The Opinion Page

Monthly opinions, research and reviews in the world of tea. This stimulating non-commercial blog is never used to promote the products of Tillerman Tea.

Over the Rainbow: In Search of Authenticity

“We welcome you to Munchkin land”  Everybody is claiming it: "My teas are authentic...," "authenticity is our watchword...," "we are 100% authentic….” These claims just go on and on[1]. But what on earth does "authentic” mean? If everyone claims it, does it really...

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The Handmade’s Tale

"With My Own Two Hands" HARPER “Handmade!” Producers and vendors love to tout the handmade quality of their teas. But does this make a difference? Are handmade teas any better than those made by machine?  Does anyone really care? And what is meant by “handmade tea” in...

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The Confessions of a Tea Snob

Mea Cupa Please don’t judge me but I’m afraid I’m a tea snob.  Can there be any doubt about it? I refuse coffee. I drink only “true tea”, preferably acquired from small independent family growers and specialty shops. I assiduously avoid teabags. I generally brew in a...

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O Canada,The True North Strong and Tea

Today is Canada Day. And it’s a special one as the nation celebrates the sesquicentennial of Confederation on July 1st 1867; Canada has grown and changed a lot over the past 150 years. Yet Canada didn’t have a “Halifax tea party” at its birth and it has no “Tea Party”...

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Black is Black, I want my Oolong back

If it walks like a duck I love drinking oolong tea. I devote my business to the promotion of oolong tea. I search out oolong tea. I proselytize on behalf of oolong tea. I am fully vested in oolong tea. But what on earth is an oolong tea? Formerly this question was...

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Lapsang Souchong: A Review of Two Teas

As I indicated in “The Ground Rules” I will be doing occasional reviews of teas that I find exceptional. These reviews will never include Tillerman Tea products. This is the first such review. Xiao Cui I didn't go there to buy but, before heading out to the tea farms...

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The Ground Rules

This is the first of what I hope will become a monthly series of blog postings on this site. As such, it is best now to use the space to set out the purposes of the blog and to establish some ground rules. The primary purpose of this blog is education – principally...

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