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Practicing Observation

Practicing Observation

July 13, 2020

After last week's episode, we have been doing a lot of thinking. This episode we drank a special batch of Charcoal Dong Ding, and Shiuwen reflected on some of the ideas that have been going through her head. 

Drinking Tea With My Heart

Drinking Tea With My Heart

July 6, 2020

We had a very illuminating session the day before recording this episode, and this episode became very emotional very quickly. We drank Lala Shan for its calming and comforting properties, and ended up having some deep discussions.

Revisiting Anxi Old Growth Tie Guan Yin

Revisiting Anxi Old Growth Tie Guan Yin

June 29, 2020

We really felt like having another session with this beautiful tea. And by the end of the session we were both grateful we drank this tea, because it had a lot to say!

Blind Tasting Dong Ding

Blind Tasting Dong Ding

June 22, 2020

We have been enjoying and learning a lot from blind tasting high mountains, so we took a thwack at Dong Ding with the same method. This episode we 'cereal bowl' brewed three Dong Ding oolongs that are currently in the shop : Traditional A, Traditional B and Charcoal. It was illuminating, and we're looking forward to more sessions like this!

High Mountain Blind Tasting : Gongfu Brewing

High Mountain Blind Tasting : Gongfu Brewing

June 15, 2020

We drank FOUR TEAS this episode. FOUR! And Shiuwen brewed them all gongfu style in an yixing pot, one by one. Needless to say, we did get a little silly by the end.

This was a seriously fun episode to record. This is the second time (out of potentially three) that we recorded drinking the Spring High Mountains blind. Enjoy, and we sincerely recommend trying it for yourself!

High Mountain Blind Tasting : Cereal Bowl Style

High Mountain Blind Tasting : Cereal Bowl Style

June 8, 2020

This was our first session blind tasting all four of your new Spring High Mountain oolongs! We had a lot of fun, and we both agreed after the session that it was REALLY DIFFICULT to get the names out of our heads, even when we didn't know the names. This was a great exercise in seeing tea as it really is!

We drank the teas cereal bowl style, ie with ceramic bowls and ceramic spoons, ever soaking in water, as we drink them and watch the changes over time.

The blind tasting sampler are available for purchase on the site now. We are keeping the price down so more people can join. The 'big reveal' will be done in a Live Session on July 7th. 

Spring Baozhong Party!

Spring Baozhong Party!

June 1, 2020

New Spring Baozhongs are all here! This episode we had a fun time tasting all three new Baozhongs. That's Farmer's Choice and Competition Style from Mr Chen in Pinglin, and Smooth Water from Nangang.

I hope this episode can give you an idea of what it's like for us to taste new teas and predict how they will open up over time. Enjoy!

Spring High Mountain Oolong : The Butterfly Tea

Spring High Mountain Oolong : The Butterfly Tea

May 25, 2020

We just got new Spring Alishan and Shan Lin Xi high mountain oolongs in! The teas are tasting good and we're looking forward to how they will open up.

We drank a LOT of new teas today. By the end of the episode, Shiuwen was listing her favorite flavor of baked goods XD

“Singing Brook” Charcoal Dong Ding

“Singing Brook” Charcoal Dong Ding

May 18, 2020

This episode we broke out the new Charcoal Dong Ding! Shiuwen took the tea and used our 'fundamentals of tea' practice to section up and analyze the parts like mouthfeel, spreading, throat sensation, scent and so forth. Then we talked a little bit on the name, Singing Brook, that the roaster gave to the tea and explained how it feels to us.

This is a strong tea! Soft tea, but strong tea. We got a little crazy by the end. Enjoy!!

This Lala Shan is like a Sah-OO-nah

This Lala Shan is like a Sah-OO-nah

May 11, 2020

New Lalashan Hongshui! We got new tea from Mr Zhan, and Shiuwen is considering it her mother's day gift!! This was a fun session with a beautiful tea.

This also marks the end of our Fundamental Structures episodes. We will reference the ideas from those episodes, of course, pretty much every time we drink a tea. We are still systematically covering the structures of tea on our live sessions, so join us there if you want to study them! Happy Tea Drinking!