Tag Archive for tea shop

still playing catch up…

still playing catch up…

after this one only 2 to go…! (11yr tuo cha, 8yr pu erh)
so the second mini cake-2012 autumn heavy charcoal roasted zhangping shui xian mini cake– from the famed Zhangping region, another version of narcissus or water sprite (with a fragrance similar to daffodil). another rarity-pressed oolong- the leaf is picked in late sept./early oct. and processed over a month with 8 steps including a stronger smoking/roasting than the last mini cake through a process handed down over at least 5 generations. a deep yellow liquor with a gentle malty/caramel aroma, round, mild, toasty and unctuous without any astringency or bitterness. reputedly “small bag of tea can be brewed for a whole day.” wow…!

another tasty little fella ...

another tasty little fella …


…and 2 aged ripe post fermented tea cake samples to go, followed by a battle off and order choosing….!

have a sniff around or head to the shop !

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goofy foot gaiwan

goofy foot gaiwan

sneaky pre meeting backhanded brew…

a little too much tea maybe but who needs a short black…!

Mountain Dew Handrolled 2013 Nepali Tea reversed from fairness cup as steeping vessel to gaiwan as cup…handy lid…

2013 mountain dew special handrolled nepali tea

2013 mountain dew special handrolled nepali tea

a tasty, fruity kaBAM…!!

 

enjoy….!

have a sniff around or head to the shop !

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

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Chinese Tea tasting…first cab off the ranks..

Chinese Tea tasting…first cab off the ranks..

…is a 2013 Yunnan Hong Mao Jian..

a Chinese red tea (what we would usually call black but i s’pose you can see it in the leaf and brew i reckon..

an April (spring) harvest red tea from the Fengqing area of Lincang, Yunnan, China

enjoy….!

have a sniff around or head to the shop !

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

keemun time

keemun time

next up a 2013 keemun-

a Chinese tea classic…a quite broken dark leaf, deep and warm in tone, fresh taste and clean finish…hmmm

(hey fine folk @ThreeDRadio listeners down south, send me yr deets, i will send of a sample and you can tell me if it’s up to chop…..?)

2013 Keemun sample

2013 Keemun sample


anyway, that’s said so off to the 6th? steep of 2013 yunnan yue guang bai (moonlight) tea ..it’s not white not oolong..each pour a little change in tone and taste….small pots, many cups…(and only about 15 more samples to try yet…tough job this tea catching…!)

enjoy….!

have a sniff around or head to the shop !

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

night cap- head down, bum up

night cap- head down, bum up

and finally as a nightcap i couldn’t resist sticking this little fellas nose in a cup…

2012 spring anxi light roast “yan cha” oolong…yum yum yum…

i will be getting more of this to share…yep, that good i reckon..

how many more pots before sleep i wonder….?

…(sleep?)

head down bum up anxi

head down bum up anxi

enjoy….!

have a sniff around or head to the shop !

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

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as the sun sets over the Norfolk pines and the beach…

as the sun sets over the Norfolk pines and the beach…

…the regime begins again….2013 Bai Mu Dan “white peony” white tea from the Fujian province, China

the next step with this one is to line it up against the beautiful Nepali Arya Tara silver needles currently in the shop-

should be interesting..maybe a Yunnan green tea for me next though..have a fine weekend all..

got a tea table…and more late night oolong

got a tea table…and more late night oolong

with new a new tea table plumbed up water was tossed around again and again…fun

So begin your own tea experiments and enter the wonderful world of taste, experience and learning…!

buy now at the shop…!

arya tara white tea silver needle time

arya tara white tea silver needle time

As some sun peeks through the grey….

time for Arya Tara White Tea Silver Tips, 3 steeps @ 75 deg. for 2 mins ….

all 3 superb as the needles slowly opened and gently gave up their delicate joys…

So begin your own tea experiments and enter the wonderful world of taste, experience and learning…!

buy now at the shop…!

New to The Tea Catcher Quiver

New to The Tea Catcher Quiver

“A man without tea in him is incapable of understanding truth and beauty.”

Okakura Kakuzo, The Book of Tea (1906)

Gaiwan and tasting cup

Tasting cup and Gaiwan

One of a new pair of Japanese Gaiwan; great for making Green, White and Oolong Teas.

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

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or head to the shop !

cold weather tea warmth

cold weather tea warmth

tea party- A Group of Artists

tea party- A Group of Artists

“Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,

Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,

And while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn

Throws up a steamy column, and the cups,

That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,

So let us welcome peaceful evening in.”

William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book IV, line 36.

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu- theteacatcher@gmail.com

or head to the shop !

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