Tea For Me Please

Podcast Episode 13

Ever wonder what is the correct way to pronounce Yixing?

Modern Tea

A review of a great new book on my favorite subject.

Meet Me at World Tea Expo 2015!

I'm excited to be speaking on two panels this year.

How I Keep My House Smelling Like Tea

There is nothing like the smell of tea and I love filling my home with it.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Adagio Teas Kai Hua Crescendo

Country of Origin: China
Leaf Appearance: jade green, needle-like
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 180 degrees
Preparation Method: Teavana Perfect Tea Maker
Liquor: deep gold

+Adagio Teas  is well known for their fandom blends but every once in a while, they offer a straight tea that really makes me sit up and take notice. I ordered a sample pack this tea because it was a rare case of something that I haven't tried before. Most tea lovers are familiar with Long Jing (aka Dragonwell) but not many are familiar with Long Ding (aka Dragon Peak). The aroma while brewing was intoxicating. I kept sticking my nose into the tea maker, impatiently waiting for the required two minutes to tick by. The taste was sweet and complex with a heavy floral lean. Notes of orchid and stone fruit ended in a pleasant vegetal aspect that reminded me of sugar snap peas. I even picked up some creaminess in the finish. My second infusion was just as enjoyable. There was no bitterness and hardly any astringency. I get frustrated by reviews on their website sometimes because they are so often misguided. Bitter? Grassy? Bland? This tea is none of those things!

Kai Hua Crescendo sample purchased from Adagio Teas.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Round Up: April 12th - April 18th

Time for the Tea Buyer Tutorial
One blog that I look forward to reading every spring is Tea Adventures, written by Winnie of Teance. I live the harvest in each region vicariously through her frequent and refreshingly candid posts. This one in particular made me giggle a bit this week.

Amazing Tea Race
Speaking of living vicariously, the team at +Tealet is off on this year's amazing tea race. Rather than picking just one post, I suggest checking out their entire journey.

Roasted Blackberry Matcha Pops
+Bonnie Eng at Thirsty for Tea is always coming up with the most delicious sounding recipes. This one really caught my eye because it combines two of my favorite things, matcha and blackberries. I've never thought of roasting them in the over before but I will definitely be giving it a try soon.

2013 Raw Pu'er Maocha from Misty Peak Teas
It was good to see +Danielle Pigeon dusting off her gaiwan and posting again. Her descriptions of +Misty Peak Teas maocha were spot on. This is one of my favorite puerhs for a reason. I just love that sweet Yiwu leaf juice.

Specialty Tea Manifesto
I believe I've mentioned it here before but Austin of +Seven Cups Fine Chinese Teas (and lots of other industry folks) are pushing for standards in tea. This post does a great job of summing up why these measures are needed.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

What-Cha Nepal 1st Flush 2014 White Tea

Country of Origin: Nepal
Leaf Appearance: varied greens, some interspersed needles
Ingredients: white tea
Steep time: 3 minutes
Water Temperature: 195 degrees
Preparation Method: glass teapot
Liquor: very pale gold

This white tea is from Greenland Organic Farm in Nepal. The dry leaves were quite beautiful, closely resembling Bai Mu Dan. There were visibly broken leaves as well as some interspersed silver needles. The taste was mellow and sweet with a pleasant peachy aroma. There was no bitterness or astringency, even after letting the leaves sit in water for a bit. That makes it a good candidate for drinking "grandpa style". The taste stayed constant through my second infusion but the leaves were pretty much spent after that. You may be able to get more out of them using a gaiwan. I previously reviewed the Silver Needle from this producer, also courtesy of What-Cha. I did enjoy that tea a bit more but that is to be expected since it is a higher grade tea. Considering that there is not much of a price difference, I would recommend the Silver Needle before this one. Of course I'll also be an enabler and tell you that it would be interesting to taste them side by side too.

Nepal 1st Flush 2014 White Tea sample provided by What-Cha.