Kuki-cha Twig Tea (Light of Day Organics) ~ loose leaf by Jocilyn Mors is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. September 29

Jocilyn’s Top 100

It’s been over a year since I posted my first “Top 100” tea list (although, at the time I could only scrape together a Top 50), and it feels like the kind of thing that ought to be refreshed annually. Naturally i couldn’t find the Excel spreadsheet I’d used the first time around and had to […]

Shincha Tamagawa (Kilogram) ~ liquor by Jocilyn Mors is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. September 27

Shincha Tamagawa ~ Kilogram Tea

After the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdown there were apparently isolated cases where Shizuoka tea from the Honyama region were found to be contaminated with radiation above the legal limit.  I honestly don’t know how many or for how long that continued, but I know the government stepped up their testing of Shizuoka tea 10 fold […]

Basil Mint Pu-erh (Numi) ~ liquor by Jocilyn Mors is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. September 26

Basil Mint Pu-erh ~ Numi

It’s been a long while since I reviewed any Numi teas, or for that matter any Pu-erh period the end. Possibly this lapse is due to the chaos and upheaval of moving several times in the past year and to my desire to share some of my more exciting exploits. Yet, there’s more to blogging […]

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Wadmalaw Island Green ~ Charleston Tea Plantation

  I’d like to give a shout-out to my close friend Rachel for helping make this post possible given my current emotional state. :) Domestically grown tea enjoys the perks of never requiring the drinker to worry about the quality of life of its farmers. That being said, domestically grown tea definitely doesn’t come cheap, […]

Chado Signature Tai Ping Hou Kui ~ view from Chado by Jocilyn Mors is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. September 23

Signature Tai Ping Hou Kui ~ Chado Tea Room

  Last month I briefly described my Excursions to LA and Little Tokyo (and not quite “excursion” to J. Paul Getty). Though necessary at the time, I glossed over one stop that I’ve been meaning to unpack (both literally and figuratively thanks to my recent move): Chado Tea Room. Chado Tea Room was a delight […]

Hamilton Beach Programmable ~ some assembly required by Jocilyn Mors is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. September 22

Hamilton Beach Programmable 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle

It’s been a long while since I posted a blog specifically related to tea equipage. As i seem to have somehow managed to misplace my tea kettle during my latest apartment move, it seemed like an appropriate time to review a new one (or more). This time, rather than high-end, I decided it might be […]

Egyptian Camomile (Metropolitan) ~ spent by Jocilyn Mors is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. August 28

Egyptian Camomile ~ The Metropolitan Tea Company

I have historically had a definite love/hate relationship with camomile. Obviously, the most glaring issue to mind arises from the fact that Matricaria chamomilla and Chamaemelum nobile, two plants of the herbaceous Asteraceae family (also including the subfamilies of asters, daisies and sunflowers) found growing natively in many parts of Northern Europe, most commonly referred to as “chamomile” (or more accurately, reflecting […]

Oi Ocha with Wakame Wakakuki (Itoen) ~ Mr. Pizza Tower Thumb Shadow by Jocilyn Mors is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. August 27

Oi Ocha with Wakame Wakakuki ~ Itoen

Probably the most common Japanese bottled Green tea in the West is Itoen’s Oi Ocha. Their distribution is easily the most robust in the States, and their sister product Tea’s Tea (which you can find organically produced), was designed to be sold here. I drink Oi Ocha a lot and it’s always satisfying (but the […]

Fo Cha (Silk Road) ~ Urban Temple by Jocilyn Mors is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. August 21

Fo Cha Buddhist Tea ~ Silk Road Teas

Since it wasn’t bought in a traditional grocery setting, I am not 100% sure how long this tea had sat on the shelf before i found it. Never a good sign.     Silk Road Teas specializes in rare and artisan teas (but then, apart from TeaVana or DavidsTea, who doesn’t? ;). I’d run across […]

Tea Excursion: Los Angeles ~ Getty: East Pavilion by Jocilyn Mors is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. August 20

Excursion: Los Angeles

Last week I had the good fortune of being plopped down at UCLA for a work-related conference. I’ve always said that Southern California is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there, and this trip more or less solidified that belief in my mind. In a way, LA is paradise. In […]

Nepal Black (DavidsTea) ~ liquor by jocilyn mors is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. May 01

Nepal Black ~ DavidsTea

Based on the last several DavidsTea reviews, I have come to expect, well, disappointment from their teas. I’m not sure that’s fair, but it is the reality. Fortunately, i have a better reason to write today. So it is that I come to review DavidsTea’s Nepal Black. Nepalese Blacks are by and large some of […]

Laos Black #05 (Steepster) ~ loose leaf macro 14X by jocilyn mors is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. February 25

Laos Black #05 ~ Steepster

      I won’t belabor the obvious parallels. Even a child would be able to recognize that what I’ve obviously constructed here is a strikingly accurate 1:100,000,000 representation of the majestic Tibetan K2… At any rate, to follow up on yesterday’s post, I dug through my tea shelves and pulled out something I’d been […]

Doctor Stop vs. Cast Iron ~ liberation by Jocilyn Mors is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. February 24

Doctor Stop vs. Cast Iron, or why this looks like a hiatus but isn’t

I have been hesitate to post anything in the past couple weeks for two reasons: First I have been dealing with a massive knot of challenging hospitalisation and interpersonal issues (i won’t bore you with the details except to say I’ve averaged about one emotional breakdown a day for almost a month and my tear […]

Tai Mu Long Zhu (Upton) ~ liquor Mulan by Jocilyn Mors is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. January 31

Tai Mu Long Zhu ~ Upton

I get really excited whenever i get the chance to review another Upton Tea Imports tea. I have so many that i could almost do one a week, but people would get sick of seeing it. Virtually nothing is known about Tai Mu Long Zhu (泰姆龙珠), which makes it both frustrating and mysterious. A spring-grown […]

Jade Cloud ~ Rishi

When it comes to teas that are easily found at your local grocery, Rishi is my penultimate favorite (behind Numi).  And yes i realise that sentence is ridiculous. One of the things i love most about Rishi is how well they spell out the origins of their products. From merely glancing at the side of the box […]