In honor of apple season, and my formative years in an apple-cropping region of New York State, we will embark on an exploration of the ultimate tea to pair with apple. That’s right – bite an apple, then sip some tea, or perhaps even sip then bite – but the two flavors must promenade the palette together. Our goal here is to explore the flavor profile of apple (Malus domestica) according to its known aroma and taste characteristics, then see which tea (Camellia sinensis) type might provide the best companion for this gallant fruit.
Tea Plant Biology & Cultivation
Unearthing Savor & Soil
A worn and weathered large-leaf Assamica strain planted from seed in the 1970’s Cultural Revolution. I sampled the soil around this tree in Spring of this year, discovering to my amazement that over the decades it had cultivated an intricate network of beneficial...
The Complete Guide to Oolong Tea Craftsmanship: Distilling the Art and Science of Flavor Formation
A 34-minute deep-dive into Oolong tea craftsmanship, including interviews with Oolong Tea Masters, a review of the scientific literature on Oolong tea flavor formation, and plenty of clips taken over years of traveling out to tea farms and producing tea alongside the professionals.
The Science Behind a Bold but Balanced Tea Infusion (Part 2)
Part 2 includes the factors to consider when calculating “the right” tea extraction time and water temperature (i.e. tea type, production technique, growing conditions). We also dive into healthful but bitter tea polyphenols – how to extract enough while maintaining a well-balanced brew.
The Science Behind a Bold but Balanced Tea Infusion (Part 1)
This piece is part one of two aimed at offering an in-depth but accessible look at the science of tea infusion. What compounds are bitter, or savory, and how do we brew for balance?
Farm to Fashion: Soil Samples and Designer Tea-Shirts, All in a (strange) Day’s Work
Dyl travels to an organic tea farm to collect soil samples and ends up eating rat. Mere hours later, he partakes in a tea-themed fashion show. He does not know which made him feel more uncomfortable.
Green Tea Chemistry 101: Key Compounds for Flavor Quality
Discussing what makes a green tea exceptional. Key players are L-theanine, EGCG, soluble sugars, non-gallated catechin compounds, and more
Why is Nannuo Shan a Top Tea Terroir? Ecology, Culture, History (Part 2)
The second of two pieces on Nannuo Shan. Ancient tea trees, the vibes of Nannuo, local history, processing tea with the locals, overall impressions.
Why is Nannuo Shan a Top Tea Terroir? Ecology, Culture, History (Part 1)
My thoughts regarding the Nannuo Shan terroir following my initial trip there in 2017. Local culture, recent history and ecological protection efforts. How they effect tea tree growth and more.