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  • 1970's SSHC Liu Bao

    New Products from Main Website
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    SSHC is one of the most famous of the Liu Bao teas from the 70's. This particular basket has been very well stored. The taste is smooth and very clean, allowing the characteristics of the tea to appear clearly in the brews. It's very mellow, rich and grounding. If i was to criticise it, I'd say that it could be thicker in the mouth, but from the Liu Bao teas from the 70's that I've come across, this one definitely stands out. £2.00 As low as: £1.80
  • The Circle is Complete

    The Half-Dipper
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Peacocks.  Sure, they look pretty - until they open their mouths.  GRAAAARKKK!  They sound like the eternal damned. There is a very pretty pub in this city, by the river.  Everything nice, everything routine.  Bridge, running water, old buildings.  Also, it has a bunch of peacocks strutting around.  GRRAAAKKEEK!  It's not a peaceful place. Old-school Gs among you might recall some
  • A Sale on these light & refreshing China Green Teas!

    News from Upton Tea
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Hot teas that cool? Some find that a hot beverage on a hot day actually cools them down. With that in mind, we are offering these 3 light and refreshing China Green teas on sale from now until August 15th, while supplies last. Meng Ding Huang Ya, ZG62, has a noble and venerable pedigree, being used long ago as a tribute tea. With its complex flavor, pleasant sweetness and brothy character, it's a delicious choice at a 40% savings! Tai Mu Long Zhu, ZG72, has a refreshing, clean character with a bit of sweetness. Select leaf buds have been carefully rolled into a pearl shape. Try a single or…
  • Prag, 1st Oolong Brewing Workshop (without pitcher)

    Tea Masters
    Stephane
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:10 pm
    On Saturday, July the 18th, I taught my Oolong Brewing technique in Prag, Czech Republic. A long time tea friend, Zdenek, who runs the Longfeng.cz tea store invited me to teach his most passionate customers. One of them runs a tea forum and tea site. Another one writes a tea blog where he posted about the event. They are very quick learners and it was interesting to share my knowledge with them. I focused on gaiwan brewing, since a gaiwan is the perfect brewing vessel when you wish to learn about tea. It's cheap, easy to clean and, most importantly, its porcelain material is neutral and…
  • Blast from the Past: Experiencing the Interest Firsthand

    T Ching
    T Ching
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    If they’re not careful, trade journalists like me can begin to operate in a bubble.  From their desks, they research and write about what’s happening on the business-to-business side of their industry, losing touch with the business-to-consumer side.  Good reporters will prevent this by getting out often and talking face-to-face with individuals from every phase of the supply-and-demand chain they cover. So it was with pleasure that I responded to my boyfriend’s request to hand out tea samples at an art opening in his flower and gift shop in downtown Las Vegas last Friday night.  He…
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    New Products from Main Website

  • 1970's SSHC Liu Bao

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    SSHC is one of the most famous of the Liu Bao teas from the 70's. This particular basket has been very well stored. The taste is smooth and very clean, allowing the characteristics of the tea to appear clearly in the brews. It's very mellow, rich and grounding. If i was to criticise it, I'd say that it could be thicker in the mouth, but from the Liu Bao teas from the 70's that I've come across, this one definitely stands out. £2.00 As low as: £1.80
  • 900ml 'Cha Niang' Yixing Teapot

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    I've had one of these for the past year & it quickly joined the ranks of my most used teapots. These are a great size for western style brewing, for drinking tea casually with meals or in front of a movie, but still want the benefit of good Yixing clay. You can brew a large pot of tea and let it slowly steep for large groups or for those occasions when gong fu style brewing isn't appropriate. These are fully handmade by Wuxing Shan Fang from aged Zisha clay. Inside is a flat, multi hole filter. £230.00
  • 1970's Liu Bao Loose Leaf

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Aged Liu Bao is more and more sought after by consumers throughout Asia these days & the prices for the famous old baskets is soaring. Thankfully, it's still possible to find some very good old loose leaf Liu Bao here in Malaysia. As with loose leaf puerh, these teas are quite a bit cheaper than those which come packaged and with the traceable wrapping that collectors seek, but can still be as good as famous teas of the same era. We came across this tea in the stock of a small tea store locally. They had 12kg left and after tasting it we immediately bought it all. Ten of those initial twelve…
  • 1980's (late) / early 90's Wuzhou Tea Factory Liu Bao

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    We found this half basket (18kg) remaining in the stock of an old collector of Liu Bao. It dates from around the late 80's (possibly early 90's) & was produced by Wuzhou tea factory. Little is known about this exact tea & therefore the price is still very reasonable for tea of this quality. The leaves are medium fermented & are vibrant and rich in the mouth. The tea performs well across many brews and has a long, dynamic aftertaste. This is a very nice tea that punches well above it's weight for this age and price. £0.34 As low as: £0.28
  • 2015 EoT YunYa Puerh Tea

    1 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    From the same village as our 2014 YunYun puerh tea, this is an early spring harvest that was carefully processed before the rain arrived & it doesn't have the smokey characteristic of the previous YunYun tea. It's thick, pure and crisp with depth of flavour and a good backbone that should provide strength over the years. The leaves are strong with plenty of thick young buds in the mix. This tea was grown naturally without pesticides or fertilisers. We confirmed this with a lab test for agrochemical residues by one of the leading laboratories. Two hundred of the most common agrochemicals were…
 
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    The Half-Dipper

  • The Circle is Complete

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Peacocks.  Sure, they look pretty - until they open their mouths.  GRAAAARKKK!  They sound like the eternal damned. There is a very pretty pub in this city, by the river.  Everything nice, everything routine.  Bridge, running water, old buildings.  Also, it has a bunch of peacocks strutting around.  GRRAAAKKEEK!  It's not a peaceful place. Old-school Gs among you might recall some
  • Purple Haze

    17 Jul 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Gentle Reader, I hope that you are easing pleasantly into the summer, in whichever way you ease best.  The end of the academic year  here feels like the climax to a bad movie: more, and more, and more pressure / examinations / socials... and then pop!  Sudden silence.   All that remains is the high-pressured whine of the accumulated guilt of that huge pile of papers that needs to be written,
  • ICML, I-IV

    13 Jul 2015 | 3:39 am
    I many sandals many backpacks many beards - ICML II is it fair to blame Nicholas Cage for all those deaths? III this is where you stand to tell all those scientists about your science IV after the dinner the balloon roadrunner runs home with the young boy
  • Trips

    14 Jun 2015 | 9:30 pm
    William of Bannacha has lain tea thricely upon us.  When a man married to JINGMAI LADIES (probably in the singular) sends you Jingmai tea, you take it seriously. These are, it would seem, the first 2015 teas that I have written about on this humble web-site; I have to create a "2015" tag for the occasion.  Let's drink some twenty-fifteen! You know the drill by now: in tea, as in life,
  • Rolling the Dice, Playing Croquet with MJOLNIR

    7 Jun 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Every time drink the pu'ercha, you're rolling the dice - let alone before buying the darned stuff with the hope of it aging nicely.  We are, therefore, no strangers to risk.  We are not risk-averse.  Indeed, there can be little chance of reward without risk.  It's all about playing the probabilities.  You gotsta play the numbers, as the wise man once said. I've been through the 1980s "Yiwu
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    News from Upton Tea

  • A Sale on these light & refreshing China Green Teas!

    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Hot teas that cool? Some find that a hot beverage on a hot day actually cools them down. With that in mind, we are offering these 3 light and refreshing China Green teas on sale from now until August 15th, while supplies last. Meng Ding Huang Ya, ZG62, has a noble and venerable pedigree, being used long ago as a tribute tea. With its complex flavor, pleasant sweetness and brothy character, it's a delicious choice at a 40% savings! Tai Mu Long Zhu, ZG72, has a refreshing, clean character with a bit of sweetness. Select leaf buds have been carefully rolled into a pearl shape. Try a single or…
  • New Product: Tindharia Estate FTGFOP1 Cl. (DJ-79) Organic

    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The rich brown leaves of this selection yield a beautiful, amber-colored liquor with an aroma of dark honey and fruit. The flavor has toasty notes with hints of crisp apple and carob. A mellow pungency makes for a very smooth finish.
  • New Product: Harmutty Estate GFBOP

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    A generous amount of downy, golden tips complement the dark brown leaves in this selection. The aroma is sweet and malty with woody/spicy notes. The rich liquor has a spicy mouth feel with nuances of dry red wine and a caramel/molasses note. The finish lingers with hints of dark honey.
  • New Product: Margaret's Hope FTGFOP1 Second Flush (DJ-189)

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The attractive and well-twisted leaf style is complemented with tender silver buds. The dark liquor has an inviting fruity aspect, with muscatel hints and nuances of ripe, red apple. The finish has a delicate crisp note and clean character.
  • New Product: Hattialli Estate GBOP

    26 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The deep, dark leaves produce a bracing cup reminiscent of an Irish Breakfast style tea. The aroma is malty with woody/toasty hints. The cup has a malty character, robust strength and red wine highlights. The tea finishes with a zesty note and bright, clean finish.
 
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    Tea Masters

  • Prag, 1st Oolong Brewing Workshop (without pitcher)

    Stephane
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:10 pm
    On Saturday, July the 18th, I taught my Oolong Brewing technique in Prag, Czech Republic. A long time tea friend, Zdenek, who runs the Longfeng.cz tea store invited me to teach his most passionate customers. One of them runs a tea forum and tea site. Another one writes a tea blog where he posted about the event. They are very quick learners and it was interesting to share my knowledge with them. I focused on gaiwan brewing, since a gaiwan is the perfect brewing vessel when you wish to learn about tea. It's cheap, easy to clean and, most importantly, its porcelain material is neutral and…
  • Stage d'infusion du Oolong en Alsace

    Stephane
    26 Jul 2015 | 12:50 am
    Le stage du 15 juillet s'est déroulé principalement dans cette grande pièce sobre autour d'une longue table. Chacun avait son gaiwan et ses coupes pour pouvoir immédiatement s'exercer au maniement des ustensiles. Cette formule en petit groupe et au calme nous a permis de couvrir tous les aspects de l'infusion du Oolong en gaiwan. Cela commence par l'eau et continue par la compréhension de la nature du Oolong et notamment son oxydation partielle. Pour explorer ce dernier point, nous avons dégusté successivement 3 thés de ma sélection:1. le thé vert du cultivar Da Pang,2. le Wenshan…
  • Swimming pool chaxi

    Stephane
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    It's a hot summer in Europe, but there are lots of ways to escape the heat. While the kids enjoyed the swimming pool in the Cretan villa, I prepared my tea in the shade. I chose a very special high mountain from Alishan, Changshu Hu. It's my winter 2014 Tie Guan Yin. The dry scent is not very powerful or very distinctive. But once it's brewed, it's obviously different than a typical High Mountain Qingxin Oolong. It combines the freshness, power and finesse of the high mountain with the flavors of Tie Guan Yin. The leaves are particularly big and the light golden color is a sign that it's not…
  • Cartes Postales de Crète

    Stephane
    9 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Palais de CnossosUn séjour en Grèce n'est pas complet si on ne visite pas ses ruines. Et je ne parle pas des banques locales, mais de monuments anciens! Ils nous rappellent que le progrès de l'histoire se fait avec des hauts et des bas. Ainsi, à Cnossos, on voit que la civilisation minoenne de Crète fleurissait déjà entre 2600 et 1400 avant JC! Thermes romaines d'ApteraL'empire romain domina la Crète plus de 1000 ans plus tard et construisit ces bains et de larges citernes à Aptéra. Quel dommage qu'ils ne connaissaient pas encore le thé à cette époque, car cet endroit se prête…
  • Trip to Europe

    Stephane
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:13 am
    The tea-masters.com boutique won't make any shipments for a month starting now. I thank all of those who placed their orders just before my European trip and I kindly ask the others for patience until I come back.Summer is a great time to drink tea! The sunshine gives such nice colors to the brew and to the ware... I'm looking forward tasting my teas on this trip with friends and family!
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    T Ching

  • Blast from the Past: Experiencing the Interest Firsthand

    T Ching
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    If they’re not careful, trade journalists like me can begin to operate in a bubble.  From their desks, they research and write about what’s happening on the business-to-business side of their industry, losing touch with the business-to-consumer side.  Good reporters will prevent this by getting out often and talking face-to-face with individuals from every phase of the supply-and-demand chain they cover. So it was with pleasure that I responded to my boyfriend’s request to hand out tea samples at an art opening in his flower and gift shop in downtown Las Vegas last Friday night.  He…
  • Artisan Glass Teaware from Rochester Glassworks – Part 2

    Michelle Rabin
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    I began the development of my custom teacup with tremendous excitement and minor trepidation if I’m being completely honest.Here’s where my artistic abilities would surely come into play. No more excuses about being a frustrated artist who was limited by her lack of inherent talent. I thought about all of my favorite tea cups, all handcrafted and tried to consider what elements made them special to me. The underlying theme was actually one of art.Holding a piece of art in my hand while I sipped my favorite tea brought tremendous pleasure into the ritual for me. Looking closer, however,…
  • Gong Fu Tea Tips

    Global Tea Hut
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    In tea preparation, there is always a lot of discussion of form versus function. On the one hand, it shows great respect to prepare the tea in a way that allows its greatest virtue to shine forth. It took a tremendous concert of natural energies and billions of years to evolve this plant medicine, bestowed on us by Nature. And tea is one of the most taxing crops, costing farmers countless hours of toil. Then, for most of us, there is the work of transporting the tea to where we live—mostly done by hardworking tea merchants who love the Leaf and want to share it. Finally, we also work hard…
  • Opening a Tea Store… Is That Your Dream? Part 2

    dwalden
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Running a great business on a shoestring is no easy task.  Well-known chefs usually have an investor or partner(s) to establish their restaurant brands.  It does really take money to make money. If you are leaning toward a store rather than a cafe, you will need displays, shelving, focus lights, a good amount of inventory stock and, since many concepts are a combination of both, you will need to decide where your emphasis will be.  I can’t tell you how many times we were in the process of making a $50 loose tea sale when someone just wanted a tea to go for $2.50 and was in a big…
  • Tea Pairings, Chiki Style!

    Holly Helt
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    I was inspired to write this after reading Robert Wemischner’s “Marriages Made in Tea and Dessert Heaven” where he talks about pairing a honey and salt-encrusted shortbread with matcha. That sounds so YUMMY! My tea shop, Chiki Tea in Japan, is American-Japanese fusion for a reason. We LOVE Japanese green tea. But we’re not exactly enamored with all those bean paste cakes, concentrated sugary candies, and bland sesame seed cookies that the Japanese pair with these amazing beverages. That’s just not us. Having grown up in Japan, I’ve been pairing brownies with matcha for years! So…
 
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    Tea Guy Speaks

  • Matcha Man Official Commercial

    William I. Lengeman III
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
  • Tea Business Spotlight 18 - Tealated

    William I. Lengeman III
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Welcome to the eighteenth of our Tea Business Spotlights, in which we allow tea people to share insights on running their business. If you're a tea business owner and you'd like to take part in an upcoming spotlight, please contact us.TealatedWyoming, USA How long have you been in business?I have been in the tea business for a year, but I have enjoyed tea all my life. What is the size/scope of your business? We are a small, family run business that sells online, on Amazon, and at our local Food for Thought market. Why tea? I fell in love with tea as a little girl living in Morocco for several…
  • Yorkshire Tea This is Brewtopia Commercial

    William I. Lengeman III
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:01 am
    One of the reddest tea commercials you'll see. Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
  • The Hero - Indus Tea Commercial

    William I. Lengeman III
    12 Jul 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
  • Clipper Tea - Teapot Tour Video

    William I. Lengeman III
    12 Jul 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
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    WordPress Tag: Tea

  • Ortagiri Kitty Love Mug - Japan

    viralhose
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Would love this in my kitchen :)
  • Is it just me...?

    Mum's The Word...
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Have you ever turned the tap on only to realise a few miniutes later that the bath isn’t filling up…because you didn’t put the plug in?! I just did! It’s been one of those kind of weeks!    Kids dinner – check, baths – check, super early night – check, Mummy time to write a blog – super check!    Last week was a bit of a mad one! I recieved an email one evening from Riley’s (due to go in September) Pre-school. The manager wrote…a concern has been brought to my attention and I would very much like to discuss this…
  • SALE Graniteware Grey Enamel Coffee Tea Pot, Small Two Cup Size, Enamelware Spatterware

    viralhose
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Would love this in my kitchen :)
  • Detox tea, why theres no such thing as a miracle tea

    justanotherhealthyblogger
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:25 pm
    There are so many detox teas on the market now, claiming to help you loose weight or cleanse your system but in all honestly theyre a bunch of crap. There is no magical  tea or pill, it takes hard work and dedication to loose weight. And yes, i did try a lot back in the day because i wanted a quick fix. These tea brands pay pretty girls with thousands of followers to drink these tea and upload sexy photos of themselves doing so, so that other girls will buy them for fifty bucks a pop hoping to look them. Those that do loose weight, its either A: temporary as many of the teas include a…
  • Yorkshire Day

    zozocups
    1 Aug 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Time for Tea Please? So today is Yorkshire Day ! I love Yorkshire and even more so I love a mug of Yorkshire Tea! So let’s put the kettle on and have a proper brew.
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    Tea Party Guide Blog

  • A Tea Gift Basket for Every Occasion

    24 Jul 2015 | 2:13 pm
    A tea gift basket for every occasion like a holiday gift basket, Christmas gift baskets, wedding gift basket, birthday gift baskets and of course baby/new mom gift baskets.
  • Tea Sandwich Recipes

    24 Jul 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Tea sandwich recipes that will give you lots of ideas for your afternoon tea sandwiches to make your most delicious tea party yet!
  • Perfect Tea Party Hats

    24 Jul 2015 | 11:52 am
    Tea party hats really add to the flair of a tea party. From your friend's tea party to the Kentucky Derby you will be ready for what ever event comes your way.
  • Tea Party Invitations

    24 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    Tea party invitations are a delight to send and to receive. Teapot invitations, ladies tea invites, and the proper invitation etiquette for all.
  • Tea Party Guide, From Adults to Children

    4 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    Here at Tea Party Guide, you will find ideas for everything you need for your afternoon tea menu, invitations, etiquette, and even crafts to make this your best party ever.
 
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    Latest blog entries

  • Broken tea cups

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
     A chip here, a crack there...it happens to the best of our tea cups.  But there are so many uses a cup can serve.  Cracked cups can be broken into pieces to make a mosaic jewelry box or planter, even using the handles for decoration.   Cups are perfect for small flower vases especially for dinner parties since it is so easy to tie a ribbon and place card to the handle.  Or, if you have the proper instruction and tools, your spent cups can be used for lighting fixtures!Read More
  • Artesian water for artisan tea

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Just as important as the quality of tea is the water used to make it.  Artesian water is the purest.  It is sealed underground by a layer of ice, sand or volcanic rock.  The water does not come into contact with pollution.  This type of water can have no additives but each brand may have a different taste depending upon the aquifer it came from. Read More
  • Teapots of Weathering Formations

    21 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Falling snow in the darkness of night was the thought that first came to my mind when I saw these teapots.  I suppose Yoshiro Ikeda, the artist, would be pleased of my reflection as the goal of his pieces is to initiate weather conditions and dance form.  Preferring freedom, he hand builds his teapots then weaves a sense of motion using a variety glazes.     Read More
  • Introduction to Tea Boxes

    16 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Decorative tea boxes, or tea caddies, in Britain date back to the early 18th Century.  After tea became more accessible and affordable, in the second quarter of the century, a variety of box styles were introduced.   At first, most were made of mahogany or walnut and offered in single, double or multiple tiers. By the late 18th century, caddies were made of pine, oak or mahogany and skillfully veneered in different woods. It is no wonder that today there are numerous admirers and collectors of these beautiful designed antique pieces. Read More
  • Balancing a teapot

    13 Jul 2015 | 10:38 pm
    Learning to use a potter’s wheel requires balancing clay, water and motion in order to form the desired shape.  Artist Julie Cline believes there is much more to creating an appealing teapot.  It requires: (1) the correct mixture of smooth red earthenware clay, (2) just the right proportion of eastern and western influence design, (3) then, selecting an accurate mixture of varying tinted glazes and lusters to create stripes and patterns.  This is what she believes is the ‘ideal balance.’  Read More
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    Tea-Guy

  • #TEAkuTuesday for July 28th

    Tea-Guy
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    can you hear whispers / the sounds of a hot kettle / brewing gentle dreams
  • GUEST POST: Tea Drinkers Rule!

    Tea-Guy
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:46 pm
    TEA DRINKERS RULE! Pop culture is not kind to those who favor tea over coffee.  Coffee drinkers chase terrorists, fight aliens and outrun earthquakes, while tea drinkers sit around nibbling cookies as they sip from fine china teacups with their pinkie extended.  However, since tea is the second most popular beverage in the world after water, it’s safe to say this image hardly represents the average tea drinker.  In fact, there’s plenty of proof they’re just as deserving of their own action movie as the java jockeys. Tea can be traced back to the 3rd century, though legend places its…
  • #TEAkuTuesday for July 21st

    Tea-Guy
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:36 pm
    what are you sipping / your tea cup kisses your lips / jealous of your brew
  • #TEAkuTuesday for July 14th

    Tea-Guy
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    kid, back in my day / we weren't sipping gin & juice / we knocked back hot tea
  • #TEAkuTuesday for July 7th

    Tea-Guy
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:31 pm
    tender and fragile / dancing in the hot water / my wanton baozhong
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    A Tea Addict's Journal »

  • Sticks or tea?

    MarshalN
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:35 pm
    If you think this is just a pile of sticks, you’re not wrong. It is, mostly, just a pile of sticks, with a few really broken leaves. It is, however, a bancha. Specifically, it’s called the three year bancha. I’ve seen bancha before, but most of them just look like lower grade green tea. This is quite something else. This is one of the many teas I got from the tea fair I attended in Kyoto. I’ve been slowly going through them one by one, and some are definitely more interesting than others. It seems as though Yuuki-cha used to sell this tea. This particular one is from a…
  • Frequently asked questions

    MarshalN
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:54 am
    I have put up a new page with a few frequently asked questions that I am asked from time to time, take a look if you’d like.
  • Tea fair in Kyoto

    MarshalN
    14 Jun 2015 | 8:29 pm
    While I was doing research and waiting for my books at the Urasenke School‘s library, I discovered that there was, that day, a tea fair across town at the Yoshida shrine near Kyoto University. Since the library closed at 3 anyway, I decided to hop over and take a look. The tea fair was a decent size – about 20-30 booths from various sellers. What was perhaps the most surprising was that about half of them were selling Chinese teas of various sorts. Like these guys: Or something like this: The Chinese tea they sold and were pushing were mostly oolongs of various sort, with some…
  • Instant tea

    MarshalN
    13 Jun 2015 | 12:04 am
    So last time I tried K-cups for you, and the results are pretty bad. Well, I’m just wrapping up a work trip in Japan, and while here, I had the pleasure of staying at a place that offered this in the room For a country with a lot of tea, and where teabag is really commonplace, I’m not sure what compelled this particular hotel in Kyoto to give you these things instead. They are, basically, instant tea. There were two flavours – hojicha (brown) and sencha (green). I tried the hojicha first, because why not? I filled the cup with hot water Hojicha, as many of you know, is…
  • Grandpa style in action

    MarshalN
    3 Jun 2015 | 12:16 am
      A grandpa with sencha in a bottle, note the high leaf to water ratio.
 
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    Crazy Tea Chick

  • The Health Benefits of Tea are Staggering…

    Joi
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    Given the fact that you’re here… on a tea blog…. leads me to believe that you’re as crazy about tea as I am. So I’ll skip telling you how delicious, refreshing, and absolutely perfect tea is – you already get that. I’ll skip right to something you may not fully realize and that is this: Our favorite drink is as good for us as it is to us. All tea (black, green, white, red, and oolong) – whether it’s iced or hot – is packed with antioxidants called polyphenols. Think of polyphenols as little superheroes that battle free radicals.
  • Tea Gicelee Print: Makes an Especially Beautiful Gift for Tea Lovers

    Joi
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:41 am
    The beautiful Tea Gicelee Print pictured pretty much rattles off all that’s right with the world: Chai Tea (used in lattes, of course), English Breakfast Tea, Green Tea, Earl Grey Tea, and Orange Spice Tea… some of my very best friends. Click through for a closer look at this beauty. You’ll also find tons of other prints and posters celebrating the beauty of tea.
  • Crimson Hollow Owl Teapot

    Joi
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    If you love (and maybe even collect) owls, this Grasslands Road Crimson Hollow Owl Teapot has already won your heart. This ceramic beauty is dishwasher and microwave safe and is available on Amazon. Apparently it’s selling like crazy, though, so be sure to grab one fast. When you click through the link or picture, you’ll find MANY other beautiful owl pitchers, salt and pepper shakers, and more from Grasslands – each one is absolutely gorgeous.
  • Beautiful Turkish Tea Glass Set (Great Gift Idea for Tea Lovers!)

    Joi
    13 May 2015 | 1:13 pm
    I have to tell you, I’ve gone ahead and fallen head over heels in love with Turkish Tea Glasses.  They’re almost too beautiful to even think of as glasses. They look like little artsy vases, but make such perfect vessels for iced tea that I’d never dream of putting anything BUT tea in them. This beautiful Turkish Tea Glass Set is on Amazon for less than $20. Click through for more information. While on Amazon, check out the gorgeous Turkish Tea Glass Saucers too. SO pretty!
  • Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino (With Whipped Topping and Raspberry Syrup on Top, of Course!)

    Joi
    5 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    I am as big a fan of Starbucks as you’ll ever find. In fact, every member of my family know the “right” thing to get me for Christmas, Mother’s Day, or my birthday is a Starbucks gift card.  One Christmas I racked up 5 and I was in caffeinated bliss for weeks! The crazy thing is, I never… seriously, never…. order coffee at Starbucks. In the cooler months, I always get a Chai Tea Latte or hot black tea and in the warmer months, my Baristas know exactly what’s coming out of my mouth, “Grande Green Tea Frappuccino with Whipped Topping and…
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  • A Short History of Chinese Tea Drinking

    Steven Popec
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    It is believed that Chinese people have enjoyed tea drinking for more than 4,000 years. Legend has it that Yan Di, one of three rulers in ancient times, tried many different types of herbs in the search of medicinal cures.One day, as he was dying from being poisoned by an herb he had ingested; a drop of water from a tea tree dripped into his mouth and saved his life. True, this is legend, but one thing that is backed up by research, is that tea does possess powerful health benefits that prevent or relieve several serious health issues.During the Western Zhou Dynasty, tea was regularly used as…
  • The Art of Tea Blending

    Steven Popec
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Properly blending tea is truly an art form. This statement isn’t intended to be taken lightly, nor is it an exaggeration. You can’t just take a handful of different ingredients, throw them into a pot and expect to wind up with a successful blend of tea.The goal of professional tea blending is to create a well balanced flavor and aroma using different teas, herbs, fruits, spices and other additives from different origins and with different characteristics.The one most important rule of tea blending that must always be achieved is that every blend must taste the same as the previous one, so…
  • The Health Benefits of Different Teas

    Steven Popec
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Coveted for centuries in the East as the key to good health, happiness and wisdom, tea is gaining the attention of researchers in the West who are discovering the many health benefits of different types of teasResearch studies have shown that tea can provide help with cancerheart disease and diabetes. It can also assist in weight loss, lower cholesterol and provide mental alertness. Tea has been found to also contain antimicrobial qualities.“There doesn’t seem to be a downside to tea,” said Katherine Tallmadge, MARDLD, spokesperson for The American Dietetic Association. “I think…
  • The Benefits of Polyphenols & Flavonoids Found in Tea

    Steven Popec
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    There is a reason why tea is the second most popular drink in the world, next to water, because it is packed with several powerful ingredients that provide many benefits to your mind, body and soul.Polyphenols Fight DiseaseOne of the major benefits to tea are its high quantities of polyphenols that literally combat and destroy the free radicals in our bodies which cause cancerous tumors to grow and allow disease to spread and reak havoc on our bodies in the form of several other debilitating health problems.Free radicals are oxidants which are unstable molecules that damage cells, change our…
  • L-theanine and What it Means to Tea

    Steven Popec
    16 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    L-theanine is a chemical regularly found in tea and is responsible for some of the well known effects tea has on the mind and body, as well as having an influence on the flavor itself.The concentration of L-theanine found in any tea is high for this pretty uncommon chemical. Two of the teas with the highest known concentration, gyokuro and Anji bai cha, both contain around 2% L-theanine by dry weight. All other teas contain around 1% by dry weight.The effects of L-theanineEven though not completely understood and subject to ongoing research, L-theanine has a number of effects on the mind and…
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  • Quotations About Tea

    wilson
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:44 pm
    My pu is bigger than your pu.I was browsing the internet when I chanced upon this site that actually complied quotations about tea. There was no author I could credit to this collection. I found it pretty amusing reading these tea quotes and I have selected a few quotes for my readers from this nifty website. Do check this site out (and there are many similar sites on the net as well).http://www.quotegarden.com/tea.html1. Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage. ~Catherine Douzel2. A true warrior, like tea, shows his strength in hot water. ~Chinese Proverb3. Perhaps it is while…
  • 2004 Yiwu Sheng

    wilson
    17 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    I had purchased this puerh cake from Sin Fook Tea House in 2013.  Sin Fook Tea House is in Hong Kong and is located at 83 Tak Ku Ling Rd, Kowloon City.  This tea shop was formerly operating at Kowloon City Shopping Mall but have moved into a shophouse unit (2 streets away from their former shop) few years back.  Kowloon City is primarily a housing estate comprising of many apartment blocks, and shops there like Sin Fook mainly cater to the local residents.  This 2004 Yiwu Puerh cake is dry stored.  This tea was not stored in the traditional Hong Kong 'higher…
  • My souvenirs from Japan

    wilson
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    I performed my tourist duties well when I was in Japan. My kids wanted everything Japanese. On my last day in Japan, I went to a local supermarket and stuffed a bag with Japanese cucumbers, fruits, rice, seaweed sheets, confectionary and more Japanese tea, which included matcha teabags. Sound crazy, but I do save up to 70% when I purchase these things here. I even got myself a Canon G16 camera, which I had been eyeing for some time. It was less than $300 here, a 50% savings. Now with HD pix and wifi, my pictures should be slightly better. And………I bought a Tetsubin. I dropped by a Nambu…
  • Vacation In Nagoya

    wilson
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:19 pm
    I had just returned from a week's vacation from Nagoya, Japan.  I always loved Japanese food, and upon landing in Nagoya and checking my bags at the hotel, I rushed over to Unagi Horaiken, queued for more than an hour for my table to enjoy the famous Unagi set meal.  Unagi is roasted eel, and the preparation of this dish at that restaurant was magnificent.  I spent most of my Japanese holidays outside the city of Nagoya including staying 2 days in Shrirakawa, a Unesco world heritage site where this town had very well preserved Gasso-zukuri, which are farmhouses that…
  • Japanese Tea Caddy

    wilson
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:31 am
    My recent tea ware purchase was this Japanese tea caddy.  This tea ware is made in Kyoto and such ceramic works are known as Kyo ware.  This tea caddy measures about 2.8 inches high with its girth at about 2.8 inches as well.  This tea caddy comes with a cow bone lid with gold foil lining the base of the lid.  A cloth bag call shifuku was included in this purchase.  I was informed that the lid of the tea caddy was made from cow bone.  Such lids may also be made from resin, bone and even ivory.  I found the lid extremely light.   It looks very…
 
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  • Friday Round Up: July 26th - August 1st

    Nicole Martin
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    TEA BOOK REVIEW: Linda Gaylard’s The Tea Book +Drew Bednasek wrote a great review of my current tea read, an exciting new book from fellow tea writer +Linda Gaylard. July White2tea Club with 2015 Green Shroom Pu’er – Tea Review +Charissa Gascho made me quiet jealous with her review of this fun 'shroom from +White2Tea. Why does it have to be sold out?!? White2Tea 2015 Milk, Cream & Alcohol +
  • Global Tea Hut: June 2015 - White Cockscomb

    Nicole Martin
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Seeing an envelope from +Global Tea Hut sticking out of the mail box always puts a smile on my face. I always enjoy the tea and "gift" immensely but as time has gone by I've come to appreciate Tea & Tao Magazine more and more. So much hard work is put into sharing knowledge in a beautiful full color magazine. The depth of information that I find in its pages each month is invaluable. I really
  • An Introduction to Hagi

    Nicole Martin
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Japan is famous for several pottery styles but one of my favorites is known as Hagi Yaki. It is a glazed, high-fired stoneware that is the specialty of the city of Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The glaze can be made in a variety of colors but milky white is the among the most recognizable. This style of pottery originated in Korea and was brought to Japan in the 17th century. No two pieces
  • The Taiwanese Oolong Issue - Going Out July 31st!

    Nicole Martin
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    I can't believe that it's already time for the next quarterly journal. My mailing list has grown by leaps and bounds and I have all of you to thank for that. From a small list of under 200, you've grown to over 500 subscribers. That's a lot of tea lovers! This time around I'll be focusing on one of my favorite types of tea, Taiwanese oolongs. There are some great articles lined up from +Tealet,
  • Teatulia Black Tea Loose Leaf

    Nicole Martin
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: Bangladesh Leaf Appearance: small, dark with golden tips Ingredients: black tea Steep time: 3 minutes Water Temperature: 212 degrees Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Tea Maker Liquor: reddish brown I first wrote about this tea way back in 2011, in its pyramid tea bag form, so I thought that I should give it another go. For those of you who aren't familiar with +Teatulia
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  • Karen Ray’s Recipe for Relaxation

    tealeaves
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Insider tips for unwinding, from the Auberge Resorts Director of Spas. read more The post Karen Ray’s Recipe for Relaxation appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • Composing a Culinary Harmony

    tealeaves
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Executive Chef Olivier Belliard explores the perfect fusion of summer flavors. read more The post Composing a Culinary Harmony appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • Impress, Cocktail in Hand

    tealeaves
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Hosting Summer Soirées with Style . read more The post Impress, Cocktail in Hand appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • Chado [A Daily Ritual]

    tealeaves
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Transformation of a practice into an art begins with a step-by-step process. read more The post Chado [A Daily Ritual] appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
  • Chado [The Utensils]

    tealeaves
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Essentials for A Ritual. read more The post Chado [The Utensils] appeared first on Tealeaves Folio.
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  • 10 Places In India Where You Must Have Tea

    Goodwyn Tea
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:36 am
    Indians can barely even think of surviving without their chai ka pyala..it is the blood stream of the majority of the population. Also with the hedonistic ways of life and the breath taking geographic diversity that India has, to pamper the hedonistic streak..we thought it would be a great idea to club the two and see where all we would like to go with your beloved cup! Let’s take a look at India, teafully! 1) Allepey Backwaters , Kerela                                                          Courtesy With its breathtaking beauty, Kerala is a perfect haven for…
  • 7 Benefits of Green Tea

    Goodwyn Tea
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    “A cup of tea makes everything better”. And that is saying something. Tea is the second most consumed beverage in world, coming right after water. With the numerous aromas that it comes in, the multitudinous ways in which it can be consumed, tea sure does cater to all the whims and fancies of the taste buds. Green tea, the exalted breed, isn’t popular without reason either. Though we all know, that it is pixie dust in a tea bag and can do more wonders than we can imagine, let’s take a quick look as to how this refreshing little being is more than just refreshing. 1) Protection from…
  • Life Without Bed Tea

    Goodwyn Tea
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:59 am
    Be it the English high tea or the tapri wali chai, the rare luxuries of a starbucks’ chai tea or the routine 5 o’ clock tea break, be it chamomile tea right out of the silken tea box or adrak wali chai from nani ki rasoi.. tea no doubt has the masses wrapped up around its fingers. Caffeinated-de caffeinated, Green Tea-Black Tea, Darjeeling Tea – Kashmiri Kahwa , Dancing Tea or Oolong Tea, with or without milk, steaming or iced…can we not get into the technicalities just for a minute and give this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious boon to mankind its due round of applause? Credits…
  • 5 Uses of Tea Beyond The Cup

    Goodwyn Tea
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:48 am
    Tea is the most preferred beverage all over the world by people of all ages. And why shouldn’t it be? Be it a hot steaming cup of tea as you snuggle in the blanket on the couch with a book on a rainy day, the pure bliss of Iced Tea on a sultry summer noon, or the sip of green tea after power yoga – Tea is the thing you need to complete every get-together, at every occasion in any season or be your best companion in solitude. Apparently, tea didn’t want to stop being awesome at just that and has oodles of other uses! Well, it is not just hocus pocus about reading tea leaves to know your…
  • Teas - A great corporate gift idea

    Goodwyn Tea
    6 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    We all know something about tea, but before we present tea as a great corporate gift idea, let’s introduce you to some interesting facts about tea. Did you know that herbal tea is actually not a tea but an infusion of various edible herbs. Also, known as tisane, herbal tea does not belong to the camellia sinensis family of tea plants. The next attention-grabbing fact about tea is that it is the second most consumed beverage in the world. It is second only to water, which we may or may not be termed as a beverage as it is source of life. The process of making black tea was originally used to…
 
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