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Friday, March 21, 2014

Floating Leaves Tea April Online Tea Class

I recently finished my first online tea class. I was a bit nervous, but it went really well! Thank you to my 9 wonderful tea class attendees for signing up for the first class. You guys were great and I had a great time sharing tea with you.

Photos from the first online tea class were taken by Steve Littky.

The April online tea class is ready to go. Here is the information:

Date: April 27th at 10am (Seattle, Pacific Standard Time)

Subject: Taiwanese Regional Oolongs. In this class, I will talk about the five major Taiwanese Oolongs. We will be tasting the teas together, and I will go through the basic differences between these teas and the major features of each tea.

Teas to be tasted:
-Baozhong from PingLin region.
-Tieguanyin from Muzha region.
-Oriental Beauty from PingLin region.
-Charcoal Roasted Dong Ding from Dong Ding mountain.
-High Mountain Oolong from ShanLinXi.

Materials you will need for this class:

-It is preferable for you to use gongfu style teaware.
-Convenient access to boiling water.
-Google Plus account (I am using Google Plus Hangout for online tea classes)

Fee: $30 includes the tea lesson, samples of the teas we will be tasting during the class and the cost of shipping the teas to you (For European and International customers, I will need to charge a bit extra for shipping).

Duration of the class: Please prepare one and one-half hour to 2 hours for the class. 

To sign up, please contact me at tea@floatingleaves.com and I will confirm availability and arrange payment with you. 

Let's drink some tea together again - over the internet!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Grandpa Style Tea

Some of you might encounter some issues with having enough time and space for brewing Gongfu style tea, especially when you are brewing at your office.

Well, the good news is that you don't have to brew tea Gongfu style all of the time. Some Oolongs taste delicious when brewed with the Grandpa style. You just need a big enough cup, into which you toss some leaves and pour in hot water. You will have a very yummy cup of tea in no time.

In fact, there are a couple of Oolongs that I prefer to drink using the Grandpa style, such as Oriental Beauty and HongShui Oolong. I like Muzha Tieguanyin and Charcoal Roasted Dong Ding with either tea brewing style. I have heard that Wuyi Cliff is excellent with the Grandpa style. If you prefer lightly oxidized Oolong, Baozhong can be a great tea for it, too.

Tea can be this simple and delicious! Enjoy!

*Photos taken by Douglas King.