The TOTUS Awards, or Teas of the United States, is a competition looking to crown great US grown teas.
In another fantastic first for the league, February 19th-22nd marked the first US Tea Growers Round-up and included visits with tea growers in Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The crowd was eclectic and included growers, educators, retailers, and enthusiasts.
I got a note from him a few weeks back that he had sent a little thank you gift with Elyse Peterson (Tealet) who was making her way from MS to Las Vegas. Imagine my joy when she handed me this beautiful little tea bush, whom I've lovingly named Teany!
This is such an exciting time for tea growth in the United States, both agriculturally and culturally.
I had a Japanese puerh for the first time, met with fellow bloggers that I have "known" for years and finally met in person, and was able to sit in on what I consider to be an epic, and groundbreaking gathering: the first meeting of The United States League of Tea Growers.