You may recall from my “Favorite Tea” post that the Association of Tea Bloggers would be presenting the 1st Annual Tea Blogger’s Choice Awards. The results are finally in! I believe that this award is really special because it was voted for democratically by the tea blogger community. My very talented boyfriend designed and donated the logo for the award. Did your favorite teas make the cut? Not all of mine did but I’ve certainly discovered a few that are on my wish list. In addition to this award, the ATB will be selecting “Best of Show” exhibitors at the upcoming Coffee and Tea Festival Atlantic City. It’s going to be a great event and I hope to see some of you there!
Tea Bloggers’ Choice Awards Winners 2012
Unblended/Unflavored Black : Teavivre Yunnan Dian Hong Golden Tip
Blended/Flavored Black: Harney and Sons Earl Grey Supreme
Unblended/Unflavored Green: Den’s Tea Gyokuro Kin
Blended/Flavored Green: Aiya Tea Matcha Infused Sencha
Unblended/Unflavored Oolong: Teavivre Jin Xuan Milk Oolong
Blended/Flavored Oolong: Naivetea Lychee Oolong
Unblended/Unflavored White: Rishi Silver Needle Premium
Blended/Flavored White: Art of Tea Coconut Creme White Tea
Unblended/Unflavored Puerh: Rishi Ancient Puerh Classic
Blended/Flavored Puerh: Stash Black Forest Cake Puerh
Herb Blend: David’s Tea Chocolate Rocket
Single Herb: David’s Tea Spearmint
The Association of Tea Bloggers is an international organization that promotes professional blogging practices and the sharing of product and industry information among members and tea drinkers.
The Association was created in 2009 and has over 100 member bloggers that represent the US and countries in Asia, Europe and South America. Members participate in online activities to promote tea retailers and retailer initiatives that give back to the tea community. Members are also expected to adhere to a code of conduct, which helps assure their tea blogging content is relevant, factually accurate and up-to-date.
As someone that has done a fair amount of content on tea, I have a lot of mixed thoughts on the way information is passed. With tea reviews or discussing a specific tea I have struggled with the question: how to talk about an individual tea or tea in general in an interesting or useful way.. Whether you like or dislike TeaDB episodes largely depends on whether you enjoy watching two particular people drink and binter. This is fine enough and it is certainly fun for Denny & I to create, but I’ll also agree with the sentiment that it’s not necessarily the most substantive way to review a tea in depth. There’s some signal but there’s also a lot of noise. Writing about a specific tea also isn’t easy and I think is actually very difficult to execute in a way that is actually consistently interesting or useful for people. Most people just want to know if you liked or didn’t like a specific tea. Making something that piques interest beyond that is a challenge and even if you don’t like them a place like Mei Leaf has succeeded in creating content that really does engage their viewers. You also have to consider that the majority of people have not had the tea or are even unfamiliar with the basic taste profile (i.e. Denny & I describing a traditionally stored pu’erh, when the audience has never had one).. Here are some phrases I dislike and hear frequently enough that I find them unhelpful and sometimes even counter-productive.
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