In teaching my baking students about how to pair specific desserts felicitously with broad categories of tea, I got to thinking about the difficulties of being precise or even evocative when using adjectives to describe, say, an oolong or an Indian black tea. Show More Summary
For tea lovers, drinking tea in an earthen or terra cotta cup, like the ones used in northern India, is a wonderful tea experience. The matka which is used to serve the brew is a little pot of unglazed terra cotta made using the pottery wheel and then baked to … Continue reading ? The post Packing a Punch in Earthen Cups appeared first on T Ching.
Tim Horton’s Steep Black Tea is, honestly, burnt, lifeless, and a great source of comfort to me. If you’re not familiar with the coffee/doughnut chain, you’re not Canadian (editor’s note: or from Michigan!). It’s a ubiquitous chain,Show More Summary
Hailing from the Fujian Province is the graceful Bai Mu Dan or Pai Mu Tan tea, which means “white peony” in Chinese. Royal White Peony tea is enjoyed by steeping a single bud and two leaves. Tealicious and delicate, the petals gently unfurl as leaves swirl in an elegant dance inside my teapot. Show More Summary
The sweet aroma of warm tea has the power to wake up all the senses. Tea lovers always aspire to make a perfect cup of this drink, which is both healthy and soothing. You don’t need to be the master of Chinese or Japanese tea ceremony in order to make … Continue reading ? The post Tea Basics: 6 Golden Rules for Making Perfect Tea appeared first on T Ching.
As we become accustomed to higher-quality teas, we naturally tend to set the bar higher. The same can be said for coffee, wine, beer, and just about anything else. After having spent so much time trying things like Chemex-brewed coffee...Show More Summary
For those of us who have been hit with a medical crisis, we know how it can truly rock our world. For those lucky enough to get to the other side, we often gain valuable experiences that cause a shift in our lives, long after the illness has passed. Show More Summary
I presented about Thai teas at an unusual type of expat meet-up event in Bangkok a month ago, described here, and I just realized that I’ve never discussed Thai teas here on TChing. I’ve been living in Bangkok for nine years now–the time just flies–and blogging about tea for three years. Show More Summary
With matcha becoming a big health trend and many venturing to make matcha in a more traditional manner, I thought it might be good to give some general tips on the tools needed to whisk matcha. Matcha is a fine powder made from tea leaves that are grown in the … Continue reading ? The post Blast from the Past: Matcha Whisking Tools appeared first on T Ching.
The Broad, a new contemporary art museum in downtown Los Angeles, opened almost a year ago. To obtain an admission ticket today, a visitor still endures a long waiting period, both online and in front of the box office. Getting a table at Otium, the adjacent fine dining establishment, … Continue reading ? The post Herbacious Cocktails appeared first on T Ching.
Yes, I just made up that name. For years I’ve been rather fascinated by Kombucha but hardly fascinated by the taste of it. However, just like many things we know are good for us – we’ll try it over and over again hoping to eventually learn to like it. I … Continue reading ? The post Friendship Tea appeared first on T Ching.
The uninitiated might expect the definition to be something as simple as: “A quality tea is one that represents the ideals of its varietal and production style and offers superior taste and aroma.” But you’d be wrong…that definition no longer applies to a large percentage of tea drinkers. Show More Summary
Earlier this month I had the privilege of being invited to the members-only Kyushu Tea Auction in Oita city. This is where qualified tea merchants and producers gather to bid for tea leaves, mostly aracha (unprocessed tea), so they can...Show More Summary
In the US, the term “Russian tea” really only refers to one thing, and one thing only: the “Russian Caravan” blend that is usually some combination of Keemun and other smoky black teas. It’s an excellent blend, and I find myself drinking it quite often, but until recently I had … Continue reading ? The post Review: Ivan Chai appeared first on T Ching.
He is the founder of one of the 10th largest specialty tea brands in the world and hotelier with several resorts and growing, the epitome of a man born to wealth and privilege, with all the advantages and connections. No, the story of Merril J. Show More Summary
Many people go towards drinking tea for the health benefits that have been shown to be associated with a great cuppa. With that being said, it is amazing to some people that there are a number of teas that you really should avoid at any and all costs because they … Continue reading ? The post Top 10 Teas to Avoid appeared first on T Ching.
One axiom that is typically taught to new tea students is that “all tea comes from the same plant.” If these students continue to learn about tea and study Chinese tea in any depth, they will discover that this statement is almostShow More Summary
Oolong tea is considered by some connoisseurs to be the ultimate in the art of tea. Not just its manufacture but also the way in which it is enjoyed. With names such as Iron Goddess of Mercy and Golden Buddha, the different kinds are ripe with legendary stories and even … Continue reading ? The post Blast from the Past: 27 Steps of Wuyi Tea Art appeared first on T Ching.
What better way to express the appreciation of a hot cup of tea (and all rituals that come with it) than either hum to the Britain’s national anthem or quote Muriel Barbery, who in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, so exquisitely explains the importance of this almost magical drink by saying: … Continue reading ? The post Exclusive Tea Party Ideas appeared first on T Ching.
On a recent trip to New York City, I met a friend at a new tea bar called Té Company. The past few years, I have gone to Tea Drunk in East Village and have always been jealous that such a place exists in New York, but nothing even remotely … Continue reading ? The post A Visit to Té Company New York appeared first on T Ching.