Cold Brew Iced Tea : Wen Shan Bao Zhong

29 June 2010
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When the outside heat is unbearable, there is a perfect refreshment: cold brew iced tea. This post will learn you how to prepare it, how to serve it in an unexpected recipient, and how to enjoy a perfect refreshing moment when everything around you is just starting to melt…

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Tea Tasting Language : Color

23 June 2010
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Funny enough, since having started this blog, I have not yet posted a single tea tasting note. While actually drinking gallons of tea ! But, come on, drinking and tasting are 两回事, liǎng huí shì, two entirely different things ! One of the major distinction between the two, as one of the most authoritative books on [...]

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Water for Tea

23 May 2010
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As a Chinese saying goes, 水为茶之母 [shuǐ wéi chá zhī mǔ] – water is the mother of tea. To convince you that these ancient words of wisdom hold good, let me start with some number crunching. A cup of tea is roughly just 1% tea, and remaning 99% are water. Here, I do not consider [...]

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Gaiwan

6 May 2010
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I thought it would be appropriate to dedicate a post to the peace of tea ware that I will be using most of the time during my tasting sessions: gaiwan. Gaiwan is an elegant set of three pieces: a handless bowl gracefully mounted on a small saucer and covered with a curvaceous lid. It’s so [...]

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Tea Marathon

20 April 2010

Being by nature rather a coach potato, I’ve never run a marathon in my life. Not even a half-marathon. Not even a tiny slice of it. Have you? Then please go ahead and tell me. How did you feel upon crossing the finish line for the first time? You were like Neil Armstrong on 21 [...]

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The first and the lengthiest (I promise!)

20 April 2010

Hi there! My name is Arina and with this post I’m going to add my alto to a chorus of food blogs out there. I have to tell you, my knees are raw and fingers slightly trembling from excitement and solemnity of the moment, but come on, I’m not the first one out there and [...]

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