History, One Cup at a Time

Another blessing shared by tea lovers is the rich history that has been handed down to us by our predecessors. It is transmitted in the form of rituals, writings, and treasured objects that have been preserved for our present enrichment, and to be passed down yet again. In some circles…

Experiencing Tea, Part Two

In the last post, we discussed some traits tea drinkers focus on when evaluating or comparing teas. In the second installment - we'll call it the lab section - we can put these concepts to use in describing the relative merits of two puer. Visual Inspection left: 90s menghai grade…

Experiencing Tea, Part One

For those of us who keep coming back to tea year after year, there is a much greater reward than a hot beverage or a familiar taste. More than the uplifting properties of caffeine or the calming effects of l-theanine alone. You could substitute most of these qualities in a…

Silver Lining

For a few years now, I've been watching the patina grow on my favorite teapot. In the Western market, tea drinkers often end up buying a few pots in the beginning that don't quite "fit." Maybe the size is wrong, the clay is poor, or is simply not a match…

Expectations

After drinking a certain number of puerh samples, we start to develop a certain set of expectations about storage and different recipes. Two of the most popular -7532 and 7542 - are today's focus. This blog has usually eschewed discussing a single specimen of tea. These teas are exceptional in…

The Beauty of Yixing

"The old teapot is different from the newer teapot because‚Ķ the craftsmanship is very obvious." Kingston teaches us about a pair of late Qing dynasty Shui Ping style Yixing teapots - made of Duan Ni clay - for King Rama V of Thailand. "It's ability‚Ķ when it's perfect, but not…