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[2013.07.26]
Video: Pan-frying Process of Pu-erh Tea

I made a video showing the pan-frying process of pu-erh tea. It was recorded this year when I visited Yunnan in April. This is the manufacturer who produced one of our raw pu-erh tea lineups : Mang Qing 芒慶. Raw pu-erh tea is a fermented tea The purpose of frying the tea leaves is to …

[2013.06.29]
The color can tell the quality of black tea

The well-fermented black tea and the poorly fermented black tea have very noticeable difference in flavour. The well-made black tea produces a sweet flavour, while the poorly made black tea produces a sour or musty smell. Observing the colour, knowing the skill In addition, the liquor of the tea will show the effects of the …

[2013.06.22]
The role of stem in tea

Did you know the stem of tea is an important factor that affects the taste of tea? Japanese green tea is usually made of 1 bud and 2 leaves where the aracha (or mao-cha in Chinese, means the crude tea right after the process) contains noticeable amounts of stems. However, the stems are removed during …

[2013.06.19]
The Quest for Sweet Bai Mu Dan (白茶)

We have released Bai Mu Dan. The best Bai Mu Dan is plucked in March. I personally went to Fuding around 20th of March to select the tea right on the spot. In Fuding, the first flush buds are used for Silver Needle and the remaining two leaves are usually used for producing Bai Mu …

[2013.06.04]
Silver Needle Mao-Cha, the very rare tea to find

We just released Silver Needle 2013. Although, we do still have some the 2012 stock, I have decided to store them for another few year for further maturation allowing the aged Silver Needle to produce a flavour like Muscat. This year, I purchased a batch of Silver Needle that was harvested around 20th of March; …

[2013.05.30]
Darjeeling 1st Flush Tea 2013 from Risheehat Estate

Introducing one of the Darjeeling First Flush we purchased this spring called the Risheehat Enigma. Risheehat is the name of an organic tea estate that is certified by the IMO and JAS. I always savor the First Flush Darjeeling tea from this Risheehat estate.   The leaves are still green, yet it is well fermented …

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[2013.04.29]
The reason why Darjeeling first flush is “Green”.

The tealeaves of Darjeeling 1st flush is green in colour, despite this tea is categorized as black tea. I would like to explain the reason why.   Only the first flush has green leaves There are 3 types tea produced in Darjeeling (India): Spring tea, the1st flush (March-April), 2nd flush ( May-June) and Autumnal tea …

[2013.04.21]
Wild tea “Mao-Cha” on sale only for a limited time

  There are a number of wild tea trees naturally growing in Da Xue Shan. Da Xue Shan is one of the provincial Nature Reserve of Yunnan Province. These areas are managed by the Chinese authority and it is not easy for the outsiders and foreigners to access. Moreover, from Lincang it takes at least …

[2013.04.14]
Cha-tou, the Manufacturers’ favorite pu-erh ripe tea

The cha-tou is one kind of pu-erh ripe tea produced during the tea making process. The manufacturer often emphasizes that it is the most delicious and precious pu-erh ripe tea. The size and shape of cha-tou is irregular, and it is naturally formed. Cha-tou is naturally formed during fermentation The fermentation of pu-erh ripe tea …

[2013.04.08]
The secret of making ripe pu-erh tea

  One of the important objectives in this Yunnan trip is to look for the good ripe pu-erh. I have visited more than five manufacturers in the past one week. I would like to share some photos and knowledge in making ripe pu-erh tea.   Material used for ripe pu-erh Generally, majority of ripe pu-erh …

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2019 Taiping Houkui is available in our store. Taiping Houkui was listed as the Top Ten Famous Teas in China. It has been the well-known green tea of Anhui province since Qin dynasty. We have both standard and special tribute grade. The special tribute grade was grown at higher altitude and it gives longer lasting …

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