Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

1980s CNNP Special Production (Big Tree)

"China National Native Produce & Animal By-Products Import & Export Corporation - Yunnan Tea Branch" (CNNP) - An old teacake made from gushu (big tree) is a rare treasure that has become increasingly hard to find in the age tea market.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

1990s Private Production (Light Wet Stored)

Bringing out the 1990s Private Production (Light Wet Stored) from storage. This mid to late 90s tea is distinctive in the way that the wet storage conditions was managed to coexist with the raw characteristics of the tea.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Tea Auctions – The Value of Antique Tea

L: 1910s Song Pin Hao, M: 1950s Red Label, R: 1950s Liu An Tea Basket – Understanding the Chinese market and the human element allows us to see the value of antique tea. (Source of photos from L & H Auction Hong Kong)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tea Auctions – The Rising Tide of Capitalism

The impact of tea auctions have elevated prices in the category of antique tea. This rising tide of capitalism has spread ripple effects far and wide through the market for old tea.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In Pursuit of Tea Appreciation

Drinking the best tea in the world does not guarantee the sense of enjoyment and appreciation. For the tea itself is only part of the answer the other half of tea appreciation rests with us.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Raw Material for Incense - Collecting Red Pine Resin

This split log of red pine has been kept in storage for approx. 10 years. Since that time the aroma of the resin has become more concentrated developing deep spicy notes.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tea Session - 1970s Fuzhuan Brick (People’s Unification Tea)

Making inroads into this hefty 1970s Fu brick (3kg) reveals a higher concentration of Golden Flowers (aka Jin Hua). This mold is responsible for giving Fu tea much of its unique character.

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Power of Natural Incense

Pine wood heated over charcoal. The aroma from the natural resin is sweet and full of complexity. Inhaling deeply awakens the senses and infuses you with life.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Visiting an Ancient Salt Mine

During man’s early years salt was a vital ingredient for survival. It meant food could be preserved and thus made available during lean times. This importance made salt highly prized and the salt trade brought immense riches to merchants who would coin the saying “salt was more valuable than gold”.