Tea Log

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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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  • Jan082015

    Danhu Old Bush Song & other Beautiful Phoenixes

    Wolf hair brush on fine silk scroll Zhaoji ( Huizong, Emperor of Song between 1101~1125 A.D. ) was not a good ruler. He was, however, a fine calligrapher, painter and poet, and…

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  • Nov142011
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    Yixing teapots: Standard traditional forms

    The crude ancient documentation of traditional forms is a strong reminder that Yixing teapot is still very much an art passed on only by way of apprenticeship Since the craft of Yixing…

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  • Nov142011
    Proper Storage for Taste Integrity

    Proper Storage for Taste Integrity

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  • Nov142011
    Two White Peony discuses

    Maturing Your Teas

    Some teas, such as classic style oolongs and pu’ers, improve with age through proper storage. If you are into practicing this please make sure you store the unopened pack in proper condition…

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  • Nov142011
    Leaf shoots of the tea plant

    Health Benefits of Tea

    A hot research focus Repeatedly in scientific researches all over the world, contents in tea have been found to possess potent effects against various health issues. EGCG, one of the most studied…

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  • Nov142011
    A certificate of originality by the Yixing pot artist Pang Yao Nian

    Yixing Teapots: Artist Ranking

    There is a double tiered, multi-level ranking system for artists and craftspeople in Mainland China. Yixing teapot makers are generally categorized under “Industrial Artists” with various ranks. Ranking: Money Matters Yixing pot…

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  • Nov142011
    Drawing an opening on the teapot

    Handcrafting Yixing Teapots

    Although in recent years the Taiwanese and the Japanese have developed techniques in mould casting teapots using materials derived from Yixing clays, traditional methods are still by far the most prevalent and…

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  • Nov142011
    The ores that make the different colors and qualities in genuine Yixing teapots

    Yixing teapots: Clays

    Yixing teapot to tea-making is rather like the oak barrel is to wine making, perhaps with a bit more significant influence to the final quality of the “brew”. Once you master its…

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  • Nov142011
    Ergonomics of Yixing Teapots Youtube

    Ergonomic criteria for a Yixing teapot

    Selecting a Yixing teapot In addition to clay quality and subjective aesthetics, there are other basic utilitarian criteria in selecting a Yixing teapot. Sometimes this tea infusion vessel is also known as zisha…

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