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  • 2000 Four Gold Coins Liu Bao

    New Products from Main Website
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    'Si Jin Quan' (Four Gold Coins) is a brand of Liu Bao that has been ordered and packaged by a Hong Kong trading company of the same name since the late Qing dynasty (Guangxu period). This example was produced in the year 2000 and is packaged into 1kg bags. It was stored in Hong Kong until around 2010, then in Malaysia since then. The brewed tea is medium-smooth and mellow. It still has enough character to continue to evolve well over the years & makes a very enjoyable drink at the moment, at a price that allows one to brew it casually as an everyday tea. I tasted this tea first around 4 years…
  • Teenager Tea

    The Half-Dipper
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Teenage pu'ercha is a great deal easier to handle than real teenagers, I think.  Although my boys are just 2 and 4 years old, at the time of writing, I look forward to their teenage years.  In tea years, it is approximately years 2-10 where the changes happen, depending on storage - after a decade, you're into much more gradual territory, and the character of the tea has, to some degree, been
  • New Product: Langharjan Estate TGFOP1

    News from Upton Tea
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The dark, wiry and well-twisted leaves of this selection produce a bold, flavorful cup with a zesty pungency. Notes of cocoa and oak are suggested in the dark liquor. A solid choice for a good breakfast tea.
  • The 7542 puerh standard and compound interest.

    Tea Masters
    Stephane
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    1995/96 Menghai Tea Factory '7542' cake The compound interest formula is very useful to understand to the price of older 7542 cakes.The calculation goes like this:Price in Y years = Price now x (1+ rate of return)^YWhat's interesting with the Menghai 7542 cakes from 1975 to year 2000, is that these puerhs were made with the same recipe, similar know-how in the same factory while the Chinese market was a monopoly managed by the CNNP corporation. (See picture above for the full name). This means that these products are all quite similar and should follow similar aging and pricing patterns.The…
  • Back Seven: Tea Drunk!

    T Ching
    T Ching
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    drunking tea until its me how can I ever stop drunking tea until I pee oh god I thought I’d drop drunking tea until I see everythings a prop drinking tea until I’m drunk I’m liquid, get the mop. This poem was written by Paul Rosenberg and first published on the blog November 2, 2007. MAIN:             IMAGE 1: The post Back Seven: Tea Drunk! appeared first on T Ching.
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  • 2000 Four Gold Coins Liu Bao

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    'Si Jin Quan' (Four Gold Coins) is a brand of Liu Bao that has been ordered and packaged by a Hong Kong trading company of the same name since the late Qing dynasty (Guangxu period). This example was produced in the year 2000 and is packaged into 1kg bags. It was stored in Hong Kong until around 2010, then in Malaysia since then. The brewed tea is medium-smooth and mellow. It still has enough character to continue to evolve well over the years & makes a very enjoyable drink at the moment, at a price that allows one to brew it casually as an everyday tea. I tasted this tea first around 4 years…
  • 100ml Bian Gu Yixing Teapot

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    These 100ml Zini teapots were made in the 'Bian Gu' style by an apprentice of Master Zhou from Wuxing Shan Fang studio in Yixing. The clay is good quality aged Zini clay and the pots are fully handmade. The lid fit is good and the pot is well balanced. These pots make great tea, and are very suitable for wuyi yancha and both aged & young puerh tea. £60.00
  • 1990's 'Ma Bao' Liu Bao

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    I thought I didn't really have a lot to say about this tea, but then I started drinking it again while writing and I remembered why I bought it in the first place. From the beginning it's smooth to drink. It takes a couple of infusions to really open up, then becomes quite thick in the mouth, with a characteristic chinese date flavour coming through. There's a long sweet aftertaste which lingers comfortably in the mouth. The tea progresses well throughout the brewing and provides many tasty infusions before fading out into sweet water. This is a lovely liu bao which doesn't cost the earth. A…
  • 80ml Tian Qing Ni PanHu

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    Completely handmade from aged TianQingNi clay by Chen Ju Fang, these Yixing teapots are really lovely. With this small batch, she seems to have spent extra time burnishing the surface of the clay to improve the sheen and appearance of the pots. The construction of the pots, as we've come to expect from her, is perfect - the lid fit is perfect and smooth, the proportions are excellent, and they're really a joy to use. The wide mouth and flat body of this pot really suits larger leafed teas. Combined with this clay type, I can highly recommend it for use with Wuyi yancha. £148.00
  • 80ml Lixing Yixing Teapot

    25 Oct 2014 | 2:41 am
    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

  • Teenager Tea

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

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

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

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

    7 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    the Fragrant Port smells of old fishing boats and teargas
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    News from Upton Tea

  • New Product: Langharjan Estate TGFOP1

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The dark, wiry and well-twisted leaves of this selection produce a bold, flavorful cup with a zesty pungency. Notes of cocoa and oak are suggested in the dark liquor. A solid choice for a good breakfast tea.
  • New Product: Castleton Estate FTGFOP1 Musk. (DJ-145)

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This offering is one of the best Darjeeling teas of the second flush season. The leaves are richly fragrant, and produce a flavorful cup. The liquor has prominent muscatel notes and hints of what some have described as pineapple. The clean finish has a sweet grapey note.
  • New Product: Special Ding Gu Da Fang Organic

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Legend has it that this eponymously named tea was created by the famous Buddhist monk Da Fang during the Song dynasty. This special lot is a little darker and richer in flavor than our prior lot, and has a deep vegetal sweetness, hints of chestnut, and notes of ripe fruit.
  • New Product: Castleton Estate FTGFOP1 Moonlight (DJ-106)

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The long, twisted leaves of this bold tea have variegated tones of pale wheat, bronze and dark chocolate-brown. The aroma has notes of muscatel and apple, with a hint of flowers. The light cup is silky smooth, with notes of apricot and honey, complemented by floral and walnut nuances.
  • New Product: Panyang Congou Supreme

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The ebony leaves of this selection have a matte finish and crêpey appearance, with a smattering of golden tips. The toasty aroma has intense, dark chocolate notes. The cup has complex flavors of cinnamon and cardamom, with a hint of toffee. The finish is smooth with a lingering note of cocoa.
 
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    Tea Masters

  • The 7542 puerh standard and compound interest.

    Stephane
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    1995/96 Menghai Tea Factory '7542' cake The compound interest formula is very useful to understand to the price of older 7542 cakes.The calculation goes like this:Price in Y years = Price now x (1+ rate of return)^YWhat's interesting with the Menghai 7542 cakes from 1975 to year 2000, is that these puerhs were made with the same recipe, similar know-how in the same factory while the Chinese market was a monopoly managed by the CNNP corporation. (See picture above for the full name). This means that these products are all quite similar and should follow similar aging and pricing patterns.The…
  • Truth in advertising

    Stephane
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:09 am
    The advantage of going from blogging to selling tea is that I spend time searching and selecting teas I find fantastic. But the disadvantage of selling tea instead of just blogging about it, is that it blurs the line between describing and promoting it. Nevertheless, I think that most readers can see that I take real pleasure and interest in good teas. Also, I give the opportunity to purchase small quantities (25 gr or sometimes even by the gram) that let you evaluate the teas at a reasonable cost (and I give free sample(s) with each order).The Internet gives readers and customers the…
  • 1995/96 Menghai 7542

    Stephane
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Saviez-vous que Warren Buffett, le génial investisseur, a gagné 99% de sa fortune après l'âge de 50 ans? Etonnant, non? Cela me fait penser au puerh de collection dont la valeur augmente de manière pratiquement exponentielle! Une galette 7542 des années 1970s vaut actuellement environ 10,000 USD! Et les galettes plus anciennes valent bien plus encore.Mais les puerhs ne vieillissent pas tous bien. La qualité du puerh à l'origine et le stockage sont deux facteurs déterminants. Avec la galette 7542, on a la chance d'avoir une recette qui fut assez stable dans le temps, surtout tant que…
  • The beauty of hung cha

    Stephane
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Sun on winter tea plantations in northern TaiwanThe cool days and cold nights have (finally) arrived in Taiwan. It's time for a change in the teas brewed. Fewer green teas and low oxidized Oolongs. Now, it feels more like drinking Hung Shui Oolongs, raw puerhs, shu puerhs and red teas. Each of these tea category has a warming characteristic, but expressed differently. The best of all is... to be able to vary all these teas!Today, on this Chaxi, I'm enjoying my Red Extreme Delight (RED). The Chinese classify it as a red tea (Hung cha). These leaves and buds come from Qingxin Oolong trees that…
  • Chabu ou Obi?

    Stephane
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Combinaison d'un Chabu et d'un ObiBeauté Orientale 'tradition' de 2013Eclaircissons d'abord la signification de ces 2 mots étrangers:- Chabu (prononcez 'tcha-bou') vient du chinois et associe le mot 'thé' au mot 'tissu'. Il s'agit donc d'une nappe réalisée pour l'infusion du thé. (Voyez, par exemple, toute ma sélection disponible sur ma boutique en ligne). - Obi: vient du japonais et désigne la ceinture du kimono traditionnel. C'est un tissu épais et long qu'on enroule autour de la taille et qui se ferme en boucle dans le dos. Dans ce Chaxi, j'utilise les mêmes Chabu que dans…
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    T Ching

  • Back Seven: Tea Drunk!

    T Ching
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    drunking tea until its me how can I ever stop drunking tea until I pee oh god I thought I’d drop drunking tea until I see everythings a prop drinking tea until I’m drunk I’m liquid, get the mop. This poem was written by Paul Rosenberg and first published on the blog November 2, 2007. MAIN:             IMAGE 1: The post Back Seven: Tea Drunk! appeared first on T Ching.
  • Shangri La’s chocolates: paradise in your mouth

    Erika Cilengir
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    Of all the foods and drinks in this world, there aren’t many (or perhaps any) that can top tea and chocolate. In fact, the two have been featured together in at least a dozen posts here on T Ching. This post highlights a new twist on the theme – chocolates not just infused with tea, but with actual tea leaves in them, giving the chocolates a unique, delicious, and decidedly crunchy character. Just this past September, Shangri La Tea, a nearly 30-year-old Southern California-based tea company, launched Shangri La Chocolate. Its initial offering includes three milk chocolate options and one…
  • Global Tea Hut: solace in a cup of tea

    Global Tea Hut
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:01 am
    The confessional tone of many contributions to the Global Tea Hut monthly newsletter has led me to believe I already know some of you personally, though we are all spread out across the globe. Is there something in the nature of tea itself that lends itself to confessional storytelling? Or is this impulse brought about by the fact that we are sharing an intimate ritual, yet have never seen each other’s faces, so we compensate by baring ourselves to each other verbally? Thus, as we sip from our cups of tea, each of us in our own corner of the world, we can better imagine the Others. Inspired…
  • Tea poetry: radio’s contribution

    Ifang Hsieh
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    One long summer in Honolulu, Oahu, I spent the morning hours watching old movies on a local television channel.In addition to adaptations of literary works such as David Copperfield and The Count of Monte-Cristo, all of which I had then read only in Chinese, there were also obscure cinematic pieces like Elephant Walk and Green Mansions.My family had just immigrated to the States that year.Lack of close captions did not hinder me from comprehending the gist ofthe stories presented, or from concocting my own interpretation.I like to think that it was the programming manager’s unique…
  • Time for repose

    Rafe
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    To the Chinese, the heart is the central life image, and a source of thought and intelligence. A healthy life includes essential time-taking activities, such as repose. Take time for repose – it is the germ of creation. The Chinese believe that during a deep breath, the energy of heaven is brought in through the nose into the heart/mind. The dictionary definition of repose includes, but is not limited to: freedom from that which excites, disturbs or stirs up; resulting in peace, tranquility, and calm. Synonyms include ease, quietness, peace, and relaxation. In our busy lives, as we are…
 
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    Tea Guy Speaks

  • Japanese Tea Pickers of Yesteryear

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

    William I. Lengeman III
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
  • Featured Tea Book - Book of Tea Classic Edition

    William I. Lengeman III
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    from the publisher:Now available in a gorgeous hardcover slipcase edition, this "object d'art" will be sure to add grace and elegance to tea shelves, coffee tables and bookshelves. A keepsake enjoyed by tea lovers for over a hundred years, The Book of Tea Classic Edition will enhance your enjoyment and understanding of the seemingly simple act of making and drinking tea. In 1906 in turn-of-the century Boston, a small, esoteric book about tea was written with the intention of being read aloud in the famous salon of Isabella Gardner, Boston's most famous socialite. It was authored by Okakura…
  • Teavana Shaken Iced Tea TV Commercial

    William I. Lengeman III
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper
  • Tetley Tea Folk Commercial (1988)

    William I. Lengeman III
    4 Oct 2014 | 11:38 am
    Adagio Teas - Best Tea Online
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    Heaven of Tea

  • Gingerbread Tea Cookies

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

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

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

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

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

    Bryan Kuykendall
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    This is just a quick little teaser to let you know that a new post will be coming very soon. We will tackle the question of why it’s been two years since the last post and provide some new documents that show just how far these people are willing to go to silence anyone from questioning them or exposing their unethical and potentially criminal activities. Stay tuned because our journey down the rabbit hole is about to get back in to full swing and this time we are going to be taking on even more!
  • On Hangover Cures

    elizabethmeg
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Last night I drank enough vodka to fell a Russian soldier. This morning I woke up with a stonking headache. I am assuming that this is a case of cause and effect, unless at some point in the night I got into an argument with Thor and he/she introduced Mjolnir to my head (which is entirely possible: it was that sort of night). I feel extraordinarily lucky that after a heavy night, generally the worst I have is a headache, general sense of grogginess and new exciting bruises, but I have experienced a couple of the “oh-god-no-the-pain-how-am-I-still-alive” ones. Now seems as good a time as…
  • Got a Secret can You keep It?

    carolannedavies
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    HEY guys so today I thought I would share one of my beauty secrets with you, I mean we are practically besties after all! Now, I believe that’s it’s not only important to feel good on the outside but also on the inside (wow this is kind of starting to sound like a Yakult advert) so I try do do certain things to ensure that I feel my best at all times, obviously this is impossible because we all get those days when we feel like utter crap but I try to do what I can. So what’s my little secret I hear you cry? Well, it’s (drum roll please)….Twinings Detox Tea!
  • #OneDayHH: sharing the details

    katieleigh
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    On Wednesday I posted a total of 21 photos to Instagram. That’s way more than I’d usually post in a single day, lest I alienate every one of the folks who see my photos – except perhaps my mother. (Though even she would probably tell me to give it a rest.) But I was participating in Laura’s annual #OneDayHH project. Laura’s point is that we often share the pretty details of our days on Instagram – the new haircut, the fabulous shoes, the fun night out with friends. But we don’t often snap and share the mundane stuff: the commute, the sinkful of dirty…
  • The best thing about family gatherings...

    coffeeandetc
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    is this cup of goodness.
 
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    Lainie Sips

  • Black Needle Pagoda Tea Review – Wild Tea Qi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hong Kong teashop ecology

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  Black Where to Buy:  Monarch Tea Co. or Monarch Tea Co. on Etsy Tea Description: This warm and inviting blend brings memories of sitting fireside with a good book. Notes of apple, cinnamon and spice come together to warm and soothe. Ingredients: black tea, dried apple, cinnamon pieces, blackberry leaves, safflower petals, natural flavours. Learn more about subscribing to Postal Teas here. Taster’s Review: I was very excited to receive my Postal Teas box today.  This box is actually September's subscription - which arrives in October.  Kind of confusing.
  • Never say never

    Xavier
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    I know I said that studies should be taken with caution but I found an interesting one and I wanted to share its conclusions with you. This study shows that price tag can change the way people experience wine. If you want, you can read it here or you can read my summary (with some short cuts as I am no neural sciences expert). 20 students (among them 11 males) who said they liked and occasionally drank red wine were asked to perform a test to “study the effect of sampling time on flavor” while they were performing another test. Each one was told they would be tasting 5 different Cabernet…
  • White Currant Tea from Caraway Tea

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tea Information: Leaf Type:  White Where to Buy:  Caraway Tea Company Product Description: Juicy aromatic currants paired with the delicacy of white tea leaves delivers a smooth flavor profile with a deeply fruity finish. There's a lot of flavor is this healthy white tea. Ingredients China Pai Mu Tan, China Cui Min, rose hip peel, freeze-dried blackcurrants, flavoring, mallow blossoms, cornflower blossoms. Learn more about this tea here. Learn more about UniqTeas here - UniqTeas is the "sister site" of Caraway Tea where you can create your own unique tea blend! Taster’s Review: Oh yum! As…
  • My return with Cold Brew Bottle Review from Whittard of Chelsea

    KittyLovesTea
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    It's been far too long my tea friends, unfortunately time has flown by since my last blog entry. I haven't forgotten about you, unfortunately life came in the way of things for a while. So what's new? Well I've purchased a house and after several months of waiting I am a month or two away from finally moving and signing the papers. It should be before Christmas *fingers crossed*. On top of that I was ill for just over a month and was somewhat bed ridden with a prolapsed disc in my lower back. My overall absence was not a happy one but I am looking to put that behind me and come back to my…
  • Peppermint Herbal Tisane from Simple Loose Leaf

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Tisane Information: Leaf Type:  Herbal Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf here. Tisane Description: Enjoy the refreshing and cooling flavor of peppermint straight from the leaves. Peppermint can be enjoyed on its own or added to another tea blend. The soothing leaves lend well to any sweetener. We recommend a touch of honey and lemon when enjoying these herbal leaves hot or iced. Ingredients:  Peppermint Leaves Learn more about this tisane here. Learn more about Simple Loose Leaf’s Co-Op program here. Taster’s Review: Crisp and cool! Yes, this is plain and simple pure dried…
 
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  • 2004 'Duoteli Brand' Liu Bao Tea

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

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

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

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

    wilson
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    For ripe pu erh tea drinkers, I recommend that you buy a box of these tea bags."China Pu-erh Tea" is produced by Shantou Yi Hua Import & Export Corp Ltd, Guangdong China.  This tea comes in teabags and are packed in a 20 teabag or 100 teabag boxes.  I had tried many pu erh tea bags and had been disappointed with the aroma and taste of the tea bags. There are ripe, raw and even pu erh tea bags that has either chrysanthemum or rose flowers added into the tea.  However, I found these tea bags to be lacking in that robustness that I enjoy in pu erh.....until now.Filling a mug…
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  • Friday Round Up - October 19th through October 25th

    Nicole Martin
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Steeped in History: A surprise in every box! The Teapothead posted about a blast from the past, those little Wade figurines that came inside of boxes of Red Rose teabags. That was how I started my tea journey. My mother and I avidly collected the animals series. Tea Travels: United States Tea Explorer recently visited New York and stopped into a few of my favorite places. I think his
  • Podcast Episode 10: Teacrafting with Boston Teawrights

    Nicole Martin
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Boston Teawrights is an awesome company who imports fresh tea leaves so that tea drinkers can try their hand at teacrafting. Most of my episodes are interviews but for this one I wanted to show a bit of the process that goes into making your own tea at home. It's fun and relatively easy to do using equipment you already have in your kitchen. http://www.bostonteawrights.com If you're
  • Matcha Bowl from Studio KotoKoto

    Nicole Martin
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Way back in February, I was completely starstruck when I first saw Sakai Mika's matcha bowls on +Studio Kotokoto. The designs were so uniquely modern yet classic at the same time. Unfortunately the particular pattern that I wanted was sold out very quickly. They were very kind when I emailed inquiring if there might be any left but I pretty much forgot about it since then (other than the
  • Teavivre Organic Superfine Dragon Well

    Nicole Martin
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Country of Origin: China Leaf Appearance: jade green, flat Ingredients: green tea Steep time: 1 minute Water Temperature: 185 degrees Preparation Method: glass test tube steeper Liquor: very pale, greenish I tend to not be much of a green tea person but there is nothing like the smell of Dragonwell brewing. With good quality green tea subtlety is key. At first, I was hardly able to taste
  • A New Way of Displaying Teacups

    Nicole Martin
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Displaying teacups has always been a challenge for me, especially on shelves that are higher up. I recently found some nifty stands on Amazon that were a great solution. They're just simple plastic pieces that allow the saucer to stand up behind the teacup. Not all cups will fit perfectly but I didn't run into any where I couldn't make it work. Some of my saucers have pretty designs that were
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  • Min Hong Gong Fu Black Teas

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

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

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

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

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