A bowl of Jasmine Phoenix Dragon Pearls are simply beautiful. Pearls of perfection. The Pearls Each "pearl" is actually is the tip of the plant's new growth—the bud and first one or two tender new leaves—tightly rolled into a smooth, tight ball. Here you can see a pearl side-by-side with one that has opened up … Continue reading Jasmine Phoenix Dragon Pearl—A Tea as Mystical as Its Name
Perfection: A just-picked cherry. Sweet or tart, either one is amazing. Okay, yes, they are a summer thing, but if the view out of your window is as dreary as the view out of mine, well, you understand why I'm thinking about fruit tea! And cherries are very much a Michigan thing. Nearly surrounded by … Continue reading Cherry Tea? Cheery Teas to Counter February Dreariness
When your phone says this—yesterday and today, even in late morning—you need a tea that will convince you that, yes indeed, you can manage to walk from your house to your car, assuming you walk quickly, because, yes indeed, that does actually say "feels like minus 36°"! And when your husband can throw out a … Continue reading A Tea for the Polar Vortex
If you haven't experienced Japanese tea—the real stuff, not in a teabag—you are missing out! And don't think that all green teas are alike. If you've had a green tea from China, it won't be anything like one from Japan, and if you've had one type of Japanese tea, it will probably be very different … Continue reading Two Books to Get You Hooked on Japanese Tea
Having looked at how (and if) water itself impacts the flavor of your tea (see post), what about its temperature? Does that matter? Yep, it matters. A lot. Even back in the year 780 when Lu Yu wrote the still-classic The Classic of Tea. Tea master Lu Yu specified his method in great detail. Water (ideally from … Continue reading Why You Must Pay Attention to Water Temperature When Making Tea. Really.
You paid money for that tea. Maybe even a lot of money! So here are some simple, easy-to-follow, considerations to ensure you correctly match your water to your tea leaves (especially useful for that first brew of the day when you're already late for work). Do not, do not, use untested water, or unfiltered water, … Continue reading Why You Should Pay Attention to Your Water When Making Tea. Or Not.
Of course you recognize this iconic package: —and orange pekoe almost means Lipton! But what does that "orange pekoe" really mean? Perhaps surprising to many of us, it has nothing to do with the flavor or the type of tea, and can be viewed with multiple lenses. Position of leaf on plant At the top … Continue reading So What Does “Orange Pekoe” Mean Anyway?