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Month: August 2017

Red Sun Rising (Qimen Red Tea) from Global Tea Hut

Red Sun Rising (Qimen Red Tea) from Global Tea Hut

Red Sun Rising is a very tippy tea, or is composed of many high quality buds. This is because first flush green teas are carefully selected for processing, with the aim of making a tea with a rich, bold flavor.  This tea is meant to be infused several times, unlike many other red teas that are available on the market. The dark, twisting leaves have an interesting, powerful fragrance that is quite inviting. I ordered this tea as a 500…

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Non Organic Tea vs Organically Certified Tea vs Living Tea

Non Organic Tea vs Organically Certified Tea vs Living Tea

There is often a lively debate about whether organic teas are better, or in some cases, actually worse. The response that one gets will often vary, often depending if one is getting it from a tea supplier or a tea drinker. Below are some of the arguments I’ve come across, what Living Tea is, and why I’ve become fond of Living Tea. Non Organic Tea I hear  sometimes from tea vendors that organically certified teas are not necessarily better. Instead,…

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How to prepare a yixing teapot for first time use

How to prepare a yixing teapot for first time use

I recently received a new zisha, electric fired yixing teapot from Global Tea Hut. It’s very beautiful, with an engraving of the Heart Sutra. And the yixing teapot brews great. Due to its high profile, it brews red teas very well, but can be used as an all around tea pot. I would just need to scour it every 5-6 months. Since it’s a new teapot, I thought I would explain the preparation of the yixing for first time use….

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Jasmine Silver Needle White Tea from Tea Source

Jasmine Silver Needle White Tea from Tea Source

The tea contains fairly thick needles with lots of silver hairs on it. Just smelling it before an initial brew, I noticed a nice jasmine aroma. Jasmine Silver Needle is described as being scented numerous times with fresh jasmine blossoms, and it tea smells like it was just scented yesterday. The smell of jasmines are not overwhelming, but its presence is definitely there. I  brewed this in a 150ml gaiwan with about 6 grams. I know that many prefer to…

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Jade Tips Green Tea (Mao Jian) from Canton Tea Company

Jade Tips Green Tea (Mao Jian) from Canton Tea Company

Canton Tea Company describes Jade Tips as growing in the high, cool, misty mountain air of Zhejiang. I noticed that it has many of the hallmarks of a tea that grows in such conditions. The tea leaves are small, likely from being in a colder climate. The tea has a rich, dark green appearance, likely from being on a misty mountainside. The dark green, twisted leaves have a grassy and vegetable scent. The smell however is not overpowering, but the…

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Big Red Robe (Da Hong Pao) from Tea Source

Big Red Robe (Da Hong Pao) from Tea Source

I ordered some tea from Tea Source a couple of months ago, and Big Red Robe was the one tea that I was looking forward to the most. Good quality Big Red Robe is generally hard to come by. This is because much of what is sold is actually mixed in with lower quality tea. People often do not notice because mixing of teas can be masked during the charcoal processing. Then its packaged as Big Red Robe, and sold…

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