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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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Review of Tea Source

Review of Tea Source

I’ve found that Tea Source is an excellent place to get high quality teas at a good price. A coworker recommended Tea Source to me, and who had been ordering from them for some years. He is an avid photographer and he read about Tea Source on a photography website. Apparently, the person running the photography website is also an avid tea drinker and likes to give tea suggestions. I would say that word of mouth recommendations are generally a…

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Pi Lo Chun Imperial from Tea Source

Pi Lo Chun Imperial from Tea Source

I took one look at tea buds and leaves, and I couldn’t  but notice how soft they are and all the little hairs. Pi Lo Chun Imperial from Tea Source feels quite delicate and this creates a sense of anticipation. This is definitely a first flush tea. Pi Lo Chun is one of the most famous green teas in china, and this particular sample is the highest grade. Brewing Pi Lo Chun Imperial I brewed 6 grams in a 150…

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Why use a gaiwan to brew tea

Why use a gaiwan to brew tea

After many years of making tea using western style (brewing with a high water-to-tea ratio), I came to a point where I started making tea with a gaiwan. Since then, I haven’t turned back. I have gaiwans now both at home and work. Better extraction with each infusion A gaiwan can be used in gong fu brewing , where a higher tea-to-water ratio is utilized, compared to western brewing. The result are infusions with better taste and depth. I initially…

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Welcome and make yourself at home

Welcome and make yourself at home

My interest in tea has increasingly become more engaged over the past years, and it has sparked a curiosity in the many aspects of tea culture. While it started with an interest in tasting the different varieties of teas, how they’re grown and processed and the different techniques for brewing, I also have an interest in the meditative aspects of tea. I’ve found that the synergy of the many aspects of tea culture is steadily propelling me forward. I decided…

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