Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tea Guy Speaks Summer Hiatus

As it turns out, Tea Guy Speaks has embarked upon a brief hiatus during this fine summer. There's still plenty of stuff to look at in our archive and we'll be back sometime before autumn arrives. Thanks, as always, for visiting.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Free Classic Tea eBooks II

Here's part two of the list of old tea books that I've reviewed at The English Tea Blog. Most of them are available in free online or ebook editions. Check out part one of the list here.

Tea-Blending as a Fine Art
by Joseph M. Walsh link

An Essay on Tea
By Jonas Hanway link

Tea; Its Effects, Medicinal and Moral
by George Gabriel Sigmond link

Letter to a Friend, Concerning Tea
by John Wesley link

A Popular Treatise on Tea
by John Sumner link

The Book of Tea
by Kakuzo Okakura link

Tea and Tea Drinking
By Arthur Reade link

The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker

Free Classic Tea eBooks I

In addition to writing about tea at this site, I contribute frequently to The English Tea Store Blog. One of my favorite topics there is old books about tea. Now that every bit of text in the known universe is being (or soon will be) digitized, it means that quite a few of these dusty old tomes are readily available in free electronic editions. Here are links to some of the reviews I've written about them and here's part two of the list.

Tsiology; A Discourse on Tea
By A Tea Dealer link

Tea, Its Mystery and History
by Samuel Phillips Day link

A Journey to the Tea Countries of China
By Robert Fortune link

Tea and Coffee
By William Andrus Alcott link

Panacea: A Poem Upon Tea in Two Cantos
By Nehum Tate link

The Natural History of the Tea-Tree
By John Coakley Lettsom link

The Tea Cyclopaedia link

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Tea Review 153 - Mellow Monk Kuma Green

Kuma Green 1228
Mellow Monk

I don't get around to reviewing tea much these days. I have the best intentions but a lot of my writings about tea appear elsewhere and so I don't have as much time to devote to this site as I'd like. So on those rare occasions when I do review tea here it's usually something that's a cut above the rest.

Take Mellow Monk's Kuma Green 1228, for example. I've had the pleasure of sampling some Mellow Monk teas in the past and it was always a memorable experience. This time around was no exception to that rule. It's certainly worth a look. Here's what they have to say about it.

A brightly herbaceous guricha-style sencha, with a sweetness highlighted with fruity highlights — apples, melon, and white wine grapes — as well as citrus notes and a hint of jasmine. [Note that this is not jasmine green tea; the hint of jasmine is naturally present in the tea.] Made from yabukita tea plants grown in the rolling hills of Kuma County, tended and crafted into tea by artisan Kazuo Watanabe.

Image: Mellow Monk
Sample provided by Mellow Monk
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