Nature of Things

  • Oct312020
    Cha Bing: Compressed tea

    Cha Bing — Compressed Tea

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    A very old origin Done in the beginning as a means of packaging, compression to contain tea leaves in cha…

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  • Oct312020
    Pu'er Maocha

    What is a Shengcha? Maocha? And Pu’er Maocha?

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    What is a Shengcha The concept of shengcha was born when people began to define induced post-fermented teas as shu…

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  • Oct102020
    A deep baked tea

    Darkening of an Iron Goddess

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    Making of the Queen in Gongfu Tea There exist two distinct styles of Tieguanyin — Iron Goddess of Mercy —…

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  • Oct022020
    4 cups of tea

    Which is your cup of Phoenix Classic? 2018 or 2020?

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    “This tea smells so magnificent!” exclaimed one of our new packers as he bagged our last lot of 2018 Phoenix…

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  • Jan052020
    The tea producer turning coal at the tea baking oven

    Freshness vs staleness

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    Master Wang of Taiping makes our Taiping Houkui Traditional. It is a green tea that I have always thought best…

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  • Mar262019
    Duck Poo Tea?

    Seriously is there a Duck Poo Tea?

    Fragrance of Duck Poo? You may have heard of the name and thought it was a joke or some kind…

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  • Feb172019
    Yunnan Zitao Teapot | Yau Cheng: Dragon Egg — 3 colours

    Yunnan Jianshui Zitao Teapots

    As the clay mines in Yixing approach depletion, price of the raw materials simply rockets and people are looking elsewhere…

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  • Jun092018
    A visit to the Wang's family traditional Tieguanyin farm in Xiping, Anxi, Fujian

    Traditional Tieguanyin Tea Farm

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  • Jun082018
    The leaves of three different Tieguanyins

    How to Read a Tieguanyin Tea Leaf?

    ( This article deals with greener style Tieguanyin, not the classic, aka deep baked style. ) Maybe you cannot be…

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  • Mar242018
    Phoenix oolong in gongfu tea style

    Phoenix doesn’t have to be gongfu style

    Fenghuang Dancongs and other Phoenix oolongs are my own favourites. I drink a lot of them. Contrary to most people’s…

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