category: Tea

First sign of the apocalypse

It’s been a little hard getting started this morning. I’m actually drinking coffee.

Coffee! At work! In the morning!

Lichee Tea

Back in college when I was first getting into loose teas, one of the first ones I bought was a Chinese black Lichee Tea that I found somewhere… during my first trip to Eden with Huyen and Thuy, I think. It tasted nothing like the lychee fruits I had come to know and love, but it was still distinct enough from regular ol’ black tea to be noticeable. Over a couple-year period, I worked my way through a small tin.

Fast forward to post-graduation. I’m shopping at an Asian market across the street from my (then new) job and find a huge tin of the same tea. I buy it and put it on my shelf at work. Over the next seven years, I drink it maybe twice. No reason I slowed my intake of it, we just grew apart. It happens all the time between men and their tea.

This morning, I re-noticed the tin on my shelf. You know how when something’s sitting in one place for so long, that you look right past it and don’t even notice it’s there anymore? Hence the re-noticing. I was surprised when I opened the tightly sealed tin that not only was there 98% of the tea left in there, but that it still had a nice scent. A bit fainter than if it were fresh, but it was still there. Not bad for a cheap tea.

I’m enjoying my third cup of the day. It’s like rediscovering an old friend. I feel like I’m sitting in my dorm room in Madison Hall, watching kung fu movies while sitting in Huyen’s extra taped-up bean bag chair, drinking my lichee tea brewed with crappy water in my $10 hot pot. Memories. Sweet misty tea-water colored memories.

Hypothetical question

Do you think that tea (accidentally) left to steep for four days might be a bit strong?

That’s some crappy tea

Note to all holiday shoppers: don’t buy this stuff for the tea lover on your list. (via).

Warning: Tea Snob Post Ahead

Inspired by Caterina’s Tea Recommendations (link via the newly-redesigned Meg), I’ve decided to go into tea snob mode for a moment. You may want to look away or you might lose that image you have of me as a rough-and-tumble guy from the streets…

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Tea, gov’nuh?

Been a tad quiet around these parts, eh? Been swamped at work and have spent what little free time I have at home working on a few other projects. Life as usual should resume around here next week.

In the meantime, check out Chinese Tea World, a website maintained by Huan Ying. It’s an outstanding resource for information about Chinese tea (all sorts, from white to black to green) as well as the history, terminology, and methods of production surrounding each type of tea. Every time I click through a link and read a page, I realize there are another series of links underneath that page with a further explanation of terms. Particularly intriguing are the scans of a tea book from the early 1900s.

If you don’t know a thing about tea beyond Lipton, this is a great place to start and if you think you know everything there is to know, prove yourself wrong.

That tea has balls!

Sure, you’ve seen tea in bags and loose tea before, but tell me: have you ever seen a tea ball? Or a tea brick? Or a tea nest? Check out this article about interestingly-formed teas. I’ve tried a white tea in ball form before. It’s cool looking enough before you brew it, but after steeping for a few minutes, the tea spreads open and looks like a flower. Really quite neat.

A good tea-related articles to

A good tea-related articles to check out: The Artistry of Yixing: If you’ve ever read my ramblings about Yixing teapots (or have been unlucky enough to hear my spiel live and in-person), you should check out this interesting article on the most interesting of all tea pots.

Tea Dorks: Candie has another

Tea Dorks: Candie has another outstanding article on Suite101 about the naming, grading, and terminology associated with tea. An excellent, thorough read that taught me I still have a lot to learn.

I dig Honest Tea… and

I dig Honest Tea… and I found it, of all places, at Giant. It surprised me, because mainstream supermarkets generally just have super-sweetened, super-processed foods, but check the ingredients of the tea I bought (Jakarta Ginger). Impressive — organic with few sweeteners. The only problem was that by the time I got to the bottom, a lot of the ginger had settled, so I couldn’t drink the last few sips…