epicure: n, a person who cultivates a refined taste, especially in
food and wine tea; connoisseur.
Tony Gebely is a world-renowned tea expert whose profound passion for tea has taken him on a global journey, transforming a personal interest into a celebrated career in the world of tea. His adventure began with an eye-opening university trip to Southern China, igniting a relentless pursuit of tea knowledge. Tony delved into the depths of tea lore, absorbing the teachings of renowned authors like William H. Ukers and James Norwood Pratt. In 2009, he began sharing his tea explorations with the world through his award-winning blog, World of Tea which later became Tea Epicure.
Tony’s personal and professional lives merged beautifully when he met his future wife, Katie, during an interview for her master’s thesis on tea in 2011. They married in 2014, weaving tea into the fabric of their life together, as seen in their tea-infused wedding ceremony. Based in Weaverville, NC, Tony’s contribution to the tea industry continues to resonate, marked by his modern and insightful perspectives that he shares with tea enthusiasts globally.
In 2019, Tony launched Tea Epicure, pioneering the world’s first Tea Assessment Platform, which scores teas from 50 to 100 based on their distinct features.
Today, Tony’s tea journey continues through his collaborations, engaging with tea cultures and enthusiasts around the world.