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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...

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...

The Legend of Milk Oolong

One night long ago mother moon beheld a beautiful scarlet comet burning in the sky where before had been only darkness. It seemed to her the most wondrous thing she had ever seen. “Who are you?” she cried. “I am Hong Long, the red dragon. I have traveled far and am weary but yet I have far to go, for indeed my journey never ends.” Mother moon felt great pity for the handsome stranger and her heart opened to him. “Hong Long,” she said, “Why...

The Different Kinds of Teas

Everywhere I turn lately it seems someone is talking about how great tea is for you, and they're right. The different kinds of teas become confusing for a lot of people. Especially when they start talking about green tea vs. black tea vs. white etc. Today, let's just focus on some definitions and we'll jump into the, "which tea is better for you" debate in a future post. White Tea: White tea is made from only the new shoots or leaf buds of the tea...

Tisane vs Tea

                  I get a lot of email and phone calls asking about tisane teas. Something like, “Is Jiaogulan a green tea?” and I have to answer, “Well, technically, Jiaogulan is not a tea.” The confusion is very understandable and the source of the confusion goes way back to about 1610. You see, in Chinese the word “te” means any infusion made with herbs and water. The particular infusion made with what we now call the tea plant...

What is Oolong?

Oolong tea is semi-oxidized leaves of the Chinese camellia (Camellia sinensis ). Oolong is generally considered halfway between a green tea and a fully oxidized black tea. The taste of a good oolong should rich an floral and the tea itself should be golden in color. We tend to think of tea simply as a beverage but it played a key role in the pharmacopeias of the Far East for centuries. It's effectiveness as a treatment for obesity and aging were cited as far back...