May 08, 2016

Processing the Da Hong Pao mother trees

We’ve just arrived back in Yunnan from a week in Wuyishan. We had a great trip and spent most of our days in the studio and the mountains with Master Huang and his sons. I think this year more than any other we started to understand the importance of location for the trees in the […]
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Mar 22, 2015

Guafengzhai Puerh & Malaysian storage

We recently got hold of a tong of the 2009 ChangYuHao Guafengzhai – a tea that’s been ‘sold out’ since 2009. The owner of ChangYuHao still had some in his own collection of course & recently agreed to let us have a tong to offer to western customers. This was quite interesting for us, because […]
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Nov 11, 2011

‘Green Puerh’ vs ‘Non-green’

I’m often asked about what makes some young puerh teas so ‘green’ in flavour and in colour, while others don’t have so much of this greenness to them. The big difference is the level of oxidation of the leaves prior to the kill-green stage. After the leaves are picked, they are spread out and left […]
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May 23, 2011

Mr. Wang’s Old Tree Sun Moon Lake Black Tea

We took a day on our recent trip to Taiwan to revisit the farmer who makes one of our most popular teas in our Falmouth teahouse.  Mr. Wang owns one of the few remaining old tree plantations from the days of the Japanese occupation of Taiwan.  More and more these days the farmers here are […]
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