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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...

Oh Hibiscus! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.. hot, cold, spicy and tipsy!

By far the most frequently asked question about our new Organic Hibiscus Flower Tea is, “How do I prepare this stuff?” So I thought I’d send a few recipes your way. Don’t be limited by these suggestions. Use this as a jumping off point for your own culinary creations. The Basic: Hot Tea: Put 2 or 3 whole dried blossoms in a teapot with filter. Add 8 ounces of boiling (or near boiling) water. Steep for 5-10 minutes. WARNING :) This will be very sour....

Top 10 Must Do's On Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is just around the corner. Earlier this week I shared some fun No-Nos on Chinese New Year. But come on! The real fun is not “what you can’t do” but what you get to do! Here’s what our friends in China, and throughout most of East Asia, will be up to during the Chinese New Year. 10. See the folks – New Year's Eve in China is usually celebrated with a large family dinner. This dinner is called the Reunion Feast and...

Top Ten Chinese New Year No-Nos

Things are rapidly changing in China. Many of the old traditions and superstitions are falling away. Chances are if I mention some of these superstitions to kids in China today they’d be surprised. But according my big book of Chinese culture these are all no-nos on New Years day and/or for the entire 7-day festival (called oddly the Spring Festival even though it’s in the Winter). 10. No Crying Babies – As the father of an 18-month old, this one strikes me as particularly impractical....

Part 2 of Our 5-Year Mission

In the next five years Immortalitea will connect and engage 50,000 tea lovers with the craft of teas and herbs and the people who make them. In the first part of our five-year mission we focused on the people who grow our teas. In the second part of our mission statement we focus on you, the customer. Hopefully, if you’ve been following our emails, you’ve understood that I feel our best customers are well-informed customers. We sell amazing teas and herbs and I take great...

Mission 1 and the defintion of "Sustainability".

Last week I shared our new mission statements with you. This week, as promised, I’m explaining our 1st mission a bit more in depth so you might better understand what we aspire to. Let me start by reiterating the first mission; In the next 5 years Immortalitea will create sustainable livelihoods for 100 family tea and herb farms and their workers I chose 5 years as the time frame for both of our mission statements because it’s far enough out that we can accomplish big...

It about more than just a great cup of tea....

I believe in the power of words. Stating clearly what you want or hope to achieve is a powerful way of transforming a dream into reality. I like to think that the tradition of News Years resolutions comes from this practice. From a practical perspective, it is also useful. Once a goal is stated you can create a plan to achieve that goal, measure your success and engage others who also feel that goal is meaningful in helping to achieve it. I’ve spent much of...

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...