The Ultracrepidarian’s Corner

Monthly opinions, research and reviews in the world of tea. This stimulating non-commercial blog is never used to promote the products of Tillerman Tea.

Fire burn and caldron bubble.

Fire burn and caldron bubble.

Easier done than said   “They can’t even boil water.” Who hasn’t heard that said of someone they know who couldn’t comprehend the difference between a chef’s knife and a mixing bowl? Well, technology has made boiling water a rather easy process today. In fact,...

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Grouses, Gripes and Other Miscellany

Grouses, Gripes and Other Miscellany

I’ve been travelling most of July and haven’t been able to conduct the research that is needed for an informative piece so, this month, it is grouses, gripes and other miscellany. In other words, it is a collection of opinions all of which are firmly held until I...

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Gaoshan: Taiwan’s New Tea

Gaoshan: Taiwan’s New Tea

Gaoshan: the baby As Taiwan’s Spring 2019 high mountain oolong tea comes on the market, a brief look at the history and development of this style of tea seems in order. This recounting cites only two or three independent sources and is based primarily on the...

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Muzha Tie Guan Yin

Muzha Tie Guan Yin

Muzha   This recounting of the story of Muzha tea is based on recollections and oral traditions related by Lin Wen Shin, a long-time grower and producer in the region. I have not verified the story against documents from the various periods for none exist; or at...

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Dong Ding the Witch is Dead

Dong Ding the Witch is Dead

The Tale of Lin Feng Chi In 1855, Lin Feng Chi set out for the Chinese mainland from his home in Nantou county on the island of Formosa (now the country of Taiwan.) He was off to write his provincial civil service examinations. As he was an impecunious scholar,...

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Thea ex machina

Thea ex machina

“Hold on, I’m coming”   Amongst avid tea consumers and many vendors, there is a bias against using machines to harvest tea leaves. This bias runs so deep that some use it as the primary indicator of quality. For example, consider the following observation:  ...

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Steeped in Delusions and Other Bits and Pieces

Steeped in Delusions and Other Bits and Pieces

Excuses, Excuses This is a bloggers worst nightmare; I’ve run out of things to write about. Oh, I haven’t run out of ideas; I’ve plenty of those. I’ve just run out of up to date research. I write mainly about Taiwan and as I’ve noted previously, Taiwan is notoriously...

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Stinky Tofu!

Stinky Tofu!

Epicurian delight Have you ever tried Taiwan’s “stinky tofu?” it’s usually deep-fried and is sold at night markets in most of Taiwan’s larger cities. It IS stinky and it IS an acquired taste; one that I have yet to master. Not certain I ever will; or really want to....

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