I am not happy about having to write this, but I must retract my earlier, well-intentioned recommendation of this magazine. After subscribing in the summer but never receiving an issue, I have made several e-mail requests and phone calls regarding my subscription. No response. In October, I visited an Atlanta tea room and saw stacks of the Spring issue still sitting on the counter. If there was ever a Summer issue, I didn't see it on the web site. (Over the summer, I called their office and was told they ran out of copies but my Fall issue would be arriving soon.) The cover of a Fall issue is now posted on the web site (11/10/07), but I have not received one and TED has chosen not to reply to my several efforts seeking an explanation. I have since learned of other readers around the country who have not received their magazines either. Because of my bad experience with Tea Experience Digest, I want to make sure others don't make the mistake I did in subscribing.
A couple of years ago, I began to see The Tea Experience Digest in tearooms around the Atlanta area. I liked that it was digest-sized (small enough to tuck in a purse), and that its quarterly issues featured listings of tearooms on a regional basis. Because I seemed to always get a copy for free at tearooms that were giving it away (the cover price is $3.95), I never actually purchased a subscription.
Perhaps a year had gone by since I last saw a copy, so I was happy to take home the latest edition from the World Tea Expo this year, handed to me by the smiling, energetic editor herself. And I have to say, I am pleased with the direction she has taken her book. In the Spring 2007 issue I learned about tea events scheduled around the country, tea products which benefit breast cancer research (the editor's letter gave a heartfelt nod to friends and family with breast cancer), a tea trivia quiz, upcoming tea tours, chocolate flavored teas (I'd like one of each, please ...), new tea products (Dove has a Cucumber and Green Tea Body Bar? WHY aren't they advertising this product in the dozen women's magazines I read?), spas using tea, bath teas, and there's plenty more but that's enough to whet your appetite!
This issue features tea rooms and retailers in the Northeast USA, and the back of the book includes the Tea Yellow Pages ("Largest Tea Yellow Pages in the World"). Interested? A four-issue subscription is $14, and you can find more info at teaexperience.com.