Time to take a trip around the great wide world of tea. I've been collecting these little bits that don't quite merit a post of their own, but I hate to waste them so here we go.
Starting in China, here's a wee little piece, originally from Xinhua, about a tea culture school that's getting underway in Zhejiang Province.
From there it's on to the Darjeeling region of India. This piece has been out there for a while (2004), but it's worth taking a look at. Magical, Mystical Darjeeling, by Amelia C. Levy, appeared in two parts in the Tea and C***** Trade Journal. Since it originally appeared in a trade publication it's geared more toward that audience, but still makes for good reading. Check it out here and here.
The Wooster alumni magazine features a great article by Caroline Morrell - Rare Water, Thunder and Figs - on tea in Iran.
Over at the Wine & Food Forum at Strat's Place you'll find another off the beaten path tea article/forum posting by Aeyal Gross. He posts some information about tea in Israel that's composed of outtakes from an article he wrote for Wine and Gourmet Magazine, an Israeli publication.
Tea drinkers in Malaysia are apparently fond of loading their brew with condensed milk and sugar. An article in the Malaysia Star - New Ways of Enjoying Tea - looks at the tea scene in this neck of the world and at alternatives to this ghastly practice.
Last, but not least, is a piece on the growing popularity of tea in the Middle East. It's from a publication called ITP Business, so it's filled to the brim with all manner of fact and figures and whatnot. But it's worth a glance all the same.