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Evaluating traditional tea

Tea tasting can be simple. When you are deciding which tea to buy, there are just a few things to consider.

  • Does the tea smell good?
  • Does the tea look good?
  • Does the tea taste good?
  • Does the tea feel good in your mouth?

On the simplest level, do you like it? If you like it, it is good.

We have pages dealing with the sensory experience of drinking tea.

First ever tea tasting

There was a lot of interest for our first ever tea-tasting event. Not knowing what to expect, we were happily surprised with the number of people who turned out.

Gustavo, our general manager and tea blender, built the tasting around a black tea, a maté, and a tisane. He brewed over 20 tasting-size portions of each and these were served with English-style tea biscuits baked by volunteer Rosanna Buehl. 

Opportunity for Montana High School students, Grades 9–12

New Voices logo New Montana Voices, an anthology of poems, fiction, essays, and photos is accepting submissions for publication. There are cash prizes to the students from grades 9–12 for the best submissions in each category.

Furthermore, there is an annual cash prize for the teacher or librarian who best motivates students to write and submit quality work.

—What I Am Reading Now Department: A Darkness Lit by Heroes

A Darkness Lit by Heroes (cover) by Doug Ammons, available at This House of Books, your community-owned, independent bookstore and tea shop in downtown Billings, Montana

A Darkness Lit by Heroes by Doug Ammons is a compelling story that does not have any villains, only heroes. It is the story of one of the worst mining catastrophes in history, the 1917 disaster at one of the biggest mines on the “richest hill on Earth,” the Granite Mountain-Speculator Mine. 

As the title announces, A Darkness Lit by Heroes is the story of a mining disaster that happened 100 years ago. However, it really is a timeless story about the human spirit. Doug wrote: "We find that when all that sustains us is gradually stripped away – our light, water, and even the air we breathe – that something profoundly human rises up out of the darkness. We call it courage, we can call it will, we call it heroism, but it is our love for each other and the bonds between us that light even the greatest darkness.”