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Subjective vs Objective

it’s likely that tea tasting in the light of day may lead to a clearer, scientific and objective review…this does not always however, allow for the mood and mystery of time and place…(but certainly makes it easier to photograph…!)

often for me the times post 10pm allow the calm, quiet and stillness of myself, and surrounds, to backdrop the tasting experience and allow the tea to talk…subjective

translation of tea talk too can find itself easier (at least to write, if not to read) and the tone generally more fun and floral than a drier, more objective (and certainly still relevant) review…

this state is not, of course, always restricted to late evening but a reminder for me to find a few minutes out of the day to really enjoy these simple pleasures….(and hence possibly avoid the madness of tea slurping sleep deprivation,…but anyway…)

and so this eve more sample teas

Darjeeling Second Flush Oolong

Darjeeling Second Flush Oolong

(thursday seems to have come early this week…?!)…so for tonights supping pleasure …
first a beautiful Darjeeling Second Flush Oolong– while not in the classic Chinese or Taiwanese style, to the nose and tongue this super quality tea screamed “fresh”…fairly delicate in taste and gentle in colour of liquor, steeping saw it awaken and reveal a leaf recently picked and delicately preserved..
i am continually amazed by the ability to unlock so many tastes and sensual experiences when water is added to tea…
(luckily i suppose, my life would be fairly dull if all teas were dull, stale, broken and bagged…the beauty of this tea begins with the dry leaf- obviously carefully picked and processed, full of whole leaf and tasty tips….now, what’s next….?!)

Darjeeling Golden Delight Second Flush

Darjeeling Golden Delight Second Flush

so for dessert…
another Darjeeling Second Flush, this time Golden Delight
as mentioned previously, i am slowly getting a grip on these golden beauties, from Nepal, to Darjeeling, to China there are many common characteristics in tone, taste and colour and they can all handle a handful of judicious (experimental…?!) baths…
from 90deg.C and rising with length of submersion this tea reminded me (and possibly some older Aussies) of Acta-vite- malty and toasty with a hint of the bitterness of cacao…yum (no super sweet Milo here..!)
as you can see, the dry leaf is full of buds, covered in pretty golden hairs that infuse to reveal an even, chocolatey looking needle and a beautifully dark coppered brew, full bodied and tasty…
see the The Tea Catcher Himalayan Shangrila Golden Tips for more info on beautiful golden/black tea in stock now…

 

new to the tasting table..

some late night Silver Needles tea tasting has led to a wee dust off of the weblog…

i will try to retrospectively add some posts and do my best to keep a little more on top of posts here for all those not keen on Fbookery…

and so-

fresh teas to the tasting table, bagged and packed for this weekends’ markets…
L-R Bi Luo Chun Org. green, Okayti Org. Darjeeling first flush, Jungapana Org. Darjeeling Muscatel second flush and Mokalbari Estate Assam Golden Tips
Four fresh 2014 teas, distinct and tasty….each a beautiful representation of their style and quality…

AvailableSaturday atFlinders Street Market- Adelaide’s weekend artisan market or Sunday at The Market Shed on Holland…(AND Thursday next-13th- Organic Corner Store)
come try some and make it yours soon…
fresh AND best….! yum……

great new shipment from nepal

So finally The Tea Catcher has his face out in the public and, new sales combined with the previous constant trickle of tea sales, the larder was nearly bare….!

To the rescue the fab team supplying us from Nepal…..et viola, nearly 50kg of super re-ordered Tea Catcher favourites (New Season Fresh Guranse Organics-green, first, second, autumn flushes, Earl Grey, Arya Tara Silver Tips

and more) AND FRESH NEW TEAS (inc. Jun Chiyabari Himalayan Jade Hand-rolled Organic 2nd flush(*see below), Mountain Dew Hand-rolled Special first flush, Sandakphu Hand-rolled Oolong)….yum and yippee…!

NB due to the fluctuations in the $A prices of the new season teas will likely rise a little, so head to the shop now or the markets thursdays and sundays, and help clean the shelves and grab some bargains….

The 200g teas will exit the online store soon to make room for new teas but bulk prices always available from theteacatcher@gmail.com

And all of the new teas will be reviewed, priced and posted ASAP…

STAY TUNED AND HAPPY SLURPIN’….!

Tea Labeling Nomenclature

Tea Labeling Nomenclature

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SFTGFOP

S-super
SFTGFOP(1)—sometimes used to indicate the very finest

F-finest
Finest TGF OP—highest quality grade (Note: “Special” is occasionally substituted for “Finest”, with a number 1 at the end to indicate the very finest), often hand processed and produced at only the best plantations, roughly one quarter tips.

T-tippy
Tippy Golden F OP—the highest proportion of tip, main grade in Darjeeling and Assam

G-golden

F-flowery
Golden Flowery: includes very young tips or buds (usually golden in colour) that were picked early in the season.

O-orange

• Color: The copper color of a high-quality, oxidized leaf before drying, or the final bright orange color of the dried pekoes in the finished tea may be related to the name. These usually consist of one leaf bud and two leaves covered in fine, downy hair. The orange color is produced when the tea is fully oxidized.)
• (The Dutch House of Orange-Nassau, now the royal family, was already the most respected aristocratic family in the days of the Dutch Republic, and came to control the de facto head of state position of Stadtholder of Holland and Zealand. The Dutch East India Company performed a central role in bringing tea to Europe and may have marketed the tea as “orange” to suggest association with the House of Orange.)

P-pekoe
(The origin of the word “pekoe” is uncertain. One explanation is it is derived from the transliterated mispronunciation of the Amoy (Xiamen) dialect word for a Chinese tea known as “white down/hair” (白毫; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: pe̍h-ho). This is how “pekoe” is listed by Rev. Robert Morrison (1782–1834) in his Chinese dictionary (1819) as one of the seven sorts of black tea “commonly known by Europeans”. This refers to the down-like white “hairs” on the leaf and also to the youngest leaf buds. Another hypothesis is that the term derives from the Chinese báihuā “white flower” (Chinese: 白花; pinyin: báihuā; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: pe̍h-hoe), and refers to the bud content of pekoe tea.)

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

or head to the shop !

The Guranse Tea Estates

The Guranse Tea Estates

Nepali Tea Logo

Named after the Nepali national flower, the rhododendron, the Guranse Tea Estate is situated at an altitude between 3300 and 7300 feet above sea level, located at Dhankuta, Hile, eastern Nepal. Probably one of the highest tea gardens in the world it produces one of the best teas. In order produce exquisite tea enriched with delectable ‘muscatel’ flavor with superb aroma, the bushes need to grow breathing pure mountain air, filled with just the right combination of sun, shade and rain that are abundant in the eastern hills of Nepal, below the majestic Mount Everest and mount Makalu.

In 1842, a Chinese emperor presented precious gifts of an exquisite variety of tea seeds to the then Prime minister of Nepal. With the vision of putting Nepal in the global position as one of the best tea producing countries in the world, Colonel Thapa started tea plantations in the eastern districts of Nepal in 1843.

Guranse Tea’s guiding principle in its operation is your total satisfaction. Thus, only high quality, pure, fresh tea leaves are selected and processed at its factory which incorporates the latest, state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

Enthroned amidst gently rolling hills stretching up to the snow-capped peaks and trailing down to crystal clear, running mountain streams, nothing but the best is produced here. Guranse tea adds another dimension to technology, in which science harmoniously blends with nature.

Guranse Tea Estate has planted pure young and vibrant cloned bushes,unique to the area, which were developed after years of extensive research and development in tea research industries. Only two leaves and one bud is meticulously plucked by skilled hands and processed in the factory under intensive quality control. This ensures premium teas rich in flavor and aromas keeping in mind the choice of international buyers on taste and health importance.

The first certified organic tea garden in Nepal, also uses biodynamic methods- Guranse Tea Estate, certified Organic by NASAA (National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia Ltd (NASAA)

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

or head to the shop !

Tea Tasting

Tea tasting

tea tasting

A tasting through the seasons, spring to autumn harvests, with, from right to left, Organic Guranse Handrolled First Flush SFTGFOP, Darjeeling Jungapana Muscatel Wonder Tea Dj-139 and Kuwapani Autumn Flush lot #kp-45.
The tasty new regime begins…why not start yours….?

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

or head to the shop !

4 x 10g sample packs

The Tea Catcher

Ntester pack EWS FOR SEASONAL ENJOYMENT


NEW 4X10g SAMPLE PACKS $12– your choice or mine, get an introduction to the highest quality Tea Catcher teas (each with info sheet and ‘how to..’) for yourself or gift a loved one (a great addition to a teapot gift too…! and free post on taster packs solo…!)

NEW POTS IN STORE-glass (and cups) and ceramic (with MUCH MORE to come soon)-

CHINESE TEA order (and teaware) now made and because they were so fab i will be getting small seasonal amounts of much of the teas tasted, first in first served, stay tuned…


FRESH NEPALI TEAS  too are on their way, beautiful first and second flushes, coming to a cup near you soon….!


ICEDTEAS -testing underway of new blends and hopefully ready for a market stall soon….! (or cocktail near you..)
(happy for ideas too-free tea for the best ones)
-ice and cold brew teaware for home or travel also in the near future…cool…for summer…


GIVEAWAYS– well finally i will give one more week then next friday give away some pots and teas to some lucky of those ‘liking’ and ‘sharing’…so do some more of that and the generosity levels will rise….
there’s probably a whole lot more but for now…
thanks folks, stu

(oh yeah-SHOP…!)