Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A Comparative Pictorial of Age - Huang Pian

 L: 2001 Centuries Old Teacake from Longyuan Factory, R: 2013 Chawangpu Jingmai Gu Shu Huang Pian (200g)

Huang pian are tea leaves that are picked out during the processing of puerh tea. These consist of broken leaves, yellow leaves, leaves that are too big or were not processed properly. Huang pian are generally judged to be inferior leaves as they tend to be considerably less potent and complex when compared to the tender leaves that make up premium maocha. That said, huang pian can still offer a fine cup of tea and at an affordable price.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Food Pairings – Shellfish Omelet w/ Ripe Puerh Tea

The name of the Thai food stall Nai Mong Hoi Thod translates to "Mr Mong's Fried Shellfish". The signature dishes are the oyster omelet (middle) and the mussel omelet (right). For those with an eye for detail you may notice my blue thermo in the background. A hot steaming cup of ripe puerh tea together with Mr Mong's fried shellfish omelets is a match made in heaven!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Teapot Basics - Test your Clay

 This is my favorite teapot for age puerh tea. The wall of the teapot is thick giving it extra weight and a heaviness that is different from normal teapots. This teapot is excellent at maintaining high temperature when needed and the porous clay captures the tea fragrance little by little each time it is used. I have been using this teapot for around 5 years and it is my impression that the tea I brew with this teapot is softer and has a richer character than my other teapots.