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  • 1970's Y562 Shu Puerh

    New Products from Main Website
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    This is a very nice 'Gong Ting' grade Shu puerh. The ageing has been particularly good, with the slightest of frosting to the leaves, but no wet storage flavour. The flavour of the fermentation has mellowed and is just detectable, while the leaves retain their vibrancy and the brewed is thick and sweet. These are in their original sealed boxes, which has helped to age the tea in a very controlled way & provides easy verification of the authenticity of this loose leaf tea. This tea is very smooth, with a calming, grounding energy. It evolves well over many infusions. Starting at: £1.37
  • An Interview

    The Half-Dipper
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Today, we interview the proprietor of white2tea.  While the actual proprietor could not be with us for what follows, the part of twodog will be played by selected lyrics from the classic hip-hop album, Liquid Swords, by the GZA. -- Thank you very much for talking with us today, Mr. Twodog of white2tea.  Much has been written about your business model of selling a limited inventory of
  • New Product: Japanese Organic Fukamushi

    News from Upton Tea
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This offering is grown in the Kagoshima prefecture using the Yabukita cultivar, the most popular type in Japan. Both the leaf and cup have a deep, dark green color and heady, rich aroma. The exquisite liquor has sweet, vegetal notes, a brothy mouth feel and pleasing, light astringency. The leaves are typical of the Fukamushi style, with both larger and small leaf pieces.
  • A Japanese tea ceremony (Omotesenke school)

    Tea Masters
    Stephane
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Where do you suppose did this ceremony happen? In Taiwan or in Japan? Both answers would be wrong. This private tea room is located in New York City, USA! Mr. Yasuo Koike and his wife invited Teaparker and me to their apartment in order to let us experience their (Japanese) way of preparing tea. This happened this spring, just after the events at the Tea Institute at Penn State. This was our last evening in the US, but it seemed we had already arrived back in Asia, as this tea room transported us there much faster than any plane!While the rest of the apartment is very modern and western, this…
  • on drinking tea alone: reprise

    T Ching
    T Ching
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    “In my own hands I hold a bowl of tea; I see all of nature represented in its green color. Closing my eyes I find green mountains and pure water within my own heart. Silently sitting alone and drinking tea, I feel these become part of me.” Soshitsu Sen Grand Master XIV Urasenke School of Tea This lovely poem was first published by T Ching on December 14, 2007. LOADING IMAGE: The post on drinking tea alone: reprise appeared first on T Ching.
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    New Products from Main Website

  • 1970's Y562 Shu Puerh

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    This is a very nice 'Gong Ting' grade Shu puerh. The ageing has been particularly good, with the slightest of frosting to the leaves, but no wet storage flavour. The flavour of the fermentation has mellowed and is just detectable, while the leaves retain their vibrancy and the brewed is thick and sweet. These are in their original sealed boxes, which has helped to age the tea in a very controlled way & provides easy verification of the authenticity of this loose leaf tea. This tea is very smooth, with a calming, grounding energy. It evolves well over many infusions. Starting at: £1.37
  • 1980's 'Ba bao' Liu Bao

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    This is a great Liu Bao tea. The leaves are strong and thick. From drinking, they appear to be pure old tree material. The brewed tea is also very smooth, rich and thick in the mouth. It begins a little reticently, but quickly opens up and delivers a strong, vibrant brew that lasts over many infusions. This is a tea that will delight any lover of aged old tree teas. For many years, I was under the mistaken impression that Liu Bao was the poor cousin to puerh tea, but it's teas like this and like the older Pu Tian Gong Qing in particular that continue to blow that conception away. £0.64
  • 1950's Pu Tian Gong Qing (Sealed Jar)

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:51 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
  • 2004 Chang Yu Hao Yiwu

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:51 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…
  • 80ml Lixing Yixing Teapot

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Handmade by Chen Ju Fang from aged HuangLong mountain clay, this Yixing teapot is ideal for 1-2 people. The clay is well suited for Puerh, Liu Bao or roasted oolong teas. The lid fit is perfect and the pot is well crafted all round. Inside is a flat multi-hole filter. £148.00
 
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    The Half-Dipper

  • An Interview

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Today, we interview the proprietor of white2tea.  While the actual proprietor could not be with us for what follows, the part of twodog will be played by selected lyrics from the classic hip-hop album, Liquid Swords, by the GZA. -- Thank you very much for talking with us today, Mr. Twodog of white2tea.  Much has been written about your business model of selling a limited inventory of
  • Chinese, VI

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    at least you still know the way to Tsinghua, old friend - my faded shadow
  • Chinese, V

    11 Nov 2014 | 10:09 pm
    and this is where the Japanese soldiers threw the Chinese soldiers
  • Chinese, IV

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    roadside erhu goes surprisingly well with my wutang
  • Chinese, III

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Chinese whispers translator quietly translates into my ear
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    News from Upton Tea

  • New Product: Japanese Organic Fukamushi

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This offering is grown in the Kagoshima prefecture using the Yabukita cultivar, the most popular type in Japan. Both the leaf and cup have a deep, dark green color and heady, rich aroma. The exquisite liquor has sweet, vegetal notes, a brothy mouth feel and pleasing, light astringency. The leaves are typical of the Fukamushi style, with both larger and small leaf pieces.
  • New Product: Black Ikumi

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Although quite rare, black tea has been cultivated and produced in Japan for almost 150 years. Production is limited and rarely exported. Our offering is crafted in the Ikumi region of the Shizuoka prefecture from the Benifuki cultivar. The flavor is smooth, with no astringency. Light nuances of nuts and mace are present in the liquor. Best enjoyed plain.
  • New Product: Nahorhabi Estate FTGFOP1 Cl.

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The attractive, dark leaves of this selection are complemented by a goodly amount of golden tips. The balanced cup is full-flavored, but not overpowering, and has a heady aroma with notes of malt and toffee. This tea makes for a fine self-drinker, which can accommodate a bit of milk, if desired.
  • New Product: Organic Tamaryokucha

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Tamaryokucha, ("coiled tea") is a superb, handcrafted green tea that has a full, complex flavor. Vegetal notes and a pleasing pungency are accentuated by hints of dark berries and a sweet aftertaste. Produced in Takachiho, Miyazaki from the Yabukita cultivar.
  • New Product: Ji-Hong Supreme Organic

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A generous amount of golden tip complements the dark chocolate-brown leaf of this special tea. The aroma has notes of cocoa as well as a hint of toffee. The dark cup has notes of cocoa and toffee, with light hints of cinnamon and cardamom. The finish is velvety smooth.
 
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    Tea Masters

  • A Japanese tea ceremony (Omotesenke school)

    Stephane
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Where do you suppose did this ceremony happen? In Taiwan or in Japan? Both answers would be wrong. This private tea room is located in New York City, USA! Mr. Yasuo Koike and his wife invited Teaparker and me to their apartment in order to let us experience their (Japanese) way of preparing tea. This happened this spring, just after the events at the Tea Institute at Penn State. This was our last evening in the US, but it seemed we had already arrived back in Asia, as this tea room transported us there much faster than any plane!While the rest of the apartment is very modern and western, this…
  • Spring 1999 Hung Shui Oolong from Yong Lung (Dong Ding)

    Stephane
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    This 15 years old Dong Ding Oolong is made from qingxin Oolong cultivar leaves. It's a Hung Shui Oolong that hasn't been roasted frequently, but that was left to age by itself. I'm using a gaiwan to test it. The appearance of the leaves is interesting, especially when compared to a Hung Shui Oolong from this spring from the location:1999 vs. 2014 Hung Shui Oolong from Yong LungWhat can we tell from the dry leaves?- The size used to be smaller. Nowadays, more leaves are harvested together, on one stem. This makes the dry Oolong look more like high mountain Oolong. This represents a paradigm…
  • High Mountain Shan Lin Xi Oolong giveaway

    Stephane
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:53 am
    Thanks to your incredible response, the free Dong Pian Oolongs have all been shipped out today! So, as we start approaching Thanksgiving, I wish to continue to show you my appreciation for your support with another giveaway! This time, have selected my Spring 2013 Qingxin Oolong from Shan Lin Xi (Yang Keng, 1200 m). Last year, this was ma favorite spring High mountain Oolong below 2000 meters. Why? Because it has a lightness that seemed to come from much higher, and its scents reminded me a little bit of Japanese Sencha: they have something green and oceanic on top of the regular Gao Shan…
  • 2014 Eté Beauté Orientale Top Tradition de Hsin Chu

    Stephane
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Feuilles de Qingxin Dapang à Hsin Chu Comment on passe d'une feuille verte à du Oolong n'est pas un mystère. Flétrissage, oxydation, chauffage, roulage, séchage et torréfaction. Dans les grandes lignes, c'est toujours la même chose. Ou bien? Pour le Oolong, c'est sûrement là où c'est le moins vrai, car le producteur dispose d'une grande latitude pour déterminer le degré d'oxydation et de torréfaction de ses feuilles. Pour le thé vert et le rouge (hung cha), l'oxydation est soit nulle soit totale, et il n'y a pas de torréfaction. Alors comment le producteur d'Oolong…
  • A gift of Dong Pian Oolong from Zhushan, Taiwan

    Stephane
    7 Nov 2014 | 1:19 am
    I have still some Dong Pian from last winter. The leaves are vacuum-packed and still taste very good. However, I need to make space for the new harvests in late December or January. So, I propose to give you a free pack of 100 grams for each order above 50 USD until my inventory is empty. (Be quick, they won't last long!) 2 cultivars are available: SiJiChun or Jinxuan Oolong. I will star giving away the fragrant SiJiChun unless you instruct me otherwise.Do you remember what is Dong Pian? It means winter petal. It's a late winter harvest that is unpredictable and only happens when the winter…
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    T Ching

  • on drinking tea alone: reprise

    T Ching
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    “In my own hands I hold a bowl of tea; I see all of nature represented in its green color. Closing my eyes I find green mountains and pure water within my own heart. Silently sitting alone and drinking tea, I feel these become part of me.” Soshitsu Sen Grand Master XIV Urasenke School of Tea This lovely poem was first published by T Ching on December 14, 2007. LOADING IMAGE: The post on drinking tea alone: reprise appeared first on T Ching.
  • tea is king but water quality is GOD

    Dananjaya Silva
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Tea is the worlds second most consumed beverage, behind water. To make a cup of tea, however, one needs water. Recently I met up with a good friend who is also a customer of PMD. We sat down at his house and he brewed up a cup of our Silver Tips. While observing him prepare the tea, I noted that he followed all the correct principles in brewing tea. The tea was also stored in an air tight container. I was taken aback by the final taste in the cup. It was missing something.  After a long contemplative think, I realized what was missing from the cup. When ever we taste tea at the company and…
  • November gongfu tea-brewing tips

    Global Tea Hut
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:03 am
    As your sensitivity increases, you will begin to recognize the smoothness, or lack thereof, not just in the teaware you use, but one degree further: in what your teaware rests upon. It actually matters quite a bit what kind of coaster a cup sits upon, or what kind of tea boat or tea pillow your teapot is in, etc. Ever-increasing sensitivity is the essence of gongfu tea.Developing our tea-brewing skills is more than just making better tea. Without a sharpness in our sensitivity, we can’t get to the subtler and subtler aspects of tea, which ultimately allow us to move on to the next phase of…
  • The world of tea comes to Xiamen

    Dan Robertson
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    The Second Annual ITCC Cup Warming at the Xiamen International Tea Fair was held before an audience with a voracious interest in tea. With distinguished presenters from China, India, Japan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Argentina, and France, the scores of attendees learned about and tasted 10 teas amid the sea of tea on display at the Fair. ITCC Director Dan Robertson introduced the panel in turn, with translation provided by Vice Director (China) Daniel Hong and Qizhi Zhang doing yeoman’s work considering the variety of Chinese and English accents spoken. Seven countries were introduced and 10 teas…
  • tea blossom

    Rajiv Lochan
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    October 2014 saw me back in Xiamen for the tea expo but my mind was still wandering with tea blossoms which we were to enter into a technology sharing agreement with China in Beijing on October 20th. Here, Prof. Xu’s dream came true after 40 years of research on the tea blossom. Her research has already been patented in 27 countries, and will be put to use in skin care and food products.  The Indian Embassy was pleased with the prospect of utilizing this hitherto wasted product and attended the ceremony. The Technology Development Board attached to Science & Technology Ministry of the…
 
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    Tea Guy Speaks

  • A Chinese Yixing Tea Story

    William I. Lengeman III
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:28 am
    Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
  • Ceylon Tea Trails Luxury Tea Resort

    William I. Lengeman III
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper
  • Slow Motion Tea Time With Alan Rickman

    William I. Lengeman III
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Our most popular video post here at Tea Guy Speaks, and one that we feature from time to time, is a clip of actor Alan Rickman taking his time over a cup of tea and then doing some actorish type grimaces and gestures and whatnot. If he seems to be moving slowly do not adjust your dials. It's part of the Portraits in Dramatic Time series, by David Michalek. More at his Web site. Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
  • How to Cold Brew Iced Tea

    William I. Lengeman III
    15 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    Depending on where you hang your hat it might be a little late in the year to be thinking about iced tea. But here's Arbor Teas' guide to cold brewing anyway. The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
  • Japanese Green Tea Processing

    William I. Lengeman III
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
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    Heaven of Tea

  • 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. Occasionally, our eyes get the best of us while our stomachs play catch up. If you can relate, we have a tea tip for you. Our Tip – 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…
  • 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…
  • Treat Yourself To A Dessert Tea

    My name
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Treat Yourself To A Dessert Tea Wednesday, October 15, 2014Posted by Admin Whether you have the occasional sweet tooth or you’re prepping for holiday festivities, dessert teas are a great way to satisfy the need for sweets. From comforting cups of caramel and spice to rich, decadent notes of chocolate, there is a tea for every palate. The next time you have a craving or a house full of guests, feel good about indulging with a cup of dessert tea. Our selection continues to grow, but we can think of a few must-haves that we’d like to share. Pumpkin Spice Brûlée In the spirit of all things…
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    WordPress Tag: Tea

  • "Baby it Cold Outside" Must haves!

    yourworthmore
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    It has come that time of year again when the Temperatures drop and Sweaters and Boots come out! Winter and Fall are honestly my personal favorite seasons. The thought of Hot cups of tea and fuzzy slippers just make me smile with Joy. So here are just a few of my Favorite things that make my wintertime Bright. Links attached for some of my favorite of these products: 1) Fuzzy socks and slippers are a must, to keep those toesys warm. http://www.target.com/sb/socks-and-hosiery-women-s-clothing/casual-socks/-/N-5xtbdZ55j0oZ55yze/snav_rd_fuzzy 2)Big fluffy scarves are awesome to keep Warm and to…
  • 70 / 365

    carasong
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    quiet, snowy mornings  
  • [Under 18] Earl Grey Macarons

    BoozyBakes
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    It’s been a while. Life’s got in the way. What a wench, huh? I’ve been busy with bits and bobs, and like every other 20-something, my road has been rife with uncertainty, which really doesn’t bode well in my weirdly wired brain. But nonetheless, things are looking up, and baking therapy is oh god one of the things to thank. For the first time in a long, long while, I had some time to kill, so I decided to try baking the hardest thing I could think of. My mind jumped to a croquembouche, but boy do I know from last time that there is no way in hell I can eat it al!
  • Tea Time is my Favorite Time

    Lady Washburn
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    I have so many ideas running through my head of post ideas based on projects I have going on, meal i
  • The Journey

    India Rose
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Two leaves and a bud. Plucked, cooked, dried and rolled. Carried from sea to shore. Strained here into my canary yellow teapot. Taste it, the colors of India, a swirl of smells, the rush, the hum, the spices, and chaos. All packed into my cup. The journey it has come makes every sip worthwhile.    
 
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    A Tea Addict's Journal »

  • 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”
  • Don’t drink shincha

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

    MarshalN
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    A long time ago, I talked about tea blogging as a community of people who are virtually talking about drinking tea together in a never-ending session. Things have really quieted down since then. Blogs, as a form of writing, seems to be at least dying, overtaken by social media in various guises. Sometimes you still have new entrants in this field, however, and recently there were a couple posts, one by the vendor TwoDog, and the other by Cwyn, a sometime visitor of this site, about relativism in tea. The claim here is simple, if I’m allowed to reduce them a little bit. Basically, the…
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    Tea Trade - Recent Global Posts

  • Oolong Tea from Teatulia

    2 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Oolong Where to Buy:  Teatulia Tea Description: A stunning, full-bodied cup with hints of fresh pie crust, lemon and sake. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I was really excited to learn that Teatulia began offering an Oolong tea!  I've tried other teas from this company in the past and have enjoyed them so I was eager to try their new Oolong. What sets Teatulia apart from other tea companies is that their organic teas are grown in Bangladesh.  You can learn more about the Teatulia Organic Tea Garden here. I love the packaging of Teatulia.
  • Product Review: Sweetened MatchaBooster from Maeda-en

    1 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Product Information: MatchaBooster is a ready-to-use matcha-based powder. It mixes easily in your favorite drink and can used as a cooking ingredient. Boost up your lifestyle with Maeda-en MatchaBooster♪ Where to Buy:  Maeda-en Description: Refreshing green tea flavor with a light sweet taste! Learn more about this MatchaBooster here. Taster’s Review: Not long ago, I reviewed the Unflavored MatchaBooster.  Now, I'm going to try the sweetened version of this tea product from Maeda-en.  The sugar to sweeten this MatchaBooster adds 60 calories to each serving (a serving size is one…
  • Taiwan Sun Moon Lake Formosa Black Tea (Premium Grade) from Cameron Tea

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Cameron Tea Tea Description:   Region: Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan Type: Black Tea Oxidation level: Fully oxidised Taste: Strong and refreshing flavour. Terroir: Sun Moon Lake is located at altitude of 700m, surrounded with mountains and lakes with remarkable environment and typical climate for growing black teas. Heavy moist and stable yearly average temperature make the tea trees grow thick and rich tea leaves which produce carmine and perfectly clear liquor. Learn more about this tea here. Taster’s Review: I know I've mentioned this more…
  • Halloween Tea Showdown 2014

    KittyLovesTea
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    It's hard to believe a year has passed since last years Halloween tea showdown, but alas indeed it has. Once again tis the time to get down with our spooky selves and have a ghoul of a time. My Halloween celebrations are somewhat a tradition, this year will be no different. What's the plan? Take car. Go to mum's. Kill Phil ["Sorry!"], grab Liz, go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over. Sorry, wrong plan (and yes, that was a Shaun of the Dead quote). Actual Plan : Dress up, watch horror films, eat crap, drink copious amounts of tea and scare the…
  • Earl Grey Tea from Tea of Life

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Learn more about Tea of Life and Amazon Teas here. Taster’s Review: When it comes to Earl Grey teas, there are a couple of things that I consider "standard" ... that is, things that I expect from an Earl Grey.  The first thing I expect is a distinct dry leaf aroma.  I should smell the bergamot!  The second thing I want is for that aroma to carry over into the brewed tea.  I still want to smell the bergamot!  Finally, and most importantly, I want a great taste:  I want a good black tea base and I want to taste the bergamot.  I love a good strong…
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    travelling teapot

  • 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…
  • 2006 Haiwan Mavin Imperial Tea Brick

    wilson
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:03 pm
    I gave a loud hoot when I discovered this carton of 2006 Haiwan Imperial Brick ripe pu erh in my tea stash.  This carton held 10 of these bricks of 100g each.  I had already consumed one brick a few years back (link).  You will notice that Haiwan had dated this tea on the bottom flap of the box.  As far as I know, this imperial brick came out in 2006 and 2007.  Why the label 'Mavin' on the box?  I wish I know the answer but Haiwan distributors I know in Guangzhou and Malaysia do not know this 'Mavin' mystery too.  Anyway, I would like to apologize to my…
  • 2003 Sea Dyke Brand Wu-I Ta Hung Pao

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

  • Friday Round Up: November 16th to November 22nd

    Nicole Martin
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Quality of Matcha +Oca Ocani shared some tips on choosing a quality matcha. The pictures showing different grades are especially helpful. How To: Store Loose Leaf Tea I recently discovered an excellent blog called Steep Inclined. Holly shared a helpful post on how to properly store tea, complete with a video. A Hong Kong love story: Chinese Tea meets European Chocolate Pairing tea and
  • Tea Journeyman Amba Estate Hand-Rolled GF OP1 Ceylon Black Tea

    Nicole Martin
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: Sri Lanka Leaf Appearance: long and wiry, dark brown Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 195 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Steeper Liquor: reddish amber Amba Estate has become one of my favorite sources for Ceylon tea. You might remember that I previously reviewed and enjoyed their OP1 with Tea Flowers from Tealet. The leaves were
  • Happy 4th Anniversary Harney & Sons SoHo!

    Nicole Martin
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    On Monday I was very excited to stop by +Harney and Sons Fine Teas for their 4th anniversary party. It was quite a packed house when I first arrived. It was wonderful to see many people who love tea in one room. At first, it was a bit hard to navigate the delicious spread of hors d'oeuvres, tea and cocktails. I searched the crowd for a familiar face and above everyone else I spotted my very
  • Tea Places: T Shop

    Nicole Martin
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    It seems that SoHo has become tea central in New York City. This neighborhood is home to some of my favorite haunts such as Harney & Son's and Palais de Thes. When a friend told me about T Shop, a new spot that just opened on Elizabeth Street, I just had to check them out. It was a bit hard to find, but I recognized the psychic sign (a separate business) on the door from their Instagram. At
  • Color of Japan, Color Harvest

    Nicole Martin
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last week I had the pleasure of attending a ceramics exhibition by Tomomi Kamoshita at Globus Washitsu. Even more lucky was that I was able to enjoy it with tea friends +The Snooty Tea Person, +Jo J and +Verna L. Hamilton. I made the tragic mistake of forgetting my camera at home so please excuse the terrible pictures. The do not do Tomomi's work any justice. For those of you not familiar with
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  • The Benefits of Green Tea for Your Skin

    Emily Hunter
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    There is so much information about the benefits of green tea for overall good health. Most of them focus on the internal benefits of this delicious, relaxing beverage. Other benefits that are not so obvious are the ways in which green tea can help your body externally. Green tea, like black tea, comes from the plant, Camellia sinensis. Unlike black teas, however, the leaves of green tea are not fermented or aged before they are steamed and dried, and so they are fresher. One of the most important aspects of green tea, like black tea, coffee, and red wine is that they all contain large…
  • Improve Overall Good Health With Green Tea

    Kyisoe Yauk
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Green tea has been used within traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and traditional Indian medicine (Ayurveda) as a way to promote healing within the body. Applications such as healing wounds by controlling bleeding, helping to improve heart and digestive functions and to promote good mental health are all a part of these ancient medicinal uses. Today, modern researchers conducting various studies on the positive health effects of green tea have seen some connection between the regular consumption of green tea on health by assisting in weight loss and keeping more serious health conditions such…
  • Growing a Great Cup of Green Tea

    Emily Hunter
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For several generations, some of the finest teas in the world have been grown in the Shan Valley. Our first flush green tea coming from the Shan Valley has a uniquely fresh and clean taste that has been met with much enthusiasm by tea lovers around the world. Tea has been grown throughout Asia for several thousand years. Tea from the Kyaukme Shan Valley is especially fine since it is uniquely suited to grow fine green tea that comes from the Camellia sinensis or tea plant. The altitude is high enough and wet enough to produce the high quality leaves that tea connoisseurs demand. To grow a…
  • How Much Green Tea Should You Drink?

    Emily Hunter
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The benefits of drinking green tea and even applying it topically are well known. But just how much green tea should you be drinking or using in order to be beneficial? There is still a debate about how much is good enough or how much may be too much when consuming green tea. Because the answers vary, sometimes it is difficult to determine what is considered a real number and what may be a figure inflated by those who sell green tea in order to get you to consume more of their product. In a recent study for cancer prevention conducted at the University of California, scientists indicate that…
  • External Uses For Green Tea

    Emily Hunter
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We’ve talked about the benefits of drinking green tea, but did you know that green tea can be used externally as well? One of the benefits is green tea’s effect on your skin. The antioxidant properties of green tea can be used to help deter some of the signs of aging and acne and give an overall youthful appearance. External Uses of Green Tea Skin care with green tea After a cup of green tea, you can take the contents of your tea bag, or the lose tea and use it as a nourishing mask treatment. Add to the tea a bit of honey to make up a paste. Apply directly on the skin and leave it on for…
 
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