Author archive for Leo Kwan

  • May292016
    Wounded Soldier waiting for help, Burma Campaign

    Dianhong — Tea Born of a War

    Tea teams were sent to Yunnan to explore setting up of a black tea production base for export to replace those in occupied Fujian, Jiangxi and Zhejiang. The resistance needed as much revenue as they could get in order to operate…

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  • Jan082015

    Danhu Old Bush Song & other Beautiful Phoenixes

    Wolf hair brush on fine silk scroll Zhaoji ( Huizong, Emperor of Song between 1101~1125 A.D. ) was not a…

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  • Oct082014

    Chairman Mao’s Personal Tea and Special Edition Orchid Grātus for Free

    Chairman Mao’s Personal Teaand Special Edition Orchid Grātus for Free  An old tea tree with a spread crown overlooking…

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  • Nov142011
    The ores that make the different colors and qualities in genuine Yixing teapots

    Yixing teapots: Clays

    Yixing teapot to tea-making is rather like the oak barrel is to wine making, perhaps with a bit more significant…

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  • Nov142011

    Yixing teapots: Standard traditional forms

    The crude ancient documentation of traditional forms is a strong reminder that Yixing teapot is still very much an art…

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  • Nov142011
    A certificate of originality by the Yixing pot artist Pang Yao Nian

    Yixing Teapots: Artist Ranking

    There is a double tiered, multi-level ranking system for artists and craftspeople in Mainland China. Yixing teapot makers are generally…

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  • Nov142011
    Two White Peony discuses

    Maturing Your Teas

    Some teas, such as classic style oolongs and pu’ers, improve with age through proper storage. If you are into practicing…

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