Teaviews Profile: Joe


While I have always enjoyed the smell of coffee I can't say the same for the taste. Having grown up in the cold and snowy winters of upstate New York , I was always jealous of coffee drinkers who had something with which to warm themselves from the frigid temperatures. I tried tea, but until my mid twenties, I thought orange pekoe was the only tea that existed. It was and still is a tea that I don't much care for.

I was eventually rescued at a hotel in Thailand . I still don't know what kind of tea it was or why I decided to give it a try, but it was my first positive experience with drinking tea. That was more than twenty years ago and I still clearly remember each morning looking forward to a cup of tea after finishing my breakfast. It wasn't just the taste, but the unexplainable experience of sitting still and drinking a hot drink.

Soon after that, I spent several weeks in England . Here I learned the importance of quality milk or cream in tea. I lived in Korea and Japan and enjoyed unique flavors like peanut tea as well as a wide variety of green teas. My wife is from Morocco where they perform magic with green tea and mint.

Some are excited by fine wines. I'm all about tea. I love the preparation process and the peace that accompanies drinking it.

My current list of favorite teas include: Kashmiri Chai, Assam Gold and Honeybush.

Joe's Favorite Tea Products

JING Tea Okayti Estate Darjeeling Tresor Black Tea     10/10
Rishi Tea Organic Ancient Pu-Erh Ginger     9/10
The Simple Leaf Chloe     9/10
The Simple Leaf Dawn     9/10
Local Coffee + Tea Selby Select     8.5/10
Tea Palace Afternoon at the Palace     8.5/10
Golden Moon Tea Kashmiri Chai     8.5/10
TeaGschwendner Enlightenment     8.5/10
Dragon Pearl Bai Mu Dan White Tea     8.5/10
Choice Organic English Breakfast Tea     8.5/10

Recent Posts by Joe:

Review: Teavana Ginseng Vitality Rooibos     11 Jan 2010
Review: Local Coffee + Tea Selby Select     26 Dec 2009
Review: Teas Etc. White Rose     10 Dec 2009
Review: Tea Palace Harmony     01 Dec 2009
Review: Tavalon Purity     20 Nov 2009
Review: Tavalon Kashmiri Chai     10 Nov 2009
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