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…

The Real Making of Bi Luo Chun.

We woke up early Monday morning around 8 am.  A simple breakfast of balls of dough mixed with chives, the Chinese equivalent to a garlic knot and we went out to pick tea. It was the 27th and the tea had only just started budding. At Dong Ting, as well as other tea regions, the…

Tea has Two Histories: An Introduction to Dong Ting.

Heaven is in the sky, Hangzhou and Suzhou are on earth. This is a Chinese saying to describe the beauty of two cities, Hangzhou and Suzhou. My time in Suzhou started two days ago when my friend Aaron picked me up from the train station. I met Aaron on a past visit to China. His…

Chinese Tea: All Inclusive Tea

My first day in Ningbo was a stroke of luck. I was originally supposed to meet a tea farmer who would take me to his fields, but a miscommunication and a misunderstanding of Ningbo geography pushed that back a day. So instead I wandered around Ningbo looking for a tea house. I ended up finding…

A Weekend in Shanghai

I successfully landed in China. I arrived in China two days ago, flying into Pudong airport. My friend Marjorie, a fellow tea lover, picked me up from the airport and acted as my host for these first few days. My first day was mostly tourist stuff. She took me around to eat and we visited…

Rock Bone, Floral Aroma: Cliff Teas

WuYi Shan is split into two areas, Zheng Yan and Ba Yan. Zheng Yan, translating to True Cliff, is the most desirable. A small, roughly 18 miles wide area, Zheng Yan has numerous individually ranked plots of land. One of the top locations is Niu Lan Keng, Cow Fence Pit, which produces Shui Xian that can sell for over $1,000 per 500 kg (#bucketlist). Zheng Yan teas are consistently more complex, contains deeper rock bone flavor, and displays a minerality sometimes lost in Ban Yan teas.

Iron Goddess of Mercy: Tie Guan Yin

The first category of wulong I want to talk about is Tie Guan Yin. Tie Guan Yin is my favorite wulong, but I find it the most overlooked and underrated, partially because so much of what’s out there does not have the true Tie Guan Yin taste. Tie Guan yin is a semi rolled wulong…

The Scariest Fragrance in Tea

The picking of the tea is crucial for its flavor and oftentimes is one of the signature aspects giving that tea its profile. One prime example is Bi Luo Chun. In the past, Bi Luo Chun went by the name “Scary Fragrance”, or “Stop You in Your Tracks Fragrance”, but it is said that an…

An Introduction to the Real Black Tea

Black tea has traditionally not been a very desired tea. Often made from the scraps or unwanted tea leaves, black tea doesn’t have a great esteem in mainland China. Where black tea has seem the most enthusiasts originally, has been on the outskirts of China, on and across the border. This has earn this category…