Tea Log

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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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  • 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
    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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  • Nov142011
    Tea Log

    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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