Video Mash Up of My Visit to Dian Tuo

To pair with the written article here are some clips from my visit to Dian Tuo. In here you get some glimpses of organic, sun-dried, traditional white tea making. To purchase some of his tea, email me at conroy.dylan@outlook.com

The Making of 100% handmade Bi Luo Chun (Video)

In my first sourcing trip I traveled to meet a friend in Dong Ting, right outside of suzhou, home to Bi Luo Chun. My friend helped me make a video about my time living with him and his family. (ok he did all the work). In this video, you will not only take a walk…

Mao Feng VS. Mao Feng: A Lesson in Pick Dates

…at this point I realized much of the Mao Fengs I see are usually bigger than the size I have. Theirs seemed to be twice the size of mine. What caused that difference Was it a different cultivar? A different making style? A different Picking? I decided to ask my Mao Feng farming friend about this and he replied with one simple photo

The Bigger Picture: Mircolocations

I have returned from China. My RMB has been exchanged for coffee, my street buns for gyros, and my Chinese tea for….well no I’m still drinking tea. In retrospect there were a few things I came to understand about tea from viewing multiple locations. Things I learned after seeing trends in tea farming and tea…

Gan De Part 2: The Making of Tie Guan Yin

Oolong is its own category of tea that is separated by a unique shaking and rest process. This tea is sometimes wrongly separated from other categories of tea based on its fermentation level, but it is important to understand that fermentation level is based on the process and not the defining characteristic of the classification….

Gan De Part 1: Village Life Pre tea Season

“Mei Gou la!!!!”. I looked up to the sight of the local neighborhood kids running toward me. The kids all surrounded me laughing and jumping up and down. “Ba Bao!” They cried. While I didn’t understand much of what they said I had learned that this meant they wanted a piggy back ride. One by…

Qimen Style

Going into Qimen I had a mission. I had once had a hong so rich, sweet and smooth, that I never forgot it and never found anything as good. This was my white whale. For this section of my travel I was joined by Jelmer van der Dussen. You can visit his blog for great videos…

A Brief Introduction to Hou Keng Hou Kui

“There are no cabs here” said the driver “You will have to walk back when you leave.” “Why would I leave?” I asked gapping at the beautiful river that ran along side our mountain road, winding into the mountains, shinning in the morning sun. “I have clearly died and gone to heaven” So there I was,…

The Search for Mao Feng: Part 2

It was a small village, probably the smallest I had seen yet. I had gone out the next day to the same area of Nine Dragon Waterfall, but this time I kept going deeper into the country. My bunkmate said he couldn’t come because he had laundry to do. I think we realized the day…

The Quest for Mao Feng: Part 1

The whole room was completely still. The only noise was the tick tick tick of the clock on the counter. I was squatting in the middle of an empty restaurant watching Mao Feng leaves float to the bottom of glass of hot water. The restaurant owner sat at his counter looking over at me smoking…

The White Tea of Dian Tou

We sat on in their first room of their house. The room only had one table next to the window where they kept their tea supplies, the rest of the large room was completely empty which was just fine for the 8 year old daughter ridding her bike around in a circle.  My host and…