Monthly Archives: January 2016

Tea Haiku No. 1

Red tea, dragon blood, Beats back the worst of winter, Stored essence of spring.

Posted in tea thoughts | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Mint Tea!

In “The Tea Enthusiast’s Handbook“, by Mary Lou & Robert J. Heiss, the section on Green Gunpowder tea mentions the fact that Green Gunpowder is more often than not used as the starting point for North African mint teas.

Posted in tea making techniques, tea types | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Green Tea, Red Pill

Six a.m. I start my morning tea ritual, and as the well rehearsed movements begin the conscious mind is uncoupled, and decides to go off on a quick jaunt.

Posted in tea thoughts | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Put Some Pearls In Your Pot

It’s said that green gunpowder tea got its English name due to the fact that it resembled the explosive charge of the same name, both being small, round, darkly coloured pellets.

Posted in review, tea types | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

Paint Me A Pitcher

Serendipitea – a series of developments that leads, by chance, to the procurement of highly satisfactory teas and teaware.

Posted in teaware | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Here Be Dragons!

Longjing, which means Dragon Well, is a pan-fired green tea, which comes from from the area around Longjing Village, near Hangzhou City in Zhejiang Province, China. The village itself is named after a well, the legendary home to “The Dragon … Continue reading

Posted in review, tea types | Tagged , , , , , | 8 Comments

Sing A Song Of Teapots

Posted in tea thoughts | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Everyday Oolong

Ever since the back-end of summer, when the days suddenly started getting noticeably shorter and cooler, this has been one of my go-to teas, one I drink on a daily basis.

Posted in review | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Cups and Kites

I look at the pot and the cup in front of me. Their usefulness, their purpose, depends upon an essential emptiness that lies at the very centre of their existence.

Posted in tea thoughts | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Getting to Grips With Gaiwans

Introduction A gaiwan (“lidded bowl”) is a traditional piece of Chinese teaware, consisting of a saucer, bowl, and lid, which some believe represents the earth, one’s body, and heaven.

Posted in tea making techniques, teaware | Tagged , , , , , , | 12 Comments