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Saturday, February 20, 2010


Every day after I arrive and open up the shop, I choose a tea to drink. My preference is mostly based on the weather. Lately, it has been gloriously sunny in Seattle! This beautiful weather has caused me to crave for this season's Alishan High Mountain Oolong.

This Alishan tea gave me a very good surprise two days ago when I drank it. It has developed much rounder flavors and carries a beautiful floral bouquet with a citrus note. The tea blooms especially well after the second infusion.

A customer wrote to me and told me that this Alishan was his favorite high mountain tea from this season. He has tried various Lishan and DaYuLing oolongs from Floating Leaves as well as other places and thought this Alishan carried especially good high mountain characteristics. He also commented on the energy of this tea and asked me if this Alishan was made from old tea bushes.
I told him it shouldn't be, but I heard from the farmer's wife that they rotate the tea bushes so that they don't over-harvest the tea.

Good Alishan is limited in quantity for this season because of the big typhoon that hit Taiwan last year, causing a lot of damage to the area. This season's Alishan is surprisingly good and has gotten even better in the past month.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year 新年快樂!

The Year of the Tiger is right around the corner! It's going to be a pretty exciting year for many of us.

Thank you for supporting Floating Leaves Tea in this past year. Tomorrow, I will be at the tea shop brewing tea for people. Please stop by and let's start the new year with a good cup of tea!

We are also doing a special 15% discount on our new season's tea to thank you and to celebrate the new year with you. This is a rare opportunity for you to save off of the current season's tea. If you can't make it in, just give me a call or drop me an email to hold the teas for you.

Have a peaceful and prosperous Tiger Year!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Travel Tea Bottle

In the past five years, I've traveled out of Seattle many times, but my trips have been limited to Taiwan, Vancouver BC, and Portland. Normally, I don't bring tea or tea ware with me because I can always find places to drink tea.

Last month, I went to Vancouver with some friends. I guess I am too addicted to tea, so I brought a glass tea bottle in the car. I also prepared three more bottles for the people who were traveling in the same car. We all had a special stash of Baozhong tea and it worked perfectly! The tea can stand up to long periods of soaking and we had delicious tea on the road.

If you travel a lot or if you want to drink some loose leaf tea in the car, you might want to consider one of those bottles. Glass breaks more easily than the plastic bottles, but they will not release chemicals with hot water like plastic bottles might.