Category Archives: chinese tea

Updates- or Lack Thereof

It’s been a while since I last updated this blog, 3 months! In internet terms, that might as well been a lifetime. Here’s a quick snapshot of what I’ve been up to, not that anyone is particularly concerned….. i) My … Continue reading

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Why I can’t be a reviewer- Part I

Or more specifically a tea reviewer. Well, besides the fact that I sell Chinese tea and perceived independence is lacking. After all, it would be pretty fun to share my drinking journey with the world at large. Not to mention … Continue reading

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You can’t make this up

In order not to lose track of the tea world in the English speaking world, I skim the forums from time to time, at least the biggest and most established one. Long stopped commenting and participating because well, it is … Continue reading

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Reading Between the Lines

I probably shouldn’t say this but very often I shake my head in bewilderment when I read some of the vendor’s descriptions of teas, not ours of course. Overtime you learn to be immune to bizarre romanization and colorful (mistranslated) … Continue reading

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What’s so Special about your Tea?

As some of you may know by now, I own and operate an online tea shop and ever so frequently we get in front of people at expos, events and such. One frequently asked question that I never managed to answer … Continue reading

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Drinking Tea Outside

One of the things my friends don’t understand about me is why I usually don’t order tea when I’m outside. Even if I’m meeting to talk about tea. If we’re meeting for dinner, even if I’m in a Chinese restaurant, … Continue reading

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Why there is so much misinformation about tea and what you can do about it

As a beverage, tea probably has no equal in terms of depth and scope of knowledge. In fact many would argue that tea is not just a beverage but a way of life. One of my favorite Chinese quotes on … Continue reading

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Musings on Tea & Health Benefits

One of my fundamental stand is that I sell tea not health benefits. Of course I believe there are health implications to drinking tea- both good and bad- and that I am bothered by the health implications of them doesn’t … Continue reading

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Tieguanyin and me

Here’s a confession: for many years I detested Tieguanyin. For me it epitomized all that I disliked about Chinese tea (as a complete novice to tea)- it was bitter, astringent (at least those that I had tasted which admittedly were … Continue reading

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The Allure of Green Tea

Green tea has gotten quite a bit of a bum rap; ironically it can be traced at least in part to the perception of green tea being a ‘healthy drink’. Many vendors seizing our proclivity to embrace health claims- hey … Continue reading

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