Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
"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
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
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
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
Friday, April 21, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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
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
Monday, January 16, 2017
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”.