Tea in BC 2017

It had been almost four years since I last sipped my way through Victoria, BC and I was eager to return. My visit there seven weeks ago didn’t disappoint. Murchie’s, of course, was my first stop. Offering one of the best examples of a modern tea salon steeped in history, an exquisite pastry and pot of Jasmine…

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…

Tea Morrocan Style in Portland

Amidst the buzz of urban development, it’s nice to find a place that encourages people to slowly sip and savor. Housed in a modern glass tower in the PDX Pearl District, Ovation Coffee & Tea provides a surprising departure from a frantic world. Enjoy authentic Moroccan teas brewed to order with fresh (not dried) leaves….

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,…