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    Global Tea Hut: December 2015 – Old Grove

    I was really excited for the December issue of Tea & Tao from +Global Tea Hut because Liu Bao is a tea that I never had a chance to experience before. Looking at the leaves you might think that it was a cooked puerh. That guess would be close but not quite on the mark. Liu Bao is a dark tea produced in Guangxi rather than Yunnan. The fermented leaves are pressed into baskets and then exported to Malaysia and Hong Kong. I was really fascinated reading about how intimately the story of this tea is woven with the story of Cantonese miners. Old Grove kept me company while I waited out the winter storm…


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    Global Tea Hut: November 2015 – Mountain Rain

    I’m so behind on sharing my +Global Tea Hut experiences with you guys! Better late than never I suppose. I was excited about this one as soon as I saw envelopes popping up on my Instagram feed. Dian Hong is one of my absolutely favorite types of tea and every one that I have tried from Global Tea Hut has been awesome. 2014’s Golden Vajra and Daughter of the Forest are still the penultimate in my book but Mountain Rain was still a very nice tea. The dry leaves were beautifully curled with lots of golden tips. There was plenty of leaf for experimentation so I brewed this tea in a gaiwan, kyusu and…

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    Global Tea Hut: October 2015 – Cloud-Hidden

    Life has been a bit on the hectic and crazy side so I’m a bit behind in sharing my Global Tea Hut experiences with you all (among other things). This used to stress me out quite a bit in the past but I’ve decided to stop beating myself up over it. Scaling back my publication schedule has helped. Ultimately what matters is that I take the time to enjoy the tea when I can. The lifeblood of +Global Tea Hut is its members and October’s shipment paid special tribute to that. The theme of Tea & Tao Magazine was “voices from the hut”. The gift that was included in this months envelope was photographs from…

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    Global Tea Hut: September 2015 – Morning Dew

    I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to receive an envelope from +Global Tea Hut than I was for September’s shipment. The gift for this month was a translation of Lu Yu’s The Classic of Tea, also known as the Cha Ching. I was lucky enough to find a copy of the Francis Ross Carpenter translation a few years ago but it has been out of print for some time. I’ll be working through this one slowly. The drawings in particular do a great job of illustrating the tools that were used during that time period. For those of you that missed this issue, I’ll be sure to add the link here once it…

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    Global Tea Hut: August 2015 – Elevation

    Seeing that big brown envelope from +Global Tea Hut sticking out of my mailbox puts a smile on my face every month. Even if I’m having a bad day, my mood lifts immediately and I rush inside to dive into the contents. This month is particular was one I was looking forward to because it the one and only tea that they repeat every year. Last year’s Elevation was phenomenal so my expectations were set a bit high. Global Tea Hut has this tea especially made by Mr. Su with less withering than usual. Weather has a huge effect on the finished tea during processing and this tea was a great lesson in that.…

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    Global Tea Hut: July 2015 – Mountain Wind

    Wow, I’m really behind on sharing my +Global Tea Hut experiences with you all! Good tea takes time I suppose. The puerhs that they have sent in the past have been some of my favorites so I was excited to see Mountain Wind in this envelope. The leaves were incredibly beautiful, especially as they slowly unfurled in my bowl. One of the most valuable lessons that this subscription has taught me is bringing things back to basics. Fancy equipment is nice but it’s easy to get caught up in having “stuff” and the technical mechanics of brewing. At the end of the day all you really need is a bowl, hot water and a handful…