Tea Log

Insights, information and in focus

  • 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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  • 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 floral aroma that is pure, sweet, natural, and long lasting; a taste…

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  • Feb242017
    Infused leaves of Imperial Topaz Nepali Black Tea

    Imperial Topaz: Another Fine Gem from the Himalayas

    To answer the demand for Himalayan black teas that are oxidised more deeply, we could have just bought straight away from our Nepali farmer to offer it. They have been making such…

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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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  • Feb172017
    Buddha

    Anchoring the Elusive Iron Buddha

    Misrepresented Iron Buddha An often misrepresented big name of Wuyi oolong — Tie Luohan — Iron Buddha, is one of the so-called Big Four Bushes of Wuyi ⊕. In the earlier years…

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