What is the main purpose of your blog, Tea in the Ancient World? Why the name?
To date, you have more than 400 entries on your blog, which are mostly tea reviews. Do you remember every tea you've ever tried?
Tea in Thailand
Hey, I'm Nick!
I first left home with a backpack in 2001, and I've been living in Taiwan for the last 10 years. I am especially drawn to religious centers, spiritual sights, and natural attractions.
I started this website to share the things I learn on the road and to inspire YOU to travel MORE!
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Meet John, Tea Enthusiast...
An Interview with John Bickel, Thailand-based Tea Blogger
A tea farm in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand
How did you first end up living in Thailand?
Can you share your experience of becoming a monk?
You've mentioned that before tea, you went through phrases of being interested in other drinks, such as tisanes. Can you describe some of these previous phases, and how you first got into tea? Do you think you will ever lose your interest in tea?
tisanes, more commonly known as herbal teas
Tea in Thailand
tea with a view while traveling around Southeast Asia (shot in Pai, Thailand)
tea farm in the Golden Triangle region, Northern Thailand
What kinds of teas are produced in Thailand?
Can you recommend some good Thailand-based producers?
Do you think Thailand deserves to be considered one of the great tea producing nations?
What kind of tea are most people drinking in Thailand?
Do you have any insider tips or special finds for people looking to enjoy traditional tea in Thailand?
Chinatown Bangkok, the best place to seek out a traditional tea experience in the Thai capital
Back to you again...
After reviewing so many teas from around the world, do you have any favorites or go-to teas for certain moods/times of day/seasons?
Please describe your daily tea routine.
What do your family members think about your obsession with tea?
A Thailand 2014 raw sheng pu'er from Teaside. Sheng pu-er is a tea that takes a lifetime to understand.
In all of your explorations of and musings on tea and its complex traditions and history, you must have come across some mysteries, things that don't make sense, or aspects that you want to research more in order to fully understand. Can you think of any examples?
Do you have a bucket list of teas that you haven't tried yet but must before you die?
tea farm in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand