into an opening flower, and with individually twisted leaves, there are also many other beautiful and strangely shaped "good" tea leaves. "Not good" tea is usually not made from the tea bush buds, or even young leaves. It is usually made from fully-opened leaves, and the stems. It is also blended together from many different tea farms, resulting in a lesser-quality tea. "Good" tea, on the other hand, is usually made from the buds and young leaves of the tea bush. It does not usually contain the stems of the tea bush, one exception, however, is Kukicha a Japanese green tea that does contain the tea stems. It also is usually-but not always-made from tea that comes from a single estate, or single tea farm. This results in a finer, more unique flavor.

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