Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Upcoming Tea Series

I am composing a number of tea review series, variations on several themes, which I'll be exploring in the weeks ahead. I'll be hopping between them, but please return to read:

  • Darjeeling Tasting Series
  • Nepal Tasting Series
  • Dan Cong Oolong Tasting Series
  • Pu-erh Tasting Series

There will be a number of other tastings mixed in there as well, to keep things interesting (for me, at least). If any green tea distributors or farms wish to be part of a tasting series, please let me know, and I'll put one together.


And in case you're wondering, the above image is from the Book of Kells. I added it here because the interlocking series of reviews I'm embarking on, of glorious, intense teas, made me think of the complex fractals found in this ancient illustration.

7 comments:

marlena said...

You always have the best pics and interesting reviews!

Salsero said...

Exciting project. I look forward to it.

Jason Witt said...

Steven, I have to approve of your taste in tea. You just want to review the best and most famous. I especially look forward to the Pu-erh reviews but I expect to learn from all of those you have planned here. Isn't tea wonderful? --Spirituality of Tea

Steven Knoerr said...

Marlena, Tom, and Jason:

Thank you for your interest. I appreciate your readership, and I do hope this will be of interest to you.

Steven Knoerr said...

Marlena: Thank you for the lovely compliment! I am happy you like what I write about here on the blog. It's been a pleasure for me to write. Really, I create the blog as a record of my tea education, so I am less likely to forget what I discover. And hopefully, other people might be able to discover more and perhaps try some teas that sound intriguing.

And Salsero (Tom): Really, on my end, I'm excited as well. I've been sampling these teas for some time, and I'm glad to explore each one a little more fully.

Jason: Your comment causes me to pause and think a moment about my tea choices. Why do I drink (and write about) specific teas? The tea being famous or best isn't really why I do it-- although "best" does come closer. For starters, I only review teas I think I will enjoy. Sometimes, of course, I don't like them; but it's not because I'm not trying to enjoy them. There's nothing worse than a hater of Merlot who writes Merlot reviews. (Well, mass murderers are worse, and a couple other things.) And yes, I do think I want to enjoy the world's great teas (and try to train myself to be able to enjoy them). Doesn't mean I know much, but that I'm intensely curious.

Jason Witt said...

I understand but I must say, your curiosity seems to take over at times. I confess that I'm not too keen on white tea myself for its subtleties. If I want an oh-so-healthy tea I'll go for the Pu-erh which as far as I know is better for you than white tea. Perhaps you'd like to like white tea. But you know for sure you'll like Dan Cong. I understand because I feel like that too. --Spirituality of Tea

Steven Knoerr said...

Jason, speaking of pu-erh, I just updated the blog with the first installment of my Pu-erh Tasting Series: Yunnan Sourcing "Alpha." In your view, it's probably way, way too long, but you can skip to the end to read my overall impressions, if you're of a mind to do so.