Author archive for Leo Kwan

  • Feb172017
    Buddha

    Anchoring the Elusive Iron Buddha

    Misrepresented Iron Buddha An often misrepresented big name of Wuyi oolong — Tie Luohan — Iron Buddha, is one of…

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  • Jan072017
    Tea is good company all the time for all ages.

    Smell of Matured Tea

    Different variety for different preference Some tealeaves smell floral, some sweet, some like baked goods, some musky, some earthy, some…

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  • Dec232016
    Snow Orchid leaves

    Snow Orchid, Peaceful Christmas & Prosperous New Year

    Oxidation room An European importer recently asked me: how do they get such wonderful aroma in the leaves? Referring to…

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  • Dec022016
    Tea Green Leafhopper

    The Little Bug that Created a Tea

    Tea Green Leafhopper is a small pest in the tea field. Yet without it a most beautiful tea cannot be produced. It is the chain biochemistry reaction in one particular tea plant after the leaf has been bitten by this tiny creature that results in the unique Beauty of the Orient…

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  • Nov112016
    Tealeaves being sunned during white tea processing

    A Premodern White Peony?

    Before the modern white tea cultivars Before there were the Dai Bai cultivars for making the different white teas as we know…

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  • Oct032016
    Big White vs Small White

    Poor Men’s Song Cultivar

    Small white There actually isn’t a Small White in Fenghuang Dancong, but a cultivar named Fenghuang Baiye — i.e. Phoenix…

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  • Sep222016
    Mr Wu, Longjing farmer

    The Black Tea that My Longjing Farmer Drinks

    Mrs Wu, wife of our Longjing farmer Every time I see Mrs Wu I feel happy just to see the…

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  • Sep192016
    Song Tea inscription in Wudong, Fenghuang Shan

    Return of Song Cultivar

    Bad news 2016 has been a bad year for Song Cultivar. The making of this premium quality Fenghuang dancong requires…

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  • Aug172016
    Tea picking in Alishan

    Muzha to Alishan

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  • Jul112016
    Olivia at the hotel window

    Snow White, orange peel, pu’er tea

    Life of a fairy tale To decode stories produced or endorsed by official Chinese bodies, one needs to compare them…

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