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  • Arrived!!!

    The Essence of Tea - Blog & News
    david
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    I arrived in Malaysia just over a week ago, and have spent a busy week buying the essentials for our apartment and sorting out our tea storage. A few days ago, our 2014 tea arrived from China and I’ve just finished writing notes, taking photos and putting them online. Apologies for the poor photos… we’re still waiting for our photography lights to arrive with our shipment from the UK. That shipment should arrive here in a couple of weeks, and with it the bulk of our stock of tea and pots! Until the end of September, we’re offering free worldwide shipping for orders…
  • When Someone Asks You If You Are a God

    The Half-Dipper
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    ...you know what to say. Likewise, when someone asks you if you want to try seven samples of decent tea from around Yunnan, you say YES. While we're on the subject, it is a truism that my entire childhood was changed when I first heard the following: "Everything was fine until dickless here turned off the power grid." "Is this true?" "Yes it's true.  This man has no dick." I was
  • New Product: Blackwood Estate Organic Green

    News from Upton Tea
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The leaves of this selection range in color from willow green to dark olive and yield a full-bodied liquor. The cup has an interesting citrus nuance. The nose has a fresh quality and sweet hints. The Blackwood garden is known for producing some of the finest organic teas in Sri Lanka.
  • 3 ways to combine tea with a meal

    Tea Masters
    Stephane
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
    Seafood and white wineTea and wine share many similarities. The pairing of food and tea follows the same functions as with wine has. It's in Chaozhou, the place where gongfu cha originated, that the Chinese have pushed the interactions between fine tea and food the furthest. In traditional Teochew restaurants (= serving Chaozhou/Chaoshan cuisine), a strongly roasted Oolong is served when guests arrive.1. Tea as appetizerThis strong Oolong used to be a Yan Cha for the best restaurants or a roasted Tie Guan Yin. The function of this tea is like a Champagne during an aperitif. It's goal is to…
  • Tea in the garden

    T Ching
    dwalden
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    I love decorating magazines, architecture magazines, and gardening magazines.  If I had the extra time, I’d probably spend a lot of it sitting in my own backyard garden – matured like me over the years – familiar and comfortable,  drinking tea and looking at pictures of other people’s . . .  gardens that is, not tea.  Tea is what I’ll drink while doing it. The kind of tea I choose depends not only on my mood, but on how the garden feels on any given day.  On hot days, I might choose a tall tumbler of iced Lavender Earl Grey, brewed gently to let the lavender…
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    The Essence of Tea - Blog & News

  • Arrived!!!

    david
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    I arrived in Malaysia just over a week ago, and have spent a busy week buying the essentials for our apartment and sorting out our tea storage. A few days ago, our 2014 tea arrived from China and I’ve just finished writing notes, taking photos and putting them online. Apologies for the poor photos… we’re still waiting for our photography lights to arrive with our shipment from the UK. That shipment should arrive here in a couple of weeks, and with it the bulk of our stock of tea and pots! Until the end of September, we’re offering free worldwide shipping for orders…
  • 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…
 
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    The Half-Dipper

  • When Someone Asks You If You Are a God

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    ...you know what to say. Likewise, when someone asks you if you want to try seven samples of decent tea from around Yunnan, you say YES. While we're on the subject, it is a truism that my entire childhood was changed when I first heard the following: "Everything was fine until dickless here turned off the power grid." "Is this true?" "Yes it's true.  This man has no dick." I was
  • Nursery Breakfast

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    nursery breakfast feeding from the rubbish bins the baby fox
  • You're a Dinosaur - A Relic of the Cold War

    21 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Despite M's famous words, sometimes it's OK to be a relic of the Cold War. Today, I am going to show you some photographs of black, gloopy teas from bygone days, one of which is definitely from the Cold War period.  All three of these teas were provided by Teaclassico, a splendid outfit of which I have written before. 1999 Tongcanghao First up: shupu.  It's cooked, it's composted, and
  • The Tired Father

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    the tired father trying to sleep in a field full of grasshoppers
  • White Tea

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Be calmed, Gentle Reader.  Despite the title of this article, the Half-Dipper has not started a baicha regime; instead, we focus on a trio of pu'ercha (hoorah) from white2tea.  We're not quite so desperate as to start drinking baicha.  Yet. 2003 Keyixing Regular readers will know that I have enjoyed plenty of the teas on offer from white2tea, up to and including some of the Taochaju
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    News from Upton Tea

  • New Product: Blackwood Estate Organic Green

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The leaves of this selection range in color from willow green to dark olive and yield a full-bodied liquor. The cup has an interesting citrus nuance. The nose has a fresh quality and sweet hints. The Blackwood garden is known for producing some of the finest organic teas in Sri Lanka.
  • New Product: Tea Bank FBOPF Ex. Spl.

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Complemented by a modest amount of silver tips, the attractive leaves of this tea have a rich aroma with notes of spice. The dark cup has a light bracing quality with a delicate molasses aroma. The flavor shows a hint of caramel sweetness with hints of vanilla.
  • New Product: Idulgashinna Estate Organic Green OP

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This selection from the ever popular Idulgashinna Estate has a smooth liquor with a full, round flavor profile and sweet, lingering finish. The Orange Pekoe leaves yield a mildly pungent cup with subtle notes of sweet corn and celery.
  • New Product: Lumbini Estate FBOPF Ex. Spl.

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Ceylon teas in this leaf style have become a staple in our catalog, and are increasingly popular. The long, pointed leaves are well-made, yielding a liquor with notes of caramel and dark raisins, as well as subtle chocolate aromatics. A very pleasant tea that can be enjoyed with milk or plain.
  • New Product: Huangshan Mao Feng

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Produced in An Hui province, this classic green tea yields a smooth, complex cup. The flavor profile has a note of steamed peas, with hints of popped corn. This tea is one of China's "Ten Famous Teas", a traditional list containing what was purported to be the best teas produced in China long ago.
 
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    Tea Masters

  • 3 ways to combine tea with a meal

    Stephane
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:26 am
    Seafood and white wineTea and wine share many similarities. The pairing of food and tea follows the same functions as with wine has. It's in Chaozhou, the place where gongfu cha originated, that the Chinese have pushed the interactions between fine tea and food the furthest. In traditional Teochew restaurants (= serving Chaozhou/Chaoshan cuisine), a strongly roasted Oolong is served when guests arrive.1. Tea as appetizerThis strong Oolong used to be a Yan Cha for the best restaurants or a roasted Tie Guan Yin. The function of this tea is like a Champagne during an aperitif. It's goal is to…
  • Test : 2 ans de stockage

    Stephane
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    J'arrive à la fin de mon stock de (mon excellente) Beauté Orientale de 2012. En haut, à droite, on voit mon dernier paquet de 150 grammes. Je viens de l'ouvrir après l'avoir reçu ainsi il y a 2 ans. Cela me donne l'envie de comparer ces feuilles avec ce même thé conservé dans une grande jarre qinghua (en haut à gauche). Je l'avais remplie de ce même Oolong il y a 2 ans. Cette jarre est maintenant pratiquement vide. Ce sont donc les feuilles du bas que j'utilise à gauche pour cette comparaison (et cela explique pourquoi elles sont un peu plus petites). A part la taille, il n'y pas…
  • Honoring life with a great tea

    Stephane
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    These leaves are a Bai Ji Guan Yan Cha from spring 2012. This type of cultivar produces one of the lightest and finest tea in Wuyi. Its roasting level is lower than that of Shuixian or Rouguei. And it's so pure and good that I feel comfortable not using an Yixing teapot, but a gold plated silver teapot.Another reason for using this small teapot is its great 'fuel efficiency'! Real Yan Cha is much more expensive than Taiwan's high mountain Oolong. The high heat conductivity of silver translates into a greater flavor extraction capability. This means that fewer leaves suffice for a good…
  • Thés en été à Taiwan

    Stephane
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    Le thé en extérieur donne une saveur, une dimension gustative fleurie et douce à mes sorties estivales. Ici, lors d'un barbecue familial, sur les hauteurs de SanHsia, je conjugue un Oolong de Shan Lin Xi aux plaisirs des grillades.La légerté de ce Gao Shan Oolong se marie bien avec les crevettes et fruits de mers grillés. Il a quelque chose de marin, ce Shan Lin Xi printanier...Très fleuri aussi.La journée précédente, je l'avais passée à la plage! C'est un des avantages de Taiwan: mers et montagnes sont toutes proches. Chacun de ces endroits est à moins d'une heure de voiture!La…
  • A 19th century tradition for the 21st century tea business

    Stephane
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    I received a call for help from a fellow tea lover and tea seller who has been re-selling my teas for several years in Europe:"(...)The problem is I am still struggling to sell Taiwan teas in solid amounts, because there is too much cheap competition on market and people prefer cheap over good here... I simply do not know how to break the wall of this low-price focus on my customers side and how to beat the competition which is really big here (about 10 wholesalers selling Taiwan teas here, maybe more, that's simply too too much for such a small market...)I would like to sell your teas and…
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    T Ching

  • Tea in the garden

    dwalden
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    I love decorating magazines, architecture magazines, and gardening magazines.  If I had the extra time, I’d probably spend a lot of it sitting in my own backyard garden – matured like me over the years – familiar and comfortable,  drinking tea and looking at pictures of other people’s . . .  gardens that is, not tea.  Tea is what I’ll drink while doing it. The kind of tea I choose depends not only on my mood, but on how the garden feels on any given day.  On hot days, I might choose a tall tumbler of iced Lavender Earl Grey, brewed gently to let the lavender…
  • Back seven: entertaining guests with tea

    Phyll Sheng
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    When my wife and I have guests at our home, serving tea is a part of our tradition and something that requires a bit of thinking ahead. As overzealous hosts we often prepare meals in courses (and always too much). It is usually right before desserts that a mini dilemma would set in: What tea to serve and how? In our home, desserts are almost always accompanied with tea. I generally am not in the habit of offering my guests any digestif or dessert wines, though should the mood strike I always have a ready supply. Tea is still my – and my wife’s – preference after a hearty meal. Since…
  • Pesticides? Not in my tea!

    Michelle Rabin
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:03 am
    Those of us who are part of the organic movement are painfully aware of the hazards of pesticides in our foods.  Because we perceive tea to be a healthy beverage, we might not think about pesticides being associated with the produce.  With conventionally grown tea however, pesticides are a concern that consumers need to be aware of.  I came across a disturbing article written by Dan Bolton that underlines these concerns. It appears that the tea grown in India for domestic use has significant amounts of pesticide residue in it.  “During the period June 2013 through May 2014…
  • Global Tea Hut: Affecting Change

    Global Tea Hut
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human one. Everywhere you go you can’t help meeting people who are more spiritually aware of concepts like equanimity, mindfulness, compassion, Being, presence, meditation, surrender, forgiveness and so on. More and more conscious communities are arising and lending themselves to causes greater than pursuit of personal profit, in service of all beings. Spiritual work is, after all, ultimately about transcendence and service to others. Being committed to a spiritual or Dhammic life means the choices you…
  • Good Medicine: a tea lounge in Hood River!

    Rafe
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Good news, Good news!  Hood River, Oregon finally has a tea lounge!  I’m sure you’ve heard of a “tea parlor” – which conjures uncomfortable seating in a chilly, unused room. You’ve also, no doubt, heard the term “Tea House,” evoking a small Victorian two-story, complete with gingerbread trim.  Think tea lounge: a comfortable, warm place where you can order a cup of quality whole leaf brew and rest yourself while you sip. Rated #4 in Top Ten Small Towns, Hood River has year-round recreation on land, water, mountains, and air.  Scores of…
 
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    Tea Guy Speaks

  • Tea Guy Speaks Summer Hiatus

    William I. Lengeman III
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    As it turns out, Tea Guy Speaks has embarked upon a brief hiatus during this fine summer. There's still plenty of stuff to look at in our archive and we'll be back sometime before autumn arrives. Thanks, as always, for visiting. Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
  • Stop Motion PG Tips Fan Video

    William I. Lengeman III
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    By way of the Just PG Tips fan site. Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
  • 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
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    Heaven of Tea

  • Iced Chai Cocktails

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

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

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

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

    My name
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Limeade Twist Pie Friday, July 25, 2014Posted by Admin Use Limeade Twist tea to upgrade your traditional Key Lime Pie recipe. Ingredients Graham Cracker pie crust (9 inch, cooled) 1 14oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk 1 egg 4 tsp Limeade Twist tea ¼ cup freshly-squeezed lime juice Whipped cream Lime Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 325°F. 2. Brew 4 tsp Limeade Twist tea in Perfect Tea Maker at 208°F; strain and cool to room temperature. 3. Mix egg and sweetened condensed milk. 4. Add in ¼ cup tea and ¼ cup lime juice until just mixed. 5. Pour into pie crust and bake until just set, about 15…
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  • 10 Things I will ALWAYS miss about Japan

    sahelland
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I spent almost exactly two years in Japan, and it’s impossible to describe the depth of my experiences there. Good and bad, I know that everything I’ve encountered in that country have made me a stronger, more confident person. I’ve changed so much that I’m not even sure I’m the same person I was when I arrived. It’s been about a month since I returned to Canada. I originally planned to get this post written while I was still in Japan, but being back has given me some time to reflect on Japan and to adjust to my home country, and I think I’ve got a better perspective on this…
  • 1 September 2014

    JP-Photography/iwillbehomesoon
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Yixing Clay Teapots Traditional clay teapots in a shop. In some streets there are rows of shops all selling the same… The tradition of teapot making started in this area of Eastern Jiangsu Province during the Ming Dynasty period. I was given one these and was told they would increase in value, especially if I would use it daily so the flavor of the tea is absorbed by the pot. One warning; if you pour boiling water into it, it will break. You have to wait until the water cools down to about 85 degrees (Celsius). I am not taking any risk, so I am not using my treasure at the moment.
  • Earl Grey

    clieona
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Tea of the day: Earl Grey by Stash tea Description: Stash uses superior grades of Ceylon black tea from Sri Lanka and black teas from China for our Earl Grey. We strive for a distinctive tea flavor that is not overwhelmed by the pungent citrus, and we use only 100% pure bergamot oil, not a mixture. Smells rich and fully and nicely of citrus when dry. Steeped, smells much the same, thought slightly more citrusy. Strong, but with a pleasant citrus aftertaste that makes it quite drinkable.  After a second steep, the tea is still quite strong, but the citrus flavor is stronger Liquor is a dark,…
  • Day 232 // August 20

    Meg Rafferty
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:23 pm
    Perks of living in a small town
  • A Classic British Tea Party

    SAFbakes
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Tea Party Spread An afternoon tea party is one of the little pleasures that us Brits enjoy. From ‘too-cool-for-tea-and-cake’ teens to your grumpy granddad; no one can pass up a spread of treats this delicious, even if it means having to sip English tea from poncey china tea cups. Afternoon teas can range from a simple ‘cream tea’ with a freshly baked scone topped with clotted cream and jam (or is it jam, then clotted cream-let the Devon/Cornwall debate begin), to the full shebang that is ‘high tea’, complete with mini sandwiches and quiches, cakes, tarts,…
 
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    A Tea Addict's Journal

  • Travel with no tea

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • White Tea and Wrinkle Prevention

    Joi
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:39 am
    We all know that tea is magical. A tall glass of iced tea or a piping hot mug of tea can transform even the most ordinary day into an extra special day.  Not only is it delicious, it’s healthy.  For those who love White Tea, new research suggests that it may be as good for the way you look as it is for the way you feel. According to a recent lab study, extracts in white tea exert an anti-inflammatory effect that slows the breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers — those super-supportive intracellular structures that skin needs to stay firm and wrinkle-free. While more studies…
  • Moroccan Tea Mints – With Matcha, Peppermint, and Spearmint

    Joi
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    The delicious Teavana Moroccan Mint Green Tea Breath Mints, pictured above, are blended with real matcha tea.  The peppermint and spearmint oils leave you with minty breath that smells as good as the mints taste. These mints are exclusive to Teavana and come in a beautiful container sporting the wonderful Teavana logo. Click through for more information!
  • Adorable Christmas Tea Pots

    Joi
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    You may think it’s early for me to start thinking about Christmas, but I’ll let you in on a little secret… I never actually stop thinking about Christmas. I love to fill my home and life with as much things that totally embrace the season as possible – from the kitchen to the bathroom. Heck, even my iPhone and vehicle get decked out. The adorable tea pots in this post are must haves for tea lovers during the Christmas season. They make beautiful gifts – just be sure to grab at least one for yourself, otherwise the temptation to keep it when you see it may be too…
  • Back to Back Polka Dot Posts? Why The Heck Not?!

    Joi
    5 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    I realize I JUST did a post for polka dot loving tea drinkers, but when I saw these Set of Four (4) 15-oz Colorful Polka Dots Mason Jar Beverage Cups ~ 4 Clear Glass Drink Cups with Metal Lid, Straw Included, I knew I’d be pulling a back-to-back. So here we go… This adorable set includes four glass Mason Jar Beverage Cups with colorful polka dots metal lids & straws.  Naturally they’re perfect for lemonade, smoothies, protein drinks, iced water, and juice – but, you know me, all I can envision in them is iced tea. Lots and lots of iced tea. While they’d…
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  • Jasmine Special Grade Green Tea from Simple Loose Leaf

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf here. Tea Description: Enjoyed for centuries in China, Jasmine tea is an extremely popular scented tea. Special Grade Jasmine is a quality green tea with long, dark twisted leaves and sweet jasmine buds that produces a blonde liquor and delicate jasmine flavor. A delicious tea for any occasion.Ingredients:  Jasmine Special Grade Green Tea Learn more about this tea here. Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf’s Selection Club subscription program here. Taster’s Review: I think that August's Selection Club box from…
  • Caramel Banana flavored Honeybush Tisane from 52Teas

    31 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Tisane Information: Leaf Type:  Honeybush Where to Buy:  52Teas Tisane Description: One of the things I always love doing with our flavored teas is creating combinations that might be really messy or not look as pretty as something attempted in a real dessert.  Case in point, this week's tea.  Caramel apples are abundant.  Everyone knows about caramel apples, but why couldn't you have a caramel banana? I imagine it might be messy and probably the texture would be odd--chewy, gooey caramel on the outside of a sweet, ripe banana.  So maybe it wouldn't be pretty and maybe the contrast of…
  • Whole Leaf Green Tea with Essence of Citrus and Pomegranate from Eden Grove

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Green Where to Buy:  Amazon Trading Ingredients: Green tea with natural citrus & pomegranate flavors. Learn more about Amazon Trading here. Taster’s Review: When I read the name of this tea, I was pretty sure I'd enjoy it - I like citrus flavors in tea and I like pomegranate teas, so I felt pretty confident that this tea would be one I liked. And it's alright.  I'm getting a fair amount of both flavor profiles, I can taste the bright and tangy notes of citrus fruit and I can taste the sweet-tart notes of pomegranate. The green tea is a smooth, buttery…
  • Pick Me Up Peach White Tea Blend from Inca Tea

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  White Where to Buy:  Inca Tea Tea Description: Being our first caffeinated blend we wanted it to embody a refreshing yet clean taste. Its a rejuvenating combination of white tea, lush peaches and sweet herbs. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: Ah!  Peaches!  As soon as I tore into the pouch holding the pyramid sachet of this Pick Me Up Peach White Tea, the aroma of peach filled the room!  The fragrance is very abundantly PEACH! And the taste is also very abundantly peach.  Sweet, luscious peach - which is perfect for this time of year when…
  • Lady Earl Grey Black Tea Blend from Simple Loose Leaf

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf here. Tea Description: Our very popular Earl Grey blend of citrus bergamot over an extraordinary Nilgiri Black Tea with the added indulgence of Vanilla. This mouthwatering combination is the perfect invigorating treat. For the famed "London Fog" effect, add steamed milk and enjoy a smooth and creamy delight.Ingredients:  South Indian Flower Orange Pekoe Black Tea, Earl Grey Flavor, Vanilla Flavor, Cornflowers Learn more about this tea here. Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf’s Selection Club subscription program…
 
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  • Sea Dyke Ti Kuan Yin Red Tin

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

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

    wilson
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:31 am
    Yes, I am aware that the Chinese mid autumn is about a month's time away and that's when we are suppose to eat moon cakes.  But..... I love moon cakes and they are already available in the stores.  In fact, this box of moon cakes were from Hong Kong.  The pu erh tea cake in the pix was from Hong Kong too.  It is produced by Fuhai tea factory and was a generous gift from Hong Kong's most famous tea blogger, Marshaln whom I met early this year.  Life as a tea drinker is good.  Moon cakes and great tea. Now which teapot should I use?
  • Tea Bag News

    wilson
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The following  article appeared in the Irish Examiner , 26 July 2014, and is well written by Dan Buckley. (link)  entitled  "What shape of tea bag should you buy for a better brew?"It was a question that might have puzzled the Sphinx, but the answer lies in a simple pyramid.Due to a storm in a teacup, the question of whether a pyramid-shaped tea bag or a round tea bag brews the best cup of tea has finally been answered — by the British Advertising Standards Authority of all people.The makers of Tetley tea bags are probably wishing they’d had a nice hot cuppa instead of…
  • 2006 Langhe 9579 Ripe Pu erh

    wilson
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    I am impressed with the pu erh produced by Langhe Tea Factory.  The ripe and raw cakes I had drank (see my earlier blogs) were to me, very good and this ripe cake I had opened was not a disappointment either.This is a 2006 Langhe ripe cake.  Unlike wines where names are given to the wines, pu erh cakes are named with a 4 digit number, which in this instance is 9579.  Yes, it is quite difficult to remember these numbers especially when these numbers are only used by a specific tea factory, and tracking down such teas may be a challenge when you are in a…
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    Tea For Me Please

  • The Daily Tea: A Beginner's Guide to Green Tea

    Nicole Martin
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    +The Daily Tea and I are kicking off a series of tutorials for beginners with an article all about green tea. I'll be comparing eastern and western brewing methods. More articles will be following over the next few months about each category of tea. Check it out on their site now!A Beginner's Guide to Green TeaWhat is your favorite type of green tea? Do you have a tip or trick that I missed? Let me know about it in the comments!
  • Onward, Upward and Outward

    Nicole Martin
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Life has been a bit crazy for the last few months. While I've managed to keep the blog going I've been worried about not being able to give it my all. For those of you who don't already know, I am no longer the manager at Tea Drunk. I won't go into the nitty gritty here so let's just say that I learned a lot. While searching for a new career move, I interviewed with quite a few different tea companies. That was definitely an interesting experience. Could you believe that one company didn't hire me because I didn't look alternative enough? Too bad I still haven't gotten that tea tattoo I…
  • Hankook Tea Brown Rice Green Tea

    Nicole Martin
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: KoreaLeaf Appearance: deep green, lots of roasted riceIngredients: green tea, roasted brown riceSteep time: 3 minutesWater Temperature: 200 degreesPreparation Method: mesh infuser and testubinLiquor: pale greenI have been wanting to try this tea ever since I saw Bonnie write about it on Thirsty for Tea. I have a weakness for genmaicha but this isn't just any brown rice tea. It's South Korean! There is a higher ration of leaves to rice than you will usually see in a genmaicha and the rice is roasted rather than popped. I rarely make an entire pot of tea but this one called…
  • White2Tea 2002 White Whale

    Nicole Martin
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: ChinaLeaf Appearance: somewhat dark, tightly compressedIngredients: puerh teaSteep time: 30 secondsWater Temperature: 212 degreesPreparation Method: porcelain gaiwanLiquor: dark amberI cannot stress enough what an awesome vendor +White2Tea is. I posted a total newbie question on TeaChat about how to tell the difference between "ancient" and young plantation teas. Paul reached out privately offering samples that he thought would help me to understand. Included in the treasure trove that arrived a few weeks later was a brick of White Whale. I had heard quite a…
  • The Everything Healthy Tea Book by Babette Donaldson

    Nicole Martin
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Health benefits can be a touchy subject when it comes to tea. They aren't a factor for me personally but they are what leads many people to their love of the leaf. That being said, I've always thought that was time that we had a fair and balanced book on the subject. The Everything Healthy Tea Book just might be what I've been looking for. I met Babette Donaldson at World Tea Expo and was lucky enough to receive a press copy. Although it is soft cover, this book still weighs in at 304 pages.Although health claims are discussed in depth, there are scientific studies sited. I love that! I have…
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    Boston Teawrights » A Teawright’s Blog

  • Where Your Tea Will Come From

    Louise Lumia
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    In Louise's final post as Summer intern, she discusses where our own tea comes from--the heart of Taiwan, Nantou County.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 Boston and Cambridge in the last three years I’ve been here. There always seems to be new and exciting things happening in the area! Up until a year ago, I was exclusively a coffee drinker, aside from an occasional cup of…
  • How Crafty is Tea: Part 4

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

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

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

    Talia Hirsch
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Well, it’s time for interview number three. I don’t know about you all, but I have loved getting to hear different perspectives on the unique process of crafting tea. It’s been great to understand what makes for a tea enthusiast, whether it is past experience or memory, or a passion for exotic and handmade experiences. […]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…
 
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    Teablr

  • Gong Ting Jin Hao Ripe Pu-erh from Hojo Tea

    Teablr
    24 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    High grade small ripe pu-erh cake, made of tiny golden leaves. Best ripe puer I've tried yet. Continue reading → The post Gong Ting Jin Hao Ripe Pu-erh from Hojo Tea appeared first on Teablr.
  • Red Dragon Pearls from Teasenz

    Teablr
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Southern Yunnan red tea medium size pearls from Teasenz tea store. Honey sweet. Continue reading → The post Red Dragon Pearls from Teasenz appeared first on Teablr.
  • Teasenz Samples Arrived

    Teablr
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Got Teasenz shop samples and testing them hard. Will post some reviews soon. Continue reading → The post Teasenz Samples Arrived appeared first on Teablr.
  • Superfine Taiwan Qing Xiang Dong Ding from TeaVivre

    Teablr
    14 Jun 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Very nice Taiwanese oolong tea, mostly intact small leaves carefully folded into small pearls. Flowery aroma and not roasted. Good to drink during summer months. Continue reading → The post Superfine Taiwan Qing Xiang Dong Ding from TeaVivre appeared first on Teablr.
  • Bai Mu Dan – Nonpareil from eSGreen

    Teablr
    1 Jun 2014 | 7:29 am
    BaiMuDan is my favorite kind of tea I use to drink everyday. This one is interesting and classy. Continue reading → The post Bai Mu Dan – Nonpareil from eSGreen appeared first on Teablr.
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    Shan Valley - Tea Matters

  • What is In Green Tea That Makes it So Good For You?

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

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

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

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

  • A “Guilt Tea” pleasure exclusively crafted for the 2014 Emmy Nominees

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

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

    tealeaves
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:24 am
    Read this “how-to” guide on garnishes, galore! read more The post Dress To Impress – Accessorize Your Iced Teas appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • Chef Alex Chen’s Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar: A Feast Fit For A Foodie

    tealeaves
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Returning home from LA’s famous Beverly Hills Hotel, Chef Alex brings a new taste to Vancouver’s already great food scene. read more The post Chef Alex Chen’s Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar: A Feast Fit For A Foodie appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • Chef Charlie Ayers’ Mahogany Salmon Marinade

    tealeaves
    5 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Enjoy this latest Tealeaves’ recipe and see for yourself why the movers and shakers of our modern world seek out Chef Charlie’s food experiences.  read more The post Chef Charlie Ayers’ Mahogany Salmon Marinade appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
 
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