Tea Log

Insights, information and in focus

  • 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 White Leaf. It is the material that makes our Phoenix Classic, a…

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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 big smile on her round, rosy cheek. The plump, sunny woman is…

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  • Sep192016
    Song Tea inscription in Wudong, Fenghuang Shan

    Return of Song Cultivar

    Bad news 2016 has been a bad year for Song Cultivar. The making of this premium quality Fenghuang dancong requires a clear sunny day at the time of plucking the leaves at…

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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 is around the corner. There is a popular belief that pu’er would…

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  • Aug172016
    Tea picking in Alishan

    Muzha to Alishan

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  • Jul272016
    tea picking in Dong Ding

    From Dong Ding to Cold Peak

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  • Jul202016
    Teeth

    Teeth for Tea

    Teeth for tea? No, you don’t need even a single cuspid to enjoy the brew; your olfactory and gustatory senses will do. However, for proper tea tasting, you may need a taster’s…

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  • Jul112016
    Olivia at the hotel window

    Snow White, orange peel, pu’er tea

    Life of a fairy tale To decode stories produced or endorsed by official Chinese bodies, one needs to compare them with what is happening in real life, amongst other interpretation tools. Otherwise,…

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  • Jun222016
    The golden red liquor of Lincang Centenarians

    Red is the New Black

    Red or Black? The infusion is red, orange or brown, but why are they called black? In the Far East, black tea has always been called red tea, because of the colour…

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  • May292016
    Wounded Soldier waiting for help, Burma Campaign

    Dianhong — Tea Born of a War

    Tea teams were sent to Yunnan to explore setting up of a black tea production base for export to replace those in occupied Fujian, Jiangxi and Zhejiang. The resistance needed as much revenue as they could get in order to operate…

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