Nature of Things

  • Aug122017
    Workers closing the door to the GABA oxidation barrel

    What is GABA?

    Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid — GABA — is a type of protein precursor that the brain naturally produces  that affects various functions…

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  • May172017
    A pluck of Shidaye, the leaves for making Taiping Houkui green t

    Mother of All Green Teas

    Taiping Houkui is produced from this special cultivar called Shidaye ( shi-da-yeh ). The name can be roughly translated as Persimmon Large Leaf. ( It has nothing to do with the fruit, though. ) It is the most visible commercial crop in the hilly landscape of Taiping, an hour and a half from Huangshan.

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  • Apr272017
    Traditional Longjing Roasting

    Longjing: is Earlier the Better?

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  • Mar242017
    Buds of jasmine flowers

    The Difference of Tea Hong’s Honey Pearl Pekoe

    There are plenty of selections for jasmine scented green tea in the market, but if you are in for a…

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  • Feb212017
    Playing with the farmer's boy on the side of the small tea field

    The Fragrance of Taiwan

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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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  • 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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  • Sep092016
    Kids with lanterns

    Tea for Mooncake?

    Mid Autumn Festival As the shape of the moon grows fuller towards what the lunar calendar marks as Mid-Autumn, Mooncake Festival…

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  • Aug172016
    Tea picking in Alishan

    Muzha to Alishan

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