Global Tea Hut: June 2015 – White Cockscomb

Seeing an envelope from +Global Tea Hut sticking out of the mail box always puts a smile on my face. I always enjoy the tea and “gift” immensely but as time has gone by I’ve come to appreciate Tea & Tao Magazine more and more. So much hard work is put into sharing knowledge in a beautiful full color magazine. The depth of information that I find in its pages each month is invaluable. I really haven’t found any other resource that comes close. It reminds me of purchasing several issues of The Art of Tea when I first got into serious tea drinking. I barely understood most of the contents but I was so thirsty for knowledge of more than just the basics. What is even more amazing is that past issues are made available online for free.

June’s tea selection is a Wuyi Mountain oolong called Bai Ji Guan, or White Cockscomb. Reading about their recent trip to Wuyi while drinking really made the region and the tea come alive. I brewed it using the gongfu method in my teeny tiny Petr Novák teapot. I love this pot because it brews exactly one very small cup of tea. Initial sips were crisp and somewhat dry with a strong mineral note. A few infusions in this gave way to an almost fruit-like sweetness that lingered in my palate long after each sip. I found myself continuing to drink even after the flavor started to fade because it was still quite pleasant. This month’s gift was a handmade bookmark that contained a single tea leaf. The rough texture was quite striking. I’m inspired to try making tea leaf paper so you may see a post about that soon.

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A photo posted by Nicole Martin (@teaformeplease) on Jul 26, 2015 at 9:48am PDT

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.