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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…


website update- Herbal tisanes

I am slowly but surely getting the webpage dusted off and up-to-date….

A link here to new pages on Herbal Tisanes for those that need a late night or tasty, healthy drink….

sun dried wild rose buds
sun dried wild rose buds

For news on Sun Dried Wild Rose buds, Superior Chrysanthemum, Tulsi Herbal Tonic or the soon to arrive Rooibos, click on the link or head straight to the shop….Enjoy



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……

at the market shed

a few shots of the action The Tea Catcher style at the Market Shed at Holland St, City…thanks again to all the fine punters and stallholders and we look forward to seeing you all in the New Year….oh last minute#presents still available if needed….!
( am happy to courier )

NEW – Tea from China

These too will soon make it into the shop but until then a quick list of prices and links to info on each…there are some real beauties in this bunch…grab at least a few small ones and give them a run,…they can pour and pour…

Not all tea was ordered in large numbers, but as small batch runs to keep fresh and give those interested in tasting the premium teas a chance…so get in quick….*

Tea 50g 100g sample
 2013 Autumn Fujian Anxi Benshan 10x10g $14.00 $25.00 $3/10g
 2012 Spring Anxi Slight-fire Roasting “Yan Cha” Oolong Tea 100g * $15.00 $28.00 $3.5/10g
 2013 Spring Slight Charcoal Roasted Zhangping Shui Xian Mini Cakes (6x9g) * $18.00 $35.00 $4/9g
 2012 Autumn Heavy Charcoal Roasted Zhangping Shui Xian Mini Cake 10gx5 * $30.00 $3.7/10g
 2013 Spring Te Ji Grade Lianghe “Hui Long” Green Tea 100g $12.00 $22.00 $3/10g
 2013 Yunnan Simao Premium Green Tea “Gao Shan Yin Ya” 50g * $12.00 $22.00 $5/10g
 2012 Autumn Naka Bamboo Tea 100g (from 500g original pack) * $14.00 $25.00 $3/10g
 2012 Chawangpu Yiwu Zheng Shan Qiaomu Xiao Bing Cha 200g *
 2007 Banzhang Tuocha Raw 250g $20.00 $38.00 $2.5/10g
 2009 Ripe Puerh Tea Paste “Cha Gao” 25g $0.30/each
 2009 Langhe TF Menghai Ripe Mini “Chen Xiang” Fang Zhuan 100g (6g per square) * $2.00 $2
 2009 Langhe TF Menghai 7269 “901″ 357g $50.00 $2/10g
 2002 Fu Cha Ju Ailaoshan Ripe Tuo Cha 100g $35.00 $4/10g
 2013 Mo Li Long Zhu Hua Cha (Jasmine Dragon Pearl Green Tea) 100g $15.00 $29.00 $3.5/10g
 2011 Raw Puerh Tea Paste “Cha Gao” 25g $0.30/each
 2013 Fujian Waishan Xiaozhong – Lapsang Souchong AA grade 100g $12.00 $22.00 $3/10g
 2013 Fujian Lapsang Souchong AA grade 100g $15.00 $29.00 $3.5/10g
 2013 Simao Gao Shan Hong Cha 100g $12.00 $21.00 $2.5/10g
 2013 Spring Jinggu “Yue Guang Bai” Loose Tea 100g $12.00 $21.00 $2.5/10g


NEW teaware just landed….!

Samples no more, all of these tea accessories on the shelf in multiple numbers…(and a little more is still to come…)
though some 3 pieces, some 20, get in fast if keen….a perfect #gift..orders over $50 will get to you, if local enough, before the 25th…!
some great teas to be posted ASAP too to drown in these lovely pots…
(before they make the shop just send us a word if keen

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… 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

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


a sneeky quick one before sundown…and surprise..!

a sneeky quick one before sundown…and surprise..!

i can’t purport to be an expert on Chinese black/red teas but the quick tasting cup of 2013 Simao Gao Shan Hong Cha from Yunnan was fab…rich, smooth/unctuous with no bitterness or astringency and a lip smacking fruity follow through…cool…

black teas in stock NOW

for more information on teas, preparation, prices etc

contact stu-

or head to the shop