Hi all, I was wondering if anybody else has seen the documentary All in This Tea? I just watched it and found it pretty interesting and thought I might share it with y’all. Also, I was wondering if anyone had tried any tea from Silk Road Tea (the shop the guy used to own) and how they liked it?
Yes, I love that documentary! I have had pretty good success with their teas. The drawback with them is they don’t have sample sizes, and you have to spend over $55 to get free shipping. I’ve never tried their ultra premium teas because it’s not in my budget, but even their more affordable teas are good. I’ve ordered a couple of their samplers, which is nice because they put some of their nicer teas in there. I highly recommend their oolong sampler, which has Tieguanyin , a Ben Shan oolong, and a Dan Cong. I also really like their genmaicha. Their golden monkey black tea is amazing.
Well he doesn’t own that company anymore and none of the teas are teas that resemble the ones he used to sell. He sells his teas off his own mini shop www.thephoenixcollection.com ; no free shipping which well, sucks lol. But if there’s something I can guarantee from him is full disclosure on what the tea is like and maybe even some recommendations.
Silk Road Teas does have some great teas, I think that in their search of trying to mimic some of the teas they stumbled across some really good ones.
Awesome, ill check that out!
I streamed the doc from Netflix. Definitely interesting.
Great documentary, very interesting. A little while ago I did a blog review of that documentary and also of The Meaning of Tea documentary. That’s located here, if anyone would like to check it out: http://butikiteas.blogspot.com/2012/05/rain-rain-and-more-rain-oh-and-some-tea.html
I have wanted to watch the meaning of tea, but dont want to buy the dvd without knowing it is good.
Chef8489-What are you looking for in the documentary? If you are looking for a lot of info, then you may want to skip it but if you are looking for something that is visually stunning and spirit raising, then you might want to try it. I prefer All In This Tea but I thought both were good in their own ways.
I loved this documentary, how it shows one man’s pioneering attempt to bring a direct trade model to the Chinese/American tea business. I am all about building relationships with producers for the sake of making their lives better, as well as helping them make a higher quality product.
I have tried a silk roads tea once, and it was actually about a week ago. It was stale. The coffee shop owner who was serving the tea said that he had had it for ten months, and in the shop, it was stored in a clear glass container. The light might have hastened its demise.
Nonetheless, I think that Silk Roads teas has experienced at least a little bit of concept dilution since its inception. It does not work exclusively with farmers alone anymore. Some of its teas are passed through middlemen these days. I have also seen their selection. It is very impressive.
I have a great respect for David Lee Hoffman and what he did for the tea industry between China/U.S.A. He has opened the door for such companies as Seven Cups and Verdant to thrive.
Thank you all for the responses! I will try it sometime when I have more money and I will also have to look into The Meaning of Tea documentary.
ya great documentary – sent away for his catalog at one point but I think he’s sold most of the biz. if you you look online he has had to deal with a bunch of zoning issues at his place with all the composting he was doing – I think its Marin County in CA – really lame stuff. I think he has his Pu-erh tea biz still going though.
He still sells all kinds. He sold his old company name ‘Silk Road Teas’ but now has ‘The phoenix collection’. It IS mostly Puerh and Oolongs. But he has several Green, Black and White teas as well as teaware. No free shipping, at least for now.
I actually got to see him speak last week at the Rocky Mountain Tea Festival, and we tried a lot of interesting teas.
That’s really cool! I don’t know of any tea festivals in my area haha