Tea Log

Insights, information and in focus

  • Mar072018
    Tea Garden in Meishan

    Why we offer a Paochong from Meishan but not Wenshan?

    In our other capacity as a consultant and wholesaler, we need to pursue extreme qualities in different tea regions for our clients. For the famous Taiwan oolong, Wenshan Paochong, we

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  • Aug182017
    Tea Log

    The Peculiar Category of Pu’er

    De facto tea for some, loathed by others None other tea category is as difficult to explain to a new tea drinker as pu’er. Too many tales have already populated pages and…

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  • Aug172017
    Selecting a tea by Categorisation: Black tea

    Black tea, like it used to be

    A versatile tea category Make it strong to drink with milk, or lemon and honey, or syrup with ice. Prepare it carefully in the gongfu style with a fine zisha Yixing teapot.…

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  • Aug172017
    Tea Hong: Oolongs

    Oolong — the Gran Cru of Teas

    “Comparable only by some of the finest wines… None other tea category can challenge oolongs as the gran cru of teas. It offers the widest range of taste profiles in tea. In…

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  • Aug162017
    Nice cup of white tea

    A white tea is defined by its biochemistry, not just the name

    Anti-oxidant After some scientific reports said white tea is more potent than even green tea in anti-oxidative health benefits, the market has been flooded with mislabelled products. Most of them we can’t…

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  • Aug162017
    Selecting a tea by Categorisation: Green tea

    What are green teas and what makes ours special

    Colour is not everything A cup of green tea may look much lighter in colour than a black tea, but, depending on the selection, it can taste stronger, fuller, or milder, or…

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  • 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 and general health of the nervous system. It also exists in minute…

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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
    Longjing Infusion: Pot or Glass

    Longjing Infusion: Drinking Glass or Teapot?

    Why do they steep Longjing in the glass? Every single client I have ever travelled with to Hangzhou has asked: why do they all steep Longjing in the glass? The shortcomings to…

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  • Apr272017
    Traditional Longjing Roasting

    Longjing: is Earlier the Better?

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