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  • First tea set

    T Ching
    T Ching
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Five miles of hiking uphill would land you at the cabin I was raised in. Water came from a hand pump, light from a kerosene lantern, heat from a wood cook stove, milk from a series of goats – always inexplicably named “Billie” – and fresh greens from our garden. My father hunted ducks, pheasants, and venison. My mother made bread, tofu, and wild berry preserves. We all fished for trout! In the spring, we gathered mushrooms, miner’s lettuce, and in summer, wild onions. In the fall we gathered berries, and more mushrooms. One day a week, we would rest, read, take…
  • The Value Proposition

    The Half-Dipper
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Hilary term was great fun - there was a fortnight in which a few colleagues and I put on a revised version of an old graduate course, bringing it up-to-speed with recent developments in our field (biomedical machine learning).  Perhaps more satisfying than the course itself was the fact that one of the audience, whom you might know, kindly provided me with plenty of good tea.  Here comes one
  • Puerh tea in 2014 – News from the mountains

    The Essence of Tea - Blog & News
    david
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:42 am
    Ancient Puerh Tea Garden in Mengsong We’ve been in Yunnan for the past couple of weeks & been travelling to a few different mountains, drinking some teas, chatting to folk and trying to get a feeling for the situation this spring. Each year the tea market seems a little stranger than before, but this year it seems to have taken a seismic jump in strangeness. The tea price has shot up pretty much everywhere. The famous areas are commanding ever more insane prices, and there seem to be more and more people travelling to the tea mountains… both tea tourists, who drive to the mountains…
  • The Kitchen

    The Mandarin's Tea
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
    MTR guises under a variety of names—The speakeasy, At 21, The Tea Room, Salon, The Mandarin's—and just about everything else bestowed upon this magnetic space form the series of creative guests that rotate through our door. The radical metamorphosis of MTR before my eyes finally inspired me to take some time for extreme reflection, thus causing a mini-hiatus from posting. Firstt and foremost
  • Yixing Pots 2014 Spring 6

    Tea Obsession
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:04 pm
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    The Mandarin's Tea

  • The Kitchen

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:16 pm
    MTR guises under a variety of names—The speakeasy, At 21, The Tea Room, Salon, The Mandarin's—and just about everything else bestowed upon this magnetic space form the series of creative guests that rotate through our door. The radical metamorphosis of MTR before my eyes finally inspired me to take some time for extreme reflection, thus causing a mini-hiatus from posting. Firstt and foremost
  • The Legal Nomads

    26 Jul 2013 | 1:08 pm
    Live your life fully! Thanks Jodi for the inspiration. http://youtu.be/joTiDQcEncc
  • Yixing 2013

    1 Jun 2013 | 6:00 pm
    Last time I did a collection check was in 2007.... Been too long. Private collection from ROC to Culture Revolution period. Mainly 1970's Factory 1 masters. Enjoy the Summer!
  • Prayers & New Beginnings

    12 Mar 2013 | 8:42 am
    Remembering 2 years ago yesterday.... A past that we are still healing, but an opening for new hopes, dreams and gatherings. Congratulations to Ippodo Tea Company NYC. A nearly 300 years old dream for American tea lovers. Photos Courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrongfucha/
  • Cigar and Tea

    8 Mar 2013 | 11:02 am
    http://www.steepingaround.com/show102/ http://teamag.com/articles/a-good-cigar-%26-a-cup-of-tea/ High Fired Anxi Tikwanyin Fall 2012. Two grades, paring with a 2004 Muralla. Thank You Steepingaround for the introduction. 2012 Guoyan Raw Puerh. Enjoying....
 
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    The Essence of Tea - Blog & News

  • Puerh tea in 2014 – News from the mountains

    david
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:42 am
    Ancient Puerh Tea Garden in Mengsong We’ve been in Yunnan for the past couple of weeks & been travelling to a few different mountains, drinking some teas, chatting to folk and trying to get a feeling for the situation this spring. Each year the tea market seems a little stranger than before, but this year it seems to have taken a seismic jump in strangeness. The tea price has shot up pretty much everywhere. The famous areas are commanding ever more insane prices, and there seem to be more and more people travelling to the tea mountains… both tea tourists, who drive to the mountains…
  • Spring is here

    david
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:17 am
    It’s that season again… I’m packing up my bags and about to set off for Yunnan again. I’ve spent the past few weeks drinking through the teas we’ve pressed over the past five years, trying to glean whatever experience I could from them. In general they seem to be ageing well. A couple of them seem to have emerged from a bit of a slump that they were in for a year or two. A couple have become a little thin, but I’m pretty happy overall… especially that our tastes and abilities to choose tea seem to be improving year on year. Kathy’s been in…
  • A Journey With Liu Bao – A talk by Master Lim Ping Xiang

    david
    12 Jan 2014 | 8:37 am
    I’ve had this video for a while, of a talk that Lim Ping Xiang gave in Kunming last spring in a small teahouse in Kunming. One of the regulars in the teahouse filmed it and gave me a copy of the video. Kathy & I worked a bit over the Christmas period and subtitled the video. There’s really not a lot of information about Liu Bao tea available online, especially in English, and not many people more qualified to talk about it than Master Lim. I hope this video proves useful for tea drinkers in the West.
  • Handmade Wuyi Yancha – Master Huang in Chinese TV documentary

    david
    27 Nov 2013 | 6:53 am
    I thought I’d share this documentary showing Master Huang and his sons making Wuyi Yancha. His eldest son (Shen Hui) gives much of the commentary, but Master Huang can be seen with his sons, workers and some of their old trees from 35:00 to 38:50. Unfortunately there are no English subtitles, and there doesn’t seem to be any way that I could add subtitles, but please find below a brief translation of the relevant section. For those who speak Chinese, the rest of the documentary is also very interesting. http://jishi.cntv.cn/special/djsb/cha/index.shtml 34:52 (voice-over) – Of…
  • The most expensive Puerh Tea?

    david
    20 Nov 2013 | 6:03 am
    The prices achieved in Chinese tea auctions for antique puerh teas never cease to amaze me. Like with wine or whiskey, it seems there is almost no limit to the prices that some people will pay for the rarest of the rare. A friend sent me a link this morning to a recent Chinese tea auction. Included in it was a tong of FuYuanChang puerh tea from the early 1900s. The price achieved for this 2060g of tea was just over £1 million (1.7 million USD). At over £500 a gram, a pot of this tea would set you back around £4000. The prices aside, these teas are really something special. There is…
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    Tea Obsession

  • Yixing Pots 2014 Spring 6

    20 Mar 2014 | 9:04 pm
  • Yixing Pots 2014 Spring 5

    4 Mar 2014 | 12:19 am
  • Yixing Pots 2014 Spring 4

    22 Feb 2014 | 1:27 am
    Yi Xing Clay Teapot 028 Bian Deng 140 ml 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 029 Chuan Lu 220 ml 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 014 Bridge Handle TuYeXingLing ShiPiao1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 030 Jing Lan 220 ml 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 031 Hua Ying 200 ml 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 019 Yi Li Zhu 90 ml 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 032 Yuan Tong 130 ml 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 027 Duo Qiu 190 ml 1401
  • Yixing pots 2014 Spring 3

    22 Feb 2014 | 12:37 am
    Yi Xing Clay Teapot 023 Huan Gai 110ml 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 004 Shi Bian 200ml 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 009 De Jun 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 024 Shiliu Chunniao 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 010 Bridge Handle Bamboo ShiPiao1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 025 Bamboo Chunniao 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 026 Chang Yang Bian Fu 220 ml 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 011 Bridge Handle ZhuChu1401
  • Yixing pots 2014 Spring

    21 Feb 2014 | 11:38 pm
    Yi Xing Clay Teapot 021 Daisy Vine 350 ml 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 016 Pan Hu 100 ml 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 020 Bian Deng 140 ml 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 017 Fang Gu 80ml 1401Yi Xing Purple Clay Teapot 018 Tai Jian 90 ml 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot 019 Yi Li Zhu 90 ml 1401Yi Xing Clay Teapot Bridge Handle Bian Deng 1401 006Yi Xing Clay Teapot 022 NiuGai ShiPiao 1401
 
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    The Half-Dipper

  • The Value Proposition

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Hilary term was great fun - there was a fortnight in which a few colleagues and I put on a revised version of an old graduate course, bringing it up-to-speed with recent developments in our field (biomedical machine learning).  Perhaps more satisfying than the course itself was the fact that one of the audience, whom you might know, kindly provided me with plenty of good tea.  Here comes one
  • When One is Naka'd

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    ...good shengpu is required. With thanks to Peter of Pu-erh.sk, today's session considers an autumnal version of the cake that I think was probably the best of all of Peter's cakes, last year: the 2013 Nakashan (from springtime).  That cake was, typically, sold out before I even tried the sample, but it was a fleeting, robust beauty while the session lasted. Nakashan is in the
  • At Least on Hoth

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    at least on Hoth Han packed more than a summer shirt
  • Cigarette Box

    6 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Zhangjiawan is an area from which I have only good (taste) memories: the only other cake I have had that called itself "Zhangjiawan" was a fantastic little 2012 xiaobing from Chawangpu, that cost < $40. This particular Sanhetang cake is from they of the Xizihao fame.  This sample was kindly provided (about a hundred years ago) by TA - I do not know the link between this cake and the
  • In the Middle of It All: Some Yibangshan

    3 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    I was going to write "I am struggling to come to terms with being a father", but that is incorrect.  I have almost entirely come to terms with it - merely, I remain amazed by how significantly and irreversibly my life has changed.  In the middle of this week-end, filled as it was with trips to the circus and birthday parties for three-year-olds, a tea from The Old Country* came as a vivid
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    News from Upton Tea

  • New Product: Chamillo Blend

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A relaxing and tart herbal blend with notes of mint, lemon and other calming herbs. Naturally caffeine-free.
  • New Product: Towkok Estate First Flush FTGFOP1 Cl.

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The cup of this 2014 first flush selection has a wonderful quality of freshness. The flavor is full, with a hint of sweet malt and a gentle spicy note some have likened to mace or allspice. The aroma has a flowery quality, and notes of malt and mint, the latter being more evident in the infused leaf.
  • New Product: Balasun Estate SFTGFOP1 SUPREME First Flush (DJ-1)

    1 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Balasun is located in the North Kurseong Valley, and produces superior invoices (or lots). This 2014 offering has an attractive leaf appearance with silvery tips yielding a bright amber cup. The liquor is light, with a subtle flowery bouquet with hints of magnolia blossom. The cup has a sparkling quality and light notes of peach.
  • New Product: Formosa GABA Oolong

    27 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Japanese researchers created Gaba tea serendipitously in the 1980's. Wanting effective methods to preserve tea, not fully fermented leaf was exposed to nitrogen. The glutamic acid inherent in tea was transformed to Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, or GABA for short. This selection is notable for its broad and interesting flavor profile, with notes of mango, peach and guava. The cup has a creamy body with a pronounced, lingering sweetness.
  • New Product: Dimbula BOP

    25 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    For a smooth, mellow cup of tea. Classic Ceylon flavor.
 
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    Tea Masters

  • Tea events at Penn State from April 24th to 27th

    Stephane
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Last year at Penn StateI am glad to announce that I'll soon return to the Tea Institute at Penn State with my teamaster, Teaparker, for a third time in 4 years. The main theme of this visit will be 'Chaozhou Gongfu Cha'.The Tea Institute is combining this year's events with a Chinese teaware exhibition of antique pieces from the Palmer Museum of Art. This is going to be a unique opportunity to witness a traditional Chaozhou Gongfu cha demonstration and see ancient Chinese teaware. I think it's going to be a very unique experience in North America:I am looking forward meeting all the tea…
  • How fresh is your spring 2013 High Mountain Oolong?

    Stephane
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:10 am
    Biluochun harvest in SanHsiaFor green tea, the best harvests happen in early spring, before April 5th (= before Qingming). So, thanks to EMS and other fast delivery services, it's possible for most knowledgeable consumers to receive very fresh green tea by mid April, just 3 weeks after the official start of spring. With High Mountain Oolong, though, the waiting period is much longer. The highest peaks are last to be harvested, because they are the last to experience the rise in temperatures. Lishan and Da Yu Ling harvests can extend until mid May. Add then at least 2 or 3 weeks for the…
  • Watercolor Teapot

    Stephane
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Jocelyne Munger from Montreal has found inspiration on this blog and has painted my Yixing Duanni Wu De Sheng Tiliang 'ancient Chinese coins' teapot.Thanks a lot for sharing your painting with us!From the darkness of winter to the sunshine of summer, this duanni teapot appears in very different shades.Note: You can follow me on Twitter now @TeaMastersBlog
  • Le thé vert d'avant Qingming de SanHsia

    Stephane
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    Le début du printemps, avant la fête d'entretien des tombes, le 5 avril, est la meilleure période pour la récolte du thé vert en Chine. C'est là que les bourgeons sont les plus petits et poussent le plus lentement. Au fur et à mesure que les jours s'allongent et que la chaleur augmente, les bourgeons se développent de plus en plus vite. Après la fête Qingming, on trouve que ces feuilles ont perdu la finesse et la subtilité des arômes qui fait leur charme. Le thé vert exalte la fraicheur printanière du renouveau de la nature. Sa composition de bourgeons a des implications sur sa…
  • Spring 2014 in San Hsia!

    Stephane
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:54 am
    After 2 weeks of cool rainy days, the weather had turned up the heat in the north of Taiwan. It lasted for three days and I thought that it was summer already! I rushed to San Hsia to see the harvest of this spring's Biluochun. With such warm conditions and plenty of water in the ground, the leaves are growing faster than they can be picked! Like each year, the farmers struggle to find sufficient womanpower for this essential job...This farm has renovated its production facility during the winter months. For that reason, it didn't harvest its plantation in winter. The consequence is that the…
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  • Whatcha gonna do with all that matcha?

    Rafe
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Kiss Me Organics sent me an offer I couldn’t refuse: four ounces of culinary grade matcha.  I love green tea ice cream, and I cannot go into the Asian Market without coming out with a green tea sponge roll cake and green tea mochi.  As an unapologetic kitchen chemist, I couldn’t wait to get a quarter pound of primo matcha in my pantry. Within 48 hours of ordering, the matcha was on my doorstep.  The hoarder’s psychological game began: once I open it, it will never be unopened again.  I spent several days admiring the unopened package while I searched online for green tea…
  • Only in Canada, you say? Pity.

    Dharlene Fahl
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Growing up in Canada, Red Rose Tea was definitely the tea of choice from the time I was a child. A series of television commercials from the 1970′s made the above phrase a household saying. The advertisements usually featured staunch British folks having Red Rose Tea. After they sipped and learned it was available only in Canada, they would say, “Only in Canada, you say? Pity!” What also made Red Rose Tea exciting and memorable while I was growing up were all the small, collectible, figurines that were featured prizes in each package. We could hardly wait to tear open the…
  • First tea set

    T Ching
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Five miles of hiking uphill would land you at the cabin I was raised in. Water came from a hand pump, light from a kerosene lantern, heat from a wood cook stove, milk from a series of goats – always inexplicably named “Billie” – and fresh greens from our garden. My father hunted ducks, pheasants, and venison. My mother made bread, tofu, and wild berry preserves. We all fished for trout! In the spring, we gathered mushrooms, miner’s lettuce, and in summer, wild onions. In the fall we gathered berries, and more mushrooms. One day a week, we would rest, read, take…
  • Swimming in matcha

    Adela Hasas
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    An old fish is swimming through the ocean, and he comes upon two younger fish. The older fish says, “Morning boys, how’s the water?” and continues swimming along. The two younger fish look at each other and say, “What the heck is water?” I’ve been with Sencha Naturals for over six years.  Green tea is the reality of my life. I use it as a tool, as an indulgence, as a remedy, as a reward, as a gift, and as the key ingredient in all of our products. It’s part of my daily world, and I don’t think twice. What this alsomeans is that I make the…
  • Mecha: Japanese bud tea

    Ricardo Caicedo
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    Imagine a green tea that’s been made with only the early buds of the tea plant. Doesn’t it sound luxurious? Actually, mecha is considered to be a lower grade than gyokuro and sencha, and it’s made by filtering out the buds after harvest. This reminds us that tea leaf grading is not the same in each country. For example, in a fukamushi sencha (deep-steamed sencha), the leaves are visibly broken down, but it’s not leaf appearance that counts, just the taste.  Mecha looks different from other Japanese teas. Instead of the familiar needle shape, the leaves are rolled…
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    Tea Guy Speaks

  • Slow Motion Tea Time With Alan Rickman

    William I. Lengeman III
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here's a clip of actor Alan Rickman taking his time over a cup of tea and then doing some actorish type grimaces and gestures and whatnot. If he seems to be moving slowly do not adjust your dials. It's part of the Portraits in Dramatic Time series, by David Michalek. More at his Web site. Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
  • Escoffier Online - Tea Flavored Desserts Video

    William I. Lengeman III
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper
  • Beko Automatic Tea Maker Commercial (Turkey)

    William I. Lengeman III
    5 Apr 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
  • Who Invented the Tea Kettle Whistle?

    William I. Lengeman III
    29 Mar 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Who Invented the Tea Kettle Whistle?By William I. Lengeman III If you’re like me – or the majority of the people on Earth – you probably don’t give a lot of thought to tea kettle whistles. All that really matters is that they work when the water starts to boil. Not so long ago, while writing an article for this site on the science of tea kettle whistles (yes, there is a science of tea kettle whistles), I got to wondering about the origins of this device. Was there a time when people using tea kettles had to make do without whistles, or did they always exist? And who was the first…
  • Free Classic Tea eBooks II

    William I. Lengeman III
    23 Mar 2014 | 8:00 am
    Here's part two of the list of old tea books that I've reviewed at The English Tea Blog. Most of them are available in free online or ebook editions. Check out part one of the list here. Tea-Blending as a Fine Artby Joseph M. Walsh linkAn Essay on TeaBy Jonas Hanway linkTea; Its Effects, Medicinal and Moralby George Gabriel Sigmond linkLetter to a Friend, Concerning Teaby John Wesley linkA Popular Treatise on Teaby John Sumner linkThe Book of Teaby Kakuzo Okakura linkTea and Tea DrinkingBy Arthur Reade linkThe Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
 
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    Heaven of Tea

  • Afternoon Tea: Jasmine Tea Jelly Recipe

    My name
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    Afternoon Tea: Jasmine Tea Jelly Recipe Wednesday, April 2, 2014Posted by Admin Warmer weather calls for an afternoon tea party! Set the table with fresh flowers and a petal-inspired teapot set. Craft a delicious menu of fragrant teas and savory pastries. For the special touch that will wow your guests, serve our tea-infused Jasmine Tea Jelly recipe Jasmine Tea Jelly Ingredients 4 cups water 1 to 1.5 piece of fresh ginger smashed or chopped 1/4 cups Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls 6 tablespoons classic powdered fruit pectin 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 5 cups sugar Recipe Instructions 1. Combine…
  • Make Way for Spring – Discontinued Teas

    My name
    15 Feb 2014 | 11:36 am
    Make Way for Spring – Discontinued Teas Saturday, February 15, 2014Posted by Admin Our Spring collection will arrive online and in stores February 24. To make room for our new teas, we must first say farewell to a few favorites. Be sure to stock up before they go! Please note: Some discontinued teas that are not available online may still be found in our stores. Discontinued Teas: Superfruit Unity Green Tea White Chocolate Peppermint Rooibos Tea Wonderberry Chocolate Truffle Oolong Tea For the latest news on our Spring collection, connect with us: Sign Up For Email Facebook - Join the…
  • Recipes For Love

    My name
    6 Feb 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Recipes For Love Thursday, February 6, 2014Posted by Admin With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re hoping you fall in love with our new tea recipes. Simply follow our instructions and you’ll take your traditional brew to new heights. Strawberry Blush Rosé Recipe Makes 8 servings 32 oz water 1/2 cup Perfectea Rock Sugar 1 cup Strawberry Blush Rosé tea 8 champagne flutes 750 ml bottle of Sparkling Rosé Instructions 1. Boil 32 oz of water. 2. Add 1/2 cup sugar into a tea steeper and pour in water. Stir to dissolve sugar. 3. Steep for 3 minutes. 4. Strain brewed tea over a…
  • Chinese New Year: From Tradition to Modern Day

    My name
    24 Jan 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Chinese New Year: From Tradition to Modern Day Friday, January 24, 2014Posted by Admin Traditional Celebration In China, one of the most important times of the year is Chinese New Year. Long before recorded history began, it was said that the people of China lived a very difficult life that they loosely based around the lunar cycles. From their tracking of the moon, it was believed that around the same time each year a monster named Nián would descend on the village, wreaking havoc and destroying livestock and crops. To frighten away this terrible monster, the villagers would hang red…
  • A Festive Treat: White Chocolate Peppermint

    My name
    18 Dec 2013 | 7:46 am
    A Festive Treat: White Chocolate Peppermint Wednesday, December 18, 2013Posted by Admin Do you enjoy the decadent flavors of White Chocolate Peppermint? Here's a festive way to prepare our holiday favorite for your friends and family. Ingredients 2 teaspoons of PerfecTea Rock Sugar 4 teaspoons of White Chocolate Peppermint 1 oz of fresh whipped cream Powdered Sugar Crushed candy cane White chocolate shavings < Recipe Instructions 1. Heat water to 208°F 2. In a 16 oz Perfect Tea Maker, add 6 teaspoons of White Chocolate Peppermint and 2 teaspoons of PerfecTea Rock Sugar. 3. Add boiling water…
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  • Drink Tea. Get Up and Walk.

    Verna L. Hamilton
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    #DrinkTea #GetUpAndWalk @TeaPhilosophy
  • Johan&Nyström for true coffee lovers

    Vasilis
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s not a secret that Helsinki is becoming slowly but steadily, a coffee lover’s hotspo
  • Another Chance

    morningstoryanddilbert
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Vintage DilbertApril 15, 2011 How often we wish for another chance to make a fresh beginning. A chan
  • ginger tea

    throughthecellardoors
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    When it comes to warding off aches and illness I tend embrace natural remedies. This week my sister and I have both been battling ongoing colds and I thought it would be a great chance to try out a new recipe to save my sore throat. I just picked up Gweneth Paltrow’s cookbook “It’s All Good” and liked the simple recipe for Ginger Tea. Adapted recipe: Finely chop ginger root and add it to boiling water. I like a lot of punch to my tea so I used about a cup of ginger in 1.5 litres of water. Boil for 5-10 minutes. Your house will smell amazing! Remove from heat and pour…
  • Teapot Tuesday

    Beth Ann
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Happy Birthday to my big sis today!  Seems appropriate to feature a cute little teapot that she got for me.  This one is perfect for a cup or two and comes with a cozy sweater to keep it nice and warm !  All in my favorite color–red!!!  Hopefully we will be putting all of those sweaters away soon.   “She gave in to a hankering for a cup of tea even though she knew that the idea of a cup of tea-sitting still, calmly sipping-was more appealing than actually sitting still and trying to calmly sip.” ― Maryanne O’Hara, Cascade   43.152457 -93.237147
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    Teatrekker's Blog

  • 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.
  • Two 1st Flush 2014 Darjeelings have Arrived

    teatrekker
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    For all of of loyal Darjeeling fans who have been waiting, the good news is that two of our 2014 1st Flush Darjeelings have arrived: 1st Flush Giddapahar Estate 1st Flush Rohini Estate Click here for a listing of teas that have arrived and teas that are on the way now from China. More 1st Flush Darjeelings to follow in 2 weeks and will be listed soon.
  • 2014 New Harvest Tea versus ‘New’ Tea

    teatrekker
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:20 am
    This post is a re-post from last year. Because many new tea drinkers may not know how to evaluate some of the claims of ‘new tea’ that are being touted this time of year, we hope this will help. As well as be a good reminder to those of you who know this but need a little re-fresher on this topic. Soon the earliest plucks of fresh tea from the 2014 spring tea harvests in China, India, and Japan will begin arriving in the US. In fact, Tea Trekker has already received 3 new 2014 season teas from Western China. Confusingly, it is also the time when some tea vendors add ‘new…
  • 1st of the 2014 Chinese Spring Teas have Arrived !

    teatrekker
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:09 am
    What a nice surprise we had yesterday – the 1st of our 2014 Chinese Pre-Qing Ming Spring Teas arrived. On the 1st day of Spring…. so we take that as an auspicious sign of a good tea season to follow. Yunnan Sweet Green Threads This is what arrived: Yunnan-jingdong-wuliang-golden-threads Yunnan-sweet-green-threads Yunnan-sweet-white-threads All are sweet, fresh, vegetal, fragrant and delicious, just as fresh tea should be. Very satisfying with lots of straightforward, seasonal goodness in the cup. Drink the Jingdong Wuliang now or put some aside in a storage container for a few…
  • Timeline for Arrival of Our 2014 Teas

    teatrekker
    8 Mar 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Whoohoo….it is fast approaching new tea time here at Tea Trekker. I am re-posting this announcement from last spring because, the timeline of tea harvesting is, well, the timeline, give or take the vagaries of global change in the weather. Read on dear tea enthusiasts….the really exciting news is that as I update this post  the first batch of just-made tea from 2014 SPRING on the way to us from Yunnan Province. If there are no delays at customs, the tea should be here about March 18th or so. Keep checking the website for updates and of course, we will trumpet it’s arrival.
 
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    Tea Party Guide Blog

  • 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.
  • Tea Party Guide, From Adults to Children

    9 Mar 2014 | 6:02 pm
    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.
  • A Thanksgiving Tea Party This Year Can Help You Relax

    26 Nov 2013 | 12:27 pm
    Thanksgiving is in the midst of the rush of the holiday season. Start this year off right with a Thanksgiving Tea Party.
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  • Enter to Win The Ultimate Artisan Tea and Taste Experience Getaway!

    Dustin Staples
    20 Mar 2014 | 3:37 pm
    We’re excited to announce the Ultimate Artisan Tea and Taste Experience Getaway Sweepstakes in connection with our sponsorship of Spa Week and partnership with the Hotel Vitale of the Joie de Vivre group. Enter here for the chance to win and sip away to your city oasis!     Grand Prize *One year of Mighty Leaf Tea delivered to your door *An Alessi Michael Graves Tea Kettle *Two nights of luxury accommodations in a deluxe king guest room with city views at the Hotel Vitale in San Francisco *Chef’s tasting menu experience for two at the hotel’s restaurant, Americano…
  • Visit us at Expo West for a Chance to Win!

    Mighty Leaf
    5 Mar 2014 | 11:04 am
    Are you headed to the Natural Product Expo West show? Come mix it up with us at booth 2975 as we serve up hot tea samples and unique iced tea beverages using our whole leaf iced tea pouch. We’re also excited to show you our new trade show booth that highlights the whole leaf goodness and artisan crafted natures of our products. We’re also running a contest with prizes that include an Ipad 2, Year’s Worth of Tea and more.      CONTEST DETAILS How to Enter:  Visit us at booth 2975 and drop off your business card in the bin. Snap a photo of your favorite Mighty…
  • Orange Dulce Marteani

    admin
    14 Dec 2013 | 1:28 pm
    Our latest Mighty Leaf recipe is for a delectable Orange Dulce Marteani. After one of our office parties a few of us stumbled upon this simple infusion of herbs, leaf tea, and vodka. Surprise friends and family with our unique twist on a classic cocktail. All you need is your favorite vodka and a Mighty Leaf Orange Dulce tea pouch. Simply pour the vodka, steep your tea pouch for around 15 minutes or so and enjoy! Make in a batch to serve in bulk for a holiday party or have partygoers steep their own. Pick up the ingredients here.
  • Teas The Season – New Holiday Arrivals

    admin
    21 Nov 2013 | 1:26 pm
    Teas the season for sharing the ritual and warmth of drinking tea. We’re excited about the launch of new signature Mighty Leaf products for the holiday. Whether you’re looking for a tea pouch, loose leaf gift or teaware, our new holiday lineup makes gifting easy. Everyone’s a fan of tea, they just might not know it yet.   HOLIDAY GIFT COLLECTION Click an item to start your holiday shopping today! Signature Selection Loose Tea Chest Holiday Tea Chest Collection Tea Top Brew Mug Holiday Blend
  • Holiday Tea Tree

    admin
    10 Nov 2013 | 1:24 pm
    Teas the season! We always enjoy seeing how we can put a holiday twist on tea. At a recent holiday photo shoot we created this tea tree. Set your seasonal table in style with diaphanous pouches and tea liquor glowing in ornaments. Hang your favorite pouches from a tree and let guests choose their tea to pair with dessert. Stay tuned for new holiday items coming soon.
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    Tea-Guy

  • Hibiscus Madness (The Tea Company)

    Tea-Guy
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hibiscus Madness (The Tea Company) Fruity teas are certainly some of the most popular. They’re easy to drink for many average tea drinkers. While not my personal favorite, I always try and bring a balanced and impartial process to my reviews. Quick Info FAB* Rating 4/4/4 Company The Tea Company Blend Name Hibiscus Madness Blend Base Guayusa Country of Origin N/A Package Type Pouch Price per Package $9.25 USD Quantity ~ 1.06 oz *Flavor, Aroma, Boldness This Hibiscus Madness tisane (herbal) tea is built on an energizing by smooth Guayusa base. Guayusa is a holly leaf plant which, along…
  • Time for Tea

    Tea-Guy
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:36 am
    From Emma Bridgewater, comes this nice infographic. Time for Tea – An infographic by the team at Emma Bridgewater  
  • Quick Update

    Tea-Guy
    10 Feb 2014 | 2:15 pm
    I’ve been drinking lots of new teas recently, but haven’t had much time to update this blog due to my day job keeping me busy, and ongoing work on Teaity.com in the evenings. I hope to be posting some new reviews and stories here soon.
  • 5 Drinks to Beat the Winter

    Tea-Guy
    25 Nov 2013 | 11:01 am
    There’s a great post from NightUp over on Tumblr that includes an inventive Chai cocktail.   Check it out.
  • World Tea Expo 2013 (Preview)

    Tea-Guy
    23 May 2013 | 7:00 am
    About This Year’s Expo For those of you who follow this blog, you know I love to visit the World Tea Expo every year to bring you news, photos and tales of my experiences from the event. This year will be a little different… Yes, I’m still attending The Expo. But this year I’ll also be a speaker. I’m joining a panel of other fantastic bloggers to discuss how to use blogging on tea to help grow your tea business.   My Other Non-Day Job I will also be taking the opportunity to promote Teaity, a new site I launched last November where you can discover and rate teas…
 
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    A Tea Addict's Journal

  • The original Oriental Beauty

    MarshalN
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    As some of you know, I’m a historian in my day job, and my new project is working on the history of how ideas (drinking practice, health concerns, etc) and technologies (plantation methods, processing techniques, etc) pertaining to tea moved across borders. Taiwan turns out to be the most interesting place to look at, because of its close connection with China, but at the same time because of its distinctive history and geopolitical location, thanks to it being under Japanese jurisdiction for the first half of the twentieth century. It ends up being a nice, big melting pot of stuff,…
  • Drink your tea now

    MarshalN
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:43 am
    Many of you reading this are probably sitting on more tea than you can consume in your lifetime, or at least some multiples of years, if not decades. For those of you who fit that description, I have a story for you. A relative of a family friend recently passed away due to a heart attack. It seems like he was interested in a number of things, tea being one of them, and teapot being another. I was called in to take a look at what’s there, to see what can be done about it. I brought along a couple of friends who are tea vendors, since I wasn’t going to buy what could be a couple…
  • The dangers of dry and cold

    MarshalN
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:39 am
    Well, regular readers know that I’m skeptical of storage conditions that are too dry or too cold. The combination of these two things is generally not good news for puerh tea. It makes for bad tea. I recently bought a few cakes through Taobao from a vendor in Tianjin. I’ve bought from them before, years ago. Their tea is not that bad. These teas I got are not bad tea per se, but the storage on them has made them pretty poor. Specifically, the cakes (all different) all share a slightly sour, thin, and unpleasant note. Two of the teas are themselves very decent originally –…
  • Priced out of the market

    MarshalN
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:53 am
    As everyone knows, the prices of puerh has been rising, rising, and rising. The reasons are many – more people are drinking it than ever before, and moreover, there are even more people who think it might be a good investment. I still remember when many cakes, new, could be had for a dollar or two. Well, those days are long, long gone. Back then, buying puerh to drink was a real value proposition – you can get decent tea for a small fraction of the price of a good oolong. These days, a good puerh probably costs more. The problem is, like many other such goods, these days they are…
  • Good teas are all alike…

    MarshalN
    3 Mar 2014 | 7:34 pm
    .. and bad teas are bad in their own special ways. Paraphrasing Tolstoy only gets you so far, but in this case, I think it works. Good teas are indeed mostly similar – they are strong, have good body, last a lot of infusions, hit all parts of your mouth when you drink it, and most importantly, taste good. Some might throw in good qi as a bonus, but not every tea has qi, not even good ones (good luck finding qi in a longjing). Nevertheless, like A student papers, there’s not a lot to say other than “it’s good”. You can wax philosophical about how good it is, but…
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  • British Tea: Black and Green Tea Variety Packs (120 Teas!)

    Joi
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    This looks like something I could get behind (and in front of and beside…). Tea – lots and lots and lots of tea! British Tea has a couple of Variety Packs on Amazon that I think you’ll be as impressed with as I am. First Up: The Black Tea Variety Pack British Tea Black Tea Variety Pack (pictured above )is six boxes of top quality black tea.  The flavors are English Breakfast, English Afternoon, Earl Grey, Chai Tea, Peach, and Lemon. Yes, please! This variety pack is available on Amazon for less than you’d expect to pay.. I mean, seriously, this is A LOT of tea! Click…
  • Time for Tea Infographic

    Joi
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Time for Tea – An infographic by the team at Emma Bridgewater    
  • Beautiful & Colorful (Restaurant-Quality!) Plastic Iced Tea Tumblers

    Joi
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:01 am
    I’m not sure which I love the most about these 8pc Break-resistant Restaurant-quality SAN Plastic 28-ounce Iced Tea Cup Tumblers in 4 Assorted Colors – the vivid colors or the patterns. I guess it’s really a combination of the two. Whatever the reason, I love them wildly. Most people love having plastic iced tea glasses instead of glass because they’re safer (and last longer) around children or husbands – but for me, it’s never been my kids or husband that are the problem. Being accident prone and, often, just downright clutzy are the reasons behind my…
  • Adorable Rabbit Teapot – Perfect for Easter (and Teapot Collectors!)

    Joi
    16 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    The Storybook Bunny Rabbit Teapot Adorable Easter Serveware (pictured above) isn’t just ideal for Easter, it’s PERFECT for teapot collectors. After all, we collectors love for our collectibles to be as unique as possible, and this one is definitely unique. Hand painted ceramic with raised details Holds 20 ounces Measures:10 1/4″ high FDA approved/Hand washing recommended Since Easter’s on my mind, I wanted to show you the cutie below too. It’s the GAMAGO Hunny Bunny Honey Jar and, like the teapot above, it’s uncommon in its cuteness.
  • DoMatcha Review: You Won’t Know How You Ever Lived Without DoMatcha

    Joi
    28 Feb 2014 | 9:14 am
    DoMatcha Organic Matcha (Outstanding!) I am a huge, huge, huge fan of green tea. Hot green tea, iced green tea, green tea frappes, green tea lattes, green tea with lemon, green tea with honey… If it’s green tea, odds are I’m going to be wild about it.  Given my love of green tea, I wasn’t surprised that as soon as I tried matcha green tea I was completely hooked.  I fully expected to love it. What I didn’t expect was the reaction my youngest daughter had.  The only tea she has ever been a fan of is black tea – as long as it is as sweet as it can possibly…
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  • Kiss Me Organics – Matcha – Review

    Rob
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:15 pm
        I love the natural earthiness of a good matcha. In fact over the last year it’s quickly become my morning drink of choice. The only downside to this is that I’ve quickly discovered that there are some very different standards when it comes to what is being sold as matcha and what really is matcha. On the high-end you’ve got the ceremonial grades that sell for a high price and have a great smooth flavor. On the lower end you have the powered green teas that often have a harsh bitter taste, bland color, but a much more affordable price.    It’s that…
  • Another New Study Shows Green Tea Fights Fat

    Rob
    26 Oct 2011 | 4:22 am
    I love it when we get study after study that shows the benefit to green tea, but this is a great one, especially coming up on holiday season. A New study supported by the National Institutes of Health and appearing in the Journal, Obesity shows once again that green tea my help in the fight against fat. The study, conducted at Penn State showed that in mice green tea helped the body from absorbing fat and further optimized how it used what was absorbed. The study was performed by feeding two groups of mice identical high fat diets, while supplementing one group with green tea. What the found…
  • Green Tea + Gin = Beefeater24

    Rob
    3 Oct 2010 | 8:15 am
    Beefeater, the well know Gin Distiller, has recently released a new blend that reaches back to the tea merchant history of it’s founder, James Burrough. As Beefeater describes its inspiration; “When Desmond Payne, our Master Distiller, stumbled across a fragment of one of his [James Burrough's] early Victorian [tea] price lists, inspiration struck”. The new blend entitled Beefeater 24, references the 24 hour period in which the gin’s botanicals which include Japanese Sencha, and Chinese Green Tea, are steeped together to flavor the Gin. While I can’t speak to the…
  • Green Tea Recipe: Shrimp with Green Tea Leaves

    Rob
    29 Jan 2010 | 8:04 pm
    Another Great Green Tea Recipe. This one traces it’s origins to the Imperial Court of Beijing. Ingredients: Sauce Ingredients: 1 tablespoon oyster sauce 2 tablespoons brewed DragonWell(Lung Jing) tea 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce 1 1/4 teaspoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon dry sherry Pinch freshly ground white pepper 1 3/4 teaspoons tapioca flour 2 tablespoons Chicken Stock 2 1/2 cups peanut oil One 1/4-inch-thick slice fresh ginger, peeled 3/4 pound medium shrimp (about 24), shelled and deveined 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger 1/4 cup chopped scallion in…
  • Does Green Tea Have Caffeine?

    Rob
    22 Jan 2010 | 8:46 pm
    I had someone ask me the other day, “Does Green Tea Have Caffeine?”. In answering this question, we got into a conversation about caffeine in general and the relative caffeine contents for various teas, in comparison to each other, and inevitably to coffee. What I realized is that there seems to be good amount of confusion when it comes to this topic. To get a good answer, we need to step back and look at caffeine for a minute. What is Caffeine? Caffeine, was discovered in 1819 by a German chemist, as a natural compound found in coffee. Later, around 1827, it was determined that…
 
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  • Blue Lady Black Tea from Zest Tea

    liberteas
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Zest Tea Tea Description: Our Blue Lady Black blends a sultry South Indian black tea base with an aromatic mix of orange, lemon, passion fruit, and hibiscus. A peppering of vivid blue cornflower petals and bits of orange peel make for a visual spectacle. Blue lady will excite all of your senses. No wonder this is a favorite among hot and chilled tea drinkers. Learn more about this tea here. Learn more about Zest High-Octane Tea here. Taster's Review: I thought that this Blue Lady Black Tea from Zest Tea was the ideal tea to review on tax…
  • Rooibos Chocolate Vanilla from Tea for Life

    liberteas
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tisane Information: Leaf Type:  Rooibos Learn more about Tea of Life and Amazon Teas here. Tisane Description: South African Red Bush or Rooibos Tea is a pure and natural herbal blend.  Freshly harvested and finely chopped rooibos goes through a process of oxidation with the aid of the oxygen from the atmosphere and subsequently dried int he sun to produce a deep mahogany red cup of which is one of the most popular and healthy herbal drinks today. “Tea of Life” is proud to introduce five New Naturally Caffeine Free Rooibos Teas combined with Dark Chocolate with delicious natural fruit…
  • Lilac Blend Black Tea from Strand Tea

    liberteas
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Strand Tea Tea Description: Premium Black Teas from highland China blended with lilac flowers. This tea looks, smells, and tastes great. Learn more about this blend here. Taster's Review: I must agree with that last line in the description above:  this Lilac Blend Black Tea from Strand Tea DOES look, smell, and taste great!  I love the beautiful purple blossoms, the tea is lightly fragrant with the flower, and the flavor is a rich, full-flavored black tea with a delicate floral tone. I really like the texture of this tea.  It has a…
  • Whisper of the Woods Green Tea Blend from Whispering Pines Tea Company

    liberteas
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Tea Where to Buy:  Whispering Pines Tea Company Tea Description: The most beautifully soothing mint green tea. Imagine a crisp beautiful sunrise in a densely wooded pine-oak forest with sheets of trilliums and wild currant berries. You wake up, step out of your tent and breathe the last sliver of fog before the shattered sunlight wisps it away. Whisper of the Woods is an ideal green tea reminiscent of that crisp and floral serenity with just the perfect amount of heart-warming energy to induce prana and exploration. Enjoy. Learn more about this tea here.
  • Playing with Purple Tea before a Tandem Taiwanese Tasting

    lazyliteratus
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    So, the events herein are from a couple of weeks ago, but the work week from Hades prevented its etching onto this holiest blog-tomes. But...here it is now. Late. As expected. As always. Big Brass Butiki-s, Round 2: “Playing with Purple Tea before a Tandem Taiwanese Tasting” (How’s that for a long-arse title?) March’s Tandem Tea Tasters Googly meet-up was scheduled for the last week in March. The tea in question was to be Butiki Teas’ Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black. A fabulous tea, if I do say so. Problem was, I already used up all of my sample…for this write-up. Originally, my…
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    travelling teapot

  • 2008 Haiwan Lao Tong Zhi 908 Ripe Pu erh Cake

    wilson
    5 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    I recently opened up a tong of 2008 Haiwan Lao Tong Zhi 908 ripe pu erh tea cakes.  This paper wrapped tong comprises of 5 cakes each cake weighing 200g.  It a small tong when compared to the regular bamboo wrapped tong of 7 cakes (about 357g per cake).  Well I had noticed since 2008, there have been creative efforts made by pu erh tea factories to make their 'carton' of tea more affordable.  Some factories had reduced a carton of tea that normally has 6 tongs to a smaller carton of 4 tongs.  Or.....even pressed smaller cakes like this 908 recipe of 200g per cake and…
  • Tea News - Wales

    wilson
    29 Mar 2014 | 9:48 pm
    The following article is well written by Laura Conner entitled "We won't serve you hot water without a tea bag in it" -Bizarre stance of train staff".  This article appeared in http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/we-wont-serve-you-hot-6732393 on Feb 21, 2014.A commuter says she was refused a cup of hot water 'on health and safety grounds' and that the water would have to have a tea bag in itCommuting can be stressful at the best of times – but one worker claims she was refused a morning cup of tea on her train due to “health and safety reasons”.Kelly Davies,…
  • Fang Yuan Brand Tea Ware

    wilson
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:10 pm
    "Fang Yuan Pai",  which literally means square circle brand is considered a milestone period for Chinese tea ware.  This brand of tea ware was produced during the communist period, primarily around the 1960s through to the early 90s.China during these 30 odd years, did export many its products overseas.  In my part of the world, it was common to purchase, inexpensively, China-made products.  Stationary, kitchenware, garments, canned and dried foods, medicine and even tea and tea ware were available for purchase. In fact, department stores called emporiums selling only…
  • 2004 Xiaguan Gold Ribbon Tuo

    wilson
    14 Mar 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Xiaguan introduced the gold ribbon 100g tuo in 2004.  The box that came with the 1st production in 2004  was a light brown in color, but subsequent productions post 2004 saw the boxes packaged in bright yellow colors.  Xiaguan gold ribbon tuo (yes, note the gold ribbon that comes with each tuo) was a success with pu erh tea drinkers throughout the world.  This raw pu erh, compressed to a bird nest shaped cake (called tuo) has been produced on a yearly basis ever since.  Today, older versions command higher prices and are a little hard to find.  Yunnan Sourcing, a…
  • 2004 Ripe Puerh Brick - revisit

    wilson
    8 Mar 2014 | 6:54 pm
    I had bought 4 of these bricks during my trip to Hong Kong in Dec 2010.  I had purchased from Lau Yu Fat teashop for about HK$150.   Yes, the price seemed so inexpensive when you compare with tea prices today.  Pu erh tea prices are more expensive now. I had opened in cake in 2011 (link). My thoughts on this tea were : "The aroma had a combination of chinese herbs with a good earthly and toasty sensation. It was like drinking a chinese herbal soup that underwent long hours of cooking. Nice color. This tea makes a smooth drink and the aftertaste was very pleasant." My views…
 
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    Life in Teacup

  • The last bit of 2013 green tea

    Gingko
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    I'm sitting in a room full of 2014 new green teas, while drinking this last bit of a 2013 green tea called "wild orchid bud". By the way this is a very unimpressive green tea name, as there are so many "orchid this", "orchid that" tea in China! This is one of my favorites in recent years. Amazingly, this tea still tastes very good. Sometime ago, when I wrote this blog post about shelf life of green tea, I was thinking that among all green teas well made and well stored, some teas simply last longer than others. For example, quite a few Anhui green teas (such as huang shan mao feng and this…
  • blog sale - some tea wares

    Gingko
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Similar to the previous blog sales -  If interested, please contact me at gingkoheight @ g m ail . com before April 11, 2014.  I will try to get all packages prepared before April 14. Shipping is included for US addressees (with a $5 shipping refund if one buys two items), shipping to be estimated for other countries. Shipping could be combined with Life in Teacup orders.  All prices are lower than market prices and not correlated with our web store prices. Some of the items may be offered in Life in Teacup web store in the future, and the prices will be higher. 1. Small…
  • praying for MH370 and praying for Kunming

    Gingko
    14 Mar 2014 | 7:30 pm
    A pair of 2006 sheng and shu custom made for Malaysia Puerh Association, symbolized with Twin Tower of Kuala Lumpur.Mourning on the 7th day memorial of Kunming Railway Station terrorism attack, at the square of Kunming Railway Station.This has been a month of terror so far. The terrorism attack at Kunming Railway Station on March 1st left behind 29 dead bodies and 143 people injured. And now, after almost a week out of radar contact, the status of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 remains "missing." It is just my speculation, but at this point, I don't believe the flight is really missing, and…
  • 2005 Xia Guan Jia Ji Tuo "green box"

    Gingko
    8 Mar 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Xia Guan changed the design of its green box for this Jia Ji Tuo in 2005. This is the older "green box" produced in the first part of the year. It's widely believed that this version is better than the newer "green box" produced later in 2005. I sort of agree with it.   Most Xia Guan tuo drinkers know there are often "gift with purchase." This time it's a little piece of clay (right in the center at the top).  This tea has been stored in Zhuhai, Guangdong for several years. The guardian of this tea has tried all they could to lower the humidity of the storage environment, and Zhuhai…
  • preparing a new yixing teapot (1)

    Gingko
    8 Feb 2014 | 10:20 am
    This teapot has a cute nickname, "little dumb"This includes preparing a new teapot or a newly obtained vintage teapot, whether is new vintage (some people use the term "vintage virgin") or used vintage.Here are some methods that I could think of at this moment, including some methods that I'm reluctant to use but being used by a lot of experienced yixing collectors.All the methods mentioned here are for legitimate yixing teapots. They are not useful to detect any harmful chemicals in the teapot or "cure" the teapot from any permanent harmful contents. Some of the methods may help to reveal…
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    The Sip Tip

  • 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
  • Cold Brewed [Steeped] Tea

    Adam Yusko
    23 Mar 2014 | 4:50 pm
    In passing with another tea person I know I had a brief although provocative conversation.  I mentioned that I was drinking some Cold Brewed Keemun I made for a party I hosted, and his initial reaction was that it was a waste of good tea.  I a bit shocked at the somewhat up front condemnation of how I was drinking this tea, decided to ask him more about what he meant, and the conversation that
  • Matcha Monday Morning Maddness

    Adam Yusko
    3 Mar 2014 | 1:09 am
    Well it is quarter after three in the morning, a time I find a little bit ironic, as 24 hours ago I had not yet gone to bed, and in those past 24 hours I've gotten maybe ten hours of sleep, a questionable four Saturday morning, and six with so much promise bringing me to this point in time right here.  So I'm stalling time writing this post hoping I get tired enough to fall back asleep, but in
  • Morning Crane Tea group buy of Yi Ho Yeong teas

    Adam Yusko
    5 Feb 2014 | 10:53 am
    When I first started this tea blog, I really had no clue how far it would go, or who I would become acquainted with in the process, but rest assured as with most things, if you are in the *circles* long enough you eventually meet quite a few people.  Arthur Park is actually a potter, with an impressive bio in ceramic arts, but he also views himself as an educator in things reaching beyond just
  • Chawan, the tea lovers Super Bowls

    Adam Yusko
    3 Feb 2014 | 6:30 pm
    So I couldn't help but laugh yesterday, while I have never been that much of a professional football fan, this year I've followed it far less than I have in quite a few years.  Somewhere in the endless mentions of the Super Bowl, I couldn't help but think that as tea lovers and/or pottery loves we all have come to appreciate the Super Bowls known as Chawan. So inspired by yesterdays game,
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    Peony Tea S.

  • Announcement: Spring Break plus pre-Break Sale

    Derek
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    We will be taking a break from 4th April to 13th April 2014. As we will be out of the country, all calls will be unanswered and all emails will be replied to on our return. We will take and process orders up to the last possible moment, please see the following cut-off dates for timing of last order: i) All local (Singapore) prepaid orders Cut-off time: 6pm 3rd April 2014 ii) All local (Singapore) COD orders Cut-off time: 6pm 2nd April 2014 iii) All overseas orders Cut-off time: 12pm 3rd April 2014 All dates and times based on Singapore time (UTC +  8) All orders received after the above…
  • Life with a Tetsubin

    Derek
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:39 am
    Not all tea making equipment are equal. Ask a tea lover for his or her ‘stuff’ and you will be treated to an array of teapots, gaiwans, tea trays even, but seldom do any tea lover talk about his or her kettle. I know of tea addicts who fuss over their teapots but do not even own a dedicated tea kettle. As I wrote about earlier, when it comes to making tea, it is only as good as the weakest link. The finest Dahongpao, infused in a genuine Yixing Shuipinghu, would only taste mediocre when heavily chlorinated tap water is used. By the same token, a summer Assam is going to taste horrible…
  • If you only read one book on tea

    Derek
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:53 pm
    On this site, I have made no secret of my endorsement of book learning for tea. Mind you there is no substitute for drinking a few renditions of Tieguanyin concurrently, to discern the effects of roasting, oxidation, harvest area or quality; nor is there any substitute for seeing the production of tea, with a guide (I have read many photo essays of the production of tea that betrays a lack of understanding of the process). Yet within various printed pages lies a wealth of information, waiting to be uncovered. Like tea, not all books are created equal. On tea related books, in China and Taiwan…
  • The Biggest Misconception about Chinese Tea Culture

    Derek
    25 Feb 2014 | 6:27 pm
    The biggest misconception about Chinese tea culture being perpetrated is simply this: that there is a single ‘Chinese tea culture’. I have read many statements like “in China, people don’t rinse their tea”, or “in China, everyone rinses their tea”, “Chinese people don’t drink black tea” and so forth. All of these assume that every one of the 1.1 billion people in China, consume tea in the exact same fashion. The reality is that the culture across different Chinese provinces could vary as much as it does on the Isle of Brit. To say that Yunnan culture mirrors Beijing…
  • The Books of Tea

    Derek
    18 Feb 2014 | 12:24 am
    On an earlier post, I mentioned the importance of book learning in tea. Of course you could make the same argument for many different fields of study, with one proviso- having the right books on hand. In the referenced article, I recommended 4 books which for most people would not be particularly useful as they are all written in Chinese. Unfortunately, the Chinese language is where the best sources of information on tea are written. Besides being the birthplace of tea, every main category of tea- green, white, yellow, wulong, dark aka post-fermented, and even black tea- was first produced in…
 
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  • Yezi Tea Yi Fu Chun

    Nicole Martin
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: small, dark with lots of golden tipsIngredients: black teaSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 200 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: deep reddish brownI've been on a big Chinese red tea kick lately so I was excited to dig into this one. The dry leaves were tiny in size but quite beautiful to look at. Golden tips don't seem to add much flavor-wise but they certainly look nice before brewing. The taste was wonderfully complex with fruity notes and a deep yet subtle earthiness. I wouldn't call it malty but there was an interesting…
  • Conceptteas Silver Needle

    Nicole Martin
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: large, covered in downy hairIngredients: white teaSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 195 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: goldBeing a tea blogger is a lot of work but it does have its perks. One of them is having the opportunity to taste some truly amazing teas. Over the years I've reviewed hundreds of teas and Not all of them were memorable but a select few stand out from the crowd. This was one of those teas. I struggled to find the words to describe it but it was quite possibly one of the best examples of silver needle that I…
  • Seven Cups Dian Hong Gong Fu 2012

    Nicole Martin
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: small, dark with scattered golden tipsIngredients: black teaSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: deep reddish brownI couldn't resist picking up a bag of this tea when I ordered my annual indulgence of Huang Xi Zhang from Seven Cups. Chinese red tea is an interesting category because there are so many different kinds. At +Tea Drunk we have a fairly large leafed Dian Hong. They look giant compared to these tiny "gong fu" type leaves. The taste was bold and sweet with fruity notes and an…
  • Tribute Tea Company Scarlet Robe Oolong

    Nicole Martin
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: dark, twistedIngredients: oolong teaSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 190 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: goldWhen I first opened this tea I had to double check the listing on Tribute Tea Company's website. The name seemed to imply that it was Da Hong Pao but the leaves looked almost like a Phoenix oolong. It was unusual mostly because it wasn't roasty at all. Then I remembered that a co-worker had once shared a similar tea from Teance with me. The oxidation is ow so the taste was mellow and fruity with slight floral…
  • Teavivre Fengqing Zhuan Cha Raw Puerh Brick Tea 2005

    Nicole Martin
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: small, dark and compressedIngredients: puerh teaSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: pale goldThis tea is a rare treat in that I hardly ever see brick tea and it is a bit older than everything that I have been drinking lately. The dry leaves were quite dark in color but they resembled a typical raw puerh after a quick rinse. Herbaceous and vegetal, I picked up interesting notes of liquorice. Initially the taste was on the astringent side but the finish of each sip was very sweet. This kind of…
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  • 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.
  • Two 1st Flush 2014 Darjeelings have Arrived

    teatrekker
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    For all of of loyal Darjeeling fans who have been waiting, the good news is that two of our 2014 1st Flush Darjeelings have arrived: 1st Flush Giddapahar Estate 1st Flush Rohini Estate Click here for a listing of teas that have arrived and teas that are on the way now from China. More 1st Flush Darjeelings to follow in 2 weeks and will be listed soon.
  • 2014 New Harvest Tea versus ‘New’ Tea

    teatrekker
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:20 am
    This post is a re-post from last year. Because many new tea drinkers may not know how to evaluate some of the claims of ‘new tea’ that are being touted this time of year, we hope this will help. As well as be a good reminder to those of you who know this but need a little re-fresher on this topic. Soon the earliest plucks of fresh tea from the 2014 spring tea harvests in China, India, and Japan will begin arriving in the US. In fact, Tea Trekker has already received 3 new 2014 season teas from Western China. Confusingly, it is also the time when some tea vendors add ‘new…
  • 1st of the 2014 Chinese Spring Teas have Arrived !

    teatrekker
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:09 am
    What a nice surprise we had yesterday – the 1st of our 2014 Chinese Pre-Qing Ming Spring Teas arrived. On the 1st day of Spring…. so we take that as an auspicious sign of a good tea season to follow. Yunnan Sweet Green Threads This is what arrived: Yunnan-jingdong-wuliang-golden-threads Yunnan-sweet-green-threads Yunnan-sweet-white-threads All are sweet, fresh, vegetal, fragrant and delicious, just as fresh tea should be. Very satisfying with lots of straightforward, seasonal goodness in the cup. Drink the Jingdong Wuliang now or put some aside in a storage container for a few…
  • Timeline for Arrival of Our 2014 Teas

    teatrekker
    8 Mar 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Whoohoo….it is fast approaching new tea time here at Tea Trekker. I am re-posting this announcement from last spring because, the timeline of tea harvesting is, well, the timeline, give or take the vagaries of global change in the weather. Read on dear tea enthusiasts….the really exciting news is that as I update this post  the first batch of just-made tea from 2014 SPRING on the way to us from Yunnan Province. If there are no delays at customs, the tea should be here about March 18th or so. Keep checking the website for updates and of course, we will trumpet it’s arrival.
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