Harvest Party at Teance
Will be taking place on Nov 18 at 7pm, please email email@example.com if you wish to attend. Will be tasting all the new Winter teas, including limited edition, pre-orders, and interesting examples from other regions. Not to be missed in general, as we only do a couple or so a year, but the winter oolongs are always such fantastic examples of the wonders of well crafted teas. I will call these...
Ambassador Mr. Lu
For most of the past 10 years or so that I have known Mr. Lu, he’s always been one of the most truly culturally avid tea professionals I have ever met. His knowledge, taste, and tea making skills are at such high levels that just being able to sit down with him means tasting the best of the best of Taiwan. He curates Li Shan teas in particular, and sells them out of his shop in the pottery...
Amongst White Clouds
I have always loved that title, the name of a documentary about hermit monks in China. Here standing on top of a mountain at San Lin She, at 2000 meters (we brought an altimeter!) and with clouds breezing quickly by, with a strong gale and a dramatic sunset, I can’t think of a better place to spend eternity as a hermit. Of course, some one will have to bring me some propane to heat my water...
High Mountain Royal Courtesan
Mrs Su, our favorite woman tea producer, surprised us this visit with a new tea that was just produced, but have never been tasted by anyone. This tea has never been produced before, and why? the leaf hoppers famous for creating such teas as Taiwan Beauty and Royal Courtesan, actually flew high enough to attack the leaves at 1700 meters at San Lin She, producing the first ever High Mountain...
How to cheat your customers II
Sebastian Beckwith, who has logged enough miles visiting tea regions to get to the moon, decided to pretend to be on location. The photo was taken at a painted mural at Tung Ting depicting the complete processing of oolongs. This joke was funny only to us; sadly, most tea merchants in the U.S. have never been to any tea regions, but with a little help from stock photos and Photoshop, they sure can...
The next stop after the phenonmenal stop at the home of Taiwan Beauty was to the land of bamboo. Specifically, we stopped into Bamboola, where some of the most ingenous and beautiful teaware, furniture, and puzzle boxes were designed and made. Watch out, the puzzle boxes can wreck you and make your hair turn white, warns the owner and creator of Bamboola. Our happy tour group of 10 eagerly dug...