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2017 White2Tea “four am” and A Trap Music Puerh Session

One of the elements that makes White2Tea so unique is that Paul has branded and intertwined his selection of puerh with American popular culture and his spin on modern art. This has never been done before and oh, it is done so brilliantly. Show More Summary

Caramel color and bottled tea

3 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Caramel coloring in food and beverages is not new and not uncommon. It is the most commonly used food coloring in the world. It can be found in everything from breads to sauces to soda to even steak and liquor. And, unfortunately, a lot of ready-to-drink (RTD) bottled teas. If … Continue reading ? The post Caramel color and bottled tea appeared first on T Ching.

The purest form of gastronomy is Tea

(This is an improved translation of an article I published in French a few days ago.) The way we practice skilled tea is gastronomy in its purest form. Tea and gastronomy are both rooted in desire rather than in need. We practice them because we want and love to, not just because we have to. Show More Summary

Apples, honey and oolong

4 days agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Sometimes the best ideas for cooking with tea come from a complete upending of one’s preconceptions. How’s it done? In my case I often open the tea cabinet and pick out a tea at random and then another without identifying which teas they are. I let them steep for three … Continue reading ? The post Apples, honey and oolong appeared first on T Ching.

Why This Tea Will Sell Out First: 2017 White2Tea (Yiwu) “Pussy”

Hi Paul, After all the hype I have heard about White2Tea I am very excited aboutmy first order of your tea!Thanks for presenting such a unique and refreshing perspective on puerh.I think I am not only speaking for myself, but for many...Show More Summary

Blast from the past: the art of reading the tea leaf

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

This article by Tiffany Williams was originally posted to T Ching in September of 2012. Tasseography or tassology is a fortune-telling method that involves interpreting tea leaves. “Tasse” is from the Arabic root word for “cup” and “graphy”...Show More Summary

Who has the best tea thermos?

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

It comes as no surprise that Zojirushi  won the Best New Tea Accessory award at the World Tea Expo last June. President and CEO Tatsu Yamasaki provided pertinent information about their insulated tea mugs in a World Tea News post. Having...Show More Summary

The Familiar and Unfamiliar- 2005 Long Yuan Hao Bulang and 2005 Long Yuan Hao Gelanghe

The Bulang is no longer pictured on the website but had a near identical wrapper to the Gelanghe (below) with the only major difference is the area name and color of the wrapper was a blue/green color, I believe. Actually, I did notShow More Summary

Le thé, gastronomie à l'état pur

Le thé tel que nous, vous et moi, le pratiquons est une forme idéale de gastronomie. Au départ du thé et de l'art de la table, il y a le désir dans toute sa noblesse et non le besoin. La gastronomie, c'est la sublimation de la faim, tandis que le thé, c'est la sublimation de la soif. Show More Summary

A Tea Surprise at the SENA

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

This year’s Seafood Expo North America (SENA), the largest seafood trade show in the States, was held at Massachusetts’ Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. From March 19th to 21st, 1,327 companies representing 51 countries showcased and promoted a myriad of seafood products inside 252,660 square-feet of exhibit space. Show More Summary

How to enjoy tea all year long

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Most people think that tea is supposed to be enjoyed just on a cold winter afternoon, near a fireplace. However, teas have gone a long way in the past century and are no longer associated with the traditional Victorian period when the citizens of London paused their activities around 5 … Continue reading ? The post How to enjoy tea all year long appeared first on T Ching.

A beautiful moment with Japanese green tea

last weekFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Holly introduced me to Japanese green tea ten years ago, almost to this day. It was a sencha, and such was the uniqueness of the mouthfeel and sequence of flavours that I have been intrigued by it ever since. Being a graphic designer by trade, I was just as struck … Continue reading ? The post A beautiful moment with Japanese green tea appeared first on T Ching.

Puerh Storage in the West & Traditional Chinese 5 Element Theory on Storing Puerh

If it is a bitter puerh the bitter taste belongs to Fire. Water controls bitter (Fire) so for a bitter puerh to aged more harmoniously and optimally it should be more stored more humidly or wet/traditionally stored. If puerh is very fragrant or pungent tasting, this quality is desired to be maintained. Show More Summary

Introducing the concept of “Evil Qi” and Spotting Heavily and Lightly Sprayed Agrochemicals in 2004 Long Yuan Hao Bama and 2006 Long Yuan Hao “Banna Impression” Brick

I have to say, I was hopeful with this 2004 Bama that I purchased for $35.50 for a 380g cake ($0.09/ gram) in my second order from Awazon. I have one Bama cake and its one of my favorites. Unfortunately there is only about 150g remaining. Show More Summary

The One

This morning, I noticed a swimmer on lane 1 swimming at a fast pace. For 5 laps, I managed to keep up with him, but then, exhausted, I had to let him go ahead of me. It's my competitive spirit to often try to excel and be better than others. Show More Summary

Blast from the past: how to make a matcha latte

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

This article was originally posted to T Ching in September of 2015. You have probably seen a field of green in your Instagram lately, and some of you may even have noticed green tea lattes popping up on the menu of your local cafe. For those of you that want … Continue reading ? The post Blast from the past: how to make a matcha latte appeared first on T Ching.

The Wrath of God……..or Global Warming!

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

Those of us living in the U.S. have undoubtedly seen reports of the “worst hurricane” to hit the continental U.S. – in forever. Over 50 inches of rain fell in some parts of Texas. I read today that the death toll has exceeded 60 people. Countless lives have been impacted … Continue reading ? The post The Wrath of God……..or Global Warming! appeared first on T Ching.

Michel François's artistic tea wares

Bai Lun black glazed porcelain bowl Michel François is a French artist who lives and works in Cornwall, UK. There, he has opened the Falmouth Pottery. But before becoming a ceramist, Michel François was a sculptor and used to carve big blocks of white Carrara marble. Show More Summary

A Strategy of Buying Up Old Forgotten Samples and 2006 Long Yuan Hao “Gold Medal” Cake

Buying up old forgotten samples is a trick that I read in the comment section of a tea blog many years ago (Hobbes’ Half-Dipper, I think). A commenter noted that you could still buy up a bunch of HouDe tea samples long after the cake is gone. Show More Summary

Probiotic tea

2 weeks agoFood & Drink / Tea : T Ching

There are a lot of food labels that have been used by companies over the decades. Some informative, some deceptive. Some terms are regulated, while some are not. Other companies use trending labels for a product that has little to do with nutrition. For example, candy that says ‘non-fat’ or … Continue reading ? The post Probiotic tea appeared first on T Ching.

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