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  • Fear and loathing on Wuyi Mountain

    T Ching
    So Han Fan
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Austin Hodge has already written a fantastic article about Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong that contains all the historical information you could reasonably want to know about the topic. I suggest you all read it before proceeding. I am going to write not about the tea, but about my experience accidentally stumbling upon Tong Mu having no idea what it was. We went to Wuyi Mountain looking for oolong: Big Red Robe, and the mysterious pantheon of hardy cliff teas collectively known as Yan Cha. Our connection to Fujian, and Wuyi Mountain, was through Ms. L* *** ***, our white tea contact, who I knew…
  • Iced Chai Cocktails

    Heaven of Tea
    My name
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    Iced Chai Cocktails Wednesday, August 27, 2014Posted by Admin Entertaining this Labor Day Weekend? Serve Iced Chai Cocktails to your guests. You may substitute Maharaja Chai with a chai of your choice. Be sure to refer to our brewing chart for proper water temperature and steep time. Ingredients SERVES 4 8 tsp Maharaja Chai Oolong 4 tsp Perfectea Rock Sugar 4 cups 195°F water 3 oz Cream Liqueur Ground Cinnamon Cinnamon Stick (optional) Instructions 1. In a 32 oz Perfect Tea Maker, combine 4 cups of water with 8 teaspoons of Maharaja Chai, 4 teaspoons of Rock Sugar and steep for 3 minutes. 2.
  • 1980's 'Ba bao' Liu Bao

    New Products from Main Website
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    This is a great Liu Bao tea. The leaves are strong and thick. From drinking, they appear to be pure old tree material. The brewed tea is also very smooth, rich and thick in the mouth. It begins a little reticently, but quickly opens up and delivers a strong, vibrant brew that lasts over many infusions. This is a tea that will delight any lover of aged old tree teas. For many years, I was under the mistaken impression that Liu Bao was the poor cousin to puerh tea, but it's teas like this and like the older Pu Tian Gong Qing in particular that continue to blow that conception away. £0.64 As…
  • Chinese, III

    The Half-Dipper
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Chinese whispers translator quietly translates into my ear
  • New Product: Risheehat Estate 2nd Fl. Musk SFTGFOP1 Organic (DJ-181)

    News from Upton Tea
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A peak summer flush selection with strong muscatel characteristics. The cup boasts toasty notes of cocoa with a hint of caramel and grape. The liquor has a medium body and smooth finish.
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    New Products from Main Website

  • 1980's 'Ba bao' Liu Bao

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    This is a great Liu Bao tea. The leaves are strong and thick. From drinking, they appear to be pure old tree material. The brewed tea is also very smooth, rich and thick in the mouth. It begins a little reticently, but quickly opens up and delivers a strong, vibrant brew that lasts over many infusions. This is a tea that will delight any lover of aged old tree teas. For many years, I was under the mistaken impression that Liu Bao was the poor cousin to puerh tea, but it's teas like this and like the older Pu Tian Gong Qing in particular that continue to blow that conception away. £0.64 As…
  • 80ml Lixing Yixing Teapot

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Handmade by Chen Ju Fang from aged HuangLong mountain clay, this Yixing teapot is ideal for 1-2 people. The clay is well suited for Puerh, Liu Bao or roasted oolong teas. The lid fit is perfect and the pot is well crafted all round. Inside is a flat multi-hole filter. £148.00
  • 2004 Chang Yu Hao Yiwu

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    I've tried several times to buy this cake over the past couple of years to stock on our website, but the answer has always been that there's not enough stock to sell it wholesale. Finally I've managed to get the owner of Chang Yu Hao to part with some of his remaining last few cakes of one of his earliest remaining pressings... and at a price that's very favourable, given the state of today's market. This cake is composed entirely of old tree Yiwu leaves, from a time when separate villages weren't named explicitly. The leaves are very strong, thick and very healthy. The cake has been aged for…
  • 2000 Four Gold Coins Liu Bao

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    'Si Jin Quan' (Four Gold Coins) is a brand of Liu Bao that has been ordered and packaged by a Hong Kong trading company of the same name since the late Qing dynasty (Guangxu period). This example was produced in the year 2000 and is packaged into 1kg bags. It was stored in Hong Kong until around 2010, then in Malaysia since then. The brewed tea is medium-smooth and mellow. It still has enough character to continue to evolve well over the years & makes a very enjoyable drink at the moment, at a price that allows one to brew it casually as an everyday tea. I tasted this tea first around 4 years…
  • 100ml Bian Gu Yixing Teapot

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    These 100ml Zini teapots were made in the 'Bian Gu' style by an apprentice of Master Zhou from Wuxing Shan Fang studio in Yixing. The clay is good quality aged Zini clay and the pots are fully handmade. The lid fit is good and the pot is well balanced. These pots make great tea, and are very suitable for wuyi yancha and both aged & young puerh tea. £60.00
 
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    The Half-Dipper

  • Chinese, III

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Chinese whispers translator quietly translates into my ear
  • Teenager Tea

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Teenage pu'ercha is a great deal easier to handle than real teenagers, I think.  Although my boys are just 2 and 4 years old, at the time of writing, I look forward to their teenage years.  In tea years, it is approximately years 2-10 where the changes happen, depending on storage - after a decade, you're into much more gradual territory, and the character of the tea has, to some degree, been
  • Chinese, II

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    when I realise the Tsinghua fireflies are smartphones
  • Face / Off

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

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

  • New Product: Risheehat Estate 2nd Fl. Musk SFTGFOP1 Organic (DJ-181)

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A peak summer flush selection with strong muscatel characteristics. The cup boasts toasty notes of cocoa with a hint of caramel and grape. The liquor has a medium body and smooth finish.
  • New Product: Jasmine "Fragrant Cloud" Da Zhang Shan

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Quality green tea leaf is married with an ethereal jasmine scenting. The delicate fragrance is complemented by the exceptional flavor of the creamy liquor.
  • New Product: Sticky Rice Pu-Erh Tuo Cha

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This selection is an admixture of shou pu-erh and rice. When infused, the liquor yields an earthy aroma with hints of cinnamon. The earthy flavor emerges in the cup, along with notes of dark molasses and honey. Each square "tuo cha" piece will yield appoximately two cups of tea.
  • New Product: Yin-Hao Jasmine Imperial

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    These large and twisted leaves have a generous proportion of white tip. The aroma is perfumed and fragrant with jasmine and honeysuckle. The liquor has a pronounced jasmine flavor and sweet notes suggesting cantaloupe. The cup is well balanced between the floral scenting and the quality base tea.
  • New Product: Japanese Ku-Ki Ho-Ji Cha (Roasted Ku-Ki Cha)

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This carefully roasted Ku-Ki Cha (twig tea) produces a golden brown cup with a sweet vegetal flavor. A mild tea that is naturally low in caffeine. The distinct toasty notes linger pleasingly on the palate. Not to be confused with regular Ho-Ji Cha.
 
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    Tea Masters

  • Visite aux céramistes des fours de Zhu-Nan

    Stephane
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    Le four de céramique traditionnel de Zhu-Nan a invité 10 potiers internationaux pour partager leur expérience et réaliser ensemble une série de pièces cuites au four de Zhu-Nan. J'ai eu l'opportunité de passer les voir samedi dernier et de revoir deux amies céramistes: Patricia Cassone et Geneviève Meylan. Ci-dessus, Lou Smedts partage son savoir. Il encourage les potiers locaux à faire des essais avec différentes terres, différentes émailles et de mixer les émailles avec des cendres de différents arbres ou des coraux. Devant lui, sur les plaques, on voit les résultats de tels…
  • Winter 2014 Fushou Shan Oolong

    Stephane
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Cultivar: Qingxin (ruanzhi) OolongOrigin: Fushou Shan (near Lishan), TaiwanElevation: 2200-2500 mHarvested by hand on October 10th, 2014Process: low oxidized and rolled. Not roasted.The Fushou Shan Oolong plantation is famous for its high elevation and its government and military connections. It's run by veterans from the Armed forces, and mainly supplies public officials with tea for gifts. It carries a lot of prestige, because it's the plantation that supplies the President's office and all tea drinking generals!   Reputation and quality can be 2 different things. And any plantation…
  • Creative Chaxi for beginners

    Stephane
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    Drinking tea and focusing on this experience entirely can also be an exercise of creativity. Each time you drink tea, you feel differently and it's an opportunity to express your mood, hope, love with a special setup. It lets you connect to your inner self and it makes you feel good to combine tea and functional beauty.You can see from my blog that there are rarely 2 Chaxi (2 setups) that are the same. In recent weeks, they have tended to become very beautiful (thanks to the use of kimono belts and the great tea ware I've collected over 10 years). I'm a little bit worried that instead of…
  • La boisson des nomades créatifs

    Stephane
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    La région du Wenshan en Octobre 2014Le voyage d'affaire ou de vacance permet de rompre avec les habitudes de la vie. A ce titre, c'est un excellent stimulant de notre créativité, car on voit des endroits nouveaux et on fait de nouvelles expériences. Tout est neuf et donne lieu à émerveillement. Ensuite, il est des endroits qui opèrent leur propre magie et c'est ma joie de les faire découvrir à des amateurs de thé qui viennent me rencontrer. A une heure de Taipei, nous arrivons sur cette hauteur dans le Wenshan.Le lecteur réguliler reconnait facilement ce rocher qui me sert chaque…
  • The 7542 puerh standard and compound interest.

    Stephane
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    1995/96 Menghai Tea Factory '7542' cake The compound interest formula is very useful to understand to the price of older 7542 cakes.The calculation goes like this:Price in Y years = Price now x (1+ rate of return)^YWhat's interesting with the Menghai 7542 cakes from 1975 to year 2000, is that these puerhs were made with the same recipe, similar know-how in the same factory while the Chinese market was a monopoly managed by the CNNP corporation. (See picture above for the full name). This means that these products are all quite similar and should follow similar aging and pricing patterns.The…
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    T Ching

  • Back seven: spilled milk rebellion

    T Ching
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    The following story is true, I swear. Those of you who like milk in your tea may appreciate it. Although I grew up in the suburbs of northern California, for weird reasons I spent my 10th grade year – 5th form, for you Brits – at an English boarding school. Having never traveled out of the country before this, it took a while to get used to some of the cultural differences. For example, there was the time I was in the library and the handsome lad sitting across from me leaned over and asked, “Have you got a rubber?” Another of these cultural differences was the fact that in most…
  • “He’s just pining for the tea-jords”

    Ben Dane
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    I once was told of a tree, whose needles were said to taste of sausages. It was summer, perhaps four or five years ago, while I was attending summer camp at Camp Nor’wester, on Johns Island in the San Juans. The sausage tree was suppose to be a strange relative of the normal pine tree. Almost unidentifiably different from any other pine tree, it held a secret. That secret was that the needles tasted like a beef frank. One day, I thought I had it. I swear I found a needle that tasted exactly like sausage. Which was why, when I returned to Johns Island this year as part of the camp staff, I…
  • The mother of Tea

    Global Tea Hut
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Water is the “Mother of Tea.”  It supports and nourishes the essence of tea, as it also does for all life.  Nothing improves the quality of tea more than changing where you get water and how you store it.  After years of hiking into the mountains to get spring water, we’ve noticed that besides the obvious ways in which the water has transformed our physical lives and spiritual journey through tea, the trips themselves have also had a huge impact on our lives. Try storing your water in an urn, and give it prayers of light and gratitude before drinking.You can experiment…
  • Fear and loathing on Wuyi Mountain

    So Han Fan
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Austin Hodge has already written a fantastic article about Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong that contains all the historical information you could reasonably want to know about the topic. I suggest you all read it before proceeding. I am going to write not about the tea, but about my experience accidentally stumbling upon Tong Mu having no idea what it was. We went to Wuyi Mountain looking for oolong: Big Red Robe, and the mysterious pantheon of hardy cliff teas collectively known as Yan Cha. Our connection to Fujian, and Wuyi Mountain, was through Ms. L* *** ***, our white tea contact, who I knew…
  • Trekking for tea

    Dananjaya Silva
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Think of trekking in the mountains and sipping tea whilst you get lost in the surrounding mountain peaks and you won’t be wrong for thinking that the following piece is set in the Himalayas. Worlds away from tea plantations and miles away from the “roof top” of the world, I spent my summer vacation in the Canadian Rockies. By default, the location for my summer travels was determined when I learned my cousin was getting married – and the Canadian Rocky Mountains are conveniently on his doorstep. While surfing the guidebook I came across the “Tea House Trek” as one of the top…
 
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    Tea Guy Speaks

  • Tea Culture of Taiwan Video

    William I. Lengeman III
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
  • James Norwood Pratt on Tea

    William I. Lengeman III
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper
  • Tea Business Spotlight 16 - Tea Vue

    William I. Lengeman III
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Welcome to the sixteenth of our Tea Business Spotlights, in which we allow tea people to share insights on running their business. If you're a tea business owner and you'd like to take part in an upcoming spotlight, please contact us. Tea VueMaryland, USA How long have you been in business?Since 2013. What is the size/scope of your business?We are a startup, online loose leaf tea and tea ware retailer with Amazon as an additional distribution channel. Why tea?Our love for tea is multifaceted – the expansive and diverse taste, character, and health properties along with the rich history and…
  • Japanese Tea Pickers of Yesteryear

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

    William I. Lengeman III
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
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    Heaven of Tea

  • Gingerbread Tea Cookies

    My name
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Gingerbread Tea Cookies Thursday, October 23, 2014Posted by Admin Our Holiday teas are here! What better way to enjoy the aromas and flavors of the season than with a perfect tea pairing. Serve Gingerbread Tea Cookies at tea time. Ingredients 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 cup molasses 1/4 cup shortening 1/4 cup cold water 4 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp ground ginger 1/2 tsp allspice 2 tsp finely ground Teavana Gingerbread tea 1/4 tsp salt Instructions 1. Mix sugar, molasses, shortening and water until well combined. 2. Add in flour, baking soda, spices and salt, making a dough. 3. Cover…
  • Treat Yourself To A Dessert Tea

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

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

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

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

    Kate's Bookshelf
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Go figure, but this year I am so into Pumpkin Spice I’m probably going to wear down my family. I want to mix it in everything.  I’ve mixed it with plain hot tea and come up with an amazing spiced tea; I’ve put it in oatmeal with raisins for breakfast; I made pumpkin cookies that didn’t have pumpkin spice in them per say, but cinnamon was definitely in them…. I cannot get enough of this stuff.  See the cookies I made last night? Marvelous aren’t they? Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Penuche Frosting Then there is this marvelous recipe from Joy the Baker that I…
  • October 30

    bethaniehardie
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    October 30, 2012 Alexander, The dead are walking, they are behind every corner, beneath every street
  • Tea, anyone?

    lkenl
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    The West Lake (西湖) seems like the center of Hangzhou. And when walking through and around the city, it seems like tea is somewhat in the center, too. When I woke up to my second day in the beautiful city, I decided to visit the places recommended by the staff of the Wushanyi Youth Hostel. The friendly man that stood behind the reception showed me a list of such places, pasted on the counter’s deck. So I took a photo of it and got out of the hostel. I stopped for breakfast at one of the many Chinese restaurants on He Fang Street, of course, before hauling down a taxi. And then I…
  • Long Jing (or Lung Ching) from Mainland China

    tearevoluzzion
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:14 pm
    There are many types of Long Jing (also called ‘Lung Ching’ and ‘Dragonwell’) green tea available around the world. A lot of it is imitation. If you are fortunate to have a genuine Long Jing, then you can legitimately boast to owning one of China’s famous ten teas. Long Jing is named after the village in Hangzhou Province where it was originally cultivated and processed. The tea gardens of Long Jing are located just beside Hangzhou city, one of the most well developed cities in China, and within easy reach of Shanghai. It is famous for its yellow-green leaf…
  • How do I drink 8 cups of water in a day?

    Ash
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On average experts say we need about 8 cups of water a day. Give or take depending on how precise yo
 
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    Lainie Sips

  • Black Needle Pagoda Tea Review – Wild Tea Qi

    Lainie Petersen
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Name: Black Needle Pagoda Tea Retailer: Wild Tea Qi Type: Black tea Form: Teardrop bundles Price: As of October, 2014, this tea sells for $1.98 for a sample, $14.30 for one ounce. Quantity discounts... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Numi Organic Honeybush Review

    Lainie Petersen
    15 May 2014 | 11:44 am
    Numi Organic Honeybush Information Availability: Available Through Amazon, in stores (check the natural/organic section in standard grocery stores, specialty markets will usually have it in the tea... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Golden Moon Tea Golden Monkey Review

    Lainie Petersen
    14 Jan 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Name: Golden Monkey Brand: Golden Moon Tea Type: Black (China) Form: Loose leaf Price:  1 oz is $11.99 as of 1/14/14, quantity discounts available. Review: Golden Monkey is a wonderful treat, though... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Vendor Profile: Teas Hope

    admin
    7 Jan 2014 | 6:10 pm
        Vendor Name: Teas Hope, an online tea shop. Tea Offerings: Teas Hope offers three teas at this time: Earl Grey Lavender, Masala Chai, and Moroccan Mint. All of these teas are fair trade... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • FORLIFE Stump Teapot Review

    Lainie Petersen
    9 Dec 2013 | 1:27 pm
    FORLIFE Stump Teapot Facts Name: FORLIFE Stump 18-Ounce Teapot Brand: FORLIFE Type: Teaware, infuser teapot Capacity: 18 ounces Cost:$25.04 as of 12/9/2013 on Amazon Teapot Review First, the bad... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Teatrekker's Blog

  • Min Hong Gong Fu Black Teas

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hong Kong teashop ecology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Joi
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Tea Wisdom by Aaron Fisher I was recently sent a beautiful little book to review on the Crazy Tea Chick blog and I’m absolutely in love with it. What’s even more important is that YOU’LL fall just as head over heels in love with it as I have. I write a lot (make that A LOT) of book reviews. Between Self Help Daily and Get Cooking!, I find myself writing self help book reviews and cookbook reviews throughout the week.  However, it’s been ages since a book brought as many smiles to my face as  Tea Wisdom by Aaron Fisher has. This beautiful book is a collection of tea…
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  • Kuma Green 1228™ Sencha Green Tea from Mellow Monk

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Mellow Monk Tea Description: A brightly herbaceous guricha-style sencha, with a gentle sweetness with fruity highlights — apples, melon, and white wine grapes — as well as citrus notes and a hint of jasmine. [Note that this is not jasmine green tea; the hint of jasmine is naturally present in the tea.] Made from yabukita tea plants grown in the rolling hills of Kuma County, tended and crafted into tea by artisan Kazuo Watanabe. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: The dry leaf of this tea looks and smells like a Japanese…
  • Assam 2nd Flush 2014 Silver Needle White Tea from What-Cha Tea

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  White Where to Buy:  What-Cha Tea Tea Description: A great tasting Silver Needle with a delicate sweet taste and no detectable astringency. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: This Assam 2nd Flush Silver Needle White Tea is quite unlike any other Silver Needle White tea I've tried to date.   So to brew it, I decided to follow the purveyor's suggested parameters and heat the water to 175°F (OK, the parameters suggest 176°F, but my Breville heats water at 5 degree intervals, and I figured 1° wasn't going to make or break the tea.)  I measured…
  • Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Chai from Culinary Teas

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Culinary Teas Tea Description:  So, what goes into a tea named after the terrifying tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman? Pumpkin, of course. (The story goes that the horseman had the head of a pumpkin.) Add to this a select blend of herbs and spices, chai mix, cinnamon and ginger pieces. The taste of Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Chai, it goes without saying, is to die for! Learn more about this chai blend here. Taster’s Review: I previously reviewed the Sleepy Hollow Pumpkin Chai from Culinary Teas, however, this appears to be a…
  • Green Detox Tea from Monarch Tea Co.

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Monarch Tea Co. or Monarch Tea Co. on Etsy Tea Description: The powerful duo of lemon and green tea combine in this refreshing and detoxifying blend.  Detox and refresh while boosting your metabolism through the power of green tea.  Ingredients:  green tea, lemongrass, dried lemon. Learn more about subscribing to Postal Teas here. Taster’s Review: This tea looks a lot different than I expected it to.  The green tea looks almost like a CTC black tea.  The leaves are very small and darker in color than most green teas that I've…
  • Assam Green Tea from Starglory

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Starglory on Amazon Tea Description: Green Tea is also known as health tea . Rich in antioxidants green tea helps in fighting and controlling many human diseases. Regular consumptions Green tea helps in keeping body fit and slim. This best Assam Green Tea is sourced from Upper Assam Garden. Learn more about Starglory Tea here. Taster's Review: Nice! The aroma of the dry leaf is distinctly grassy/vegetal.  The brewed tea has a much softer scent and I pick up on very few of those strong grassy and vegetal tones that I noticed in the dry leaf.
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  • 2003 Sea Dyke Brand Wu-I Ta Hung Pao

    wilson
    25 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Xiamen Tea Import and Export Co Ltd produces and exports large quantities of tea especially oolong to many parts of the world.  One of its brands - Sea Dyke is a popular brand whose tea can be found in many tea shops and even supermarkets worldwide.  The better quality tea are packed and sold in tins and the economical teas are sold in paper boxes.  One of the famous 'Sea Dyke' oolong is this Da Hong Pao tea (tin spelled it as Ta-Hung-Pao).  This is a popular oolong varietal.  Quality Da Hong Pao tea can command very high prices.  The best quality Da Hong Pao tea…
  • 2004 'Duoteli Brand' Liu Bao Tea

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

    wilson
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    Do you use a teapot when you brew your Chinese tea? And you are using a Chinese teapot?  Nice.....here is a fun quiz for you.  Can you identify, if any, a single hole teapot from the 1st 2 pix?  I will tell you the answer later.  A single hole teapot is.......nah.....just look at pix 3.  Look at the inside of the teapot where the tea will pour out through the spout.  It is a single hole.  This is a single hole teapot.  Single hole teapots were considered older teapots and building a filter inside was considered a newer improvisation.  Pix 3 has a…
  • Buying Puerh With A $30 Budget

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

    wilson
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:19 pm
    A tea waste bowl is simply a container where you discard water/tea used to wash the tea leaves or utensils.  It is also used to contain used tea leaves when you have many teas to brew.  In Japan, tea waste bowls are called kensui.  Tea waste bowls may seem like a fancy unnecessary item but it has its uses in a tea brewing session.  If you are brewing more than 1 tea, like trying a few teas in a session, tea bowls may be very useful if you do not use a tea tray or in some cases, the tea tray may be too small to hold so much waste.  Yes, any container would suffice…
 
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  • Friday Round Up - October 26th through November 1st

    Nicole Martin
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    Gaba in Tea +Ricardo Caicedo explains all about GABA, a substance found in some teas with a lot of purported health benefits. I have yet to try one myself but I'm looking forward to his upcoming review. Learning to Understand Hong Cha We all have a certain type of tea that we struggle with but eventually begin to understand. The Dragon's Well talks about their struggles with Chinese red tea.
  • Tea People Makaibari First Flush Vintage

    Nicole Martin
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: India Leaf Appearance: small, mottled greens and browns Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 200 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper Liquor: amber You all know that I absolutely love Darjeeling. +Tea People was kind enough to send me a batch of samples that included several different selections from the Makaibari Estate. I've
  • Seven Cups Huang Guan Yin Wulong 2012

    Nicole Martin
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: small, dark brown Ingredients: oolong tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: dark amber A few weeks ago I posted that Seven Cups chose me as their customer of the month for October. After I was done fan girling, I was faced with a major dilemma. Which tea out of their extensive catalog
  • Teas to Celebrate Halloween

    Nicole Martin
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It's almost time for trick or treating already. Here are some tasty teas that bring the season to mind. Of course pumpkin teas are a must but nothing says fall like cinnamon and chai spices. These are some of my favorites. What will you be drinking this Halloween? Let me know about it in the comments!  
  • Ippodo Tea Co. Unro Sencha - Take Two

    Nicole Martin
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: small, deep green Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: kyusu Liquor: bright green When I'm craving a really good Japanese green tea, Ippodo's NY shop is always my go to place. I was super psyched when they recently sent me samples of two of their senchas. I reviewed this tea previously back in
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  • Min Hong Gong Fu Black Teas

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

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

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

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

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