Lately, the Internet is abuzz with a piece of hot news related to tea, which is about a new study that claims drinking very hot tea increases the risk of esophageal cancer. Read about it here. Initially, I did not plan to comment, but as more media outlets picked up on it and churned out … Continue reading A “very hot tea” issue
I’ve almost finished this tea when I noticed it wasn’t up on the blog even though I remember writing about it. Turned out it was saved as draft and I didn’t publish it. Haha, oh dear me. Minamishinshuu is the deep valley area at the southern tip of Nagano prefecture where the Tenryuu River and … Continue reading Tea tasting: Akaishi Meicha
Georgian tea company Renegade Estate’s Smooth Jazz is one of their many black tea offerings, some with cool and almost-poetic names. Smooth Jazz was harvested in September last year. This autumn harvest tea is made from the Chinese, Assamica and Cambodian cultivars of Camellia Sinensis, going through the consecutive processes of withering, rolling, oxidizing and … Continue reading Tea tasting: Smooth Jazz Black Tea
I have been fascinated by the rare Japanese tea cultivar known as Sunrouge for a long time. It was a cross between Camellia Sinensis and Camellia Taliensis, which produced reddish/purplish tea leaves. Rich in anthocyanins, which are antioxidant compounds commonly found in purple-coloured foods, the Sunrouge cultivar has been the subject of much scientific research … Continue reading Tea tasting: Pink Tea (Sunrouge)
In Japan, the cultivated variety or cultivar of tea known as Yabukita accounts for about three quarters of national tea production since its development in the 1950s. However, even though it is the dominant cultivar, there are also other cultivars developed and sold. It is perceived that cultivar diversity is a good thing for the … Continue reading Tea tasting: Chakura’s Emerald Drop
When the box of teas arrived from Renegade Tea Estate, the first tea that caught my eye was this. Almost Oolong. As always, I love ziplocked packaging and I really admire how the teas come with comprehensive information on the packaging. It goes beyond the usual minimalist labels that are commonly found on many tea … Continue reading Tea tasting: Zhoneti Jimmi Almost Oolong
I don’t remember how did I come across Renegade Tea Estate’s Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, I think it was floating around on Facebook, but it was interesting enough for me to take a gamble. I contributed USD75 to get myself a tea bush in rural Georgia (the country, not the American state!) and 300g worth of … Continue reading Renegade teas arrived!