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Tea Blog, Links, & Books

Tea Literature The Mark T. Wendell Tea Company thought that you might find the following links to be useful as you searched the Web for more information about the enjoyment of tea or gourmet pursuits in general. We have listed some of our favorite tea themed books, magazines, blogs, specialty tea review forums and tea educational websites below. Feel free to visit these sites and to let us know if there are any other appropriate links that you would like us to consider adding to this page.

Books About Tea

There are hundreds and hundreds of books written about tea, but we have found the following to be the best that will help to educate both the novice and connoisseur alike.

The New Tea Lover’s Treasury
by James Norwood Pratt
Published by Publishing Technology Associates, 1999

The New Tea Companion, A Guide To Teas Throughout The World
by Jane Pettigrew & Bruce Richardson
Published by Benjamin Press, 2008

The Story of Tea, A Cultural History and Drinking Guide
by Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss
Published by Ten Speed Press, 2007

The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook
by Mary Lou Heiss and Robert J. Heiss
Published by Ten Speed Press, 2010

Magazines About Tea

TEA, A Magazine
A consumer quarterly magazine all about tea, both as a beverage and for its cultural significance in art, music, literature, history, and society.
This magazine is a must read for all tea enthusiasts. Subscriptions are available.

The Leaf, Tea Magazine
A unique quarterly online tea magazine focusing on Chinese teas, authored by experts in the field of international tea manufacture, tea wisdom and philosophy.

Websites About Tea

A wealth of information can be found in the combined website of the Tea Association of the USA, Inc., the Tea Council of the USA, and the Specialty Tea Institute (STI).

Great Teas
An excellent new site presenting invaluable information about tea, its history, brewing tips, health benefits and more.

Tea Genius
Your knowledge base of tea, with tea facts, history, production information, and health benefits.

Learn About Tea
An online resource guide about tea and its many benefits, with detailed information about the various types of tea.

All About Green Tea
A highly informative website, with a concentration in presenting green tea information, presented by the Chinese-American Tea Association.

Blogs About Tea

Tea Pages
Katrina’s blog about all things tea including tea reviews, industry news and random musings about tea culture. Katrina visited us back in 2007, with a series of blog posts on Mark T. Wendell teas.

Camellia Sinensis
The official blog of San Francisco’s Imperial Tea Court, home of world-renowned traditional Chinese teahouses and the finest Chinese tea and tea ware.

A gathering of elite tea aficionados and guest contributors, whose essays and reflections on tea go well beyond the mundane and transcend into the realm of high intellect. A gem among tea blogs.

Passport To Tea
Tea Author and Expert Jane Pettigrew’s Blog about her travels around the tea world.

A well written blog focusing on the health aspects of tea and its importance in our communities. Several entries are guest written by tea industry stalwarts.

Tea Finely Brewed
Based in Australia, Eric has created a visually appealing blog that explores many tea topics with concise entries and great photographs.

Gongfu Girl
A well-written blog comprised by a team of writers that focuses heavily on Asian-style tea and tea practices.

Teatrekker’s Weblog
A great blog authored by Bob and Mary Lou Heiss (authors of The Story of Tea), is a fascinating tour through various teas, tea producing countries and related topics.

The Tea Blog
An informative and well composed blog from tea industry fixtures, Republic of Tea.

Reading The Tea Leaves
One of our well educated tea consultants and tea suppliers, Lydia, has created a blog where she can discuss her 20 years experience with the tea leaf. From personal visits to tea gardens, to her unique experiences with the varying selection of China teas, her descriptions of these events are brought down to a level even a tea novice would enjoy.

Specialty Tea Review Forums

There are literally thousands of variations of teas and tea blends on the market today.
We like to think that our offerings are among the best, but tea drinkers’ tastes are so subjective that someone’s favorite tea might not make someone else’s top ten! We have seen many tea review forums and blogs appear on the Internet recently, and here are some that we consider to be the best.

Probably the largest online tea community, Steepster has a unique layout that allows tea lovers to discuss their favorite teas.

Visit reviews of select Mark T. Wendell Tea Company Teas by the Steepster Community at this link:

Tea Advisor
Drinking tea is a relaxing part of hundreds of millions of people’s daily lives and this website strives to reflect the sense of tranquility, joy and the calm, meditative energy sipping on a nice cuppa provides for us. TeaAdvisor is one website you will never see any annoying ads during your visits. That said, brew a cup of your favorite tea, enjoy your visit and feel free to explore their website and community!

Walker Tea Review
A well organized and frequently updated tea review blog. Jason reviews each tea by video allowing you to get a very detailed feel for the selected tea.

You can see several Mark T. Wendell Tea reviews at this link:

Lainie Sips
Our friend Lainie has taken her passion for tea and turned into a great blog. She does review teas from time to time, but has also focused her efforts into creating podcasts and videos about tea as well.

Tea = Bliss
Jennifer has taken her passion for tea (she has referred to herself as a “tea freak”) and created a blog linking her love of tea with her numerous online tea community tea reviews. She has taken the time to sip and discuss several of our favorite teas recently. is an online collective of tea lovers and reviewers from across the United States and Canada. Stephen has developed a blog completely unaffiliated with any tea manufacturers or merchants, so the reviews remain 100% unbiased. They have reviewed over 2,000 tea varieties and blends from over 165 companies!

Tea Review Blog
The Tea Review Blog is an online community of tea lovers and tea reviewers who share their love of tea with one another. Tea reviews are posted quite frequently and cover almost every style of tea you can imagine. (Even some that are rather unimaginable!)

It’s All About The Leaf
A relatively new entry in the tea review blog format, Mike has created a forum whose goal is to give readers an honest opinion, some expert, some not, about tea. His philosophy on tea is that while some experts may decide on characteristics and flavor profiles for a tea, tea is individual, and while the majority of us may not be able to appreciate the subtleties of a particular tea, we can all appreciate the taste.

SororiTEA Sisters
SororiTEA Sisters is a new Tea Review blog co-created by Anne and Jennifer, online friends who have been writing for other tea review sites. They are more than just tea enthusiasts and reviewers. They have a passion for both tea and writing and are dedicated to getting the word out about tea and promoting it and the tea companies that sell fine teas.

Other Food Links

Epicurean Online
A magazine for Food and Wine Lovers on the Internet.

Organic Kitchen
Your gateway to a world of information about organic foods.

PastryWiz Food Resource Center
Cake decorating, food history, and information for seasonal entertaining.

Quaker Bonnet
Gourmet Catalog of desserts, candies, snacks and gift baskets.

Smith’s Country Cheese
How about some smoked Gouda to go with a cup of Hu-Kwa?

Coffee Links

Coffee Universe
Everything you need to know about that other popular beverage.

Koralee Coffee
A new blog, presenting a definitive source of information on Indonesian coffees and teas.