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Sharing a tea experience

This week, one of my tea highlights was brewing this 1979 Hung Shui Oolong from Dong Ding (available here). Tasting an aged Oolong is always a special moment, but it's also a challenge to brew it well. Hungshui Oolongs need more attention and practice than other teas.Oolong leaves that have patiently waited for 35 years have a lot to tell. Show More Summary

Back Seven: Are you, or aren’t you?

2 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Come out, come out, wherever you are All you bright tea nerds who fell from a star.” Continue reading ? The post Back Seven: Are you, or aren’t you? appeared first on T Ching.

Three Points in American Football

I like "American Football", as it's called in my country.  My friends, family and colleagues, upon learning this, tend to scrunch up their faces as if I'd just told them that I enjoy watching paint dry.  The usual comments are to doShow More Summary

American Chinese teaware

3 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

The art of gong fu cha, the Chinese tea service, is generally practiced using a specialized tea set. Collectively called cha ju (or equipage by people who insist on using French), the instruments of gong fu cha encompass a whole spectrum of diminutive, elegant, precisely-crafted little bits and bobs. Continue reading ? The post American Chinese teaware appeared first on T Ching.

Global Tea Hut: Have tea will travel

4 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Those familiar melancholy notes which always accompany the close of a Northern Hemi- sphere summer are now in full symphony: shorter days, suddenly; soft, warm air with chilly, foreboding undercurrents; bright sunshine above Continue reading ? The post Global Tea Hut: Have tea will travel appeared first on T Ching.

Tea connections

Japanese style garden in Taipei (Tatung University) Recent readers of my blog may be surprised to see me preparing Oolong at an event in the Tatung university in Taipei. This picturesque place is better known as a background for wedding...Show More Summary

Clinical, II

why can't I remember how to reach the Dementia Cafe?

Tea of the Pacific Northwest

5 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

I embarked on my first journey into the Pacific Northwest with my Tealet family Mike and Rie. We drove from our home in Las Vegas with the hopes of learning about the history of tea growing in Oregon and Washington and to connect with tea lovers Continue reading ? The post Tea of the Pacific Northwest appeared first on T Ching.

Raffinement et bonification du Hungshui Oolong

Dimanche, Teaparker a fait son discours-événement mensuel dans cette ancienne demeure Japonaise du fondateur de l'entreprise d'électro-ménager Taiwanaise Tatung. Elle est située dans l'enceinte de l'université Tatung, au nord de la rue Zhong Shan, à Taipei. Show More Summary

Do you love something chocolate-tea?

6 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Fresh off of presenting pairing sessions at the Los Angeles International Tea Festival, which were enthusiastically received, I got to thinking that not only can one pair tea with chocolate, and tea with cheese (yes!); Continue reading ? The post Do you love something chocolate-tea? appeared first on T Ching.

++++ NEWS ALERT : Tea merchants mix Chinese Oolong with Taiwan Oolong ++++

I interrupt my normal blogging to give you the latest news. Here is one article in English about this matter.Are you as shocked as I am? This comes just days after another scandal involving 'gutter oil' here in Taiwan. What's reallyShow More Summary

Hung Shui Oolong innovation: High Mountain

Hung Shui Oolong is traditionally associated with Dong Ding Oolong and lower elevation Oolongs from Mingjian. In the 1990s, when High Mountain Oolong became more and more popular, these teas would distinguish themselves from Dong Ding Oolongs by having very light oxidation and no roasting. Show More Summary

Back seven: the cup

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

leaf opens and i drop out Continue reading ? The post Back seven: the cup appeared first on T Ching.

(0,0,0)^T

Origin Tea!  Oh, maths jokes, you so funny. I have recently wailed like a banshee concerning the large multiple of prices for unaged tea, with respect to price even from last year.  Rather than just blub like a schoolgirl, I thoughtShow More Summary

L'origine des Hungshui Oolongs

Wuyi Shuixian, printemps 2011 Continuons notre série sur les Hungshui Oolongs en nous intéressant à leur origine.Si le gongfu cha nous vient de Chaozhou (dans l'est de la province du Guangdong), le Oolong torréfié provient des monts WuYi, dans le Fujian, au début de la dynastie Qing (1644-1911). Show More Summary

The last horse trail: Jungpana

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

On 27th June 2014, I revisited Jungpana, where I lived for about six months between October of 1992 to March of 1993. Along the journey with me was Xiao Juan, of China. Xiao Juan was very much interested in seeing this tea estate: Continue reading ? The post The last horse trail: Jungpana appeared first on T Ching.

Is roasting the same as ?? (h?ngbèi')?

As we approach the cooler fall season, let's focus on roasted Oolongs for some time. Yesterday, I've shown that there are 3 different roasting tools (bamboo basket over charcoal, bamboo basket over electric heat and electric oven). But...Show More Summary

Global Tea Hut: Taiwan state of mind

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

I would venture a guess that many T Ching readers would list personal growth pretty high up on their list of life priorities. Serious tea drinkers just tend to be ‘that way.' The leafy path of Cha Dao has many resting places along its way for activities Continue reading ? The post Global Tea Hut: Taiwan state of mind appeared first on T Ching.

Clinical, I

buns in the oven coffee-time meeting in the maternity ward

To the storefront

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Shopping at Costco is hardly anyone's favorite chore. From the moment of arriving at the parking lot, to unloading bulky purchases, the entire trip is glutted with drudgery. Yet we find ourselves again and again at Costco, Continue reading ? The post To the storefront appeared first on T Ching.

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