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  • A Postcard from the Fragrant Port

    The Half-Dipper
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    If all goes well, Gentle Reader, then you are reading this while I am on the way to the Fragrant Port.  I'm not entirely sure which fragrance modernday Hong Kong sports at this time of year, but I suspect that "fragrance" might be a little generous. As it happens, this article is all about The Dayi, and one of my Hong Kongese chums, Apache, is about as into Dayi as I am.  We're not fanboys, I
  • New Product: Earl Grey Blue Flower

    News from Upton Tea
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A blend of select teas, perfectly scented with bergamot and decorated with flowers.
  • Le guide Tea Masters de l'infusion du Oolong

    Tea Masters
    Stephane
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Je viens de finir la traduction en français! Ce guide Tea Masters de l'infusion du Oolong est disponible dans ma boutique. Avec 5000 mots environ, j'ai voulu faire concis et traiter de l'essentiel: comment faire une bonne infusion! En plus de la technique, j'ai ajouté de nombreux conseils et astuces. La bonne nouvelle: je vous l'offre pour tout achat de thé supérieure ou égal à 60 USD dans ma boutique.J'en profite pour vous rappeler qu'on peut aussi me suivre sur Twitter. J'aime bien y poster 1 image et une impression.Si vous aimez mes photos, vous serez servi par le site Pinterest où…
  • Canny Scots: Coffee bust

    T Ching
    Dananjaya Silva
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    This is Part 2 of Dananjaya Silva’s post about the history of tea in Ceylon (Sri Lanka).  Follow the link to read Part 1: Canny Scots.  By the late 1850’s 80,000 acres of inaccessible jungle had been felled and the land planted with coffee. By 1867 Ceylon briefly became the worlds largest exporter of coffee. This was the height and heyday of the Ceylon coffee industry. A small rust coloured powdery patch (Hemileia vastatrix) on the coffee leaves was first noted on the outlying plantations in 1869. This disease was first ignored as the opening up of jungle was continued, while the…
  • Maharaja Chai Cupcakes

    Heaven of Tea
    My name
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    Maharaja Chai Cupcakes Tuesday, September 9, 2014Posted by Admin Spice up your cupcake recipe this Fall with Maharaja Chai Oolong Tea! Ingredients Serves 12 cupcakes 1 ½ cup flour 1 cup sugar 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt 2 tsp finely ground Maharaja Chai Oolong 2 eggs ¼ cup vegetable oil ¼ cup buttermilk Cinnamon Cream Ingredients 1 cup whipping cream ¼ cup sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract 8oz mascarpone cheese Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 2. Combine flour, ground chai, baking soda and salt. 3. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the…
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    The Half-Dipper

  • A Postcard from the Fragrant Port

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    If all goes well, Gentle Reader, then you are reading this while I am on the way to the Fragrant Port.  I'm not entirely sure which fragrance modernday Hong Kong sports at this time of year, but I suspect that "fragrance" might be a little generous. As it happens, this article is all about The Dayi, and one of my Hong Kongese chums, Apache, is about as into Dayi as I am.  We're not fanboys, I
  • The Listener

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    the listener and the waterfall have no edges
  • Three Points in American Football

    11 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I like "American Football", as it's called in my country.  My friends, family and colleagues, upon learning this, tend to scrunch up their faces as if I'd just told them that I enjoy watching paint dry.  The usual comments are to do with "coddled players who need nancy-boy armour" (by which they are comparing players of American football to those of rugby, another sport that I adore), and "You
  • Clinical, II

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    why can't I remember how to reach the Dementia Cafe?
  • (0,0,0)^T

    4 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Origin Tea!  Oh, maths jokes, you so funny. I have recently wailed like a banshee concerning the large multiple of prices for unaged tea, with respect to price even from last year.  Rather than just blub like a schoolgirl, I thought I'd do something constructive offer some alternatives. Actually, that stated, these particular alternatives are no longer available because Origin Tea has
 
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    News from Upton Tea

  • New Product: Earl Grey Blue Flower

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A blend of select teas, perfectly scented with bergamot and decorated with flowers.
  • New Product: Mélange de Chamonix

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Fine India tea is blended with cocoa, cardamom, and a hint of cinnamon to produce a balanced and warming cup. A delicate treat for any chocolate or tea lover.
  • New Product: Drum Mountain White Pekoe

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This tea was grown on a small, high-elevation garden in the northern mountainous region of Fujian province. The attractive leaves yield a delicate cup, like most white teas, and the sweet liquor has an intriguing, light tangerine hint in the cup and the nose.
  • New Product: Hua Shan Huang Ya Yellow Buds

    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This relatively rare, handcrafted offering is produced in An Hui province at Hua Shan Mountain, and was once a tribute tea offered to the Emperor. The leaves are composed of a fine plucking, with a downy bud and two leaves. The liquor is a muted hay color with a buttery aspect. The flavor is subtle yet rich and enticing, with an evanescent tropical fruit note.
  • New Product: Double-walled tea glass

    10 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    An 8 oz. handleless cup with double-walled, borosilicate construction. The elegant design provides insulation to retain heat, while simultaneously remaining comfortable to the touch. European designed and handcrafted in China.
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    Tea Masters

  • Le guide Tea Masters de l'infusion du Oolong

    Stephane
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:20 am
    Je viens de finir la traduction en français! Ce guide Tea Masters de l'infusion du Oolong est disponible dans ma boutique. Avec 5000 mots environ, j'ai voulu faire concis et traiter de l'essentiel: comment faire une bonne infusion! En plus de la technique, j'ai ajouté de nombreux conseils et astuces. La bonne nouvelle: je vous l'offre pour tout achat de thé supérieure ou égal à 60 USD dans ma boutique.J'en profite pour vous rappeler qu'on peut aussi me suivre sur Twitter. J'aime bien y poster 1 image et une impression.Si vous aimez mes photos, vous serez servi par le site Pinterest où…
  • The Tea Masters guide to brewing Oolong tea

    Stephane
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:26 am
    After 12 years of learning with Teaparker, 10 years of blogging over 1600 posts, I have written a short guide of 16 pages (5000 words) to help you brew Oolong tea. My goal was to summarize my gongfu cha technique and tricks in one document. Some of the content has appeared here or there on the blog before, but there are also new insights that should interest both beginners and advanced brewers.So far, it's available as an e-book in pdf format. Its price is 3 USD, but I will give it for FREE for any order of tea over 60 USD made on my online tea-masters boutique, starting today.Note: J'ai…
  • Wenshan Baozhong de nouvelle plantation

    Stephane
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:08 am
    Shiding, thousand islands lakeLe Wenshan Baozhong trouve ses origines dans les montagnes de Nangang, à la fin du 19ème siècle. Cette région à l'est de Taipei a fini par être rattrapée par la métropole Taiwanaise. Aussi, les plantations de Baozhongs se sont-elles progressivement éloignées de Taipei, vers Shiding et Pinglin. Là, les fermiers ont retrouvé des conditions naturelles bien préservées. Les terrains en pente le long de ce fleuve conviennent particulièrement bien à la culture des théiers. Si ces arbres ont besoin d'humidité, ils n'aiment pas que l'eau stagne autour de…
  • Sharing a tea experience

    Stephane
    12 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    This week, one of my tea highlights was brewing this 1979 Hung Shui Oolong from Dong Ding (available here). Tasting an aged Oolong is always a special moment, but it's also a challenge to brew it well. Hungshui Oolongs need more attention and practice than other teas.Oolong leaves that have patiently waited for 35 years have a lot to tell. I feel they are meant for a beautiful Chaxi. Without checking how I prepared them last time, I opted for the same old duanni teapot!I am very pleased with the pictures I obtained. They reflect very well the clarity and shine of the tea. The first brew is…
  • Tea connections

    Stephane
    10 Sep 2014 | 1:49 am
    Japanese style garden in Taipei (Tatung University)Recent readers of my blog may be surprised to see me preparing Oolong at an event in the Tatung university in Taipei. This picturesque place is better known as a background for wedding pictures! And how do I get access to such an old landmark of Taipei to make tea? Teaparker, the tea master with whom I learn about tea, is my connection to this event. As a consultant for the Taipei Story House, every month, he gives a speech about tea open to the public (it used to be easy to get in, but now you need to register 2 weeks in advance!) To make…
 
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    T Ching

  • Canny Scots: Coffee bust

    Dananjaya Silva
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:04 am
    This is Part 2 of Dananjaya Silva’s post about the history of tea in Ceylon (Sri Lanka).  Follow the link to read Part 1: Canny Scots.  By the late 1850’s 80,000 acres of inaccessible jungle had been felled and the land planted with coffee. By 1867 Ceylon briefly became the worlds largest exporter of coffee. This was the height and heyday of the Ceylon coffee industry. A small rust coloured powdery patch (Hemileia vastatrix) on the coffee leaves was first noted on the outlying plantations in 1869. This disease was first ignored as the opening up of jungle was continued, while the…
  • Innovative tea space

    Michelle Rabin
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    Retail establishments are getting more creative.  In the Pearl district of Portland Oregon, there is a terrific shop called Christopher David. It’s an interior design shop, and a floral market, and a cafe.  It’s such a great space that welcomes you inside to explore and wander about. A similar venue opening in Florida next month: Black and Denim. Black and Denim will be sharing their space with Te Bella -  which will be serving whole leaf teas.  This is an innovative concept in retailing. To have the pleasure of drinking wonderful whole leaf teas in a stimulating and varied…
  • Back Seven: the ten commandments of tea

    T Ching
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    1. Thou shalt place no tea bags before me.2. Thou shalt not mention tea and coffee in the same sentence.3. Remember your daily tea time and keep it holy.4. Honor the Mother and Father of tea (India and China).5. Thou shalt use filtered or bottled water to make tea.6. Thou shalt not sugar thy tea.7. Thou shalt not put milk in thy tea.8. Thou shalt not charge excessive prices for tea.9. Thou shalt not sell fannings as whole leaf.10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s teapot, teacups, or tea stash. First published on 17 October 2007, many tea enthusiasts would agree to these today. Loading…
  • Steepist: Think inside the box

    Rafe
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
    Four beautiful pouches of whole leaf tea, complete with load-your-own environmentally friendly tea bags, arrived on my doorstep a few weeks back, from Steepist. I was reminded that a wag once said, “Freedom is the absence of choice.”  My dilemma: which tea to try first? My husband and I have a long-standing morning tea ritual: he gets up to greet the sun. Our rustic cottage on the east fork of the Hood River is over a hundred years old and has primarily stone or tile floors.  Seven months of the year, we build a fire in the woodstove to warm the house.  As soon as that fire is…
  • Global Tea Hut: Sketches of tea

    Global Tea Hut
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    This summer, I was privy to partake in more such beautiful tea moments than at any time previous, and most of these occurred outside. I confess I’m a bit of a romantic when it comes to sharing moments of intimate connection with others. My memory isn’t great for things I don’t place much importance on (that means lots!), but moments of interpersonal connection stay etched in my mind very,very clearly. A feeling of connection is what I appreciate perhaps most deeply in life, be it with oneself, other people or Nature. If not attached too much, dependent on or longing for such moments,…
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    Heaven of Tea

  • Maharaja Chai Cupcakes

    My name
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    Maharaja Chai Cupcakes Tuesday, September 9, 2014Posted by Admin Spice up your cupcake recipe this Fall with Maharaja Chai Oolong Tea! Ingredients Serves 12 cupcakes 1 ½ cup flour 1 cup sugar 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp salt 2 tsp finely ground Maharaja Chai Oolong 2 eggs ¼ cup vegetable oil ¼ cup buttermilk Cinnamon Cream Ingredients 1 cup whipping cream ¼ cup sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract 8oz mascarpone cheese Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 2. Combine flour, ground chai, baking soda and salt. 3. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the…
  • Iced Chai Cocktails

    My name
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    Iced Chai Cocktails Wednesday, August 27, 2014Posted by Admin Entertaining this Labor Day Weekend? Serve Iced Chai Cocktails to your guests. You may substitute Maharaja Chai with a chai of your choice. Be sure to refer to our brewing chart for proper water temperature and steep time. Ingredients SERVES 4 8 tsp Maharaja Chai Oolong 4 tsp Perfectea Rock Sugar 4 cups 195°F water 3 oz Cream Liqueur Ground Cinnamon Cinnamon Stick (optional) Instructions 1. In a 32 oz Perfect Tea Maker, combine 4 cups of water with 8 teaspoons of Maharaja Chai, 4 teaspoons of Rock Sugar and steep for 3 minutes. 2.
  • Teas For Every Time of Day

    My name
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    Teas For Every Time of Day Thursday, August 21, 2014Posted by Admin Fall means the arrival of cool days, cozy socks, trendy boots and return to routine. It’s the hustle and bustle of getting the family ready in the morning, and the prep for bed at night. As tea lovers, both seasoned and new, it’s also the perfect time to either upgrade or develop a tea routine to help get through the day. We’ve selected our top recommendations to get you started. It’s time to customize your daily tea ritual! Morning Teas Wake up with bold, spicy notes of chai tea. Rich ingredients of cinnamon, ginger,…
  • Shaken Passion Tango Tea Lemonade

    My name
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Shaken Passion Tango Tea Lemonade Friday, August 8, 2014Posted by Admin Learn how to make Starbuck's Teavana Shaken Passion Tango Tea Lemonade at home! Ingredients 4 tsp Passion Tango Herbal Tea Water Ice Perfectea Rock Sugar Lemonade Instructions 1. In a 16 oz Perfect Tea Maker, add 4 teaspoons of Passion Tango Herbal Tea. 2. For sweetened tea, add 2-3 tsp of Perfectea Rock Sugar. 3. Add 8 oz of 175°F water. 4. Brew tea for 2 minutes and then strain tea into a measuring cup. 5. In a shaker, add 4 oz of brewed tea, 4 oz of lemonade and 1 cup of ice. 6. Close shaker and shake vigorously about…
  • Get Ready For New Harvest

    My name
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Get Ready For New Harvest Wednesday, July 30, 2014Posted by Admin Crisp, cool days are on the horizon and we're excited to introduce a spicy new Fall collection. As we make room on our Wall of Tea for exciting new flavors, we also say goodbye to a few favorites. Stock up while you can! Discontinued Teas Apple Lemon Pomegranate Berry Almond Amaretto Caribbean Calypso Chocolate Bananas Foster Cranberry Singapore Sling Fig Rose For the latest news on our Fall collection, connect with us: Sign Up For Email Facebook - Join the conversation Twitter - Follow @TEAVANA Pinterest - Pin with us Google+…
 
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  • Green Tea!

    ddstokes
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:24 pm
    As I promised, here is a picture of my cupcakes. I cannot wait to make these again. Here is a link to the recipe Earl Grey Cupcakes. I also cannot wait to try these with Earl Grey tea leaves. This teapot is my life. I finally have an excuse to use it. Now that it is getting colder, I might have to stock up on tea leaves. I found this teapot in Barnes and Noble last fall. I bought it home that winter and had it hiding in my dresser until I moved back home for fear of someone breaking it. Does anyone else get paranoid when they buy or find something they really like? Either I hid my special…
  • wow college life

    jesimaca
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:56 pm
    My goodness, World. Has it been a long Monday or what? I don’t have much to say right now due to the fact that I feel slightly disoriented and would be astounded if what I’m typing is actually a coherent stream of thoughts that a fellow internet dweller could easily comprehend. Also it’s verging on 10 pm where I reside and I still haven’t done my environmental biology homework yet. So this “college” thing, this is what it is, yes? Ok. If you’re reading this, I hope you get through whatever turbulence that may be disrupting your soaring, sleep well,…
  • Tea Time and Moon Shine

    Brianne
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:40 pm
    a SPOOKY crossover. two “young” charismatic vampire ladies. Remilia from Touhou Project and Rachel from Blazblue.
  • Tea and Tunes

    Melody
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    As we sit together waiting on the water to boil for tea, my husband and I are jamming with some tune
  • Vanilla Chai

    clieona
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Today’s Tea: Vanilla Chai by Bigelow Description: Chai is a delightful blend of tea and exotic spices. It is often brewed with milk, which gives chai a wonderful, creamy characteristic. In our vanilla chai, we have added the flavor of vanilla, offering you a whole new dimension in chai Smells sweet and sharp, even from a distance. Seems like it would be a good acompanyment to those very lightly sweet butter cookies that come in tins around the holidays Smells much the same when steeped, though the flavor is not as strong as the smell. Leaves behind a pleseant spicy aftertaste. The…
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    Tea Party Guide Blog

  • Tea Party Guide, From Adults to Children

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Here at Tea Party Guide, you will find ideas for everything you need for your afternoon tea menu, invitations, etiquette, and even crafts to make this your best party ever.
  • Printable Games

    2 Jul 2014 | 6:06 pm
    A great resource for printable games you can use for your tea party games and for any holiday or special occasion.
  • Printable Holiday Games

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    Do you need the best printable holiday games that you can plan for your parties through the Holidays and beyond?
  • Perfect Tea Party Hats

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Tea party hats really add to the flair of a tea party. From your friend's tea party to the Kentucky Derby you will be ready for what ever event comes your way.
  • A Tea Gift Basket for Every Occasion

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    A tea gift basket for every occasion like a holiday gift basket, Christmas gift baskets, wedding gift basket, birthday gift baskets and of course baby/new mom gift baskets.
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    A Tea Addict's Journal »

  • Relativism in tea

    MarshalN
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    A long time ago, I talked about tea blogging as a community of people who are virtually talking about drinking tea together in a never-ending session. Things have really quieted down since then. Blogs, as a form of writing, seems to be at least dying, overtaken by social media in various guises. Sometimes you still have new entrants in this field, however, and recently there were a couple posts, one by the vendor TwoDog, and the other by Cwyn, a sometime visitor of this site, about relativism in tea. The claim here is simple, if I’m allowed to reduce them a little bit. Basically, the…
  • Travel with no tea

    MarshalN
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Normally when I travel overseas, I bring my own tea. This way I have an assured supply of decent tea, so long as I can find hot water. On my most recent trip, however, I decided to not bother and see what happens. Granted, I was going to Japan, so things are a little easier in that it’s a tea drinking country. I know I’ll be able to find tea here and there. With a one year old in tow, it’s just easier to travel with as little as possible. It also ended up being a good look at how normal people can consume tea. I think doing this across many countries can also tell you,…
  • High and low

    MarshalN
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    At the Hong Kong Tea Fair yesterday, I saw this There’s a few hundred thousand USD in this cabinet here. But in case this is a bit too rich for your blood, you can get something a little more suited for the commoner among us. Or maybe this version is clearer? Yes, Hello Kitty is here Finally, a really beautiful bug dropping tea. It’s better than the one I have – after all, what you get out of it depends on what you put in, and in this case, it’s pretty obvious the input for this tea is better than the input for the one I had. It’s very, very fragrant, with a…
  • Going to tea expos

    MarshalN
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Tea expos are funny things. There are a million of them, at least here in the Greater China area. There’s one here every year in Hong Kong, and this year’s is coming up. Tea expos are funny because they, for the most part, pretend to be trade shows, but a lot of the exhibitors are really there to do retail. I think for shows like World Tea Expo it’s really much more of a trade show – Vegas isn’t exactly filled with retail customers for tea, especially an expo that size. In Hong Kong, and many cities in the mainland, however, the tea expos are really more about…
  • The best $6 I’ve spent

    MarshalN
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    Most of the time when buying unknown teas, the gamble doesn’t pay off – there’s more crap tea out there than good tea, so luck is rarely in your favour. Once in a while, especially if the setting is right, the gambles can turn out right. In this particular case, I took a gamble with this one A bag of tea, really, nothing too fancy. You can see the bag is quite old. Few shops package teas this way now. I found this in the back of a cupboard of puerh in a local shop. It’s their only one. I asked how much, and the owner clearly has no idea, and just said “uh,…
 
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  • Hello world!

    chineseteafiles.com
    10 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    WordPress へようこそ。これは最初の投稿です。編集もしくは削除してブログを始めてください !
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    Tea Trade - Recent Global Posts

  • Tawantin Black Tea from Inca Tea

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Inca Tea Tea Description: We thought long and hard about how to make a black tea as unique yet as strong as the Incan Empire and what we came up with was Tawantin Black Tea. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: This Tawantin Black Tea marks the last of the four teas from Inca Tea that are currently available.  I'm so happy that I had the opportunity to try all four teas. Dry, the aroma is very subtle, I can smell notes of "black tea" and also hints of corn.  The brewed tea has a similarly soft fragrance, it smells very much…
  • Goodbye, David

    Robert Godden
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:16 am
    A mini-blog today. A week or so ago, I blogged about David's Tea, and basically I said the jury was still out. After a second visit, it isn't any more. We chose between us their Assam (Banaspaty), Oh Canada (Maple Rooibos) and a milky "Pure Chai". Pleasant, well meaning staff put the teas into these large paper cups. Not one was strong enough to take that volume of water/milk. With smaller, better cups, David's could be worth visiting. Until then, it isn't. Best to go elsewhere.  
  • Apple on the Green Tea from Pluck Tea

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Pluck Tea Tea Description: Warming, soothing and fruity with a hint of cinnamon. This dried apple tea has been layered with premium green tea and just the right amount of spice for a flavourful but sophisticated tea, hot or cold. Apple on the Green features MacIntosh apples grown in Niagara Ontario. Learn more about August’s Postal Teas shipment here. Learn more about subscribing to Postal Teas here. Taster’s Review: OK, so far it's been 2 for 2 with this month's box from Postal Teas.  I loved the Peach tea and I'm loving this Apple…
  • Vanilla Cacao Tea from Tisano

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tisane Information: Leaf Type:  Rooibos Where to Buy:  Tisano Tisane Description: If you love chocolate cupcakes this is the tea for you… In the 19th Century Dutch settlers in South Africa created an herbal infusion from the Rooibos bush. It is a caffeine-free natural source of antioxidants with a milky and nutty flavor profile. Combining Rooibos, Vanilla Beans and Cacao Tea creates a creamy chocolate dessert in a cup minus the calories, sugar, fat and packed with antioxidant goodness. Learn more about this tisane here. Taster’s Review: Oh.  My.  Goodness.  This is so good.
  • Buckingham Palace Garden Party Tea Blend from English Tea Store

    21 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black & Green Where to Buy:  English Tea Store Tea Description: The Buckingham Palace Garden Party tea loose leaf blend from English Tea Store is a delicate medium tea with a hint of Earl Grey and Jasmine. This is a lighter afternoon tea. Every May, the Queen holds a garden party at Buckingham Palace, a lovely English springtime tradition. The tea that is served is a long time favorite, a delicious Palace medley specially selected for this occasion. Intriguing hints of high-grown pure Ceylon Earl Grey blend effortlessly with the soft jasmine from Fujian…
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  • Buying Puerh With A $30 Budget

    wilson
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Buying Pu erh with 30 bucks?  Having US$30 and making a purchase with online tea shops would be a challenge.  Many new pu erh tea are very expensive and $30 seem a bit insufficient especially if you are looking to purchase some raw pu erh tea.  My recommendation is subjective as I am looking at the teas that are available online and that I had recently only tried some of these teas.  This would imply that I have not tried all the $30 teas out there but my intentions in this exercise is to show to my readers that one can buy reasonably good raw pu erh tea with…
  • Tea Waste Bowl

    wilson
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:19 pm
    A tea waste bowl is simply a container where you discard water/tea used to wash the tea leaves or utensils.  It is also used to contain used tea leaves when you have many teas to brew.  In Japan, tea waste bowls are called kensui.  Tea waste bowls may seem like a fancy unnecessary item but it has its uses in a tea brewing session.  If you are brewing more than 1 tea, like trying a few teas in a session, tea bowls may be very useful if you do not use a tea tray or in some cases, the tea tray may be too small to hold so much waste.  Yes, any container would suffice…
  • Pu erh Tea Bag

    wilson
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    For ripe pu erh tea drinkers, I recommend that you buy a box of these tea bags."China Pu-erh Tea" is produced by Shantou Yi Hua Import & Export Corp Ltd, Guangdong China.  This tea comes in teabags and are packed in a 20 teabag or 100 teabag boxes.  I had tried many pu erh tea bags and had been disappointed with the aroma and taste of the tea bags. There are ripe, raw and even pu erh tea bags that has either chrysanthemum or rose flowers added into the tea.  However, I found these tea bags to be lacking in that robustness that I enjoy in pu erh.....until now.Filling a mug…
  • Sea Dyke Ti Kuan Yin Red Tin

    wilson
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Sea Dyke Brand, under the auspices of Xiamen Tea Import & Export Co Ltd, produces many Chinese Tea and most of these tea are exported worldwide.  Some of the teas are relatively inexpensive and easily available. If you are residing in Europe or USA, a trip to your neighborhood Chinatown might be an exciting tea adventure for an afternoon.  You can also purchase these tea online and I noticed Amazon had even started to sell such tea in their stores.  Ti Kuan Yin (also called Tie Guan Yin or TGY) is a Chinese oolong tea that is produced in Xiamen, China.  There…
  • 2004 Xiaguan Te Ji Tuo Boxed

    wilson
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:58 am
    I purchased a few of these 2004 Xiaguan Te Ji tuos during my recent trip to Kunming. I had heard that the Xiaguan Te Ji in box was better than the ones in wrapper (5 tuos in a wrapper). I have the wrapper version as well (link) even though there were from 2007 instead. I think I may have overpaid for these 2004 tuos at 80rmb each in Kunming but this was the only occasion where I had came across these 10 year old tuos and I succumbed to buying half a dozen of these tuos. This 100g tuo is smoky. It exudes a nice dry sandalwood scent when brewed. I could detect a faint floral aroma with a tiny…
 
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  • What is Terroir?

    Nicole Martin
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Terroir is a term that we often hear bandied about in the wine world but it also applies to our beloved leaf. As we already know, all tea is produced from the Camellia Sinensis. The processing determines what type it becomes. Terroir is another major factor. If you took the same plants and planted them in two different regions, the final teas would not taste the same even if they were processed the exact same way. Here's why:ClimateThe textbook definitely of climate is the weather conditions prevailing in an area over time. The temperatures, levels of rainfall and cloud cover are very…
  • Tea People Russian Caravan

    Nicole Martin
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: China and TaiwanLeaf Appearance: varied black and greenIngredients: black and oolong teaSteep time: 3 minutesWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain teapot and mesh infuserLiquor: dark amberThis is what I affectionately refer to as a "kitchen sink" tea. It's a blend of Keemun and Lapsang Souchong along with a Formosa oolong for good measure. The taste was actually quite a bit softer than I was expecting. It had the requisite smokiness but in a more subtle way. There was surprisingly little astringency. A subtle hint of brown sugar sweetness lingered in…
  • Friday Round Up - September 14th through September 19th

    Nicole Martin
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Just My Cup of Tea: unBEARably cuteBooks and Tea had a post last week that really caught my attention. She read A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson and paired it with some adorable bear themed teacups.How to Tea: Cold BrewingLu Ann from The Cup of Life tells us all about how to cold brew tea. It's one my favorite methods, mostly because it's so darned easy.Teaspoons at the Table: Campfire Tea Ice Cream Sandwiches+Alexis Siemons never fails to come up a recipe that makes me want to eat my computer screen. Lapsang Souchong infused butter comes together with ice cream for a smokey and sweet…
  • Global Tea Hut August 2014 - Kingfisher Jade

    Nicole Martin
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    +Global Tea Hut has a major advantage when it comes to sourcing because they are based in Taiwan. That puts them right in the heart of oolong territory. There are three main varieties, called the three daughters. I've tried plenty of Jing Shuan and Si Ji Chun but I've never tried a Tsui Yu, also known as Kingfisher Jade. I find myself looking forward to these monthly shipments more and more. In part it is because it is the one tea I don't do a formal review of. In part it is because I love feeling connected to a community of tea lovers. Another part is that I really, really love seeing…
  • On The Daily Tea: A Beginner's Guide to Yellow Tea

    Nicole Martin
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Yellow tea is probably the one category of tea that most tea drinkers are unfamiliar with. In my latest article for +The Daily Tea I explain how it is processed as well as how to brew it. Do you have a favorite yellow tea? Tell me about it in the comments!A Beginner's Guide to Yellow Tea
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  • Kakuzo Okakura’s The Book of Tea Part 7

    Caleb Hodes
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The Book of Tea is an essay written by Kakuzo Okakura in 1906. It’s considered one of the classics of tea culture and has held a wide influence for more than a century. In his essay, Okakura addresses us (the Western audience) and discusses the role of tea in Japanese culture. In this seventh part, Okakura discusses the influence of the Tea Masters on Japanese history, culture and society, and closes with Rikiu.The post Kakuzo Okakura’s The Book of Tea Part 7 appeared first on Boston Teawrights.
  • Where Your Tea Will Come From

    Louise
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    In Louise's final post as Summer intern, she discusses where our own tea comes from--the heart of Taiwan, Nantou County.The post Where Your Tea Will Come From appeared first on Boston Teawrights.
  • How Crafty is Tea: Part 4

    Talia
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Intern Talia loved getting to hear everyone's stories about their tea creations, but this week it was her turn to try it for herself! She's excited to say she tried making a green tea and a black tea so she could have the firsthand knowledge of the process of making both kinds. Instead of expanding on what crafting tea meant to her emotionally and personally, she wants to share the practical knowledge she gained from making the tea. She hopes it helps you understand a bit more in detail about what goes into the process.The post How Crafty is Tea: Part 4 appeared first on Boston Teawrights.
  • A Question, An Answer: A poem

    Talia
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    This week, I decided to take a break from the interviews to explore some of the ways I relate the craft tea movement or the foodie movement with the kinds of people that subscribe and belong to them. I thought a poem would get across my ideas in an artistic way while still remaining open […]The post A Question, An Answer: A poem appeared first on Boston Teawrights.
  • An Interview with American Tea Growers

    Louise
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    When people talk about where tea is grown, the image in most minds is a mountain or humid field somewhere in Asia. People are also fairly familiar with the idea of tea being grown in Africa, although most of that tea makes its way to Europe. Few are aware, though, that there's a growing movement of tea growers here in the United States.In her quest to learn more about tea growth and terroir, intern Louise interviewed two folks working on US tea. She talked with Colonel Jason McDonald of the Great Mississippi Tea Company, and consultant Nigel Melican of Teacraft, Ltd. These two are…
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  • External Uses For Green Tea

    Emily Hunter
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We’ve talked about the benefits of drinking green tea, but did you know that green tea can be used externally as well? One of the benefits is green tea’s effect on your skin. The antioxidant properties of green tea can be used to help deter some of the signs of aging and acne and give an overall youthful appearance. External Uses of Green Tea Skin care with green tea After a cup of green tea, you can take the contents of your tea bag, or the lose tea and use it as a nourishing mask treatment. Add to the tea a bit of honey to make up a paste. Apply directly on the skin and leave it on for…
  • What is In Green Tea That Makes it So Good For You?

    Emily Hunter
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Green tea has been used as a treatment for many different afflictions. It has being touted as a way to help lose weight, lower blood pressure and even potentially lowering the risk of cancer to those who regularly drink it. What is in Green Tea?  Catechins Because of the lack of fermentation, the amount of antioxidants and other healthful substances such as polyphenols, flavonoids and catechins are higher than other teas. These substances act as a deterrent within the body to help stop free radicals, thus protecting the cells in the body from damage. The cumulative damage on the part of free…
  • Pyin Green Tea Review

    Emily Hunter
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Another one of our new first flush teas for 2014 is Pyin Green Tea. This tea comes from Pyin, a resort town in the Shan state that also very well known for silkworm cultivation. It is known as the city of flowers, especially for chrysanthemums, asters, and gladiolus. Coffee is also a growing export of this region. But enough about history. Let’s turn to the tea. This is another full-leaf tea suitable for multiple steepings. An interesting thing about this tea is that it smells oxidized a little more than a standard green tea. It has a very savory flavor, almost like tea leaf jerky! The…
  • Shan First Flush Green Tea

    Emily Hunter
    1 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This week we’ll be reviewing Shan First Flush Green Tea. Tea plants are harvested several times a season. The first pick of each season is known as the first flush. It signifies the freshest growth of the tea plant, and tends to fetch high prices. If you would like to compare the difference, get a sample of this tea and our standard Valley Green Tea and try them together. This is a loose leaf tea suitable for multiple steepings. The smell of the leaves is extremely vegetal. It’s almost like wakame seaweed, but cleaner. As with all our green teas, we steeped some at 175 degrees for 4…
  • Kyaukme Black Tea Review

    Emily Hunter
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Shan Valley Tea has recently received a new batch of our Kyaukme Black Tea. This tea comes from the founder’s home town of Kyaukme, a center for tea trade in Burma for centuries. I recently got to try the latest batch. Here are my impressions. I steeped a teaspoon of the tea in a tea ball in freshly boiled water for 2 minutes. The tea is tightly rolled like coffee grounds, so be sure to use a tea ball that doesn’t have large holes. This tea is quite rich to the nose, not weak like standard store-bought black tea. It has depth and vigor. Despite the strong nose, the taste of the tea is…
 
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  • A VIP Drink: The WestHouse Hotel New York Signature Cocktail

    tealeaves
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Serve up something fresh with this Tealeaves and alcohol recipe as a toast to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. read more The post A VIP Drink: The WestHouse Hotel New York Signature Cocktail appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • Marcel Kofler’s Earl Grey Raspberry Chocolate Mooncakes

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    5 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with this Mooncake Recipe created by the Executive Chef of Mandarin Oriental Guangzhou. read more The post Marcel Kofler’s Earl Grey Raspberry Chocolate Mooncakes appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • A “Guilt Tea” pleasure exclusively crafted for the 2014 Emmy Nominees

    tealeaves
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Not able to make it to the red carpet this year? Join the stars in absentia and explore our exclusive blend created for the Emmy Nominee guests of the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. read more The post A “Guilt Tea” pleasure exclusively crafted for the 2014 Emmy Nominees appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • Chef Olivier Rousselle’s Poached Saturn Peach with Moroccan Mint Tea Gelée

    tealeaves
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Eat like a royal with this elegant dish created by a chef who fed the English Royal family. read more The post Chef Olivier Rousselle’s Poached Saturn Peach with Moroccan Mint Tea Gelée appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • Dress To Impress – Accessorize Your Iced Teas

    tealeaves
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Read this “how-to” guide on garnishes, galore! read more The post Dress To Impress – Accessorize Your Iced Teas appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
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