Monday, September 3, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The color of the liquid is a pale gold and taste magnificent. The tea is sweet from start to finish with no real aftertaste. As with all sweet green teas, it reminded me of the artesian well a couple of miles from where I grew up in north central Oklahoma. Lots of mineral taste, flowery, sweet and very refreshing. This is a much better tea than the Huangshan Ye Tea I tasted yesterday. Believe I will have this tea for the rest of July. Makes a nice morning tea!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
I never drink green tea in the afternoon as it bothers my stomach, forcing me to take Zantac before I go to bed. Oolong tea or Puerh tea is what I drink in the afternoon. Absolutely no problems with the stomach and these teas.
Overall, this tea is a good little green tea, great for drinking at around noon. Been doing it most of 2012 and will do so for a few more months.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
A clay tea pot so old, yet picturesque
Sits empty on the corner of my desk
Surrounded by cups in a porcelain bowl
Awaiting the water now in my control
Boiled perfectly to the exact right degree
Ready to be poured on waiting green tea
Sunday, July 15, 2012
I informed Saeed he must return to Iran at the proper time and bring us all a kilo of this Iranian tea.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The green of spring in the new picked tea
Flushes with joy under the shade of the tree
My friends gather round in gladness gleam
As the tea flows endless like a rippling stream
With mingled memories of happiness, I see
The joys of friendship now sheltering me
This meeting occurs each Saturday at noon
We do not stay silent in this weekly commune
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Additionally, I found some unusual tea in Xian, the local Xiyang Mao Jian tea and some Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong Hong Cha from Fujian that the dealer in Xian recommended. In addition, I had picked up some local Bi Lo Chuan green tea during our stay in LangZhong, Sichuan. Before we left Chengdu, we also made a visit to the Tea City and got some black tea bricks to take back with us. For not being a true tea trip, I think we did OK. Will be tasting these teas as soon as I finish our travel journal for our Travellerspoint travel blog.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Thursday, June 2, 2011
I am always on the look out for tea whenever we travel to China. Since this trip to visit all the sacred mountains in China was going to be our last for quite some time, I wanted to be sure and take advantage of it to buy some interesting tea. We were visiting one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains (Putuoshan) when we got this tea.
I talked Sunee into buying a small can of the local (and very famous) Putuoshan Focha (普陀佛茶) or Buddha tea. It was super expensive but I wanted desperately to try it. We bought the tea at a local tourist place that was part of the package tour of Putuoshan so everything was expensive. I did not even see any tea on the island during our tour. So here it is over a month after arriving back home to Bangkok and I am just getting around to drinking it. Guess I was not so desperate after all.
The leaves are a bit curled and light green and gold with fuzzy hairs on most of the golden buds. They reminded me a little of Mengding Gan Lu but not as tightly wound.
I used my most expensive tea pot. (Hey, my pots are not really that expensive because I was told early on that tea pots made cheaply from the same clay that is artistically designed produces the same level of tea.)
I allowed the water to cool a bit from my boiling pot before pouring into the waiting small amount of tea leaves. I was only going to taste it so my desperation speech to Sunee would become truth.
This tea is as good as advertised or as good as the ads that I had read from some of the big suppliers on tea on the internet had promised . I liked it, very much.
To be perfectly honest, we sneaked a bit of this tea to try in our hotel in Ningbo after finishing the tour of Putuoshan. Neither of us were impressed. We simply put some in a tea cup, poured the boiling water on top and waited for it to turn color. As I recall, it seemed to be very grassy tasting. I got no grassy taste in this, the official tasting. It was sweet and refreshing and like the Longjing tea I had while we were in China, it reminded me of the sparkling water we used to get from the artisian well not far from where I grew up in Oklahoma. Refreshing, sparkling and sweet. I knew I should have bought more of it!