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  • 2004 'Duoteli Brand' Liu Bao Tea

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    wilson
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:49 pm
    This is a 2004 Liu Bao tea from Duoteli.  This tea is made in Wuzhou, China.  Liu Bao tea is a black tea with the tea undergoing 'fermentation' as part of processing this tea.  Think ripe pu erh as pu erh do undergo fermentation for about 2 months before the tea is dried and packed away in cakes, tuos or bricks.  Liu Bao tea on the other hand, are also compressed into cakes or bricks but they are more commonly packed in loose form into large bags or baskets that may weigh from 1 kg to 30 kg.  They are also sold in smaller boxes like this 250g box I had opened.
  • Matcha Bowl and Whisk Set: Beautiful Gift Idea

    Crazy Tea Chick
    Joi
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The beautiful Tea Ceremony Set Bowl and Whisk Green/Brown, pictured above, makes a perfect gift set. The Matcha set features utensils used for a traditional tea ceremony: Tea bowl, tea whisk and tea scoop. Click through for more information. This is gorgeous! Want to know how to make traditional Japanese Matcha? Click the link for a video from DoMatcha.
  • Don’t drink shincha

    A Tea Addict's Journal »
    MarshalN
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:34 am
    Well, I didn’t say that. Longtime readers may know that I am generally not a drinker of green teas, and especially Japanese greens, which tend to make me dizzy or feeling uncomfortable. The idea that shincha shouldn’t be drunk, though, isn’t coming from me. It’s from a man called Kaibara Ekken, an authority on Japanese herbs who lived during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. In his work Yojokun (Instructions on Nourishing Life) he said a few things about tea drinking (translation mine). There are many people now who drink a lot of tea from dawn to…
  • 2000 Four Gold Coins Liu Bao

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    21 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    'Si Jin Quan' (Four Gold Coins) is a brand of Liu Bao that has been ordered and packaged by a Hong Kong trading company of the same name since the late Qing dynasty (Guangxu period). This example was produced in the year 2000 and is packaged into 1kg bags. It was stored in Hong Kong until around 2010, then in Malaysia since then. The brewed tea is medium-smooth and mellow. It still has enough character to continue to evolve well over the years & makes a very enjoyable drink at the moment, at a price that allows one to brew it casually as an everyday tea. I tasted this tea first around 4 years…
  • Face / Off

    The Half-Dipper
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    In this battle between two adversaries, the part of John Travolta will be played by the 2014 "Huazhu" from Pu-erh.sk. I've enjoyed a number of teas from PETROS THE DESTROYER this year.  In summary, each is well-made, each is a good and tasty example of each stopping-point on his travels around Yunnan.  One cake was "budget", the rest were... pretty expensive, actually.  Maocha prices etc.
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    New Products from Main Website

  • 2000 Four Gold Coins Liu Bao

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    'Si Jin Quan' (Four Gold Coins) is a brand of Liu Bao that has been ordered and packaged by a Hong Kong trading company of the same name since the late Qing dynasty (Guangxu period). This example was produced in the year 2000 and is packaged into 1kg bags. It was stored in Hong Kong until around 2010, then in Malaysia since then. The brewed tea is medium-smooth and mellow. It still has enough character to continue to evolve well over the years & makes a very enjoyable drink at the moment, at a price that allows one to brew it casually as an everyday tea. I tasted this tea first around 4 years…
  • 1990's 'Ma Bao' Liu Bao

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    I thought I didn't really have a lot to say about this tea, but then I started drinking it again while writing and I remembered why I bought it in the first place. From the beginning it's smooth to drink. It takes a couple of infusions to really open up, then becomes quite thick in the mouth, with a characteristic chinese date flavour coming through. There's a long sweet aftertaste which lingers comfortably in the mouth. The tea progresses well throughout the brewing and provides many tasty infusions before fading out into sweet water. This is a lovely liu bao which doesn't cost the earth. A…
  • 80ml Tian Qing Ni PanHu

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Completely handmade from aged TianQingNi clay by Chen Ju Fang, these Yixing teapots are really lovely. With this small batch, she seems to have spent extra time burnishing the surface of the clay to improve the sheen and appearance of the pots. The construction of the pots, as we've come to expect from her, is perfect - the lid fit is perfect and smooth, the proportions are excellent, and they're really a joy to use. The wide mouth and flat body of this pot really suits larger leafed teas. Combined with this clay type, I can highly recommend it for use with Wuyi yancha. £148.00
  • 80ml Lixing Yixing Teapot

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Handmade by Chen Ju Fang from aged HuangLong mountain clay, this Yixing teapot is ideal for 1-2 people. The clay is well suited for Puerh, Liu Bao or roasted oolong teas. The lid fit is perfect and the pot is well crafted all round. Inside is a flat multi-hole filter. £148.00
  • 95ml Huanglongshan clay "PingGai" Yixing teapot

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Made from aged Huanglongshan clay from their family's old stock, this yixing teapot was completely handmade by Chen Ju Fang. It's difficult to find something to say about it. I can't fault it - the shape is nice, the clay is good and the skill of the potter is excellent. I can highly recommend it for anyone. £148.00
 
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    The Half-Dipper

  • Face / Off

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    In this battle between two adversaries, the part of John Travolta will be played by the 2014 "Huazhu" from Pu-erh.sk. I've enjoyed a number of teas from PETROS THE DESTROYER this year.  In summary, each is well-made, each is a good and tasty example of each stopping-point on his travels around Yunnan.  One cake was "budget", the rest were... pretty expensive, actually.  Maocha prices etc.
  • Bigtime Bibendi

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    "OK, hard drinkers: let's drink hard." Perhaps George Clooney's finest hour. In keeping with the spirit of George's famous utterance, Neil of Teaclassico has kindly provided us with some hard drinkin'. 1999 "Xiaofa" Xiaguan French Export shupu Surprisingly, this "faguo" [French] export tuocha smells of neither garlic nor onions.  It has had 15 years of Hong Kong storage, which might
  • Chinese, I

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    the Fragrant Port smells of old fishing boats and teargas
  • Shoops

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Everybody loves the shoops, by which we mean, of course, the shupu. Today's story is an epic tale of love and longing, a paean of thanksgiving, a chronicle of one man's unceasing journey to find that last, final bargain.  Yes, we're drinking the shoops. Today's teas are a pair of initially-anonymous samples, provided by PM of white2tea. I used to think of the relationship between PM and
  • Malaya Hotel

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Malaya hotel the lily pond has lilies and a pack of dogs
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    News from Upton Tea

  • New Tea Arrivals!

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Our fall tea shipments have started to arrive and we're happy to introduce the new teas on our New Arrivals page. Please check this page regularly over the next month or so to see your old favorites return and some brand new teas pop up for you to try with your next order. Enjoy!
  • New Product: Mokalbari East Estate GTGFOP1

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    From an estate that has produced some of the most popular Assam teas we have offered, this selection produces dark liquor with an intensely rich aroma. The powerful cup has notes of malt and caramelized sugar. For all its strength, the infusion is smooth and refined, perfect for those who enjoy a bracing cup that will accept milk well.
  • New Product: Hong Tao Keemun

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A mellow tea in the style of An Hui province Keemun, with classic Burgundy cup character and mild smoky note. The liquor is smooth, with a lingering sweet finish.
  • New Product: Duflating Estate TGFOP1 Cl.

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This straightforward Assam has both an assertive, brisk quality as well as a smooth, well-balanced character. The robust liquor has a dark reddish/burnt umber color and flavor notes of dark raisins with hints of bittersweet chocolate.
  • New Product: Nepal Shangri-La SFTGFOP1 Tippy

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A tippy, well-made selection from the eastern high elevations of Nepal. The liquor has a golden amber hue and a sweet, appealing aroma. The flavor profile has fruity hints with muscatel notes. The lightly pungent finish has a pleasing, sweet nuance.
 
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    Tea Masters

  • 1995/96 Menghai 7542

    Stephane
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Saviez-vous que Warren Buffett, le génial investisseur, a gagné 99% de sa fortune après l'âge de 50 ans? Etonnant, non? Cela me fait penser au puerh de collection dont la valeur augmente de manière pratiquement exponentielle! Une galette 7542 des années 1970s vaut actuellement environ 10,000 USD! Et les galettes plus anciennes valent bien plus encore.Mais les puerhs ne vieillissent pas tous bien. La qualité du puerh à l'origine et le stockage sont deux facteurs déterminants. Avec la galette 7542, on a la chance d'avoir une recette qui fut assez stable dans le temps, surtout tant que…
  • The beauty of hung cha

    Stephane
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Sun on winter tea plantations in northern TaiwanThe cool days and cold nights have (finally) arrived in Taiwan. It's time for a change in the teas brewed. Fewer green teas and low oxidized Oolongs. Now, it feels more like drinking Hung Shui Oolongs, raw puerhs, shu puerhs and red teas. Each of these tea category has a warming characteristic, but expressed differently. The best of all is... to be able to vary all these teas!Today, on this Chaxi, I'm enjoying my Red Extreme Delight (RED). The Chinese classify it as a red tea (Hung cha). These leaves and buds come from Qingxin Oolong trees that…
  • Chabu ou Obi?

    Stephane
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Combinaison d'un Chabu et d'un ObiBeauté Orientale 'tradition' de 2013Eclaircissons d'abord la signification de ces 2 mots étrangers:- Chabu (prononcez 'tcha-bou') vient du chinois et associe le mot 'thé' au mot 'tissu'. Il s'agit donc d'une nappe réalisée pour l'infusion du thé. (Voyez, par exemple, toute ma sélection disponible sur ma boutique en ligne). - Obi: vient du japonais et désigne la ceinture du kimono traditionnel. C'est un tissu épais et long qu'on enroule autour de la taille et qui se ferme en boucle dans le dos. Dans ce Chaxi, j'utilise les mêmes Chabu que dans…
  • First brew of high mountain Oolong

    Stephane
    11 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    This is my Qilai high mountain Oolong of Spring 2013. It comes from one of those rare mountains that have tea plantations reach above 2000 meters. It's a very fine high mountain Oolong and this is how I express its qualities:- This tea follows the rule that the better the leaves, the fewer I need. I didn't weigh how much I used, but you can see that I roughly used enough for 1 layer on the bottom of the teapot.- Good preheating of the teapot: I use boiling water. First on the outside of the teapot and then inside (to avoid a thermal shock). I wait for the lid to be very hot as well.- I bring…
  • 10/10 in Taiwan

    Stephane
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Late 80s Jingua GongchaToday, October 10, is the National Day of the Republic of China (R. O. C.) on Taiwan. 103 years since the Qing dynasty has been overthrown in 1911. This explains why the decades are counted with 11 years of delay in Taiwan. (The nineties finished 4 years ago only, for instance). This can create some confusion for tea buyers. When the Taiwanese merchant says a tea is from the 80s, it actually means from 1991 to 2000! A holiday is always a good reason to drink a special tea. So, I chose the Jingua Gongcha I recently presented. But this time, I'm using an Yixing zisha…
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    T Ching

  • Tea poetry: radio’s contribution

    Ifang Hsieh
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    One long summer in Honolulu, Oahu, I spent the morning hours watching old movies on a local television channel.In addition to adaptations of literary works such as David Copperfield and The Count of Monte-Cristo, all of which I had then read only in Chinese, there were also obscure cinematic pieces like Elephant Walk and Green Mansions.My family had just immigrated to the States that year.Lack of close captions did not hinder me from comprehending the gist ofthe stories presented, or from concocting my own interpretation.I like to think that it was the programming manager’s unique…
  • Time for repose

    Rafe
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    To the Chinese, the heart is the central life image, and a source of thought and intelligence. A healthy life includes essential time-taking activities, such as repose. Take time for repose – it is the germ of creation. The Chinese believe that during a deep breath, the energy of heaven is brought in through the nose into the heart/mind. The dictionary definition of repose includes, but is not limited to: freedom from that which excites, disturbs or stirs up; resulting in peace, tranquility, and calm. Synonyms include ease, quietness, peace, and relaxation. In our busy lives, as we are…
  • Back seven: tea and tomlike

    Sandy Bushberg
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    It was a crisp clear morning toward the end of September. All were properly attired in layered outerwear and with backpacks packed with food and beverage as well as the requisite all purpose knife, thermos, and traveling tea set. After a beautiful 40 minute drive, we arrived at Wahtum Lake, trailhead for our destination: Tomlike Mountain – one of the most remote destinations in the Columbia River Wilderness. Michelle and I had never been there before, but Regena was an old hand at taming the ridges of Tomlike. From the parking lot we immediately began our gradual ascent. Our goal was to…
  • Taiwan tea drink culture

    Andy Kincart
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    This is the take-out drink store that is just next door to my apartment in Taichung, Taiwan. It also happens to be my favorite of its kind. The main reason for this is the branding of this company. In my eyes, it definitely has the differentiation factor down. I watched the store being built and spoke with owner and founder when he was building. He quit his corporate engineering job and began his entrepreneurial career by developing this company. Three years later, it’s a success. Along with designing his own machine to control water temperature and brewing time of the tea, he also had a…
  • Global Tea Hut: the exquisite black dragon

    Global Tea Hut
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Almost exactly one year ago, I was witnessing an Oolong maker in Taiwan drip with sweat as he darted around two adjoining rooms to roast, measure and taste tea. Normally, he spoke quickly and with great enthusiasm. That day, he was more extreme in his behavior. He weighed three grams of tea at a time against a gong ge coin, steeped samples for six minutes on the dot, assessed the aroma and flavor of each sample, and then bolted back into the baking room to tinker with his roasting parameters. Throughout most of these activities, he changed the topic with great rapidity, often leaving…
 
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    Tea Guy Speaks

  • Japanese Tea Pickers of Yesteryear

    William I. Lengeman III
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    From Japan: Historical and Descriptive, by Charles Henry Eden (1877) Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper
  • Funny Iranian Tea Commercial

    William I. Lengeman III
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
  • Featured Tea Book - Book of Tea Classic Edition

    William I. Lengeman III
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    from the publisher:Now available in a gorgeous hardcover slipcase edition, this "object d'art" will be sure to add grace and elegance to tea shelves, coffee tables and bookshelves. A keepsake enjoyed by tea lovers for over a hundred years, The Book of Tea Classic Edition will enhance your enjoyment and understanding of the seemingly simple act of making and drinking tea. In 1906 in turn-of-the century Boston, a small, esoteric book about tea was written with the intention of being read aloud in the famous salon of Isabella Gardner, Boston's most famous socialite. It was authored by Okakura…
  • Teavana Shaken Iced Tea TV Commercial

    William I. Lengeman III
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper
  • Tetley Tea Folk Commercial (1988)

    William I. Lengeman III
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
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    Heaven of Tea

  • Treat Yourself To A Dessert Tea

    My name
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    Treat Yourself To A Dessert Tea Wednesday, October 15, 2014Posted by Admin Whether you have the occasional sweet tooth or you’re prepping for holiday festivities, dessert teas are a great way to satisfy the need for sweets. From comforting cups of caramel and spice to rich, decadent notes of chocolate, there is a tea for every palate. The next time you have a craving or a house full of guests, feel good about indulging with a cup of dessert tea. Our selection continues to grow, but we can think of a few must-haves that we’d like to share. Pumpkin Spice Brûlée In the spirit of all things…
  • Pumpkin Spice Brûlée Bundt Cake

    My name
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Pumpkin Spice Brûlée Bundt Cake Tuesday, October 14, 2014Posted by Admin Incorporate the flavors of the season into your next themed party with our Pumpkin Spice Brûlée Bundt Cake recipe. Cake Ingredients 1 1/2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 1/2 cups flour 1 brewed cup Pumpkin Spice Brûlée 15 oz canned pumpkin puree 2 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt Glaze Ingredients 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar 3 tsp brewed Pumpkin Spice Brûlée 1 tsp maple syrup 1/2 tsp cinnamon Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 2. In a 16 oz Perfect Tea Maker or a teapot, add 4 tsp Pumpkin Spice…
  • 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,…
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    WordPress Tag: Tea

  • Holland & Barrett haul

    ellafit
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    After reading  that Cherry active products can improve quality of sleep I instantly thought i s
  • Time for tea

    clairsclinic
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Image by Ben Matthews Time to talk about tea. If you’ve been told that you can’t have tea, as in normal tea like Lyons or Barry’s you’re probably feeling a bit devastated. To be fair, there is no substitute to a nice cup of tea. Decaffeinated is a close second but then I have to question the process used to decaffeinate it. Rooibos tea is the closest that I have found. It takes a bit of getting used to, I will admit that. But once you get used to it and appreciate it for its health properties you might be surprised at how much you like it, and you might never return…
  • Glass Teapot .....

    zozocups
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
  • How to Feel Better on an Off Day

    Callahan
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    We all have those days……..where you feel like crap and all you want to do is cry and sit
  • 3 Ways to Instantly Reduce Stress During A Busy Work Day

    devrivelazquez
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    Hey pretty people! Have you read my article on afrophire.com? Click the photo, read my 3 suggestions for reducing stress in the midst of a busy work day, and leave me a comment below with your best piece of advice for de-stressing on a hectic day.    
 
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    Teatrekker's Blog

  • Min Hong Gong Fu Black Teas

    teatrekker
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Min Hong Gong fu teas are sweet, very stylish, slightly floral, slightly fruity, slightly malty, tippy black teas made in the eastern part of northern Fujian – north of the Min River, which is a geograpical divider between the teas from north and south Fujian. These three teas are historic and important teas and are made in Fuan county, Fuding county and Zhenghe county, the same places where authentic Fujian white tea is made. In fact, some of these teas are made with the large leaf Da Bai cultivar that is used to make white tea, and also from a small leaf cultivar named Xiao Ye Zhong.
  • Hong Cha

    teatrekker
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Fall is underway. Cool days and nights make us wish for stronger tasting teas. Chinese hong cha is the perfect choice in this time of changing weather. Warm, rich, sweet, smooth, deliciously full in the mouth…Chinese hong cha has many styles and tastes to discover.Hong cha, known as red tea in China (for the amber/ red colored tea liquor in the cup) and black tea in the West (for the dark color of the dried tea leaf), was the final type of tea to be developed by Chinese tea makers in the latter half of the 17th century. Hong cha are full-bodied and smooth in the cup – their…
  • 2014 Korean Green Tea

    teatrekker
    5 Jun 2014 | 3:23 pm
    New teas continue to arrive almost daily as the time has come for us to start receiving seasonal spring teas from Japan and Korea. Yes… I just said KOREA…..as in SOUTH KOREA! It as been 4 years since we first introduced these wonderful and unique green tea from Hadong County and the environ of Mt.Jiri, South Korea. For lovers of fine green teas, these teas are distinctively different from both Chinese and Japanese green teas. And, Hadong County tea is available in very limited quantities comparative to spring green teas from China and Japan and other tea producing regions of South…
  • More 2014 Chinese Green Teas Have Arrived

    teatrekker
    1 May 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Our store has suddenly become a whirlwind of boxes and air cargo deliveries of tea. Tea, glorious tea – fresh and fragrant and newly born from emerging tea leaves in awakening tea gardens. Zhu Ye Qing   Several of the 2014 Chinese green teas that many of our customers have been waiting for are now here. These are Pre-Qing Ming teas meaning that they were processed before April 5th. This is what we have: Longjing Meijiawu Village Lu Shan Mengding Mountain Gan Lu Zhu Ye Qing We announced the arrival of these teas on Sunday to our loyal tea enthusiast customers on our mailing list and…
  • 2014 Longjing Tea Has Arrived

    teatrekker
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    This year we are quite pleased to announce the arrival of the first two of our 4 Longjing (DragonWell) offerings for the season. Our ShiFeng and Weng-jia Shan Longjing shipments arrived on Saturday and are ready for drinking. These geographically-highly-controlled selections are made from pre-Qing Ming leaf (plucked prior to April 5, 2014) and represent some of the most elegant and sought-after teas of eastern China. To read more about Tea Trekker’s Longing here or to place an order visit: http://www.teatrekker.com/ Stay tuned for additional Chinese spring green teas arriving soon.
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    A Tea Addict's Journal »

  • Hong Kong teashop ecology

    MarshalN
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    Despite its historical roots as an important trading post for tea, the Hong Kong of today is not that friendly towards teashops and the tea buying public. There is a lot of tea around – you encounter the drink everywhere. The default drink at a lot of places is weak, watered down tea. The favourite drink to order at a local restaurant is Hong Kong style milk tea. You can’t avoid the stuff. Yet, if you want a more “refined” experience drinking tea, or if you want tea that can be considered more specialized, this isn’t a friendly place. The chief enemy here is…
  • To the Hong Kong police

    MarshalN
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    Bottom, between the tires “To the Hong Kong Police: You turn out because of your orders But we are all brothers One look at me, and you know I won’t fight you So why don’t you go back and have a sip of tea instead”
  • Don’t drink shincha

    MarshalN
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:34 am
    Well, I didn’t say that. Longtime readers may know that I am generally not a drinker of green teas, and especially Japanese greens, which tend to make me dizzy or feeling uncomfortable. The idea that shincha shouldn’t be drunk, though, isn’t coming from me. It’s from a man called Kaibara Ekken, an authority on Japanese herbs who lived during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. In his work Yojokun (Instructions on Nourishing Life) he said a few things about tea drinking (translation mine). There are many people now who drink a lot of tea from dawn to…
  • 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,…
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    Crazy Tea Chick

  • Matcha Bowl and Whisk Set: Beautiful Gift Idea

    Joi
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The beautiful Tea Ceremony Set Bowl and Whisk Green/Brown, pictured above, makes a perfect gift set. The Matcha set features utensils used for a traditional tea ceremony: Tea bowl, tea whisk and tea scoop. Click through for more information. This is gorgeous! Want to know how to make traditional Japanese Matcha? Click the link for a video from DoMatcha.
  • Video: How to Make Traditional Japanese Matcha

    Joi
    13 Oct 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I have recently fallen head over heels in love with tea-related videos. I’ve always been MAD about cooking videos but the obsession with tea videos is a fairly recent thing. Look for a lot more tea videos to be added to the tea blog because I’m pretty sure you’ll become as hooked as I am. The video below is from DoMatcha (makers of extraordinary Matcha). In this video, DoMatcha host Calli O’Brien shows how to whisk up a traditional matcha. Find DoMatcha and Matcha Bowls, Whisks, and Sets on Amazon! Matcha Whisk Holder (similar to the one she uses in the video above):…
  • Rishi Tea Simple Brew Loose Leaf Teapot… Yes, Please!

    Joi
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    Well, this certainly simplifies things when it comes to making loose leaf tea. This is the Rishi Tea Simple Brew Loose Leaf Teapot (400ml) and, if you’re like me, you’re wondering where it’s been all your tea loving life. The beautiful glass pot allows you to watch your favorite teas infuse and make magic. A built in strainer keeps all of your tea in the pot for future use. Here’s one of my favorite things about it – The simple brew teapot is also easy to clean. You simply unscrew the filter from the lid and wash. It just doesn’t get any simpler than this.
  • Tea Forte’ Collection – Makes a Gorgeous Gift for Any Tea Lover

    Joi
    24 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The beautiful Tea Forte Tea Chest Collection 4.20 Ounce makes a thoughtful and exotic gift any tea drinker would love. The set includes 40 pyramid infusers with Two infusers each of: Earl Grey, Orchid Vanilla, Ginger Lemongrass, English Breakfast, Chamomile Tisane, African Solstice, Black Currant, Formosa Oolong, Citrus Mint, Jasmine Green, Bombay Chai, White Ambrosia, Sencha, Estate Darjeeling, White Ginger Pear, Raspberry Nectar, Green Mango Peach, Hazelnut Turffle, Lemon Sorbetti, Blueberry Merlot. Beautiful, thoughtful AND delicious! Features: An expansive collection of 40 infusers, two…
  • Perfect Gift Idea for Tea Lovers: Tea Wisdom by Aaron Fisher

    Joi
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Tea Wisdom by Aaron Fisher I was recently sent a beautiful little book to review on the Crazy Tea Chick blog and I’m absolutely in love with it. What’s even more important is that YOU’LL fall just as head over heels in love with it as I have. I write a lot (make that A LOT) of book reviews. Between Self Help Daily and Get Cooking!, I find myself writing self help book reviews and cookbook reviews throughout the week.  However, it’s been ages since a book brought as many smiles to my face as  Tea Wisdom by Aaron Fisher has. This beautiful book is a collection of tea…
 
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  • Apple Embrace Black Tea from Monarch Tea Co.

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Monarch Tea Co. or Monarch Tea Co. on Etsy Tea Description: This warm and inviting blend brings memories of sitting fireside with a good book. Notes of apple, cinnamon and spice come together to warm and soothe. Ingredients: black tea, dried apple, cinnamon pieces, blackberry leaves, safflower petals, natural flavours. Learn more about subscribing to Postal Teas here. Taster’s Review: I was very excited to receive my Postal Teas box today.  This box is actually September's subscription - which arrives in October.  Kind of confusing.
  • Never say never

    Xavier
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    I know I said that studies should be taken with caution but I found an interesting one and I wanted to share its conclusions with you. This study shows that price tag can change the way people experience wine. If you want, you can read it here or you can read my summary (with some short cuts as I am no neural sciences expert). 20 students (among them 11 males) who said they liked and occasionally drank red wine were asked to perform a test to “study the effect of sampling time on flavor” while they were performing another test. Each one was told they would be tasting 5 different Cabernet…
  • White Currant Tea from Caraway Tea

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  White Where to Buy:  Caraway Tea Company Product Description: Juicy aromatic currants paired with the delicacy of white tea leaves delivers a smooth flavor profile with a deeply fruity finish. There's a lot of flavor is this healthy white tea. Ingredients China Pai Mu Tan, China Cui Min, rose hip peel, freeze-dried blackcurrants, flavoring, mallow blossoms, cornflower blossoms. Learn more about this tea here. Learn more about UniqTeas here - UniqTeas is the "sister site" of Caraway Tea where you can create your own unique tea blend! Taster’s Review: Oh yum! As…
  • My return with Cold Brew Bottle Review from Whittard of Chelsea

    KittyLovesTea
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    It's been far too long my tea friends, unfortunately time has flown by since my last blog entry. I haven't forgotten about you, unfortunately life came in the way of things for a while. So what's new? Well I've purchased a house and after several months of waiting I am a month or two away from finally moving and signing the papers. It should be before Christmas *fingers crossed*. On top of that I was ill for just over a month and was somewhat bed ridden with a prolapsed disc in my lower back. My overall absence was not a happy one but I am looking to put that behind me and come back to my…
  • Peppermint Herbal Tisane from Simple Loose Leaf

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Tisane Information: Leaf Type:  Herbal Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf here. Tisane Description: Enjoy the refreshing and cooling flavor of peppermint straight from the leaves. Peppermint can be enjoyed on its own or added to another tea blend. The soothing leaves lend well to any sweetener. We recommend a touch of honey and lemon when enjoying these herbal leaves hot or iced. Ingredients:  Peppermint Leaves Learn more about this tisane here. Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf’s Co-Op program here. Taster’s Review: Crisp and cool! Yes, this is plain and simple pure dried…
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    travelling teapot

  • 2004 'Duoteli Brand' Liu Bao Tea

    wilson
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:49 pm
    This is a 2004 Liu Bao tea from Duoteli.  This tea is made in Wuzhou, China.  Liu Bao tea is a black tea with the tea undergoing 'fermentation' as part of processing this tea.  Think ripe pu erh as pu erh do undergo fermentation for about 2 months before the tea is dried and packed away in cakes, tuos or bricks.  Liu Bao tea on the other hand, are also compressed into cakes or bricks but they are more commonly packed in loose form into large bags or baskets that may weigh from 1 kg to 30 kg.  They are also sold in smaller boxes like this 250g box I had opened.
  • Single Hole Teapot

    wilson
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Do you use a teapot when you brew your Chinese tea? And you are using a Chinese teapot?  Nice.....here is a fun quiz for you.  Can you identify, if any, a single hole teapot from the 1st 2 pix?  I will tell you the answer later.  A single hole teapot is.......nah.....just look at pix 3.  Look at the inside of the teapot where the tea will pour out through the spout.  It is a single hole.  This is a single hole teapot.  Single hole teapots were considered older teapots and building a filter inside was considered a newer improvisation.  Pix 3 has a…
  • 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…
 
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  • Tough Decisions, is it time for an end?

    Adam Yusko
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:37 pm
    I sat down tonight, saying it has been too long since I last posted, I specifically carved out a solid stretch of time to work on a post.  Something I am not used to as my posts had before mostly been written on a whim, when the spirit hit.  Granted the writing probably very well reflected that free and almost rushed to post attitude, however even after sitting down to tea, having a very nice
  • Days that make us Remember

    Adam Yusko
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    I am not going to lie, for a little while there I had started to forget what it is I actually like about tea, and why I spent so much time drinking it, and learning how to best prepare it.  I think if people spend enough time on anything eventually they will need to step back and reevaluate their situation.  I've found myself several times in the past week being completely able to have tea on
  • Isn't it Ironic?

    Adam Yusko
    7 Jun 2014 | 2:09 pm
    I've long stopped wondering about what people google to find this blog, but the past month has caught me chuckling to myself a few times due to the name I happened to choose for this blog and my current field of work.   I'm not sure I've ever explained the reason for the name of this blog, but as it initially was intended to be a tea review blog, I thought well its going to be a blog giving
  • Priori-teas

    Adam Yusko
    7 May 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Sorry for the horrible word play in the title.   However I've been thinking a lot about where tea ranks on my list of priorities lately, and I am not exactly sure.  I view it as an incredibly relaxing and enjoyable diversion, and still enjoy it immensely.  However I've struggled to find the time for it lately, and that is what worries me.  There seems to be an endless battle between working out/
  • The Spirit of Tea

    Adam Yusko
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:35 am
    Through over 5 years on my blog, many things have changed personally, some at least in part inspired by tea.  As tea drinkers we get a lot of questions on what tea is to us, or why we drink tea.  Honestly though through those 5 years and actually back further I realize tea has pretty much been a constant in my life.  Why does this simple set of leaves thrown into hot water help people relax, wake
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  • A New Way of Displaying Teacups

    Nicole Martin
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Displaying teacups has always been a challenge for me, especially on shelves that are higher up. I recently found some nifty stands on Amazon that were a great solution. They're just simple plastic pieces that allow the saucer to stand up behind the teacup. Not all cups will fit perfectly but I didn't run into any where I couldn't make it work. Some of my saucers have pretty designs that were hidden until now. That definitely makes me happy. I'll need to pick up one more pack to finish everything but my teaware collection is already looking more organized.BeforeAfter
  • Friday Round Up - October 12th through October 18th

    Nicole Martin
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Obsessed by Tea and How to KnowCwyn's brand of wit and sarcasm are just my cup of tea. This list definitely speaks to much of my life as an obsessive tea drinker. Especially the part at the end about having to pee...Matcha Cornflake Clusters+Bonnie Eng is at it again! This recipe had me drooling (and making a mental note to pick up some culinary matcha). I thought that the poppy seeds added a unique touch.Teaity's Quick Guide to Tea CertificationsThere are so many tea certifications out there, its hard to keep all of those logos straight. +Teaity posted a really handy guide…
  • Beau Bien Fine Foods Apricot Darjeeling Preserves

    Nicole Martin
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I love finding tea infused treats almost as much as I love finding new teas to drink. Recently +Joseph Wesley Black Tea was serving uptea in NYC at Michele Varian Home Design. I stopped by to say hello but my eyes lit up when Joe told me to try these apricot preserves that were made using his Darjeeling. It was amazingly delicious! The texture was perfect and I loved that the Darjeeling was really able to shine through. I've been spreading it on toasted English muffins and sipping his 2014 Classic Chinese (review is in the works). If you are in the Detroit area I definitely…
  • White2Tea 2007 Repave Cake

    Nicole Martin
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: somewhat dark, mottled greens and brownsIngredients: puerh teaSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: dark amberish goldAh puerh, how I've missed you! I had heard a ton about this tea from friends on Steepster and Instagram. The base material was stored in Menghai for seven years before being pressed in 2007. The taste was vegetal with woody notes and a hint of camphor. There wasn't a lot of bitterness but it still packed a punch. It was slightly smokey but not unpleasantly so. The mouth-feel was…
  • I'm the Customer of the Month for Seven Cups!

    Nicole Martin
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Seven Cups Fine Chinese Teas (+sevencups), one of my favorite tea companies, chose me as their customer of the month for October. How exciting is that!?! They featured a little snippet about me in their newsletter and I got a free bag of the tea of my choice. I picked their Huang Guan Yin since it's been on my wish list for a while now. Lucky for me it was the very last bag. A review will be coming soon. I love when brands take the time to recognize their customers and they do it every single month. If you haven't given their teas a try I highly recommend them, especially the Huang Zhi…
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  • Min Hong Gong Fu Black Teas

    teatrekker
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Min Hong Gong fu teas are sweet, very stylish, slightly floral, slightly fruity, slightly malty, tippy black teas made in the eastern part of northern Fujian – north of the Min River, which is a geograpical divider between the teas from north and south Fujian. These three teas are historic and important teas and are made in Fuan county, Fuding county and Zhenghe county, the same places where authentic Fujian white tea is made. In fact, some of these teas are made with the large leaf Da Bai cultivar that is used to make white tea, and also from a small leaf cultivar named Xiao Ye Zhong.
  • Hong Cha

    teatrekker
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Fall is underway. Cool days and nights make us wish for stronger tasting teas. Chinese hong cha is the perfect choice in this time of changing weather. Warm, rich, sweet, smooth, deliciously full in the mouth…Chinese hong cha has many styles and tastes to discover.Hong cha, known as red tea in China (for the amber/ red colored tea liquor in the cup) and black tea in the West (for the dark color of the dried tea leaf), was the final type of tea to be developed by Chinese tea makers in the latter half of the 17th century. Hong cha are full-bodied and smooth in the cup – their…
  • 2014 Korean Green Tea

    teatrekker
    5 Jun 2014 | 3:23 pm
    New teas continue to arrive almost daily as the time has come for us to start receiving seasonal spring teas from Japan and Korea. Yes… I just said KOREA…..as in SOUTH KOREA! It as been 4 years since we first introduced these wonderful and unique green tea from Hadong County and the environ of Mt.Jiri, South Korea. For lovers of fine green teas, these teas are distinctively different from both Chinese and Japanese green teas. And, Hadong County tea is available in very limited quantities comparative to spring green teas from China and Japan and other tea producing regions of South…
  • More 2014 Chinese Green Teas Have Arrived

    teatrekker
    1 May 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Our store has suddenly become a whirlwind of boxes and air cargo deliveries of tea. Tea, glorious tea – fresh and fragrant and newly born from emerging tea leaves in awakening tea gardens. Zhu Ye Qing   Several of the 2014 Chinese green teas that many of our customers have been waiting for are now here. These are Pre-Qing Ming teas meaning that they were processed before April 5th. This is what we have: Longjing Meijiawu Village Lu Shan Mengding Mountain Gan Lu Zhu Ye Qing We announced the arrival of these teas on Sunday to our loyal tea enthusiast customers on our mailing list and…
  • 2014 Longjing Tea Has Arrived

    teatrekker
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    This year we are quite pleased to announce the arrival of the first two of our 4 Longjing (DragonWell) offerings for the season. Our ShiFeng and Weng-jia Shan Longjing shipments arrived on Saturday and are ready for drinking. These geographically-highly-controlled selections are made from pre-Qing Ming leaf (plucked prior to April 5, 2014) and represent some of the most elegant and sought-after teas of eastern China. To read more about Tea Trekker’s Longing here or to place an order visit: http://www.teatrekker.com/ Stay tuned for additional Chinese spring green teas arriving soon.
 
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