A Sense of Sencha

Next to jasmine, sencha is my preferred choice of green tea. Both, however, are only as good as the source which leads the field wide open to disappointing results. When I was serving teas back in the early 90’s, most of the sencha on the scene was low grade and used by merchants looking for a…

Lavender Brewing Magic

Whether you are sipping or soaking, summer is the perfect time to remember the amazing properties of lavender. Universally regarded as one of the most healing of all herbs, lavender calms the nervous system and reduces mental stress. For tea drinkers, it’s often paired with chamomile or rose in herbal blends and also lends itself…

Special Deal from Jasmine Pearl

One of my favorite tea merchants is marking 8 years of fine tea. To celebrate, Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants is offering special savings during the month of November. Buy 2 oz of any tea and get 10% off. Buy 4 oz and get 20% off. If you’re lucky enough to live in the PDX area,…

Tea Treasures at Jasmine Pearl

There’s nothing like tea tasting to welcome Spring. (Okay – any season works.) Yesterday I ventured to NE PDX with Tea Bud, Ann, to explore the new retail/tasting room for Jasmine Pearl Tea Merchants. What fun! The store is tastefully designed with a bow to Zen decor and offers a thoughtful selection of merchandise including teaware by local artisans….