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Meet Our Old Tree Silver Needle

Meet Our Old Tree Silver Needle Tea Today I finish introducing you to our white teas. I’ve saved the best one for last, Our Old Tree Silver Needle White Tea. Silver needle white tea is considered by many tea connoisseurs as the ultimate of the commonly available teas. This tea (in it’s modern form) was first developed during the Ming dynasty and is called Silver Needle White Down. (In the West we typically shorten the name to just “Sliver Needle”) “Silver needle” refers to the...

Meet Our White Peony Tea

White Peony Tea (Chinese name: Bai Mudan) First, let’s get the most frequent confusion out of the way. There are no flowers in white peony tea. It is pure white tea. It is called “white peony” because the dried leaves resemble somewhat the petals of a white peony flower. OK, whew! Got that out of the way. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve answered that question. White peony tea was first created in 1922 in Fujian, so it can’t really be called a...

What is White Tea?

Despite tea production and consumption being an art that may date back as many as 2000 years, there are remarkably few standard definitions in tea production. For centuries the specifics of tea processing were carefully kept secrets. Consequently, new entrants into the field had to replicate the results of their predecessors using trial and error. They often developed different techniques to achieve similar seeming results. Consequently, there are no hard and fast definitions of the different categories of tea. In general, producers agree that white...

DIY Chai

With Thanksgiving Day this week and the temperatures dropping, I started thinking about chai. All those hearty spices and the classic Thanksgiving meal are a flavor combination made in heaven. I receive a lot of requests to add chai to our product line up. So far I’ve resisted. But don’t get me wrong I love a nice cup of chai on a cold winter day. But I’m not a big fan of pre-fab tea blends and you probably already have everything you need to make...

What is a"Trichome"?

What’s a trichome? First let me say, I know the word trichome is going to result in many people interested in marijuana visiting this post. So let me say upfront, I’m not referring to that kind of trichome and we don’t sell that particular “herb” on our site J But I wish you all the best in your searching. Ok, got that out of the way. So what is a trichome and why should you care? The word trichome reminds me of the name of...

Why do we call it “Royal” Breakfast Tea?

Imagine with me a pivotal moment in history. It is 1986. England has only recently agreed return Hong Kong to Chinese rule, a move widely criticized by British conservatives and perceived by much of the world as the dying gasp of the British Empire.  Queen Elizabeth II has been invited to visit China making her the first British monarch ever to set foot on Chinese soil. Tensions are high and the cultural differences have everyone involved walking a diplomatic high wire. The Western press has...

Beginner's Guide to Pairing Tea With Food

I have mixed feelings about codifying things. I’m strongly in the “rules are made to be broken” camp but I also think people are basically well-intentioned and that most rules were initially created for a good reason. I picture a harried kindergarten teacher with a water-color painting activity. She’s got a room full of bright, wildly creative young minds. She doesn’t want a lot of rules to constrain them but, after about the tenth time little Jimmy soaks a fellow classmate in chartreuse, she has to...

The World's Most Expensive Tea

How much does the most expensive tea in the world cost per cup? About $147 for a ridiculously small cup! Watch the short video below to find out why it's worth so much.   If you enjoyed this video please like or share so I know you liked it. It seems every week I read another news story from some food critic reporting on his or her sublime experience drinking “the world’s most expensive tea” or “the latest exotic tea” This week I received a...

Now... About the box...

Recently I began adding some new gourmet teas to our catalog I’m calling it, The Connoisseur Collection. These are gourmet level teas, grown organically and/or wild grown. They are amazing teas, each one hand picked by yours truly. I hope you love them. If you haven't tried them yet, What are you waiting for?!  Here's the link,            Shop the Connoisseur Collection But, that’s not what this post is about. More than the teas themselves, I’ve been getting lots of emails about...

The real “scoop” behind milk oolong tea.

Golden Lily (Jin Xuan) Milk Oolong tea which is also widely known as “milk” oolong, seems to have given birth to a remarkable number of fantastic tales. My story about tears from the moon may not even be the most fantastic of them. I’ve seen some wild stories about tea watered with milk while it was grown or steamed with milk after harvesting. Considering that milk is more expensive than tea in Taiwan I think both of those stories are pretty unlikely. So here’s the more...