Global Tea Hut: April 2015 – Temple Mist

I love that the teas from +Global Tea Hut often seem very seasonally appropriate. In with spring comes a Yunnan green tea called Temple Mist. When I receive my shipments from them, bowl brewing is usually the go to for my first session. The leaves of this tea were wiry and curly, typical of a Mao Feng leaf style. As they unfurled, the leaves were large and quite beautiful to look at. I tend to be a bit heavy handed with my leaf to water ration but that didn’t negatively affect the taste. The taste was vegetal and sweet with just a hint of astringency. It stood up to several bowl refills which makes me inclined to give this a try again in a gaiwan.

The gift in April’s envelope appealed to my inner chocoholic. It was a small bit of Gaba Baba, a chocolate bar made with gaba tea, kava, blue lotus and tumeric. I wasn’t really able to pick out the individual ingredients but it was certainly very tasty. The magazine always makes for good reading. I particularly enjoyed the articles about Wu De’s trip to the home of Dragonwell and experiences on his recent tour. There was an article called Circle Towards the Center that I found very intriguing. It encouraged us to be conscious of the directions that pour tea using each of our hands. While I’ve never noticed a taste or texture difference, circling towards the heart has always felt more natural for me. I definitely think I’ll doing some experiments with this soon.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.