Friday Roundup: December 23rd – December 29th
Late Steeps posted about their experience with a Chenyuan Hao puerh that they received as a gift from a friend. I love how thorough their reviews are, especially the photos of each infusion. It is always interesting to hear (and see) how a tea progresses across a session. The old book aspect that they noted is one of my favorite notes in a good quality aged sheng.
Cwyn’s contemplations on personal puerh aesthetics continues with week with a breakdown of each of her personal Whats. I tend to be more of a “drinker tea” person myself but a lot of that has to do with budget. If I could chase down those elusive stunners and untouchables, I probably would be counted among the obsessives of the tea world.
Stéphane from Tea Masters Blog is a wonderful photographer as well as teacher of all things tea. This week he needs help selecting which of these lovely pictures should be selected to be next year’s postcard. These are often included with orders from his shop. I really don’t think that I could decide between them, though April’s selection is particularly striking.
I’m continuously impressed by young Shinzo’s well written tea reviews. This week was no different as he shared his impressions of an interesting Tie Guan Yin from one of my favorite Taiwanese vendors. His level of understanding is well beyond what I would have been capable of at 14. Heck, it’s beyond what I was capable of at 25 when I started this blog.
Tea is often thought of as a very British thing, despite its Chinese origins. Xavier at Teaconomics took some sage tea advice from Yoda this week and dug into a bit of France’s early tea history. I was already aware of many of the events on his list but there were a few surprises in there as well. It is fascinating what you can uncover when you learn to forget what you already believe to be true.