If you are on the path of brewing loose leaf teas and learning Gong Fu Cha, you have undoubtedly heard of yixing clay teapots. You start browsing the subject and find bits and pieces of information that are often conflicting and leave you even more confused.
We hope that this article will help you better understand yixing clay and figure out what type of yixing teapot you need, why you need it, and what to pay attention to when shopping for one. (Read more)
In a couple of our recent posts, we have mentioned these obscure words — hui gan. But what does hui gan actually mean? Indeed, it’s as elusive as many of our favorite terms in this mysterious world of tea! Hui gan, cha qi, wabi-sabi… they are all tricky to describe but really hold what we find is the essence of the tea ceremony. (Read more)
In the world of unseasoned tea drinkers, bitterness and astringency might be synonyms. But oh no, not when it comes to us, tea connoisseurs! In fact, bitterness and astringency are two totally different profiles on the spectrum concerning the taste of tea. We'll break down why. (Read more)
What do we talk about when we talk about mouthfeel? We’re sure, when you read tea descriptions, picking out which best suits your taste, you may notice something referred to as “mouthfeel.” Mouthfeel is an essential part of the tasting and understanding of every tea. Or even coffee, alcoholic beverages, and food! It’s impossible to escape mouthfeel if you are tasting something. However, some of us may not be used to paying it much mind. In this article, we’ll take a deeper look into mouthfeel and how to decode it during a tea tasting! (Read more)
Our fermented friend pu-erh… The tea world seems to split in half when talk is centered around this tea. Some pu-erh enthusiasts don't venture much into other tea varieties. Some have had it and don't particularly take to it. And, there are those, who have been treated to good pu-erh, liked it, but don't necessarily know how to take the next step in the journey. In today's post, we'll talk about doing a pu-erh tasting and choosing the right one. (Read more)