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.

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...

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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...

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Getting the Ball Rolling

The Conundrum When addressing the question “Why are some Taiwan teas rolled in strip form and others in a ball shape?” the standard response has been that this is a function of migration patterns. If tea farming immigrants from Fujian came from Minbei...

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The Simple Matter of Taste

It just makes my kettle boil Recently I posted an observation to an online group and asked for comments. The observation was that, in Taiwan, nearly everyone I encounter (growers, producers, vendors and tea houses) brews oolong tea with boiling water. [1] ...

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