Drinking Tea “Properly”

Drinking Tea “Properly”

Tea is naught but this: First you heat the water, Then you make the tea. Then you drink it properly. That is all you need to know. Sen no Rikyu I recently came across the above lines immortalized by Sen no Rikyu, the great master of the Japanese tea ceremony. Sure, I...
April Fools: GABA Tea Parading as Oolong

April Fools: GABA Tea Parading as Oolong

And the Winner is… At a recent judging event, a GABA tea garnered first place in the oolong category beating out such well-established oolongs as a Roasted Jin Xuan and a Dahong Pao.[1] A great result for a GABA tea, but is something rotten in the state of tea...
The Scarlet Letters: DHP

The Scarlet Letters: DHP

lmost every tea writer, it seems, must at some point produce an article on Dahong Pao, or DHP as the cognoscenti refer to it. In fact, it has been written about so frequently that there cannot be much new to say. There is not much new to say, one area aside; how this...
The Confessions of a Tea Snob

The Confessions of a Tea Snob

Mea Cupa Please don’t judge me but I’m afraid I’m a tea snob.  Can there be any doubt about it? I refuse coffee. I drink only “true tea”, preferably acquired from small independent family growers and specialty shops. I assiduously avoid teabags. I generally brew in a...
O Canada,The True North Strong and Tea

O Canada,The True North Strong and Tea

Today is Canada Day. And it’s a special one as the nation celebrates the sesquicentennial of Confederation on July 1st 1867; Canada has grown and changed a lot over the past 150 years. Yet Canada didn’t have a “Halifax tea party” at its birth and it has no “Tea Party”...

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