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  • Testing Oolong like an electronic piano

    Tea Masters
    Stephane
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    A musician friend gave me a very simple advice to select a good electronic piano (for my children) a few years ago: play the highest and the lowest note on the piano. These 2 notes are the most difficult to get right and natural since they are the most extreme ones. If they sound good, then the notes in between should also sound good. This advice came back to my mind when I read Thomas' review of my Fushou Shan High Mountain Oolong:"This is utterly transcendent tea, unsurpassed, unmistaken. Gao Shan is the best of oolong, as far as I can tell, and this Fu Shou Shan is the very best of Gao…
  • 2009 Mr.Feng BWQ

    New Products from Main Website
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:58 pm
    From memory, I think this might be the first Autumn puerh tea that we've stocked. I don't have anything against Autumn teas, and I think they're generally rather over maligned. I just find they rarely match up to strength of character of a Spring tea. When Mr. Feng sent me a bag of samples from his autumn pressings from the past few years, I must say my excitement was slightly muted. This BWQ was the first one that I opened, and after tasting it I was ready to admit that I needed to reevaluate all my preconceptions about what autumn tea could be. Rather than being slightly muted and flat,…
  • Chinese, X

    The Half-Dipper
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
    swing low sweet chariot, coming forth to carry me home home from China I can smell grass cuttings and blue sky
  • New Product: Nilgiri Broken Orange Pekoe

    News from Upton Tea
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Located in southern India, Nilgiri produces teas similar to those of Ceylon, yet with a distinctive character of their own. This British style Nilgiri is now back in stock. Produces a flavorful cup. Excellent with milk.
  • Tea/vanilla/lobster, a trio of deliciousness

    T Ching
    rwemischner
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    When this festive time of year rolls around, it’s time to pull out all the stops to create a symphony of tastes on the plate. Look no further: here is the winning combination– fragrant vanilla bean and luxurious lobster united by good black tea (my pick is Yunnan Gold for which there are many online and bricks and mortar sources). As a sumptuous main dish on a sparkling holiday buffet, this melding of the crustacean’s richness underpinned by the round mellow taste of vanilla is given a slightly smoky and peppery dimension by the brewed tea. After you have procured the best…
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    New Products from Main Website

  • 2009 Mr.Feng BWQ

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:58 pm
    From memory, I think this might be the first Autumn puerh tea that we've stocked. I don't have anything against Autumn teas, and I think they're generally rather over maligned. I just find they rarely match up to strength of character of a Spring tea. When Mr. Feng sent me a bag of samples from his autumn pressings from the past few years, I must say my excitement was slightly muted. This BWQ was the first one that I opened, and after tasting it I was ready to admit that I needed to reevaluate all my preconceptions about what autumn tea could be. Rather than being slightly muted and flat,…
  • 2004 Chang Yu Hao Yiwu

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:58 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…
  • 1980's Top Grade Wuzhou Liu Bao

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:58 pm
    This 1980's Liu Bao tea comes in a 20kg basket stamped 'Ding Ji Yuan Du' (Top grade from Wuzhou Tea Factory). The leaves are strong and from drinking seem to be from old trees. The brewed tea begins a little light on the first infusion or two, but as it opens up, it becomes exceptionally thick and rich. The brewed tea displays a good vibrance and coats the mouth and throat. Of all the Liu Bao teas I've tasted from this period, this is one of the best. £0.48
  • 1950's Pu Tian Gong Qing (Sealed Jar)

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:58 pm
    From the basket of 1930's-1950's 'Pu Tian Gong Qing' Liu Bao tea opened earlier this year (2014) in Penang. These are sealed Yixing jars containing 125g of the tea, numbered and with a certificate of authenticity. This is really as good as Liu Bao gets. Of all Liu Bao teas, Pu Tian Gong Qing is widely recognised as the best & this basket has had very good storage. For those who'd like to try before committing to a jar, we also sell Pu Tian Gong Qing loose in sample sizes here: 1950's 'Pu Tian Gong Qing' Liu Bao. The storage and quality of these two different baskets are very similar. £625.00
  • 2014 EoT Mengsong Ancient Red

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:58 pm
    This was produced from the same garden and same trees as our Yuan Wei ancient tree puerh tea. These leaves are from the first flush of the 2014 autumn harvest, and composed of very strong, healthy leaves with a large proportion of buds. It has been hand processed at every stage to make an exceptional red tea. We first tasted this a couple of months ago, soon after the harvest & were blown away by it. It takes an exceptional tea to interrupt my daily puerh drinking and I found myself reaching for this again and again in preference. I often find red tea pleasant but lacking in character and…
 
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    The Half-Dipper

  • Chinese, X

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
    swing low sweet chariot, coming forth to carry me home home from China I can smell grass cuttings and blue sky
  • Chinese, IX

    9 Dec 2014 | 9:30 pm
    the mist, sprayed the lilies, plastic - and yet my airport temple my airport temple so careful, your design artificial, yet robust built to withstand the ten-thousand children; each morning - one by one, your dusted leaves; each morning - ink, paper, brush replaced; each morning - your mourning, for you are alone. but wait! he comes! entranced by waterfalls hid behind pillars lanterns
  • If You Want Me to Love You, Don't Give Me Tea

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Sometimes people are so nice to me, and I am so hopelessly bad with people, that even the phrase "douchenozzle" is insufficient to describe the degree of shame that I feel. Take, for example, my dear wife's family in Shanghai.  They are just lovely.  They are sweet, caring, they send our children little parcels with cute padded Chinese jackets that make them look like Confucius - they're
  • Chinese, VIII

    2 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    taxi taxi taxi airport taxi taxi expressway thank you driver you're the laoban - no! you're the laoban!
  • That's the Essence That You're Smelling

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Friends, Romans, Homeboys.  Lend me your ears. 2014 EoT GFZ I have, it must be said, fallen a little behind with my writing here.  You know that I love you (long time), Gentle Reader, and you know that I would never abandon you without good reason.  The reasons are good!  But they are reasons nonetheless.  I could talk about a new academic year.  I could talk about the overwhelming crush
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    News from Upton Tea

  • New Product: Nilgiri Broken Orange Pekoe

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Located in southern India, Nilgiri produces teas similar to those of Ceylon, yet with a distinctive character of their own. This British style Nilgiri is now back in stock. Produces a flavorful cup. Excellent with milk.
  • Our new website

    4 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    During the last few months we have been finishing work on our new website. All of the features present on the old site will remain available to our customers on the new site. One of our primary goals, during this transition, is to avoid radical changes that might discourage customers who are comfortable with the way our old site works.   We are still working on some components including the Ratings/Reviews section, the QuickBuy checkout feature, and certain design elements within the search results and Just For You item lists. We expect construction to be wrapped up before the end…
  • New Product: Yunnan Golden Monkey Imperial

    3 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The attractive black leaves of this fine selection have a generous complement of golden tips. The liquor is velvety smooth, with a complex character and notes of fruit and spice. The bold finish has a wine-like quality, which lingers pleasantly on the palate.
  • New Product: Premium Tie-Guan-Yin Oolong

    3 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    From Fujian province, this selection has a lovely orchid floral aroma, with notes of chestnuts and light fig/raisin hints. The liquor is full-bodied, even with multiple infusions. The finish is clean and lightly sweet.
  • New Product: Season's Pick Oolong Fannings Organic

    3 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Reminiscent of a roasted Tie-Guan-Yin, this fannings grade Oolong infuses in one to two minutes. The smooth cup has an earthy molasses character and a light red apple note, with hints of honey and pecans. The lingering finish has a slight minty note.
 
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    Tea Masters

  • Testing Oolong like an electronic piano

    Stephane
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    A musician friend gave me a very simple advice to select a good electronic piano (for my children) a few years ago: play the highest and the lowest note on the piano. These 2 notes are the most difficult to get right and natural since they are the most extreme ones. If they sound good, then the notes in between should also sound good. This advice came back to my mind when I read Thomas' review of my Fushou Shan High Mountain Oolong:"This is utterly transcendent tea, unsurpassed, unmistaken. Gao Shan is the best of oolong, as far as I can tell, and this Fu Shou Shan is the very best of Gao…
  • Plaisir primal d'un thé métaphysique

    Stephane
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    Depuis la capitale de Taiwan, je remercie la mairie de Paris pour sa proposition d'interdire les feux de cheminée. Voilà une chance de plus d'habiter Taiwan, où il est encore autorisé de faire du feu pour son plaisir. Cette interdiction est aussi l'opportunité de nous rappeler en quoi le feu est fondatelement humain.Dans la Psychanalyse du Feu, Gaston Bachelard écrit: «la contemplation du feu nous ramène aux origines mêmes de la pensée philosophique». C'est autour du feu, depuis la nuit des temps, le nez dans les étoiles, que nos lointains ancêtres ont envisagé l'univers et se…
  • Feeling home at Christmas time

    Stephane
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    2013 Oriental Beauty - TraditionIndoor temperatures are going down in Taiwan, since few people use a heaters. This increases my craving for high oxidized, warming teas. If I were living in a warmly heated apartment in Europe or the USA, I think I would still feel like drinking an unroasted High Mountain Oolong.Using heating in winter or A/C in summer is a way to protect us from extreme temperatures, but it also disconnects us a from nature's change of seasons. This broadens the scope of teas we can feel like drinking, but it also takes away the power of tea to provide us with a natural way to…
  • Des idées de cadeau pour Noël et toute l'année

    Stephane
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    C'est un produit naturel, authentique, issu de terroirs distincts, fait par des fermiers/artisans passionnés. Il provient d'une culture plus que millénaire, d'une grande civilisation, et est devenu un breuvage universel. Petit ou grand, on peut le consommer sans modération, savourer ses arômes et ses bienfaits pour la santé. Le bon thé a vraiment tout pour plaire!Sauf que le thé, comme tout produit alimentaire naturel, est la cible de grands groupes qui cherchent à standardiser, produire en masse et à petits prix en sacrifiant la qualité, le naturel, l'authenticité des feuilles ...
  • Traditions and reinventions: make the tea yours

    Stephane
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:41 pm
    The Sung dynasty (960-1279) powder green tea whisked in a thick, black glazed Jianyang bowl is a good example of reinvention. Nowadays, this type of -originally Chinese- tea method is better known as the quintessential Japanese tea ceremony, Chanoyu. The shift occured with tea master Sen no Rikyû (1522-1591). He had a very good understanding of how to prepare this tea and he used his own culture and philosophy as an inspiration in the process. Instead of relying on very precious and old Sung dynasty wares, he started to use Korean and local ceramics that were utilitarian and had a natural…
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    T Ching

  • Tea/vanilla/lobster, a trio of deliciousness

    rwemischner
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    When this festive time of year rolls around, it’s time to pull out all the stops to create a symphony of tastes on the plate. Look no further: here is the winning combination– fragrant vanilla bean and luxurious lobster united by good black tea (my pick is Yunnan Gold for which there are many online and bricks and mortar sources). As a sumptuous main dish on a sparkling holiday buffet, this melding of the crustacean’s richness underpinned by the round mellow taste of vanilla is given a slightly smoky and peppery dimension by the brewed tea. After you have procured the best…
  • How oolong got its name

    Global Tea Hut
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    The old man sipped his tea. He had never grown weary of that flavor. His father had picked Oolong tea, as had his father’s father and grandfather. And his young grandsons would also one day pick tea just like his daughter did now. It all made sense in a comfortable kind of way. He was proud to be a farmer of Oolong tea, and took pride in the fact that it was the best tea in all the Kingdoms. Even the great emperor, Lord of Heaven and Earth, was said to prefer the taste of Oolong above all else. The old man nodded, agreeing with his own thoughts. He drained his cup and watched his two…
  • tea in a coffee world

    dwalden
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    For me, the Thanksgiving holiday included an incredible day of driving along the Coast Highway in Southern California from Oceanside and down through the little towns that hug the Pacific Ocean at some of its’ most beautiful coastline like Carlsbad, Cardiff, Leucadia, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and La Jolla.  Where retail shops almost meet sand, there is a line-up of eateries and ‘drinkaries’ for miles. Driving along that strip, it seemed every few blocks I saw the coffee signs with various creative names on each shop. Everyone was packed inside and out onto the…
  • Gifts for the tea-o-phile

    Rafe
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    Giving gifts can be wonderful for both the recipient and the giver.  Think about some of the cherished gifts you have received . . . isn’t it delightful how a thoughtful gift brings to mind the one who gave it?  On the other hand, when you think of silly – or thoughtless – gifts you have received, you shake your head in wonder, “What was she/he thinking?” I  think this handy guide – complete with links – will help you to find the perfect gifts for the tea drinkers on your list. TEA: My advice is to stay away from blended teas unless you know your recipient drinks nothing but…
  • Tea

    T Ching
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    Tea When the elephant’s-ear in the park Shrivelled in frost, And the leaves on the paths Ran like rats, Your lamp-light fell On shining pillows, Of sea-shades and sky-shades Like umbrellas in Java. Editor’s note: Wallace Stevens is a poet known for his unique symbolism.  The speaker in this poem is addressing Tea, the “you” in this poem.  You can read an interpretation of the poem here. The post Tea appeared first on T Ching.
 
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    Tea Guy Speaks

  • Çaykur Tea Commercial (Turkey)

    William I. Lengeman III
    13 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper
  • A Chinese Tea Shop Experience in Beijing

    William I. Lengeman III
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
  • Backstage At A Tetley Tea Commercial

    William I. Lengeman III
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    Here's a behind the scenes clip that looks at a recent commercial shoot for Tetley Tea. More video stuff from Tetley here. The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
  • Typhoo Singing Donkeys Tea Commercial

    William I. Lengeman III
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Of all the tea commercials featuring singing donkeys this one may be the best. Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper
  • Advertise at Tea Guy Speaks

    William I. Lengeman III
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Nowadays Tea Guy Speaks has an active Twitter feed with more than 5,000 followers and registers about 15,000 page impressions per month at the Web site. Which is a modest number compared to many sites, but it's safe to say that as we embark on our ninth year we've amassed a rather substantial following in the tea community. If you'd like to try targeting some of the tea lovers who visit us, either through advertising at the site, on our Twitter feed, or a combination of both, send an email to wileng3|at|gmail.com. We'll be happy to send information on our advertising rates.
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    Heaven of Tea

  • Maharaja Chai Eggnog

    My name
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    Maharaja Chai Eggnog Wednesday, December 17, 2014Posted by Admin Celebrate traditional flavors of the season with a Teavana twist by adding a spice infusion to your eggnog. Ingredients SERVES 12 1/4 cup Maharaja Chai Oolong 1/2 gallon favorite ready-made Eggnog Whipped cream Cinnamon sugar topping or nutmeg Dash of brandy, whiskey or rum (optional) Instructions 1. In a 16 oz Perfect Tea Maker, measure 1/4 cup of Maharaja Chai. 2. Fill the Perfectea Maker to the top with hot water (205°F) and steep for 3 minutes. 3.Place Perfectea Maker over pitcher and let brewed chai concentrate cool in…
  • Golden Monkey Tea Soaked Plums

    My name
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Golden Monkey Tea Soaked Plums Thursday, November 20, 2014Posted by Admin Infuse tea into your Thanksgiving spread with Top Chef Hugh Acheson's Golden Monkey Tea Soaked Plums recipe. Serves 4 Ingredients 4 plums 1 tablespoon light brown sugar 1 cup Golden Monkey brewed tea 4 cups plain Greek yogurt 2 tablespoons real maple syrup Instructions 1. Prepare 1 cup of Teavana Golden Monkey tea: Use 1-1.5 tsp of tea per 8oz of water. Heat water to 195-205 degrees F and steep for 2-3 minutes. For stronger flavor, use more tea leaves. 2. Cut each plum in half from North Pole to South Pole. Remove pit.
  • Brews For Comfort Foods

    My name
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Brews For Comfort Foods Thursday, November 20, 2014Posted by Admin Each year we look forward to spreads full of all the tastes of the holiday season. Oolong teas serve as great brews to pair with your Thanksgiving meal. We’ve selected our top six based on flavor profiles suitable for comfort foods. Take a look, make a selection and enjoy your celebration. Cheers! Maharaja Chai Ooolong Tea Maharaja Chai Oolong Tea is a robust infusion full of rich spice notes from cinnamon, ginger, pepper and cloves. Pumpkin Spice Brûlée Oolong Tea Pumpkin Spice Brûlée Oolong…
  • Top 5 Hosting Gifts

    My name
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    Top 5 Hosting Gifts Wednesday, November 12, 2014Posted by Admin The busiest time of year is right around the corner, and finalizing plans to host the holidays is top of mind. Whether you will be opening up your home or bearing gifts for your host or hostess, a holiday tea party is the perfect way to spark a celebration. Infuse your gathering with tea-themed accents that bring the warmth and delight we all look forward to each year. From decorative tins to elegant place settings to cozy cups, you can’t go wrong with the top five hosting gifts on our list. Hosting Gifts Frosted Tea Tins…
  • Gingerbread Tea Cookies

    My name
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:19 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…
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    WordPress Tag: Tea

  • Gain Enlightenment with HOLY BASIL; The power plant!

    Kendra Elizabeth
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Right now I’m on the Big Island of Hawaii. This is my view, in this moment. >> I could talk in circles about this point in time, but I want to talk about something different… Holy Basil! My herbal love. The reason I bring it up is because we were just walking around the recently destroyed farm, looking for any left over herb plants. Unfortunately they were all destroyed. As we were leaving I spotted something, “WAIT!” I walked over to a green and purple bush, “HOLY BASIL!” No, not, “Holy, BASIL!” or “HOLY… BASIL!”…just, “HOLY…
  • First Cup of Tea of the Day

    graycope14
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:56 pm
    “If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.” ― William Ewart Gladstone After a night of sub-zero temperatures, I woke to a blanket of white draped across the world outside. The snow had fallen while we slept. I hadn’t dreamt of snow, but I have been re-reading ‘The Dark is Rising‘ which is full of it – so full that at times it feels like it’s going to drift out from between the pages of the book. I got up early and came downstairs to switch on…
  • File Name: Remember December, Photo Diary

    kabukienigma
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
  • December 2

    bethaniehardie
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:14 pm
    December 2, 1991 Alexander, I wanted to kick the start of the Christmas countdown off with Gabriel a
  • The brown teapot

    charlotteharding35
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    My mum was a child of the 1950’s, a very different world that seems to have been absorbed into history. What do you know about the fifties? Anyway her mum had a brown teapot. It was used every afternoon; my mum would sit there at the table and her afternoon cup of tea would be poured out. One day my mum was given the auspicious task of making the tea. This was even more important because a guest was visiting. My mum nervously boiled the water, poured it into the warmed teapot (everything had to be warmed up in those days) the tea cosy fitted before bringing it through. The cups and milk…
 
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    Gongfu Girl

  • Really, really aged tea

    Cinnabar
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    The role played by tea in the formation of an independent United States is a familiar one, but one aspect of this history that I had never considered before was the possibility that some of the actual tea offloaded in protest into Boston Harbor might be preserved in the archival collections of historians and collectors. Knowing that tea casks, related documents, and other Boston Tea Party artifacts were still in existence, I shouldn’t have been surprised that there is actual tea, but it’s interesting to think about what that tea would be like after contact with salt water, political…
  • Confessions of a Tea Blogger (I was tagged!)

    Cinnabar
    14 Jan 2014 | 10:46 am
    A round of tea blog tag was started last year by Lu Ann (whose name I am tempted to spell “Liu An” since that would make her name a type of tea) of The Cup of Life. Following that original post, which had five tea bloggers tagged in it, there has been a series of people tagging and writing, leading eventually to Michael Coffey of Tea Geek tagging me. So, inspired by obligation, here are my “confessions.” Note: The questions have been the same in each of the related “Confessions of a Tea Blogger” posts. 1) First, let’s start with how you were introduced & fell in love with the…
  • Tea in the Tang Dynasty

    Cinnabar
    29 Aug 2013 | 9:14 am
    This video shows a very elaborate and ceremonial demonstration of a tea gathering by Didi Ryu and two other women, who are not credited by name. I believe that she works for a company called “Golden Damo Puerh Tea,” but I was unable to find any details on the company. The purpose of the demonstration was to prepare and present tea as it would have been done in the late Tang Dynasty, according to the procedures laid out by Lu Yu in the Cha Jing. It appears likely that they also relied on paintings from that time period for some of the stylistic detail. Disclaimer: since I was unable to…
  • Documentary on tea

    Cinnabar
    13 Mar 2013 | 9:00 am
    Take a look at the trailer for a CCTV documentary on tea culture. Note that the gentleman at the end of the trailer is Matthew London, who has done extensive and beautiful photography of tea culture, including powerful portraits of tea people. CCTV – Tea Culture Documentary Trailer #1 from A.J. Marson on Vimeo. Possibly Related Posts: The Northwest Tea Festival is this weekend at Seattle Center Dallying with Darjeeling Blog Carnival Number 8: choose a type of tea and write about how you brew it Not quite synesthesia Tea and Martial Arts
  • Happy new year!

    Cinnabar
    31 Dec 2012 | 6:11 pm
    2012 has been a year filled with an abundance of great teas and great friendships forged through tea. I anticipate no less from 2013. Thank all of you for reading! Possibly Related Posts: The Northwest Tea Festival is this weekend at Seattle Center World Tea Expo, 2012 Han Tea Ceremony at Seattle Chinese Garden San Francisco International Tea Festival, 2012 Come to the Northwest Tea Festival!
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    Tea News Darjeeling

  • Not just Tea, Darjeeling is more in flavor

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:33 am
    The Indian hillside resort is known worldwide for its exported beverage, but the surrounding region offers a taste of neighbouring Tibet, Tony Tharakan finds.Darjeeling, for many people, means tea, but the eponymous hill resort nestled in the Himalayas in India's northeast is also a gateway to spectacular views of the world's third highest peak as well as a rare glimpse of snow leopards and red pandas.There also are reminders of India's colonial past, including a narrow-gauge railway known as the “Toy Train”, which makes a tourist run into the hills under power of a steam…
  • The Perfect cup of Tea: Cheers!

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:15 am
    Drinking the pathetic, really morbid tea bag tea (I had run out of my regular Darjeeling tea) I got thinking about the character of a cup of good tea. It’s almost like wine. Sommeliers might go ga ga over their wine, the connoisseur of tea goes equally ecstatic over the perfect full bodied cup of tea.Tea that has character, has taste, has the quite so perfect colour and aroma. It is not dense and thick but has that exact proportion of water and milk, giving it a texture that is so eminently “sippable” savouring it ever so slowly. You don’t ever gulp down a good cup of tea and so that…
  • 15% rise in Darjeeling Tea prices in Europe

    28 Nov 2012 | 10:50 pm
    Darjeeling Tea has commanded 15% higher rates in Europe this year despite the financial downturn in Europe as quality up-gradation and marketing have boosted margins of the beverage that is widely regarded as the champagne of teas.The industry now hopes to take another leap with plans to join hands with European Trade Commission (ETC) to launch a marketing and generic promotion campaign in EU next year for making a further penetration in the region. Nearly 60%-70 % of Darjeeling's total production of 9 million kg is exported, mainly to Germany, the UK and Japan."This year, the EU buyers have…
  • The ETC and the GTA have agreed to confer the protected geographical indication (PGI) status on Darjeeling Tea

    26 Sep 2012 | 8:50 pm
    KOLKATA: There's good news for the producers of Darjeeling tea, the champagne among tea varieties. The European Trade Council and the German Tea Association have agreed to confer the protected geographical indication (PGI) status on Darjeeling tea, the first commodity from India to get such a tag. This implies that the brew produced only in Darjeeling can be sold as Darjeeling tea in the European Union."As of now, blenders in EU countries generally mix 49% of any tea with 51% of Darjeeling tea and still sell it as Darjeeling tea. But it has now been decided that only those packets that…
  • Darjeeling tea wins purity test

    26 Sep 2012 | 3:15 am
     KOLKATA: The long struggle for Darjeeling tea growers to protect its 'sanctity' is finally over. Only those that are 100% Darjeeling tea can be mentioned as such all over the world. If there is any blend, it has to be mentioned on the packet."The German Tea Association agreed in a recent meeting that any packet labeled as Darjeeling Tea will have 100% Darjeeling tea. If there is any blend, it will be specified on the packet. This will definitely help generate more demand for Darjeeling tea in the European market," S S Bagaria, chairman of Darjeeling Tea Association, told TOI.Darjeeling…
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    Fang Gourmet Tea

  • The Culture of Tea and Tea Ware Expo presented by Fang Gourmet Tea

    3 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
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    26 Dec 2013 | 10:50 am
    The Culture of Tea & Tea Ware Expo12/17/2013 - 1/14/2014, 11:00AM-7:00PM@ 喜來登酒店 Sheraton Laguardia East Hotel Garnet Room(135-20 39th Ave., Flushing, NY 11354)   即免費贈送台灣製精靈壺一把。於現場購買茶展指定茶具,最多可享五折特價優惠。Fairy TeapotEnjoy a season of inspiration!Inviting you to explore the amazing power of the "Purification of Body and Mind" through the energy and art of tea.* Traditional Tea, Floral Tea, Fine Tea Ware *Enjoy a free Fairy Teapot when you buy 3 large size floral tea.
  • The Culture of Tea and Tea Ware Expo 2012

    17 Dec 2012 | 9:30 am
    The Culture of Tea and Tea Ware Expo 芳茗軒茶藝茶器文化展覽 Visit us atwww.fangtea.com 135-25 Roosevelt AvenueFlushing, NY 113541888-888-0216 Enjoy a season of inspiration!* Traditional Tea, Herbal Tea, Fine Tea Ware* Explore the world of Tea  with the unique seminars   * DIY Wheel-Thrown Tea Ware and  Porcelain Painting (weekend special event)   寒冷的冬季, 歡迎您蒞臨茶展, 體驗心曠神怡的溫馨茶品 (週末特別活動) Wellness Puerh Tea @ Sheraton Laguardia East Hotel Garnet Room (135-20 39th Ave., Flushing, NY…
  • Join Fang Gourmet Tea for two special events this November!

    29 Oct 2012 | 10:00 am
    Tea, like never before ... Join Fang Gourmet Tea for two special events this November! Mark your calendar! http://www.fangtea.com/   ~ Tea Expo 2012 ~ Holding the Universe in a Cup of Fine Tea: Well-being Puerh Tea 12/15.2012 (Sat.) ~ 1/28.2013 (Mon.)    November Events: * 11/16 (Friday) 7pm-8:30pm"Your First Experience with Tea" with TheresaEnjoy sharing tea that you brew with your best friends or enjoy the tea brewed by them! Fang Gourmet Tea will provide the tea and tea ware in this relaxing and enjoyable event.  $10/person, limited to 5…
  • Ceramic Art and Tea

    9 Jul 2012 | 10:00 am
    Greetings! Happy Spring! Join us for a cup of fine spring tea from the latest selection: Dragonwell, Xing Yang Miao Jian, and Lao Shan Green Tea.  Witness the gorgeous creations from our featured artist Da Hua Liu.  Sincerely,Fang Gourmet Tea Featured Artist: Ceramic Art Master Da Hua Liu    陶藝名師: 劉大化 創作系列  "From the Clouds and the Mountains"A practical set of tea ware presenting a tranquil, soothing and sophisticated touch.    …
 
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    A Tea Addict's Journal »

  • Childproofing

    MarshalN
    3 Dec 2014 | 8:29 pm
    One of the consequences of having a child who is physically mobile is that having tea the usual way, which means with a piping hot stove, with various breakable teaware, is becoming a bit less practical. I could close the door and drink to my heart’s content, but I prefer not to do that. What it means is many more teas that are drunk grandpa style than ever before. Doing so has affected the choice of tea I drink. One of the things I reach for most frequently now is actually the cheap tuo that I bought a lot of – one reason, of course, is that I have kilos of this tea, but…
  • So about those choices

    MarshalN
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Well, when buying things there’s never a real “correct” answer. There is always someone who’s willing to buy a beachfront property in Kansas. The first thing you might notice about those choices is that they are largely anonymous – the stuff on the left side are mostly cooked puerh, and the right side are raw. The cooked pu are mostly CNNP wrappers, which doesn’t tell you much of anything. The stuff on the right are named, but only just – they are anonymous named tea cakes, in the sense that nobody would’ve heard of them anyhow. The green big…
  • With choices like these…

    MarshalN
    11 Nov 2014 | 11:41 pm
    What would your choice be? Some of these are buy one, get one free (the ones with the parenthesis)
  • 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”
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    Crazy Tea Chick

  • Golden Tips Tea: Review of Delicious Tea and a Beautiful Experience

    Joi
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    As someone who drinks and loves tea like it’s her job, I fully understand the worldwide obsession and fascination with tea. It’s healthy, “green,” and always fresh and delicious. But it goes further than that. We love tea, not only for each of the above reasons, but also for the fact that it’s an experience. At times a beautiful, peaceful, relaxing, and extra special experience. Other times, tea’s an extra special experience similar to a refreshing shower in the morning. That’s what makes tea so uniquely wonderful – it’s an extra special…
  • 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…
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    キッチンなどの水回りはコーティングで汚れを防ぐ

  • 手順や流れ

    chineseteafiles.com
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    水回りの中でも、生活に密接しており、食品を取り扱う場所として、大切な役割を担っているのがキッチンになります。そのため、利用することも多く、コーティングをしっかりと行う必要があります。コーティングを行ったら、メンテナンスを意識しなくてはいけませんが、メンテナンス事態も簡単にすることが出来ます。…
  • 本来とは違う

    chineseteafiles.com
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    フロアのコーティングと同じで、水回りやキッチンのコーティングにも光沢がでます。光沢が出ることで、従来よりも美しく輝く水回りやキッチンを作り出すことができます。またキレイな光沢を出すことができるため、リフォームにも利用される事が多くなっています。…
 
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    travelling teapot

  • My New Tea Table From Keramikstudio

    wilson
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Yes....I got myself another tea table.  Readers will know that I had already a few tea brewing tables and this new addition arrived last week.  Why so many tea tables?  I don't know....maybe open a tea nightclub or something. This large circular tea table measured 18 inches or 46cm across and arrived well packed in a huge carton box all the way from Czech Republic.  Made by Keramikstudio and owned by Petr Novak and his partner Miroslava Randova, this handcrafted woodfired tea table simply captured my imagination that I was willing to shell out US$205…
  • Tieh Kuan Yin - Butterfly Brand

    wilson
    30 Nov 2014 | 10:28 pm
    I was told that this tinned Butterfly brand Tieh Kuan Yin (aka tgy) was considered as one of the expensive tinned tgy.  Retailing for about $30 or US$25, you get 250g worth of tgy sealed in a aluminum foiled bag and packed in a tall metal tin to ensure the tea leaves do not get broken till sold.  I am starting to drink and explore the world of oolong and went recently on an oolong shopping day.    I am unable to resuscitate my wallet after my oolong purchase.  I can understand now why serious oolong drinkers use small teapots to brew their…
  • The Thirsty Games

    wilson
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Welcome to the first edition of The Thirsty Games!Yes, this contest pits teacup against teacup.  The rules are simple - no violence and no breaking of teacups.  In fact, no contact whatsoever among teacups.  Teacups will not be judged by their physical appearance, size or color but they will be assessed by the tea. This simply meant that tea will be poured into the teacups and the tea will be judged cup by cup.  Yes, expert tea drinkers worldwide had attested that the material of a teacup can affect the taste and aroma of the tea.  I decide to take out a few of my…
  • Puerh Tea Bag - Butterfly Brand

    wilson
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:34 pm
    I received a call from a local tea drinker friend.   He had read my blog about Bao Ding brand of pu erh tea bags (link).  My friend loves his cup of pu erh and like me, will take along pu erh tea bags when he is traveling or attending long meetings.  He called me to say that the Butterfly brand of pu erh teabags are better than mine.  It is very interesting to compare notes among fellow tea drinkers.  There will be different opinions on a tea even if it was served to a group of tea drinkers at a tea session.   I believed a cup of tea will appeal differently…
  • Tea Caddy

    wilson
    8 Nov 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Storage of tea is an important aspect in your hobby of drinking and collecting Chinese tea. This will enable your tea to store well and in some teas to aged properly.General rules of tea storage are pretty simple.  Tea should be kept away from odours, light and humidity.  The dried Chinese tea leaves in our collection absorbs smells and moisture easily and in many instances may damage your tea and make brewing the tea unpleasant or less desirable.  Green teas like Longjing must be stored very well.  They would lose their green lustre as well as a reduction in…
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    Peony Tea S.

  • Changes to Delivery Policy (Local)

    Derek
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Dear Valued Customers, As you are probably aware, one of our modes of delivery for local customer has been Next Day Delivery for the past two years and we have been happy with Ta-Q-Bin thus far. Since 1st Oct 2014, Ta-Q-Bin has increased their delivery rates by $1 across the board with $2 for same day delivery which you can read about here. Thus far we have absorbed the price increase ($6 and free for purchases above $65) to avoid disruption to the arrangements that our customers are accustomed to. Yet this has been unsustainable, not just in terms of costs but operationally as well. The good…
  • Announcement: Break from 14th to 24th July 2014

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

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

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

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

  • Aiya Tea Matcha to Go Stick-Packs

    Nicole Martin
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: Japan Leaf Appearance: deep green, powdered Ingredients: matcha green tea, soluble corn fiber Steep time: n/a Water Temperature: cold Preparation Method: waterbottle Liquor: deep green I really love matcha but it can be hard to make on the go. When I'm at work, my prep area is virtually non-existent so ease of use is a must. That's why I was so happy when +Aiya America
  • Sense Asia All of Vietnam in One Box

    Nicole Martin
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    It's usually my policy to never write about something here without trying it myself first. In this case I'm making an exception because this is a truly extraordinary collection of teas. Sense Asia has put together 32 different teas, all from Vietnam. I was immediately struck by their unique approach. Included with the collection is a book containing profiles of Vietnamese people from all walks
  • Hankook Tea Teuksun Green Tea

    Nicole Martin
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: South Korea Leaf Appearance: small, deep green Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 180 degrees Preparation Method: kyusu Liquor: pale green Korean teas are fairly new to me but I've been enjoying them very much lately thanks to +HANKOOK TEA. This one hails from the Honam Tea Estate in South Korea. I thought it was interesting because it is a blend
  • Cameron Tea Taiwan Beipu Black Tea - Oriental Beauty

    Nicole Martin
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: Taiwan Leaf Appearance: small, curly and dark with scattered white tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 30 seconds Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: porcelain gaiwan Liquor: dark reddish amber Oriental Beauty is one of my favorite oolongs. This one was interesting because it is actually a black tea, meaning that the leaves have been 100% oxidized. Just as
  • On The Daily Tea - Tea Tutorial: Gaiwans

    Nicole Martin
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Following the theme of my latest podcast episode, I've penned an article for +The Daily Tea all about gaiwans. They have been my go to brewing method for many years now. I really enjoy the concentrated flavor and increased level of control that they provide. Have you ever used a gaiwan? Let me know about your experiences in the comments over there! Check it out on The Daily Tea here { "@
 
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    Goodwyn Tea - News

  • Teammates- What's your Pick?

    Seemantini Bose
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:46 pm
    What's your tea accompanied by? A good book, your favorite cookies, muffins? What's your idea of tea time?More
  • 10th International Tea Day- Let’s Chai!

    Seemantini Bose
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:10 pm
    On this 10th International Tea Day, let’s delve deeper into the importance of tea in our lives. A seemingly regular cup of tea is much more than just a beverage. It is perhaps the only beverage that is beyond class and creed. That perfect cup of steaming tea, kick-starts the day, keeps you going through the pressing afternoon, rejuvenates after a long tiring day and puts you to bed at night. Tea energizes and keeps you healthy. It brings family and friends closer, binds strangers and brew friendships over a cuppa! In India, a tea party is more than just a gathering. It is where ideas are…
  • All about Teabags- The Story

    Seemantini Bose
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:41 pm
    How much do you know about your favorite teabag? Have you ever wondered, who might have come up with this fascinating concept of tea dips to make tea making easier? I bet not! The legend of teabag is quite interesting- just as your cuppa and here’s why. The story of teabags: Most amazing inventions through the history of mankind have been results of chance and coincidence. Or necessity, as they say. Whatever it is, Thomas Sullivan certainly didn't have it in his mind prior to the moment he figured out an alternative to metal tin cans for shipping his tea samples. In the 20th century, tea…
  • My First Visit to the Tea Garden. That's how it Started.

    Rahul Sirohia
    2 Dec 2014 | 2:47 am
    Three years back, just after school (12th), while most of my friends were leaving for further studies or a leisure trip; I made my way to one of our tea gardens in Assam.  While I was waiting for the flight, I ran my decision in the head several times. “Was I doing the right thing? Was it too early?” Moreover, the thought of all my friends having a gala time didn't make me feel any good. Soon I reached ‘Kenduguri’ tea garden. I won’t be exaggerating if I say; I was not quite prepared for the sight that welcomed me. I have always heard my family talk about the ‘chai bagaans’,…
  • Some more tea? Aye!

    Seemantini Bose
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:50 pm
    The second most popular beverage on earth and you still don’t trust tea?! Yes, some of us are warming up to the idea of tea being a healthier drink, but do we really know what’s exactly brewing inside that kettle? Also, the tea myths and misconceptions surrounding it do not help. So, here we raise our cup to killing all the tea myths by answering common tea queries. Here we go!  Does tea make the skin turn darker? Absolutely not! Tea has no such ingredient that can darken your skin color. In fact, multiple researches over time have proved that tea is rich in antioxidants and ‘white…
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