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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…

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    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…

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    Global Tea Hut: May 2015 – Rainforest

    May’s Global Tea Hut envelope brought a De Hong wild purple raw puerh from spring of 2011. Rainforest strikes me as a perfect name for a tea from Yunnan. I was recently watching an episode of Wild China and was blown away by the biodiversity of the jungles there. Those beautiful images were in mind as I brewed countless infusions in my yixing. I was surprised at how sweet and mellow the the tea was. It still had that wonderfully giddy heady feeling that I love from a good puerh. The gift was a beautiful color photo of the new shrine to Kuanyin at Tea Sage Hut. It’s still a dream of mine…

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    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…