Tea Log

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  • Jul062022
    Ice Fire Technique on Taiping Houkui

    Ice Fire Technique

    To steep tea, there is the usual brewing with hot water and there is the recently popular cold infusion. There actually is one less practiced method of “Ice Fire Technique”. You simply…

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  • May162022
    20 EU coin with pigeon on a man's face

    EU Exclusionism followup: a Petition

    A while ago I wrote a post to complain about a regulation in EU requiring all vendors selling to EU to be registered through an agent located in EU for logging sales…

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  • May072022
    Five different white teas

    Myths about White Teas

    White tea has seen increased popularity in recent years. Authentic varieties, such as White Peony, aka Bai Mudan, is a classic one. Its softer taste profile is ideal for casual and all…

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  • Apr012022
    Arturo Ricci — Afternoon tea

    What really is a gongfu black tea?

    In the beginning what used to be called black tea by the West was actually oolong. I have explained that in my reference tea site in this article: Black Tea: Origin &…

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  • Mar232022
    Diagram of the ISO standard pot for tea infusion

    International tasting standard for tea

    Tea cannot manifest its full self when improperly infused. The wrong leaf to water ratio, poor infusion ware, inappropriate water temperature, bad timing, as much as water quality would all limit, or…

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  • Feb182022
    if you haven’t tried a real Fenghuang dancong, you really do not know what is good tea

    Phoenix Dancong — the oolong that made me fall in love with tea

    In 1998 when I was still a design consultant and tea was only a hobby, I had the opportunity to visit the tea region of Fenghuang ( i.e. Phoenix ) to have…

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  • Jan192022
    Buying tea in Guangzhou, 19th century

    The Fear of Failing Our Customers

    Possibly the first black tea ever produced, and definitely the best of its category from Wuyi, Tongmuguan One has a solid group of followers. Its flowery, intricate, full-body and smooth character is…

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  • Dec102021
    Flowers of Sweet Osmanthus

    Scenting of Phoenix Sweet Osmanthus

    What is Osmanthus? Osmanthus is a tree that yields tiny, and very fragrant flowers. The fragrance is not as pungent as some other blooms such as jasmine or white magnolia, but softer,…

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  • Nov232021
    The 13 Hongs in Canton (now Guangzhou) during Qing Dynasty

    Rebirth of A Black Tea Region — Yingde

    In the 17th century the county of Yingde in the southern province of Guangdong in China had suddenly become a transport hub of tea when the Qing emperor appointed Guangzhou as the…

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  • Nov132021
    EU Exclusionism?

    EU Exclusionism?

    I have grown up in a free-trading city where there is still no tax on retail sales or importation of goods. However, this and other freedom that Hong Kong used to enjoy…

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