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Friday, March 26, 2010

Blog and LaLaShan

I am glad that my writing helps you in your tea discovery, and hope that it will continue to do so. A customer wrote me a note this week and I thought it would be nice to share it with all of you:

"Thanks for including the sample of Tiequanyin in my last order. It was delicious, and I was hoping you would add some to your web page. Also, the first time I had the LaLaShan I wasn't overly impressed, but after reading your blog about the tea I tried it in my yixing teapot. I thought it was much, much better brewed in a yixing rather then the gaiwan that I had originally brewed it in. Hadn't really figured there would be that much difference. Thanks for the idea, and thanks for the great tea."

Thank you all for reading my blog! Keep experimenting and please share your results.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Brewing LaLaShan High Mountain Oolong

After having tested out my Lishan oolong (sorry, sold out!) in a Gaiwan and a Yixing tea pot, I thought it might be interesting to compare another High Mountain tea in various Yixing Pots and a Gaiwan.

I decided to test out the LaLaShan Tea and used three yixing pots that I normally brew Taiwanese High Mountain oolongs with.

After rinsing the tea, I smelled the lids and preferred the smell from the gaiwan lid the most. After the first round of tea, I decided I liked the taste of LaLaShan from the yixing pots better than the gaiwan. I compared four infusions of the tea from these three pots, and I most preferred the tea from the Yixing pot that is closest to the gaiwan (please see the picture above) because it yielded a round and smooth tea liquid. The tea liquid that I liked the least came from the middle Yixing tea pot. For the LaLaShan, the middle pot made the liquid taste bitter. I also liked the LaLaShan from the larger Yixing pot on the left. This pot and its clay made the tea taste bold.

It's quite fun to test out a tea in multiple tea ware and to notice that they will have different results. Try it out yourself and see what you discover.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Taiwan Trip

I will be in Taiwan for tea this May! One of the exciting things about this trip is that I will be working with a professional photographer/videographer and we will be shooting some informative tea videos. We already have some ideas for possible projects. One of our ideas is to feature an organic tea farmer. Another one is to compare different tea making processes.

I thought that it would be a great idea if you, my customers and blog followers, were interested in participating in our project as well. Start by gathering some of your thoughts together. If you could talk to a tea farmer in Taiwan, what would you ask him and what kinds of things would you like to know? Here's your chance to find the answer to your important questions!