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  • Closed (for a few weeks)

    The Essence of Tea - Blog & News
    david
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    We’re on the way. Today was the last day of trading in the UK for us. Most of our personal possessions are already boxed up and in storage, now comes the task of boxing up all of our teas and putting everything in a shipping container bound for Malaysia. Our 2014 teas are pressed and about to begin their journey from China to Malaysia, and Kathy will go to Malaysia in a week or so to begin setting up our house and business there, while I spend the next month or so tidying up the last of our things in the UK. It’s a lot of work moving house and business, but things seem to be…
  • Asian Cyclists

    The Half-Dipper
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Asian cyclists caught in a storm of rain and ponchos
  • New Product: Sencha Saemidori Superior

    News from Upton Tea
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This "deep steamed" Sencha is a first flush spring tea of superior quality and flavor. The gorgeous leaf has a dark green color and lustrous sheen. The light cup has a sweet flavor and clean aftertaste. Crafted in Kagoshima prefecture from the Saemidori cultivar in very limited quantities.
  • Summer vacation approaching fast

    Tea Masters
    Stephane
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Starting Monday afternoon, I will start a little vacation. Orders placed this weekend on tea-master.com will be shipped on Monday, but after that you'll have to wait a few days or more!Before my extended high mountain and tea travel, let me share these 2 recent high mountain Oolong Chaxi. Each session is like a 30-45 minutes vacation.In both cases, I'm brewing my spring 2013 Lushan Oolong. It provides a wonderful energy boost. I often kick myself for not having it earlier in the day!The blue Chaxi gives a blue sky, Côte d'Azur kind of feel to the tea. And since I know the feeling of having…
  • Convenience over everything?

    T Ching
    dwalden
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    My husband and I were reading a foodservice survey done about a major coffee chain which concluded that consumers valued taste, cleanliness, and convenience almost equally. So, if you have the cleanliness and taste, but not the convenience . . . problem. As anyone in retailing knows, it’s all about location. Cleanliness doesn’t cost a thing but some elbow grease.  I think location has been one of the problems in getting loose tea concepts going for the average, unfunded proprietor.  Most have had to settle for ‘B’ or worse locations simply because of the cost.
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    The Essence of Tea - Blog & News

  • Closed (for a few weeks)

    david
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    We’re on the way. Today was the last day of trading in the UK for us. Most of our personal possessions are already boxed up and in storage, now comes the task of boxing up all of our teas and putting everything in a shipping container bound for Malaysia. Our 2014 teas are pressed and about to begin their journey from China to Malaysia, and Kathy will go to Malaysia in a week or so to begin setting up our house and business there, while I spend the next month or so tidying up the last of our things in the UK. It’s a lot of work moving house and business, but things seem to be…
  • Break in shipping

    david
    17 Jun 2014 | 1:59 am
    Due to our relocation to Malaysia, we’ll have a break in shipping of orders from the 30th June to early August while our stock is being moved to Malaysia. After this date, all orders will be shipped from Malaysia. Please feel free to place an order or get in touch before the end of the month if there’s anything you’d like shipped from the UK.
  • The year ahead & 2014 Puerh teas

    david
    12 Jun 2014 | 3:44 am
    I’ve just arrived back in England after spending the past three months in Asia. A lot has happened since we left for China in March. We’ve found and pressed four puerh teas, which should be available in around a month & also found a few aged puerh teas and received some more Yixing teapots, kettles and tea jars which I’ll be listing online in the next few days. Our big news is that we’ve decided to move house… to Malaysia! Over the past few years we’ve been appreciating more and more the effect that the climate in Malaysia has on ageing puerh tea. The…
  • How puerh tea cakes are pressed

    david
    28 May 2014 | 9:37 pm
    I’ve posted photos before showing the process of pressing puerh tea, but I thought why not post some more! I took these photos a couple of weeks ago while in a factory in Menghai arranging the pressing of our 2014 puerh teas. This is the cleanest and most professional factory we’ve come across. We’ve used them for many of our pressings over the past few years. The pressing has always been perfect. Moreover the people are really nice – there’s a real family atmosphere around the factory. The workers are conscientious and happy. Everyone is trying to make the tea…
  • Break in Shipping

    david
    17 May 2014 | 9:06 am
    We’ve decided to extend our trip in China… probably for another month or two. This should let me get some treatment from a Chinese doctor for a problem with the bones in my neck and also give us some more time to explore and hunt for some more teas. Ben, who has been packing and posting orders for us while we’ve been away, had planned to take a holiday around this time. Since we had planned to be back from China at this time, it wasn’t going to be a issue, but since we’re still in China there’s going to be a break in our shipping of orders. Between the 21st…
 
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    The Half-Dipper

  • Asian Cyclists

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Asian cyclists caught in a storm of rain and ponchos
  • It Tastes So Right, It Can't Be Wrong

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Today, I would like to introduce you to a friend of mine who is a bit... "special".  The appearance will terrify you, perhaps, but I think that you, as did I, will grow to love her.  Perhaps love her a bit too  much.  Let us not get ahead of ourselves. Before the "main event" today, I warmed up the cockles of the empty, barren wasteland which is my heart with an old purchase from days gone by:
  • The Bald Man

    15 Jul 2014 | 9:30 pm
    the bald man at the arrivals gate straightens his hair
  • Six Machine (Get On Up)

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I am a hunter, Gentle Reader, a stalker.  I ruthlessly track my victims throughout night and day, over the course of many weeks, perhaps months if necessary. My prey: bargains. Dirty great big tea bargains. I believe it was a thread on Teachat that caused the alarm lights to begin flashing in my HQ.  Recall the scene from Ghostbusters, in which a loud alarm bell rings in our heroes'
  • Double Pushchair

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    double pushchair four heavy eyelids two gentle snores
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    News from Upton Tea

  • New Product: Sencha Saemidori Superior

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This "deep steamed" Sencha is a first flush spring tea of superior quality and flavor. The gorgeous leaf has a dark green color and lustrous sheen. The light cup has a sweet flavor and clean aftertaste. Crafted in Kagoshima prefecture from the Saemidori cultivar in very limited quantities.
  • New Product: Sencha Yabukita Organic #1

    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A superior offering of Sencha from Kirishima city, in Kagoshima prefecture, also made from the Yabukita cultivar. The dry leaf has an attractive dark emerald color and a lovely, fresh aroma. The smooth cup has complex sweet notes and pleasant taste, with a long finish. Supplies of this offering are limited.
  • New Product: Sencha Yabukita Organic #2

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This selection from Kirishima, in Kagoshima prefecture, is crafted from the Yabukita cultivar and usually reserved for the domestic market. The mouth feel has a decidedly brothy character, and the flavor has a classic "umame" aspect. A superb specimen of this style and grade.
  • We will be closed on Friday, July 4th

    22 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As many of you know, we have always been closed the week of July 4th. This year will be different, and we will only be closed one day that week - Friday, July 4th. Orders placed by noon ET on Thursday, July 3rd, will be shipped out the same day. Any orders placed after noon ET on Thursday, July 3rd, will be shipped out when we return on Monday, July 7th. From everyone here at Upton Tea, we wish you a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!
  • New Product: St. James Pekoe

    22 Jun 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This offering from the Uva district has an interesting leaf style, with a rolled/rounded look. The infusion is dark, with a full mouth feel. Light hints of rose and cedar have been noted in the liquor. This tea is very appropriate as a self drinker, but can easily accommodate a dash of milk.
 
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    Tea Masters

  • Summer vacation approaching fast

    Stephane
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Starting Monday afternoon, I will start a little vacation. Orders placed this weekend on tea-master.com will be shipped on Monday, but after that you'll have to wait a few days or more!Before my extended high mountain and tea travel, let me share these 2 recent high mountain Oolong Chaxi. Each session is like a 30-45 minutes vacation.In both cases, I'm brewing my spring 2013 Lushan Oolong. It provides a wonderful energy boost. I often kick myself for not having it earlier in the day!The blue Chaxi gives a blue sky, Côte d'Azur kind of feel to the tea. And since I know the feeling of having…
  • Hung Shui Oolong de Yong Lung, printemps 2014

    Stephane
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    Cultivar: Qingxin OolongOrigine: Yong Lung, Dong Ding, TaiwanRécolté à la main fin avril 2014Process: Hung shui Oolong (Oolong roulé, oxydation proche de 30% et torréfaction longue).Préparation en gaiwan.La température du gaiwan baisse plus rapidement qu'une théière Yixing. En été, ce n'est pas un bug, mais une fonctionalité! A cette époque de l'année, le matériel reste plus facilement chaud après le préchauffage. Et puis, quand il baisse, cela rend la consommation du thé plus aisée et agréable. De plus, pour un Hung Shui Oolong récemment torréfié, la chaleur…
  • Tasting, comparing and learning

    Stephane
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Alishan spring 2014 JinxuanThis week, I had tea with Elie, a French student who has just spent a year in Kunming and a few weeks in Taiwan. In China, he has acquired a taste for tea and wishes to open a tea club when he returns to France.In Yunnan, he has learned how tricky it is to find good puerh that is what it says. So, he's relying on experts to select his teas. I found his humble attitude very wise (know what you don't know) and agreed to let him taste some of my good Oolongs on a nearby mountain. There, Elie told me he has biked around Taiwan for a couple of weeks and visited…
  • Schwarz Rot Gold

    Stephane
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:50 am
    Als Deutsch-Franzose machte mir das Viertelfinale zwischen Deutschland und Frankreich wenig Spaß. Ich hatte beide Mannschaften in der Vorrunde angefeuert und mir gefiel wie die Franzosen wieder zu ihrem Spiel fanden. Am Schluß war das Ergebnis aber gerecht und ich konnte mich freuen, daß die Bessere meiner Nationalmannschaften den Einzug ins Halbfinale schaffte.Als ich gestern früh, in Taiwan, um 4 Uhr früh aufstand um das Spiel gegen Brasilien zu sehen, konnte ich 100 prozentig für Deutschland sein. Und was für ein Spiel! Ich war im siebten Himmel (meine Wohnung ist im 7. Stock). Ich…
  • Baozhong jade du printemps 2014

    Stephane
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Cultivar: jade Oolong (Tsui Yu/Cui Yu)Récolté le 1er avril 2014Origine: Pinglin, Wenshan (nord Taiwan)Process: Oxydation légère à moyenne, non torréfié, mais bien seché. Feuilles triées (sans tiges).Ce Wenshan Baozhong provient d'une plantation nouvelle. Cela explique la qualité supérieur et la meilleure concentration d'arômes de ces feuilles. C'est un thé de circonstance pour commencer une dégustation dans le massif de Wenshan au sud de Taipei. L'infuser avec de l'eau de source locale, c'est opérer cette réunion parfaite entre les feuilles sèches et l'eau perdue lors de…
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    T Ching

  • Convenience over everything?

    dwalden
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    My husband and I were reading a foodservice survey done about a major coffee chain which concluded that consumers valued taste, cleanliness, and convenience almost equally. So, if you have the cleanliness and taste, but not the convenience . . . problem. As anyone in retailing knows, it’s all about location. Cleanliness doesn’t cost a thing but some elbow grease.  I think location has been one of the problems in getting loose tea concepts going for the average, unfunded proprietor.  Most have had to settle for ‘B’ or worse locations simply because of the cost.
  • The other best tea blogs: A series – Part 2

    Erika Cilengir
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today’s post is the second in my series to learn more about the finalists for the title of Best Tea Blog at the first annual World Tea Awards. In this post, I spoke (via email) to Jen Piccotti, the creator and voice of An International Tea Moment, who is based right here in Southern California. In fact, I am surprised our paths had not crossed before now. How did you get interested in tea? We’ve always been tea drinkers in my house, but my eyes were opened to the ritual and tradition of tea when my aunt took me to a Victorian Tea Room when I was a senior in high school. It opened…
  • Tea bags or loose-leaf tea? One man’s journey to enlightenment

    Kev Woodward
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    When buying tea, you are faced with a choice: tea packed in tea bags or loose-leaf tea? Let’s start with tea bags. The little paper sachets of tea are undeniably convenient. Storage is very easy. Making a cuppa is very easy – just drop the bag into your cup, add some boiling water, give it a quick stir, take the bag out, add your milk if that is your preference, and away you go! Or if you are the outdoorsy type, they are perfect for camping or a picnic. Flat, light, and easy to pack in a poly bag – what could be better. But in terms of getting any health benefits and flavor,…
  • Magnum opus: part 2

    Ben Dane
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:03 am
    Sometimes quantity must make up for quality, and sometimes you lack either.That was a meaningless sentence, but it summarizes the hopeless viewpoint I had at the beginning of the year as Grand Emperor of the Tea Club. My regular membership had dwindled to five, none of whom held elected positions. The President, Vice-President, and Treasure-Bearer had drifted away from their stations. Two members professed to not drinking tea, which was confusing, considering their membership. We had some serious challenges ahead of us. We did not despair. Our elected officials were no-shows, but the…
  • My favorite teahouse

    Michelle Rabin
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:02 am
    I’m always on the lookout for the quintessential tea house.  For me, it would be in nature as my relationship with tea speaks to its natural elements.  With each cup, I envision beautiful tea slopes on tall mountain peaks shrouded in morning mist. The tea house would need to be modern in style to allow itself to become part of the world outside. The New York Times recently did a piece about the Japanese artist and visionary Hiroshi Sugimoto. It was his glass tea house in Venice that captured my imagination: “Hiroshi Sugimoto is a celebrated chronicler of the monotonous, the frozen and…
 
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    Tea Guy Speaks

  • Free Classic Tea eBooks II

    William I. Lengeman III
    20 Jul 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
  • Free Classic Tea eBooks I

    William I. Lengeman III
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In addition to writing about tea at this site, I contribute frequently to The English Tea Store Blog. One of my favorite topics there is old books about tea. Now that every bit of text in the known universe is being (or soon will be) digitized, it means that quite a few of these dusty old tomes are readily available in free electronic editions. Here are links to some of the reviews I've written about them and here's part two of the list.Tsiology; A Discourse on TeaBy A Tea Dealer linkTea, Its Mystery and Historyby Samuel Phillips Day linkA Journey to the Tea Countries of ChinaBy Robert…
  • Ceylon Tea Trails Luxury Tea Resort

    William I. Lengeman III
    5 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper
  • Tetley Tea Folk World Cup Commercial

    William I. Lengeman III
    4 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
  • The Best Cup of Tea in the Entire World

    William I. Lengeman III
    29 Jun 2014 | 10:58 am
    Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
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    Heaven of Tea

  • Green Tea Ice Cream

    My name
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Green Tea Ice Cream Friday, July 18, 2014Posted by Admin Enjoy the ultimate Summer treat - green tea ice cream! Ingredients 1 ½ cups heavy cream 2 cups half-and-half ½ cup sugar 2 tsp Matcha powder, sifted Instructions 1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly until sugar dissolves. 2. Pour into ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Silver Needle White Fish

    My name
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Silver Needle White Fish Wednesday, July 16, 2014Posted by Admin Hosting a sohpistcated Summer event? Serve smoked Silver Needle White Fish! Ingredients 8 oz of fish 1/3 cup sake 1 tsp salt 1/4 cup Jasmine Silver Needle White Tea 1/3 cup jasmine rice 1 tsp sugar Serves Two Instructions 1. Marinate the fish in a mixture of the sake and salt for 8 hours. 2. Steam the fish until tender and flaky, about 5 minutes. 3. Remove fish from steamer and let cool for 15 minutes. 4. Cover a wok with aluminum foil on the bottom, and place in it a mixture of the tea, rice and sugar. 5. Use chopsticks to make…
  • Raspberry Chutney

    My name
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    Raspberry Chutney Friday, July 10, 2014Posted by Admin Backyard barbecues are always a good idea in the Summer. Upgrade your spread with our sweet and savory Raspberry Chutney using Raspberry Balsamico Herbal Tea. Ingredients 1 large onion diced 1 tbsp butter ¼ cup Raspberry Balsamico, ground fine 1 12 oz pkg frozen or fresh raspberries 1 cup water ½ cup Perfect Tea Rock Sugar Instructions 1. Melt butter in pan. 2. Add onion and cook over med-low heat until caramelized. 3. In sauce pan, boil water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. 4. Add Raspberries, cook until fruit breaks down. 5. Add…
  • Teavana Summer In New York

    My name
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:56 am
    Teavana Summer In New York Monday, June 30, 2014Posted by Admin What we enjoy most about Summer is taking our iced tea outdoors for festivals, concerts, barbecues and more. As we get into the heat of Summer, we want you to show us how you're enjoying our iced teas for a chance to win tickets to the NY Philharmonic performance in Central Park. Official Rules NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS CONTEST. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ENTRY OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES, WHO ARE 18 YEARS OF AGE AT TIME OF ENTRY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED…
  • Blackberry Mojito Spritzer

    My name
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:34 am
    Blackberry Mojito Spritzer Friday, June 27, 2014Posted by Admin Blackberry Mojito Green Tea is one of our first and most popular cocktail-inspired teas. For a sparkling twist on a classic favorite, try our new Blackberry Mojito Spritzer recipe. Ingredients 4 tsp Blackberry Mojito Green Tea 4 tsp Youthberry White Tea 2 oz White rum 1 oz Perfectea Rock Sugar simple syrup 1/4 cup fresh blackberries/raspberries Club soda Lime, freshly squeezed Fresh mint leaves Instructions 1. Heat water to 185 °F 2. In a 16 oz Perfect Tea Maker, add 4 teaspoons of Blackberry Mojito and 4 teaspoons of…
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    WordPress Tag: Tea

  • Imagine a time

    Julia
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Pick yourself a porch, bring your favorite friends, sit a spell and pour a cup of coffee or tea.Welc
  • Many Medicinal Uses of Peppermint

    Imogen K Salzman
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:38 am
    Peppermint or Mentha piperata is a pleasant tasting herb, yes they do exist with a wide variety of medicinal uses. Peppermint is a medicinal paradox because it can be used as both a stimulant and a relaxant. It is stimulating to the circulation but soothing to the nerves. Peppermint is different from other members of the Mint Family as it contains within the volatile oil found in Peppermint, the powerful therapeutic ingredient menthol, methone, menthyl acetate among some 40 other additional chemical compounds. The oil can be gathered from the leaves using steam distillation. LIST OF ACTIONS…
  • Hibiscus Tea

    LasterStudios | Design
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:02 am
    The Power of Tea I just made this fresh batch of Hibiscus Tea with Lime and Coconut flavor. Yumm-O! My little Recipe: 2 oz of dried Hibiscus Tea leaves 2 TBSP of Coconut Oil 2 TBSP of Agave 2 Limes Bring 4 cups of water to boil. Add in dried Hibiscus leaves and simmer for 10-15 mins. Drain tea from leaves.  I keep my leaves and dry them out for 1 more usage later.Take liquid into a pitcher and add Agave, Coconut Oil and freshly squeeze in the Limes.  You can leave the limes in for added flavor. Refrigerate for 1 hour prior to taste. You may want to add more water or a seltzer (as…
  • Swedish Cake

    The Lunchpail Tree
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    There is nothing nicer that having cake and… whether this is Coffee and cake, kahvi ja pulla or kaffee und kuchen. It does not matter which country you come from it is a way of winding down, chilling out and taking in the world at a more leisurely pace. In a garden by the water, near the palace in Sweden is a little hut that sells just such happiness. in this case served up with vanilla sauce and a splendid iced tea. Iced tea and forest berry crumble
  • Masala Chai

    hannahtice
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:54 pm
    During my sophomore year of college, I packed my bags and flew to Mumbai. I didn’t see India at first. I smelled it. Burnt garbage, car exhaust, chicken masala. I was hit with smells as thick as concrete. Drunkenly, I boarded a bus and called my mother. Unfortunately for her (and the bikers outside the bus), I quickly hung up to expell my half digested dinner to the street below. India: 1 Hannah: 0 At my hostel, I was sweaty from the intense summer humidity. I wanted to collapse. The only thing between me and my bed was a frail man holding a serving tray. He offered me a small container…
 
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    Tea Party Guide Blog

  • Printable Games

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

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

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

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

  • How We Used Tea in Our Wedding Ceremony

    Tony Gebely
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Because tea is what brought Katie and I together, we thought we’d use it in our wedding ceremony. Let me explain first how tea brought us together because some people seem to think this kind of thing just doesn’t happen. Geoffrey Norman aka “Lazy Literatus” has a “standing ‘scientific’ theory that tea and dating don’t blend.” I asked him what he thought of our relationship and he said that it “seems to exist in stubborn defiance of my theory” and that Katie and I must have “sold our souls to Guan Yin… or something…
  • The Engineer’s Guide to Tea Preparation

    Tony Gebely
    29 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    The bulk of tea produced in the world is commodity tea, meaning that it is actively traded and it’s price is determined by the markets. Commodity tea is relatively cheap, with the worldwide average price of commodity black tea typically in the area of $2.85USD/kilogram. Many of the world’s famous tea cultures1 are famous because they are promulgated by common man and are thus largely based on cheap commodity tea. There is however, a larger amount of high quality tea being produced every year, what some are calling the specialty tea industry. One way to think about the difference…
  • Post-Fermented Tea Classification

    Tony Gebely
    8 Mar 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Post-fermented Teas China Hunan Heicha 湖南 黑茶 (Anhua) Fu Zhuan 茯砖  “fu brick” Qian Liang Cha 千两茶 “thousand tael tea” (sometimes called Hua Juan) Bai Liang Cha 百两茶 “hundred tael tea” Shi Liang Cha 十两茶 “ten tael tea” Hua Zhuan 花砖 “flower brick” Hei Zhuan 黑砖茶 “dark brick” Xiang Jian 湘尖 “hunan tips” Tian Jian 天尖 “sky tips” Gong Jian 贡尖 “tribute tips” Sheng Jian 生尖 “raw tips” Qu Jiangbo Pian 渠江薄片 (coin shaped) Sichuan Heicha 四川 黑茶 Nan Lu Bian Cha 南路边茶…
  • Übersicht Teeverarbeitung

    Tony Gebely
    23 Feb 2014 | 9:34 am
    A German translation of my original tea processing chart. The original processing chart can be found here. German translation courtesy of Thomas Kasper of SiamTeas. Thomas Kasper is known for sourcing pure teas from Thailand. Download a high resolution versions of the chart: [PDF] [JPEG]
  • Gráfico de los procesos del té

    Tony Gebely
    20 Feb 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Gracias a Fernando Enrique Padín Sáez de España por proporcionarme esta traducción al español del gráfico de los procesos del té. Original here. Descargar gráfico de los procesos del té: [PDF] [JPEG] Gráfico de los procesos del té by Tony Gebely is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at worldoftea.org.
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    A Tea Addict's Journal

  • Guide to buying tea in China: Part IV – Negotiations

    MarshalN
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
    So this is probably the most and also, in some ways, the least important. A lot of you probably know of something called euphemistically the “laowai special”. Laowai being the term applied to (mostly white) foreigners, laowai special means that people who are foreign to China often get a special price, although in this case, a specially inflated price. Tea shops are not immune to it, especially smaller operations that tend to quote prices based on the whim of the shopkeeper or owner, rather than to pre-set prices from corporate headquarters. So, buying from the mainland has its…
  • Guide to buying tea in China: Part III – tasting tricks

    MarshalN
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:58 am
    Note: A friend noted that what I’ve been saying here can be mostly applied even for web-shopping online from Chinese or Western vendors alike. I suppose that’s sort of true. Let’s say you’ve gone through the hassle of finding a shop, sitting down, finding a tea you want to try, and didn’t get jasmine pushed on you in the process. Now what? Well, presumably, they will now brew you the tea. So far, so good. There are a number of things to be aware of, at least. I’ll list them 1) The brewing vessel – while I only use pots for my own consumption, when…
  • Guide to buying tea in China: Part II – what to do

    MarshalN
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    So let’s say you settled on a tea store and you’re about to go in. What then? First of all – if a shop already has some patrons in there, and I don’t know the shop owner already, I don’t go in. There is no rule that says you can’t walk into a store with customers, but generally, unless it’s a big store with more than one tea table and more than one free storekeep, I’d avoid those and wait for them to clear. If you can invest multiple visits to the same market, then by all means go in and get to know them, but if this is your only visit,…
  • Guide to buying tea in China: Part I – where to go

    MarshalN
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:24 am
    Traveling to China soon? Want to buy some tea for yourself or someone else? I thought I should do a guide on what to do when you’re in China and looking for tea. Note: things I say here do NOT apply to Hong Kong or Taiwan. China’s commercial landscape for tea is pretty different from these two places and so they operate under separate rules. First of all, we should start with the question of where to go to buy said tea. Now, if you can answer a few quick questions 1) Do you speak any Mandarin? 2) Are you buying for yourself? 3) Do you have a lot of time this trip? If the answer to…
  • Price dislocation

    MarshalN
    25 Jun 2014 | 1:41 am
    I remember when I first started drinking puerh seriously almost ten years ago, a common argument that you see around the internet (Chinese, mainly) and among drinkers is that it’s cheap, so it’s worth bothering with. Oftentimes the comparison was with longjing – one jin of longjing was probably somewhere in the ballpark of 1200-2000 RMB back in the day, whereas the equivalent of good quality puerh was only a few hundred RMB. It was simply a lot cheaper to drink puerh, and so even if you have no intention of aging the tea, of dabbling in the aged tea market, of wanting to…
 
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    Crazy Tea Chick

  • Gorgeous Bormioli Rocco Murano Cobalt Blue Glasses

    Joi
    25 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    As I’ve mentioned before on this very tea blog, I am nothing if not obsessed with beautiful dishes. Plates, bowls, saucers, mugs, glasses – the works. When I see beautiful glasses or other dishes, they just strike me as works of art. The gorgeous Bormioli Rocco Murano 14-7/8-Ounce Cobalt Blue Beverage Glass, Set of 4 above is a PERFECT example.  Who wouldn’t think “work of art” when they see these beauties? Product Features: Set of 4 glasses measuring approximately 4 by 4 by 4-1/2 inches and holding 14-7/8 ounces each Spun, machine-made glass construction;…
  • Unique and Gorgeous Tea Art Print

    Joi
    12 Jun 2014 | 3:10 pm
    This beautiful Tea Pot with Tea Cup photographic print is available online and, quite frankly, I can’t quit looking at it.  If (like my oldest daughter) you decorate an entire room with tea-themed lovelies, I know you’ll want to take a closer look at this print. I love everything about this print – the serenity, the photography. the colors.. everything.   The colors are especially cool because they’ll go with any and every color scheme possible. Click through the link or picture for more information.  Love this!  
  • Beautiful Stove Top Glass Tea Kettles

    Joi
    7 May 2014 | 7:21 am
    The stylishly beautiful Aqua Glass Stovetop Tea Kettle pictured above features a metal tea infuser for steeping loose-leaf tea directly in the kettle. The kettle’s durable glass construction lets you check the tea’s color so you can pour the perfect cup every time. Also available in Fuchsia: Fuchsia Glass Stovetop Tea Kettle
  • 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    
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  • Nutty Mocha Mate Blend from ArtfulTea

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Tisane Information: Leaf Type:  Yerba Maté Where to Buy:  ArtfulTea orArtfulTea on Etsy Tisane Description: The indulgent taste of chocolate and hazelnut, plus mellow chicory, give this mate blend a rich, roasted, mocha flavor. Yerba mate is an herbal infusion, but unlike most herbal teas, mate contains a stimulating caffeine-like compound.  Learn more about this tisane here. Taster’s Review: It's been a while since I've had some Yerba Mate, and this is a great tisane to get myself back into it!  This is really quite tasty! It actually reminds me a lot of a tisane that I used to make…
  • Goomtee Grand Reserve Spring Tea First Flush 2014 from Darjeeling Tea Lovers

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Darjeeling Tea Lovers Tea Description: Goomtee Grand Reserveis a LIMITED EDITION tea. Not all teas get the prestigious tag of GRAND RESERVE but this tea deserves every bit of this. The leaves have been plucked from the highest elevated section of this garden which is also called the MUSCATEL VALLEY. Super fine plucking of the leaves and tender processing has resulted with a masterpiece. High floral notes with distinct JASMINE LIKE flavour will make every tea connoisseur mesmerized. It is only Goomtee that could deliver such a beauty.  …
  • Product Review: Tea Assortment of Hard Candy from Raley’s Confectionary

    21 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Product Information: Where to Buy:  Treatsie Product Description:   Tea-flavored hard candy.  Flavors include Lemongrass Green Tea, Chai Latte, Arnold Palmer and Mango Black Tea. Learn more about Treatsie's Subscription Box here. Product Review: I know I've confessed it before, but, I'll confess it again:  I have a sweet tooth.  And I find myself particularly attracted to sweets that are tea inspired, like these yummy hard candies from Raley's Confectionary.  While recently perusing the Treatsie website, I came across this tea flavored hard candy assortment, and you know I couldn't…
  • Mr. He’s 1st Picking Laoshan Black Tea from Verdant Tea

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Verdant Tea Tea Description: Laoshan Black is our most popular tea, and its success has encouraged Mr He of Laoshan Village to keep refining his process to make it better every year. This year, Mr. He has taken leaves normally used for his delicate and subtle early spring green tea and allowed them to roast in the sun for three days before hand processing in small one to two pound batches, yielding this incredible rich, subtle Laoshan Black experience. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: The aroma of the dry leaf…
  • Formosa Assam from Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company

    teaequalsbliss
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:18 am
    Tea Type:   Black Where to Buy: Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company Tea Description:  NEW ITEM THIS MONTH! What a smooth tea this is! This tea comes from a farm just above the pristine alpine lake called Sun Moon Lake. It’s hand processed by Mr. Lee and his wife, a wonderful and hospitable couple. They grow without chemicals the old fashioned way. Do you like black teas from India? This tea is similar but has no astringency. It’s a pure stock Assam Black Tea that has been growing in Taiwan since 1926 when the Japanese imperial machine started to foster a tea industry in Taiwan for world-wide…
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  • Japanese Tea Ware

    wilson
    19 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
    I bought some Japanese tea ware recently.  Some of the tea ware, as you will have noticed from the above pictures, looked appropriate for brewing Chinese teas I am drinking.  I had even purchased a few Japanese  ceramic water jars with covers which I will use to store my tea (I will have a separate blog entry for these jars).  Why did I buy Japanese tea ware?  They are not that expensive (almost my Japanese purchases were  made through Ebay).  Yes, some of these tea ware are used or old, but  I was intrigued by these stuff I had bought.
  • 2006 Haiwan Pasha Raw 200g Cake

    wilson
    4 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Haiwan Tea Factory in 2006 produced 2 versions of this tea.  A 200g and 400g cake was made and released for sale.  I had managed to snagged both versions few years ago from Yunnan Sourcing and I believed the proprietor Scott still have a couple more of the 400g cakes for sale.This tea is non smoky but I found this tea to be very enjoyable.  There is salivating sensation after I drank the tea and there was a delayed faint sweet aftertaste.  Very smooth tea and a session of this tea ends quite fast.  A little expensive now, but the price is comparable to some new…
  • A Traditional Tea Set

    wilson
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:48 pm
    During the 1960s to 80s, one common sight in many homes and offices would be this basket that contain a cylindrical teapot.  This tea set basically was designed to keep the tea warm for a few hours.  If you noticed the 2nd pix, the interior of the basket is lined with thick foam but is 'wrapped' with a colorful cloth. Such a setup can enable up to 2 liters of tea to be kept warm.  My teapot shown is smaller and holds about 1.5 liters instead.  I was told that in the older days, a fresh brew was made every morning and another in the afternoon.  A tray of teacups are…
  • 2013 Xiaguan Fang Cha 100g

    wilson
    9 Jun 2014 | 11:24 pm
    I bought some raw pu erh tea while I was browsing the Kunming tea markets a couple of months ago.  This is the 2013 Xiaguan Fang Cha.  This 100g square brick is very tightly compressed like their traditional iron cakes. You will observe the pointed spikes on the brick that was from the molding process when the tea was being compressed. One thing I learnt about Xiaguan compresed tea - put your palm on the brick, press your palm on the pointy side of the brick...its quite sharp.....if its blunt....may be a fake (I will verify this).The description on the box says the tea used in…
  • Lin Ceramic Purion Teapot

    wilson
    3 Jun 2014 | 12:22 am
    I owned a couple of Lin Ceramic purion teapots.  Purion clay, is a mixed of clay that has a high mineral content.  In my opinion, this clay seemed to have a higher iron content which may explained the oxidization, or rust like color after regular use of this teapot. I intend to find out more about purion clay and will share my findings with my readers when I make a trip to Taiwan, hopefully next year.....that's where Lin Ceramic is located.  In my few years of drinking tea and learning more about tea by visiting Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China, many tea shops allow you to…
 
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    Life in Teacup

  • Anhui Long Stem Tea (杆尖)

    Gingko
    13 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    You know, when you send a nice gift to family or friends, and when they enjoy it very much, you would feel so proud of yourself for finding such a wonderful gift. I like gifting friends with green teas, and would feel so proud for being able to send them great teas before their friends start drinking green tea for that year. A even better scenario is, when they enjoy it very much and can't even figure out what it is. In the past several years, I tried to introduce some rare and unique green teas to America, including Orchid Fairy Twig, White Plum Flower Peak and some others. These teas are…
  • spring time tea

    Gingko
    10 May 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Perfect green tea season now!I had a tea gathering with my friend Bin and his wife. Obviously my friends are of the Facebook generation. Bin took photos during our tea drinking and post them on WeChat (which is used more than Facebook by a lot of Chinese). All the photos below were taken by Bin.I asked Bin to select tea to drink and the order of drinking. It was a challenge because we could just drink so much tea no matter how much more are available. We ended up tasting 5 new green teas, which turned out a good amount. The types of tea and order of drinking were casually determined by Bin on…
  • RIP, Lu Yun, father of modern puerh

    Gingko
    8 May 2014 | 7:42 pm
    Last week, a very important figure in puerh history, Lu Yun, passed away, at the age of 57. The name of Lu Yun is less mentioned in recent years, although he was one of the most recent and one of the youngest "godfather" of puerh. To a lot of younger tea drinkers, Lu Yun may not sound a familiar name. However, many people are very familiar with his lifetime work, without even realizing it. He was the head of Menghai Factory, and then CEO of Dayi. He was the leader of the developing team of Dayi 7262. He was involved in research and development of some of Dayi's most popular products including…
  • pictures of some popular Factory #1 teapots

    Gingko
    26 Apr 2014 | 5:08 pm
    More pictures are here. The pictures are rather small and are mainly for the purpose of style identification. These pictures could be found in quite a few Chinese tea websites and teapot websites. So far there is no copyright concern. I guess some non-Chinese yixing lovers would be interested in these pictures as well, and therefore put them in the above public album. I have a few other series of Factory #1 teapots pictures and will put them together in a folder soon. These are not inclusive of all Factory #1 teapot styles, but cover most of the commonly seen styles. There were large amount…
  • 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…
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    The Sip Tip

  • 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
  • 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
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    Peony Tea S.

  • Announcement: Break from 14th to 24th July 2014

    Derek
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:41 pm
    We will be taking a 11 days break from 14th to 24th July 2014 (both dates inclusive). All orders received after 13th of July 2014 (Sun) will be processed upon our re-open on 25th July 2014 so do place your orders quickly. Thanks.
  • Announcement: 30% off on Green Teas and Taiwanese Oolongs

    Derek
    13 Jun 2014 | 12:57 am
    One more reason to reach for your favourite Green Tea and/or Taiwanese Oolong- we have marked down the prices of all our green tea and Taiwanese Oolongs by 30% Yes, 30%! While stocks lasts Here’s the list of those still in stock S/N Tea Usual Price Revised Price 1 Taiping Houkui 28.00  $             19.60 2 Dongting Biluochun  $        37.00  $             25.90 3 Dafo Longjing  $        30.00  $             21.00 4 Huangshan Maofeng  $        22.00  $             15.40 5 Shan Lin Xi  $        38.00…
  • Muzha Tieguanyin- The Neglected Wulong of Taiwan

    Derek
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:42 pm
    When it comes to Taiwanese Wulong tea, the Taiwanese High Mountain teas (台湾高山茶) are usually among the first to come to mind, with its sweet, refreshing taste, making it a hit with beginners. The Oriental Beauty aka Dongfang Meiren (东方美人) is also another wulong tea that is often brought up- with its combination of black tea-esque sweetness and excellent marketing legends (which most probably did not happen). There is also Dongding Wulong (冻顶乌龙)- which in some ways can be viewed as the predecessor of the Taiwanese High Mountain teas- and Wenshan Baozhong…
  • 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…
 
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    Tea For Me Please

  • Reader Survey: What Would You Like to See Here?

    Nicole Martin
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    There other day I asked on Twitter what questions people had about tea that they would like to see answered in a blog post. I got some really awesome responses (thanks guys!) but I thought that I would post it here too for those of you that are tweet-less. What would you like to see here on +Tea for Me Please? Is there a tea topic you'd like to know more about? Give me your feedback! Readers are what keep this blog running so keep those comments and emails coming. I love hearing from you all.Life has been a bit crazy lately but I'm working on getting back on track with my monthly podcast…
  • Misty Peak Teas 2013 Sheng Yiwu Mtn Autumn Pu'er

    Nicole Martin
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: compressedIngredients: puerh teaSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: orangish goldYiwu is probably my favorite mountain for puerh but the good stuff is getting harder to find these days. All of the offerings +Misty Peak Teas are hand made from start to finish by the Bin family. This is a bit unusual in the world of puerh so I was excited to give this tea a go. My sample had been broken off of a cake but the dry leaf was mostly whole and had a nice shine to it. The taste had the…
  • A Gift of Shou

    Nicole Martin
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    One of the advantages of managing a tea house is that I now have a place where I can meet up with tea friends on a regular basis. Sometimes those meetings are unexpected. Last Saturday I was pleasantly surprised to see +Payton Swick from the excellent blog Someteawith.me. We had several mutual friends in common and it was great to have a chance to talk shop. He was kind enough to share a bit of 1995 shou puerh that he had obtained on a trip to China. When I brewed it the tea was inky dark but surprisingly light and sweet tasting. On a hot summer day, it was exactly what I needed to…
  • Lochan Tea Doke Silver Needle 2014

    Nicole Martin
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: IndiaLeaf Appearance: large, silvery needles covered in downy hairIngredients: white teaSteep time: 5 minutesWater Temperature: 175 degreesPreparation Method: glass teapotLiquor: goldI have been itching to try this tea for the longest time. +Lochan Tea Limited has a reputation for making some really amazing teas at their Doke Farm in Bihar, India. Their Rolling Thunder is one of my favorites so I was really excited to dig in. The dry leaves were quite large and super fuzzy. I didn't quite become Lenny from Of Mice and Men but they were unbelievably soft to the…
  • Non Fiction for Tea Lovers

    Nicole Martin
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    A few weeks ago I posted a neato interactive image of some of my favorite books called Fiction for Tea Lovers. It occurred to me that I should do one for non fiction as well. Have you read any of these? Is there one that I've missed? Let me know in the comments! 
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    Boston Teawrights » A Teawright’s Blog

  • How Crafty is Tea: Part Two

    Talia Hirsch
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    For my second interview, I was glad to find someone with passion for craft itself. Nathan, another Teawrights customer, loves anything he can make with his own two hands that he can use for a purpose. It was so interesting to find out about all the different things he explores and how that affected his […]Author informationTalia HirschMarketing Intern at Boston TeawrightsHi, fellow tea enthusiast! My name is Talia, and I’m so excited to be part of the internship program for Boston Teawrights. Tea has always been near and dear to my heart ever since the first time I tried it, prepared…
  • What Influences Terroir?

    Louise Lumia
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    What Influences Terroir? In general, tea plants grow well in tropical or subtropical regions where rainfall is abundant, humidity is high, and the dry season is no longer than 90 days, and temperatures never fall lower than 23° F.  Although this generalization applies to tea plants around the world, tea grown in the U.S doesn’t fall […]Author informationLouise LumiaMarketing Intern at Boston TeawrightsMy name is Louise and I’m a Communications Studies major at Emerson College. I grew up in Pennsylvania, and now live in Cambridge. I love to travel, and have enjoyed exploring…
  • Tangled Tea History

    Mairead McCarthy
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    From our series on the history of Tea. An exploration of how tea was introduced to England and became the popular drink it is today.Author informationMairead McCarthyMarketing Intern at Boston TeawrightsHey Everyone! I’m Mairead, which is pronounced like parade with an “m” for those of you who are not proficient in Gaelic. I am a Boston native born and bred. I have just completed my sophomore year at Boston College (go eagles!). At school I am currently pursuing a Finance degree as well as a minor degree in history.As a business major, I am excited to be working at a young startup…
  • In The Spirit of Exploration

    Caleb Hodes
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    Teawrights is about more than just tea. In all that we do, we believe in the spirit of exploration, discovery and craft. These are the channels that spark the imagination, and in turn arouse the Human Spirit. Practicing the art of tea draws upon these channels, making it a spiritual pursuit that arouses our Humanity.Keeping this in mind, it's only natural that thoughts wander to other pursuits in exploration, discovery and craft. To inspire you, we've brought together several articles from across the internet. Create, enjoy, inspire.Author informationCaleb HodesFounder at Boston Teawrights |…
  • How Crafty Is Tea

    Talia Hirsch
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    An interview with Shannon Sadowski, discussing her history with tea, her Teawrights experience, and other stories.Author informationTalia HirschMarketing Intern at Boston TeawrightsHi, fellow tea enthusiast! My name is Talia, and I’m so excited to be part of the internship program for Boston Teawrights. Tea has always been near and dear to my heart ever since the first time I tried it, prepared the Russian way with a splash of milk. I often opt for a soothing cup of jasmine tea when I need to relax, and I especially love walking around in the sun, sipping on a refreshing iced tea. I am a…
 
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    Shan Valley - Tea Matters

  • Kyaukme Black Tea Review

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

    Emily Hunter
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Another one of our regional specialty teas is Kokang Green Tea. Kokang is considered to have the best tea in all of Myanmar. Settled by the Han Chinese centuries ago and a center of tea trade, the plantations here take advantage of the high elevation and their thorough knowledge of making excellent teas. Our Kokang Green Tea is a first flush tea, and is considered by many Burmese to be the highest quality green tea available to the public in Myanmar. It is shipped as a full-leaf tea, so you may need to break up the leaves to make them fit into a tea ball, or use a tea strainer to brew it. The…
  • Kokang Regional Tea

    Emily Hunter
    15 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    One of the teas that we brought back is our Kokang Green Tea. This is considered to be the best green tea in all of Myanmar, and can be quite difficult to get. We’re excited to be able to offer this rare tea to our customers. But what makes this tea so special? For that, we need to learn about the Kokang region of Myanmar. Kokang Region Kokang is a small special region in the northeast corner of the Shan State of Myanmar on the border with China bordered by the Salween River. The region is populated by the Kokang people, who are descended from Han Chinese who fled there in the 17th century.
  • Harvesting Your Tea

    Emily Hunter
    1 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    All tea comes from the same plant, but the way that it is harvested causes some of the major differences between tea types. Things like the age of the leaf in the growing season, how it is shredded, and how long it is aged all play a factor. The tea harvesting season is in full swing in Myanmar, and we’ve just got back with some special first flush teas from there. We’ll be talking about them in future posts. In this post, we’re going to talk about how tea is harvested. First steps In general, tea is grown at high altitudes because it gives better flavor. Once a tea plant is at least…
  • The Key to Making that Perfect Cup of Tea

    Emily Hunter
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tea is undoubtedly the world’s most popular beverage.  What many people don’t realize is that most true tea or the most popular types of teas all come from one species of plant, Camellia senensis.  The difference is in when the plant is harvested, how it is cured, prepared and aged.  There is a saying in Asian culture that essentially says that you could study tea for an entire lifetime and not know everything about it or even all the different types of teas that there are. Whether you prefer a white or a green tea such as a Young Hyson , a traditional Japanese Bancha or Genmaicha, …
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    Tealeaves Folio

  • From The Standard High Line NY: Mixologist Gates Otsuji’s “Moonwalk”

    tealeaves
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Blast off and mix a NYC favourite using our Golden Tippy Assam tea. read more The post From The Standard High Line NY: Mixologist Gates Otsuji’s “Moonwalk” appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • Chef Dan Olson’s Lavender Earl Grey Ice-Cream

    tealeaves
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Stay cool with this chilly tea treat from The Chef Who Fed the Oscars and the Golden Globes. read more The post Chef Dan Olson’s Lavender Earl Grey Ice-Cream appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • Shaken, Not Stirred

    tealeaves
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    Celebrate the 07th of July in style with this killer 007-inspired tea martini recipe. read more The post Shaken, Not Stirred appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • How to Properly Store Your Tea

    tealeaves
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:45 am
    Protect vulnerable tea leaves against the elements in your kitchen. read more The post How to Properly Store Your Tea appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • Making ‘Queasy’ Easy: How to Settle an Unsettled Stomach

    tealeaves
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Tea, an under the radar remedy for overindulgence. read more The post Making ‘Queasy’ Easy: How to Settle an Unsettled Stomach appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
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