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New pu-erh arrivals – October 2013

 [ IMAGE: Various pu'er teas ]

Last October was an exciting month as it saw the arrival of many new teas – with pu-erh representing the majority of the new arrivals. I had a great time, drinking my way through the stash to write down some tasting notes which I want to share with you in this post.

I’m not covering all the new teas here, but might follow up with another post to share notes on the rest of them. This lot of pu-erh covers a very broad range and should satisfy most people – from raw (sheng) to ripe (shou) teas, from inexpensive beginner teas to  pricier aged teas, there’s something for everyone. But without further ado, here are the teas…

Predawn Tea – Awaken your senses gently

 [ IMAGE: Tea by candle light ]

The pre-dawn hour is often being recommended as the perfect time for meditation. That sweet moment after a good night’s rest and before the hustle of the day catches up with us. It’s a time when we are especially receptive and willing to surrender control – maybe because the controlling part of our brain is still half asleep.

Being an early morning person myself, I am surprised that it’s taken me until this past weekend to actually try drinking tea in this magical hour. And already, after just 4 consecutive days of practicing this predawn ritual, it has had a big impact on my approach to tea. In this post, I want to share some of my experiences, insights and thoughts with you – hoping that it might inspire you to rise early, heat some water and let tea take over control.

More than billy tea – tea culture and cultivation in New Zealand (Part II)

 [ IMAGE: Zealong tea garden ]

About a year and a half ago, I traveled through New Zealand to piece together its historical involvement with tea. My research resulted in an article that was published in the May 2012 issue of New Zealand Geographic.* Since the full article is not freely available and some of you might be interested to read about our country’s history with our favourite drink, I decided to publish it here on our blog in 2 parts. The first part did cover New Zealand’s illustrious tea culture, while this second part covers Aotearoa’s long history of attempting to grow tea.

What’s the difference between whole-leaf tea and tea bag tea?

 [ IMAGE: Infused tea leaves ]

During a dinner party last night, I was reminded how important it is to get back to the absolute basics from time to time. Building on our knowledge, we as humans tend to take the basics (in our area of interest) as granted and assume certain things to be ‘common knowledge’. But quite often, they really aren’t.

More than billy tea – tea culture and cultivation in New Zealand (Part I)

 [ IMAGE: Starry night, happy tea ]

You might remember that, about a year and a half ago, I traveled through New Zealand to piece together its historical involvement with tea. My research resulted in an article that was published in the May 2012 issue of New Zealand Geographic.* Since the full article is not freely available and some of you might be interested to read about our country’s history with our favourite drink, I decided to publish it here on our blog in 2 parts. The first part covers New Zealand’s illustrious tea culture, while the second part will cover Aotearoa’s long history of attempting to grow tea.