Review: Lu Shan Yun Wu from Dream About Tea

I’ve been itching to get my hands on some of this green tea for some time, and Lainie Petersen just happened to give me a bit: This tea looks awesome, its tiny and wiry leaves steeped up a beautiful light-green liquor that had a very subtle taste with no astringency whatsoever! I definitely recommend this tea for a simple green tea if astringency is not your thing. Dream About Tea’s site says: “This is a rare and unusual Chinese green tea, grown in Lu Shan, Jiangxi, China. The dry leaf is dark green, small, and twisted, and infuses to a
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What is a HOB? And how does it keep my tea warm?

I received a curious package in the mail last week. It contained “hobs” from Thistledown.com. What is a “hob” you ask? Their site defines hobs as: “a shelf in the back of a fireplace on which to place things to keep warm”; and “hob” is a British colloquialism for a stove top.” Thistledow’s hobs are not shelves in the back of fireplaces, rather — they are cozies for your tea. Not one of those old-lady Victorian style cozies either. It looks cool. They have all sorts of designs on the site. But, the big question… do they work, and if
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Review: Roy Fong's Great Teas of China

I had a chance to read an advance copy of Roy Fong’s “Great Teas of China” — a book where Roy (of Imperial Teas) takes us on his lifetime tea journey as he rediscovers tea in Hong Kong and travels China to find the best teas. He discusses ten of his favorite teas in the book and explains the stories behind them and the processing methods involved. The book is a great insight to Chinese teas as there is still a lot of information that has never been translated to English on the subject. Roy also realizes the breadth of
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Give the gift of Matcha: Matcha Source's Matcha Kits

Do you have a tea-lover in your life and don’t have a clue what to get them for the holidays? Have they tried matcha? Matchasource.com offers several matcha kits for a low-cost foray into the world of high-quality matcha. You get everything you need to start drinking one of the healthiest teas on the planet. For $69.00, you get: a 30 gram tin of Morning Matcha Classic Grade Organic Matcha, a 100 prong bamboo whisk for frothing tea, a stainless sifter (to rid the matcha of clumps and provide for a smoother brew), a bamboo tea scoop, a ceramic matcha
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How a Water Boiler Changed My Life

I recently made a rather large tea purchase, I bought a $170 water boiler. This may sound like a lot of money, but I am completely in love with the purchase. I bought a Zojirushi CV-DSC40 VE Hybrid Water Boiler. Let me tell you why it is awesome: My Tea Brewing system: – All water used for tea is treated with bamboo charcoal. I simply pour water into a gallon pitcher with several pieces of bamboo charcoal in it. Once my water boiler is empty, the bamboo charcoal water is then poured into the Zojirushi. – The Zojirushi heats the
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An Authentic Milk Oolong

Nai Xiang, literally “milk fragrance” is a Taiwanese high-mountain oolong made with the Jin Xuan cultivar of camellia sinensis. It is known not only for it’s milk-like mouth-feel, but also for it’s cream like flavor and aroma. Many so-called “milk oolongs” have popped up on the market having been artificially flavored. In 2010, Roy Fong, owner of the Imperial Tea Court traveled to Taiwan and  discovered several variants of it’s production. From what he discovered, I am seeing three different things all being called “milk oolong” in order of legitimacy: True Jin Xuan oolong with natural creamy mouth-feel. Jin Xuan grown with a
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Jing Tea Teaware: Practical and Beautiful

I tend to think of Jing as a leader of the online tea shop world. I’ve had many wonderful one-of-a-kind teas from Jing. But I recently had the opportunity to try out some of Jing’s teaware. Jing’s 400ml Glass Tea-iere is a thing of beauty, it looks good, it feels good, and its completely practical. It fits right into my lifestyle: I used the tea-iere in conjunction with their glass cup and saucer. Not only do these items look great, but they function well. I don’t always have time for my Yixing Gongfu set, and this is the complete answer
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Mellow Monk's Genmaicha

I’ve always had a fascination with genmaicha which is– green tea mixed with roasted rice. The rice imparts a nutty, toasty flavor. I had a great experience with genmaicha in Thailand nonetheless and have not yet been able to reproduce it… until now. I’ve tried cheap supermarket genmaicha (right side of image), and found the taste to be very bland — without any real nutty flavor or even tea flavor for that matter. I decided I needed to try a higher grade genmaicha. Enter Mellow Monk teas. Mellow Monk’s Harmony Genmaicha tea (left side of image) has a greener leaf,
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