This would be the second tea produced by the anonymous group of tea farmers known as Wumin's Clan that I have tasted so far. You can read more about them in a previous post. Asamushi or light-steamed sencha is steamed for a shorter period of time than a regular sencha. It is steamed between the … Continue reading Tea tasting: Asamushi sencha (Wumin’s Clan)
When you drink tea, green tea in particular, have you ever noticed some dust-like particles floating in your tea cup? Some people might get momentarily shocked by the discovery, if they didn't know what it was. They might have thought the tea was bad, hence why there was dust in it. However, if you're drinking … Continue reading “Is that DUST in my tea?!”
The Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science held its annual colloquium online via Zoom this year, due to Covid-19. I first heard of GTI when I attended the World Green Tea Conference in November 2019. Its founding director and associate professor at UC Davis Dr Katharine Burnett was one of … Continue reading Global Tea Initiative’s 6th Annual Colloquium 2021
Wumin's Clan has been in my radar since 2019 but I did not quite understand where I could actually purchase their tea. Their concept is rather unusual because they are a group of seven tea farmers who chose to keep their identities unknown or anonymous, hence the name 無名's Clan. Instead, they are known by … Continue reading Tea tasting: Wakoucha houji (Wumin’s Clan)
The Makinohara Plateau is well-known for the scenery of tea plantations that stretch as far as the eyes could see. This vast tea-growing area, located on the western bank of the Oi River in central Shizuoka, is also Japan’s largest at some 5,000 hectares. Tea production here goes back to the start of the Meiji … Continue reading Special Focus on Shizuoka: Tea experiences on the Makinohara Plateau
Lately social media platforms, in particular Instagram and TikTok, are abuzz with a new trend that is tea-related. It's something called "tea bombs". On Instagram alone there are over 3,800 posts under the hashtag of #teabombs and counting. Here's a video of how it works. https://www.instagram.com/p/CKC2PdkgOcG/ These tea bombs mostly look translucent and depending on … Continue reading “Tea bombs” trending
This rare gyokuro is both a drink and a snack. It is produced by award-winning Yoshida Meichaen, located in Uji, Kyoto. This farm has been in existence for 16 generations, making it one of the oldest tea producers around. Instead of thin loose leaves, these are uneven oblongs of compressed tea leaves, ranging between 2 … Continue reading Tea + snack: Gyokuro Dangocha
Happy 2021!! Hope everyone has rested well over the Christmas and New Year holidays! May this year be a much better year than the last for all of us! Some other tea drinkers would have rung in the new year by savouring some fancy New Year matcha or Good Fortune Tea (Oobukucha), but I am … Continue reading New tea ware to start 2021!